Brunswick Community College offers community education classes

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department (CEWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction.

Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

For a full schedule of classes, including online courses, go to: www.brunswickcc.edu. Call 755-7380 to register.

The following are upcoming CEWD courses and seminars:

Small Business

Microsoft Word for Small Business: This course is practical and fast-paced. Using MS Word, you will be able to set margins, edit text, select and format characters and paragraphs, add page breaks, use find and replace, add headers and footers, save a document as a Web page, and format an e-mail address as a hyperlink.

This seminar is limited to 15 students. Call 755-7490 to pre-register. Monday, Feb. 16, 6-9 p.m., Supply, free.

Microsoft Excel for Small Business: Using MS Excel, you will be able to create a spreadsheet of your choice, change columns and rows, use formulas, and change the chart appearance with colors and borders.

This seminar is limited to 15 students. Call 755-7490 to pre-register. Monday, Feb. 23, Supply, free.

Lifelong Learning

Mediterranean Cooking: Savor the cuisine of the Mediterranean with demonstrations and generous sampling in this four-week class.

Chef Alan Herrmann will take you on a culinary journey across the Mediterranean. In this class, you will learn how to prepare light and easy dishes that burst with Mediterranean flavor and are sure to become favorites for your entire family.

Herrmann has been a personal chef to several well-known celebrities. He has also worked aboard major cruise lines as master chef and was a private restaurant owner. Call 755-7413 for more information. Mondays, Feb. 23-March 16, 6-8 p.m., Supply, registration fee $50.

Joyce Grear, The Storyteller: Joyce Grear presents a first person theatre performance of Harriet Tubman (1820-1912), a chronicle of the daring life of the legendary “Moses,” the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Call 755-7413 for more information. Thursday, Feb. 26, 9-11 a.m., Supply, registration fee $30. Free for seniors 65 and older.

Birdwatching in North Carolina with John Ennis: offered by The Brunswick Institute of Lifelong Learning at Brunswick Community College. The course is designed for beginners as well as experienced birdwatchers, especially those who have moved from other states.

The course will begin with a two-hour introductory class at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at the BCC main campus in Supply, followed by an explorative journey around the campus birding sites.

Five field trips to sites such as Sunset Beach, Fort Fisher and other Brunswick County sites on the N.C. Birding Trail will be discussed and planned during the first class. Saturdays, March 7-April 4, 8 a.m.-noon.

A recommended (but optional) text is Sibley’s Birding Basics by David Allen Sibley. The first class will include a review of required equipment and field guides; however, participants should bring binoculars to class if they have them. Cost is $50.

Career Readiness Certification and Human Resource Development

Career Readiness Certification: The Career Readiness Certificate is based upon a nationally recognized skills assessment system that employers are using to test: Reading for Information; Applied Mathematics; and Locating Information.

This assessment establishes hiring procedures and training needs for their potential or incumbent workforce. Call 755-7407 for more information. Tuesday and Thursdays, Feb. 25-March 27, 9 a.m.-noon or 5-8 p.m., Supply, registration fee $55. Fee waiver is available.

Computer Classes (a $5 technology fee applies to all computer classes)

QuickBooks: Beyond the Basics: This class is designed for individuals who have taken the basic class or who have a basic understanding of the program. Participants will learn how to go beyond the basics and learn how to simplify repetitive tasks, set up budgets, set and use inventory, and become more proficient with payroll. Bring a USB memory stick to first class.

Call 755-7380 to pre-register. Tuesdays, Feb. 17-April 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Supply, registration fee $55.

Windows and Internet: Students will learn about the desktop, menus, folders, and file management, title bars, defragmenting, and changing the screen saver and control panel.

Call 755-7380 to register. Saturdays, Feb. 28-May 9, 9 a.m.-noon, Supply, registration fee $55.

Real Estate

Real Estate Provisional Brokers: This 90-hour course provides basic instruction in real estate principles and practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the basic knowledge and skills necessary for real estate sales.

This course meets the guidelines set by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Registration needs to be completed and fees paid prior to classes starting.

Call 755-7380. Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays, Feb. 23-April 30, 9 a.m.-noon, Supply, registration fee $60. Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays, Feb. 23-April 30, 6-9 p.m., Leland, registration fee $60.

Occupational Training and Workforce Development

Notary: Call 755-7380 to register. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 17-18, 5:30-9 p.m., Supply.

Nurse Aide I: Fast Track: This is a 90-hour course that includes classroom lecture, laboratory practice and clinical rotation to a long term/skilled care facility. Pre-requisite: Career Focus. Monday and Wednesdays, Feb. 23-April 8, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Supply, registration fee $116.25 (additional fees may apply).

Effective Teacher Training: For teachers and substitute teachers who want to be successful in meeting everyday challenges of the classroom. This structured class teaches effective use of classroom time. Required for all substitute teachers in Brunswick County.

Call 755-7380 to register. Monday and Wednesdays, Feb. 23-March 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Supply, registration fee $55.

Did you know there are approximately 300 classes you can take online from your own home? It’s easy to do. Go to www.ed2go.com/brunswick and sign up today.