What are Community Education Classes?
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!
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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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Available Community Education Classes
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.
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.
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.
Dancing for Birth
Six one-hour sessions
Monday, March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1 & 8 | 6 – 7pm | $35
Activate your instincts! Join us for a prenatal class that includes fitness, birth wisdom, and birth readiness. Dancing For Birth™ classes are a wonderful way to connect with your baby while you are pregnant, and babies are welcome to attend the class with you postpartum. The perinatal time frame is our focus, but if you are not currently expecting, you are still welcome to join us for community and fitness.
American Heart Association First Aid
Two separate 3-hour sessions
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.
Learn Photoshop Elements Mini-Workshop
Friday, March 15 from 6:30-9pm & Saturday, March 16 from 8am-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).
Digital Photography – Learn, Improve, Create!
Three 2.5 hour sessions
Wednesday, March 20, 27 & April 3| 6:30 – 9pm | $30
During this course, you will learn basic camera controls and how to get the most from the camera you have. Please bring your cameras along with additional lenses you may have along with your camera owner’s manual. Students that know the controls on their cameras will learn how to use their knowledge to improve their photography results. The course will also discuss different types of cameras and photography equipment, and which choices may work best for different people and subjects. Students will have the opportunity to bring in their photos for group critics. You will learn simple ways to improve your photos, along with the rules of composition. You will learn when you want a wide-angle lens, when to use a telephoto lens, and when to stick with what you have. The course will also discuss some limited post-processing techniques, such as cropping, black & white conversion, and more.
Introduction to Ableton Live
One two-hour session
Monday, March 25 | 6 – 8pm | $25
Learn to use Ableton Live to supplement live performances with pre-recorded tracks and to provide cues and a click track to keep performers in sync. Learn the basics of the software’s timeline and features, how to import pre-recorded tracks, adjust tempos, change song structure on the fly, and integrate the software into your venue’s audio system. Great for small bands and church worship teams.
Beginner American Sign Language
Eight 1.5 hour sessions
Tuesday, March 26 & April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & May 7 & 14 | 6:30 – 8pm | $50
This is Sign Language for everyone. This class will focus on basic conversational sign language 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 you may encounter in their workplaces or in everyday social events. This is perfect for kids and families, or just anyone who has an interest in Sign Langauge.
Four one-hour sessions
Tuesday, April 2, 9, 16 & 23 | 6 – 7pm | $25
Learn the art of calligraphy in a relaxed atmosphere. Students will get hands-on experience learning two fonts in a one-hour per week class over the span of four weeks. Students will need a 3.5 size calligraphy marker (any color) and lined notebook paper.
Let your child experience college, and gain a wealth of knowledge in a variety of subjects in this one- or four-week program. Your child can attend just one week, or all four weeks of classes. For children ages 8 – 12
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Need To Know Information:
- Maximum of 60 students per week
- Class sizes are limited and granted on a first come first serve basis (with payment)
- Payment must be received with registration or we can not register student.
- Registration Fee: $130
- Kids College Application
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
For More Information, Call 304-424-8383
|Community Education Class Policies|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.