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October 22nd, 2019

November continuing education classes announced at Garrett College

Creative writing, herbs and essential oils, Microsoft Word, weather and more

Continuing Education & Workforce Development recently announced a variety of upcoming courses for the month of November.

Unlock Your Creative Writing Potential: Short Stories

Mondays, November 4-25, 6-8:30 p.m., GC McHenry campus

Designed for beginning writers or those that want to hone their skills, participants will learn the many elements of creative writing for short stories, including: character, dialogue, plot, and setting. This course will focus on the correct usage of elements and how the elements relate to each other, as well as drawing conclusions from examples in order to improve one’s own short story writing. At the end of the course, individuals will have the opportunity to submit their short stories for individual editing and critique for an additional fee to be paid directly to the instructor. Participants must be 12 years or older to enroll.

The instructor for this course is Anna Dickson James, Assistant Professor of English at Garrett College. To her credit, she has won numerous awards in poetry, short fiction, and novel from WV Writers, Inc., and her work has appeared in The Anthology of Appalachian Writers as well as Goldenseal Magazine among other places.

Creating a Healthier You with Herbs and Essential Oils

Mondays, November 4-18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., GC McHenry campus

This three-part course focuses on a healthier lifestyle using herbs and essential oils, to help increase human vitality and well-being. By growing your own herbs, you have the assurance knowing they are pure and organic, and many can be grown year-round inside the home.

Ashley Bodkins of the University of Maryland Extension in Garrett County, will instruct the first session on creating a basic herb garden. Participants will create a small herb garden to take home and use this winter. In the second session Haley Gillespie, wellness and nutrition coach, will provide a cooking demonstration and a nutrition lecture discussing the benefits of eating various herbs and how to prepare them. Kearstin Hinebaugh, a doTERRA representative, will discuss using essential oils as a safe, natural option to support, protect, and maintain health and wellbeing as part of the third and final session.

advanced cake decorating

tuesdays, november 5-19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., gc southern outreach center

this course will focus on the techniques used to create a rustic fall tree stump cake. participants will explore the design process along with applying previous skills and newly learned buttercream techniques, including how to properly stack a cake.

the first session will involve taking notes and making sketches, along with some basic hands-on training. session two will be more hands-on and the final session students will need to bring a baked and chilled 6” round cake and buttercream. please note at this session you will walk away with a fully formed cake that will need to be transported; a box or cake carrier is recommended.

a supply list will be provided upon registration. course pre-requisite: participant must have already taken a beginner’s cake course or experience with cake decorating. the instructor is crystal stewart, owner and operator of deep creek cakes & bakes in oakland, md., specializing in cakes, pastries, events and more.

understanding weather and climate

wednesdays, november 6 and 13, 6-8:30 p.m., gc mchenry campus

this class will explain how forecasters are able to make weather predictions with the many variables mother nature throws at us at any given time. participants will examine weather events emphasizing the power of nature; explore links between planet temperatures and water vapor; and understand why the planet is warming in relation to the natural climate cycle theory.

course instructor is joe bastardi, a pioneer in extreme weather and long-range forecasting and is the chief meteorologist at

microsoft word for the office environment

wednesdays, november 6 – december 4, 6-9:15 p.m., gc northern outreach center

learn the newest features for microsoft word to make it work for you, including helpful shortcuts and timesavers! microsoft word is an essential application to create, edit, and save documents as well as formatting text. the course will discuss effective navigation and selection techniques, working with tabs, indents, paragraph formatting and line spacing, including how to manage headers, footers and margins, as well as working with tables and charts. explore customized formatting options with styles and themes for a more professional look and more. please note- there will be no class on november 27.

the course is being instructed by kristine ayers-cline, director and teacher for laurel academy. she has earned an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and is proficient in microsoft applications.

women’s awareness & defense

saturday, november 16, 9 a.m. – 12 noon, gc northern outreach center

designed for women only, this course will discuss how to make participants aware, prepared, and ready for any situation that may occur in everyday life on any given day. mental preparation, situation awareness, physical security, personal security, defensive tactics and personal response in a mass shooting incident will be discussed. this is a classroom only session with no physical contact.

the course is being instructed by rick sivic sr., a retired maryland state trooper, and is a certified instructor with the maryland state police, utah bureau of investigation, national rifle association, and the u.s. concealed carry association.

utah concealed firearms permit class

thursday, november 14, 5-10:15 p.m., gc mchenry campus

this one-day certification training will allow participants to be eligible to apply for a non-resident utah concealed firearm permit which is honored in 35 states, but does not include maryland.

the 5-hour class covers all aspects and requirements required by the state of utah. individuals must also pass a criminal background check in order to obtain a permit. the utah application will be completed during the class and reviewed for completion. photographs and fingerprinting will be completed during the class at no additional cost.

if your home state issues a concealed carry permit, a copy of that permit is required to obtain a utah permit. this does not apply to md residents—unless one currently has a permit. the class fee includes fingerprinting, photography, and participants will be provided with a packet to mail. there is also a $67 permit fee to the state utah that is also required. please note – this is not a national rifle association (nra) class.

this course will be taught by rick sivic sr. of boston hill training, who is certified by the utah bureau of criminal identification (bci), a maryland state police qualified handgun instructor and an nra certified firearms instructor.

course registration fees apply to the above courses. to register of for additional information, contact garrett college continuing education & workforce development at 301-387-3069.