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Join us for a variety of programs for all ages, to develop life skills, enhance current hobbies, or just have a fun day of learning among friends. Our affordable Community Education Courses offer many aspects, from hobbies such as cooking and gardening, to learning basic skills of photography and computer, or life enhancement opportunities of exercise and family course activities. We have something for YOU.

Community Classes

Unless otherwise noted, all classes will be held in the Workforce and Economic Development building located in front of the main WVU Parkersburg campus.

Testimonial “Our partnership with WVU-P has allowed members of our Lifetime Partners program to keep mentally active while exploring new interests. The classes also provide an opportunity for socialization with others, which is important in keeping seniors healthy and happy. I appreciate the ease in working with the staff to coordinate these classes. Kudos to WVU-P for their willingness to offer them, and also for recognizing their value to those in the community!” – Joyce Hubner Lifetime Partners Program Manager Camden Clark Medical Center

Applications

Seating is limited. Call 304.424.8383 to reserve your seat

TOPICS IN HISTORY: WHY DIDN’T I KNOW THAT?

West Virginia Monsters, Ghosts, and Aliens with JD Williamson
Wednesdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$20
For those ages 9 and up

Discover the vast number of monsters, ghosts, and aliens that have been sighted and documented by many eyewitness accounts, county by county, from the early years of the Native American Indians accounts to the present day. In between presentations of sightings, there will be several opportunities for sharing updated latest sightings will be offered by members of the class and researched categories of monsters, ghosts and aliens.

Railroad History: The Invention that changed a Nation with JD Williamson
Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$15

Learn about the history of the U.S. railroad system, an invention that changed the nation. We’ll explore the early trains and their inventors, the history of the train barons, The Big Four and the impact they had on the nation, the civil war and West Virginia.

The Art of Storytelling: True and Tall Tales (1 Session) with JD Williamson
Thursday, Feb. 2 | 1 – 3 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$15

West Virginia true and tall tales have been passed down from generation to generation. Learn of real-life legendary West Virginia natives and the exploits that made history. These true accounts where often times the inspiration for fascinating fictional accounts, as well as many unsolved mysteries, myths and monster stories.

Keep Looking Up – An Introduction To The Starry Skies with Richard Board
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, Feb. 13, 15 & 17 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$25

For adult learners
Discover the history and development of the science of astronomy.

How To Discover Your Family Tree (Genealogy For Beginners) with Jim Miracle
Fridays, Feb. 10, 17 | 10 am – noon
First Class Location:Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
Second Class Location: Wood County Library Genealogy Department
$25

Learn the basics of how to research and build your own family tree, using family histories, computers, books, courthouse documents and websites

The History of the Space Shuttle Program with William Richards
Thursday, Feb. 2 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$15

Enjoy this light-hearted look at the history of the Space Shuttle Program with a personal touch from a 22-year veteran of the Shuttle program. Students will leave the class with the knowledge of this historical achievement of science and information that may or may not be covered in history books.

Wood County Civil War History with Jim Miracle
Friday, April 14 | 1 – 3 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$15

Students will learn about Wood County’s role in the Civil War, the history of Carlin’s Battery and its connection to Fort Boreman. There will be artillery displays and an artillery demo.

DO IT YOURSELF: WELDING & AUTO

Garage Welding II with Chris Frum*
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Dec. 13, 15, 20, 22 & Jan. 3, 5, 10
6 – 9 pm
WVU Parkersburg Applied Technology Center – Room 003
$75 plus $50 material fees

Garage Welding II will go over the mig or flux of welding to learn those procedures and techniques.

Garage Welding III (7 – 3 hour sessions) with Chris Frum*
Thursdays, Jan. 12, 19, 26 & Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
6 – 9 pm
WVU Parkersburg Applied Technology Center – Room 003
Cost $75
$75 plus $50 material fees

Garage Welding III will build upon skills in Garage Welding II to learn the flux or mig procedures and techniques.

