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Adult non-credit classes abound at Nicholls

THIBODAUX – The Office of Continuing Education at Nicholls State University will offer the following non-credit courses for adults beginning in September:

COMPUTERS

Introduction to Windows XP: Level 1

This course provides a broad foundation for students so that they will have greater awareness and confidence using personal computers. Students will gain practical information and skills, including what a computer is, how to manage personal files and folders and how to use many of the programs that come with Windows XP. This class is taught by Brett Bourg.

Time and date: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 16 and 17

Location: 102 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall

Fee: $130/$135 (includes course manual)

Microsoft Access XP: Level 1

Students will learn how to create and use database objects, including tables, queries, forms and reports. Prior knowledge of Access is not a prerequisite, but participants should have an understanding of the basic concepts involved in working with a personal computer. This class is taught by Brett Bourg.

Time and date: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 16, 17 and 18

Location: 102 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall

Fee: $130/$135, (includes course manual)

Microsoft Excel: Level 1

This course, the first in a series, will give students the skills to create, edit, format and print basic worksheets and charts in Excel. Prior knowledge of Excel is not a prerequisite, but participants should have an understanding of the basic concepts involved in working with a personal computer. This class is taught by Brett Bourg.

Time and date: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

Location: 102 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall

Fee: $130/$135 (includes course manual)

Microsoft Excel: Level 2

This course will expand upon the skills learned in the Excel 2002 Level 1 course, giving students an opportunity to work with some more advanced features of Excel, including templates; sorting and filtering; importing and exporting; advanced formulas; analysis tools; and collaboration. Participants should have completed Microsoft Excel Level 1 and an Introductory Windows course or have equivalent knowledge. This class is taught by Brett Bourg.

Time and date: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 7 and 8

Location: 102 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall

Fee: $130/$135 (includes course manual)

Microsoft PowerPoint

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to start the PowerPoint program; identify on-screen features; navigate through a presentation; create and edit bullet slides; use PowerPoint drawing tools to create a slide; create and enhance an organizational chart; create and edit graphs; change the overall appearance of a presentation by using design templates and the Slide Master; run a slide show; become familiar with slide show options and add notes to a slide preview; save a PowerPoint presentation as a Web page; and open a locally stored presentation in Internet Explorer. This class is taught by Brett Bourg.

Time and date: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 2 and 3

Location: 102 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall

Fee: $130/$135 (includes course manual)

Microsoft Word: Level I

This course is the first in a series of three Microsoft Word courses. It will provide students with the basic concepts required to produce common business documents as well as offer the opportunity to apply them. No prior knowledge of Microsoft Word is assumed, but participants should have an understanding of the basic concepts involved in working with a personal computer. This class is taught by Brett Bourg.

Time and date: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 21 and 22

Location: 102 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall

Fee: $130/$135 (includes course manual)

Microsoft Word: Level 2

Students will use Microsoft Word intermediate features for creating custom templates and styles, managing tables and table data, inserting graphics, creating a newsletter, sending form letters, creating a Web page and managing document changes. Participants should have completed Microsoft Word Level 1 and an introductory Windows course or have equivalent knowledge. This class is taught by Brett Bourg.

Time and date: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 4 and 5

Location: 102 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall

Fee: $130/$135 (includes course manual)

DANCE AND MUSIC

Beginner Middle Eastern Dance (Belly Dance)

Mehlika’s Mirage presents a beginners dance class that teaches the essence of the ancient art of belly dance. Belly dancing relieves emotional stress and tension in the body while empowering women to be comfortable with their bodies. Characterized by snake-like movements combined with sharp muscle isolations, this empowering style of dance develops strength and muscle tone while providing a fun, low impact workout. Classes feature yoga-inspired stretching and detailed instruction, but the main focus is enjoyment of the dance itself. Appropriate to all ages and body types, belly dance promotes balance in mind, body and spirit. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable dancing clothes, such as a long, full skirt or loose pants and a short top, leotard or choli. Ethnic jewelry, such as a coin belt or a scarf around the hips will help put students in the shimmy-dancing mood. This course is taught by Jessica Martin.

Time and date: 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3 and 10

Location: Dance Studio, Shaver Gym

Fee: $70/$75

Intermediate Middle Eastern Dance Workshop (Belly Dance)
Mehlika’s Mirage presents an intermediate dance class that continues to teach the essence of the ancient art of belly dance. Classes will feature yoga-inspired stretching, abdominal floor work and detailed instruction. The main focus of the class, which includes tribal based choreography and group dances, is to prepare students for the advanced class. Dancers will also rehearse choreography previously learned in beginning level classes. Participants should wear a long, full skirt or loose pants and a short top, leotard or choli. Ethnic jewelry such as a coin belt or a scarf around the hips should be worn as well.
Directed by Jessica Martin and taught by Jana Hubbell, this class is open to anyone.

