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Universal Class offers more than free 500 courses to enrich resident knowledge
Gain job skills, homeschool and test prep help
Posted Date: 10/22/2013

Patrons of the Tempe Public Library now have free access to more than 500 courses of their choice to learn everything from how to gain job skills, teach homeschool students, prepare for taking the GED test starting a business or just learning something new for sheer enjoyment.

Universal Class is a new online life-long, continuing education service designed specifically for use by the cardholders of public libraries.

“As a partner in education throughout a person’s life, the Tempe Public Library is excited to offer this dynamic, valuable and convenient on-line education tool,” said Barbara Roberts, Deputy Community Services Director for Library and Cultural Services.

With actual instructors guiding the learning, engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses, students enjoy an engaging and measurable learning experience that helps them master and document their educational goals.

Universal Class offers courses in fitness training, entrepreneurship, arts and music, home and garden care, cooking, technology, health and medicine, law, parenting, pet care and more.

Staff at the Tempe Public Library will offer free introductory classes on how to make the best use of this tool on Nov. 3 and Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. and Nov. 5 and Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. There is no registration required for these free classes.

For those who would like to dig in on their own, go to the Library Class website and enter a personal Tempe Public Library card number to get started. The library card number is the number below the barcode on the back of the library card. The link to Universal Class can be found on the front page of the library website as well.

This service is being funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which supports libraries in Arizona through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program, administered by the Arizona State Library.

About Universal Class
Universal Class, Inc. is an education technology company that provides online services to schools, corporations, organizations, educators, and students throughout the world. It aims to advance intellectual exchange in teaching, research, and service with its technology and belief that education should be affordable to all people of all cultures.

About the Tempe Public Library
The Tempe Public Library receives more than 750,000 visitors each year and has one of the country’s largest children’s programs. Beyond storytime and book clubs, the library offers a relaxing café, computer classes, classes for using e-readers, author visits and a variety of programs relevant to your life. Discover more about the Tempe Public Library at www.tempe.gov/library or visit at 3500 S. Rural Road.