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Newtown Continuing Education Announces Class Availability

Published: February 20, 2017

The Newtown Bee

    Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information on dates, times, and location, or visit newtowncontinuinged.org.

    Computers For The Confused — A two-class course, starting March 18, 6:30 to 9 pm, $69. The PC has become ubiquitous in business, in school, and at home. The course is for those who have had limited exposure to personal computers and software programs, and want to explore the PC’s potential. The course will begin with an explanation of the potentially confusing terminology used, and then explore computer basics and how to find the way around the Windows desktop. Students will also be introduced to some of the most popular programs used at home, in school, and in business, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The course will also cover some of the basics of using the internet and communicating with e-mail. No prior knowledge is required for this class.

    A Beginner’s Guide To Seeds From Start To Finish — A one-class course, March 13, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, $39. The course is for those who may have wanted to plant a garden using seeds but did not know where to start, or those interested in saving seeds for next year. The class, will offer an overview, from flowers to vegetables, on using seeds from start to finish. Students will learn about the various seed types available, how to “read” seed packets, different methods and containers available, starting seeds indoors, and how to save various seeds for the next year. The class will do some hands-on seed starting as well. Taught by a master gardener and organic lifestyle columnist, this class will help take the guesswork out of seed starting. A $5 materials fee is payable to the instructor the first night of class.

    Excel Part 1 — A three-class course, starting March 13, from 6:30 to 9 pm, $99. The ability to work with rows and columns of information is a priceless tool for conquering the informational aspects of life with ease and accuracy. In this course, students will learn to use the spreadsheet most used by businesses, students, and home-users. Using Microsoft Excel 2010, learn to design and use spreadsheets, formulas, functions, number, date and text formatting, sorting, and many more features. Basic computer skills are required.

    Safe Boating/Personal Watercraft — A four-class course, starting March 14, 7 to 9 pm, $25. This eight-hour course, over four nights, provides the student with satisfactory requirements to obtain the Certification of Personal Watercraft Operation, which allows the operation of motorized recreational vessels up to 65 feet, personal watercraft and sailboats 19½ feet in length and longer. Upon successful completion of this course, which includes an exam taken at the end of class, students will be eligible to purchase their boating certificate for $50 online. This certificate is a one-time lifetime certification.

    Find A Flexible Job & Make Work Fit Life! — This is an online course taken at the students leisure, $39. This course is for those who want flexible, lucrative, resume-worthy work, but do not know where to find it. With any job search “sales” tools — a resume, a LinkedIn profile and more — are needed, but when people are looking for a less traditional job they have to be even more precise about their personal brand and the specific jobs they can fill. This quick, easy, and inexpensive course gives the student all the tools they need to find a flexible job, which can start and end at their convenience. NOTE: This is an online course that the student does on their own, anytime. There are no “meeting times.” Students will work totally independently for all course activity. Once students register, they will receive an e-mail with course access information. No discounts apply.

    Chalk Painting — A six-class course, starting March 14, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, $99. Students will learn how to reuse, repurpose, and create beautiful pieces of furniture and accessories for their home from end tables to mirrors. Chalk paint can be used on anything — no sanding or priming. Students should bring their own piece to paint and “distress.” Students will be required to purchase supplies and a list will be provided. All pieces must be taken home at the end of each class. A materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor the first night of class. The class is limited to 12 people.

    Gesture Drawing — A three-class course, starting March 14, 7 to 9 pm, $79. The course is for those who wish to sharpen their drawing skills. Gesture drawings are a great first step to working toward a finish work since they are quick simple sketches that lay down information to suggest shapes, composition, and movement. Students should bring an Ebony pencil and a 14 x 17-inch pad of paper and be prepared to make a difference with drawings. The course is limited to 12 students.

    Fused Glass Jewelry — A three-class course starting March 14, 3 Classes, 6:30 to 9 pm. Held at the artist’s studio, Fee $69. Work in home-based studio for this three-night class, and learn how to use glass cutting tools and various fusing and finishing techniques while exploring the artistic side of the medium. Use hand cut or precut pieces of glass to create dynamic pendants, cabochons, earrings, or components. Great for beginner or returning students. You can expect to complete at least three pieces. There is a materials fee of $12 payable to the artist at the first class. There will also be optional specialty glass and silver available for additional purchase from the instructor. Prices will range from $1.50 to $25. Please wear closed shoes and long pants. (Studio is not handicap accessible). Limited to 8 students.