Nicholls to offer courses for adults

THIBODAUX – The Office of Continuing Education at Nicholls State University is offering the following, non-credit courses for adults beginning in February and March:


Introduction to Windows XP: Level 1

This course provides a broad foundation for students so that they will have a greater awareness and confidence using personal computers. Students will gain practical information and skills, such as 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 course is taught by Brett Bourg.

Class meetings: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 26 and 27

Fee: $120/$125


Beginners Middle Eastern Dance (Belly Dance)

Mehlika’s Mirage presents a beginning 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. Classes include learning a selected piece of choreography. Appropriate to all ages and body types, belly dance promotes balance in mind, body and spirit. This course is taught by Jessica Martin.

Class meetings: 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 27, March 5, 12 and 19, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, May 7

Fee: $70

Advanced Middle Eastern Dance

Mehlika’s Mirage presents an advanced 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 is clarity of movements and performing movements. Classes include learning tribal-based choreography and group dances. Dancers will also rehearse choreography previously learned in beginning level classes. Enrollment in the class will require prior approval by the teacher, Jessica Martin.

Class meetings: 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 27, March 5, 12 and 19, April 2, 9 16, 23 and 30, May 7

Fee: $70


Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement

This info-packed seminar is designed for those in the 45 to 60 year-old age group who want to realistically prepare for retirement. Over the course of four sessions, attendees will learn how to generate a steady stream of income from their investments, protect their assets from inflation and minimize their taxes. Conservative investment alternatives such as municipal bonds, tax-deferred annuities, money-market funds, mutual funds, IRA options and others will be discussed. Attendees will learn how to diversify and properly position their assets according to their age, objectives, risk tolerance and prior investment experience. This course, taught by Angela Denham, is offered throughout the U.S. by trained, licensed professionals, and it has been recognized for its exceptional, objective content.

Class meetings: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 26, March 4, 11 and 18
Fee: $50/$55

The Louisiana Retirement Workshop

This course, to be held in Room 150 at the Duhe’ Building in Houma, La., covers the issues facing Louisiana residents who are preparing to retire or who are already retired. The workshop includes a detailed discussion of retirement plan distribution options. In addition, attendees will learn about estate planning in Louisiana as well as coordinating their estate plan with their retirement plan. Designed for Louisiana residents, this workshop covers Louisiana-specific laws and includes in-depth retirement issues not discussed at other retirement workshops. Attendees will receive a copy of instructor John E. Sirois’s 500-page book, Louisiana Retirement and Estate Planning.

Class meetings: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 28 and March 6

Fee: $40/$45


Spanish – Beginners

This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the Spanish language with an emphasis on development of all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are expected to learn to use Spanish in real, meaningful situations. Classroom time will be devoted entirely to practicing the skills of understanding and interacting in the Spanish language. The course is taught by Julio Contreras.

Class meetings: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Fee: $100/$105

Spanish – Advanced

This course is designed to provide students with an advanced level of knowledge of the Spanish language with an emphasis on development of all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course is taught by Julio Contreras.

Class meetings: 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Fee: $100/$105


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 utilizes the total body to relieve anxiety and stress. Taught by Lona Bernard,

this is a co-ed class, and couples are welcome.

Class meetings: 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 26 and 28, March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27

Fee: $60/$65


Entering the World of Autism

As mother of an autistic child and advocate for autism, instructor Stacey Guidry will bring her professional and personal experience to the classroom to educate the community on issues surrounding autism. Prospective students include parents/caretakers, family members, educators, counselors and anyone else in the helping profession. Each session will explore issues surrounding autism, utilizing PowerPoint and video clips.

Class meetings: 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 25, March 3, 10 and 17

Fee: $75/$80


Notary Exam Study Course, Part 2

This non-credit class 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, any adult who wishes to know more about Louisiana law is encouraged to participate. Attendees must be at least 18 years old and registered to vote in the parish through which they wish to apply for a qualifying commission. No guarantee is implied that persons taking this course will pass the notarial examination. Taught by William G. Yates, this class continues where the fall course left off.

Class meetings: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, Feb. 25 – 29, March 3 – 6, March 10 – 13

Fees: $125/$130

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 State University web site at or call the Office of Continuing Education at (985)448-4444.