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What are Community Education Classes?

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These classes are provided by West Virginia University at Parkersburg to offer you fun and affordable learning opportunities. Many of these classes are suitable for all ages, offered on evenings and weekends, and you don’t need to be a student of WVUP to register. Whether you want to learn a new hobby, or just have fun among friends, OUR Community Education classes are for YOU!

Registration Information
Call: 304-424-8383
Email: ude.puvwnull@dew
Application: Click Here
Printable Class Schedule: Fall 2017

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Want to teach and earn $25 per hour?
Do you have a talent, skill or interest that you would like to share with others? We are now accepting applications for part-time instructors to teach Community Education classes in their area of expertise. Creative and innovative classes are encouraged.
Contact: ude.puvwnull@nosliW.elehciM
Proposal Form: Click Here

Community Education Class Policies

Registration

  • Registration is required for all Community Education Classes and should be made at least one week prior to the start of the class.
  • There is a fee to enroll, but you will not receive an invoice until the class is filled.
  • To register, please complete the Registration Form above and mail it to the address provided on the form or email it to ude.puvwnull@dew. You may also call 304-424-8383 with questions or to register.

Payment

  • Students will receive their registration invoice at the email address they’ve provided.
  • The registration fees must be paid at the WVU Parkersburg Business Office unless otherwise noted.

Cancellation

  • Requests to withdraw from a class must be made at least two weeks (14 days) before the first day of class to receive a refund. If a student withdraws less than two weeks before the date a class starts, a refund will not be issued.
  • If classes are canceled due to weather, they will be rescheduled.

Other Important Information

  • If you need to have specific supplies or technology for a class, this information is provided in the class description. Please review these requirements before registering.
  • WVUP retains the right to use photos taken during classes for marketing purposes.
Available Community Education Classes

FALL FUN

SUPER SATURDAY!
One 6-hour activity @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building
Saturday, Dec. 9 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$25.00 | for children ages 6-12

Drop your children off while you go shopping! They’ll have a great time with holiday-themed projects, games, and activities. Lunch and healthy snacks will be provided.

Cartoon Creation Class with JD Williamson
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Main Building, Room 1314
Thursdays on Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 & Dec. 7, 14, 21 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$15.00 per session

Learn how to draw comic strip characters, editorial cartoons, single panel cartoons and more! Participants need to bring their own pencils, pens, sharpies, cardstock and/or sketch pad.

Cartoon Portrait Class with JD Williamson
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100B
Wednesdays on Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 & Dec. 6, 13, 20 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$15.00 per session

Discover how master caricaturist, JD Williamson creates the perfect cartoon portrait of any subject. Participants need to bring their own pencils, pens, sharpies, cardstock and/or sketch pad.

Super Hero Drawing Class with JD Williamson
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100B
Mondays on Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 27, & Dec. 4, 11, 18 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$15.00 per session

Learn the secrets to creating superhero drawings for comic books and graphic novels. Participants need to bring a sketch pad, pencils, pens or uniball pens, sharpies, cardstock, rulers, erasers, and large paper for comic book layouts.

American Heart Association Medical Certifications

Heartsaver Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) with Aimee Phillips
One 3-hour session @ WVUP Main Building, Room 2318
Thursday, Nov. 9 | 6 to 9 p.m.
$20.00 + $35.00 AHA Certification Fee (Paid to instructor the day of class)

This class is intended for people with little or no medical experience and includes adult, child, and infant CPR and choking relief. The use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) will also be covered. With the certification fee and demonstration of proper skills, participants receive a certification card in the mail from the American Heart Association (AHA), good for two years.

American Heart Association First Aid with Aimee Phillips
One 3-hour session @ WVUP Main Building, Room 1535
Tuesday, Dec. 5 | 6 to 9 p.m.
$20.00 + $35.00 AHA Certification Fee (Paid to instructor the day of class)

This class is intended for people with no medical experience and includes first aid and choking relief for adults, children, and infants. With the certification fee and demonstration of proper skills, you’ll receive a certification card in the mail from the American Heart Association (AHA), good for two years.

American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
One 4-hour session @ WVUP Main Building, Room 1535
Tuesday, Nov. 14 & Thursday, Dec. 7 | 5 to 9 p.m.
$25.00 + $35.00 AHA Certification Fee (Paid to instructor the day of class)

This class designed for those in healthcare, entering healthcare related schooling, or are required to take the class for employment purposes. Participants will be instructed on both one and two rescuer CPR for all victim types. Choking relief and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) will also be covered. With the certification fee and demonstration of proper skills, participants receive a certification card in the mail from the American Heart Association (AHA), good for two years.

SMALL BUSINESS

Introduction to Social Media Marketing with Gloria Husk
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100C
Tuesday, Oct. 31 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$15.00

This class teaches students how to create and use the most popular social media networks for their business. These social networks include LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, WordPress, and Blogger. Students will learn how to create their accounts, how to advance to the top of local search engines, and the fundamentals and risks of social media marketing.