*Welding students are required to provide the basic personal protection equipment used in the work place or shop. Items would include: welding jacket, welding hood/shield, safety glasses or side shields for Rx eyewear, boots and gloves, long pants and long sleeves. Tools required for the class include a 4 or 6 in. grinder with cut-off wheels and grinding wheels, slag/chipping hammer, side cut pliers or ‘welpers’, crescent wrench and/or channel locks.

Automotive Technology – Basic Engine Management Systems with Mitchell Ferguson
Sunday, Feb. 11 | 1 – 5 pm
Lubeck Service Center, 3005 Harris Hwy, Washington WV
$25

This course introduces students 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.

Automotive Technology – Drivability Diagnostics with Mitchell Ferguson
Sunday, Feb. 18 | 1 – 5 pm
Lubeck Service Center, 3005 Harris Hwy, Washington WV
$25

This course introduces students 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. Introduction to Computer Scan Tools and Diagnostics.

Automotive Technology – Drivetrain Systems with Mitchell Ferguson
Sunday, Feb. 25 | 1 – 5 pm
Lubeck Service Center, 3005 Harris Hwy, Washington WV
$25

This course introduces students 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.

Automotive Technology – Chassis with Mitchell Ferguson
Sunday, March 4 | 1 – 5 pm
Lubeck Service Center, 3005 Harris Hwy, Washington WV
$25

This course introduces students to heating and air conditioning 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.

HOME

“How your house works” Series with Ray Ulmer
Module 1 – Heating, Cooling, and Relational Sustainability
Module 2 – Plumbing and Relational Sustainability
Module 3 – Wiring and Relational Sustainability
Module 4 – Foundations & Frame, Windows, Doors, and “Outdoors”
Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25 & Feb. 1 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – B100A
$35

Join us for the “How your house Works” 4 modules as we discuss all the basic working parts of your home, and understanding about them. We will try to help you identify minor repairs you can do yourself. The instructor will be using a book called “How your house works” by Charlie Wing, and will cover each related chapters, and discuss the sustainability chapter subjects that relate.

Environmentally Friendly & Cheaper DIY Home Items with Lisa Bell
Saturday, April 27 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$15

Materials to bring: Sewing machine, scissors, two yards of flannel and one yard of terrycloth or old towels, 12 fat quarters and old T-shirts.
Learn how to make environmentally friendly (reuseable) items for your home! The class will use basic sewing skills to make “unpaper” towels, a duster, napkins, and shopping bags!

Basic Culinary Knife Skills – “Making the Cut” with Steve Roberts
Saturday, March 18 | 9 – 11 am
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$15 plus $10 material fee
Material Fee: $10

Knife skills are the most basic part of cooking and you will be introduced to the skills necessary to complete kitchen tasks safely and with confidence. You will learn about the different knives in your kitchen and how to best use them, how to make all of the basic cuts with consistency and safety, and learn how to care for your knives and sharpen them. You will also be shown how to section out a chicken and how learning these skills can save you money at the store.

FINANCES

Banking & Budgeting 101 with Kassandra Thorn
Wednesday, Jan. 18 | 6 – 7:30 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$15
For ages 16 & up

This class will review the importance of finding a financial institution that fits your needs and go over the basics of banking, we will also be talking about budgeting and organization tips to stay on top of your finances.

Car Loans and Credit Cards with Kassandra Thorn
Wednesday, Feb. 15 | 6 – 7:30 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$15

Learn the different types of loans and how to get a loan or credit card. Students will also learn how to rate shop and why it’s important to maintain debts and how they can affect your credit score. We will also be reviewing interest, calculating payments, debt to income and loan value.

Credit Building with Kassandra Thorn
Wednesday, March 15 | 6 – 7:30 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$15

Learn the importance of good credit and how to build your credit and maintain it. Also, learn how to read your credit report and obtain a free copy.

Mortgages: First & Second with Kassandra Thorn
Wednesday, April 19 | 6 – 7:30 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$15

Learn about mortgages and how to prepare yourself for the largest loan most people ever have. Topics include mortgage terms, escrow accounts, what equity is and how to use it to your advantage.

