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communityenrichTri-County’s Community Enrichment classes let students explore their creativity and expand their mind. Classes cover subjects including Arts & Music, Cooking, Dance, Fitness & Recreation, Genealogy, Hobbies & Crafts, Language, Personal Enrichment, and more.

This program consists of avocational, practical skills, and academic courses. Avocational courses focus on an individual’s personal or leisure needs rather than his occupation, profession, or employment. Practical skills courses consist of single courses, designed to provide practical training for persons pursuing additional skills, which are not considered their major or primary vocation but may supplement income or may reasonably lead to employment. Academic courses consist of single courses designed to serve the academic educational needs of adult citizens, including courses in humanities, mathematics and science, and social science.

If you have an area of expertise, and would be interested in teaching one of these non-credit Community Enrichment courses, please contact Lisa Thompson Long or Ginger Hubbard.

Classes Offered


Animal Husbandry

Veterinary Assistant (ANS 3011): This course is designed for instructional areas related to a veterinarian practice: 1) veterinary terminology, 2) anatomy and physiology, 3) animal behavior and communication, 4) grooming techniques, 5) proper handling and restraining of animals, 6) obtaining and handling specimens, 7) emergency care, and 8) office management, including medical records, charting, and detailed documentation may be included.

Center for Applied Technology, Marble. 24 hrs.
Instructor: TBD Min: 6
April 19 – June 7 TH
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $74.55

“Chickens 101”: Discover which of the fantastic and fabulous breeds of chickens might be for you in this fun short course on America’s favorite bird. From baby chicks to mature hens, you will enjoy learning more when you learn about housing, feeding, and general care. You will also learn how to protect your birds from pests and predators. 8 hrs.

Instructor: Hearl Min: 6
February 20 – March 13 T
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. $40

Instructor: Hearl Min: 6
February 20 – March 13 T
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $40

Beginning Beekeeping: Learn about this intriguing craft from a certified Master Beekeeper. Topics will include introduction to beekeeping, how to start a hive & the equipment needed, swarm control, pest control, diseases, honey harvesting, winterizing your bees, and preparing for the next year. 16 hrs.

Instructor: Handford Min: 6
March 1 – April 19 TH
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $65

Introduction to Animal Assisted Interventions: This course introduces the field of human-animal interventions in human services. Topics include personal/professional characteristics, animal behavioral profiles, diversity of populations served, disciplines in the field, ethical standards and major theoretical and intervention approaches. Upon completion, students should be able to clearly articulate the knowledge, skills and roles of the animal in Animal Assisted Interventions in mental health settings. Limited to 20 students. 10 participants with dogs and 10 observers without dogs. This course is open to professionals in mental health and social work. CEUs may be available.

Instructors: McNamara/Hearl Min: 8; Max: 20
TBA MTWTH
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. $375
(Includes one-hour lunch) 

Advanced Animal Assisted Interventions: This course provides exposure to techniques and approaches for implementing animal interactions in mental health counseling. Emphasis is placed on competence in animal handling and management skills necessary for development as a well-rounded, responsible animal handler including components critical to the animals’ well-being, and applying knowledge and animal handling skills for creating safe and effective, goal oriented interactions within various human service and educational environments. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate their ability to identify interaction risks, animal handling and training practices, and assess animal interaction effectiveness. Introduction to Animal Assisted Interventions must be completed before admission this course. Limited to 20 students. 10 participants with dogs and 10 observers without dogs. This course is open to professionals in mental health and social work. CEUs may be available.

Instructors: McNamara/Hearl Min: 8; Max: 20
TBA MTWTH
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. $375
(Includes one-hour lunch)

Arts and Crafts

 

NEW Basics of Blacksmithing: Learn basic techniques of blacksmithing using forges, anvils, vices, and hand tools. We will begin with making simple items such as hooks and hangers to get familiar with firing and making the steel take the shapes desired. Additional cost for supplies of approximately $10. Class will be held off campus. Registration fee listed covers both classroom and lab hours, but does not include $10 supply fee. 24 hrs.

Instructor: Roush Min: 5; Max: 8
Classroom:
February 5 – February 26 M
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Lab:
February 7 – February 28 W
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $225

Bead Weaving: So many beads, so little time! In this class you will learn different types of stitches used to weave beads into three-dimensional shapes, distinct textures and patterns to create jewelry or to embellish baskets or other creative projects. Beginners are welcome. Additional cost for supplies. 24 hrs.

Instructor: Jones Min: 8
March 1 – April 5 TH
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $65

Instructor: Jones Min: 8
April 19 – May 24 TH
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $65

Picture Framing (Beginning): Learn to frame your own pictures and artwork without the expense of taking them to a local frame shop. The techniques for selecting and cutting the correct size mat, frame molding and glass for the artwork to be framed will be explained. Students will have hands-on experience of using real frame shop equipment to create a mat, frame, and correctly sized piece of glass and learn how to assemble the materials into finished framed art. Additional $10 supply fee (included in price listed). 12 hrs.

