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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 WVU Parkersburg to register. Whether you want to learn a new hobby, or just have fun with friends, OUR Community Education classes are for YOU!

Registration Information
Call: 304-424-8383
Email: ude.puvwnull@dew
Application: Click Here

Can’t make it on campus for classes? Try ed2go!
Online classes through WVU Parkersburg’s Workforce & Economic Development are an easy, affordable way for you to get the training you need to take your career to the next level. We partner with national leaders in online education to offer a comprehensive library of practical, career enhancing classes available at your convenience. Our online classes are non-credit, and in many cases can lead to a professional certificate in a number of practical areas.
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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

 

Available Community Education Classes

New Year Yoga Series
Five 1-hour sessions
Saturday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Feb. 2 | 11am-12pm | $25

New Year, new you! WVU Parkersburg will offer New-to-Yoga, New Year series from Saturday, Jan. 5 – Feb. 2. This class will be offered every Saturday from 11 a.m. – noon and will make you feel empowered, energized and eager to come back!

American Heart Association First Aid
Three separate 3-hour sessions
Tuesday, January 15, Wednesday, March 13 & Tuesday, May 14 | 6-9pm | $20 + $35 Certification Fee  (Paid to instructor)

This class is designed for the layperson with no medical experience. Students will be instructed on First Aid for all victim types, and choking relief will also be covered. With the certification fee, you will be issued a two-year certification from the American Heart Association in the mail after class completion. Skills demonstration will be required.

Beginner Sewing Series
Five 2-hour sessions
Thursday, January 10, 17, 24, 31 & Feb. 7 | 4-6pm | $50 + $75 Material Fee

In this hands-on beginner sewing course, participants will utilize their personal sewing machine to create a simple garment, which they will keep at the end of the class. They will learn about different threads, fabrics, and seaming techniques. The material fee will cover the cost of the sewing kit with tools, written materials, samples, and fabrics.

Advanced Beginner Sewing Series
Five 2-hour sessions
Thursday, January 10, 17, 24, 31 & Feb. 7 | 6:30-8:30pm |  $50 + $40 Material Fee

This class is intended for those who have completed the Beginner Sewing Skills course and have a basic knowledge of sewing. During this five-week session, participants will utilize their personal sewing machine to create a sewing project that showcases the skills mastered in the course. They will learn about closures, interfacings, working with various fabrics (cutting, marking, pressing, seaming) and an intensive look into pattern use. Students will need to bring their own sewing machine and tools. The material fee will cover the cost of fabrics, patterns, and supplies for the sewing project.

Lego Robotics
One 2-hour session
Friday, January 11 | 6-8pm |  $15

This class will cover a basic introduction to Lego Mindstorm robotics and will include building, programming and commanding your own lego robots. The Lego Mindstorm Robot kit, software, laptop, sensors, and connection cables will be provided by Workforce & Economic Development.

American Sign Langauge for Beginners II
Eight 1.5-hour session
Thursday, January 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 & March 7 | 6:30-8:30pm |  $75

The course will develop participants’ conversational sign language skills and build upon understanding information regarding deaf culture. The goal is to be able to communicate on a basic-to-intermediate level with the deaf and hard-of-hearing. This course is perfect for kids, families or anyone with an interest in American Sign Language.

Make Your Own: Shirt!
One 1-hour session
Friday, January 18 | 6-7pm | $20 + $10 Material Fee

Open to all ages, this class will introduce you to the fun of designing and making your own t-shirt. You will learn the basics of the Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Studio software, heat press vinyl material, prepping the material, and the heat press process itself. Bring a cotton or cotton-blend shirt of your choice to class. *Before coming to class, have an idea of what you would like to create with one color of vinyl.

Introduction to 3D Printing 
One 1-hour session
Friday, January 25 | 6-7pm | $15 + $10 Material Fee

Open to all ages, this class will introduce you to the fun and usefulness of 3D printers. You will be able to navigate the most common type of printer, learn the processes in finding, creating and printing your projects, and how to troubleshoot and solve common printer problems. By the end of the class, you will get to take home a 3D-printed trinket of your own. After class completion, you will receive a $15  value 3D printer certification valid at the WVU Parkersburg Entrepreneur Center.

Beginner Beekeeping 
Four 2-hour sessions
February 5, 12, 19 & 26 | 6-8pm | $45

This course brought to you by the Mountaineer Beekeepers Association covers the basics of beekeeping by providing information to help start, maintain, and care for a bee colony. Participants will learn about Bee Sociology, tools and equipment needed to start a bee colony, the management of a bee colony, and much more.

Winter Photography – Get Off the Couch!
One 2.5-hour session
Wednesday, February 6 | 6:30-9pm | $25

Winter can be a beautiful and exhilarating time to go out and create images, from holiday lights and snow-covered landscapes to wildlife and children playing in the snow! However, cold temperatures can make your winter excursion chilling, challenging and dangerous for you and your camera. In this class, students will learn how to stay warm, protect their camera, batteries and other gear from low temperatures, prepare for cold-weather emergencies, watch the weather for the best photo opportunities, how and why you need to make exposure adjustments, plan for a road trip and more!

Make Your Own: Shirt!
One 1-hour session
Wednesday, February 20 | 5:30-6:30pm | $20 + $10 Material Fee

Open to all ages, this class will introduce you to the fun of designing and making your own t-shirt. You will learn the basics of the Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Studio software, heat press vinyl material, prepping the material, and the heat press process itself. Bring a cotton or cotton-blend shirt of your choice to class. *Before coming to class, have an idea of what you would like to create with one color of vinyl.

Introduction to 3D Printing 
One 1-hour sessions
Wednesday, February 27 | 5:30-6:30pm | $25

Open to all ages, this class will introduce you to the fun and usefulness of 3D printers. You will be able to navigate the most common type of printer, learn the processes in finding, creating and printing your projects, and how to troubleshoot and solve common printer problems. By the end of the class, you will get to take home a 3D-printed trinket of your own. After class completion, you will receive a $15  value 3D printer certification valid at the WVU Parkersburg Entrepreneur Center.

RAW Photography Explained
One 2.5-hour session
Wednesday, February 27 | 6:30-9pm | $25

While JPEG images are suitable for most purposes, photography enthusiasts and professionals prefer more control over how each image is processed. Therefore, many high-end cameras can shoot in RAW mode in addition to JPEG. The raw files are unprocessed, allowing the photographer to adjust settings like exposure, white balance and saturation after the image is captured. In this class, students will learn the difference between JPEGS and RAW files, the pros and cons of each file, how to set the camera to photograph in RAW, settings in exposure, white balance, contrast, saturation, and more! Students should bring their camera, user manual, and a laptop with photo-editing software if available.

Learn Photoshop Elements Mini-Workshop 
Two sessions
Friday, March 15 from 6:30-9pm & Saturday, March 16 from 8-4:30pm | $50

Adobe Photoshop Elements has all the tools you need to put the final polish on your images. Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskin of Mountaineer Photo Excursions will teach you “hands-on” how to crop an image to improve composition, clear red eyes, use the “dodge” and “burn” tools, adjust colors, clean up camera shake, turn frowns into smiles and more! Bring your laptop with any version of Photoshop Elements (PS 2019 is available as a free-trial recommended for this mini-workshop).

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.
  • WVU Parkersburg retains the right to use photos taken during classes for marketing purposes.