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April 30, 2019

May courses at GC feature photography, drawing, QuickBooks, line dancing, boater safety and more

Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development recently announced several upcoming courses scheduled for the month of May.

AARP Smart Driver

May 10th, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Grantsville Senior Center

Designed for senior adults, this course is open to all drivers with a driver’s license to learn tips and techniques that can help prevent accidents and foster independence.  Invest a few hours in this important program and reap the benefits of safer driving and, possibly, lower insurance rates (depending on insurance companies). Lunch will be provided.

Rose Hobson, Maryland State Coordinator for the Driver Safety Program, is instructing the course. Prior to holding this position, she was the Chief Trainer, District Coordinator for Prince George County and served as a Maryland Executive Committee Member. She retired from the FBI after 36 years.

Drawing for Beginners

May 11th, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Spruce Forest Artisan Village

Learn basic drawing skills from a supplied booklet at the Anne Stanton house classroom at Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Grantsville. Participants are to be 12 years of age or older, and are required to bring a pencil and eraser.  The morning session will begin with group instruction and individual instruction will be given after lunch (recommended to bring your own). This session is limited to eight students.

Lenore Lancaster, a guest artist from Spruce Forest Artisan Village will be instructing the class. She is a prisma colored pencil artist and has won numerous awards for both intricate colored pencil work and miniature art on a variety of subjects.

Utah Concealed Firearms Permit Class

May 11th, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., GC Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville

If you travel throughout the U.S. and wish to be permitted to carry a concealed handgun, this class qualifies to get a handgun permit through a one-day training course.  The Concealed Carry Permit Certification course, allows you to be eligible to apply for a non-resident Utah Concealed Firearm Permit which is honored in 35 states.  It does not include Maryland.

This five-hour class covers all aspects and requirements required by the state of Utah.  One must pass a criminal background check in order to obtain a permit.  Utah application will be completed during the class and reviewed for completion.  Photographs and fingerprinting will be done during the class at no additional cost.   Please note that if your home state issues a concealed carry permit, you need to provide a copy of that permit to obtain your Utah permit.  This does not apply to MD residents—unless you currently have a permit. Class charges include fingerprinting, photography service & providing a packet to mail.

Participants will also need to pay the $67 permit fee to the State of Utah (either by credit card or check).  This permit is valid for 5 years. Note: this is not a National Rifle Association class. 

Rick Sivic Sr. of Boston Hill Training, will instruct the class.  He is certified by the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), a Maryland State Police Qualified Handgun Instructor and an NRA certified firearms instructor. 

Photography with Cats, Dogs, and Kids

May 14th, 6-8 p.m., GC McHenry campus

The pros make it look so easy!  Learn tips and tricks for photographing cats, dogs, and kids, including combinations. Join Becky Jones, accomplished photographer, for photography suggestions for taking pictures of different kinds of pets – with and without children.

Build Your Own Rain Barrel

May 14th, 6-8 p.m., GC Southern Outreach Center in Oakland

This class will introduce you to rain barrels and discuss proper uses for water that is saved in a rain barrel. A hands-on demonstration will be provided on building a rain barrel so participants are equipped to construct their own.  The class is offered in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension.

Instructor for the course is 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.

Line Dancing

May 15th – June 12th, 5:30-6:30 p.m., GC McHenry campus

Participants in the line dance class can expect to learn a variety of dances to all genres of music. Although line dancing is found most often in country scenes, it can be danced to any style of music.  Line dancing can be a fun and simple way to learn how to dance to a song without learning different steps to every single beat of the music.

Garrett County resident Kim Crosco, a certified hip-hop and gymnastics instructor and a professional member of the US All Star Federation, will instruct the course.  She created her own line dance classes called "Steppin to the Beats with Miss Kim" several years ago.  She coaches and is manager of the Toxic Twist Crew competition teams at Jessica's Creations in Oakland.  

QuickBooks II

May 16th and 23rd, 6-9:15 p.m., GC Northern Outreach Center

Course topics include tracking credit card transactions, invoicing customers, creating sales orders, generating customer statements, receiving payment from customers, and making bank deposits.  The class will also include writing QuickBooks checks and assigning amounts to specific expense accounts, working with asset and liability accounts, entering bills in accounts payable, and paying bills. Ideal for QuickBooks users interested in learning more functions of the software.

Sarah J Wilt, a professional bookkeeper, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and licensed tax preparer, is the instructor for the course. She has worked in the accounting field for 18 years and consults with new and seasoned business owners with business plans, marketing plans, cash flow issues and general needs.  She continues to expand her services for small business in Garrett County.

