Thursday, December 15, 2005

Non-credit classes announced for January

Non-credit offerings at Northwest Mississippi Community College for the month of January range from courses in pottery and music to a discussion on storytelling, according to Patricia Lowder, coordinator for Continuing Education. All classes will be held on Northwest’s Senatobia campus.

Northwest Art Instructor Lane Tutor will teach Pottery on Tuesdays, Jan. 10-May 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Art Building. This studio course is designed to cover the making of pottery by hand, including pinch pot, coil and slab methods and the application of glazes and firing. Fee is $230 including clay, and students will be given a supply list at the first class meeting.

A 50-minute Fitness Class is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 23-May 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. Northwest Education Division Director Julie Correro will lead a low impact, challenging workout ideal for almost anyone. Exercises will include strength training, cardio/aerobic training, stretch exercises and abdominal toning. Fee is $95.

Students will learn to create documents in Microsoft Word Basics, set for Mondays, Jan. 23-March 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Tunica Building Lab 136. Helen Williamson will teach the basics of creating, modifying and formatting different types of documents. Participants should be proficient with the Windows operating system, and 2.5 CEUs will be awarded upon request. Fee for the class is $60 including textbook.

Two one-day courses in music will be taught by David Haynes in the Fine Arts Building on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Music Reading for Total Beginners, set for 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 109, will quickly teach students all the basic reading skills needed for playing and reading music on any instrument. This course is essential for those who have no musical background and wish to take the Instant Piano workshop. Fee is $30 plus $15 collected by instructor for materials.

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People will be held the same day from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room 110. This short course will provide students all the chords needed to play any pop song in any style and any key. This is a beginning class in chord piano techniques. Fee for this course is $45 plus $25 collected by instructor for book/CD.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for Digital Photography will be held Wednesdays, Jan. 25-March 22 in the Tunica Building Lab 135 from 6 to 9 p.m. Helen Williamson will teach students the basics of Adobe Photoshop, a professional image-editing program that provides creative options for digital photos and produces the highest quality images for print and the Web. Students will learn to create exceptional imagery with easier access to file data, streamlined Web design, faster professional quality photo retouching and more. Fee for this class is $60 including textbook. Students may be awarded 2.5 CEUs upon request.

Kim Steinman will serve as instructor for session I of Cake Decorating, to be held Thursdays, Jan. 26-March 2 in the Yalobusha Building, Room 120 from 6 to 8 p.m. Students will learn to create icing roses, borders, flowers and other cake embellishments. Fee is $45 plus supplies, and an icing recipe and supply list will be provided at the first class meeting.

The first of a two-part course, Excel Basics will introduce students to the organization and analysis of numeric data using the popular Microsoft Excel program. The course, taught by Helen Williamson, is scheduled for Thursdays, Jan. 26-March 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Tunica Building Lab 136. Topics will include writing formulas, using formatting commands and developing well-designed worksheets. Students should be proficient in the Windows operating system before enrolling, and the fee is $60 including textbook. Students will be awarded 2.5 CEUs upon request.

Wendy Gregory will teach two foreign language classes in the Yalobusha Building, Room 120. Basic Conversational Spanish for Professionals will be held Mondays, Jan. 30-April 24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and carries 3.0 CEUs upon request. Advanced Spanish for Educators is scheduled for Mondays, Jan. 30-March 27 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and awards 2.0 CEUs upon request. Basic Spanish-speaking skills are required for this course.

The focus of these classes will be on basic communication in Spanish by educators, law enforcement personnel, medical personnel, and business professionals. The classes will be tailored to fit the needs of the participants and will include “survival Spanish” for easy communication with adults and children. Fee for each course is $60.

Watercolor/Oil Painting will be taught by artist Jim Hardin on Tuesdays, Jan. 31-April 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Art Building. Students will learn to increase creative expression through observation, good composition and color harmony. A supply list will be provided. The fee is $135 plus supplies.

The first of three ACT Prep Workshops will be held Jan. 30-31 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Tunica Building Room 129. Instructors Carol Lucius and Kristie Waldrop will provide an overview of the ACT format, followed by a review of verbal and math fundamentals and test-taking strategies. Fee for the class is $75 including textbook, and the registration deadline is noon on Friday before the first class.

Lunch and Learn is designed to assist in the continued effort of Northwest to serve the surrounding community targeting adults 50 years of age and older. It provides the opportunity for the adult learner to interact with faculty members and administrators in a relaxed atmosphere.

Presentations are held once a month, and each meeting lasts approximately one hour.

The first topic of the spring semester Lunch and Learn series will be “Storytelling–What is it?” presented by Northwest speech and theatre instructor Doug Bennett. Bennett, who holds a master’s degree in storytelling, will address the group Jan. 25 at noon in the David M. Haraway Center. Participants are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. for the meal. Fee is $5, which includes lunch.

Also available for senior adults is Reading Roundtable, which provides a forum for seniors to read and discuss a variety of books during the course of a semester. This year’s books will revolve around the theme “Living and Learning.” Discussions are led by Northwest faculty and staff, and meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at 2 p.m. in the R.C. Pugh Library. All participants must register for the program, and each book being discussed costs $5.

A special presenter is being planned to discuss the first title, “Plain and Simple” by Sue Bender, on Monday, Jan. 30. Bender, also an artist, was drawn to a quilt she saw in a store and finds herself searching for meaning in her life. Her journey includes living with an Amish family. This book can lead the reader to explore what is of value in his/her own life.

For more information or to pre-register for any of these classes, contact Lowder at (662) 562-3349.

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