Continuing Education for Those Who Love to Learn
Picking up new hobbies, learning something new and interesting, meeting people with similar interests or continuing to develop and sharpen professional skills are among the various reasons why people take Mineral Area College Continuing Education (CE) classes.
CE Director Pam Watkins said, because no college credit is awarded for CE classes, registration is “quick and easy,” requiring only a name, address, phone number and method of payment. No transcripts are required, and tuition typically ranges from $14 to $60, with online courses starting at $95.
“We try to make registration as simple as possible, so students can register by mail, email, in person or by phone,” Watkins explained. “Many of our CE students have never enrolled in college, so we try to emphasize that CE classes are different from traditional college classes. We rarely have homework and never grade work. Students take our classes because they want to learn something new, meet people who have similar interests, or strengthen their skills. They don’t care about getting a grade or credit for the class.”
Another difference is that new classes start every month in the Continuing Education Department, so it’s never too late to enroll in classes.
“We offer a little something for everyone, including a variety of classes starting the week of April 15,” she said. “They include a five-week drawing and collage art class called ‘Portraitures’ meeting on Monday evenings, a ‘Fly Fishing for Beginners’ class, ‘Microsoft Excel 2010, Level 2’, a three-hour gardening seminar in Fredericktown called ‘A Taste of Herbs’ and a Friday night, two-step dance seminar. “
The following week, the college will offer a “Mexican Fiesta” cooking class and “Worship Songs in Sign Language” class. In May there will be a “Genealogy Computer Search Techniques” class and a new “Wilton Advanced Gum Paste Flowers” class as well as “Cooking Up Market Fresh Vegetables” in July. For those who cannot fit a class in their schedule, CE offers hundreds of courses online from personal enrichment to professional development.
A complete schedule of classes offered on campus, registration forms and a link to online courses are available online at www.MineralArea.edu/CE and at the CE office near the Highway Patrol Trooper Station, located at the Park Hills/Leadington exit on U.S. 67. To have a schedule mailed or to register by phone, call (573) 518-2342.