Universal Class – Free Online Continuing Education

Learn a new skill this winter!

The Vermont Department of Libraries offers Universal Class at no cost to all Vermont Public Libraries. Waterbury Public Library patrons are eligible to use this online learning resource for free in the library or from remote sites.

What is Universal Class?

The Vermont Department of Libraries explains that, “Universal Class is an educational service providing high quality online courses for patrons (generally high-school age and older) interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Patrons register online, participate in the classes online at their own pace, correspond with instructors online and have up to six months to complete an individual class.

Universal Class supports lifelong learning and enhances not only social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, but also employability. Class content covers a wide range – from hobbies (arts and crafts, dog training, photography) to job skills (writing improvement, medical billing, computer programming, domestic violence counseling) to education and test preparation (writing for children, general science, Algebra, Homeschooling Strategies) – and much more!”

  • Patrons are welcome to enroll in up to 5 courses.
  • Patrons have up to 6 months to finish each course.
  • Patrons can attend class and do assignments on their own schedule. Each   course has a real instructor who you may communicate with using email.
  • No pressure, stress-free learning at your own pace.

How much does it cost? 

Universal Class is free to any patron with an active account at the Waterbury Public Library.

How do I explore the courses and sign up?

Visit the Universal Class Website. You will need your library card number to login and create an account. Enjoy, and have fun learning!