Personal Interest Classes

Career & Community Enrichment

The Community Enrichment (personal interest) courses encourage lifelong learning and allow you to express your creative, cultural, civic, and leisure interests. These courses are self-supporting and no fee exemptions apply.

We have something for everyone! Personal interest classes include Academics and Test Preparation, Art, Boating Skills, Cooking, Crafts, Dance, Furniture Upholstery, Gardening & Landscaping, Home Improvement, Music, Motorcycle Basic Rider Training, Photography, Sewing, and much more!

Algebra Refresher

So you finished high school a few years ago and now you’ve decided to go back to school. The problem is you’re not sure that you can handle the college-level algebra that will be required.

This course is designed for people just like you—high school graduates who need to review basic algebra in order to increase their chances of success in a college-level classroom.

This course is a review of the basic concepts of algebra using formulas, exponents, signs, squares and square roots, equations, and inequalities.


Creative Writing

Open up the world of creative writing and learn the techniques that can put you in print. In this course, you will experience the hands-on practice of learning to say what you want in the best, most efficient and attractive way possible.

There will be discussions on the art of criticism and how it helps, not hurts. You will learn the specifics of editing, manuscript preparation, querying, and submission of your writings. Emphasis will be on learning to develop your own voice or recognizable style.

The world is waiting for that book you’ve been planning or that short story you’ve been meaning to write!


Creative Writing (Intermediate)

Creative Writing (Intermediate) is a course for devoted writers — for those who’ve probably been writing off and on for years but have begun to wish that they could go forward with their talents. Students who have never before taken writing classes in their lives can definitely still register for this one, but they should also enjoy challenges.

Enrollees in the Intermediate class will a) briefly discuss a few famous authors and try to determine what’s so good about them, b) read and/or listen to the other students’ creations, c) write with an end in mind, and d) gain a realistic admiration for their own capabilities.


Grammar Refresher

Whatever your goals, a grasp of English grammar is important if you want to improve your speaking and writing skills. This course will help you gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, grammatically correct work.

You’ll explore the basics of English grammar—like sentence structure and punctuation—as well as more sophisticated concepts—like logic and clarity. A patient instructor, memorable lessons, vivid examples, and interactive exercises will give you ample opportunity to put what you learn into practice.

Reacquaint yourself with old, forgotten rules, meet some new ones, and discover your own grammatical strengths!


GRE Preparation

If you’re ready to go for that advanced degree but have never taken the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), PLEASE prepare for it. No one should go into the exam cold, not knowing what it’s all about. Moreover, the GRE exam has changed, and the new format should be reviewed before you take the exam! Your admission into advanced degree programs may well depend on your score on this exam.

This course is designed to help you prepare for all parts of the re-formatted general exam to include a review of the verbal, quantitative, and written sections of the exam. You will also learn useful test-taking tips and hints.


Math Refresher

When you were in high school, did you avoid the “tough” math courses like algebra? Now you’d like to go to college. This course is designed for those who need a review in basic math and pre-algebra in order to prepare for more advanced math such as algebra and college mathematics.

You will review basic arithmetic operations with integers such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, fractions and decimals, percents, measurements, and word problems.


SAT Preparation

Get ready for the SAT—one of the most important exams you will ever take. This comprehensive preparation program is designed to help you meet the challenges of the exam format.

You will receive a thorough overview of the SAT and become familiar with every question type that appears on the exam. The course will cover both math and verbal skills.

Practice will include math skills and review of test questions including algebra, geometry, percentages, pictorials, and quantitative comparisons. Verbal skills will also be covered with special emphasis placed on the critical reading section which includes single and paired passages, sentence completion, analogies, and vocabulary enhancement.

Dog Obedience & Training Workshop

An unruly and disobedient dog is not only unpleasant to be around but can pose a significant legal liability to its owner. In this course, you will learn how to train your dog to respond to common voice commands that will help your dog to be a pet that will be a pleasure to your family and friends.


Pet Grooming & Easy Maintenance

Have you noticed what an expense it is to take your pet(s) to the groomer? It seems the prices are getting higher and higher. If you are one of the many people who would like to learn the basics of pet grooming at home, this is the class for you!

Our instructor is a trained professional in pet grooming and will teach you how to properly clean your pet, trim their nails, and trim their hair. It’s a simple routine to maintain your pet’s grooming once you learn the basics!

Acid Etching Metal

Learn to use muriatic acid to etch beautiful designs on brass and copper sheet metal, tubing, and washers. The etched metal can then be used to create components for beautiful hand crafted jewelry.

The class will also cover safety issues, preparation of the metals, creating the resist, mixing the etchant, cleaning the metal after etching, and neutralizing and disposal of the etchant. Spend the morning etching metals and the afternoon beginning to incorporate them into wearable jewelry art.


All About the Saw

The jeweler’s saw is a tool that often intimidates beginning metalsmiths, but it allows for the creation of many intricate designs that can’t be accomplished any other way if working by hand.

Spend a day learning the techniques for using this simple, but effective tool and create a filigree designed pendant or earring set.


