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UCLA American Studies Course

uclaA class for au pairs and Educare companions who want to master a university level class and take home a certificate from a major U.S. university.

Registration is now open for “American Studies,” offered online through the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Your host family pays the tuition of $500. You receive a reading assignment each week, and you have one or two assignments to do online. Some assignments will test your creative thinking. Some assignments will send you to the internet to do some independent research.

Note that a Global Awareness presentation, volunteer work in the community, and participating in local events are all part of this class (and you will earn 6 credits by completing both the online and community requirements). Ambitious? Yes – most definitely.

If you are curious about the events that have shaped culture and history in the U.S., if you would like a taste of the part women have played in U.S. history, if you want to get involved in the community where you live, if you are mentally adventurous – this is the class for you!

Read more about the class HERE.

The next course runs from September 23, 2013 – February 3, 2014.
Register today at www.uclaextension.edu/aupairs.

UCLA APIA Advantage Class Has Begun

Updated 9/23/2010: I just spoke with a representative from UCLA and she said that if an au pair would still like to enroll in this class, she may do so this week.


The Fall 2010 UCLA Au Pair in America Advantage Course

begins on September 20th and runs until January 31st.

It’s not too late for au pairs to enroll at www.uclaextension.edu/aupairs.

This interdisciplinary online course is designed specifically for au pairs who are required to continue their education as a part of their experience in the U.S.The 19-week program is in a blended online format, with media-rich, self-paced sessions and some instructor-led, cohort-based sessions. Participants read lessons, write, share resources, network with one another, and collaborate on special projects. They explore web links, play games, and take virtual field trips, all designed to further their understanding of U.S. culture.

The Community Involvement segment of the program takes au pairs into face-to-face contact with the community. Au pairs are required to do a Global Awareness presentation, volunteer at local organizations, and participate in historical and cultural activities. Au pairs will relate these experiences to their academic coursework. A follow-up writing assignment will consist of a reflection on the community-based experience.

Participants who successfully complete the program receive 6 quarter units (4 semester units) and earn a certificate of completion from UCLA Extension.Participants also have access to a UCLA Extension transcript, should they wish to request articulation of this program into a degree program at another college or university.

View the program brochure here.

For more information, call the Distance Learning Program office at (310) 206-6671 or email mhochstr@uclaextension.edu.
The Fall 2010 course will take place from September 20 – January 31, 2011.
To enroll* in this course, click here.

*Students wishing to enroll online and who do not have a Social Security number can skip that field when supplying the enrollment information.

Women's Business Leadership 2010 – Fall Semester


Women’s Business Leadership – Part I

Wednesdays 8-10 PM, 10/6-12/15 in Washington, DC a workshop series taught by GWSB faculty member Kathy Korman Frey in cooperation with the George Washington University School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Prof Frey is the founder of the Hot Mommas Project award-winning women’s leadership initiative, and faculty at the George Washington University School of Business. This class is designed for women aged 18 to 30.

When: 10/6 through 12/15, 8-10 PM, (Weds nights – no class 11/24)
Hours: 36 hours per semester. A letter will be provided to all participants confirming their participation. University credit is not provided. Cultural exchange students: This class fulfills 36 of your 72 hours of required education.
* In addition to homework, there is approximately one hour required each week for group meetings outside of class.
Cost: $362
Course material cost: $0 All materials are online.
*Access to a computer and phone each week will be required.
Where: GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus.

Women’s Business Leadership – Part II

Summary: In this class, students move beyond core lessons from WBL Part One to develop their own business plan, engage in a mini-internship, and practice leading groups of WBL students and each other in group exercises. This class is taught by the instructor of the award-winning Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Class. as seen in the Washington Post Magazine article, “CEO of ME, Inc.”

  • 3 Wednesdays 7:30-10 PM, between 10/6-12/15 in Washington, DC (10/20, 10/27, and 12/1)
  • 4 group meetings
  • 1 internship experience, 10/9, 8:30 AM-12 PM or other event TBD
  • LOTS of individual work drafting and re-drafting business plans. Only disciplined students ready for this commitment are encouraged to take WBL PART II.

Cost: $362
Where: Three sessions at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus, group meeting locations to be determined by student group members.

Weekend Courses in Baltimore Area

I have had lots of au pairs take the Sojourner Douglass weekend courses and they have been very pleased.  They have told me that the instructors and staff are helpful and professional, the courses are interesting and the facilities are nice.  Below you will find information on their upcoming course offerings.

Sojourner Douglass College, Division of Professional and Continuing Studies

The Fall 2010 schedule is available and posted on the website.  The summer courses are filling up quickly.

New classes added this summer:

  • American Cooking
  • Interior Design: Shape, Color and Furniture Placement
  • Balinese Dance
  • Fencing
  • Computer Software Training
  • ESL: English as a Second Language
  • Emergency Preparedness for Childcare Providers
  • Cultural Differences
  • American Politics

2010 Schedule of Weekend Classes (subject to change based on enrollment)

July 10-11, 2010 American Culture and Personal Development

August 6-8, 2010 TOEFL Review- few slots remaining

August 7-8, 2010 American Language, Culture and Tourism

September 11-12, 2010 Child Development and American Government

October 9-10, 2010 Experiencing America

October 9, 2010 Infant and Child CPR and First Aid

November 6-7, 2010 American Culture and Personal Development

December 4-5, 2010 Understanding American Culture and Government

Two Weekend Program

  • Hospitality and Tourism October 9-10, 2010 and December 4-5, 2010
  • Child Care September 11-12, 2010 and November 6-7, 2010

To register visit our new website:  www.weekendprogram.org

Please note the location of Weekend Courses:

The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute

692 Maritime Boulevard Linthicum, MD 21090-1952

(410)-859-5700 Front Desk ext 0

For questions call Angela Garnett, Program Coordinator at 301-213-2404 or email: info@weekendprogram.org

Water Safety Class

On Sunday, March 21, we had a water safety class at Kids First Swim School in Bowie.

We learned some basic rescue tips and information on keeping kids safe around all kinds of water.

A child can drown in any amount of water (pool, ocean, bathtub or even a bucket)

You must actively supervise children at all times around water.

Teach children water safety.

When you take a child to a pool with a lifeguard you are still responsible for supervising that child.

I hope everyone has fun in the water with kids this summer!

Time is Running Out to Register for UCLA Extension Class

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The next APIA Advantage UCLA Extension Class is set to start on March 29.  Time is running out to register. There are still spaces available, but you need to act quickly to register.

American Studies Online is a 19-week media-rich, mostly self-paced online course of study. Designed specifically in cooperation with the American Institute For Foreign Study’s “Au Pair in America” program, UCLA Extension’s course offers successful participants 6 quarter units (4 semester units) and a certificate of completion from UCLA Extension.  This class satisfies the whole education requirement for au pairs and half of the requirement for Educare companions. View the brochure here.

Participants will read lessons, engage in activities, write, share resources, network with one another, and even collaborate on special projects – all designed to further their understanding of US culture.

The Community Involvement segment of the program takes the au pairs into face-to-face contact with the community. Au pairs will relate these experiences to their academic coursework in American Studies Online.

The interdisciplinary course of study will include:
• US History
• Arts in the US
• US literature
• Career counseling
• English language study (optional)
• TOEFL preparation (optional)

Each group is assigned a “Course Manager” who acts as an “online concierge” to provide high levels of service to ensure a rewarding and trouble-free educational experience.

For course descriptions and current schedule, visit http://www.uclaextension.edu/aupairs
For further information call (310) 206-6671 or email online@uclaextension.edu