Couponing Basics with Lisa Bell
Friday, Mar. 10 | 9 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$20 plus $10 material fee

Discover how to coupon like a pro. Topics include where to get coupons, usage rules, shopping sales and store policies. $10 material fee

PERSONAL ENRICHMENT – LET US HELP!

Fear of Public Speaking with Marsa Myers
Wednesdays, March 15 & 22 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$20

Do you get tied up in knots when you think about speaking in front of other people? You’re not alone. Collectively, it’s the number one fear people have in life. This is an opportunity for you to get out of that space by learning what expert trainers know: all the tricks to make it easier and under your control! You’ll enjoy a safe place to apply this knowledge and have a lot of fun doing it.

How to Get Along with Difficult People with Marsa Myers
Saturday, Feb. 25 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$15

You’ve heard people say, “It’s business – it’s not personal.” Did you know that when dealing with difficult people, the last thing we should do is take it personally? It really isn’t you- it’s them! Find out how to best deflect and overcome their negativity and walk away calmly.

When Life Hits Hard: How to Make Your Crisis Work for You with Marsa Myers
Saturdays, Jan. 21, 28, and Feb. 4 | 1 – 3 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
Cost $25

It’s inevitable; in each of our lives we’re going to experience going through a crisis on more than one occasion. 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.

Addiction Epidemic and Treatment with Tyler Fornash
Saturday, Feb. 11 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$15

This class will discuss the addiction epidemic and understand the different treatments out there for someone that is an addict. We will also look at resources for families to help family members that are addicted to drugs.
Materials needed: notebook and three-ring binder

Conflict Resolution and Intervention with Tyler Fornash
Thursday, March 16 | 6 – 8 pm
WVU Parkersburg Workforce & Economic Development Building B
100A
$15

In this class the students will learn the basics of conflict resolution and intervention and how to use it to help in situations and everyday life. Students will learn the history behind conflict resolution and intervention and learn practical exercises to help in situations lead them to positive outcomes. Materials needed: notebook and three-ring binder

Introduction to Chinese Mandarin with Steve Roberts
Saturday, March 4 | 9 – 11 am
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$15

Ni Hao! If you ever wanted to learn about another culture, prepare to be transported into the heart of China, one of the oldest cultures in the world. You’ll learn how Chinese writing works, how the Chinese Mandarin language is structured, and essential phrases to help you find your way.
Materials needed: notebook and writing utensil
Recommended book: “Crash Course Chinese: 500+ Survival Phrases to Talk Like a Local” by Celine Li

Tabletop Role Playing Games: Dungeons and Dragons with Corey Wright
Thursday, March 8 | 5 – 6 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$15 plus $10 material fee

This course teaches the basics of 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. This course will increase students’ critical thinking skills and the importance of using strategies and quick thinking in order to accomplish tasks. Students should provide pencils and blank 5th Edition character sheets, available to download at http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/character_sheets for free.

DRAWING & WRITING

Poetry Writing with Corey Wright
Mondays, Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13
6 – 7 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$35

This course demonstrates the many forms of poetry, including the sonnet, free verse, the villanelle and more. Whether you desire to become a published poet, expand your knowledge of terminology in the realm of poetry or simply gain a greater appreciation for and a better understanding of creative writing, this course is for you.
Materials needed: Paper and writing utensil

Fiction Creative Writing Workshop with Maria Shaffer
Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22
6 – 7:30 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$50

This class is designed for new and experienced writers of all genres. Participants will learn techniques used by today’s best-selling authors. Student writers will produce, score, and discuss their work in an encouraging evolvement. We will discuss the major elements of a story such as plot, characterization, dialogue, and word building. Students will be given in-session and out-of-session assignments, which will be discussed in class.

How to draw Cartoon Portraits with JD Williamson
Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 | 6 – 8 pm
WVU Parkersburg Main Building – Room 2209
$20
For ages 9 & up

This fun, interactive drawing class is taught by a professional who has worked in the field for 30 years. Techniques, history and supplies will be discussed and demonstrated. In between drawing sessions and sample artists reviewed, we will also offer live model draw offs with one another and favorite subject photos by the group.

