Transferable skills • Fast-paced experiences • Tangible final products
Innovation and experimentation have always been the hallmarks of Short Term at Bates. Practitioner-Taught Courses during Short Term offer opportunities for students to explore more practical and applied areas of study than are available within the core liberal arts curriculum.
Practitioners-in-Residence, often Bates alumni, teach applied knowledge and skills in their field of expertise. Students explore worlds of work, add to their practical skill set, and expand their professional network, contributing to their career exploration and preparation for future work.
“One of the best classes I have taken at Bates… It is such a great learning experience and an opportunity for us to relate the general knowledge we receive during the normal school year to the field to help us better prepare for life after college.”
~Urban Planning PTC student
- Digital Marketing, led by digital marketing consultant Ashley Hart ’91, Ashley Hart Marketing.
- Startup Project Management Bootcamp, led by Serial Entrepreneur John Stadler.
- Mediation & Restorative Justice, led by Elaine Bourne, JD, Barbara Blazej, M.Ed. P’06, and Margaret Micolichek
- Healthcare Administration, led by Shannon Banks ’85, Principal, BanksBellwether Strategy & Organizational Development.
- The Business of The Arts, led by Sara Juli, dancer and principal of Surala Consulting
- Brand Culture Building, led by brand consultant Peter Bysshe ’93, Bysshetank and Hitchcock Partners.
- Consulting for Strategy Development, led by consultant Fisher Qua ’06, advising the Bates Residential Life team on a new peer health program. Using successful consulting techniques you can carry with you anywhere.
- Filmmaking, The Creative Process, led by Wiebke von Carolsfeld, writer, director editor of feature films, including The Saver (2016), STAY (2013) and Marion Bridge (2002) See the students’ final videos and screenplays here!
- Journalism in an Age of Media Explosion, led by editor and writer Peter Moore ’78, most recently Editor of MensHealth Magazine, author of many articles and books, with guest speakers from every corner of the industry. See their news site Batezfeed!
- Music Production, Recording and Mixing, led by producer Jonathan Wyman ’97, This Sounds Good production company. more…
- Practicum in Entrepreneurship, led by Darrell Williams ’86, founder and CEO of Eighteen Ventures and HealthTech Maine.
- Practicum in Restorative Justice and Mediation, led by: Barbara Blazej P’96, M.Ed., and Margaret Micolichek, M.A, Restorative Practices Collaborative of Maine; and Elaine Bourne, J.D., Community Mediation Services Program of Volunteers of America, Northern New England.
- Practicum in Music Production, Recording and Mixing, taught by Jonathan Wyman ’97, This Sounds Good production company.
- Practicum in Urban Planning, led by Mike Lydon ’04, principal at The Street Plans Collaborative.
- Practicum in Social Change Organizing and Advocacy, led by Craig Saddlemire ’05, Cooperative Organizer for the Raise Op Housing Cooperative and team taught by Sarah Standiford ’97 and Aditi Vaidya ’00.
- Digital Innovation, taught by Ben Schippers ’04 and Will Schenk, co-founders of Happy Fun Corp, featuring guest speakers, entrepreneurship talks and computer lab time
- Graphic Design, taught by Brandy Gibbs-Riley ’96, principal and owner of Gibbs-Riley Design, featuring field trips to design firms and museums
- Healthcare Administration, taught by Shannon Banks ’85, P’14, senior vice president at Martin’s Point Healthcare, featuring weekly job shadows
- Social Change Organizing and Advocacy (see 2015 listing above)