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COA – Dare Continuing EducationClass Schedules

Workforce Development and Career Readiness Department

Explore our Dare continuing education class schedules for professional development and personal enrichment.

Welcome!

If you’re interested in a class, please register early; however, you can register at any time with payment due before the class begins. If a class has already started, call to have your name added to a waiting list.

How to Register

For most classes, please register online at myService

For the most up-to-date information or to register, call 252-473-2264 ext. 7037 or 252-335-0821 ext. 7024.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to Dare County residents for occupational and technical classes. Among them are the State Employees Credit Union, Golden LEAF and the Milton Jewell Scholarship provided by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. The Northeastern Workforce Development Board has assistance for some classes — call 252-480-3500 for information. All of these scholarships are needs based and you must complete and return an application. COA’s Dare County Guarantee Scholarship Program may be available for recent high school graduates for specific workforce classes.


Dare County Continuing Education Class Schedules

EPA Refrigerant Certification (16 hours)

Taking the EPA Section 608 certification is a crucial step for anyone who wants to work in the HVAC field. Successfully passing this test gives you the ability to purchase and work with refrigerants and avoid potential legal and financial penalties. The certification is good across all 50 States and requires no annual payment or renewal. Our program will feature 8 hours of in-class instruction covering Core and Types 1,2, & 3 to prepare you for the exam and up to 8 hours of proctored online computer testing (the initial exam and up to 3 retests, as needed). You can get your results immediately after completing the exam. If you are new to the field or are only missing a section or two of the certification, this course can help get you certified.

If you are new to the field or are only missing a section or two of the certification, this course can help get you certified.

Pool and Spa Certification (BLAFT) (9 hours)

Pool and spa operator certification. Students should bring a pencil, highlighter and a calculator to class. Fee includes manual and written test required by the NC Department of Environmental Health. One hour for lunch on your own. Must be registered two business days before class. Space is limited.

NC Vehicle Safety Inspection (8 hours)

This course prepares auto technicians and service personnel as safety and emissions inspectors for motor vehicles. Also prepares student to pass the qualification exam for certification to be used at a licensed inspection station. Must possess a valid in NC driver’s license, pass a background check, and have two years experience. Part of second night will be held in a local garage. Please pre-register.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
69003 June 18-20, 2024 Tuesday/Thursday 6 pm – 10 pm $70 T. Maher PAB 201A

ServSafe Manager

This ServSafe Manager course covers critical principles of food safety, including personal hygiene, cross contamination, time and temperature, receiving and storage, food safety management systems, training hourly employees, and more. The class is 8 hours, with an additional 2 hours scheduled in the COA-Dare Testing Lab to complete the online test at the end of Day 2.

ServSafe Manager Exam Only

The ServSafe Manager Exam is scheduled for anyone who has previously taken the Safe Manager course, has received their certification, but needs to renew that certification. If you enroll in the ServSafe Manager Course, you do not need to register for the Exam separately.

*The book and a valid driver’s license or photo ID are required; one must be a High School/GED graduate. Notary Public Manual for North Carolina 11th ed. 2016 is required to own, should be read before the class, and can be purchased from the COA Bookstore 252-331-5964 in Elizabeth City or NC Secretary of State website. You will be responsible for mailing the notary certificate fee to the state after successfully completing the class and test. If you have an unexpired commission and need to renew, please go online to the NC Secretary of State website. Students must provide a current state or federal picture identification for admission to the class. The ID must be a valid (not expired) ID with a picture of the face and either signature or physical descriptors or both. Temporary licenses will not be accepted.
**Students must possess their own personal copy of the Notary Public Manual.

North Carolina General Statutes (NCGS)

NCGS 10B-5(b) provided the following requirements to be commissioned as a Notary Public in North Carolina:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age;
  2. Reside or have a regular place of work or business in this State;
  3. Reside legally in the United States;
  4. Speak, read and write the English language;
  5. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent;
  6. Pass the course of instruction described in this Article, unless the person is a licensed member of the North Carolina State Bar;
  7. Purchase and keep as a reference the most recent manual approved by the Secretary that describes the duties and authority of notaries public;
  8. Submit an application containing no significant misstatement or omission of fact; and
  9. No criminal record.

