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Community Education and Workforce Development

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Are you looking for affordable and fun classes? Southwestern's Community Education & Workforce Development department offers a variety of life-long learning and personal exploration opportunities to enrich your life.

We offer classes at both of our beautiful campuses in Coos Bay and Brookings. All of our Community Education courses are noncredit. Whether you are looking for an art class or need to get your flagger certification card, we’ve got you covered. Our instructors are highly qualified individuals from our very own communities.

Summer term classes start Monday, June 20, 2022.
To register for a class call or email:

Coos: 541-888-7352
[email protected]

Curry: 541-813-1667
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FACE-TO-FACE COMMUNITY CLASSES

Students participating in a face-to-face community class will be required to comply with the College's COVID-19 safety protocols.

COOS CAMPUS

The Arts

MUP 0106 01  COMMUNITY VOCALS

Join us for a fun musical learning experience intended to develop and enhance your skill, knowledge, and attitude towards vocal music. In this class you will get instruction on honing your vocal music skills and learn to harmonize with others and perform musical styles and genres written for the concert choir ensemble. This course highlights lifetime vocal health and maintenance with a current industry standard vocal warm-up and regimen. You will learn and perform modern choral works, classic well known songs and contemporary material with a focus on the upbeat and energizing works. This class is open to everyone of all ages  with a passion for creating fun and entertaining songs through voice and rhythm.  

Instructor: Keely Whitney

Location: Sunset 2 Cost: $99

Day: Mon, Wed Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

ART 0165 01  RAKU KILN

In this Raku kiln building class, you will learn to build and fire your own backyard kiln! You will also mix your own glazes. Please bring five completed pieces of pottery to fire. Making the required pottery pieces can be done on Tuesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm through June 9.

Instructor: Annie Pollard

Location: Eden 5 Cost: $59

Day: Sat 6/11-25 Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

ART 0620 65  KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS

Make simple knitting projects with yarn and needles while learning the basics. Students will be taught stitches like knit and purl, stockinette, garter and ribbing, read patterns, correct simple mistakes and perform finishing work.

Instructor: Oksana Holt

Location: Newmark 207 Cost: $69

Day: Wed Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Special Interest

GS 0107 01  ASTRONOMY 

In this class you explore all the wonders of the solar system, stars, stellar evolution, galaxies, and cosmology. You will delve into the results of current space missions and further examine recent discoveries in stellar astronomy.

Instructor: Dan Neal

Location: Stensland 201 Cost: $99

Day: Mon, Wed Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

DRIV 0620  AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE

This course offers you an important opportunity to learn how to drive more efficiently and safely. The course contains up-to-date information about changes over time in ourselves, our vehicles, and our roads. The content of this course can help boost safety awareness, refresh and improve driving skills, minimize crash risk, increase confidence, prolong mobility, and maintain independence. Completion of this one day six-hour driving refresher course can yield discounted auto insurance premiums for individuals. For more information and to pre-register call 541-888-4190.

Location: Newmark 201 Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: AARP members $20, non-members $25, Check or cash is payable to AARP at the class.

DRIV 0620 01        Day: Wed 6/15

DRIV 0620 02        Day: Mon 7/11

DRIV 0620 03        Day: Tue 8/16

HD 0964  INTERPERSONAL PROBLEM SOLVING

This is a 16-week program supported by The SAFE Project for Coos County. This program provides men and women with information on how to build healthy relationships with significant others, children, friends, co-workers and others. Registration is by appointment only. A fee of $50.00 is due at the appointment time. The fee covers registration, a workbook and class materials. A fee of $15.00 per class is due at each class. To schedule an appointment contact Chuck Stepping at 541-808-7436.  Prices are subject to change and are paid directly to ATV Program Reps.

Cooking

CRT 0120 01  GRILLING AND SMOKING

This course will discuss grilling and smoking of premium meats, fish, and poultry. Students will create their own rubs and have an opportunity to prepare BBQ style sauce or chutney to go along with provided proteins. This includes a hands-on segment in the kitchen and a sample of your creations will go home with you.  

Instructor: Randy Torres

Location: OCCI 121 Cost: $125

Day: Sat 6/25 Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Please note: As a safety precaution all students attending cooking classes must wear pants and closed toe shoes. Menu items are subject to change based on availability, costs, and shipping times. Due to this we are unable to provide information on specific dishes that will be created prior to the day of class.    

Fitness & Recreation

PE 0509 01  ZUMBA®

Zumba® Fitness is a global brand that fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an addictive dance-fitness class. Zumba® utilizes the principles of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning, and total body toning. It’s a way of mixing body sculpting movements with easy-to-follow dance steps. Inspired by Latin dance and music, Zumba® uses a variety of Latin styles in its routines, including cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, as well as American styles like swing and hip hop. Music selections include both fast and slow rhythms to help tone and sculpt the body.

