Variety of community education classes begin at WVU Parkersburg this fall

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Starting in October, West Virginia University at Parkersburg will offer affordable, non-credit education opportunities to the community. The schedule includes 44 community education classes that cover such topics as history, arts and crafts, and computer skills.

The complete list of programs includes:

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Meet West Virginia Civil War Artist Porte Crayon AKA David Hunter Strother: Monday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. – Noon in the WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development Building, room B100B, $15 – Learn about the life and times of David Hunter Strother, a Union officer, topographer, war correspondent and one of the founders of the West Virginia Historical Society.

Fear of Public Speaking: Saturdays, Oct. 8 and 15, 10 a.m. – Noon in the WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development Building, room B100B, $20 – Learn all of the tricks of public speaking, and get your fear under control in a safe learning environment.

American Sign Language: Tuesdays, Oct. 25 – Jan. 3, 6 – 9 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg main building, room 1314. $175 – Learn basic conversational sign language in this beginner class. Students will also learn information regarding deaf culture in order to communicate on a basic level with deaf and hard of hearing people whom they may encounter in their work places or in everyday social events. Students are responsible for purchasing the book “A Basic Course in American Sign Language.”

Introduction to Microsoft Word: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. – Noon in the WVU Parkersburg main building, room 0414B. $20 – Learn how to enter and edit text, save and browse documents, enhance the appearance of a document by using various formatting options, create tables, insert headers and footers, proof and print documents, and insert graphics.
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Beginning Sewing Skills: Thursdays, Oct. 13 – Nov. 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg Caperton building, room C105, $25, $75 material cost – This five-week, hands-on beginner sewing course teaches students how to use a standard sewing machine and many sewing tools available today. Students will also learn about different, threads, fabrics and seaming techniques. The $75 material cost covers a sewing kit, written materials, samples and fabric for a garment that student will complete. Student will be required to bring their own sewing machine to class.

Civil War Spies: Monday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. – Noon in the WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100B, $15 – Discover Civil War spies who risked their lives in daring exploits to find valuable information that they could use for their cause.

How to Get Along with Difficult People: Monday, Oct. 17, 6 – 9 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $20 – Find out how to best deflect and overcome negativity.

Hip Hop with Sadie: Tuesdays, Oct. 18 – Nov. 22, 10 – 11 a.m. in the WVU Parkersburg main building, room 1535, $25 – Classes begin with stretching and then a small dance routine. Each week a new dance will be taught with new moves and terms acquainted with the moves.

Careers in Private Sector Investigations and Loss Prevention: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5 – 9 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $25 – This class is designed to prepare current law enforcement officers for a career in the private sector or for those not in law enforcement that want to pursue a career in the expanding field of investigations, security, loss prevention and organized retail crime.

Garage Welding: Wednesdays, Oct. 19 – Nov. 30, 6 – 9 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg Applied Technology Center, room 003, $75 – Learn the basic welding procedures and techniques to complete common around the house, garage or farm repairs. Students are required to provide the basic personal protection equipment used in the work place or shop, including welding jacket, welding hood/shield, safety glasses or side shields for Rx eyewear, boots and gloves. Long pants and long sleeves are required. Tools required for the class are a 4 or 6 inch grinder with cut-off wheels and grinding wheels, slag/chipping hammer, side cut pliers, crescent wrench and/or channel locks.welding2

Microsoft Word II: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – Noon in the WVU Parkersburg main building, room 0414B, $20 – Learn to perform mail merges, create and use forms, create master documents that include table of contents, a table of figures, footnotes, endnotes, an index, bookmarks, cross-references and web frames. Also learn how to create macros, customize the quick access toolbar, and keyboard shortcuts.

Turn Customer Service Inside Out: Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the WVU main building, room 1314, $20 – Learn how to develop effective internal customer service skills.

Be a Van Gogh with Mando Paint Class: Thursday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg main building, room 2305, $25, $20 material cost – Basic introduction in using acrylic paints with step by step instructions on a selected painting project. Follow along with instructor guidance, allowing air dry time and also learn brush strokes and different techniques.

SNOWMEN!: Saturdays, Oct. 22 – Nov. 5, 1 – 3 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $20, $26 material cost – Use a variety of crafting skills to make a snowman, countdown wall hanging, baby sock snowmen ornaments and a snowman door hanger with a surprise back.