Time and date: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24

Location: Dance Studio, Shaver Gym

Fee: $30/$35

Advanced Middle Eastern Dance (Belly Dance)

Mehlika’s Mirage presents an advanced dance class that teaches the essence of the ancient art of belly dance. Featuring yoga-inspired stretching, abdominal floor work and detailed instruction, the main focus of this class is clarity of movements and performing. Sessions include tribal based choreography and group dances. Dancers will also rehearse choreography previously learned in beginning level classes. Participants need to wear a long, full skirt or loose pants and a short top, leotard or choli. Ethnic jewelry such as a coin belt or a scarf around your hips should also be worn. Enrollment in the class will require prior approval by the teacher, Jessica Martin.

Time and date: 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3 and 10

Location: Dance Studio, Shaver Gym

Fee: $70/$75

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy PeopleThis class, taught by David Haynes, M.Ed., is for people who want to learn the secrets and magical shortcuts professional piano players use to embellish songs. In just one evening, participants will learn all the chords needed to play any song in any style and key. This is a proven, fun, relaxed approach to professional style playing. Little or no experience is required, but those who cannot read notes are encouraged to send a self addressed, stamped envelope for a free pamphlet to Music Masters, 90 Molly Lane, Ringgold, Ga. 30736. The registration fee includes $25 for a course book and CD.

Time and date: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29

Location: To be determined

Fee: $80/$85

Let’s Dance

Designed for beginners and seasoned veterans alike, this class allows participants to enjoy the rhythms of the fox trot, swing, jitterbug, waltz, rumba, tango and cha-cha. Partners are recommended. This course is taught by Angela Hammerli.

Time and date: 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3

Location: Dance Studio, Shaver Gym

Fee: $39/$44 per person

LANGUAGES AND COMMUNICATION

Public Speaking

Participants will learn about the communication process on a professional and personal level during meetings, social gatherings, news briefings and crisis situations. Topics include how to become a successful presenter whenever situations arise; how to sell oneself and one’s ideas by choosing the right words, phrases and closing statements; and how to organize thoughts and statements during an interview. Participants will also learn effective ways to communicate to the media, public and co-workers during a crisis – as well as appropriate times to use visual and vocal support. This course is taught by Craig Jaccuzzo.

Time and date: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29; Nov. 5 and 12

Location: To be determined

Fee: $105/$110

Italian-Beginner

This course will promote and create interest, desire and passion in the Italian language and culture. The instructor, Neal “Nino” Thibodaux, will share 13 years of life experiences in Italy. Students will learn the Italian language along with the culture, customs, geography, history, lifestyles and culinary arts from an insider’s perspective.

Time and date: 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3 and 10

Location: 247 Peltier Hall

Fee: $155/$160

American Sign Language

This course is an introduction to the basic production and comprehension of American Sign Language (ASL). The students will focus on the fundamentals of sign concepts, finger spelling, numbers, and non-manual markers and implement them using correct ASL grammar and sentence structure. Information regarding deaf history, deaf culture and current issues will also be presented and discussed. This course is taught by Alice Himel.

Time and date: 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10 and 17

Location: Bollinger Memorial Student Union, Bowie Room

Fee: $100/$105

Cued Speech

This class, taught by Alice Himel, is designed for those interested in working with the deaf – or else those who are just looking for a new career. Cued speech is a sound-based visual communication system for use with and among the deaf. Developed almost 40 years ago, the technique supplements what is seen on the mouth in such a way as to make the spoken language visible. More and more parents are choosing this system for their deaf child, and there is a growing demand for trained personnel in this field. Students must be at least 13 years old.

Time and date: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, and 18

Location: Bollinger Memorial Student Union, Bowie Room

Fee: $100/$105

PHYSICAL ENRICHMENT

Pilates

A unique method of conditioning that allows for body reshaping and redefinition, Pilates teaches awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, strengthening the deep torso muscles which help alleviate and prevent back pain. The program, taught by Rachal Pujol, will focus on improving core muscle strength and your overall flexibility.

Time and date: 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30; Nov. 4 and 6; OR Nov. 18, 20, 25, 27; Dec. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 and 18; OR Jan. 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29; Feb. 3 and 5, 2009

Location: Shaver Gym, Dance Studio (2nd floor)

Fee: $60/$65

Co-Ed Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is the most popular yoga in America today. With no religion base, this form of exercise uses posture and breathing techniques to link the mind and body. Each movement uses the total body and relieves anxiety and stress. Mats are provided in this co-ed class, and couples are welcome. The course is taught by Lona Bernard.

