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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2015
 

 CONTACT: 
Joe Verkennes, Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161
(734) 384-4207 (O), (419) 343-3063 (M)
jverkennes@monroeccc.edu 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES OFFERED AT MCCC IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

MONROE, Mich. – Monroe County Community College’s Office of Lifelong Learning is offering a number of continuing education and personal interest courses in November and December.

Following is a list of each course offered, along with dates, descriptions and prices.  To register for classes or for more information, contact the Office of Lifelong Learning at (734) 384-4127.

How to Start Your Own Business
This course is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of buying or starting their own business.  The basics of business ownership will be introduced.  Aspiring entrepreneurs will be able to assess their abilities to lead and manage a company and consider the risks and feasibility of owning their own business.   The cost of this course is $30 (senior fee $15). It is offered in two sessions, both from 6-8:45 p.m.  The sessions are Tuesday, Nov. 10 or Tuesday, Dec. 8 in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 271.

Studio Workshop for Photographers
This workshop is designed for any photographer who wants to learn about studio photography.  Topics that will be covered include studio strobes, light modifiers, position and placement of lights, backgrounds, where to buy equipment and props and positioning people.  The cost of the course is $49 (senior fee $24.50). It is offered on Saturday, Nov. 14 from noon-4 p.m. in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 271.

Inside Photography Workshop
In this course, participants will learn how to take great, natural looking and candid photos that help capture a moment.  Topics to be covered will include light sensitivity, on-camera or add-on flash modification, white balance, window light and polarizer.  Students will gain valuable tips on how to improve their photography skills without spending a fortune on expensive studio equipment. The cost of this course is $49 (senior fee $24.50). It is offered Saturday, Nov. 7 from noon-4p.m. in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 289.

Victorian Christmas Tree
Students in this course will each bring a two-foot, faux Christmas tree and smother it with raffia bows, baby's breath, rose buds, yarrow buds, globe amaranth, sugar bush, many other botanicals and a beautiful topping for home display or a gift.  The cost of this course is $44 (senior fee $38.50). It is offered on Nov. 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 258.

The Golden Rule – Teaching Children Kindness and Respect for Other Children
This class will help to recognize how parents give shape to their children’s moral behavior and will explore the stages of moral character development.  It will address the signs of arrested moral development and offer techniques for developing kindness, respect and alternatives to the pressure of our culture to be less kind and respectful.  This class is free with pre-registration.  It is offered Monday, Nov. 9 from 6-8 p.m. in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 258.

Creative and Effective Discipline Techniques
Testing limits is a natural phase of childhood development.  Many times parents mistake this for unruly behavior.  This class will help parents understand this phase and offer solutions to navigate through conflict and resolutions.   This class is free with pre-registration.  It is offered Nov. 18 from 6-8p.m in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 258.

Not On My Watch – Preventing Youth Substance Abuse
This class will address the messages that kids receive as they watch adults use alcohol and other substances to celebrate successes and deal with failures.  It will address family attitudes regarding drinking, drugs and smoking and the factors that cause children to be attracted to these activities.  Although a parent cannot guarantee their child will not use drugs, this course will provide tips on how parents can be major influences on their children’s ability to say no.  This class is free with pre-registration. It is offered on Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m. in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 258.

The Great Balancing Act – Balancing Parenting and Work
In today’s society, the norm is that both parents working outside the home.  This class will address the new value system in accordance with the changes in society and evaluate the priorities necessary to have a healthy balance between work and home life.  It will explore problem-solving alternatives for shared responsibility and skills for coping with stress.  This class is free with pre-registration.  It is offered on Monday, Dec. 7 from 6-8 p.m. in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 258.

COMPASS Prep: Reading and Writing
This brief, four-hour refresher course will provide prospective community college students with an overview of all the basic skills needed to pass the reading and writing portions of the COMPASS placement test. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to, finding main ideas, drawing conclusions, separating facts from opinions and essay writing.  Emphasis will be placed on test-taking strategies and optimizing comprehension skills.  There is a half hour allotted for lunch for the one-day session.  The cost of this class is $25 (senior fee $12.50). It is offered in multiple sections:

  • Nov. 17 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 272
  • Dec. 7 and Dec. 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Warrick Students Services/Administration Building, Room 173d

COMPASS Prep: Math
This brief, four-hour refresher course will provide prospective community college students with an overview of all the basic skills needed to pass the math portion of the COMPASS placement test. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to, fractions, decimals, averages, basic algebra and basic geometry. Emphasis will be placed on test-taking strategies and optimizing comprehension skills.  There is a half hour allotted for lunch for the one-day session. The cost of this class is $25 (senior fee $12.50).  It is offered in multiple sessions.

  • Nov. 9 and Nov. 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Warrick Students Services/Administration Building, Room 173d
  • Nov. 21 from 9a.m.-1:30p.m. in the Warrick Students Services/Administration Building, Room 173d
  • Dec. 1 and Dec. 3 from 10a.m.-noon in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 272

Resume and Interviewing Workshop
Participants in this course will earn how to develop effective job-search correspondence for today’s market.  Barry Kinsey, director of workforce development at MCCC, will assist those who do not have a resume or want to improve the one that they have.  Included are the “7 Keys” of experience and tips for writing cover letters and interviewing.  Also, info will be provided on upcoming community job fairs.  The workshops are free of charge and meet in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 272.  They are scheduled for Nov 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. and Thursday, Nov 19 from noon-1:30 p.m.

GMOs and Soy
Learn the history of genetically modified organisms, the dangers the present to our health and the environment, and how to avoid them.  Discover what GMOs are doing to independent farmers and how we can help. This course will also cover the frequent misconception that soy is a health food.  The cost of this course is $24 (senior fee $12). It will be held on Nov. 5 from 7:45-8:45 p.m. in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 259.

More Natural Living Ideas
In this session, participants will learn about diet options for different illnesses, natural dental practices and why we need to filter our water.  Other topics to be discussed will include juicing, smoothies, common food sensitivities and foods you should consider avoiding.  The cost of this class is $24 (senior fee $12). It will be held on Nov.12 from 7:45-8:45 p.m. in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 259.

WorkKeys Exams (Reading/Math/Writing)
This course is three hours long and includes the administering of three ACT WorkKeys Assessments: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics and Writing. This is a standardized test and is required by the No Child Left Behind legislation.  Individual assessments will be administered on this date for those who do not need all three exams.  Please inquire on the cost
 for individual assessments.  The cost of this class is $74 (senior fee $57.50). It takes place on Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m.in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 272.

When MIOSHA Enforcement Visits
Attendees from both the construction and general industry sector who attend this course will gain an insight on the process and procedures that a MIOSHA compliance officer follows while conducting a workplace inspection, as well as how to respond to MIOSHA citations. Topics covered include inspection types, employer/employee rights and responsibilities and penalty reduction factors.  The cost of this course is $90 (senior fee $75). It will be held on Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in La-Z-Boy Center, Room 257.

About Monroe County Community College

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.  

The college’s mission is to enrich and transform lives by providing opportunities and excellence in higher education.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at www.monroeccc.edu.