The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Office at Lamar State College-Orange released its Spring 2010 schedule, which includes an exciting array of non-credit personal enrichment and workforce development classes.

“We think our friends in the community will be pleased to see that some of their favorite classes are still on the schedule, along with some very interesting new ones,” said Cliff Ozmun, director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.  

Five new classes are sure to spark interest in the community.  The first is “Introduction to Genealogy,” which will meet from 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 2 and 23. This course will provide students with activities and research methods for studying your family history.  Students of the new “Boating Safety” class will obtain an overview of parts and types of boats, safety, navigation, legal requirements, and more.  This course will be held every third Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“Elements of Art” will teach the components of art and design, including line, value, color, texture, and shape.  This course will meet from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 25 through April 5. Offered in partnership with the Stark Museum, “Intro to Floral Painting in Watercolor” will be lead by Museum Docent Shirley Marshall and Public Programs Educator Amelia Wiggins.  They will take inspiration from the exhibition Blooms: Floral Art in the Stark Collections and practice drawing and painting flowers and plans.

Finally, a free class, “Social Networking with Facebook and Twitter,” is intended to benefit those interested in exploring social networking or using it more fully.  This course will only be offered on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 9 – 11 a.m.

Additionally, registration is underway for “Senior Citizen Fitness Class (55+).”  This popular class gives seniors a feeling of health and well-being while promoting strength.  The class meets 9 – 9:50 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The monthly “Step Aerobics, Cardio Mix and Muscle Toning” class now meets from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.,Monday through Thursday.  This is a 60-minute class of heart-pounding, body-moving and muscle-pumping fun.  Enjoy a workout that enhances the body’s muscular endurance.

In the area of personal development, an “Advanced Digital Photography” class is offered 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Monday evenings, beginning April 26 through May 24. In addition, “Photoshop Elements” is being offered once again from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights beginning April 28 through May 26.  This course teaches students how to use Adobe’s latest version of Photoshop Elements image processing software to edit, create and share digital images.  No prerequisites are required for these courses, but a basic understanding of digital photography is highly recommended.

Cliff adds, “Providing lifelong learning is a service to you, our friends and family in the Greater Orange Area.  We believe that whether you are looking for job training or personal development, our job is to make the right courses available at the right times and at the right prices.  To that end, this semester you will find that no Personal Development course will cost more than $49 per person, and that our workforce training classes will be reasonably and competitively priced to help you fulfill all of your lifelong learning goals.”

There are many other opportunities to explore, including “Conversational Spanish I and II,” “Cajun Dance,” “Introduction to TIG Welding,” and more.  To view a complete schedule of all classes scheduled for the spring or to register for any of these courses, visit or contact the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at (409) 882-3321.  To visit with the staff in person, stop by the office located at 506 Green Avenue.