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Published:January 27th, 2006 14:13 EST
Education fair offers tips, training to visitors

Education fair offers tips, training to visitors

By Noopur Shrivastav

Seven universities and colleges were a part of a Citigroup education fair on Thursday. The fair, aimed at counseling professionals in their areas of interest, was sponsored by the Delaware Diversity Council.
Akinwale Ojomo, a specialist in global loans, who is himself pursuing a Masters Degree in Human Resources, is interested in developing people`s career and this encouraged him to organize the education fair for the diverse group of employees who were present.
It is very difficult to maintain the interest of the adult students after long hours at work, he says. We know that they lead a hectic life, they have their families and their own life, in this case it is a real challenge to pull working class into the class room," Ojomo said. 
He added: "But we understand the needs of profession and we counsel them about different courses that will be of help to them by organizing such fairs."
The fair, which provides training to lecturers, also offers general curriculum that could be good for people who share different educational, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
"It is tough but it is equally interesting when they share their experiences in the class. Their experiences help us evolve a better and more real life course of study not only for adult students but for young students as well," Ojomo said.
Edward G. Kamenc, Enrollment Manager of Wesley College, says we live in a "world of finance, banking and accounts."
"We have tried to formulate courses that could cater to the professional needs of different groups. We want them to be equipped with better communication skills, we want then to evolve a more global outlook that cold open up their minds," Kamenc said.
He adds that curriculum has been set up that participants are required to attend a one night a week lecture. "It is quite impractical to assume that professionals will attend lectures like regular students," Kamenc said.
He added: "We are here with the courses, we are ready to help them and we have to see how many people really enroll in the courses."