Instructor: Tina Creamer

Location: Rec Center 131 Cost: $69

Days: Tue, Thur Time: 12:00pm-12:50pm

PE 0526 01  WEIGHT TRAINING

Find your motivation to get in shape and build strength!  This course offers instruction on the fundamentals of weight training including skills, strategies, fitness goals, and health.  

Instructor: Tobias Robinson

Location: 1090 Oregon Ave, Bandon Cost: $99

Days: Mon, Wed Time: 11:00am-12:00pm 

PE 0524 01  PLYOMETRICS 

Plyometrics is an intense workout designed to improve quickness, power, agility, strength and jumping ability.  You will perform a variety of strenuous exercises including jumping, hopping, rebounding and basic calisthenics.  Working against resistance and obstacles to improve athletic performance will elevate your fitness regimen to a new level.

Instructor: Tobias Robinson

Location: 1090 Oregon Ave, Bandon Cost: $99

Days: Tue, Thur Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

PE 0517 01  JUDO

This course is designed to guide students through basic skill development in the fundamentals all the way through the advanced skills and techniques of Judo. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of Judo and the benefits towards implementing it as an ideal form of physical exercise, character building and a reliable system of self-defense.

Instructor: Clayton Willett

Location: Prosper Hall

Mat Room 3 Cost: $75

Days: Tue, Thur Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

PE 0518 01  KARATE

This course is designed to introduce students to basic skill development in the fundamentals all the way through the advanced skills and techniques of Karate. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of Karate and the benefits towards implementing it as an ideal form of physical exercise, character building and a reliable system of self-defense.

Instructor: Clayton Willett

Location: Prosper Hall Mat Room 3           Cost: $75

Days: Mon, Wed Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

PE 0503 02  PILATES® EXERCISE

Pilates® is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core, as well as improving coordination and balance.

Instructor: Melissa Loudenbeck

Location: Rec Center 121 Cost: $106.50

Days: Tue, Thur 6/20-9/1 Time: 12:00pm-12:50pm

PE 0535 01  DANCE FITNESS

Dance Fitness fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an addictive dance-fitness class. The course utilizes the principles of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning, and total body toning. It is a way of mixing body sculpting movements with easy-to-follow dance steps. Inspired by fun and upbeat dance music, using a variety of dance styles in the routines. Music selections include both fast and slow rhythms to help tone and sculpt the body. Instructor: Melissa Loudenbeck

Location: Rec Center 121 Cost: $106.50

Days: Mon, Wed 6/20-9/1

Time: 12:00pm-1:20pm

PE 0505 01  TURBO KICK

Turbo Kick is a combination of intense kickboxing moves, as well as a unique blend of intense interval strength and endurance training all perfectly choreographed to high energy and motivating music. It’s the ultimate cardiovascular challenge that is perfect for the high-level athlete and the exercise novice. Turbo Kick requires no previous kickboxing experience or equipment. It’s high intensity, fast-paced, and totally addicting!

Instructor: Melissa Loudenbeck

Location: Rec Center 121 Cost: $106.50

Days: Mon, Wed 6/20-9/1 Time: 5:30pm-6:50pm

PE 0513 01  INSANITY® WORKOUT

This program uses MAX Interval Training®, which alternates periods of moderate intense exercise with maximum-intensity and smaller intervals of intensity with smaller periods of rest. This workout is not a dance-based program. Insanity® employs resistance training to achieve faster body composition changes and sculpt your muscles.

Instructor: Melissa Loudenbeck

Location: Rec Center 121 Cost: $106.50

Days: Tue, Thur 6/20-9/1 Time: 5:30pm-6:20pm

PE 0522  FITNESS FOR RECOVERY

Fitness for Recovery provides a sober active community to individuals who have suffered from a substance use disorder and to those who choose a sober life. This is about rising up together to meet the challenges of recovery and living life to its full potential. Using a peer support model, members heal and rebuild their lives. For more information, please contact Jennifer Stephens at 541-404-6438. 

CURRY CAMPUS

Special Interest

WR 0105 01  CREATIVE WRITING & STORY WORLDS

This course introduces the theory, techniques, and practice of fiction writing to the beginning student. It emphasizes the short story. Part of the term is spent reading and analyzing published work in terms of such writing techniques as characterization, scenes, dialogue, thematic content, and structure.  Writing exercises, both to take home and to do in the classroom, complement these discussions, and are critiqued. Part of each week is spent in discussion, where works are analyzed and critiqued through class and instructor participation. Instructor: Laec Christensen

Location: Curry Campus 118 Cost: $109

Day: Thur Time: 3:00pm-4:55pm

Fitness

PE 0570 01  LOW IMPACT AEROBICS

This class uses easy to follow dance steps and rhythmic movements that are choreographed to upbeat music. This is a fun way to get you moving while improving your cardiovascular system, muscle strength, flexibility, and balance, while boosting your overall fitness level. This is a great class for active seniors no matter your level of fitness. Bring a mat for the floor exercises.

