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Creative Living Classes to Begin in March at SCC

Whether you’re a reader, want to flex your artistic muscles, learn more about photography and film, or discover new cooking techniques, there’s something for you this March in Sandhills Community College Continuing Education’s Center for Creative Living.

Arts and Crafts and Hobbies

“More Watercolor” is for those who want to brush up on their watercolor skills. Little or limited experience is required. Some knowledge of drawing is helpful. Demonstrations of skills, techniques and targeted assignments will help build skills and confidence for student generated compositions.

Held on Thursdays, March 10-31 from 1-3 p.m., “More Watercolor” will cost $90.

“Learn to Draw” is designed to gently immerse beginners into drawing and serve as a refresher course for artists who want to brush up on fundamentals. Students will develop and grow skills required while improving both technical and artistic understanding. Explore illustration, design, photography, and more. Class topics include composition, subject matter, shading techniques, and perspective.

Held on Tuesdays, Feb. 15-April 12 from 9-11 a.m., “Learn to Draw” will cost $75.

“Ceramics Project Class” is meant for students with basic skills that would like to explore a single theme in a session long project.

Held on Mondays and Wednesdays, April 6-May 4 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., “Ceramics Project Class” will cost $75.

Dance and Fitness

“Introduction to Line Dance” is for the absolute beginner. We will take the time to learn basic steps and patterns to build students’ coordination and confidence on the dance floor. After six weeks students will be ready for the Beginner + Line Dance class.

Held on Mondays, March 21-May 2 from 5-6 p.m., “Introduction to Line Dance” will cost $45.

In “Line Dancing – Beginner+” students will begin with the basics, and will be kicking up their heels before they know it. 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/event.

Held on Mondays, March 21-May 2 from 6-8 p.m., “Line Dancing – Beginner+” will cost $75.

“Line Dancing – Improver/Intermediate” is for non-beginner dancers. Students will experience more counts, fun moves, and great music to move towards an improved foundation of dance.

Held on Thursdays, March 24-April 28 from 6-8 p.m., “Line Dancing – Improver/Intermediate” will cost $75.

Film

In “Roots of BritCom,” students will explore the history of BritComs and those instrumental in its growth. Subjects discussed with be, Michael Balcon (made stars of Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers and Margaret Rutherford) Passport to Pimlico (1949) The Man in the White Suit (1952) The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) I’m All Right Jack (1960), and The Bells of St Trinians.

Held on Mondays, March 14, 21, and 28, and April 4 and 11 from 2-4:30 p.m., “Roots of Britcom” will cost $55.

Finance

“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 tong-term care planning will be covered.

Held on Tuesdays, March 15-April 5 from 3-5 p.m., “Financial Decision Making for Women” will cost $35.

In “Alternative Investing for Retirees,” students will learn about cryptocurrency and beyond. A brisk two session class that will explore the benefits of utilizing alternative investments to reduce portfolio standard deviation. 

Held on Thursday, March 24 and March 31 from 3-5 p.m., “Alternative Investing for Retirees” will cost $35. 

In “Investing Strategies for Retirees,” students will learn how to safeguard their retirement portfolio in uncertain times. Class will cover properly balancing portfolios, asset allocation vs. asset location, how to dissect mutual funds, safe stock market strategies, income during retirement, tax strategies and more.

Held on Thursdays, April 14-May 5 from 4-5:30 p.m., “Investing Strategies for Retirees” will cost $35.

Lecture Series

“Genealogy” is for those who think family history is fun and is intended for genealogists at all levels. It is the stories, not the data that interest and move people. Work to write like an author crafting historical fiction. Learn genealogy management systems and the best ways to research, record, and share family history. The class will work together on genealogy do-overs, reviewing systems that check for missing documents, missed clues, others researching the same lines, and for duplication.

Held on Mondays, March 7-April 11 from 1-3 p.m., “Genealogy” will cost $60.

Languages

“Spanish II Conversation” is for students who wish to expand their knowledge gained from Spanish Beginning Conversation. Emphasis is placed on the progressive development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completion, you will comprehend and respond with increasing proficiency to spoken and written Spanish and manifest further cultural awareness.  The prerequisite for this class is Spanish Conversation or prior experience.

Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 29-April 28 from 3-5 p.m., “Spanish II Conversation” will cost $75 plus the cost of text.

“German II Conversation” for students who wish to expand their vocabulary and idioms used in everyday situations. Engage in easy conversations and communicate in social, business, and travel situations. Class will cover a variety of basic written materials and learn to write simple sentences needed in everyday life. Worksheets and helpful literature are provided. No text required. The prerequisite for this class is German I Conversation or prior experience.

Held on Mondays and Wednesdays, April 4-May 4, “German II Conversation” will cost $75.

Photography

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

Held on Wednesdays, March 9-April 27 from 9 a.m.-Noon, “Digital Photography Fundamentals” will cost $75.

In “Take Fabulous iPhone Photos” students will become skilled with the use of their iPhone camera and photo storage. 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 consist of lectures, demonstrations, critiques, and discussions. Photo walks to nearby places will also be part of the class, allowing students to apply lessons.

Held on Thursdays, March 10-April 28 from 9 a.m.-Noon, “Take Fabulous iPhone Photos” will cost $75.

Culinary Club

In “Introduction to Knife Skills,” students will 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.

Held on Tuesday, March 15 from 5-7 p.m., “Introduction to Knife Skills” will cost $75. Another class will be offered on Tuesday, April 12 from 5-7 p.m.

In “Advanced Knife Skills,” students will master how to break down and filet a fish and break down a whole chicken. They’ll learn the technique of deboning a chicken leg, how to know when we need a flexible or rigid boning knife and how to use these tools with precision. Baked fish filet to be prepared by students.