Drawing (Intermediate)

This course is designed for students who have completed Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. It will provide additional practice in techniques that are initiated in the first course.

Through a variety of exercises, you will increase your knowledge of perspective, proportion, observation, representation, and depiction of light, shadow, and texture. Shading, blending, and a combination of drawing media will be demonstrated as you work from nature, still life, and your own photographs.


Drawing (Intermediate/Advanced)

This intermediate/advanced level drawing class is designed for those who have completed both the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and Drawing (Intermediate) courses and want more time to practice and learn new techniques.

Through a variety of exercises, you will expand your knowledge of perspective, proportion, observation and representation of 3D forms, and the depiction of light, shadow, and texture. Shading, blending, and a combination of drawing media will be introduced as you work from nature, still life, and your own photographs. Instruction and practice of portrait and figure drawing will also be covered in this class.


Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

This drawing course is for anyone who has always wanted to learn how to draw but didn’t think they could. In just a few short weeks you will be able to use the “right side” of your brain (your creative side) and see as an artist sees. As a result, you will be able to draw any subject matter, including portraits, and learn perspective and shading.


Holiday Watercolors

During this course, you will learn to apply your knowledge of composition, principles of design, and color harmony to create a beautiful holiday watercolor painting! Enjoy learning through demonstrations by the instructor to include wet-in-wet, dry-brush, and how to get rid of mistakes in watercolor techniques.

Join the group as we explore new methods to painting in watercolor and creating works of art that can be beautiful gifts during the holidays!


Jewelry Making & Silversmithing (Beginner)

Learning to create jewelry through the technique of silversmithing is one of the most rewarding methods to create a one-of-a-kind work of art. This course is designed to cover the fundamentals of silversmithing to include silver soldering, sawing, forming, filing, and texture creation.

While this course is designed for the beginning student, your instructor will work to meet the needs of students from a variety of jewelry making backgrounds. Emphasis will be placed upon soldering techniques as you create a ring, pendent, and bracelet (if time permits).


Jewelry Making  & Silversmithing (Intermediate)

For those of you who enjoy working with your hands to create beautiful jewelry and have you dabbled in silver- or metalsmithing and want to learn more, this is the class for you!

Join us as we learn to solder with a solder pick using chiplets, wire rod, and sweat solder; cut out jewelry designs using a saw to implement overlays and pierced designs, and join leaves and special add-ons onto metal to make the finishing touches to your works of art.

Prerequisite

– Completion of Jewelry Making & Silversmithing (Beginner) or equivalent experience.


Jewelry Making  & Silversmithing (Advanced)

Calling all jewelry makers and silversmithers! Continue your practice in this class as you learn advanced jewelry fabrication techniques.

Emphasis will be placed upon mastering silver soldering techniques that will allow you to successfully pierce, reticulate, and set stones. You will also learn how to design, draw and create your jewelry as you apply these new skills to the skills learned from previous classes.

 Prerequisite

– Completion of Jewelry Making & Silversmithing (Beginner) and (Intermediate) or equivalent experience.


Joy of Painting

Who painted that? Now you can say “I DID.” You can learn the exciting oil painting method used on PBS’s Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. This course is taught by a Bob Ross trained and certified instructor. This is a method that is especially suited for people who have never painted before.


Joy of Painting (Advanced)

Continuing perfecting your oil painting skills as you are introduced to more advanced Bob Ross techniques on a larger scale. Kim is a highly skilled artist who is prepared to teach you how to take your paintings to the next level!


Joy of Painting: Christmas Flowers & Landscapes

The winter holidays are festive with lots of colors that inspire artists to capture the mood on canvas. In this oil painting class, you will create winter scenes that sparkle from a candlelight’s glow on flowers to snowy scenes under the moon.

It is designed for those who want to learn oil painting in an easy-to-understand technique and capture the beauty of the seasons on canvas with oil paints. No painting experience is required as you will be painting along with your instructor.


Oil Painting (Beginner)

For centuries, oil painting has been the preferred medium for creative expression. This course is designed as an introduction to oil painting for the beginning painter.

In this course you will learn the basics of composition, color, and how to paint what you see. Through specific exercises, you will become familiar with setting up the palette, selecting appropriate surfaces to paint on (canvas, panels, etc.), choosing a subject, painting from life as well as photographs, making expressive brush strokes, and caring for studio materials and equipment.

In addition to the basics, techniques such as glazing and scumbling will be explored. You will move at your own pace with much individual attention from the instructor. If you need a refresher course in oil painting or if you have never painted but always wanted to, this is the course for you.

Contact

mabesart@aol.com


Oil Painting (Beginner/Intermediate)

Do you enjoy the beauty of painting in oils and desire to take your skills to the next level? Join this class as Nancy introduces you to more oil painting techniques that will change the way you paint!

This course is for those students who have taken the beginning level of oil painting or have equivalent experience.

