As part of its continuing education programs starting Jan. 17, the university will offer a two-month online preparatory course on the essentials of sustainable building concepts for people who plan to take the LEED Green Associate examination.
Also, "The Best of NU," a new set of classes in which Niagara's top professors will present their best two hours on a topic that they would like to teach, is among the highlights of the winter-spring schedule of continuing ed.
LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
NU's continuing ed classes will run through May. Preregistration is required by calling 286-8181 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition starts at $19. Classes include Microsoft Office certification, an introduction to Facebook for businesses, digital photography, emergency medical service training, yoga, beginner and intermediate ballroom dancing, pottery, jewelry making and others.
Credit-free courses will be available in person and online. In addition, several classes are offered after 4 p.m. to accommodate people with daytime jobs who want to study subjects that can be used toward completing a degree.
The online course, titled "Green Buildings and Preparing for the LEED Green Associates Exam," will take place Jan. 31 through March 27. It will include instruction from the United States Green Building Council. Tuition is $695.
The course will set the foundation for understanding the green building process.