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Campus News

March 28, 2019

Zentangle, genealogy, quilting, financial empowerment and more offered through GC

Community education classes announced for the beginning of April

Continuing Education & Workforce Development has announced a variety of upcoming courses slated for the first half of April.

Zentangle Transitions

Monday, April 1-22, 6-8 p.m., GC Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville

The Zentangle method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Zentangle can increase focus and creativity, provide for artistic satisfaction, and increase one’s sense of personal well-being. The Zentangle method is enjoyed worldwide - across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. Whether you are new to Zentangle or have achieved a level of expertise, this class will introduce new ways to use this simple art form in your everyday practice. Students will be introduced to terms like tangle, mono tangles, construction, deconstruction and Zentomology®.

The course will be instructed by Mary Kay Watson, a certified Zentangle teacher who is also a watercolorist and proficient in drawing. She’s been an artist for over 40 years, is a Lifetime member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society and the Morgantown Art Association. Over the years, her work has been exhibited and sold in West Virginia, Maryland and Florida.

Aromatherapy Bracelets

April 2, 6-8 p.m., Garrett College McHenry campus

The aromatic benefits of essential oils are endless – they can help increase focus, decrease stress, elevate moods, clear the sinuses, boost the immune system, and so much more! Design your own aromatherapy bracelet using semi-precious gemstones and crystals along with lava beads, which will lock in the aromatic benefits of your essential oils. Attendees will also receive a sample essential oil blend to begin benefitting from aromatherapy right away. Cost is inclusive of all materials.

The course is being instructed by Kearstin Hinebaugh. She strives to incorporate as many natural solutions and non-toxic products, including essential oils, into her family’s everyday life.

The Basics of Geneaology: Tracing Your Roots

Tuesday, April 2-23, 6-8:30 p.m., GC Northern Outreach Center

Join us and learn about the most useful sources, tools and techniques for getting your genealogy research off the ground. The course will be held in a computer lab to assist in researching information and for hands-on practice. Trace your ancestors' unique story and family tree.

Mary Mannix, experienced genealogy librarian will be instructing the course. She is also the Maryland Room Manager of the C. Burr Artz Public Library of the Frederick County Public Libraries.

Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Tuesday, April 2-23, 6-8 p.m., Garrett College McHenry campus

Acrylic painting is a quick drying paint that can be painted over and over again to get just the right affect that you are looking for. Participants will learn about brush strokes, view different styles of painting, and actually paint. Please wear old clothing or bring a smock. If time allows, the class will do some chain painting on the last day. All supplies are provided.

Sharon Elsey, Garrett County resident, is instructing the course. She is a self-taught artist, painting mostly nature, landscape, and action paintings. Her work has been on display throughout the county.

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Wednesday, April 3-24, 6-7:30 p.m., GC Northern Outreach Center

Learn all about fly fishing during this four-week, 90 minute course. Discussion topics include: the origin and history of fly fishing, modern fly fishing for local fish, modern tackle and where to purchase materials, hands-on casting workshop, fly tying demonstration and basic techniques, and more. The final session will consist of fishing on the Casselman River. To fish, each student will need a Maryland license. A three-day license is $7.50 and a Trout Stamp is $5.00. A non-tidal (freshwater license) trout stamp can be obtained online at: Each student will also need boots or waders. Some equipment is available but participants are encouraged to bring their own, if possible.

The course is being instructed by Tony Lolli. With 25 years of experience as a fly fishing guide, he runs Maryland Mountains Fly Fishing from his home in Bittinger. He also writes magazine fly fishing columns and has authored seven fly fishing books, some of which are on

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Wednesday, April 3-24, 6-9:15 p.m., GC Northern Outreach Center

Designed for beginners, this course will navigate through the Adobe environment, identifying both the components and tools, and exploring various methods for selecting image areas – all while learning how to modify, manipulate, and transform selections on photos to create stunning effects. Students will discover how to work with text, layers, and layer effects; and how to adjust, retouch, and resize images.

The course is being instructed by Kristine Ayers-Cline, director and teacher for Laurel Academy. She has earned an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. She has done freelance work for years, including making art, teaching art, and creative therapy to people with disabilities and children from K-12.

Beginners Quilting

April 4, 9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Grantsville

Paper quilling is an art form dating back to at least the 12th century in England and France, consisting of the rolling and gluing of paper in order to create beautiful designs. Participants will have a choice of making a daisy or violet with the end product being a custom framed picture.

Reita Marks, guest artist at Spruce Forest Artisan Village and instructor at Arthurdale Heritage Museum, is the course instructor. All supplies will be provided. Participants are required to be 12 years of age or older and it is recommended to bring a packed lunch. Seating is limited to six students.

Your Money, Your Goals: Financial Empowerment Toolkit -Social Services Programs

April 5, 9-11 a.m., GC Southern Outreach Center in Oakland

Financial empowerment includes financial education and financial literacy, and focuses on building the ability of individuals to manage money and using financial services. This training will assist human service providers in navigating important financial information and accessing the desired tools based on the client’s goals. Your Money, Your Goals is a toolkit developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Two CEU credits will be offered for licensed social workers in the state of Maryland. This course is offered in coordination through the University of Maryland Extension.

The course is being by Dr. Jesse M. Ketterman, Jr. who works as an Extension Educator for University of Maryland Extension serving Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties focusing on financial and health insurance literacy. He is also an accredited financial counselor.

Basic Automotive Maintenance

Monday, April 8-29, 6-8:30 p.m., Northern High School in Accident

Divided into four sessions, this course is designed to provide car owners with basic information on maintenance that can be performed at home instead of a garage. Course topics include: when and how to change oil and filters, general vehicle maintenance (oil change, wiper blade replacement, antifreeze, air filters, etc.), changing tires using a proper jack, and understanding the owner’s manual.

Robert Moranduzzo, auto mechanics teacher at Northern High School, will be the instructor for the course. He is ASE certified (Automotive Service Excellence) and Vicar certified (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair).

Line Dancing

Wednesday, April 10-May 8, 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.

Women’s Awareness & Defense

April 11, 5:30-8:45 p.m., GC McHenry campus

Designed exclusively for women, this class aims to raise awareness and enable preparation for situations that may occur in everyday life. Mental preparation, situation awareness, physical security, personal security, defensive tactics and personal response in a mass shooting incident will be discussed. Please note: this is a classroom only session with no physical conduct.

Instructor for the course is Rick Sivic Sr., a retired Maryland State Trooper. He is a certified instructor with the Maryland State Police, Utah Bureau of Investigation, National Rifle Association, and the U.S. Concealed Carry Association. He also holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Course registration fees apply. To register, contact Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.