Contact

mabesart@aol.com


Oil Painting (Intermediate)

This course is designed for students who have completed a beginning level oil painting course or have equivalent experience. For those who have not painted in a while, your instructor will review some of the basics and move into choosing subjects, setting up a still life, painting from life and photographs, and caring for materials, equipment, and finished paintings. You will progress at your own pace with much individual attention for each project.

Contact

mabesart@aol.com


Painting Animals & Landscapes in Mixed Media

Add life and intrigue to your paintings by including animals! Through the use of a variety of acrylics and oils, Kim will guide you through a specific painting technique with step-by-step instructions on how to paint fur and feathers with confidence!

These lessons will enable you to paint animals within your landscapes. No drawing experience needed.

Contact

kim@joy2paint.com


Portrait Drawing

Join this class as Nancy guides you through the process of drawing a portrait from start to finish. Topics covered will include proportions of the head, step-by-step application of drawing materials, and blending techniques. You will also be introduced to proper methods used to pose, light and photograph the model.

We will work primarily from photographs provided by the instructor. Students will also have the opportunity to work from their own photographs on individual projects.


Pottery (Beginner)

If you have always been fascinated watching potters and thought it looked like fun, come and learn just how much fun it really is. Pottery is not difficult to learn, but it takes patience and the willingness to get a little dirty.

As a beginning student, you will learn basic throwing techniques with emphasis on making functional forms such as mugs, bowls, and vases. You will learn how to trim, decorate (if desired), and glaze your pieces. If you are interested, you can also work on hand-built pieces.


Pottery (Beginner/Intermediate)

Beginning students will be making clay objects with emphasis on the potter’s wheel and will learn about types of clay, forming, decorating, and glaze preparation.

Students at the intermediate level will work on the development of technique and form. You will also learn additional decorating techniques.

Prerequisite

– Completion of Pottery (Beginner) or equivalent skill set.


Pottery: Glazing & Decorating

This course is offered at the request of students who have completed the beginning and/or intermediate pottery class and want to learn additional glazing and decorating techniques.

Your instructor will suggest new ways to decorate your clay pieces such as incising or impressing found objects into the damp clay, using slip stains on dried or bisque pieces, or experimenting with glazes. You will learn more about the properties of the clay you are using and how it affects your glaze. You will learn how glazes melt, cone temperature, and how to produce certain colors and effects in your glazes.

It is suggested that you work on either hand-built test tiles or small bisque pieces, but you are welcome to experiment on works in progress.


Pottery (Intermediate)

Students will be making clay objects with emphasis on the potter’s wheel and will learn about types of clay, forming, decorating, and glaze preparation. Students at the intermediate level will work on the development of technique and form. You will also learn additional decorating techniques.

Prerequisite

– Completion of Pottery (Beginner) or equivalent skill set.


Stone Cutting: Basic Cabochons

Cabochons are gems that have been cut and polished but not faceted into the setting. Adding gems to your jewelry brings your designs to the next level and will allow you to incorporate even more unique characteristics to your designs!

During this class you will be introduced to the process of cutting and polishing stones, and how to determine the best shape that is appropriate for your custom jewelry design. Using our trim saw and CabKing cabbing machine, you will learn safety procedures and steps to operating the equipment for best results.

Prerequisite

– Completion of Jewelry Making & Silversmithing (Beginner) or equivalent experience.


Stone Cutting Workshop

Stone cutting practices will be continued in this workshop as we apply the techniques learned in the Basic Cabochons class to one of three available projects Gail has prepared. Use your creative side to make the finishing touches that will make it your very own work of art!

Prerequisite

– Completion of Stone Cutting: Basic Cabochons or equivalent experience.


Watercolor (Beginner/Intermediate)

Have you always wanted to learn how to paint using watercolors but felt intimidated by the rumor that this type of painting is difficult? This is an excellent course for the beginning painter or for those who have some experience.

In this course, students will learn about composition, principles of design, color harmony, and the inherent qualities of their materials. Demonstrations by the instructor will include wet-in-wet, dry-brush, and how to get rid of mistakes in watercolor techniques.

Join us as we discover the beauty in painting watercolors! The instructor will also work with students at the intermediate level teaching new techniques.


Watercolor (Intermediate)

Join the class as we take a closer look at what is involved in making an ordinary painting “extra” ordinary! During this course your instructor will teach you how to plan a painting for exhibition or for completion and how to solve the many technique-related problems which watercolor painting presents. The instructor will offer periodic critiques of your work in progress and existing portfolios.

Note: Students should have taken a watercolor course in the past or have equivalent experience.


Watercolor Workshop

Ever heard your teacher announce that “time is up” before you’ve completed your work of art? Don’t fret because we are opening the art studio doors to allow you to complete those unfinished paintings. Have access to the art studio as Carol guides you to adding advanced finishing touches to your art.


Wire Works: Creating Chains, Clasps, Bails, & Earwires

Beautiful handmade jewelry components are much more striking when completed with original clasps, earwires, and chainwork. In this class you will learn how to create a wide sampling of wire elements during the morning and the afternoon will be designated for creating bracelets and necklaces using the learned techniques.

