Education Supplement Listings

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at NYU(998-7080; scps.nyu.edu) affirms its commitment to the brave new Net world with certificate programs such as "Web Business Development" and "High-Tech Entrepreneurship." A sort of Rake's Progress for buzzwords is suggested by matching spring-semester e-specie classes with their fees, from "Internet Financing: From Planning the Start-Up to IPO" ($330) to "The Web Economy" ($650) to "Using the Internet for Direct Marketing" ($750) to a dip toward "Introduction to E-Valuation" ($330).

When pink slips turn slushy gray and the buildings department starts looking into its list of suspiciously renovated "work" spaces, dot-refugees could consider the green fields of Queens, where means for starting from scratch are at hand: LaGuardia Community Collegemay still have room in short, affordable ($25-$75) continuing-ed courses like "Basics of Investing" and, for Those-Who-Do-Not-Learn-From-History, "Investing in the Stock Market." For wily folk riding the economic slipstream, there's "Real Estate Salesperson" ($192), the first half of a broker's-license program. —E. McMurtrie


international study

If you like traveling but want to be part of a community, AFS Intercultural Programs(299-9000; afs.org) has a network of offices in over 50 countries and offers intercultural learning opportunities for students and young adults. Students live with a family and attend school for a year or semester; adults work in businesses or volunteer while picking up the language and culture of another country.

Want a different view from your classroom window? Council on International Educational Exchange(800-40-STUDY; ciee.org) has programs for undergrads, young adults, and education professionals looking to explore international issues with academic peers. Programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East provide one- or two-week seminars that focus on global issues.

Established in 1957, Operation Crossroads Africa(870-2106; igc.org/oca) sponsors programs that foster understanding of the African diaspora. These six-week sessions call for involvement with community development programs in over a dozen African countries, focusing on issues such as health and reforestation; $3500 covers travel costs. Tentative dates: Jun. 16-Aug. 12, 2001. Deadline: Feb. 1. —Amber Cortes


language

A certain VIP needs to touch up his, ah, English elocution for his new job at a major U.S. "firm"—but he's been too busy to register for ESL classes. A conservative sort, he balks at the fancy "cultural immersion modules" and high outlays of most language schools. Our exec—call him "W"—might make the traditional choice of Berlitz Language Center(berlitz.com; 765-1001), where he can sign up anytime for whatever level and duration of instruction he might need, at competitive rates. Nothing subliminal here.

Meanwhile, the runner-up for commander in chief can prep early for 2004 with Susan Berkley's Jan. 24 seminar, "How To Seduce Anyone, Anytime With Your Voice." This three-hour course advocates making your voice "more pleasing and powerful" for romantic (well, business, really) purposes, but perhaps it can modulate the qualities that tend to blow political debates with its "tips for overcoming some of the most common speaking distractions." Call the Learning Annex(371-0280; learningannex.com) for registration info, or pick up a course catalog at one of their 50 million boxes citywide.

The rest of us can escape the presidential blarney over a Guinness at Rocky Sullivan's(129 Lexington Ave., 725-3871). Not educational, you say? Au contraire, boyo: The pedagogical premises bring it all back home with "Irish Language and History" classes for the novice (bunrang) and intermediate (meanrang) on Tuesday evenings; registration is held in the back room. E-mail Liammack@nyc.com for details, and, please, best not tell my folks what exactly I meant about "going back to school" later this winter. —E. McMurtrie

music

A schism in the recording industry concerns music-school training vs. learning the ropes as an apprentice in a "real world" studio; if you're a Pip who'd rather just take Magwich's tuition and keep him at arm's length, you can try the introductory audio engineering course at New School University(www.newschool.edu; 229-5690). About $605 for noncredit enrollment, this 12-session, hands-on evening class teaches acoustics and puts you at the mixing console of a 24-track studio. If the mullet-per-capita ratio is bearable, NSU has a full certificate program in the subject.

Another question about talent: Are poets born or made? "Singing for People Who Think They Can't," at the Singers Forum (singersforum.org; 366-0541), suggests the not-for-profit's in the populist camp, advocating that "everyone can sing" and providing five-class, $135 programs in a "fun, supportive and caring environment"; but a roster of past students with surnames like Minnelli, Kitt, and Leguizamo suggests the one-or-the-other debate's inadequate. The Forum has other offerings, such as cabaret workshop and community service programs.

Leave this hemisphere at Lotus Music and Dance(109 W 27th St.; 627-1076; lotusarts.com). Although the multicultural course selection is primarily terpsichorean, past offerings have included classes in North Indian vocals and beginning and advanced tabla, the latter taught by the renowned Samir Chatterjee. Most sessions are $11 each, $10 with a 10-class card; private classes by appointment. —E. McMurtrie


nature

For a walk on the really wild side, from oak-pine woodland to saltwater wetlands, visit the 2400-acre Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge(631-286-0485). Its many species include deer, muskrats, foxes, weasels, amphibians, raptors, and songbirds. Visitors can walk two hiking trails (1.5 miles and three miles respectively). Parking is available; the entrance road is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Take Route 27A (Montauk Highway), and turn south onto Smith Road (just east of the Carmans River). Go one-third of a mile; the entrance is on the right.

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