If you have questions about eligibility for being commissioned as a Notary in North Carolina, call the Secretary of State of Notary Public Section at 919-814-5400 before you register to have your questions answered.

Notary Public

This course is designed to prepare students to be commissioned/appointed as a Notary Public. This course is approved by the Secretary of the State of North Carolina to train, test, qualify, and commission NC notaries. Students will learn the legal, ethical, and procedural requirements for notaries based on North Carolina law. The Notary Public manual and a valid driver’s license/photo ID are required to enter the class. The manual can be purchased from the COA Bookstore 252-331-5964 in Elizabeth City or Downtown Books in Manteo at 252-473-1056.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
69256 9/7/24 Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling DARA 215

Electronic Notary Public Certification (eNotary)

This course instructs existing North Carolina notaries public in the legislated procedure required to exercise electronic notarial acts as set forth by N.C. Secretary of State. Participants must hold a valid commission as an N.C. notary public to qualify for this certification. The course covers N.C. E-Notary Act, eligibility and registration, E-notary processes, technology solutions and providers, ethics reg. E-notarizations, consequences of misconduct, security standards, best practices, and departmental recommendations. To qualify to become a certified electronic notary, participants must hold a valid commission as a notary public in the state of North Carolina. Please bring with you a valid Driver’s License (needs to be a clear picture, not faded & not expired) & your current Notary Public number. Your E-Notary Manual will be provided in class.

HRD/Information for Job Seekers (3 hours)

This class assists students in their pursuit of employment in today’s challenging global economy. Content will include a review of vital topics such as creating an effective resume, job search strategies, preparing for the interview and job retention. Course fee may be waived for unemployed/low income students. You must be pre-registered.

Frequency Organization Location Contact
Classes held regularly NC Works Career Center 2522 S. Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC
(milepost 10.5)
252-480-3500

Technology Skills for the Workplace (24 hours)

This course is designed for students wanting to improve their computer skills. It includes basic terminology, word processing, printing a document, keyboarding, searching job sites, data entry, and more. It will help you polish and acquire skills to make you more marketable in the workplace. Limited enrollment. Class fee may be waived for unemployed/low income.

Employment Success Skills: Developing the right skills for success and how to prepare for the right opportunity (12 hours)

During this course, students will learn the key components necessary to successfully compete in today’s job market. Topics covered include identifying areas of interest, how to apply, creating a resume to get you noticed, marketing yourself and networking, navigating the interview process, workplace etiquette, and what to expect after you’re hired. This is an interactive, hands-on class designed to get you confidently into the workforce, or to move forward in your current career. Students receive a certificate upon completion.

Strategies for Success: Leadership Skills in the Workforce (30 hours)

Strategies for Success is a 30-hour interactive course focused on developing the skills to successfully navigate the unique business environment of the Outer Banks. Whether you are an experienced employee or just starting out in the business world, this program will provide you with the information needed for success in the workforce. The sequence of classes is two weeks of study focused on a specific module, then one week of fieldwork to complete homework.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location

Computer Skills for Beginners

Let us help you navigate your devices! Once you understand the basics, you will understand how to build your future learning and skills with computers, electronic devices, and the internet. This course is designed to teach the most basic computer skills needed for daily computer/electronic device operation. Topics include mouse and keyboarding techniques, navigating around the desktop and within programs, demonstrating the different types of programs most commonly used, and basic techniques for opening, creating, editing, and saving documents.

Digital Photography I (12 hours)

In this beginning class, students will familiarize themselves with basic techniques, processes, and tools of digital photography and will be able to get more consistent and satisfactory results from their camera. Students must have their own digital camera with manual controls or a Smartphone with a camera (Apple/Google/Android). Students are required to supply their own copy of Adobe Photo Plan.