SELF-ENRICHMENT

American Sign Language 2 with April Garvey
Six 1.5-hour sessions @ WVUP Main Building, Room 1318
Tuesdays on Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 & Dec. 5, 11 | 6 to 7:30 p.m.
$65.00

This class is intended for those who have completed the American Sign Language I class. This class is a full participation signing and voicing signs class, that teaches how to build vocabulary and sentence structures. All students will need to bring the book “A Basic Course in American Sign Language” and a sign dictionary.

Credit Building with Kim Cavanaugh
One 1.5-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 6 to 7:30 p.m.
$15.00

Participants will learn their Credit Bureau score, about the importance of credit scores and how to improve them.

The Addiction Epidemic: Treatment Options for Addicts and their Families with Tim Craft
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Friday, Nov. 10 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$15.00

Participants will discuss the addiction epidemic and understand the different treatments available to addicts and resources accessible to the families of addicts.

How to Get Along with Difficult People with Marsa Myers
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100B
Saturday, Nov. 4 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$20.00

This class will teach you how to keep calm and deal with negative people. Learn to deflect and overcome the negativity of others in communication.

COMPUTER SOFTWARE

Introduction to Quickbooks with Kristen Childers
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100C
Friday, Oct. 20 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$25.00

This class features Quickbooks software, and it’s numerous features for business accounting. Participants will learn and understand the different parts of the program and its usage.

Troubleshooting Quickbooks Online
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100C
Friday, Oct. 27 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$25.00

This class will help you navigate the online subscription version of Quickbooks. Participants will learn how to set up everything up for ease of use and about the changes from the desktop version to the online version.

Basic Introduction to Computers 1 with Patsy Bee
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100C
Tuesday, Nov. 7 | 3 to 5 p.m.
$15.00

This hands-on class is intended for beginners and is designed take the fear out of using computers. Students begin by simply experimenting with a keyboard and mouse, having fun while learning basic computer skills.

Basic Introduction to Computers 2 with Patsy Bee
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100C
Tuesday, Nov. 14 | 3 to 5 p.m.
$15.00

This class expands on basic computer skills and functions with Microsoft Word and a few other Microsoft Office programs. Students will learn to create and send emails with attachments and how to build, edit, save, and print documents.

Microsoft Word 3 with Patsy Bee
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100C
Monday, Oct. 30 | 10 to 12 p.m.
$15.00

This class will teach students advanced features of Microsoft Word with multiple page documents. Topics include how to create a master document with a table of contents, a table of figures, footnotes, endnotes, bookmarks, cross-references and an index. Students will learn how to review documents, track changes, create web frames, build macros and forms, and how to use template forms. Each student will need to bring a USB Flash Drive for saving their documents.

Microsoft Excel 2 with Gloria Husk
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100C
Tuesday, Oct. 24 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$20.00

This class is a continuation of what was learned in “Introduction to Microsoft Excel” and delves deeper into the interface, functions, and usage of Microsoft Excel.

FUN HIGH-TECH SKILLS

Digital Photography: Learn, Improve, and Create! with Ronald Gaskins
Three 2.5-hour sessions @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100C
Wednesdays on Nov. 1, 8, 15 | 6 to 8:30 p.m.
$25.00

This photography class teaches good composition and how it will improve the quality of photos. It will cover simple ways to improve them by applying the rules of composition and using different lenses. Students must bring Cameras, additional lenses (if they have any), and the camera’s user manual(s).

Music Technology with Kurt Knopp
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Main Building, Room 1305 ( College Theater)
Tuesday, Nov. 7 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$15.00

This class teaches musicians you how to produce great sounding music using a computer or mobile device and simple software. Participants will learn how to create music as you hear it on the radio every day.

ARTS AND CRAFTS FUN

Watercolor Basics with Monica James
One 3-hour session @ WVUP Main Building, Room 3305 (Art Studio)
Saturday, Nov. 11 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$30.00 (For ages 12 and up)

This class is well suited for the beginning painter, or to provide a fresh perspective on watercolor painting. Participants will learn special techniques to bring their vision to life. Students will need to bring a set of watercolor brushes, 4H and 2H drawing pencils, and a mixing palette for watercolor paints.

Monoprint Workshop with Monica James
One 3-hour session @ WVUP Main Building, Room 3305 (Art Studio)
Saturday, Dec. 9 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$30.00 + $25.00 Material Fee

This class is a fun introduction to printmaking and working with color. Participants will learn to paint and draw with rollers, brushes, and palette knives and explore found materials to create new textures. Students will learn the joy of repeating and expanding an image by reusing a print plate or starting fresh each time. The material fee covers all supplies needed.

Painting Party with Mando’s Studio – Christmas Scene
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Tuesday, Dec. 12 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$30.00 + $15.00 Materials Cost

This class provides a basic introduction to using acrylic paints with step by step instructions on a Christmas themed painting project. Students will be able to follow along with instructor’s guidance, allowing air dry time and also learning about brush strokes and different techniques. The material fee covers all supplies needed.

Crochet a Beanie Class with Mando’s Studio
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Wednesday, Oct. 25 | 12 to 2 p.m.
$15.00

This class is for experienced crocheters and will teach participants how to crochet a beanie. Students will need to bring a J or K hook, a skein of Red Heart Acrylic 4ply worsted yarn, scissors, and a yarn needle.