Skills covered will include annealing, work hardening, texturing, shaping, patinating, and finishing wire elements for jewelry. This class is designed for beginning and intermediate metalsmithing students interested in creating their own findings (clasps, simple bails, jumprings, and earwires), and chains.

No matter your place in the world, food is used as one of the most popular forms of entertainment. The Community Services Department offers an assortment of creative cooking classes for you no matter your interest or skill set. Whether you are interested in learning more about how to prepare delicious foods in the formal or everyday setting, or you simply would like to know how to bake, we have a class for almost everything!

Appetizing Delights

Who doesn’t love a tasty appetizer to serve guests that will compliment a delicious dinner? The appetizer often sets the mood for the entire meal and can prepare your taste buds for the next dish. Join us as you are guided in preparing a variety of appetizers perfect for any meal.


Bake ‘N Take Bread Pudding

Mmm…who doesn’t love the aroma of fresh-baked bread? What a delight! Homemade bread is a great gift idea or a simple way to treat your family. In this class, you will learn the basics of yeast breads as well as how to make no-fail breads through hands-on instruction. Come to this class and you will bake your bread and take it, too!


Cake Decorating: Quick & Easy

Learn just how much fun cake decorating can be in this short, introductory course that will cover all the basics. Have you ever looked at the myriad of supplies available in a cake-decorating department and wondered what you really need to buy or if you would be skillful at the craft?

Among the numerous things you will learn are easy techniques, coloring icing, filling and using piping bags, and of course, lots of beautiful shapes to pipe onto your cake—stars, shells, dots, lines, rosettes, and some basic borders. At the conclusion of this class, it will be easy for you to decorate birthday cakes and dramatic desserts.


How to Boil Water

Come join us as we start from the beginning in the kitchen! In this course you will learn the basic techniques for many easy recipes learn what is what in the kitchen (what is a sieve?) and learn how to prepare basic delicious dishes for you and your loved ones. This class is designed for those who are just starting out on their culinary journeys and want get over that first hurdle!


Introduction to Asian Cuisine

Come join Vivianne as she takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia! In this course you will learn many classic Asian dishes from places such as Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.

Do you feel intimidated by Asian markets and all the specialized ingredients? Fear no more! Your class will include a trip to the Asian market to learn about ingredients and ease your fears! Come join us for a wonderful Asian cuisine experience!


Italian Cuisine

Italian cooking is among the world’s richest and most varied cuisines. In this class, your instructor will share with you the secrets of Italian cuisine with that special passion for flavor! There is a delicious Italian dish for every occasion!


Northeastern Italian Cuisine

This is not the Italian food you are accustomed to eating. In this course we will explore the foods of the far north eastern corner of Italy known as Carnia. Chef Monica’s grandparents were from this region of Friuli and she will share some traditional dishes with you as well as teach you about some of the holidays and festivals of the area.


Wine Appreciation

During this class, your instructor will guide you through the complex world of wine, making it easy and fun, to include an overview of the main wine regions, grape varietals, and wine-making techniques. You will also learn how to order wine in a restaurant and purchase, store, and serve wine properly. While learning of the methods of evaluating different wines, you will also enjoy tasting a variety of wines that will be accompanied with a cheese and fruit plate.

This class is excellent for individuals of all wine knowledge levels, from those just venturing into the world of wine to the connoisseur and restaurant industry professional. Join us for a delightful evening of wine tasting and education!

Note: You must be 21 years or older to participate and proof of age will be required. This class will be held at THE WINE CAFÉ’s downtown location on 108 Hay Street in Fayetteville.


Wine Appreciation: Fall Flavors

Remember all those sweet and warm aromas we enjoy when the fall season rolls around? It’s that time of the year and there couldn’t be a better way to welcome the fall season than with delicious wines! Join us for an evening of wine tasting and learning about the wines that will emphasize what we love most about fall.

Note: You must be 21 years or older to participate and proof of age will be required. This class will be held at THE WINE CAFÉ’s downtown location on 108 Hay Street in Fayetteville.


Wine Appreciation: Holiday Wines

One of the most exciting ways to jazz up parties or entertaining menus is to offer a colorful wine selection. In this course, you will have the opportunity to taste delicious wines and learn from an expert to understand which wines are best for serving during the holidays. Emphasis will be placed on specialty wines enjoyed during the holidays.

Note: You must be 21 years or older to participate and proof of age will be required. This class will be held at THE WINE CAFÉ’s downtown location on 108 Hay Street in Fayetteville.

Art of Basket Weaving

Baskets have been created for thousands of years in all parts of the world and out of every sort of material. Today, basket makers are keeping a wonderful tradition alive as well as creating new techniques!

In this course, you will learn about many different types of designs, materials, and techniques. You may choose to create several small baskets or one large basket and be as traditional or adventurous as you want to be!


Basket Weaving Workshop

This short class will give you the opportunity to catch up on all those projects that you have sitting in your house unfinished. This class will give you the chance to work with Sue to complete your unfinished baskets. Join us and finish up your masterpieces!