Digital Marketing (24 hours)

This course will provide students with an understanding of digital marketing that enables them to be effective leaders in their field. We will break digital marketing into theory and practical tools which we will then put together to form digital marketing gameplans. The course offers a lab portion where we will apply these aspects of digital marketing to the student’s business or job. Topics include Website Design, UX, SEO; Google Business Suite; PPC Advertising such as Google Ads, Bing and Yahoo, Meta, YouTube & TikTok; Social Media; Third Party Review Sites like Trip Advisor & Yelp; and Analytics such as SEMRush & SPSS. No previous experience required. Open to all levels.

Editing with Lightroom and Photoshop (18 hours)

For this class, we will learn the fundamentals of photo editing using Lightroom and Photoshop. Adobe Lightroom is a photo editing and management program offered by Adobe, allowing users to manage and edit multiple images at once using the Adobe Lightroom interface. We will also use Photoshop, another Adobe Program, that lets you edit individual photos, graphics, and text to complete your works of art. This course will teach you the features in both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as help you master the skills needed to create your look for your photos and be productive while cataloging your work. No previous photography experience is required, though basic computer skills and a strong understanding of file management is encouraged. Both the beginner and seasoned user can benefit from this course as it starts with the basics of the program including navigation and continues on to more advanced features. Students must have their own Adobe subscription.

Drone Photography

In this four-day course you will learn the basics of Drone Technology. You’ll get hands-on experience flying Drones in a safe environment as well as learning the latest in Drone technology. You will also be learning about camera features and camera techniques for basic photography with your drone. Additionally, students will learn the Safety Procedures and The Rules and Regulations you must follow to be a safe pilot in Federal Regulated Airspace. Limited enrollment, so sign up early. Times may change due to weather conditions and daylight

Introduction to QuickBooks

This course provides an overview of the QuickBooks Online (QBO) program including setting up a company, customers, vendors, inventory and payroll. Other features covered include online Banking and creating various reports. The class will practice everyday examples including invoicing, paying bills and reconciling bank accounts.

Introduction to Excel

This class will cover the basics of Excel. Creating a new spreadsheet, basic computations, basic formatting and column and row manipulations. Basic computer skills are required. You will need to have access to a computer with Excel on it at home to practice.

 Intro to Electrical /Residential

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the electrical industry and worksite. Topics include an introduction to the theory, terminology, safety, codes and circuits. The course will take a hands-on, lab-based approach and focus on the basics of residential wiring. Fee includes the rental of the required book.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
68987 August 19 – December 9, 2024 Monday/Wednesday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $455 V. Travis PAB 102

Introduction to Plumbing (96 hours)

In this course, students will learn to manage basic plumbing issues that can arise in a residential setting. Topics covered will include toilets, water heaters, piping, outdoor showers, hoses, and sewage. Students will learn a brief history of plumbing, key terminology, and have hands-on experience in the classroom from a licensed, experienced plumber. Students will leave with a better understanding of how to install, troubleshoot, and repair residential plumbing, and enable you for entry-level positions within the plumbing field.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location

Marine Diesel Engine Repair (51 hours)

This course introduces theory, design, terminology, and operating adjustments for inboard marine diesel engines. Emphasis is placed on safety, theory of operation, inspection, measuring, and rebuilding and repairing diesel engines according to factory specifications. Upon completion, students should be able to measure, diagnose problems, and repair marine diesel engines. Additionally, students will be introduced to preliminary fabrication, parts ordering and inventory, and shop/lab best practices. It is not a certification class. Fee includes required textbook. All classes held in Manns Harbor.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
69003 September 16 – November 13, 2024 Monday / Wednesday 4 pm – 7 pm $375 P. White Manns Harbor

HVAC (96 hours)

If you are searching for a new career, are new to the trade, or looking to expand your knowledge of HVAC, this course can help you achieve your goals. Our 16 week course covers the fundamentals of cooling and heating through in-class instruction and hands-on training, taught by an experienced technician. Topics covered include: careers and certifications, refrigeration systems, tools and supplies, working with copper tubing, refrigerants including the new A2L refrigerants, electricity and motors, basic low voltage control circuits, and electronics troubleshooting fundamentals. Loan of a textbook is included with the course fee. Scholarships are available.

