Autumn Education Events

evening courses and open daysAutumn is the perfect time of year to acquire new skills or develop existing talents. Universities, colleges and training bodies re-open throughout the country with a wide variety of exciting courses on offer including third-level qualifications, professional part-time courses, and evening courses in a multitude of subjects; including general interest and hobbies. A number of these educational centres are holding ‘Open Days’ on which you can avail of information on the range of courses. One of these courses may help to brighten and enlighten your Autumn nights.

Here are a few dates for your diary:

• Ballyfermot College of Further Education are taking enrolments for their Adult Education courses on the evenings of September 2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th at 7-8.15pm. All classes commence on September 16th. www.bcfe.ie

• Cork Institute of Technology will be holding information/ registration evenings on September 3rd-5th at 6-8.30pm where a wide variety of courses are available to register for. www.cit.ie

• Dorset College is holding an open day on September 4th. They offer a range of part-time and full-time courses including law, Montessori and computing to name a few. www.dorset-college.ie

• IBAT College is having an open evening on Wednesday September 4th at 5-7pm in its Temple Bar Campus. They are currently enrolling for all courses and provide free courses for job seekers where you can study part-time two evenings a week to re-skill in a growth business area. www.ibat.ie

• Institute of Technology Blanchardstown is holding an open evening on Wednesday September 4th from 5-7pm. Applications are open for part-time courses starting on 23rd September and registration is online. www.itb.ie

• Athlone Institute of Technology is holding an information and registration evening for evening and part-time courses on Thursday September 5th at 5.30-8.30pm. www.ait.ie

• Galway Mayo IT Castlebar will open on Thursday September 5th from 7-9pm to take enrolments, fee payments and to answer any questions on the courses. They provide many part-time and full-time accredited Lifelong Learning courses. www.gmit.ie

• Independent College Dublin is holding an open evening on Saturday September 7th at 5-7pm. They offer a range of courses including evening diplomas, online courses and corporate training. www.independentcolleges.ie

• Carlow Institute of Further Education is open for enrolments and advice on courses on September 9th and 10th. They provide part-time education, business and commercial training services and hobby and leisure courses. www.carlowife.ie

• Drogheda Institute of Technology is having two open days and evenings, on September 9th and 10th from 10am-3pm and 7-9pm, for their night classes. Enrolments can be made online now. www.dife.info

• O’Fiach Institute of Further Education is holding two open evenings on September 9th and 10th for information on night classes. susan.mcgovern@ofi.ie

• Cork College of Commerce is holding an information evening for night courses on September 10th from 6-8pm. The night class prospectus can be viewed online at www.corkcollegeofcommerce.ie

• Ballymun Whitehall Education Fair: Thursday September 12th from 9am – 1pm. This a free event where you can check out training courses, evening classes and get information about starting back to college. www.ballymun.org

• St. Oliver’s Community College Drogheda is having an open evening to register for night courses on September 16th from 7-9pm. Enrolments can also be made online. www.louthnightclasses.ie

Evening courses may vary but generally courses run in two terms; one starting in September and the next starting in January. These short courses can appeal to people with other commitments for example, parents of young children. Several popular occupation training and distance learning courses also have ongoing dates throughout the year so there is no need to feel confined to the typical course terms. The Open College, ITEC and IT Sligo are just some examples of institutions that allow for flexible learning at a time that suits the student’s needs. With a little research on the colleges and courses, you could find one that will interest, educate, and entertain you this Autumn.

Resources
Open Day Listings on Findacourse.ie
Evening Courses Feature on Findacourse.ie

Author
Fiona McBennett