Calligraphy 101

Have you wanted to be able to make beautiful place cards, bookmarks, or other lettered gifts? Come join Juanita and learn the art of calligraphy! You will be introduced to different types of lettering, learn the rules of letter construction, and discuss the topics of pens, papers, and more!


Calligraphy (Intermediate)

If you have experienced the basics of calligraphy, let’s take your art of lettering to the next level! Using a variety of calligraphy pens, inks, and nibs we will learn about different letter styles, how to design quotes and decorative techniques. Join us and learn about the beautiful art of lettering!


Stained Glass I

Join us as we work with beginning crafters to create projects that will highlight the beauty of stained glass art. Our expert instructor will educate you on many aspects of stained glass and give you a new perspective into this ancient art form. Progress will be made at an individual pace.


Stained Glass I & II

Join us as we work with beginners and more experienced crafters to create projects that will highlight the beauty of stained glass art. Stained glass is an ancient art using colorful glass to make unique creations.

Working with the brilliance of refracted light, you will develop a better understanding of design as it relates to glass, as well as sensitivity to color. Progress will be made at an individual pace.


Stained Glass Mosaics

Join us as we create stained glass mosaics. Mosaics will make a great addition to your home or yard. They are fun to make and even better to enjoy! Come let Sarah help you create a masterpiece!

Introduction to Investing

Roth IRA, 401K, CD’s, do these words seem foreign to you? If so come learn from Lyn in this short class, all the basics of investing. This class will help you to understand the world of investing and make you a more savvy investor!


Managing Your Income in Retirement

Retirement comes more quickly than you expect. Come learn some tips and tricks to managing what you have worked your whole life to save in retirement. This is an important topic that people of all ages will benefit in learning about.


Mandatory Retirement Distributions at Age 70.5

It would be nice if you could let your retirement money continue to grow tax deferred indefinitely. However, the IRS has a limit on this benefit. In fact, at age 70½, you must begin taking annual withdrawals from your retirement accounts and pay taxes on the money withdrawn. If you don’t, you could incur a 50% penalty.

Fortunately, you have some options when calculating your mandatory withdrawal amounts. Deciding which calculation to use is important because the choices you make now can affect how quickly your beneficiary(s) will be required to take withdrawals and pay income taxes. This class can help you make the most of your mandatory retirement plan distributions.


Mutual Fund Investing

Some of the fastest growing investment vehicles are mutual funds. This course will help you understand how mutual funds work and how they can be used to meet almost any investment goal. While geared to the beginner, the course can be helpful for those already using mutual funds.


Roth IRA

A Roth IRA is an individual retirement plan that bears many similarities to the original IRA except that it is not tax deductible. It is important that people understand the details of a retirement investment so they may reap the most benefits.

In this course, the instructor will explain the best retirement investment method that is appropriate for each individual and explain the benefits and risks involved with a Roth IRA.


Saving for College

Do you have children? If so, then it is time to start saving for their higher education. Even if your child is still young, beginning to save for college is still an important topic. Join us and learn from Lyn where to start when saving for college!


Social Security Retirement Seminar

Social Security is an important part of retirement planning. In this seminar, you will learn about the benefits and programs available from the Social Security Administration.

Emphasis will be placed on students understanding the Social Security Administration website, how to retire comfortably with their social security benefits, and how to determine whether they are able to retire with social security or if they will need extra support.


Stock Market Basics

This short class will give you the basic information you need to understand the stock market. You will be able to make informed decisions about investing in the market with the help of your knowledgeable instructor!


Wills & Trusts

Have you been thinking about getting started on your will? Not sure how to start a trust fund for your loved ones? Come to this class and learn all about these two important topics. Join us, and Art will walk you through the processes for setting up wills and trusts.

Composting

Composting is the natural process of decomposition and recycling of organic material into a humus-rich soil amendment.

The reasons we should compost include keeping yard waste out of our landfills, promoting healthy soil, improving drainage, and increasing the water holding capacity of our soil. The right combination of browns (dry leaves, straw, woody material) and greens (grass clippings, vegetable scraps from the kitchen, manures) will assist the process. We will also discuss vermicular (composting with worms) as an alternative process for recycling vegetative scraps.

Come join George as you learn about this popular technique!


Container Gardening

Containers in the urban landscape can give small spaces instant impact and large spaces definition. The uses of containers are endless with a little imagination. In this course, your instructor will cover plant combinations, container selection, set up techniques, proper site placement, and how to keep your containers looking picture perfect.


Floral Arranging (Beginner)

This beginning level course will include lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice in the principles and elements of floral design. You will be taught designs for special occasions or locations, as well as many tips and tricks the professionals use to create beautiful arrangements.


Floral Arranging (Intermediate)

This class is designed for students that want more experience in floral arranging and design. In this class you will learn how to do arrangements for occasions such as parties and banquets. Come learn from Robin as she expands your skills and teaches you new and exciting floral designs!