HVAC for Homeowners (8 hours)

Students will benefit from an explanation of basic system operation, including a simplified description of how a heat pump and refrigerator work. Topics include basic electrical requirements, safety, and reasonable expectations of their equipment. The class provides videos, handouts, and hands-on work with a Tabletop Heat Pump, plus discussion with the students to determine your exact needs, problems, and experiences. Ideal for homeowners or others wanting to know more about the HVACR industry.

Basic Welding (30 hours)

Starting with safety guidelines, the course content will be specific to SMAW (stick) with an introduction to GMAW (MiG) and FCAW (flux-core) welding. Students will participate in question-answer sessions and hands-on to gain basic knowledge in the setup and operation of various power sources that operate these processes. Upon completion, students will have a basic knowledge of various industry standards and certifications. Personal items required for the Welding program include a welding helmet (auto darkening is a plus), safety glasses, ear plugs, tip cleaners, a welding jacket with leather sleeves, steel-toed leather boots with high sides, and welding gloves. Kits can be purchased through COA’s bookstore.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
69119 July 25 – October 3, 2024 Thursdays 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $185 Williams PAB 103

Advanced Welding (30 hours)

Students must have completed Basic Welding I or have permission from Jeff Spear to enroll. For more information, contact Mr. Spear at 252-335-0821 ext. 2335 or [email protected]. Students will advance more into SMAW (stick), GMAW (MIG), and FCAW (flux-core) with an introduction into GTAW (tig) welding. Students will participate in question-answer sessions and hands-on to gain basic knowledge in the setup and operation of various power sources that operate these processes. Upon completion, students will have the basic knowledge of various industry standards. Personal items required for the Welding program include a welding helmet (auto-darkening is a plus), safety glasses, earplugs, tip cleaners, welding jacket with leather sleeves, steel-toed leather boots (with high sides) and welding gloves. Kits can be purchased through COA’s bookstore.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
69123 October 10 – December 19, 2024 Thursdays 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $185 Williams PAB 103

Mixed Level Welding

This course is open to all levels of welding students, from beginner to advancedThe class content will be specific to SMAW (stick) with an introduction to GMAW (mig) and FCAW (flux-core) welding. Students will participate in question-answer sessions and hands-on to refine basic knowledge in the setup and operation of various power sources that operate these processes. Individualized instruction will be available for the student’s level of experience. Personal items required for welding include a welding helmet (auto darkening is a plus), safety glasses, ear plugs, tip cleaners, a welding jacket with leather sleeves, steel-toed leather boots with high sides, and welding gloves. Scholarships are available.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
69115 May 9 – July 18, 2024 Thursdays 6 pm – 9 pm $185 Williams

Automotive Service Technician Training

A career as an automotive technician offers a pathway to a practical, stable career with plenty of development opportunities and substantial income potential. Train to become a certified auto technician with this hands-on, Ford-sponsored program. Learn how to diagnose and repair car and truck engines from a Master Service Technician at the Ford Dealership in Manteo. Students also will have classroom training through the STARS computer program. Upon course completion, students will receive a Ford Service Technician Training Certificate. Skills learned in this class can be used for any vehicle repair and will be valuable at any dealership.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
Option 1 September 16 – December 4, 2024 Monday/Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $395 Vic Jantti Ford Dealership, Manteo
Option 2 September 16 – December 4, 2024 Monday/Wednesday 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. $395 Vic Jantti Ford Dealership, Manteo

Spanish (24 hours)

This is a basic introduction to Spanish including pronunciation, travel expressions, and common everyday conversation offered through Ed2Go

Intro to Spanish

This course introduces students to the Spanish language so that they can develop proficiency on a basic level. Language learning in this course will focus on understanding and learning to speak simple phrases, limited vocabulary, and very basic grammatical structures.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
69000 May 6 – June 26 Monday/Wednesday 7 PM – 9 PM $95 Rabanal DARA 215

