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Campus News

September 4th, 2018

Continuing Education & Workforce Development announces community education classes

Art, Information Technology, Gardening, Investing, Creative Writing and more scheduled this month

Continuing Education & Workforce Development recently announced several upcoming courses taking place this month.

Information Technology – The Internet and You

Wednesdays, September 9th-26th, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Northern Outreach Center

Learn the basics of how to use email and search the internet – how it works, its capabilities, and how to run various programs to utilize it most effectively. Topics include: using search engines to find information; shopping online; reading the newspaper; how to save files and use passwords; and the process for backing up your phone and computer to the cloud or to an external hard drive.

The instructor for the course is Kristine Ayers, a graphic designer and director for Bethel Christian School.

Advanced Portrait Painting

Beginning Monday, September 10th, 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Grantsville Senior Center

This course is designed to enhance one’s painting techniques and use of oil colors specific to producing portraits. Students will use photos of friends or relatives as subjects of their paintings. A materials list will be provided upon registration. Pre-requisite: individuals must have taken a prior portrait painting course with the instructor.

Edna Bender, a local artist and instructor, will teach this course for a total of five consecutive sessions.

Investing 101

September 11th and 18th, 6:30-9 p.m., Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville

A two-part introductory investing course designed to increase one’s understanding of investments and strategies. Learn how to develop a strategy, choose quality investments, and diversify a portfolio. Common investing mistakes and how to avoid them, investing strategies to help reach long-term goals, and designing one’s retirement, will all be discussed.

Rick Burns, who has over 15 years’ experience as a financial advisor, is the instructor for this course.

Digital Photography – You and Your Camera

Wednesdays, September 12th-26th, 6-8 p.m., GC McHenry campus

Explore basic camera controls, including exposure, selective focus, aperture settings, and fundamentals of composition. Through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on lab sessions students will become adept at making and understanding digital images. Class lectures and demonstrations will show the basics of exposure, quality of light, depth of field, and discussion of file formats, resolution requirements and file compression. Please note: This is not a class for point-and-shoot cameras. Students will need to bring or provide their own digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera for discussion purposes, along with the operating manual for reference.

William (Bill) Hentosh will be the instructor for the course. He has been involved with landscape and nature photography for 45 years. His work has been published in numerous magazines, including: Country, Country Extra, Birds and Blooms, Farm and Ranch Living, and Backyard Living. His work was also featured in calendar series, such as: Willow Creek Press Farms & Barns and Reiman Publications Country Churches.

Creative Writing Workshop - Poems and Stories

Thursdays, September 13th-27th, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Northern Outreach Center

Topics include: the problems and promises of writing narrative fiction and poems; complexities of creative writing through analysis of representative works; study of the techniques appropriate for stories and poems; and brief practice in creating work and presenting to an audience. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: create narrative fiction and poems with confidence; analyze representative works of fiction and poetry; utilize techniques of a variety of literary forms; discuss creative writing as a craft and an art; and explore avenues for publication of work.

Garrett College’s Jack DuBose, professor of English and poet, is the instructor for the course. He loves poetry, storytelling and reading aloud. DuBose has taught writing at GC since 1986.

Jewish Resistance

Thursdays, September 13th and 20th 6-7:30 p.m., September 27th 6-8 p.m., Southern Outreach Center in Oakland

This course will present the different ways Jews fought back against the Nazis. The course is instructed by Beth Luers. She has recently retired from Garrett College after 32 years of teaching history and cultural geography.

Luers has been interested in the Holocaust from a young age and just published a book, Creating Light, about three Holocaust survivors and what each did to give back to a world that wanted them dead. She has also taken students to Holocaust sites in Eastern Europe and brought Holocaust survivors to Garrett College as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series.

What’s Wrong with my Plant

Thursday, September 13th, 1-3 p.m., Southern Outreach Center in Oakland

This class will highlight 10 common plant diseases often observed in ornamental and/or vegetable gardens. Discussion will also include how to eliminate and treat the diseases. This class is offered in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension.

Instructor for the course in Ashley Bodkins, who works for the University of Maryland Extension and answers home horticulture questions and coordinates the Maryland Master Gardener Program in Garrett County. She received a bachelor’s in agronomy and an associate’s in horticulture.

Estate Planning: The Importance of Wills and Trusts

Mondays, September 17th and 24th, 6:30-9 p.m., Southern Outreach Center

This two-part course will address the common questions regarding wills, financial powers of attorney, advance directives, protecting one’s home, and the Maryland estate administration/probate process. Discussion will entail some common misconceptions relating to wills; the problems with writing one’s own will; and considerations for choosing someone to act as your agent and/or personal representative.

The second part of the course will focus on Maryland Estate Administration and the probate process from start to finish. It will include detailed discussions of when an estate is necessary, the different types of estates, as well as the steps involved for a personal representative in handling the affairs of a decedent.

Brandon James Hoover, a native of Grantsville, will be instructing the first part of the course. He is an attorney in the Law Office of Donald S. Goldbloom and a program director for criminal justice/paralegal at Allegany College of Maryland. Rita Watson, Register of Wills for Garrett County, will be instructing this portion of the course.

Course registration fees apply. For additional information on the above courses, contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or To register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.