*Advanced class will follow if sufficient interest is shown.

Instructor: McCollum Min: 5; Max: 8
April 4 – May 9 W
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $65

Genealogy Classes

strong>NEW The Secret Lives of Women – Researching Female Ancestors: How do you research the women in your family tree? To discover their lives, you also must consider what documents and items were left behind by women. Women historically have not produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely did not exist until the 20th century. In this course we look at the specific record trail women left for us to help uncover our hidden female ancestors. 5 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
January 23 – January 30 T
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $15

NEW Researching in Libraries and Archives/Onsite Research: Researching in federal and state archives, libraries, historical/genealogical societies, courthouses, and other repositories can be intimidating to the genealogist. In this course you will discover unique records that await you in archives which may add to your ancestor’s story and your genealogical research. 5 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
February 6 – February 13 T
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $15

Google for the Genealogist: Google is the world’s leading search engine. If you are a genealogist, you may not have realized how genealogy and Google go hand-in-hand – and it’s not just for ancestry searches. Google can be an incredibly important tool in your family history research toolbox. In this course we will explore the world of Google and what it has to offer the family historian. 10 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
February 20 – March 13 T
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $30

NEW Using FANs & Other Techniques to Knock Down Genealogy Brick Walls: If you have spent any time at all working to compile your family history, there’s a chance you have run into difficulty finding at least one or more elusive relatives. Within the genealogy community this problem is commonly referred to as a “brick wall”. Some brick walls may seem impossible to solve so everyone needs a little help and encouragement from time to time to jump start the research. This course will bring you the momentum you need to get your family history research back on track. 10 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
March 20 – April 10 T
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $30

NEW Researching Your Georgia Ancestors: The Peach State has a long and colorful history, making it an ideal state to conduct genealogy research. There are many historical and genealogical records available for Georgia, but you need to know where to look to find them. In this class you will learn where to find the records, repositories, and the resources to help you document your elusive Georgia ancestors. 2.5 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
April 17 T
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $10

NEW Researching Your North Carolina Ancestors: Need help finding your North Carolina ancestors? In this class you will learn about research strategies you can use to document your NC colonial and state family history. Discover where to find the records, repositories, and the resources you need to find that elusive Tar Heel family. 2.5 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
April 24 T
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $10

NEW DNA 101 – The Foundations of Genetic Genealogy: A basic introduction to genetic genealogy and how it can be used in combination with traditional genealogical research. Course includes introductions to Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA testing, as well as how each of these types of DNA are inherited, who you should have tested, where you should purchase these tests, and how these tests can be used for genealogical research. This course is a prerequisite for advanced genetic genealogy classes. 10 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
January 25 – February 15 TH
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $30

NEW AncestryDNA: You’ve seen the ads on television. You may have even purchased a kit from them. Learn more about the test and the results you received from the most popular DNA testing company in the world. 10 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
February 22 – March 15 TH
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $30

NEW Researching Your DNA on the GEDmatch/FTDNA Websites: What is the next step in your genetic genealogy research after you have finished your work at AncestryDNA? Next logical steps are uploading your results to GEDmatch and FTDNA. Both DNA websites can be intimidating. In this course we will start at the beginning and examine the basic, but very important tools genealogists can utilize in their research. 7.5 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
March 22 – April 5 TH
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $25

NEW Advanced DNA Analysis: This course will introduce some advanced techniques used by genetic genealogists including the use of triangulated groups, chromosome mapping, visual phasing, and phasing. You will also learn about third party tools and examine how to analyze complex questions with DNA. 7.5 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
April 12 – April 26 TH
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $25

Languages

 

Sign Language – Beginning (COM 3709): This course introduces the fundamental elements of American Sign Language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic expressive and receptive skills. Upon completion, students will be able to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to expressive American Sign Language and demonstrate cultural awareness. 24 hrs

Instructor: Bernard Min: 8
TBA $74.55

Please call (828) 835-4214 to be placed on an interest list for this class. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Conversational Spanish (FLI 3717): This fun and interactive course provides an introduction to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. Invite a friend or someone you know to join you in this class as you will be working with a partner for the speaking portion of this this class. There will be an emphasis placed on pronunciation, parts of speech, communicative phrases, culture, and skills for language acquisition. Upon completion, you should be able to identify and apply basic grammar concepts, display cultural awareness, and communicate simple Spanish phrases. 24 hrs.