Floral Designs for the Holidays

From wreaths to garlands, let Robin show you how to create a front door wreath to announce the holiday season or a beautiful table centerpiece to accent your holiday spread! Spruce up your entryway with beautiful fall and winter colors and be the talk of the town!


Grow What You Eat

Ever wonder what you’re eating when you buy your vegetables, fruits, and herbs at the super market? Why not try growing your own? It’s not complicated, and you can have a lot of fun doing it.

In this course, you will learn how to grow fresh vegetables and understand what fertilization to use and the chemicals to keep away from your garden. Come learn how to grow what you eat and save money at the same time!


Introduction to Greenhouses

A greenhouse is one of the most valuable additions you can make to your property. If you want to be more self-reliant by raising more of your own food, a greenhouse — large or small — can help you meet many of your needs and goals.

With a greenhouse, you can plant fall and winter crops to extend the growing season and enjoy fresh food year-round. It also can provide food and shelter for poultry, and it’s a great place to put worm bins.

This course will teach you the basics of how to establish a home landscape greenhouse in your garden. It will cover siting, construction (or contracting for one), heating and ventilation, basic greenhouse skills, pest management, and proper maintenance of the greenhouse environment.


Introduction to Landscaping

Join Robin and begin your landscaping journey! This class will give you the basic knowledge you need to plan a landscape for your yard. You will learn about such things as analyzing your site, outdoor rooms and design aspects. Come and learn how to give your yard a make-over!


Organic Gardening

Come learn from George the best ways to grow organic vegetables in your own backyard! Eating organic foods bought in a store is very expensive. In this class you will learn how to grow your own organic produce for a lot less!


Planting for the Fall

Let George instruct you on what to plant in your yard for the fall months. There are many beautiful plants and shrubs that are at their peak in the fall months. There are also some delicious vegetables that can be planted and enjoyed. Join us and let’s get ready for fall!


Vegetable Gardening in the Sandhills

Vegetables can be finicky, and George knows all the tricks. Join George and learn what makes your region so special! Learning the characteristics of our region’s soil will make all the difference in your gardening success! Join us and learn what grows best, where and when to plant, and many other secrets to gardening in the Sandhills.

The Furniture Upholstery classes are offered for students who are beginners or those who may simply need to put the finishing touches on a project.

The Furniture Upholstery classes are located at 205 Forsythe Street in The Re-Store Warehouse. Students enter on the side of the building and the classroom is located downstairs.

If you need additional information, please call 910-678-8431. See our Industrial Sewing Machine Operator classes listed in the Career/Job Training section which are also offered at The Re-Store Warehouse.

If you prefer to practice on furniture, you are permitted one piece.

Note: Unless you are registered for another Furniture Upholstery or Industrial Sewing course, all furniture must be picked up within 30 days of the last day of class. If it is not picked up within 30 days of the last day of class, FTCC cannot be held responsible for the condition of the furniture nor for storing the furniture.

Furniture Upholstery (Beginner)

Have you priced new furniture lately? Furniture is not cheap! We have the solution. Grab that old worn out couch or chair and join us. Learn how to reupholster chairs, sofas, and other pieces of fine furniture.

You will be taught how to sew cushions, skirts, and all covers for upholstery; how to re-tie and tie springs, brace the frame, and secure the webbing. Also included will be fabric layout and cutting, some techniques of refinishing the legs, and fabric patterns and styles.

Under your instructor’s guidance, you will end up with a piece of furniture you’ll be proud to have in your home.


Furniture Upholstery (Intermediate)

This course is being offered at the request of those who have been taking furniture upholstery for a while and would like to expand their skills with new techniques.

You will learn how to upholster difficult or odd shaped pieces of furniture including recliners, recover furniture with attached pillow backs or curved pieces, sew double welt trim, sew cushions with button tufting, attach skirts, and make arm covers.

Floor Covering & Tile Installation

Would you like to update the floors in your home? This course is designed for those who are interested in learning how to install or replace the floor coverings in their homes or for customers.

You will learn how to plan, design, select materials, estimate costs, and install solid wood, laminate, tile (ceramic, porcelain, and stone), sheet vinyl, vinyl planks and tiles, and carpeting. Your instructor will work with each of you to determine what floor coverings are best suited for your particular situation, whether you are installing in a new home or replacing your current floor coverings.

For those of you who are interested, Mr. Simpson will show you how to install ceramic or stone as kitchen or bath wall coverings. This would be a good introductory course for those who are interested in employment as installers.


Furniture Refinishing

This course has been designed for those who would like to learn to refinish old furniture or how to stain or paint (finish) unfinished furniture.

You will be taught how to do minor repairs for pieces of furniture that need structural repair. You will learn what supplies work best for each individual situation, how to strip the existing finish from used furniture, how to prepare the surfaces for refinishing, how to paint and/or stain your project, and how to finish the completed piece. You will learn how to turn an old piece that might have been discarded into a treasure!

Motorcycle: Basic Rider Course

Learn safe motorcycle riding under the direction of Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified instructors. This beginning course is designed for riders with little or no experience.