Automotive Technology – Basic Engine Management Systems: Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 – 5 p.m. at Lubeck Service Center, $25 – Introduction to principles in electricity, testing, batteries, starting and charging systems, engine theory, engine component inspection and R&R, under hood noise diagnosis, cooling and lubrication systems, environmental management, and service information systems.

PowerPoints: A Presentation on Giving Successful Presentations: Monday, Oct. 24, 5 – 9 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100B, $20 – This course will teach techniques to help students be more effective and confident when presenting to an audience.

Introduction to Google Apps: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6 – 8 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100B, $20 – Learn the basics of how to get the most out of your Google account. From mail and documents, to calendars and online storage, Google provides many powerful applications that can improve your productivity. Learn to manage Gmail and Calendar entries to stay organized. Store, share and collaborate with Google Drive and Hangouts while keeping up with online communities using Google+. Students should have a Google account created before coming to class.

Beginner Crochet with Mando’s Studio: Thursday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. – Noon in the WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100B, $25 – This course will cover the basics of crochet, learning a chain and single crochet. Students will work on a dish cloth for their first projects. Students need to bring selected hook size, yarn and scissors.

Self Defense through Tae Kwon Do: The Way of the Hand and Feet: Thursdays, Oct. 27 – November 17, 6 – 7 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg Main building, room 1535, $25 – This class will teach participants a basic overview of Tae Kwon Do with a focus on applicable self-defense tips and techniques. Participants will address “what if” situations and learn how to defend themselves. The instruction will be applied to each person’s individual limitations to help them reach their personal best.

When Life Hits Hard: How to Make Your Crisis Work For You: Fridays, Oct. 28 – Nov. 18, 6 – 8 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100B, $25 – This class will illustrate three ways most people react to overwhelming loss, grief or change and then show you a completely different approach that will make these circumstances work for you instead of against you.

Busy Blankets: Friday, Oct. 28, 6 – 9 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $20, $12 material cost – Busy Blankets are tools for Alzheimer’s patients and are used to keep a person’s hands busy while occupying their mind to reduce the potential of agitation. Students in this class will learn how to use hand stitching or machine sewing skills and different sewing techniques to create busy blankets.

Automotive Technology – Drivability Diagnostics: Sunday, Oct. 30, 1 – 5 p.m. at Lubeck Service Center, $25 – This class is an introduction to alternative fuel systems, powertrain control systems, on-board diagnostics, distributor and electronic ignition systems, fuel ignition systems, electric and hybrid electric vehicles, exhaust emission systems, customer relation techniques and electronic accessories, and computer scan tools and diagnostics.

Railroad History: The Invention That Changed a Nation: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. – Noon at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100B, $15 – Learn about the history of the United States railroad system. Explore the early trains and their inventors, the history of the train barons, the Big Four and the impact they had on the nation, and the Civil War and West Virginia.

Transition from Law Enforcement to a Private Sector Career: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5 – 9 p.m. at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $25 – This course is designed to assist those officers wanting to make a transition from law enforcement to a career in the private sector. Learn to plan ahead, research available career fields, develop a resume to compete, and how to find the right position.

Intermediate Crochet with Mando’s Studio: Thursday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. – Noon at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $25 – This course is the second in the series of the crocheting course. You will need to bring selected hook size, yarn and scissors.

Introduction to Chinese Mandarin: Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 – 11 a.m. at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $20 – Learn how Chinese writing works, how the Chinese Mandarin language is structured, and essential phrases. Students must bring a writing utensil and a notebook or notepad. It is also recommended that students purchase a copy of “Crash Course Chinese: 500+ Survival Phrases to Talk Like a Local” by Celine Li.

Automotive Technology – Drivetrain Systems: Sunday, Nov. 6, 1 – 5 p.m. at Lubeck Service Center, $25 – Introduction to torque converters, planetary gears, transmission hydraulics and clutches, manual transmissions and transaxles, four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, differentials, precision measuring instruments, removal and replacement of transaxles, electronic transmission diagnostics, manual clutches and drivelines.

