Workforce Development and Career Readiness Department
Explore our Dare continuing education class schedules for professional development and personal enrichment.
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
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.
|67476||March 2-23, 2024||Saturday: 1pm-5pm||$95||Kornosewicz||PAB 101|
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.
|67605||February 12, 2024||Monday||8 am – 6 pm||$299||Suchy||PAB 201 A|
|67606||March 18, 2024||Monday||8 am – 6 pm||$299||Suchy||PAB 201 A|
|67607||April 8, 2024||Monday||8 am – 6 pm||$299||Suchy||PAB 201 A|
|67608||May 6, 2024||Monday||8 am – 6 pm||$299||Suchy||PAB 201 A|
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.
|67463||March 19-21, 2024||Tuesday/Thursday||6:00 to 10:00 p.m.||$70||T. Maher||PAB 201|
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.
|67617||March 30, 2024||Saturday: 9pm-3pm||$70||D. Gatling||PAB 201A|
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.
|67598||2/3/24||Saturday||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.||$70||D. Gatling||PAB 201A|
|67600||3/2/24||Saturday||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.||$70||D. Gatling||PAB 201A|
|67602||4/6/24||Saturday||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.||$70||D. Gatling||PAB 201A|
|67603||5/4/24||Saturday||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.||$70||D. Gatling||PAB 201A|
|67604||6/1/24||Saturday||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.||$70||D. Gatling||PAB 201A|
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.
|Classes held regularly||NC Works Career Center||2522 S. Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC
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.
|66192||9/12/23-11/14/23||Tuesdays||3:30 to 6:30 p.m.||$125||Phillips & Haithcock||DARA 207|
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.
|67368||January 17 – April 10, 2024||Wednesday||6 to 8 p.m.||$125||Anderson||DARA 204|
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.
Drones: An Introduction (16 hours)
Our introductory class will act as a fun introduction to flying Drones for beginner flyers. Some of the topics covered are awareness of both local and Federal FAA restrictions, weather factors, flight safety, airmanship, and aeronautical decision-making. The class will introduce to students both photography and videography with COA Drone Equipment and in-class editing of materials captured. Additionally, the class will spend one 2-hour class introducing material to self-study for the Unmanned Aircraft General (small) Part 107 Certification needed to fly your drone for business or non-recreational use such as real estate or other commercial-based photography. This is just an introduction to material. The test is self-study. Computer skills are helpful. 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.
|67574||February 13 – 22, 2024||Tuesday/Thursday||6 PM – 8 PM||$70||Aiello||DARA 215|
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.
|67573||March 19-21, 2024||Tuesday/Thursday||6 PM – 8 PM||$70||Aiello||DARA 215|
Introduction to Mini-Split Systems – traditional
This course is designed for current HVAC technicians who want to learn more about mini-split systems. Topics covered will include the basics of variable refrigerant flow, supply and demand logic, AC/DC conversion, communication between components, and basic troubleshooting.
|67501||June 5 – June 19, 2024||Wednesday||8:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.||$80||Kline||PAB 101|
Introduction to Electrical (96 hours)
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the electrical industry and worksite. Topics include: introduction to 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 required code book. Scholarships are available for Dare County residents.
|67355||January 8 – May 1, 2024||Monday/Wednesday||6 p.m. to 9 p.m.||$395||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.
|65919||8/22/23 – 12/12/23||Tuesday, Thursday||6 to 9 p.m.||$320||John Osborn||PAB 102|
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.
|67566||January 29 – March 27, 2024||Monday/Wednesday||4 p.m. to 7 p.m.||$395||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.
|67395||01/09/24-05/02/24||Tuesday, Thursday||6 to 9 p.m.||$320||Kornosewicz||PAB 101|
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.
|67277||January 25 – March 8, 2024||Thursday||6 to 9 p.m.||$185||TBA||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.
|67278||January 25 – March 28, 2023||Thursday||6 to 9 p.m.||$185||TBA||PAB 103|
Nurse Aide I (160 hours) — blended
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.
- 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).
- You must also attend the Nurse Aide mandatory orientation.
- A calendar will be provided for clinical days and times.
- 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
|66516||January 23, 2024 to April 18, 2024||Tue/Thur||9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.||$237.50||L. Youman||DARA 206|
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
|62731||TBA||Monday||Monday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.||$82||Laura Gardner||DARA 207|
GEM -Gentle Expert Memorycare — blended
This course covers Alzheimer’s disease, which is a degenerative brain disease and the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is a syndrome — a group of symptoms — that has a number of causes. The characteristic symptoms include difficulties with memory, language, problem-solving, and other cognitive skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. You will learn current evidence-based, person-centered practices to care for individuals living with dementia in diverse settings. Scholarships are available for RNs, LPNs and CNAs.
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.
Introduction to Phlebotomy for Healthcare Workers (30 hours) HYBRID
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.
|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.
|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.
|TBA||TBA||Tuesday, Thursday||6 to 9 p.m.||$70||Peterson||PAB 202|
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.
|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
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.
|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.
