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Adult Continuing Education

Adult Continuing Education (ACE) has been offering part-time education programmes to Cork, Munster, and beyond since 1946 and is proud to celebrate over 75 years of educational services to the community.

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30 May 2024

Darina Allen Appointed as Adjunct Professor at ACE at UCC

Adult Continuing Education at University College Cork (UCC) has announced the appointment of Dr Darina Allen as Adjunct Professor to Adult Continuing Education and the Department of Folklore and Ethnology.  
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27 Mar 2024

Digital Badge in Recognised Prior Learning

Following from hugely successful participation and delivery last year, the RPL Digital Badge, in partnership with The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is back, offering participants an excellent introduction to all things RPL.  
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23 Feb 2024

Eight Students in Cork Prison to Attend Graduation ceremony

A group of students at Cork Prison have today (Friday, February 23) been presented with awards recognising their completion of a module on Substance Misuse and Addiction Studies. This course was developed originally by University College Cork (UCC), the HSE Addiction Services and James Leonard of ‘The Two Norries’ Podcast in collaboration with teaching staff in Cork ETB’s Education Unit.
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20 Feb 2024

Dr Alan McCarthy's book on the History of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning at UCC

Discover the history of adult education and lifelong learning at UCC in Dr Alan McCarthy's book; 'The Laurels: Adult Education and Lifelong Learning at UCC, 1946-2022'. Commissioned by ACE at UCC for the 75th anniversary, the book is now available to purchase at UCC University Press online here: 
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The most enjoyable learning experience I have ever had. I never felt more challenged but I enjoyed that. I cannot understand why I did not do this earlier in my life."

Graduate from DePuy Synthes

For over 10 years, I have attended short courses run by ACE at UCC. All courses met my needs in providing intellectual stimulation and meeting like-minded people. I found the courses excellent."

Mary McCarthy, Skibbereen

When I was offered the place on the course I was thrilled, it was the perfect opportunity to learn new skills and make myself more employable. I now run my own business and have so much confidence."

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