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Creative Living Classes Begin at SCC in September

Hands of a potter, creating an earthen jar on the circle.From landscape design to languages, there’s a slew of new classes starting in Sandhills Community College Creative Living this September.

For classes with face-to-face interactions, CDC recommendations and precautions for a safe environment will be stringently followed. The number of students in a classroom has been reduced to allow for distancing and students are required to wear a face/mouth covering when on campus.

Online classes are taken from a computer or digital tablet. Sessions are presented live and students interact in real-time with the instructor and fellow classmates through the camera, microphone, or typing in a chat window. Assignments or projects are submitted through email. Hybrid classes are a combination of online and face-to-face instruction.

Art, Crafts, Hobbies and Business Opportunities

This hands-on class, “Ceramic Designs: Hand Building and Wheel-Throwing” is for students at any skill level. It can be used for personal enrichments or future career. Beginners will receive a lot of individual instruction and demonstration to build basic skills. Experienced students will use the class to push the boundaries of their technique or expression. Clay will be provided.

Held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 21 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., “Ceramic Designs: Hand Building and Wheel-Throwing” will cost $130.

“Landscape Design for the Sandhills” is for illustrating the principles of landscape design. Students will study how to properly maintain plant materials, how to complete a design of your own, and proper maintenance. This is a hybrid class offering.

Held on Thursdays, Sept. 10-Nov. 5 from 6-8 p.m., “Landscape Design for the Sandhills” will cost is $75.

This class will introduce participants to the basics of quilting. Lessons will include fabric and pattern selection, cutting, piecing and sewing, quilting, and binding a quilt. Various techniques and methods such as patchwork and paper piecing, applique, curves, and others will be demonstrated. Students can progress at their own pace. Students will need a working sewing machine, basic sewing supplies, thread, and fabric. This is a hybrid class offering.

Held on Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Nov. 18 from 5:30-8 p.m., “Quilting for Beginners” will cost is $115.

For those interested in improving their talent and confidence on the dance floor, “Line Dancing – Beginner/Beginner+” is for them. This class will be held online. The latest in country music will move us through fun choreographed dances. After six weeks, students will feel fearless on the dance floor at any party or event.

Participants will log into “Line Dancing – Beginner/Beginner+” on Mondays, Sept. 14-Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

This “Line Dancing – Improver/Intermediate” is for more non-beginner dancers. This class will be held online. For students that have been dancing for some time, and mastered the basic steps, it’s time to tackle more complex moves. We’ll experience more counts, fun moves, and great music, towards an improved foundation of dance.

Participants will log into “Line Dancing – Improver/Intermediate” on Thursdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 15 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Financial

In “Financial Decision Making for Retirees,” topics will include investment and estate planning, income tax reduction, insurance planning, proper portfolio balance to reduce investment risk, getting more income from investments, reducing probate costs, and long-term care planning. This is a hybrid class offering.

Offered on Tuesdays, Sept. 15-Oct. 6 from 3-5 p.m., “Financial Decision Making for Retirees”  will cost $35.

Personal Enrichment and Lecture Series

“Pandemics: Understanding the Past, Dealing with the Present, and Preparing for the Future” will explore the history of pandemics through the emergence of new infectious diseases, their global burden and the factors enabling continued spread. Major pandemics including coronavirus (COVID19), influenza, SARS, MERS, smallpox, Ebola, dengue, West Nile virus, and Zika will be discussed in detail.  Principles of detection, diagnosis, prevention, and control of these infectious diseases will be emphasized in a public health context. The class will examine how well our public health agencies are preparing for the emergence of the next new pathogen (Disease X) using “lessons learned” from past pandemics. Supplemental reading materials & other references will be provided.

Participants will log into “Pandemics: Understanding the Past, Dealing with the Present, and Preparing for the Future” on Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 28 from 10 a.m.-Noon. This lecture is free, but registration in advanced is required.

Languages

Beginners will learn the introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) used in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community in “Sign Language for Beginners.”. This course will include vocabulary, how a sign is formed, and the language of everyday conversation including fingerspelling and the importance of facial expression in conveying a message through non-verbal communication.

Participants will log into “Sign Language for Beginners” on, Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 7, from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

The online class “French Beginning Conversations” will provide the foundation to asking and responding to simple questions using basic vocabulary. Learn how to engage in easy conversations and communicate in social, business, and travel situations in this online class. Students will study a variety of basic written materials and master writing simple sentences needed in everyday life.

Participants will log into “French Beginning Conversations” on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Oct 7, from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of text.

Develop basic vocabulary and idioms used in everyday situations in “German Beginning Conversation.” This online class will cover a variety of basic written materials and learn to write simple sentences needed in everyday life.

Participants will log into “German Beginning Conversation” on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 8 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75 plus the cost of text.

“Spanish Beginning Conversation” is for the beginner. Learn the fundamentals of conversation for work or enjoyment and absorb Spanish culture in this online class.

