With topics ranging from self defense and quilting with T-shirts to eBay selling and upholstery, the types of Continuing Education non-credit courses at Northwest Mississippi Community College run the gamut this spring, with final registration deadlines approaching quickly.
The Self Defense course will teach techniques like releases, punches and kicks in addition to how to avoid a confrontation. Students will also be trained in weapons use, home defense and defensive and evasive driving. The focus will be on awareness, prevention and successfully ending a violent confrontation. The instructor is a third degree black belt in Hapkido, has taught U.S. Special Forces in self-defense techniques for approximately 13 years and has taught numerous courses for the U.S. Government and Northwest.
According to Coordinator of Continuing Education, Pam Wooten, you do not have to be in great physical condition to take the course. “An aggressor does not allow us to get into shape before attacking, so this class is designed for everyone,” said Wooten.
This $90 course taught by Bud Donahou will be held Jan. 26-April 6 on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. on the Senatobia campus in a location to be determined. The registration deadline is Jan. 18.
Quilting with T-Shirts teaches students how to put their favorite old T-shirts to good use by turning them into a quilt. Class requirements include basic sewing skills and a sewing machine with a one-fourth inch foot to bring to class. The instructor, Chantay Rhone, will provide a supply list at the first class meeting on Jan. 27. The class will be held Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. through March 3 at Cotton Treasures, located at 117 South Front Street in Senatobia. In addition to the $80 course cost, students should come to the first class with $50 for supplies. The registration deadline is Jan. 18.
The eBay Selling course teaches students to make a supplemental or full-time income from an eBay-trained certified education specialist. This multimedia course will include eBay University’s own training materials and will cover selling basics and beyond, including research, opening and using a PayPal account, improving your listings with better descriptions and digital photography, security and post-sale activities such as billing and shipping. This $60 class taught by Olen Batchelor will be held on two Saturdays, Feb. 5 and April 2, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Workforce Development Building, Adult Basic Education Classroom. Registration deadlines are Jan. 17 and March 24. Students should bring $20 to the first class for the book fee to be paid to the instructor.
In the Upholstery class, students learn to update or mend home furniture coverings with refurbishing tools and materials. The first class will consist of discussing fabrics, tools and supplies needed for projects. Students will be required to bring a small piece of furniture on which to work. They will learn how to cut fabric, how to attach it to the furniture and how to attach trim. This $130 class taught by Gloria Singleton will be held Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. in the Art Building, Room 204 from Feb. 10-March 10. Students will furnish their own fabrics and supplies. The registration deadline is Jan. 31.
Although participants can earn 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) if they wish, Spanish for Missionaries can be taken non-credit and is for anyone interested in learning basic Spanish tailored to the needs of the student in ministry settings. The purpose of this class is to introduce the basics of how the Spanish language works. Students will learn what sounds the letters make and how to pronounce words. Basic rules of the Spanish language, grammar and the alphabet will also be taught. Students will participate in some role playing using conversational Spanish. For the final class meeting, students will dine at a local Mexican restaurant and order their meals in Spanish. This $90 class taught by Wendy Gregory will be held Thursdays, Feb. 10-April 7, from 6-8:30 p.m. The registration deadline is Jan. 27.
Continuing Education offers a wide variety of CEU and non-CEU courses to the Northwest community each semester. According to Wooten, course instructors, dates, times, locations and cost vary widely, so she recommends consulting the Northwest Web site for full details and registration forms at http://www.northwestms.edu/.
For more information, contact Wooten at 562-3349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.