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Fun Classes at WCCC

Posted Sept. 15, 2012, at 9:36 a.m.

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Name: Tina Erskine

Email Address: terskine@wccc.me.edu

Phone: (207) 454-1002

Date Submitted: September 12, 2012

Calais _ Washington County Community College is offering some pretty unique and fun classes this year for those individuals interested in taking courses in everything from digital photography to social media.

The college’s Community Education Department has unveiled an expanded offering for this semester. To take one of the courses it is just a matter of signing up and paying the course fee.

Are you interested in being a Certified Nursing Assistant or in taking the Basic Emergency Medical Technician course? Then WCCC is where you want to be.

Interested in pursuing some courses that will help you in your business? Then check out the two must have courses offered at the college; Customer Service and Social Media and Your Business.

These two courses were designed for business owners and their employees. “This is part of our desire to help our local business community,” Scott Harriman, Associate Dean of Community Education and Student Affairs said.

Do you want to start a non-profit business? Then WCCC is the answer. This year they are offering a Non-Profit Management Series that includes courses in Effective Use of Volunteers and Financial Management for Non-profits. “That is two of the classes out of 10 modules for that series,” he said. “So if you take all 10 modules, although they are not for credit, the person will receive a certificate that acknowledges that they have completed a Non-Profit Management Series.”

For those seeking to improve their computer skills the college is offering Microsoft Office Basics and Web Design/Management courses.

The Microsoft Office Basics class, Harriman said, is for those individual who use Microsoft but are unfamiliar with nuances of the program. “For example, I use Microsoft Office every day, but don’t ask me how it works. I know how to send an email and how to receive an email, that is the extent of my abilities,” he said. “So this course is designed for people like me who have the basics, but want more.”

In acknowledging the rich Native American influence in Washington County, the college is offering a course in the Passamaquoddy language. “We would like to do an ongoing Native American Culture series here and this is the first in that series. We also would like to do a Native American history class and a Native American art class,” Harriman said.

Some of the other offerings this semester include International Marketing and Advertising, American Sign Language and Grant Writing classes along with courses in Computer Aided Drafting and Electrical Code Upgrades.

One fun course scheduled for this semester is the Traveling Chef Series. This course is for those interested in learning more about some of the special dishes on the menus of local restaurant. “Our plan is to invite four or five chefs from our area restaurants to prepare a selection from their menu. It should be a fun series for those who love to cook,” he said

One course that already has record breaking numbers is the digital photography class. The six-hour in-depth exploration of digital photography begins on Sept. 24. Additional classes are scheduled for Oct. 1 and 15.

Harriman said that although the schedule has been set for this semester, courses are not limited to what is currently being offered. He said if anyone is interested in a special course or in teaching a course, they should contact him.

For more information about taking one of the classes or getting a program schedule, contact Harriman at 454-1012 or email him at sharriman@wccc.me.edu.

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