Education briefs for week of April 5

Career, internship fair offered in Columbus

COLUMBUS — Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and Ivy Tech Community College will host a career and internship fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave.

The event is open to the public as well as students and alumni. Employers will be seeking job candidates for full-time, part-time and internship positions. Job-seekers should dress in business attire and bring resumes.

For more information, contact Carol Kostrzewsky with IUPUC at ckostrze@iupuc.edu or 812-375-7527, or Sara Dunlap with Ivy Tech at sdunlap@ivytech.edu or 812-374-5123.

Sign language classes planned for April

American Sign Language classes are offered from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brown County Career Resource Center, 246 E. Main St. A new, eight-week class for beginners will begin Tuesday, April 18; a new intermediate class will start Monday, April 17. Call 812-988-5880 for more information or to register.

Beginning Microsoft Excel class offered at CRC

From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18 and 19, a beginning Microsoft Excel class will be offered at the Brown County Career Resource Center, 246 E. Main St. The class costs $25. Call 812-988-5880 for more information or to register.

High school exchange student hosts wanted

PAX, Program of Academic Exchange, a nonprofit, educational organization, places international high school foreign exchange students from 70 European, South American, Asian or African countries in homes across America.

The group is seeking families who live in the Brown County area as volunteer hosts. Students ages 15 to 18 who have studied English for at least three years will arrive in the United States in August. They are covered by comprehensive medical insurance and have their own spending money for incidentals.

Volunteer host families provide PAX students with a bed, a quiet place to study, a seat at the dining table, a supportive home environment and encouragement to engage in everyday American life. All types of families, including single parents, are welcome to host.

Local nonprofits can earn money if they help place students in host families — $150 per student. For example, a group shares the need for host families, and if, from that connection, a family hosts a student and refers that nonprofit to PAX, PAX sends the nonprofit group a check.

For more information, visit pax.org, email shickeypax@gmail.com or call Sabrina Hickey at 317-495-4024.

CRC offers discounts for multiple enrollments

The Brown County Career Resource Center offers discounts for multiple enrollments or for friends who enroll in classes at the same time. The discount does not apply to Ivy Tech classes.

For more information, call the CRC at 812-988-5880.

Volunteer reading tutors sought in schools

The Brown County Literacy Coalition is seeking volunteer tutors to read with elementary school children in the first through third grades. Tutors meet with their student at one of the elementary schools after school from about 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call 949-235-2171, email shari.r.frank@gmail.com or visit bcliteracycoalition.org.

Computer support training certificate offered

A+ Computer Support Specialist Class (A+ Certification) is offered at the Brown County Career Resource Center depending on interest level. Call 812-988-5880 for more information or to register.

Small-business counseling available for free

The Brown County Career Resource Center, 246 E. Main St., offers individual small-business counseling sessions through the Service Corps of Retired Executives.

There is no charge for the sessions, which meet in the morning on the first Thursday of every month. An appointment is required.

For more information or to register, call 812-988-5880.

High school equivalency class times set each week

Classes focused on the high school equivalency assessment exam — formerly called GED classes — are taught year-round from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Brown County Career Resource Center, 246 E. Main St.

Students who cannot attend then can arrange instruction by appointment or by distance learning.

People enrolled in adult education may be eligible for free job training through Work One.

For more information, call 812-988-5880.

Train to be certified as a nursing assistant

Certified Nursing Assistant classes are held periodically at the Brown County Career Resource Center, depending on interest. The next class is scheduled to begin in the summer. For more information or to register, call 812-988-5880.

Beginning Quick Books class available

A beginning Quick Books class will be offered at the Brown County Career Resource Center depending on community interest. For more information, call the CRC at 812-988-5880.

Learn to sign with your baby or toddler

Free sign language classes for babies or toddlers and their parents are available in Brown County. To sign up, call Lisa at 812-320-3507.