Acrylic Painting (32 hours)
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.
|67407||January 24 to May 15, 2024||Wednesdays||9 a.m. to 1 p.m.||$180||R. York||PAB 207|
Watercolor Painting Studio (24 hours)
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.
|67406||January 23 to May 14, 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.
|67236||October 19 to December 14, 2023||Thursdays||9 a.m. to 12 p.m.||$175||Gannon||PAB 104|
|67373||October 25 to December 13, 2023||Wednesdays||6 p.m. to 9 p.m.||$175||Gannon||PAB 104|
|67385||January 10 to May 1, 2024||Wednesdays||10 a.m. to 1 p.m.||$225||Gannon||PAB 104|
|67397||January 23 to May 14, 2024||Tuesdays||6 p.m. to 9 p.m.||$225||TBA||PAB 104|
|67398||January 24 to May 15, 2024||Wednesdays||6 p.m. to 9 p.m.||$225||York||PAB 104|
|67399||January 25 to May 16, 2024||Thursdays||9 a.m. to 12 p.m.||$225||York||PAB 104|
Pottery II (30 hours)
This extended class is designed for those who have prior experience with pottery. Students work on their own, with guidance available from the experienced instructor. Hand built and thrown pottery techniques will be explored. Ideal for intermediate students.
|67396||January 23 to May 14, 2024||Tuesdays||9 a.m. to 1 p.m.||$295||York||PAB 104|
Pottery: Hand Building & Decorative Clay
This extended class is designed for students who have prior experience with pottery. Students primarily work on their own, with our experienced instructor to answer questions. Hand built and wheel thrown pottery techniques will be explored. Ideal for intermediate students. Cost includes 50lbs of clay.
|67388||January 12 to May 3, 2024||Fridays||6 p.m. to 9 p.m.||$225||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.
|65920||Sept. 18 to Dec. 11, 2023||Monday||6 p.m. to 9 p.m.||$225||Gannon||PAB 104|
|67386||Jan. 8 to May 6, 2024||Monday||6 p.m. to 9 p.m.||$225||Gannon||PAB 104|
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.
|65925||Sept. 21 to Dec. 14, 2023||Thursday||6 p.m. to 9 p.m.||$225||Gannon||PAB 104|
Pottery Workshop with Seagrove Potter, Ben Owen III
|67458||January 27, 2024||Saturday||9am – 5pm||$45||Ben Owen III||COA – Dare|
Open Jewelry Studio (30 hours)
Open studio access to the jewelry lab is designed for experienced students who have training with components of this specialized classroom. Students have full access to all equipment and 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. Enrollment is limited to 12 students, so register early to secure your spot.
|67272||November 1 – December 13, 2023||Wednesday||9 a.m. to 2 p.m.||$125||L. Laughlin||PAB 208|
|67356||January 10 – May 1, 2024||Wednesday||9 a.m. to 5 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.
|67372||January 13 – May 4, 2024||Saturday||11 a.m. to 5 p.m.||$225||L. Laughlin||PAB 208|
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.
|67371||January 11 – May 2, 2024||Thursday||12 p.m. to 5 p.m.||$250||L. Laughlin||PAB 208|
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.
|66254||9/16 – 12/9||Saturday||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.||$225||L. Laughlin||PAB 208|
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.
|67596||January 13 – May 4, 2024||Saturday||11 AM – 5 PM||$225||L. Laughlin||PAB 208|
Movies and Meaning: What Film Can Teach Us About Theology and Vice Versa
This course is built around movies with a thematic focus; each week we will explore a different film. This course aims to provide a dialogue between film, as a cultural product, and theology, as an academic disciple that helps us consider questions of ultimate meaning. We will meet for two hours each week, for input from the instructor and a class discussion. Students will prepare by watching the assigned film at their own convenience and on the platform of their choice (some films may only be available On Demand or rental). They will receive a weekly discussion guide that will help in forming the basis of the in-class discussions.
|67549||January 24 – April 17, 2024||Wednesday||6 PM – 8 PM||$95||Morris||DARA 215|
Healing with Plants: Creating an Herbal Medicine Cabinet (12 Hours)
Through this class, students will learn the step-by-step processes of creating herbal remedies using herbs from the garden. Students will learn how to implement these ingredients in herbal home care, skin care, and herbal medicine, creating an Herbal Medicine Cabinet. Topics covered include the benefits of Herbs and Making Herbal Oils, Making Tinctures, Making Fire Cider, Learning to Steam Distill, Making Salves, and Making Products for Everyday Use. All skill levels are welcome.
Exploring Spirituality & Religion (24 hours)
This course offers a non-sectarian, interfaith overview of organized religion as a historic and current path for spiritual growth and understanding. It will introduce students curious about religion and spirituality to the foundations of religious exploration, including primary texts of world religions that have adherents in this country. We will explore the ways in which religion and spirituality influence – and are influenced by – the cultures and communities in which they arise.