George Mason Launches Weekend Programs

Posted: February 2, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Darshana Patel

In January, George Mason launched its Mason’s Weekend Programs, a set of professional credit, noncredit, and certificate courses for working professionals, through the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE). These programs maintain the quality of a distinguished accredited university while offering professional individuals the opportunity to develop specific career-related skills and certifications outside the traditional university class schedule.

“We listened to professionals in the working community who have critical needs to upgrade their current knowledge and skills or advance their careers, yet needed classes at flexible times and convenient locations,” says Janet Niblock, executive director of OCPE. “Our weekend programs continue Mason’s tradition of supporting the working community.”

Classes, which are scheduled on Friday evenings and Saturdays, are highly interactive environments, emphasizing immediate application and relevancy to professional careers and the workplace, Niblock explains.

“By providing innovative and tailored educational and training experiences, we help enhance workforce development, organizational effectiveness, and economic development. These courses help blend skill-based learning with the conceptual and theoretical, and are delivered by George Mason faculty and instructors,” she says.

Classes are scheduled throughout the year, with new offerings added on an ongoing basis to meet changing learning needs. A 10 percent discount is offered to George Mason alumni on all continuing education programs.

“Our role and function has increased tremendously in terms of programs we offer and the audiences we are reaching,” Niblock says. “This has helped forge strong relationships with businesses and government and has also resulted in an increase in enrollment,” she adds.

Some current offerings include certificate programs in geographic information systems, global affairs and international business, and paralegal training. For a complete listing of upcoming courses and program information, visit or call OCPE at 703-993-2109.

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