Oregon Humanities Offers Free Online College Courses For Low Income Residents


PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Oregon Humanities invites Oregon residents who face barriers to furthering their education to join HUMANITY IN PERSPECTIVE, a series of free college-level courses for low-income adults and youth .

Registration for the Winter / Spring 2022 course is open now. For the second time in the program’s 20-year history, this six-credit online course is open to all adults in Oregon, regardless of where they live in the state.

With the COVID-19 pandemic creating or exacerbating financial stress for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians, many have had to suspend or abandon their education goals. Humanity in Perspective offers a supportive learning community where participants learn essential skills in writing, collaboration and time management. And unlike many traditional classrooms, Humanity in Perspective courses treat curiosity and life experiences as topics worth exploring alongside and in relation to core study topics.

Luis Medina, a Humanity in Perspective alumnus, says: “HIP is a place where people can connect, share their perspectives and discover ideas that help grow the community and themselves. It’s a place you can go to every week to feel like you are part of a group concerned with making meaningful change and thinking critically about the most important issues.

Enrollment includes the full tuition fee and free readings, and financial assistance for technology to access the course is available. Additionally, participants who complete the course will earn a certificate and six transferable semester credits from Bard College. Tutoring, college counseling and mentoring opportunities are also available to participants.

Classes will take place online on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. from January 24 to June 2. There will also be four additional classes on Saturday. Humanity in Perspective (HIP) is offered in partnership with Bard College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University and is part of the National Clemente Humanities Course Network.

Oregon Humanities connects people and communities through conversations, storytelling, and participatory programming to inspire understanding and collaborative change. More information about our programs and publications, which include The Conversation Project, Consider This, Humanity in Perspective, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine — can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, not-for-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.


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