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February-July 2014

Continuing Education

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Expand Your Personal, Professional Horizons at BRCC! If you’re like many people in the Valley, you think of Blue Ridge Community College as a place to earn an associate degree, certificate or diploma before entering the workforce or transferring to a four-year institution. What you may not realize is that the College also houses a thriving Continuing Education operation, providing a number of exciting opportunities for personal and professional growth. Between now and August, we’ll offer more than 200 courses (including 40 new ones). And that doesn’t include our extensive selection of online courses that also help meet your needs for training, affordability, and convenience. Whether you need fast-track training for a career change, or skills to enhance your current job, BRCC can help. If you want to expand your personal horizons, try your hand at courses ranging from dulcimer and pottery to cooking or motorcycling! Please plan to join us soon!

John Downey, President

Featured Programs Welding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Business/Career. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Healthcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Master List of Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8 Art, Music, Pottery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-10 Home & Garden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-12 Motorcycle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Youth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Online Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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Industry Need Sparks New BRCC Welding Program


lue Ridge Community College Continuing Education is launching a new Welding Training Program in January 2014. Designed for new welders (including career changers) and those who want to enhance current welding skills, the program’s startup costs were funded by the Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund Pilot Program. Certified Welding Inspector Wiley Perry is curriculum developer and program instructor. Designed to American Welding Society (AWS) standards, the curriculum prepares students for AWS certifications. Final certification through the performance-based Certified Welder program provides transferable credentials, an important asset, according to Continuing Education Program Manager David Wiggins. “The basic skills of welding are constant across industries,” he noted. “That—and the transferable certification— makes it easy for welders to shift from one industry to another.” According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020. The BLS notes that “Employment growth reflects the need for welders in manufacturing because of the importance and versatility of welding as a manufacturing process.” Overall job prospects in welding vary by skill level, with welders trained in the latest technologies having more options. According to the BLS, “Welding schools report that graduates have little difficulty finding work, and many welding employers report difficulty finding properly skilled welders. However, welders who do not have up-to-date training may face competition for jobs.” Wiggins said the new BRCC program was designed to expand upon the basic welding training offered at area high schools and vocational centers. BRCC will kick off the program by offering two courses in Spring 2014; with other courses to be added.

Basic Welding This course is designed as an introduction to welding fundamentals and the four basic welding processes most commonly used in industrial fabrication. Learn and practice: OxyFuel welding, brazing and cutting, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Gas Metal Arc Welding (including Flux-core and Pulsed GMAW Welding). Safety procedures, common shop procedures, welding tools and equipment, and basic welding drawing interpretation will also be introduced. By the end of this class, you will have learned the necessary skills to construct a small pressure vessel as a final project. Required text: Welding Principles and Applications, 7th Ed., ISBN-13: 9781111039172 and Study Guide, ISBN-13: 978-1111039189. Meets: Monday and Tuesday, Mar 3 – Apr 22; 6– 9 pm; BRCC Welding Facility. Instructor: Wiley Perry, CWI Fee: $519 (#64338)

Intermediate Welding Building on fundamentals introduced in Basic Welding, this course allows you to focus on refining skills required to properly make vertical and overhead welds. You’ll be engaged in extensive practice using the SMAW , Flux-core GMAW and pulsed GMAW welding processes, as well as more in-depth study of welding drawing interpretation and welding symbols/ terminology. This course prepares you to take the AWS certification test in 3G (Vertical) and 4G (Overhead) positions for Plate. Pre-requisite: Basic Welding OR competency testing with instructor. Required text: Welding Principles and Applications 7th Ed., ISBN-13:9781111039172 and Study Guide, ISBN13:978-1111039189. Meets: Monday and Tuesday, Apr 28 – June 23 (no class 5/26); 6-9 pm, BRCC Welding Facility Instructor: Wiley Perry, CWI Fee: $519 (#64348)



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Invest in Your Career and Organization Take your workplace skills to the next level through one – or more – of these real-world courses. A small investment of time and money can pay big dividends. Visit www.brcc. edu/continuinged for complete details.

