Creative Profession, Serving Society
Hello, and welcome to the home page of Penn
State's Engineering Continuing and Distance Education, C&DE, office.
This office supports engineers in
lifelong learning - the process of acquiring the skills and knowledge
necessary to remain current in a chosen field.
In today's rapidly-changing, knowledge-based
economy, engineers must devote the time and effort to learn new skills and
technologies in order to add value for their employers and clients and to
remain personally marketable.
An undergraduate degree in Engineering
provides both an entree to the profession and a foundation for future
learning. It is, however, the beginning, not the end, of learning. Why?
Because it has been estimated that the life of a B.S. degree in Engineering
is about seven years. After that, technological change and innovation have
created new knowledge of which the person must become aware and capable of
applying. Considering that an engineering career may span 40+ years, one
may have to re-invent oneself several times over. The good news is that it
is easier than you think. You can update your skills through a variety of
|Reading and self study |
|Attendance at society meetings and
technical conferences |
|Short courses and workshops |
|Formal university courses |
Since the university specializes in discovering
and organizing knowledge, we feel that we have a major role to play in
supplying this packaged knowledge to those who need it. That's where the
Engineering C&DE office comes in. We link engineers' educational needs with
the knowledge discovered and organized by the Engineering faculty. We also
support the faculty in the delivery of quality programs. The diagram below
shows some of the channels through which we deliver educational programs,
and the diverse audiences to whom we deliver them.
Every year, the College supports the delivery
of hundreds of programs to thousands of learners throughout Pennsylvania and
the U.S. Programs are delivered at University Park, at Penn State campuses
throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to work sites, and, in the case
of distance education courses, to people's homes and offices.
In addition to the standard face-to-face
instruction, we link learners and faculty through a broad range of
technologies, including: the Internet, e-mail, videoconferencing, fax, and
an interactive telephone system.
We take great pride in bringing you quality
courses, taught by expert instructors, and delivered in a user-friendly
The links above will take you to our various
program areas. We hope that you find what you are seeking; if you don't, or
if you have any questions, please feel free to
contact us. We're here to serve you.