Earlier this month I uploaded an entry talking about how I was going back to school to finish up a certificate program at the local college. One of my purposes of going back to the local college to get this certificate was that it seemed like it would be very easy to attain. Or, as I put it:
I was hired at my job and I began to look into Doctoral programs as well as certificate programs. Lo and behold, the program that I was previously enrolled in where I only finished one class had a certificate available for being a Public Relations Specialist. At the same time, my company was looking to have me and some of my coworkers get trained on some other aspects of our business. Since the local college (where I was enrolled and only finished one class) was offering a fundraising course, I took the course and completed it. Well, as a part of my research prior to taking the course, it turns out that both the course I had previously completed and the fundraising course were two of the four courses needed for this certificate. But it gets better…
I researched when the other two courses were offered and they are being offered this fall and next spring. And since I’m teaching at the local college this fall and next spring, I can take these courses for no charge. In essence, I can received this certificate in public relations free of charge.
Yes, I’m quoting my blog on my blog. Welcome to the nexus of the universe.
Anyway, as it turns out one of the courses that I previously enrolled in was taken as a non-matriculating student. In other words, that means that it does count towards the certificate goal. If I want that class to count…I need to take it again. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the definition of stupidity.
Those of you reading this entry who know me from my days at college might expect me to raise all hell and get this stupid clause reversed. Well, I’m not going to do it this time. I’m not interested in the fight nor am I interested in getting myself all wrapped up in an argument that I really don’t care about in the long run.
Speaking of the long run, I’m still getting a blockbuster deal. Assuming I teach this fall (which is locked in already) and next spring (which is 50/50 at this point), I’m still taking two of the required four classes for free. Plus, I still have the one course I took years ago that counts toward this program. That leaves one course that I have to pay for – not bad. I plan on working with my employer to split the cost of that one course (which should equal about $1,000 each). Either that, or I’ll just see if I can teach another course in the spring or next fall, which will allow me to take the necessary class to complete the certificate.
In any event, since this is somewhat a vanity certificate (in other words, I’m getting a credential that I don’t need for my current job and may only tangentially need in the future), I don’t see the need to fight what would be the good fight in this situation. At least this time…I’m just going to go with the flow.