The Continuing Education Providers Program, formerly known as the IEEE Education Partners Program, now has more participating institutions and offers steeper discounts. The program sports a new Web site and an improved search engine. Some of the courses might be eligible for reimbursement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill for U.S. military veterans—which began paying for training in August 2009.
The IEEE CEP site now has programs from 60 universities and training groups, up from 40. The providers offer certificate-bearing courses, undergraduate and graduate courses, degree programs, webinars, and workshops. The organizations offering courses are grouped on the site under two categories: Academic and Corporate. Next to each provider’s name are two icons: the left one brings you to a Topic Outline page, which provides a brief description of the school. The right icon takes visitors to a summary of the programs being offered to IEEE members. If you’re not sure which institutions offer courses in your field, use the Search box to enter keywords such as “computer science,” “power systems,” or “video games” and you’ll be presented with the names of the schools.
Universities under the Academic listing include the Babasaheb Gawde Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India; the Engineering Institute of Technology, Perth, Australia; Drexel University, Philadelphia; and the University of Florida, Gainesville. Corporate providers include the Game Institute, General Electric, and Siemens.
By clicking on the provider’s name, you can learn more about the programs being offered and the discount available. Some providers offer as much as 25 percent off instead of the usual 10 percent.
Once you click through to a provider’s site, you’ll find more features than before, including the ability to enroll in the school by logging in with your IEEE Web account under the Administration section. There are links to the latest news from the provider and to upcoming events. All courses are eligible for continuing-education units, which IEEE issues.
U.S. military veterans might be eligible for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under the so-called Post-9/11 GI Bill, which pays for undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as vocational and technical courses such as those offered by IEEE providers. The bill provides up to 36 months of full- or part-time education benefits. Benefits generally are payable for 15 years following release from active duty.