Comic Book Drawings & Writing with JD Williamson
Mondays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$20
For ages 9 & up

Professional cartoonist, illustrator, and author JD Williamson shares the secrets of the great master artists and writers of the American Comic Book. Discover the history, techniques and tips of superhero creation and how to create your own comic book or graphic novel.

COMPUTER SOFTWARE

Intro to Google Apps with Steve Roberts
Friday, March 10 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$20

Study the basics of getting the most out of your Google account. From mail and documents, to calendars and online storage, Google provides a plethora of powerful applications that can improve your productivity. Learn how 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.

Microsoft Access Basics “Its all Relational” with Steve Roberts
Tuesday, Jan. 31 | 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$20

This class will learn what a relational database is, and how it works. Students will be introduced into what its uses are, and how to create one using Microsoft Access. They will also go through the steps of designing the data, creating a database, learn how to query it, and present the information in a form or report. Students should have a basic familiarity with Microsoft Office, and be comfortable with basic computer operation.

Microsoft Access Basics Intermediate with Steve Roberts
Tuesday, Feb. 7 | 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$20

This class is for students who are already familiar with the basics of Microsoft Access. We’ll explore the application further and create more complex structures. Students will learn to work with different types of queries, forms and sub-forms, reports, sub-reports and even start into using the interface tools provided with the toolbox, and how those tools can control the database.

Introduction to Microsoft Word with Patsy Bee
Tuesday, March 7 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$15

Students will learn how to enter and edit text, save and browse documents, enhance the appearance of a document by using various formatting options. They will create a table, insert picture, work with various templates, and proof and print documents.
Supplies needed: USB flash Drive for saving documents

Microsoft Word II with Patsy Bee
Tuesday, March 14 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$15

Students will learn to work with styles, columns, tables, create labels and envelopes, perform mail merges, create multiple page documents, use headers/footers, and work with graphics. They will also learn how to customize the Quick Access toolbar and learn keyboard shortcuts.
Supplies needed: USB Flash Drive for saving documents.

Microsoft Word III with Patsy Bee
Tuesday, March 21 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$15

Students will work more with multiple page documents learning to create a master document that includes a table of contents, a table of figures, footnotes, endnotes, and index, bookmarks, cross-references. They will learn to review documents and track changes, create Web frames, macros, and forms, and learn to use template forms.
Supplies needed: USB Flash Drive for saving documents.

Intro to Microsoft Excel with Gloria Husk
Friday, April 21 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
6pm – 8pm
$15

Students will learn how to create workbook, customize the workbook ribbon, format cells, use find and select, data validation, keyboard shortcuts. The class will also cover printing, sharing, and protecting your workbooks.

Microsoft Excel I with Gloria Husk
Friday, April 28 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$15

The class will be a continuation what was learned in Intro to Microsoft Excel and get deeper into the interface, functions and usage of Microsoft Excel.

FUN HIGH-TECH SKILLS

Cybersecurity – Keeping Yourself Safe with Steve Roberts
Tuesday, Jan. 17 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$15

Learn how to protect yourself and your data from criminals who want to take what is yours. Topics covered will include email, home computer, phone and credit card security. Also covered will be Phishing and how to identify it, how to protect yourself from viruses, and what to do about ransomware.

iPad & iPhone for Everyone with Phil Iman
Tuesdays, April 11 & 18 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$25

This is a hands-on class that gets everyone comfortable with iPads, iPhones, and the operating system that runs them both. Topics include set up, saving contacts, messaging, email, video chat and care of your device. Students are encouraged to bring their own Apple devices, but not mandatory. You will learn how the device works, all of the ways it can communicate, how it connects to the internet, what the device can do (pictures, etc.) and every class will have an extensive Q & A session so every student leaves comfortable with their device.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Facebook (But were afraid to Ask!) with Phil Iman
Thursday, Jan. 12 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$15

This class covers all aspects of using Facebook. New or existing users are welcome to learn all there is about getting the most from your Facebook account.