Microsoft Access Basics – “It’s All Relational” I: Monday, Nov. 7, 6 – 8 p.m. at WVU Parkersburg main building, room 0414D, $20 – This class is an introduction to uses for relational databases and how to create one using Microsoft Access.

Wooden Christmas Ornaments with Mando’s Studio: Monday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.– Noon at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $25, $5 material cost – This class will provide instruction on making two wooden ornaments from start to finish.

Basic Culinary Knife Skills – “Making the Cut”: Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 – 11 a.m. at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $25 – Learn about the different knives in your kitchen, how to use them to make basic cuts with consistency and safety, and how to care for culinary knives.

Automotive Technology – Chassis: Sunday, Nov. 13, 1 – 5 p.m. at Lubeck Service Center, $25 – Introduction to heating and air condition systems (HVAC), wheel bearings, brake systems, traction control systems, supplemental inflatable restraint systems (SIR), steering and suspension systems, tires, wheel balancing, computerized four-wheel alignment, vibration analysis, fasteners and wind and water leaks.

Microsoft Access Basics – “It’s All Relational” II: Monday, Nov. 14, 6 – 8 p.m. at WVU Parkersburg main building, room 0414D, $20 – This class builds upon the fundamentals covered in the first Access Basics class, which is a requirement for this course unless approved by the college or instructor.

Beginner Arm Knitting with Mando’s Studio: Monday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. – Noon at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $25, – Students will learn how to arm knit using bulky weight yarn to make a scarf or cowl. Students will need to bring one skein of a bulk weight yarn and scissors.

iPad and iPhone for Everyone: Tuesdays, Nov. 15 and 22, 10 a.m.– Noon at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $30 – This hands-on class will help students feel comfortable using iPads and iPhones. Topics include set up, saving contacts, messaging, email, video chat (FaceTime) and device care. Students are encouraged to bring their own Apple devices, but it is not mandatory.

Meet Civil War Artist Thomas Nast: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1 – 3 p.m. at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100B, $15 – Learn about Thomas Nast, Civil War artist, creator of the editorial cartoon, the donkey and the elephant political party icons, and the illustrator of the American version of Santa Claus. Students will find out how Nast’s art served to expose corrupt New York politicians and help bring them to justice.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Facebook (But Were Afraid to Ask!): Thursday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m.– Noon at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100C, $20 – This class will cover all aspects of using Facebook. New or existing users will learn how to get the most out of their Facebook accounts.

Decoupage: Saturday, Nov. 19, 1 – 4 p.m. at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100B, $20, $20 material cost – This class will teach students the art of decoupage. Students should bring personal pictures to personalize their projects.

String Art Plaque: Saturday, Nov. 26, 1 – 4 p.m. at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $20, $20 material cost – Learn what string art is and how to design or draw a decorative plaque.

Freezer Paper Silk Screen with Mando’s Studio: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 1 – 4 p.m. at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $20, $15 material cost – Learn to use standard freezer paper to create t-shirt and other fabric designs, how to cut your pattern, and how to adhere it to a shirt and paint it.

The Art of Storytelling: True and Tall Tales: Thursday, Nov. 30, 1 – 3 p.m. at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100B, $15 – Learn about real-life legendary West Virginia natives and the exploits that made history and were often the inspiration for fascinating fictional accounts.

Clothes Pin Wreath: Friday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. – Noon at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100B, $20, $5 material cost – Students will paint clothes pins and embellishments to make a patriotic flag wreath.

Bandana Wreath: Thursday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. – Noon at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100B, $20 – Students will paint embellishments and learn to knot bandanas to create their own bandana wreaths.

Basic Hand Quilting with Mando’s Studio: Thursday, Dec. 8, 1 – 4 p.m. at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $25, $20 material cost – Learn the basics of hand quilting using a free form style with no hoop. Transfer a pattern and quilt it. Learn about batting, proper fabrics for hand quilting, the art of hand quilting and the value of hand-made quilts.

Wine Glass Painting with Mando’s Studio: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.– Noon at WVU Parkersburg Workforce and Economic Development building, room B100A, $20, $15 material cost – Learn how to paint on glass using air dry enamels. Students will need to bring their own wine glass.

Registration deadline for each class is a week before each start date. For more information or to register for a class, call the college’s Workforce and Economic Development division at 304-424-8383.

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