Based on extensive data, research, and field tests, this course combines online, classroom, and on-bike experience to give an overall understanding of motorcycling and prepares the student with basic riding skills.

To be eligible to take this course, students must be able to ride a bicycle and lift and keep a motorcycle upright. Motorcycles and helmets are provided to students.

Note: The North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program requires 100% attendance. You must be present and in your classroom seat at 5:30 p.m. when the first class begins. Failure to be on time will result in your slot being denied.

Note: Successful completion of the e-course portion on the first night of the course is required. If a student does not present the e-course certificate of completion to the instructor by the time the riding portion of the course begins on Saturday morning, a student’s slot in the class will be denied.

Students may purchase accident insurance to cover class activities for $2 per term (available from the Continuing Education Records and Registration office).

 


Motorcycle: Experienced Rider Course

This nine-hour course, designed for students with at least six months of riding experience, stresses both the mental and physical aspects of riding, gives specific information on how to lower the risks of riding, and provides training and practice in critical riding skills.

Students may purchase accident insurance to cover class activities for $2 per term (available from the Continuing Education Records and Registration office).

Note: Because class size is limited, Pre-Registration is required.

Guitar (Beginner)

This is a course for the beginner who has never picked up a guitar or who can only strum a few chords. You will learn to read basic chord forms, simple melody lines, and musical notations. You’ll soon be playing chord accompaniments to popular folk, rock, and country songs.


Piano (Beginner)

Do you ever wish you had learned to play the piano? Here’s your chance. We will begin with a five-finger position for each hand and gradually learn simple tunes with one hand and chords with the other. Each student’s improvement will determine the eventual path of development. Knowledge of musical notation is a plus, but not a requirement.

All About Quilting

Express your creativity through your very own quilt! In this course, you will learn everything about quilting, from creating your own design to finishing with machine quilting.


Creative Quilting

Come explore quilting in a different way. Designing, color selection, piecing, quilting, time-saving shortcuts, and finishing techniques are all part of this course. Work at your own pace and learn how to fine tune familiar techniques and explore the less common methods of contemporary quilt making.


Knitting & Crocheting (Beginner/Intermediate)

This course is designed for individuals who have no experience in knitting or crocheting, or who have minimal skill levels.

For those who are learning to knit, you will learn to cast-on, bind off, knit, purl, and increase and decrease stitches. For those who are learning to crochet, you will learn the basic stitches: slipstitch, chain stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet. Other stitches will be introduced as needed. You will learn to recognize symbols and read patterns. You will be able to make at least one item of your choice.


Quilting 101

Have you been thinking about starting to quilt, but don’t know where to start? Well, then look no further than our Quilting 101 class!

This introductory class will give you the knowledge and skills you need to be an experienced quilter! The amount of time and effort that goes into the creation of a quilt makes these crafts a priceless family heirloom that will be passed down from generation to generation.

This class is tailored for first time quilters. Please take this class before the intermediate-level courses.


Quilting & Piecing

Beginning quilters–this course is designed especially for you! Learn easy quilting and piecing techniques for triangles, diamonds, curves, color selection, simple drafting, and much more. We will cover the whole spectrum of quilting made easy.


Quilting from Start to Finish

In this intermediate-level course, you will make an entire quilt during the course of the class. Emphasis will be placed on quilting patterns and sewing machine attachments. The project will be a lap quilt (48”x56”). So let’s have some fun making your first quilt!


Sewing & Serging

This course is designed to show you how to thread and operate the serger. You will do simple projects entirely on the serger and learn to use it with the sewing machine. You will learn how to use your machine to cut, sew, and finish any project with ease. Basic sewing skills are recommended.


Sewing I

This basic sewing course will introduce you to sewing techniques, pattern and fabric selection, garment construction, and the use and care of your sewing machine. Students may repeat this class many times, making different projects until they feel they are proficient!


Tailoring

Have you ever wanted to construct an entire garment that is tailored just right for your individual measurements? In this course, you will learn best practices for choosing appropriate fabrics and styles, measuring and cutting techniques, proper sewing steps, using a blindstitching machine, proper pressing techniques using a tailoring iron, and final fittings.

Couponing 101

Would you like to learn all about how to make the most out of coupons by helping you understand sale and stock cycles to best benefit your budget?

In this course, you will learn how to be a wise consumer by comparative shopping, matching coupons with sales, price-matching, and stockpiling. You will also learn how to shop with coupons at local grocery stores and drugstores, how to use Internet resources for maximum savings, gain insider knowledge about shopping at particular stores, store loyalty rewards, and much more!


Roadside Survival

Two hundred million licensed motor vehicle drivers in the US expose themselves routinely to a significant risk while betting that they will not become stranded when they drive.

Would you like to become one of the drivers who has the ability to help yourself if something were to happen? If so, come join Walt as he walks you through easy solutions to many issues that may befall you as a motor vehicle operator. His experience will help you learn how to address problems such as tire blowouts, overheated engines and dead batteries.

One part of the class will be spent in the classroom learning theory, and another part of the class will be spent outside with your personal vehicle putting all you have learned into action!