Conversational Spanish

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and this course will allow students to refine their basic conversational Spanish skills. The class will focus on conversation that emphasizes pronunciation and vocabulary and will include oral practice of dialogue, vocabulary, and basic grammar to communicate in Spanish.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
69001 May 7 – June 27 Tuesday/Thursday 7 PM – 9 PM $95 Rabanal DARA 215

Beginning Spanish for Educators

This course is designed to introduce basic communication skills for educators with Spanish speaking students. Language learning in this course will focus on understanding and learning to speak simple phrases, learning limited vocabulary, and very basic grammatical structures. Workbook included in the cost of the course.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
69233 June 17 – August 14, 2024 Monday/Wednesday 7 PM – 9 PM $95 Rabanal DARA 215

This course prepares graduates to provide personal care and perform basic nursing skills for the elderly and other adults. Emphasis on the aging process includes mental, social, and physical needs of the elderly, patient’s rights, nutrition management, elimination procedures, safe environment, restorative services, personal and special care procedures and activities, human body structure and function, and related common disease/disorders, communication and documentation, death and dying, and roles of the nursing assistant and health team members. A skill/competency evaluation is required. The course includes class, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences. You must be able to pass a background check. Upon satisfactory completion of the course and skill/competency evaluation, the graduate is eligible to apply for listing as a Nurse Aide I by the NC Division of Facility Services. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per class.

Prerequisites:
  1. You must have a high school diploma/GED or successfully complete a reading placement test score or college-level English with a 10th-grade reading level, or CASAS score of “244 to 248” (maximum of two tests, at least seven days apart, within 90 days, then recommend remediation prior to testing again for a third try).
  2. You must also attend the Nurse Aide mandatory orientation.
Clinicals:
  1. A calendar will be provided for clinical days and times.
  2. Clinicals will be held off campus and are 8-hour days.

Note: This class is partially online so you must have access to a computer and the Internet.

COA – Dare: blended

Syn number Dates Days Time Fee Instructor Room
67567 May 7 – July 18, 2024 Tue/Thur 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $237.50 L. Youman DARA 206
67610 August 27 – November 14, 2024 Tue/Thur 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $237.50 L. Youman DARA 206/209

Nurse Aid II — blended

Medication Aide (24 hours)

This course is designed to meet the training requirements for becoming qualified as a Medication Aide. The course will cover the six rights of medication administration for non-licensed personnel. Topics will include medication administration via the oral, topical and instillation routes, medical asepsis, hand hygiene, terminology, and legal implications. Upon completion, students should be able to take the competency exam and demonstrate skills necessary to qualify for listing on the North Carolina Medication Aide Registry. The book, Medication Aide Manual 25th edition, is required and available by calling 252-331-5964 (about $35).

Mental Health First Aide

COA – Dare

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
62731 TBA Monday Monday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. $82 Laura Gardner DARA 207

Pharmacy Tech — hybrid (136 hours)

This course provides the basic knowledge and skills required to work as a technician in a drug store or other pharmacy. Topics include drug classification, drug distribution, anatomy and physiology as they relate to disease with an emphasis on drug therapy, laws and regulations basic to pharmacy practice. Manuals can be purchased at the Follett Bookstore at COA – Elizabeth City. You must meet one of the following requirements:

  • North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement (NCDAP) test: a score of “7” or higher in all sections of DMA 010, DMA 020 and DMA 030
  • Passing grade in the courses DMA 010, 020 and 030
  • Passing grade in college-level math class (“C” or better)
  • (CRC) test: a score of “4” on the applied math section
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • CASAS score of “241” or higher

EKG/Cardiovascular Monitor Technician — hybrid

This course is designed and approved to prepare the student to become a certified EKG (ECG) and Technician/Monitor. The course will cover the anatomy and physiology of the heart, principles of EKG, dysrhythmia recognition of sinus, junctional/atrial rhythms, heart blocks and bundle branches, and ventricular ectopy rhythms. Skills will include operating EKG equipment, running and mounting strips as well as reading and interpreting 22 types of cardiac lead tracings produced from 12 and five lead monitors and to understand the basics of capnography as it relates to heart function. No clinical. Book required.

Students are required to have a high school diploma or GED.