Held on Monday, March 21 from 5-7 p.m. “Advanced Knife Skills” will cost $75. Additional classes will be offered on Monday, April 4 and Monday, April 25 from 5-7 p.m.

In “BBQ” students will get their hands dirty and learn a little art of the south, Pork shoulders and Pork butts smoking low and slow. Hand shredded and of course smothered in our own North Carolina signature BBQ sauce. 

Held on Monday, March 14 from 5-7 p.m., “BBQ” will cost $75. Another class will be offered on Monday, April 11 from 5-7 p.m.

In “Instapot” learn various recipes. Students will make quick Chicken Parmesan. Held on Tuesday, March 22 from 5-7 p.m., “Instapot” will cost $75. Another class will be offered on Tuesday, April 5 from 5-7 p.m.

In “Garde Manger” students will dive into the art of the cold kitchen and learn how to create cold soups and dishes to blow guests away. Participants will learn how to make a beautiful cucumber and mango soup, plus explore evening gazpachos.

Held on Tuesday, March 1 from 5-7 p.m., “Garde Manger” will cost $75.

In “Molded Chocolates,” students will make their own delicious chocolates. Learn how to mold, fill, and decorate chocolates. Held on Tuesday, April 5 from 1-5 p.m., “Molded Chocolates” will cost $150.

In “Spring Desserts,” students will learn how to make professional-looking desserts. Fruit Tart and Raspberry Chocolate Puffs in quick, easy steps. Students will receive several easy dessert recipes that will set you on your way to being your own pastry chef.

Held on Friday, April 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., “Spring Desserts” will cost $150.

In “Herbs and Spices,” let Chef Matthews share his love of flavors, mixing, matching, pairing, and the wonderful world of herbs and spices. We will take a look at local produce and learn how we can bring layers of flavor to your garden. Meats and vegetables will be explored and we will decide which flavors work well together. Bites and nibbles will be prepared by students.

Held on Monday, March 28 from 5-7 p.m., “Herbs and Spices” will cost $75. Another class will be held on Tuesday, April 26 from 5-7 p.m.

In “Pie Baking,” learn how to make a blueberry pie and get rid of those soggy bottom crusts forever.  Students will experiment with different tops, including the standard or modern lattice.

Held on Wednesday, March 2 from 1-5 p.m., “Pie Baking” will cost $150. A second class will be offered on Wednesday, April 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

In “Marshmallows,” students will have fun learning how to make marshmallows. Once the marshmallows are set, participants will decorate with chocolate stripes and sprinkles. 

Held on Wednesday, March 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., “Marshmallows” will cost $75.

“Cakesicles” is a fun new twist on cake pops. Learn how to use silicone molds. You will coat cake with chocolate and decorate the cakesicle with chocolate stripes and glitter. 

Held on Wednesday, March 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., “Cakesicles” will cost $75.

In “Sugar Cookies,” students will use cookies that have been baked ahead of time that are shaped like a Mason jar with sunflowers and learn how to creatively decorate.

Held on Wednesday, April 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., “Sugar Cookies” will cost $75.

In “Pinata Cake” students will learn how to stack and fill pre-baked cakes with candy/sprinkles of their choice. Finish the cake with butter cream and take home a decorated cake with a hidden surprise that will be revealed when cut into.

Held on Friday, April 29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., “Pinata Cake” will cost $75.

In “Cupcake Bouquet” students will learn how to create a bouquet of flowers that are really cupcakes. Explore various piping tips. Have fun arranging cupcakes in a pot to look like a bouquet.

Held on Friday, May 6 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., “Cupcake Bouquet” will cost $75.

In “Chocolate Chip Cookies and Ice Cream,” students will learn how to make from scratch chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. We will make a cookie and ice cream sandwich. Additionally, participants will learn how to make a chocolate chip cookie bowls to hold ice cream.

Held on Friday, May 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., “Chocolate Chip Cookies and Ice Cream” will cost $75.

Life Skills Series

In “Dinner,” participants will learn how to make bruschetta with mozzarella, baked chicken stuffed with mozzarella and spinach, risotto with cheese and mushrooms and quick-rise focaccia bread.

Held on Friday, March 18 from 5-8 p.m., “Dinner” will cost $75.

In “Dessert” students will learn how to create granola bars, one dish brownies with ice cream, and cupcakes.

Held on Friday, April 22 from 5-8 p.m., “Dessert” will cost $75.

Registration

Seats are still available for these classes. To register, call Continuing Education at (910) 695-3980 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. All major credit cards are accepted. Pre-register at sandhills.edu/cereg. Pre-registrations must be made two days before class starts.

Summer Semester

A summer semester SCC flightPath publication will be mailed to all Moore and Hoke County homes in early May and posted to the college’s website. It will contain information about all Continuing Education classes set to begin in May, June, and July and information about all our college majors.

Summer Semester sessions A and B begin on May 24 and session C begins on June 28 for curriculum/college credit classes and Continuing Education classes begin on various dates throughout the summer.

Summer semester curriculum classes are open to current, returning, 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.

Moore and Hoke high school graduates who successfully complete the required number of Sandhills Promise credits when in high school are eligible to have their SCC tuition paid for two years upon high school graduation. For students who plan to attend college out of the area, they are encouraged to take at least one SCC fall semester class immediately following graduation to lock in their eligibility. Many students take one or two classes each semester and transfer the credits back to their university. Classes are at no cost and can be online, hybrid, or in traditional classroom formats.

CCP Classes for High School Students

Local high school students can take classes at SCC when a junior and senior. Those successfully completing four CCP classes qualify for the Sandhills Promise. This program offers two full years of classes immediately following high school graduation at no cost. For all information, go to: www.sandhills.edu/admissions/sandhills-promise.

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