Instructor: Mary Whitaker

Location: Curry Campus 138A/B Cost: $39

Day: Tue, Thur 7/5 - 8/12                       Time: 8:30am-9:45am                   

PE 0504 01  TAI CHI

This course in Tai Chi is a gentle, relaxed non-sweat, personal exercise (translated as the “Grand Ultimate”) for any age.  The ‘Yang Form’ will be taught along with ‘Chi Gwa’ (circulating breath) and ‘Silk Cocoon Chen’ (fine intertwining energy). This course is noncompetitive and will start with the basics, and then individuals will progress at their own rate.

Instructor: Deane McConnell

Location: Curry Campus 137A/B

Cost: $49

Day: Tues Time: 10:00am-11:30am

     

ONLINE COMMUNITY CLASSES

Online courses are accessed through mylakerlink.socc.edu.
After registering, log into myLakerLink and click on eLearning Courses under Quick Links for access to your class.

Fitness

PE 0233 01  PHYSICAL CONDITIONING

Get motivated, improve your endurance, and get in shape! Designed for mature adults who need to modify a fitness program according to their current level of conditioning. Work on strengthening and flexibility. Instructor: Tobias Robinson

Location: Live Online Zoom Cost: $99

Days: Tue, Thur Time: 9:45am-10:45am

Special Interest

ENG 0115 01  Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte

Within this course, you will get the opportunity to read works such as Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Through close-reading exercises and discussions, you will learn the importance of genre, major themes, historical events (fiction and non-fiction) and gender roles. You will get to know both authors on a deeper level and develop a better understanding of the importance of their works as well as their roles as female authors. You will compare and contrast each author as well as their works to increase your understanding regarding the subtle changes in female and male gender roles throughout different paradigms. Books and movies are not included in the cost of the class.

Instructor: Tyana Brown

Location: Online-On Demand Cost: $99

ENG 0120 01  Phantom of the Opera

Within this course, you will have the opportunity to review and study The Phantom of the Opera. You will learn the importance of stage performance techniques and will receive the opportunity to explore genre and gothic themes, the language used within the play and the overall representation. This course will provide you with a deeper understanding and knowledge regarding the significance of The Phantom of the Opera as well as the techniques that were employed to such an amazing piece of art. Through writing exercises, thought provoking discussion prompts and viewing the musical, you will walk away with a better understanding of the story as well as an appreciation for the musical arts.

Instructor: Tyana Brown

Location: Online-On Demand Cost: $99

ENG 0125 01  Harry Potter

You will have the opportunity to read/watch J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter series* while developing a better understanding of the story. Through close-reading exercises, discussions and educational projects, you will be able to employ what you have learned as well as gain a deeper understanding of the story that is Harry Potter. Developing a better understanding of major writing elements will promote thought provoking responses/ideas regarding the story. Inference will also be applied as you will learn how to make inferences from certain events, themes, genres to develop a better sense of the storyline. *Books and movies are not included in the cost of the class.

Instructor: Tyana Brown

Location: Online-On Demand Cost: $99

WR 0110 01  Short Story Writing

This course you will learn the basics of short story writing. Within this course, you will explore and examine major themes and genres (such as comedy, romance, tragedy and history) as well as writing techniques and format. Through discussion posts and writing exercises, you will learn about plot structure as well as chapter format and character development. In this course you will take part in discussions to increase your understanding and awareness of the major elements in short story writing.

Instructor: Tyana Brown

Location: Online-On Demand Cost: $99

ENG 0110 01  INTRODUCTION TO POETRY

This course introduces students to the basics of poetry writing. Within this course, students will explore and examine classic poets such as Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth and John Milton through discussion posts, close-reading exercises and practice exercises. Students will get to know the major components of poetry, understand structure and learn how to identify stanza and rhyme formats. This course is designed to engage students in riveting and educational discussion to increase their understanding and awareness of the major elements present in poetry as they create their own works, displaying what they have learned. Optional bi-weekly Zoom sessions included. Instructor: Tyana Brown

Location: Online-On Demand Cost: $99

ENG 0105 01  SHAKESPEARE

This course introduces students to the plays of William Shakespeare. Within this course, students will explore and examine major themes and genres (such as comedy, romance, tragedy and history) present within his plays through discussion posts and close-reading exercises. Students will get to know main characters, understand plot structure and learn how to interpret his plays. This course is designed to engage students in riveting and educational discussion to increase their understanding and awareness of the major elements present in Shakespeare’s work. Optional bi-weekly Zoom sessions included. Instructor: TyAna Brown

Location: Online-On Demand Cost: $99


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