Photography is one of the most popular ways to express your creativity! Whether you enjoy capturing beautiful photos as a hobby or for a profession, our photography instructors have the experience and professional background to take you to the next level in experiencing the art of photography.

You’ll notice we offer a variety of classes that will introduce you to the basic functions of a camera, to editing the images you’ve captured, with tips on how to run a successful photography business.

With questions regarding these classes, please call (910) 678-8431.

Creative Photography

Have you ever heard someone say, “You have an eye for photography”? This is a trait that you must have, but many who are interested in photography simply were not born with the skill of finding the perfect light or angle when taking a picture. In this class, you will be given instruction on how to look for that artistic angle and capture that very moment before it passes.

Note: It is recommended that you take Digital Photography Fundamentals as a prerequisite or have equivalent experience in photography before taking this course.


Digital Photography Fundamentals

Would you like to have more control over your camera? Frustrated because you can’t make your camera work for you? This course will expand your ability to use your DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera. You will gain an understanding of photographic terms, expressions, and techniques.

Instruction will include basic camera controls, setting your camera up for optimal quality, using your camera in a variety of situations, using various modes to capture photographs in various situations, and the use of manual controls. We also cover art and composition as well as equipment selection.

Note: This course is not recommended for point-and-shoot cameras.


Photography for Professionals

In this course, emphasis will be placed upon professional techniques that students may use on the job or for any photography project. You will expand your ability to use your SLR (single lens reflex) camera. You will gain an understanding of photographic terms, expressions, and techniques.

Instruction will include basic camera controls, setting your camera up for optimal quality, using your camera in a variety of situations, using various modes to capture photographs in various situations, and the use of manual controls. We also cover art and composition as well as equipment selection.

Note: This course is not recommended for point-and-shoot cameras.


Photography Fundamentals Workshop

Would you like to have more control over your camera? Frustrated because you can’t make your camera work for you? This course will expand your ability to use your DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera. This all-day workshop will include an information-rich lecture and hands-on training to enable you to be familiar with the basic functions of your camera.

You will gain an understanding of photographic terms, expressions, and techniques. Instruction will include basic camera controls, setting your camera up for optimal quality, using your camera in a variety of situations, using various modes to capture photographs in various situations, and the use of manual controls. We also cover art and composition as well as equipment selection.

Note: This course is not recommended for point-and-shoot cameras.


Photoshop (Beginner/Intermediate)

Have you dabbled in the use of Adobe Photoshop software but never quite learned how it was designed to be used? Photoshop is a tool that should be used to enhance the photos you have taken, making them pop!

Join this class with people from various levels and learn what a piece of art your photography can be through the use of Photoshop! Students will be working with Adobe Photoshop software and you may be asked to bring your digital camera throughout the course.


Photoshop Workshop

Photoshop is great a tool that should be used to enhance the photos you have taken, making them pop! Join this workshop with people from various levels and learn what a piece of art your photography can be through the use of Photoshop! You will be working with Adobe Photoshop software and you may be asked to bring your digital camera throughout the course.

 Self-Defense

Self-defense training enables practitioners to protect themselves and others against a wide range of real-world threats and attacks. Come join our experienced instructor as he teaches you this important skill.


Yoga (Beginner)

Yoga has been recognized medically for the many benefits that it promotes and is often recommended by various medical treatments to supplement medical conditions such as depression, combat stress-related conditions, arthritis, diabetes and many more. Yoga, with its gentle movements, will enhance health by strengthening your body and improving oxygen flow, promoting a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

Each lesson includes deep breathing and movement exercises that can be modified to accommodate any fitness level and medical needs. Yoga provides a unique, individual experience that will develop flexibility and stamina, increase awareness to help you identify stress and coping strategies, improve balance and concentration, and promote a more healthful lifestyle.


Yoga (Intermediate)

Join us for a more challenging yoga class. This class is designed for students with prior yoga experience. This class will involve more challenging poses to encourage growing your skills.

The Summerscapes program offers enjoyable, inexpensive learning opportunities for school-age children during the summer. There are a variety of classes for multiple age ranges and interests, ranging from reading camps to cooking classes to etiquette classes.

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Community Emergency Response Team

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security provides the basic training to help our citizens take care of themselves and then help others in their communities for the first three days following a disaster.

This course consists of 20 hours of training in such areas as disaster preparedness, fire suppression, medical triage operations, search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism. The course is designed to be of value to private citizens, businesses, churches, and schools that want the skills and knowledge required to prepare and respond to a disaster.

After receiving this training, you will have a greater understanding of what you need to do to prepare yourself and your family for situations such as Hurricane Katrina or 9/11.

Contact

For additional information, please contact the CERT Commander for Cumberland County, Marlin Scott, by e-mail at tanzabug@aol.com.


Rape Crisis Sensitivity

This course is conducted by the Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County and is designed to increase awareness in the community of rape and its effects on the victim and society. You will learn special counseling techniques that are used to help rape victims. It will cover medical, law enforcement, and legal procedures and will include a tour of area hospitals.