Basic Indie Game Development with John Harper
Fridays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$30

This first course covers the basic programming knowledge required for Indie Game Development. We will use a free program called Game Maker. A second course we will cover objects, spirits, and basic animation. Then we will walk through the basic movement scripts. The final third course we will create a basic video game using these new skills.
Students should bring a laptop and have basic computer skills.

Lego Robotics with Callix Miller
Tuesday, March 7 | 6 – 8 pm
Caperton Building – Robotics Lab
$15
For ages 8 – 12

This class will cover basic introduction to Lego Mindstorm robotics. Students will learn how to program Lego Mindstorm robots.

Digital Photography – Learn, Improve, Create with Ronald Gaskins
Thursdays, Feb. 8, 15, 22 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$25

This class is a presentation of photography, showing examples of good composition, and demonstrates how composition will improve the quality of the student’s photos. It will explain basic rules of composition, such as Rule of thirds, etc. and explain use of different lenses and what is achieve by their use. Cameras don’t take beautiful photos, but you can! You will learn simple ways to improve your photos, along with rules of composition, and now choose the right lens. And there will be a question and answer session at the end.
Students will need to bring Cameras, additional lenses (if any) and owner’s manuals.

FROM LE TO PI

Careers in Private Sector Investigations and Security (4 hour Session) with Steve Bodge
Monday, Jan. 30 | 5 – 9 pm
Workforce and Economic Development Building – B100B
$25

If you’re a law enforcement officer looking for a private sector career or even someone looking to pursue a career in investigation, security, or loss prevention – this class is for you. With an increase in organized criminal activity and an increased focus of law enforcement on drugs and violent crime, there is a growing need for private sector professionals in insurance investigations, retail loss prevention, organized retail crime and many others. This course is focused on preparing individuals to compete for these positions.

Transitioning from Law Enforcement to a Private Sector Career with Steve Bodge
Monday, Jan. 23 | 5 – 9 pm
Workforce and Economic Development Building – B100B
$20

Law Enforcement is an honorable and often exceptional career. Even some officers remain in law enforcement until retirement, many will wish to transition to the private sector following their Law Enforcement career or mid-career. This course is designed to assist those officers in making that transition to an equally satisfying and often more lucrative career in the private sector. The instructor will go over planning ahead, if retiring or changing mid-career, research available career fields, develops a plan and a resume to compete, and networking to finding the right position.

PARENTS DAY OUT!

Super Saturday with JD Williamson
Saturday, Feb. 4 | 9 am – 4 pm
WVU Parkersburg Main Building – Room 1317
$35
For ages 9 – 18

9 – 11 am: Comic Book Artwork and Writing: Super Heroes, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
11 am – noon: How to create Cartoon Portraits
Noon: Lunch break (Have child bring a sack lunch with a drink)
12:30 – 2:30 pm: WV Monsters, Ghosts and Aliens and where to find them
2:30 – 4 pm: Ending with more fun review of Comic Book Artwork and Writing and How to create Cartoon Portraits.

ARTS AND CRAFTS FUN

Beginning Sewing Skills (5 – 2 hour sessions) with Karen Richmond
Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28 & April 4, 11 | 6 – 8 pm
$50 plus $75 material cost

This 5-week, hands-on beginner sewing course teaches participants how to use a standard sewing machine as well as many sewing tools available today. Learn about different threads, fabrics, seaming techniques. Students will create a simple garment to keep.
Students must bring their own sewing machines to class.

Decoupage with Lisa Bell
Friday, Feb. 3 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$15 plus $20 material cost

Study and practice the art of decoupage and explore materials and uses. Discuss different types of decoupage and medium and its uses.

Busy Blankets with Lisa Bell
March 1, 3, 6 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$20 plus $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 will use basic hand and machine sewing skills to make a small busy blanket. Bringing a sewing machine to class is optional.

