Happy Anniversary

Center for Continuing Education, 1993

by Katharine Reece MFA '12

SLC Center for Continuing Education

On January 11, 1962, The New York Times announced the creation of SLC’s Center for Continuing Education (CCE), which invited 33 adult women to take daytime classes taught by SLC faculty, with no prerequisites. It was one of the first programs of its kind in the country, and within 24 hours of the Times article, the College fielded 100 calls of inquiry.

Fifty years later, offering higher education to married women with children is (thankfully) no longer a revolutionary proposition, but CCE still offers “nontraditional students” a chance to thrive.

From people who have dropped out because of a death in the family, to successful professionals who want to further their learning, CCE offers a chance at a Sarah Lawrence education through a growing range of offerings, including the adult degree completion and post-BA programs, and the Writing Institute.

History faculty member Lyde Sizer has been teaching at the College for 18 years, and finds working with students in the CCE, which she’s done since 2002, to be a particular pleasure.

“These students understand, perhaps uniquely, the value of a Sarah Lawrence education because they have experienced other institutions before choosing this one,” Sizer says. “They bring a lot to the table: knowledge of the world, a hunger for learning, and an often profound creativity.”