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Exciting classes planned by Lifelong Learning on NCTC Graham campus

by Julianne Murrah, NCTC Graham | Jan 27, 2016 <p> </p>

North Central Texas College's Graham Campus will offer Lifelong Learning Classes for the spring semester. Lifelong Learning is the non-credit division of North Central Texas College. Courses offered in the spring include subjects in arts and crafts, computers, cooking, health and lifestyle, industrial and writing.

"I'm excited to have a wide variety of offerings for community education," said Kim Birdwell, NCTC Graham Campus director. "The courses are available for anyone in the community."

Birdwell said the courses will enable individuals willing to continue their education to learn new skills or hone in on their current skills.

"We have a course just for recreational welders to have an opportunity to come and practice their welding skills, and a refresher welding course for those who need to practice for their welding certification," Birdwell said. "One of the most intriguing courses available is 16 Steps to Writing a Novel. If anyone has ever had that desire, this would be the time to come and learn the steps they need to write or complete a novel."

Additionally, Birdwell said that the registration process for these courses is simple and the costs are reasonable.

Lifelong Learning courses include:

  • Quilt Tops: Students learn how to make basic quit tops. Students must bring batting, backing fabric, a jelly role, thread and a sewing machine. The course is from noon to 1 p.m. Fridays, April 8 through May 27, and costs $49. Registration deadline is March 30.
  • Scarf Making: The course teaches how to create scarves, and students must bring a T-shirt to make the scarf. The course is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, and costs $15. Registration deadline is March 23.
  • Basic Computers: Learn how computers work and basic computer terminology. The course is from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, April 4 through April 26, and costs $105. Registration deadline is March 30.
  • Excel I: Students receive thorough introductory training of Excel 2013. The course is from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1 through Feb. 29, and costs $99. Registration deadline is Jan. 27.
  • Publisher: Learn how to create flyers, brochures, holiday card and more. The course is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 through 25, and costs $105. Registration deadline is May 18.
  • Cooking with Friends for Children: Children in sixth through eighth grades learn how to cook freezer-ready dishes that are prepared in advance, and safety topics. The course is from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 10, and costs $25. Registration deadline is March 2. An additional course is offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 19, and costs $25. Registration deadline is May 11.
  • Cooking with Friends for Adults: Learn how to create freezer-ready dishes that are prepared in advance. The course is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, and costs $25. Registration deadline is Feb. 10. An additional course is offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21, and costs $25. Registration deadline is April 13.
  • Scale up to Scale Down: The 12-week program helps individuals to move toward a healthier weight and meet goals for living a healthy lifestyle. The course is from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 1 through May 2. The course costs $25, and a $40 fee is paid to the Ag Extension Office. Registration deadline is Jan. 27.
  • Backyard Chickens: Learn the local laws and health considerations of raising chickens, chicken husbandry, housing, feeding, egg collection and care. The course is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, and costs $25. Registration deadline is March 9.
  • Tips for Living Green: Find ways to live a sustainable lifestyle by reducing over-consumption of ecological, societal and economical needs without compromising factors for future generations. The course is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, and costs $25. Registration deadline is Feb. 24.
  • Health Smart: Learn to shop healthy by label reading, healthy food preparation and healthful hints for eating out. The course is from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, May. 2, and is free to attend. Registration deadline is April 27.
  • Welding Refresher: Improve welding skills and master processes. The welding instructor will be present to help. Students must bring a welding helmet, gloves and steel-toed boots. The course is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 6-20, and costs $169. Registration deadline is Feb. 3. An additional course is offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, April 2-16, and costs $169. Registration deadline is April 6.
  • Ag Welding: Students will learn how to weld and make repairs to metal structures, gates, furniture and more. The welding instructor will be present to help. Students must bring a welding helmet, gloves and steel-toed boots. The course is from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, March 4-25, and costs $169. Registration deadline is March 2. An additional course is offered from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, May 6-20, and costs $169. Registration deadline is May 4.
  • Sixteen Steps to Writing a Novel: Learn how to create and develop a story. Bring a three-ring binder, paper, pen or pencil. The course is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, April 5 through May 24, and costs $69. Registration deadline is March 30.

To register for a course, call the campus at (940) 521-0720, or visit the campus at 928 Cherry St.