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Release date: Dec. 19

Community Classroom offering new courses for January

PLAINVIEW – If your new year’s resolutions included self-improvement, the Community Classroom at Wayland Baptist University has several choices for growing your mind in 2006.

              The new class schedule will begin in early January, with the center reopening Jan. 3, following Wayland’s holiday break. Registration dates typically fall several days before classes begin, and payment for classes is due at the time of registration.              Classes offered in January are as follows:

  • CPR Training: Jan. 21, 8:00 a.m. to noon; $35. Please pay and register by Jan. 17. This class is designed for individuals seeking certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Participants will receive infant, child, and adult training.  The certificate is good for 2 years. The instructor is David Hughes, American Heart Institute certified trainer. The class size is limited.

Computer Bytes: Basic Computing 1: Jan. 9, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15. How do I turn this thing on anyway?!?  This class starts with the very basics of computer literacy. Students can expect to learn (1) how to boot up the computer and (2) how to navigate in the computer world.

  • Computer Bytes: Basic Computing 2: Jan. 10, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15. So what’s a file and how do I build one? Students can expect to learn how to (1) display files and folders, (2) name and rename files, and (3) use the HELP and SUPPORT options (Windows XP and Office 2003).Computer Bytes: Word 1: Jan. 12, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15. What’s a document and how do I create one? This class covers everything you need to get started with a word processing program. Students can expect to learn basic word processing skills such as creating, saving, opening, and editing. Computer Bytes: Word 2: Jan. 16, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15. How do I improve the readability of my documents?  Students can expect to learn about (1) moving/copying text and (2) setting tabs, margins, and indentions.Computer Bytes: Word 3: Jan. 17, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15. How can I add flair to my documents? Students can expect to learn about (1) creating borders, headers, and footers, (2) using bullets and numbering, and (3) inserting word art and clip art. Computer Bytes: Word 4: Jan. 19, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15.  How do I build columns and tables? Students can expect to learn how to (1) design stand-alone columns and tables and (2) incorporate them into documents such as newsletters and brochures. Computer Bytes: Word 5: Jan. 23, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15. How do I use add drawings, pictures, and photos to my documents? Students can expect to learn how to (1) use the drawing toolbar and (2) insert Clipart, WordArt, diagrams, and photos into documents.
  • Computer Bytes: Word 6: Jan. 24, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15. How do I use the computer to help with my mail-outs?  Students can expect to learn how to (1) create mail merge documents and (2) create form letters and mailing labels from a basic Word database.
  • Computer Bytes: PowerPoint 1: Feb. 7, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15. Help—I need visuals for my presentation! Students can expect to learn the basics of creating a simple computer-based slide presentation.
  • Computer Bytes: PowerPoint 2: Feb. 9, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15. How do I add flair to my slides? Students can expect to learn how to (1) apply art and animation schemes, and (2) print presentations. Computer Bytes: Publisher 1: Jan. 26, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15. How can I create a professional-looking document for my business? Students can expect to learn how to create newsletters, brochures, business cards, etc. Computer Bytes: Publisher 2: Jan. 30, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15. Intermediate course in Publisher builds on basic knowledge.
  • Computer Bytes: Excel 1: Jan. 31, 9-11 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $15. What’s Excel and how do I begin using it? Students can expect to learn how to (1)create an MS Office Excel workbook, (2) enter and edit text and numbers, and (3) add and delete columns and rows.
  • Defensive Driving: Jan. 10 and 12, 6:15-9:15 p.m.; $30 total. Participants must attend both evenings to receive credit. These sessions are scheduled monthly.
  • ESL – Beginning Level: Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 9 - March 8, 1-3 p.m.; $80 for term; Register on Jan 6; may be paid in full or in monthly installments. These courses are designed to teach spoken and written English to non-English speakers. Participants can expect to receive small group and individual instruction in integrated reading writing, listening, and speaking. The instructor is Lynette Bowen, well-known area ESL specialist.
  • ESL – Intermediate Level: Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 9 - March 8, 9-11:30 a.m.; $150 for term; Register on Jan. 6; may be paid in full or in monthly installments. These courses are designed to teach spoken and written English to limited-English speaking adults. Participants can expect to receive small group and individual instruction in integrated reading writing, listening, and speaking as well as basic computer instruction. The instructor is Lynette Bowen.
  • ESL – Grammar and Reading: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 10 - March 9; $130. Pay/register on Jan. 6; may be paid in monthly installments. This course is designed to integrate reading, speaking, and writing for limited English speaking adults. The instructor is Lynette Bowen.
  • Poverty Staff Development for Teachers: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 9:00-3:30, $90, includes three workbooks. Pay/register by Jan. 20. These classes are designed to help teachers understand the lives of their poor students and the instructional strategies needed to improve the achievement differentials between middle class and poor students. Excellent training for teachers/districts struggling with NCLB.
  • Quilting – Beginning Level: Thursdays, 6:00-10:00 p.m., Jan. 12 - Feb. 23,     $45. Pay/register during Quilting Orientation Class on Jan. 5 (6:30-8:00 p.m.). In this class, participants will produce a 42” x 54” quilt  based on the theme "There’s a Dog on My Quilt."  Participants can expect to learn how to (1) use a ruler and rotary cutter, (2) sew 9 patches, (3) create sashing and cornerstones, (4) piece, and (5) use appliqué. The instructor is popular area veteran quilt designer, Nancy Richburg.  Participants must be able to (1) sew a straight line on a sewing machine, (2) bring their own portable machines to the class, and (3) attend the registration and orientation class on Jan. 5. A list of supplies will be provided during the registration and orientation session. The class size is limited.