Time and date: 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 23, 25, 30; Oct. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23; OR Oct. 28, 30; Nov. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20; Dec. 2 and 4; OR Dec. 9, 11, 16, 18; Jan. 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22, 2009; OR Jan. 27, 29; Feb. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 26 and March 3, 2009

Location: Shaver Gym, Dance Studio (2nd floor)

Fee: $60/$65

SPECIAL INTEREST

How to Start a Home-Based Medical Transcription Business

This class is designed for people interested in choosing their own work hours, running a home-based business, establishing a client base and making a profit. Students will learn what medical transcription is; how to distinguish between medical transcription and medical billing and coding; how to run the business simply and cost-effectively; and how to avoid expensive and common mistakes. An additional $20.00 for workbook will need to be paid to the instructor, Debra Burns, on the first night of class.

Time and date: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20

Location: Ellender Library, Multi-Purpose Room

Fee: $45/$50

Dog Behavior Workshop – “Is my dog psychic or psychotic?”

Participants will unlock the mysteries of their dogs’ minds in this fun, interactive workshop. The class, taught by Martha Neil Anthony, will provide the tools necessary to better communicate with dogs and alleviate unwanted behavior. No dogs will be allowed in class.

Time and date: 9 a.m. to Noon Saturday, Oct. 4

Location: Bollinger Memorial Student Union, Bowie Room

Fee: $65/$70

Introduction to Canoeing

This course will cover basic canoeing; efficient, straight paddling; trimming the boat in wind; bracing; sculling; heeling and turning the boat; ferrying across currents; and avoiding dangerous situations. Participants must be able to swim. This course is taught by Leonard Naquin.

Time and date: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2009

Location: Nicholls Bayouside Wharf

Fee: $45/$50

Ghost Hunting 101: A Scientific Approach to Paranormal Investigating

In this course, students will study a scientific approach to paranormal investigating, using high-tech equipment as well as skeptical and analytical methods of evidence analysis. Conducted by “Louisiana Spirits” Paranormal Investigators, the class is composed of three sessions: a classroom presentation; a hands-on investigation of a reportedly “haunted” location within one hour of Nicholls; and a final meeting to discuss the findings. Transportation to the investigation site is the responsibility of the student. This course is taught by Brad Duplechien.

Time and date: 8 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 4, 11 and Friday, Oct. 17

Location: Bollinger Memorial Student Union, LeBijou Theater

Fee: $60 /$65

Private Pilot Ground School

Students will learn about different types of flying, from light sport aircraft to multi engine commercial aircraft. Topics include basic aerodynamics, aircraft controls, power plants, avionics, weight and balance, radio communications, air traffic control procedures, airport procedures and more. This course is excellent preparation for the private pilot knowledge test – and since it is taught by a certified flight instructor and ground instructor, it can be entered into the pilots log as ground instruction. Included in the course fee is a private pilot ground school kit containing all the materials a beginning pilot will need, including all books, a circular slide ruler, plotter, logbook and flight bag. Additionally, students will be able to book introduction flights with the instructor at a special discount rate. This course is taught by Steven Stilts.

Time and date: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 2, 7, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30; Nov. 4 and 6

Location: Ellender Library, Multi-Purpose Room

Fee: $300/$305

A Potter’s Wheel

This course, taught by Billy Bellanger, is an introduction to working with a potter’s wheel. Students will learn hand building, throwing, glazing and firing methods, including raku. All skill levels are welcome. Students must be at least 14 years old.

Time and date: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; and Nov. 1

Location: 108 Talbot Hall

Fee: $125/$130

Grammar Crash Course

In this 4-session refresher course, students will learn to eliminate embarrassing grammar mistakes; improve punctuation, usage and proofreading; and write better memos, emails and letters. This class is taught by Karen Leger-Oubre.

Time and date: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 14, 16, 21 and 23

Location: 102 Gouaux Hall

Fee: $80/$85

TEST PREPARATION AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

Notary Exam Study Course, Part 1

This non-credit class, taught by William G. Yates, is designed to help the participant prepare to take the notarial examination. Although the course is primarily designed for those planning to take the exam, the course would also be appropriate for people who wish to know more about Louisiana law. Participants must be at least 18 and registered to vote in the parish in which they wish to apply for a commission to qualify to take the notarial examination. No guarantee is implied that persons taking this course will pass the examination.The second phase of the course will be offered in the spring.

