Lamar-Orange continuing education courses start Tuesday
Jewelry-making, crafts, Spanish and computer software are included in the fall classes offered by the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Office at Lamar State College-Orange.
For artistically-inclined students, three craft courses taught by local artisan Angela Burch are coming up soon. “Making Fused Glass Jewelry and Icicles” will be taught at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 6-20. This class will teach learners to make fused glass jewelry and decorations such as icicles and sun-catchers. A second class,
“Making Wire Wrapped Jewelry and Ornamentation” will be on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. from Oct. 8-22. In this class, students will learn to make wire-wrapped decorations such as stars, hearts, dragonflies, and other shapes out of materials such as wire, beads and crystals. These two classes cost $89 each and supplies cost $25 and will be purchased at the first class.
Burch will also teach the class “Making Fine Silver Jewelry.” This course, which costs $89, will teach students to create pieces of fine silver jewelry from precious metal clay. Learn to design and finish unique pieces of wearable art. Instruction will include firing and finishing the art. Supplies cost $60 and will be purchased at the first class. The class will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 27-Nov. 10.
Two Spanish language classes are available to students this fall. “Conversational Spanish I” will give students the tools for correct pronunciation in a very simple way. It focuses on everyday conversations for home, restaurants, or telephone. In every lesson, students will also learn about Spanish news and culture to enrich the learning process. The class will meet on Monday nights from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 5-Dec. 7 and the fee of $95 includes the textbook.
For those in health professions, “Conversational Spanish for Nurses” will be available Wednesday nights 6-8 p.m. from Oct. 7-Dec. 9. Dedicated healthcare providers know that effective communication is the key to providing patients with the high quality of care they deserve. This class and book will provide nurses with all the tools needed to communicate confidently and effectively with Spanish-speaking patients. The fee of $95 includes the textbook and language CDs.
Back by popular demand, dance instructors Steve LeBlanc and Debrah Weeks will be teaching a “Jitterbug” class for those who have always wanted to learn this dance! Classes will be Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 7 from 6:30-8 p.m. and running through Oct. 28. Cost is $49 per person or $89 per couple.
All those interested in expanding their knowledge of computing and software would surely enjoy taking one or more of the upcoming computer technology courses. “Microsoft Access Intermediate” will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:00 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6-15. The cost for this class is $65. “Introduction to Computers” will offer people with limited computer experience or training an introduction to computer components, terminology, and more. This course will be offered on Tuesday, October 20, from 6-8 p.m. and costs $35. Finally, “Beginning Computers for Senior Citizens” is free and will be offered Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 9-11 a.m.
Another free workshop called “Twogether in Texas” will be offered. This pre-marital education workshop is provided by the State of Texas. If a couple completes the eight-hour workshop, they will receive a certificate that can be taken to the county clerk’s office and the $60 state fee, as well as the 72-hour waiting period after issuance of the license will be waived. In other words, they only pay $12 for the license fee and can get married as soon as they have the marriage license in their hands. Classes are offered on the second Saturday of every month, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
To request a complete schedule of all classes scheduled for the spring or to sign up for any of these courses, contact the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 882-3321. To visit with the staff in person, stop by the office at 506 Green Ave.