Instructor: Stafford Min: 10
TBA $74.55

Please call (828) 835-4214 to be placed on an interest list for this class. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Literary Arts

Creative Writing: Perhaps you want to write about your yourself or people you know, or your family history. Perhaps you have always had stories wandering around in your brain and you want to write fiction. Poetry? Prose? Not sure? Your questions will be answered to help you discover your writing niche. This class is for new or aspiring writers. 10 hrs.

Instructor: Beall Min: 5
March 5 – March 26 M
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $45

Medicinal Remedies

Insect Repellent: Learn how to use plants that are native to our area to create a repellent to discourage insect pests in this ‘make and take’ class. Additional $15 supply fee included. 2 hrs.
Instructor: Taylor Min: 4

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Healing Salves: Students will extract and utilize herbs for medicinal purposes in creating salves and ointments. Additional $15 supply fee included. 2 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Tinctures: Learn to make these liquid extracts made from herbs. Additional $15 supply fee included. 2 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Essential Oil Basics: In this ‘make and take’ class, students will learn to extract oils from various plants and herbs. Basic uses of essential oils will also be covered. Additional $15 supply fee included. 2 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

One Meeting Marvels
Basics of Basket Weaving: Weave common, useable baskets within these five-hour classes as you gain understanding of the basic techniques involved. All levels of experience welcome. Each class builds upon skills gained in previous class as students use the same techniques and learn new ones. However, there are no prerequisites and students may enroll in their choice of class(es). Additional cost involved for supplies and materials which the students will purchase from the instructor (less than $30 per basket). 5 hrs.Instructor: Hogsed Min: 5
January 27 S
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $25

February 24 S
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $25

March 24 S
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $25

April 28 S
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $25

Bonsai: Are you interested in the Japanese art of miniature tree forms? This two-hour class provides an excellent opportunity to learn and explore this art form. Trees and containers provided for a $15 materials fee (included). 2 hrs.

Instructor: Taylor Min: 4
March 7 W
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. $30

Felted Scarves: Make a practical and beautiful gift as you create a felted wool scarf and learn the technique of web felting. Additional $15 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

Instructor: Taylor Min: 4
February 17 S
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. $40

Painting with Pencils: This three-hour class provides an opportunity to explore Prismacolor colored pencils as medium choice. You will learn special techniques with pencils that make your creation look “painted” instead of “penciled”. All levels of experience welcome. First-time students will complete a simple project to gain an understanding of the properties of the Prismacolor pencils. Intermediate and advanced students will be allowed to choose their project from the instructor’s supply. 3 hrs.

Instructor: Barton Min: 4; Max: 12
January 31 W
9:00 a.m. – Noon $20

Instructor: Barton Min: 4; Max: 12
February 28 W
9:00 a.m. – Noon $20

Instructor: Barton Min: 4; Max: 12
March 28 W
9:00 a.m. – Noon $20

Instructor: Barton Min: 4; Max:12
April 25 W
9:00 a.m. – Noon $20

Instructor: Barton Min: 4; Max: 12
May 30 W
9:00 a.m. – Noon $20

Poured Candles: You will learn to melt the soy wax, mix colors, and scent candles with essential oils. Melted wax from candles can be used as lotion, which eliminates waste! Additional cost for supplies. 3 hrs.

Instructor: Jolliffe Min: 4
May 21 M
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. TBA

Tea Blending: Learn herbal tea combinations for both health and enjoyment. Additional $15 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

Instructor: Taylor Min: 4
February 28 W
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. $30

Terrarium Making: We will use a variety of containers (recycled) or students may bring their own and learn the best-suited plants and planting process for this popular miniature garden concept. Additional $15 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

Instructor: Taylor Min: 4
March 14 W
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. $30

Painting

Main Campus Location:

 

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention and instruction within these various classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. As a beginner, you will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. If you are a more advanced painter, you will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. Students are required to furnish your own brushes and canvases. Dates subject to change. 18 hrs.

Instructor: Hawkins Min: 7
January 8 – February 19 M
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $65
(Class will not meet January 15.)

February 26 – April 9 M
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $65
(Class will not meet April 2.)

April 16 – May 21 M
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $65

Realistic Painting: Learn to create a realistic painting using under-painting, layering, and glazing techniques in this class that is open to all levels of expertise. You will learn using your chosen medium of watercolor or acrylic. New students will learn to mix colors and to deal with light and shadow. Returning students will refine skills and techniques. Additional cost for supplies. 32 hrs.

Instructor: Foerster Min: 13
January 17 – March 7 W
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. $60

March 14 – May 2 W
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. $60

The Magic of Watercolor: In this foundational class, you will learn which materials to use and basic techniques that will enable you to create a beautiful painting. The instructor will demonstrate a step and then you will complete the same process before continuing to the next. This process allows you to confidently complete a watercolor painting. Class is open to beginning and intermediate students. Additional supply fee. Please call for supply list and instructor’s contact information. 12 hrs.

