If a private institution (that doesn't confer degrees) is offering recreational cooking classes, can these be collectively referred to as a program?

I'd appreciate your help.

  • Are they individual classes, or a group of related classes that someone might take several of? Getting a degree (or not) is not an issue. The other clue is that they will call it a program.
    – user3169
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 19:55
  • They are individual courses (note that I am avoiding the word "class," as it is ambiguous between "course and "lesson"); a student typically pays to take one of these courses.
    – Apollyon
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 22:53

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In AmE, to call these recreational cooking classes a "program" would be a stretch of that word's meaning to the point of breaking. A program typically has a defined structure with stages, and requirements, so that those leaving the program successfully can be expected to have acquired a specific range of knowledge and/or skills. That scenario does not apply at all to recreational cooking classes. There is not even an attempt to measure and record "successful completion" with recreational classes.

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