This course will provide theory and lab experiences needed for the proper collection of blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing. The class is focused on skill-building for people already working in healthcare. CNAs, Medical assistants, nurses, or EMTs are eligible. Students who are currently enrolled in or have completed Nurse Aide I training within the last two years are also eligible, even if they have not tested for registry listing yet. Upon completion, you should be able to safely perform procedures necessary for specimen collections on patients in various healthcare settings. This course is class and lab only and does not grant phlebotomy certification. Book is required. No clinical.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
64068 TBA Labs: Tuesdays & Thursdays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. $140 Jodi Yates DARA206

Hospitality Leadership Certification

Hospitality Employment Skills (24 hours)

This course introduces the basic principles of customer service and employability skills and will prepare you to be the best employee possible no matter what your career path. Soft Skills so sought by employers and other employability skills will be explored. Role playing and finding solutions for different customer service scenarios will be presented. Find out your best fit in a company or business and provide an excellent experience for your customers or guests. A certificate of completion that can be added to your resume/portfolio will be awarded upon successful completion of the class. This class is fee waived for unemployed/low income students. Please register no later than three business days before the class. Some of this class may be online.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
TBA TBA Monday, Wednesday 6 to 9 p.m. $70 TBA PAB 201B

Career Readiness (24 hours)

This course builds on the Hospitality Skills, technical/computer skills, and the Soft Skills taught in the first two core class. Emphasis will be on honing your soft skills, finding a job in your areas of expertise, and enhancing your employability and income potential or business. Learn how to serve both customers and your company. You must have completed the Technology/Computer Skills class or the Excel class before taking this class. A certificate of completion that can be added to your resume/portfolio will be awarded upon successful completion of the class. This class is fee waived for unemployed/low income students. Please register no later than three business days before the class. Some or all of this class may be online.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
TBA TBA Tuesday, Thursday 6 to 9 p.m. $70 Peterson PAB 202

Regional Ambassador

It will help you polish and acquire skills to make you more marketable in the workplace particularly for the hospitality industry. Learn how to be an ambassador for your area. This class will be online and will also require the student to do a presentation as assigned by the instructor. Some of this class may be online.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
TBA TBA Tuesday, Thursday 6 to 9 p.m. $70 Maher OC28

Leadership Skills in the Workforce (24 hours)

This course is the cornerstone of  Hospitality Leadership Certification  and provides principles and practices for leadership development, understanding organizations as systems, and learning one’s self. A certificate of completion that can be added to your resume/portfolio will be awarded upon successful completion of the class. Please register no later than three business days before the class. This class will be offered online for those outside of Dare County. Emphasis is placed on:
 Communication: presenting, articulation, public speaking, nonverbal
communication
 Planning: prioritizing, decision-making, problem-solving
 Directing: facilitating, time-management, teamwork, allocating resources
 Motivation: positive, persuasive, recognizing others’ achievements, correcting
mistakes, actively listening

Customer Experience (24 hours) — online

This course introduces the basic principles of customer service and employability skills and will prepare you to be the best employee possible no matter what your career path. Soft Skills so sought by employers and other employability skills will be explored. Role playing and finding solutions for different customer service scenarios will be presented. Find out your best fit in a company or business and provide an excellent experience for your customers or guests. A certificate of completion that can be added to your resume/portfolio will be awarded upon successful completion of the class. This class is fee waived for unemployed/low income students. Please register no later than three business days before the class.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
TBA TBA Monday, Wednesday 6 to 9 p.m. $70 TBA online

Reservation Specialist (24 hours)

This course introduces the basic principles of customer service and sales with emphasis on the Reservationist position in the hospitality industry (rentals and hotels). Prepare yourself to be the best employee possible to increase your employability and enhance your income potential. It is required that you take Computer Skills for the Workplace or the equivalent before taking this class. Career exploration, entry and mid-level skills, employability skills, and numerous soft skills desired by employers will be the framework for the curriculum. Your resume will be polished to present to potential employers as needed. Customer Experience and Computer Skills classes are pre-requisites for taking this class (see classes listed above). A certificate of completion that can be added to your resume/portfolio will be awarded upon successful completion of the class. This class is fee waived for unemployed/low income students. Please register no later than three business days before the class. Some of this class may be online.