Participants will log into “Spanish Beginning Conversation” on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 14 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Photography

Students will learn how technique meets artistry to create photographs with the “Wow!” factor in “The Dance of Photography.” Discover how to produce images that are technically correct and beautifully composed by using advanced features on the camera and training the eye for artistic interpretation.

Students will need a digital camera that has manual mode. It is best if the camera is less than five years old.

Offered on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., “The Dance of Photography” will cost $75.

Abstract photography is an exciting way to let your creative juices flow. In “Fun with Abstracts” students will learn how to shoot and process amazing works of art with their digital camera.

Held on Monday, Sept. 14 from 2-5 p.m., “Fun with Abstracts” will cost $45. Another class will be offered on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 2-5 p.m.

In “Digital Photography Fundamentals” students will take their photography skills from good to great.
Students will learn how to understand their camera controls and learn to put a little of themselves into each photo. Classes will be lectures, demonstrations, critiques and discussions.

Held on Tuesdays, Sept. 8-Oct. 27 from 6-9 p.m., “Digital Photography Fundamentals” will cost $75. A second class will be offered on Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 28 from 9 a.m.-Noon.

Students will expand their use of Photoshop Elements 19 & 20 in the class “Photo Editing Using Photoshop Elements 19 and 20 Intermediate.” They’ll learn how to edit in Raw using the Guided and Expert mode in Editor, including different types of layers and blends to correct or combine two or more photos, and how to create type masks and montages. Students will learn how to frame photos, create twirl effects, push a photo through text, add texture, and make a photo look like a painting. A flash drive 8GB or larger is recommended. The prerequisites for this class are Elements 19 & 20 for Beginners, or prior experience, a working knowledge of computers, using a mouse or pen tablet, file management, and a creative mind.

Offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 14, from 1-3 p.m. “Photo Editing Using Photoshop Elements 19 and 20 Intermediate” will cost $75.

Culinary

It’s tough to stay healthy eating huge burgers and medium fries for lunch. In “Portion Control and Meal Prep,” students will take a look at some simple ways to enjoy lunch without that sluggish afternoon feeling and save some money. In this meal prep menu planning, we will also prepare a quick salmon and vegetable entree’ to show portion sizing for proper calorie daily breakdown.

Held on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 4-6 p.m., “Portion Control and Meal Prep” will cost $75.

“Truffles” teaches students to make truffles and flavored truffles. Students will bring home a little sample box of your creations. This class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $75.

From BBQ, to bacon we will discuss cooking methods for different cuts of pork in “Pork Cookery and Preservation.” Learn how preservation became the preparation for one of the most eaten meats in the world. We will finish racks of ribs and create some of the chef’s favorite accompaniments for pork. Learn how preservation became the preparation for one of the most eaten meats in the world.

Held on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 4-7 p.m., “Pork Cookery and Preservation” will cost $75.

Students will learn how to make a basic truffle and the many ways to decorate truffles in “Advanced Truffles.” Class includes dipping in tempered chocolate and piping. Held on Friday, Sept. 18, from 1-4 p.m., the class will cost is $75.

In “Healthy Cooking,” students will learn how to prepare and heart-healthy meals, including low-fat/low sugar substitutes. Students will enjoy a healthy meal and take home more recipes to try on their own. Held on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.-Noon, this class will cost $75.

Students will learn the parts of the cow and where the cuts of meat the butcher puts on the shelf is commonly named in “Beef Preparation and Cookery.” Students will learn the preparation techniques and thought process behind each cut. Maximizing flavor and having little waste are the goals of any chef. We will pan sear beef medallions and baked asparagus in this class.

Held on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m., “Beef Preparation and Cookery” will cost $75.

In “Oodles of ‘Noodles’” students will take three different vegetables and turn them into a “pasta” so that students can add an extra dose of vegetables to your meal that pack tons of flavor. Held on Friday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the class will cost $75.

Students will learn to bake without gluten or with gluten substitutes in “Gluten Free Baking.” Students will make an incredible tasting pizza dough and cookies. Offered on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the cost is $75.

“Knife Skills and Kitchen Equipment Intro” will teach handling and cutting techniques to ensure safety and efficiency with kitchen tools. Students will also create a quick potato hash with onion peppers bacon and cheddar cheese with newly learned knife cuts.

Held on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 4-6 p.m., “Knife Skills and Kitchen Equipment Intro” will cost $75.

Registration

Seats are still available for these classes. To register, call Continuing Education at (910) 695-3980 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays or 9 a.m.-Noon on Fridays. All major credit cards are accepted. Pre-register at sandhills.edu/cereg.

Campus Health Precautions

For the continued safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff, Sandhills Community College has installed additional hand sanitizing stations on campus and a deep cleaning is being carried out each evening using EPA-approved disinfectants and foggers. A campus-wide sanitizing wipe down of door pulls and light switches is done twice each weekday and the use of water fountains has been discontinued. Service desk shields have been installed in high traffic areas.

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