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Creative Living Classes to Begin at SCC in March

Close up of four hands working with bread dough.There’s something for everyone to pursue this March in Sandhills Community College Continuing Education’s Center for Creative Living. Plan for retirement, continue learning French, Spanish, or Sign Language, take your iPhone photography up a notch or pick up new cooking skills.

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.


“Copy This Master Oil Painting By Sorolla II” will explore the scintillating technique of Spanish Master Sorolla. Students will learn how to use Sorolla’s palette, how to make colors vibrate, and how Sorolla designed.

Held on Tuesdays, March 20-March 23, “Copy This Mater Oil Painting by Sorolla II” will cost $65.


In “Retirement Protection,” students will explore retirement planning protection strategies within three weeks to include avoiding costly probate mistakes, long-term care and income planning, and investment strategies with a parachute.

Held on Tuesdays, March 2-16 from 3-5 p.m., the hybrid class “Retirement Protection” will cost $35.

“Financial Decision Making for Women” is designed exclusively for women at or near retirement. Topics include understanding investment jargon, dealing with financial professionals. Students will learn how to get the most from investments while reducing risks and how to reduce probate costs. State taxes for heirs, income taxes, and long-term care planning will be covered.

Held on Thursdays, March 18-April 8 from 3-5 p.m., “Financial Decision Making for Women” will cost $35.


“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 and other references will be provided.

Held on Tuesdays, March 2-April 20 from 10 a.m.-Noon, this online class is free but registration is required.


“Sign Language II” will include additional vocabulary allowing students to become more comfortable communicating with American Sign Language (ASL) in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Lessons include more in-depth facial expressions and non-verbal communication markers for both personal and workplace use. The prerequisite for this class is Sign Language for Beginners or prior experience.

Held on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 15-April 14 from 6-8 p.m., the online class “Sign Language II” will cost $75.

“French II Conversation” is a continuation of French Beginning Conversation. This course focuses on the fundamental elements of the French language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the progressive development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completion, students will comprehend and respond with increasing proficiency to spoken and written French and manifest further cultural awareness. The prerequisite for this class is French Beginning Conversation or prior experience.

Held on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 15-April 14 from 6-8 p.m., the online class “French II Conversation” will cost $75 plus the cost of text.

“Spanish II Conversation” is for students who wish to expand their knowledge gained from Spanish Beginning Conversation. These students will broaden their understanding of vocabulary and conversation used in everyday life, whether traveling to a Spanish-speaking country or communicating with a Spanish speaker. The prerequisite for this class is Spanish Beginning Conversation or prior experience.

Held on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 15- April 14 from 6-8 p.m., the online class “Spanish II Conversation” will cost $75 plus the cost of text.


In “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera in a Day,” students will learn how to transform a dull snapshot into an artistic image. Participants will learn how to use settings other than auto and embrace their camera’s User Manual. It’s best if their digital camera is new in the last five years.

Held on Friday, March 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., “Getting to Know Your Digital Camera in a Day” will cost $75.

In “The Dance of Photography Workshop,” students will be challenged 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 with manual mode, best if new within the last five years.

Held on Monday and Wednesday, March 8 and 10 from 1-4 p.m., “The Dance of Photography Workshop” will cost $74.

In “Take Fabulous iPhone Photos,” students will become skilled with the use of their iPhone camera and photo storage. Students will learn how to take and edit photos, how to troubleshoot the most common issues, and use the best photo apps available. The class will cover the principles of photography, the art of composition, how to find great lighting, and advanced techniques. Classes will be online lectures, demonstrations, critiques, and discussions. Photo walks to nearby places will also be part of the class, allowing students to apply lessons.

Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 16-April 22 from 2-4 p.m., “Take Fabulous iPhone Photos” will cost $75.

In “Photo Editing Using Photoshop Elements 19 and 20 for Beginners,” students will learn how to bring old photos back to life and organize and share them using Photoshop Elements 19 and 20. Participants will learn how to create catalogs and albums, import and organize photos, perform basic editing, and use the Editor’s Quick and Guided modes, and the basics of using layers for combining and correcting photos and adding text and graphics. A flash drive 8GB or larger is recommended. The prerequisite for this class is a working knowledge of computers, using a mouse or pen tablet, and file management.

Held on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 22-May 10 from 1-3 p.m., “Photo Editing Using Photoshop Elements 19 and 20 for Beginners” will cost $75.


In “Sous Vide” students will learn a new cooking method and be introduced to a way to eat great and have extra flavorful and moist meats. Held on Wednesday, March 3 from 5-7 p.m., “Sous Vide” will cost $75.

In “Breads,” students learn how easy it is to make their own rolls and sandwich bread. Held on Friday, March 5 from Noon-5 p.m., “Breads” will cost $150.

In “Easter Brunch,” students will use fresh herbs and seasonal produce to accentuate the season. There may even be a dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth. Held on Friday, March 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., “Easter Brunch” will cost $75.

In “Spring Desserts,” students will learn how to make professional-looking desserts like fuit tart and raspberry chocolate puffs in quick, easy steps. Held on Friday, March 19 from 1-4 p.m., “Spring Desserts” will cost $75.

In “Introduction to Knife Skills” students explore a culinary kit and dive into the fascinating uses of each piece inside. Students will learn handling and cutting techniques to ensure safety and efficiency with kitchen tools. Quick potato hash with onion peppers bacon and cheddar cheese with our amazing knife cuts will be created.

Held on Wednesday, March 24 from 5-7 p.m., “Introduction to Knife Skills” will cost $75.

In “Herbs and Spices,” students will look at some local produce and how we can bring layers of flavor to their garden. Students will explore different meats and vegetables and what flavors work well together. Small bites and nibbles will be prepared by students.

Held on Wednesday, March 31 from 5-7 p.m., “Herbs and Spices” will cost $75.


Seats are still available for these classes. To register, call Continuing Education at (910) 695-3980 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays or 9 a.m.-Noon on Fridays. All major credit cards are accepted. Pre-register at

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.

Summer Semester

Additional Continuing Education classes will begin in April and plans for summer semester classes are currently being made with a full slate of classes being offered.

Summer semester curriculum (college credit) classes are open to current and new students. Local students attending colleges outside of the area are welcome to take courses this summer at SCC. Credits can transfer back to the university, saving students time and money. New students can apply online, and an advisor will assist in registering for classes. Current or returning students may register using Self-Service or by meeting with their Advisor.

High school juniors and seniors can take SCC classes at no cost by enrolling in the Career and College Program (CCP). The program has 47 Career Technical pathways, 13 Continuing Education pathways, and 54 college transfer courses. High school students can contact their counselor to learn more or go to

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