Syn number Date Days Time Fee Instructor Location
TBA TBA TBA TBA $70 TBA PAB 202

Yoga

COA – Dare

Join a 12-week in-person or via Zoom class taught by a live instructor. No experience is necessary, designed for all skill levels.

Gentle Yoga

“Gentle, breathing, stretching, balancing.” This class incorporates yoga postures, gentle movement sequences, breath work, supported silent meditation, and guided relaxation to support increased awareness and mindfulness of the breath and body, and quieting of the nervous system. No yoga experience is necessary. Participants need to bring their own yoga mat.
Syn number Dates Days Time Fee Instructor Room
68884 May 21 – August 6, 2024 Tuesday 8 am – 9 am $75 Samudinova PAB 203

All Level Flow Yoga

“As you make a progress in your practice, you also deepen your understanding of Vinyasa All Level Flow.” Vinyasa yoga improves energy levels while promoting relaxation and lowering stress levels. Other benefits include improving stability and balance, building muscle strength, and light-intensity cardio. Taught on all levels with an emphasis on breathing and relaxation techniques. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Syn number Dates Days Time Fee Instructor Room
68885 May 23 – August 8, 2024 Thursday 8 am – 9 am $75 Samudinova PAB 203

Painting with Acrylics

Students will learn basic principles of painting using acrylic paint. Topics covered include different painting surfaces, painting tools, perspective, media, and more. In this class, students will learn what painting methods are best suited to them and will explore their creativity. Students will supply their own materials.

Syn number Date Day Time Fee Instructor Location
69151 (section I) September 11 – December 4, 2024 Wednesdays 9 am – 1 pm $180 R. York PAB 207
69152 (section II) September 10 – December 10, 2024 Tuesdays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. $125 R. York PAB 207

Painting with Watercolor

This three-hour course will familiarize students with the principles of watercolor painting. Topics covered include types of paper, brush types, painting techniques, materials, composition, color theory, a bit of mixed media, and more. Each student works at their own pace with their subject matter of choice. Students supply their own materials, but a materials list will be provided before the start of class. All skill levels are welcome.

Syn number Date Day Time Fee Instructor Location
69156 September 10 – December 10, 2024 Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $125 F. Edwards PAB 207

Basic Pottery (24 hours)

In this class, students will learn the basics of creating functional and decorative pottery. Topics include shop safety, hand building, coil and pinch pots, wheel work, and using potter’s tools. You will also gain knowledge about glazes and firing your work. All levels are welcome but the class is geared towards new or rusty students. Cost includes 50lbs of clay.

Pottery I

This is a great introductory course for students with little or no pottery experience. Participants will learn the basics of creating functional and decorative pottery. Topics include shop safety, hand building, coil and pinch pots, wheel work, and using potter’s tools. You will also gain knowledge about glazes and firing your work. Beginner level.

Syn number Date Day Time Fee Instructor Location
69130 August 19 – December 2, 2024 Monday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $235 Wilkins PAB 104

Pottery I (sect. II)

Syn number Date Day Time Fee Instructor Location
69208 September 11 – December 4, 2024 Wednesday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. $185 York PAB 104

Pottery II

In this class, students will refine their basic skills in creating both functional and decorative pottery. Topics include shop safety, hand building, coil and pinch pots, wheelwork, and using potter’s tools. Students will also work with glazing techniques. All levels are welcome but the class is geared towards students with some pottery experience.

Syn number Date Day Time Fee Instructor Location
69132 September 17 – December 3, 2024 Tuesday 9 am – 1 pm $185 York PAB 104
69139 August 21 – December 4, 2024 Wednesday 6 pm – 9 pm $185 Wilkins PAB 104

Pottery: Altered Vessels

Learn to make more elaborate functional pottery with flair! In this class, students will learn different ways to alter forms that have been started on the wheel. Scalloped bowls, darted vessels, and oval platters are just the beginning of what can be achieved. This class will help you develop your own personal style in ceramics. Some experience with wheel throwing required.