Maryland Boater Safety

May 18th, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., GC McHenry campus

The Maryland Basic Boating Course is packed full of the basic information one will need to boat safely while enjoying time on the water.  The latest laws regarding personal floatation devices, required safety equipment, operating personal watercraft, and towing procedures will be discussed, including chart reading and a review of the channel marker system in coastal waters.

Individuals born after June 1, 1972 are required to have an approved Boater’s Safety card in their possession when operating a power boat in Maryland.  Successful completion of this course will provide that card.  The course is open to those 12 years of age and over and parents and grandparents are welcome to take the course as a refresher.

A class book will be provided at the time of registration. Students are required to bring their book to class with completed pre-tests and quizzes.

CDL Learner’s Permit Prep Class

May 18th and 19th, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., GC Mountaintop Truck Driving Institute

This two-day course will prepare students for the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), Class A or B Commercial Driver permit exam. The course includes instruction on the following topics: general knowledge, air brakes, combination vehicles, study and test taking skills.  This course is taught through a combination of lecture, discussion and hands on activities.

Entry requirements for the actual commercial driver training program includes the following: one must be at least 18 years of age, be able to obtain a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical, and pass a DOT required drug screen. DOT language enforcement rule: one must be able to read English, converse with the public, understand highway signs and signals, respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports or records.

Students are highly encouraged to obtain a CDL Manual at a local MVA office and review prior to the start of class.

Taking Group Photos in a Variety of Settings

May 21st, 6-8 p.m., GC McHenry campus

This course will provide tips for amateur photographers and everyday cell phone users alike. Ways to get pictures of family and friends will also be discussed.  Suggestions on obtaining a group photo in small spaces and how to pose children with adults will also be covered. Join Becky Jones, accomplished photographer as she instructs the course.

How Do I Live Without You

May 21st, 6-8 p.m., GC Northern Outreach Center

The idea of planting crops together is not a new idea - it has been done for hundreds of years for many reasons, such as saving space.  One example of companion planting is the three sisters’ garden, which was used by the Native Americans.  This course will address several different "companion planting" strategies to help maximize space in any garden while learning about allelopathic interactions among plants.

Instructor for the course is 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.

Learning about Lavender

May 22nd, 6-7:30 p.m., Deep Creek Lavender Farm

Join us for a visit to Deep Creek Lavender Farm in Accident owned by Anne Davidson. Learn about growing lavender, processing and cleaning lavender, using lavender for relaxing body and mind and propagating lavender.  We will take a tour of the lavender fields, be given a presentation about growing and propagating lavender, taste lavender in some treats and be given recipes to try at home. The evening will round out with everyone planting a lavender cutting in a bottle terrarium to take home and grow.

Davidson started off with just 600 lavender plants in 2012, and now has nearly 1500 lavender plants in shades of purple, lavender and white. This class is geared to those 12 years of age and older but younger folks are welcome with paying supervised, adult. The course will be held rain or shine and transportation will not be provided.

QuickBooks III

May 30th and June 6th, 6-9:15 p.m., GC Northern Outreach Center

Learn how to create and customize reports and graphs, export QuickBooks to Microsoft Excel, and write letters in Microsoft Word using QuickBooks.  Set up inventory, bill finished goods, and track and pay sales tax.  Topics also include QuickBooks payroll features, creating estimates and doing progress invoicing, tracking time and paying non-employees for time worked, and customizing QuickBooks sales forms.

Sarah J Wilt, a professional bookkeeper, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and licensed tax preparer, is the instructor for the course. She has worked in the accounting field for 18 years and consults with new and seasoned business owners with business plans, marketing plans, cash flow issues and general needs.  She continues to expand her services for small business in Garrett County.

Foraging Wild Mushrooms and Cultivation Techniques

May 30th – June 20th (Thursdays only), 6 – 8 p.m., GC McHenry campus

This four-session course will include classroom time beginning with foraging fundamentals. Where, when, how and why to locate mushrooms will be discussed, along with a slide show of edible wild mushrooms and their poisonous cousins. Participants will use this knowledge on a mushroom foraging walk to identify found species.  The course will cover mushroom cultivation techniques, including an overview of the fungal life cycles and growth parameters for successful mushroom production. The class will visit Backbone Food Farm for a tour of production facilities. Participants will receive an Oyster mushroom kit to take home.

The instructor for this course is Max Dubansky. He lives in Pleasant Valley and runs Backbone Food Farm with his family and friends, where they raise livestock, produce and mushrooms. He has enjoyed a lifetime of discovering and learning about the natural wonders in Garrett County.

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