Rag Quilts with Lisa Bell
Mondays & Thursdays, April 3, 6, 10, 13 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$25 plus $20-40 for materials depending on material chosen

Students will learn the basics of rag quilts and batting and then use basic sewing skills to make a rag quilt.
Students must bring sewing machine and sharp scissors to class.

Be a Van Gogh with Mando’s Paint Class with Mandy Joyce
Tuesday, May 28 | 10 am – 1 pm
WVU Parkersburg Main Building – Room 2305
$25 plus $20 material cost
Material $20

This is a basic introduction in using acrylic paints with step by step instructions on a selected painting project. Students will be able to follow along with instructor’s guidance, allowing air dry time and also learn brush strokes and different techniques.

Mug Painting with Mando’s Studio with Mandy Joyce
Tuesday, Jan. 17 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$15 plus $10 material cost

Students will paint a cute snowman mug using air dry enamels.

Chunky Cowl using Finger Crochet with Mandy Joyce of Mando’s Studio
Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$15

This 2-hour course will cover the basics of crochet, learning a chain and single crochet. Students will create a dish cloth.
Students must bring 1 skein of #6 bulk weight yarn and scissors.

Infinity Scarf Finger Knitting with Mandy Joyce of Mando’s Studio
Tuesday, Jan. 31 | 10 am – noon
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$15

This class will cover the basics of finger crochet, learning a chain and single crochet.
Supplies needed: 1 Skein of #6 yarn, a big matching button and scissors.

Arm Knitting with Mandy Joyce of Mando’s Studio
Tuesday, Feb. 7 | 10 am – noon
Feb. 7
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$15

Learn how to arm knit using bulky weight yarn to make a scarf or cowl.
Students must bring one skein of a bulk weight yarn and scissors.

Intermediate Crochet with Mandy Joyce of Mando’s Studio
Thursday, Feb. 16 | 10 am – noon
Feb. 16, 2016
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$15

This class Mando will instruct students on intermediate crochet techniques. You will compete a V-stitch crocheted cowl.
Students must bring 100 yards of bulk weight yarn and size N hook.

Winter Sugar Scrub with Mandy Joyce of Mando’s Studio
Tuesday, Feb. 21 | 10 am – noon
Feb. 21
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$15 plus $20 material cost

Learn how to make a jelly jar of sugar shower scrub. These make great gifts!

GET ON YOUR FEET AND MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Yoga Basics with Beth Najewicz
Fridays, Jan. 20, 27 & March 3, 10, 17, 24 | 10 – 11 am
Main Building – Room 1535
$25

Calm the mind while getting the body moving. Learn the therapeutic benefits of yoga in this slow, flowing practice with linked breath designed for all ages and fitness levels. No experience needed. Yoga mat and props (blocks or blanket for example) can be brought by students.

Hip Hop with Sadie Cavitt
Tuesdays, March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2 | 10 – 11 am
Main Building – Room 1535
$25

Bring your tennis shoes and have some fun! Classes will begin with stretching and then create a small dance routine. Students will learn a new dance each week.

Self Defense through Tae Kwon Do: the Way of the Hands and Feet with Jennifer Randolph
Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 | 6 – 7 pm
WVU Parkersburg Main Building – Room 1535
$25

Tae Kwon Do (TKD) is an ancient Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense which includes blocks and punches, but is mostly known for its kicks. This class will teach participants a basic overview of TKD 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 and help them to attain their personal bests.

Ballroom Dancing Basics with Natalya Krimmel
Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 | 6 – 8 pm
WVU Parkersburg Main Building – Room 2318
$25 plus $20 instructor fee
Instructor Fee: $20

This class will teach students basic dance figures and American Style Smooth and Rhythm dance, participants will learn how to lead and follow, connection, and basic dance figures for American Style Smooth and Rhythm dance.

Zumba Fitness with Sabrina Wittekind
Thursdays, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2 | 1 – 2 pm
WVU Parkersburg Main Building – Room 1535
$25

Zumba Fitness is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party. Zumba Fitness is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle, conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy. Zumba combines low- and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party.
Proper exercise shoes must be worn. Students are encouraged to bring water and a hand towel.

