Goal EDL-5: Provide a variety of opportunities for residents to engage in an ongoing pursuit of knowledge and lifelong learning.
Lifelong learning is an ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge, primarily for personal enjoyment and satisfaction. The term recognizes that learning is not confined to formal education and job training, but takes place throughout life and in a range of situations. The Hayward community has the desire to be a center for lifelong learning. This goal and its supporting policies strive to create a variety of lifelong learning opportunities that extend beyond an individual’s formal education and career training. Policies are designed to increase access to lifelong learning opportunities offered through local colleges, museums, libraries, self-directed learning circles, park districts, senior centers, and community organizations.
The City shall encourage local colleges, vocational schools, and technical training institutes to maintain and improve continuing education courses and certificate programs, including opportunities for on-line learning.
The City shall encourage local colleges to offer “open university” courses (courses that can be taken on a space-available-basis, without a formal admission to the college).
The City shall encourage learning beyond the classrooms by promoting lectures, learning circles self-directed discussion groups, and other educational opportunities at local libraries, historical societies, museums, community centers, senior centers, regional parks, art studios, and science and nature centers.
The City shall maintain and develop library programs and services that contribute to the personal education of adults (of all ages) pursuing lifelong learning opportunities.
The City shall expand access to educational resources by incorporating library technology that allows users to access non-print collections through the use of computers, e-readers, tablets, smart phones, and other electronic devices.
The City shall encourage the expansion of learning courses and educational programs offered by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District HARD) and East Bay District (EBRPD).