Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fun and Informative Classes from Continuing Education

Vol State offers many non-credit classes through Continuing Education. There are classes for fun and leisure, and courses to help you develop new skills. Here are highlights of some courses coming up this fall. For the complete list and all the specifics please visit

Quick Draw and Sketching
Learn to create “quick sketches” that force the eye and hand to work together more effectively.
Techniques include contour line drawing, thumbnail sketches, focused work on shape, value, light, and shadow – and have fun in the process.
CEU 126 501 $65+materials 4 weeks
Tuesday, 630-930PM, 10/27-11/17

Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy Adults and Teens
Have you wanted to learn to play the guitar but just can’t fi nd the time? In just a few hours, you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment - and you don’t have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic cords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. Bring your acoustic guitar. Ages 13 and older. Materials included.
CEU 112T 501 $60 1 day
Monday, 630-900PM 09/21

This hands-on class explores the basic techniques of songwriting. You don’t have to be an accomplished musician to learn how to transform your ideas or themes into creative masterpieces. Learn the inside of the music business from how to publish and market a song to how royalties are broken down and distributed.
CEU 309 501 $80 6 weeks
Thursday, 600-800PM 09/17-10/22

Tasty, Healthy Meals on a Budget
This class will teach you about the use of a kitchen garden, a “ready” pantry, and a well equipped kitchen. Learn about the revised food pyramid, food colors, and nutrition. More importantly, you will come away with new cooking ideas for one meat dishes, one skillet wonders, cheap date lunches, and more.
CEU 067 501 $55 3 weeks
Thursday, 630-830PM 09/24-10/08

Reflexology, Iridology, and Acupressure
Join us to learn more about these three natural healing techniques. Reflexology can provide relief because the whole body is represented on the feet and hands through points that can be individually stimulated to produce a reaction in the corresponding body part. Iridology is an evolutionary natural health science. An iridologist analyzes the delicate structures of the iris. Acupressure is an ancient healing developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Not a certification class.
CEU 457T 501 $75 6 weeks
Thursday, 600-800PM 10/01-11/05

Introduction to Ghost Hunting
This class is a guide to ghost hunting. Participants will gain basic skills and an understanding of investigations of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places, and related psychic experiences. Learn how the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together. Basic techniques of using an Electronic voice Phenomena will be demonstrated.
CEU 975 W41 $65 2 weeks
Thursday, 530-930PM, 09/17-09/24

Solving Sudoku
This mini-course teaches you how to solve the popular, logic based Sudoku puzzle. Key steps are described and numerous hints given. The course is hands-on and puzzles, ranging from easy to most difficult, will be solved.
CEU 355T 501 $30 4 weeks
Thursday, 600-700PM, 10/08-10/29

Write & Present “Like You Talk”
Learn how to write business proposals/presentations clearly and simply so that they are easily understood. Included is a lesson on how to present your material in a clear and concise manner.
CEU 308 501 $45 3 weeks
Thursday, 600-800PM, 10/08-10/22

Microsoft Office 2007 - New Features
Participants will learn about the Microsoft Office button, Ribbon tabs and Ribbon groups, galleries, contextual Ribbon tabs, Live Preview, the Dialog Box Launcher, the Document Information Panel, and the Mini toolbar. New features of Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Word will be introduced.
CEU 238T 503 $30 1 day
Wednesday, 600-900PM 10/07

Using Social Media Tools
By the end of this seminar, you will know what a blog is, how to choose a blog site, create content for a blog, use cool free web tools to make the blog more friendly, and how to let the world know you have your very own blog. Explore several open source (free) tools available on the web for your use including productivity, photo editing, photo sharing, communication, and video. Learn
how to use MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Second Life and how it can benefit you. Basic computer knowledge is helpful.
CEU 238T 504 $65 3 weeks
Tuesday, 600-900PM, 10/27-11/10

Making the Most of Your iPOD
Geared towards users of the iPod touch and iPhone -- but all iPod users will learn some new tricks -- this session will demonstrate some of the other applications that are available besides just listening to music and audio books. Participants will learn about the App store, photo sharing, the note taking feature and much more.
CEU 238T 502 $30 1 day
Monday, 600-900PM, 10/12

Making the Most of Internet and Email
Designed for beginning Internet users, this course covers the effective use of web-based email (Web Access, Gmail, and Yahoo!). Learn how to scan and upload basic email attachments, documents, or photos, with safe sharing practices. Students are encouraged to bring print or digital photos or documents for hands-on learning.
CEU 238T W41 $40 1 day
Saturday, 900AM-100PM, 09/26

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