Syn number Date Day Time Fee Instructor Location
69131 August 19 – December 2, 2024 Monday 6 pm – 9 pm $185 Gannon PAB 104

Pottery: Surface Design

For this class, students will discover different techniques for surface design on functional and decorative ceramics; slip trailing, mason stains, oxides, slips, and more! Students will spend time with wheel thrown and hand built projects. All levels welcome.

Syn number Date Day Time Fee Instructor Location
69138 August 21 – December 4, 2024 Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm $235 Gannon PAB 104
69141 August 23 – December 6, 2024 Friday 6 pm – 9 pm $185 Gannon PAB 104

Pottery: Fundamentals of Ceramics

Ceramics is a broad overview of the stages of clay – forming it, firing it, then using different techniques of decoration on both decorative and functional pieces. Students in this class will gain an overview of ceramic studio safety practices, and essential hand-building and wheel throwing techniques. The course will introduce students to working with clay, kiln firing methods, glazing and related surfacing techniques. Upon completion, students will have solid foundation skills in both functional and sculptural work.

Syn number Date Day Time Fee Instructor Location
69140 August 22 – December 5, 2024 Thursday 10 am – 1 pm $185 Gannon PAB 104

Pottery: Form & Function (36 hours)

Take a deep dive into functional pottery. Learn to make functional pieces that make everyday life extraordinary. Mugs, bowls, pitchers, and all things utilitarian will be explored. Great for beginners as well as baby potters ready to tweak their skills. Fee includes 50 lbs of clay.

Pottery: Open Studio  (36 hours)

Open studio classes are designed for potters with prior experience who are comfortable working at their own pace in a supportive, community-based classroom. While specific assignments will not be part of the course, guidance from our experienced instructor is available, as well as input from other classmates. Students will work on their own individual projects. 50lbs clay is included in the course cost.

Syn number Date Day Time Fee Instructor Location
69005 (FULL) May 21 – August 6 Tuesday 9 am – 1 pm $175 Wilkins PAB 104
69072 May 22 – August 7 Wednesday 6 pm – 9 pm $175 Wilkins PAB 104

Open Jewelry Studio (30 hours)

Open Studio provides access to the jewelry lab and is designed for experienced students who have training with the components of this specialized classroom. Students work on individual projects at their own pace, using their own supplies. A Lab Assistant will be on hand to answer questions. Students must report to the first class for orientation.

Syn number Date Day Time Fee Instructor Location
68994 June 4 – August 13, 2024 Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $180 L. Laughlin PAB 208

Jewelry: An Introduction

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of concept, design, materiality, and manufacturing associated with jewelry making. Class time will be spent exploring foundation techniques, including 2D design iteration and 3D methods of metalsmithing. Students will learn sawing, piercing, sanding, soldering, and more. Concept exploration, craft, and techniques will be stressed through a series of design projects. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have completed jewelry design projects and an introductory understanding of the creative practice of jewelry design.

Jewelry: Advanced Enameling

Advanced Enameling will include instruction in cloisonné (both opaque and transparent), champlevé, and Limoges. Both cloisonné and champlevé involve wet packing enamel, while Limoges (we use watercolor enamel) is a painting technique. This class requires basic-intermediate enamel experience. Some materials are provided.

Intro to Jewelry (72 hours)

This course introduces jewelry construction for professional jewelry design and production. Topics include fabrication techniques, basic tool usage, mechanisms, finishing techniques, and studio safety. Upon completion, students should be able to safely solder and rivet to construct and finish jewelry and hollowware. Open to beginners or those needing a refresher in jewelry design.

Syn number Date Day Time Fee Instructor Location

Intermediate Jewelry Design

This course continues exploration of two- and three-dimensional jewelry and hollowware design. Emphasis is placed on applying principles, elements, and relationships of design to jewelry and hollowware. Upon completion, students should be able to design jewelry and hollowware and demonstrate visual problem-solving skills. This class is concurrent with Introduction to Jewelry Design.

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