The Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development of Lamar State College-Orange provides non-credit, short-term student learning opportunities for the community and customized training programs to meet the needs of local business and industry. Several different classes are currently scheduled for January.


To begin the new year on a healthy foot, 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 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Jan. 14-April 30 from 9-9:50 a.m. For everyone else, the ongoing "Step Aerobics, Cardio Mix & Muscle Toning" class will continue to meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Student Center (SC). 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.


Two computer technology classes, "Intro to Computers Part I," Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4-7 p.m. and "Intro to Computers Part II," Thursday, Jan. 31, 4-7 p.m. will meet in room 124 of the Wilson Building (WB).


New to the personal developmental listings, "Photoshop Elements 6.0" will teach students how to use Adobe’s latest version of Photoshop Elements image processing software to edit, create and share digital images. Improvements to the software include an overhauled interface, refined selection tools, enhanced retouching tools, new tools to create composite images, special artwork effects, a streamline image organizer and more. This is a hands-on course and each student will have computer access to practice various image editing techniques. No prerequisites are required, but a basic understanding of digital photography is highly recommended.


The first of three dance classes, "Ballroom Dancing," will meet Tuesday evenings, Jan. 29-Feb., 19 7-9 p.m. in the SC. This class will be followed in February by "Line Dancing," and then "Country-Western Dancing" in March.


Two free courses are scheduled for the community in January. "Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes" will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 4 from 6-8 p.m. in room 138 of the Green Ave. Building and "Spring Gardening" will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m.-noon in room 101 of the WB.


A new workforce development certification class, "Forklift Operator," is OSHA-approved, three-hour fast-track training that includes forklift design, controls and instrumentation, comprehensive pre-use inspection procedures and hands-on instruction of operation proficiency. This class will meet Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12 from 5-7 p.m.


To request a complete schedule of all classes scheduled for the spring or to register for any of these courses, 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 Ave.