Instructor: Bessette Min: 6; Max: 10
April 3 – April 24 T
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $45

 

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention and instruction within these various classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. As a beginner, you will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. If you are a more advanced painter, you will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. Students are required to furnish your own brushes and canvases. Dates subject to change. 18 hrs.

January 8 – February 12 M
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55

January 9 – February 13 T
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55

February 26 – April 2 M
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55

February 27 – April 3 T
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55

April 16 – May 21 M
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55

April 17 – May 22 T
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55

Clay County Senior Center

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention and instruction within these various classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. As a beginner, you will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. If you are a more advanced painter, you will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. Students are required to furnish your own brushes and canvases. Dates subject to change. 18 hrs.

Instructor: Hawkins Min: 8

*Class will be scheduled when the minimum number of students have registered. Call (828) 835-4241 to put your name on an interest list.

Graham County Center

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention and instruction within these various classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. As a beginner, you will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. If you are a more advanced painter, you will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. *Class project will be announced closer to date of class.* Please call Graham County Center, (828) 479-9256, for supply list. 12 hrs.

Instructor: Carpenter Min: 6
April 3 – April 24 T
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $45

Performing Arts

 

Guitar Demystified: Beginning something new can be intimidating, but not when you are learning guitar from Wendell. He’s an experienced player who can teach you the important things all players should know. This class is suitable for the absolute beginner to the experienced player. 12 hrs.

Instructor: McRae Min: 6
April 9 – April 30 M
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. $55

Graham County Center

Guitar Demystified: Beginning something new can be intimidating, but not when you are learning guitar from Wendell. He’s an experienced player who can teach you the important things all players should know. This class is suitable for the absolute beginner to the experienced player. 12 hrs.

Instructor: McRae Min: 5
January 22 – February 12 M
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. $50

Personal Enrichment

Meditation for Health: Studies from organizations such as Harvard Medical School and Emory Healthcare show quiet time meditation aids in stress relief, as well as improve health, heart, and general well-being. Nine different types of mediation will be shown and practiced. This class will help you choose the form of meditation that fits you and your lifestyle best. 4 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 5
May 21– May 22 MT
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $25

Mindfulness: Learn how to be present in the moment, bring joy into daily life and connect with all around you. Mindfulness is not a religion or spiritual practice, but instead a way to be more aware of the wonders around you. 3 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 5
May 23 W
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $20

Strategic Couponing – Making Every Dollar Count: Learn how to use coupons to stretch your hard-earned dollars while you continue to get all the items you need and use for less money. You will learn how to earn free items and cut your grocery budget in half. 3 hrs.

Instructor: Reisberg Min: 5
May 3 TH
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $15

NEW “To Sleep or Not to Sleep”: There is more brain activity during sleep than during waking hours. Learn why sleep is important to your health and well-being. Adequate sleep can improve memory, mood, and is good for the heart, blood pressure, and brain. Topics to be discussed include common sleep disorders, the amount of sleep that is necessary for different ages and stages, and more. Class will be taught by a registered sleep technologist.

Instructor: Harris Min: 5
February 5 & 12 M
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $25

ZUMBA (“Exercise in Disguise”): Dance your way toward fitness for the New Year. This class is for all fitness levels, Beginner to Intermediate. No dance experience required. There are only two rules: move and have fun! 12 hrs.

Instructor: Paskanik Min: 6
January 22 – February 28 MW
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $60

January 23 – March 1 TTH
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. $60

Photography

iPhone & iPad: Class is open to both basic and intermediate skill levels. Topics to be covered include: Siri; settings to preserve battery life; apps;  maps; text messages and emails; shopping lists, reminders, and other tools to make your life easier; camera uploads and downloads; other topics as time permits. 6 hrs.

Instructor: Harris  Min: 6
November 27 & 28  MT
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $35

Demystify Your Devices: Learn to sync all of your electronic devices (computers, smart phones, tablets, etc.) and simplify this area of your life. 6 hrs.

Instructor: Hicks Min: 6
November 28  - December 7 TH
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $35

Technology

iPhone & iPad: Class is open to both basic and intermediate skill levels. Topics to be covered include: Siri; settings to preserve battery life; apps; maps; text messages and emails; shopping lists, reminders, and other tools to make your life easier; camera uploads and downloads; and other topics as time permits. 6 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 6
May 7 & 8 MT
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $35

Many more classes available at the Graham County Center. Please call 828-479-9256 to put your name on the interest list for any of the following:

Aquaponics
Candle Making
Calligraphy
Cherokee Language
Clay
Conversational Spanish
Couponing
Dancing
Drawing
Financial Planning
Floral Design
Gourd Crafting
Jewelry Making
Needlecrafts
Paper Art
Pastels
Sign Language
Woodcarving
Yoga