Time and date: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, October 13-16, Nov. 3-6 and Nov. 17-20

Location: 242 Peltier Hall

Fee: $225/$230, textbook included with registration fee

Life and Health Insurance Pre-Licensing Course

Each course offers the 32 hours of life and health class instruction suitable to prepare an individual to take state insurance exams. The class material is designed to prepare the student for the exam and to provide a good education for a career in insurance. Topics include basic terminology, concepts, sales, the fundamentals of insurance law and the agent’s responsibility. This course is taught via LSU-S videoconferencing.

Time and date: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; Sept. 12, 13, 19 and 20 OR Oct. 31; Nov. 1, 7 and 8

Location: 100 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall

Fee: $200/$205, textbook included with registration fee

Property and Casualty Insurance Pre-Licensing Course

Each course offers the 32 hours of property and casualty class instruction suitable to prepare an individual to take state insurance exams. The class material is designed to prepare the student for the exam and to provide a good education for a career in insurance. Topics include basic terminology, concepts, sales, the fundamentals of insurance law and the agent’s responsibility. This course is taught via LSU-S videoconferencing.

Time and date: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 10, 11, 17 and 18

Location: 100 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall

Fee: $200/$205, textbook included with registration fee

ONLINE TRAINING

Graphic Design

This online program begins with the fundamentals of design and guides the student through the terms and processes they will use to turn their knowledge of design into a career. The student will learn the rules of graphic design as well as useful marketing strategies and information about art in the electronic age. This course can be taken at any time via any computer with Web access. Call (985) 448-4444 to register.

Credit: 80 Contact Hours

Fee: $1,495

Medical Transcription

This online, instructor-led program prepares students to start a new career as a medical transcriptionist. A medical terminology course, a transcriber and all additional materials are included. This course can be taken at any time via any computer with Web access. Call (985) 448-4444 to register.

Credit: 240 Contact Hours

Fee: $1,595

Certified Wedding Planner

This online course teaches the student how to become a successful wedding planner and coordinator. The comprehensive program covers everything an aspiring wedding planner needs to know to get started in the business. Whether a student plans on working part-time or full-time, this program will provide all the tools necessary to work as a professional wedding planner or start a wedding planning business. This course can be taken at any time via any computer with Web access. Call (985) 448-4444 to register.

Credit: 300 Contact Hours

Fee: $1,395

Video Game Design and Development

This online course and training program is an appropriate starting point for students who seek a professional career as a video game designer and developer. It is also well-suited for enthusiastic amateurs and gamers looking to explore this exciting field as a recreational endeavor. This course can be taken at any time via any computer with Web access. Call (985) 448-4444 to register.

Credit: 500 Contact Hours

Fee: $1,995

Interior Design

An online, interactive certificate program during which students learn how to create spaces for living, working and enjoyment, this program focuses on design theory, design process methods and design studio work. The learning sequence includes the design elements and principles, color theory, programming, space planning and the design of residential, commercial, and retail spaces. The online learning method is “learner centered” so students can set the pace, sequencing and style of learning according to what works best for them. Incorporating the communication and delivery of concepts via the same electronic media used by professionals, this program will prepare design students for entry-level employment in the booming design industry. This course can be taken at any time via any computer with Web access. Call (985) 448-4444 to register.

Credit: 350 Contact Hours

Fee: $2,295

Travel Agent Training

This online course is a proven, successful method for motivated people to begin a travel career and will help prepare students for the Travel Institute TAP certification. Students learn the basic skills needed to operate a computer reservation system. This program consists of two modules, including a travel career development module and an interactive reservation system module. For the reservation system module, students have a choice of Sabre, Worldspan, Apollo, Galileo or Amadeus GDS system. All materials are included. This course can be taken at any time via any computer with Web access. Call (985) 448-4444 to register.

Credit: 200 Contact Hours

Fee: $1,595

English as a Second Language – Global English

This online course and training program is perfect for students who wish to either learn or improve their English language skills. The service is designed to accommodate the needs of all levels of students in both general and business English. It also offers innovative record and playback activities for pronunciation, conversation, voice and text chat for language skills practice with other learners. This course can be taken at any time via any computer with Web access. Call (985) 448-4444 to register.

Credit: Unlimited Contact Hours

Fee: $595

The course registration fees will increase by $5 one week prior to the first day of each class. For more information on these or other courses – including online courses – visit the Nicholls Web site at www.nicholls.edu/cnc or call the Office of Continuing Education at (985) 448-4444.

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