Crochet a Poncho Class with Mando’s Studio
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100B
Wednesday, Nov. 1 | 12 to 2 p.m.
$15.00

This class is for experienced crocheters and will teach participants how to crochet a poncho. Students will need to bring a J or K hook, a skein of Red Heart Acrylic 4ply worsted yarn, scissors, and a yarn needle.

Create “Tree of Life” Tile Art with Karen Pratt-Paskawych
One 1-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Monday, on Nov. 6 | 2 to 3 p.m.
$15.00 + $10.00 Materials Cost

Each Participant will create beautiful tile art using two 4-inch by 4-inch tiles with a mix of acrylic paints and modge podge. Each tile will also come with a display stand. The material fee covers all supplies needed.

Create a Pearl Snowman with Karen Pratt-Paskawych
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Monday, on Nov. 13 | 4 to 6 p.m.
$15.00 + $15.00 Materials Cost

Participants will craft a winter-themed pearl snowman inside a golden frame. The material fee covers all supplies needed.

Create a 14-Inch Deco Mesh Christmas Wreath with Karen Pratt-Paskawych
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Monday, on Nov. 27 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$15.00 + $20.00 Materials Cost

This class is ideal for first-time crafters and those who love to craft. Participants will put together a 14-Inch Deco Mesh Christmas Wreath. The material fee covers all supplies needed.

Gingerbread House Basics with Karen Pratt-Paskawych
One 1-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Monday, on Dec. 11 | 4 to 5 p.m.
$15.00 + $15.00 Materials Cost

This class is a real treat! Participants will construct a holiday-themed gingerbread house. The material fee covers all supplies needed.

DO-IT-YOURSELF: HOME

Home Repair for Beginners with Dr. David Shahan
Three 3-hour sessions @ WVUP Main Building, Room 1317
Thursdays on Nov. 2, 9, 16 | 6 to 9 p.m.
$50.00

If you are new to home ownership or are looking to save money on DIY home repair, this class is for you.

Basic Culinary Knife Skills with Steve Roberts
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Monday, Oct. 30 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$15.00 + $10.00 Materials Cost

This class teaches money saving, safe knife skills, and how to complete kitchen tasks with confidence. Participants will learn about different knives and how to best use them. Students will also learn the make basic cuts safely and consistently, as well as how to care for and sharpen their knives.

Cooking: The Basics of Flavor with Steve Roberts
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Monday, Nov. 6 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$20.00

This class teaches you the difference between seasoning and flavoring. Participants will also learn when each is appropriate.

Cooking: Garnishing and Decorating with Steve Roberts
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Monday, Nov. 13 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$20.00

This class teaches the students how to make their food presentation pop!

Cooking: Pate a Choux with Steve Roberts
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Monday, Dec. 4 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$20.00

Participants will learn how to make both savory and sweet choux pastes used in crème puffs, gougeres, and churros.

Cooking: Kids Can Cook! with Steve Roberts
One 1-hour session @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
Monday, Dec. 11 | 6 to 7 p.m.
$20.00

This class is just right for kids! Participants will learn to make two delicious food items.

Introduction to Essential Oils
One 2-hour session offered on two dates, in two locations
Thursday, Nov. 4 | 6 to 8 p.m. @ WVUP Main Building, Room 1318 or
Friday, Nov. 17 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. @ WVUP Workforce & Economic Development Building, Room B100A
$15.00

In this class, you will learn about the different types of essential oils and their various uses. You’ll learn about oil types, what combinations can be used, how they can be used, and how to mix them.

GET ON YOUR FEET AND MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Self Defense through Tae Kwon Do: The Way of the Hands and Feet with Jennifer Randolph
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Main Building, Room 1535
Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$15.00

This class will teach students a basic overview of Tae Kwon Do (TKD) with a focus on applicable self-defense tips and techniques. Students will address “what if” situations and learn how to defend themselves. 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. The translation for TKD is “the way of the hands and feet.” The instruction in this class will be applied to each person’s individual limitations and help them to attain their own personal best. This class will be taught by Master Jennifer Randolph, 5th degree Black Belt, S.H. Kang’s Tae Kwon Do Academy.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Successful Job Interviewing Skills with Kim Legg
One 2-hour session @ WVUP Main Building, Room 1318
Monday, Oct. 24 | 6 to 8 p.m.
$15.00

Participants will learn winning and successful job interview techniques, from answering questions to negotiating job offers. The class will also cover the fifty most common, and toughest interview questions through demonstration.

INSTRUCTOR LEAD ONLINE ENRICHMENT COURSES (WEB2GO)

Certificate in Mindfulness with Cyndie Koopsen & Caroline Young
6-week Class, Online, Self-Paced
Starts Nov. 8
$135.00

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present moment. When you are mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them. Today, more and more healthcare practitioners are seeing the benefits of incorporating mindfulness into their treatments and teaching others in all backgrounds about this valuable practice. Find out more at https://www.ed2go.com/wvup/online-courses/certificate-mindfulness?tab=detail