Charter Oak State College and Central Connecticut State University's Institute of Technology & Business Development, with facilitation by Connecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Education, have developed the following free, non-credit courses, which are self-paced and open to the public starting June 1, 2013:
Visit the above course pages for more information about each course, and to access the courses.
For more information about the development and goals of these courses, please read this announcement from the Board of Regents:
The Board of Regents for Higher Education, which governs the four state universities, 12 community colleges, and Charter Oak State College - collectively known as the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU) - has facilitated a partnership with Central Connecticut State University's Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD) and Charter Oak State College to create, implement, and host two online courses. These two non-credit, fully online courses - Introduction to Manufacturing and Introduction to Natural Gas Distribution - will be offered free of charge to any interested participant and available to the public beginning June 1, 2013. The online, self-paced, non-instructor led non-credit courses provide an overview of the subject matter in a concise, interactive learning environment which allows the student to take the courses at his or her pace.
Participants will learn about the four Manufacturing Centers located at Asnuntuck, Housatonic, Quinebaug and Naugatuck Valley Community Colleges; pre-manufacturing programs; and energy-related programs across the 17 ConnSCU institutions. The courses will provide an overview of subject matter in a concise interactive learning environment. The Introduction to Manufacturing course will provide a basic overview of manufacturing that includes different types of manufacturing, blueprint reading and processes. The course will also provide insight into materials used in manufacturing and the types of careers offered in the industry. The Introduction to Natural Gas Distribution course will provide a basic industry overview that includes exploration and drilling, types of products, transmission equipment and pipelines, storage, distribution, and the types of careers available.