International Dance for Beginners with Sabrina Wittekind
Tuesdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 | 1 – 2 pm
Main Building- Room 1535
$25

Through the art of dance, this class is designed to give participants of all levels an experience of different cultures from around the world. With styles of Bollywood, Bhangra, African, Hawaiian/Hula, accompanied by Traditional Latin Dance Styles of Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Tribal—each participant will truly take a trip around the world.

SAFETY

About Boating Safety with John Gorrell
Saturday, March 18 | 8 am – 5 pm
Jackson County Center, Ripley WV
$25 plus $5 exam fee

This beginner boating class provides the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete this course. An optional reference textbook will be available at class for $20.

SMALL BUSINESS

Business Fundamentals with Marsa Myers (1 – 2 hour session)
Saturdays
Jan. 28 OR April 8 | 9 – 11 am
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100A
$15
Have consi
dered starting your own business? Learn about the necessary steps – from obtaining a business license to opening your doors. If you have great business idea, we can help you bring it to life!

Motivation and Leadership with Tyler Fornash
Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building –Room B100B
$15

Learn about the importance of motivation and leadership in the workplace, the community and everyday life. The materials needed for the class are notebooks to take notes. There will be quizzes, tests and discussion in the class about the material.

Facebook Marketing Basics for Business Use with Kristin Meeks
Monday. April 3 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100C
$15

In an ever changing world of Facebook marketing, it is always a good use of time to refresh and retrain on how to properly use the tools at hand in Facebook to correctly and efficiently market your business online. Students will learn the basics of getting started using Facebook marketing, the strategy behind attracting and maintaining customer relationships online and step by step processes that allow for the best use of time and resources in managing Facebook presence for a company.

LinkedIn Essentials with William Richards
Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 6 – 8 pm
Workforce & Economic Development Building – Room B100B
$15

Learn the basics of the professional social media tool LinkedIn. You’ll leave the class with a LinkedIn account and knowledge and understanding of how to use LinkedIn’s basic features for connecting and networking with other professionals. Students should have an email address before starting class.

American Sign Language I with April Garvey
Mondays, Feb. 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1
4 – 6 pm
WVU Parkersburg Main Building – Room 2318
$160 – 12-week course

Learn basic conversational sign language in this beginner class, as well as information regarding deaf culture with the goal to be able 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.
Supplies needed: Book “A Basic Course in American Sign Language”

American Sign Language II with April Garvey
Fridays, Feb. 17, 24, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 21, 28, May 5, 12
WVU Parkersburg Main Building – Room 2318
4 – 6 pm
$160 – 12-week course

This class is a continuation of the American Sign Language I class and focuses on building vocabulary and sentence structures. This is a full participation signing, and voicing signs class.
Supplies needed: “A Basic Course in American Sign Language” book and sign dictionary

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL ABROAD OPPORTUNITY

Study Abroad – SPAIN
May 12 – 22
Departs from Pittsburgh – Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Costa Del Sol, Seville, Toledo, and Madrid
$3,410

Travel through Spain, learning about its history and culture while seeing the amazing sights the country has to offer. Students have an opportunity to register for a 3-credit-hour course for the summer session if desired. For more information go to EFCST.com/1837031NP, email ude.puvwnull@gnulccm.esined or call 1-877-485-4184 to learn more.

Seating is limited. Call 304.424.8383 to reserve your seat

Kids College

Let your child experience college, and gain a wealth of knowledge in a variety of subjects in this summer program. For children ages 8 – 12 Classes include

  • Art
  • Cooking
  • Drama
  • Science
  • Fitness
  • and many more

Basic Daily Schedule: 8:30 – 9 am Student Arrival 9:05 – 10 am Class Period One 10:15 – 11:15 am Class Period Two 11:30 am – 12:20 pm Lunch 12:20 – 1 pm Organized Physical Activity 1 – 1:55 pm Class Period Three 2:05 – 3 pm Class Period Four 3:15 – 3:45 pm Student Pickup Check back in the spring for Summer 2017!