Leadership Certificate Program Discover how to develop and effectively communicate your leadership style; while leading varying personality types; promoting committee and project team development; and establishing a common vision and mission. You’ll also learn how to develop an organizational value statement and establish key performance indicators. *Approved for 17.5 hours of HRCI general credit. Meets: Ten Thursdays, Apr 3-Jun 5, 6-8 pm; BRCC Plecker Center Instructor: Brian McReynolds, PE Fee: $209 (#59135)

Project Management Basics Effective project management can mean the difference between success…and disaster. Learn the tools and techniques you need to complete projects on time and within budget. Meets: One Wednesday, Feb 5, 12:30 -4:30 pm; BRCC Plecker Center Instructor: Judy Rannow Fee: $109 (#59222)

Management Certificate Program New managers don’t always receive the resources and training they need to provide effective management. Learn how to create effective relationships and build team unity; develop and set expectations; measure performance; and obtain developed goals. Approved for 7 hours of HRCI general credit. Meets: Four Wednesdays, Feb 12-Mar 5, 6-8 pm; BRCC Plecker Center Instructor: Brian McReynolds, PE Fee: $125 (#59134)

The Principles and Qualities of Genuine Leadership NEW! Used by Fortune 500 companies, this AchieveGlobal™ course explores five critical Qualities of Genuine Leadership: Collaborative, Inventive, Skilled, Visionary, and Mindful. Practice using those qualities and then translate them to your own work setting. Meets: Two Tuesdays, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center (#59236) Feb 18 - Feb 25 OR (#15849) Jul 8 - 15 Instructor: AchieveGlobal™ Corporate Trainer Don Taylor Fee: $185, includes student materials

Speaking with Confidence NEW! The ability to speak with confidence and clarity is vital for success in the modern business environment, yet many of us struggle with presentations for colleagues and clients. Learn what may be detracting from your message, and rely on a four-step process to help you prepare and deliver clear, concise, and effective messages. Meets: One Wednesday, 6-9 pm (#59136) Feb 5, BRCC Harrisonburg Center OR (#15850) Aug 6, BRCC Plecker Center Instructor: AchieveGlobal™ Corporate Trainer Don Taylor Fee: $95

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Administrative Professionals Day Celebration Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1st registration from your organization is FREE!

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Put Your Computer to Work for You Expand your Microsoft Office skills for greater efficiency at work and home! Based on approved course materials for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam, these classes are packed with great tips and techniques you can use to get more out of your computer. Keyboarding and mouse skills are strongly recommended. Visit for textbook information and other details. Excel 2010 Chris Ruddle leads each four-week class from 6 to 9 pm. Fee is $155 per Level.

Level 1 - Become familiar with Microsoft Excel as you enter and edit entries, select cells and ranges, create and modify basic formulas.

Access 2010 Join Karen Allison to explore what Access can do for you. Each $155 Level is comprised of four sessions, meeting 6 to 9 pm. • Level 1 - Learn basics of building, managing, and maintaining Access databases containing numerous objects. Four Tuesdays, Apr 1-22; BRCC Harrisonburg Center. (#59648) • Level 2 NEW! - Design and then query relational databases, customize input forms, work with advanced queries. Four Thursdays, May 22 – Jun 12, BRCC Plecker Center. (#15909)

PowerPoint 2010 Level 1 Learn to create and modify professional multimedia presentations: insert sound and video, use transitions and animations, and work with advanced tools and masters. Karen Allison leads this practical course which meets four Mondays, Feb 3-24 from 6-9 pm at the BRCC Augusta Center. Fee: $155 (#59948)

Beginning Desktop Publishing: Microsoft Publisher 2010 Pat Quick shows how you can use Microsoft Publisher 2010 to create impressive publications. Perfect for beginners, Publisher helps you produce professionalquality newsletters, fliers, letterheads, and brochures. Strong keyboarding/mouse skills required. Experience with word processing software strongly recommended. Five Tuesdays, Feb 4 – Mar 4, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center; Fee: $179 (#59966)

Four Tuesdays, Feb 11 – Mar 11 (no class on 3/4); BRCC Harrisonburg Center. (#59600)

Level 2 - Format worksheets, sort worksheet rows, work with tables and outlines, use templates… and more. Four Thursdays, Apr 1-22; BRCC Plecker Center. (#59645)

Level 3 - Create PivotTables and PivotCharts, record macros, group worksheets, create shared workbooks, track changes, and integrate with other Office applications.

Four Tuesdays, May 20 – Jun 10; BRCC Plecker Center. (#15908)

Online Courses Focus on Video Game Development Interested in exploring an exciting career in video game development? Try an introductory course for only $99 – or check out the 500-hour certificate program. How to Get Started in Game Development

Video Game Design and Development

Take steps toward a new career in game development by building a foundation to design games in a wide variety of genres for different audiences and platforms. Visit www. to register for the $99 course.

Using a comprehensive and analytical approach to game engine architectures, this online certificate program teaches you how to effectively design and develop games (500 hrs) $1995. Visit blueridgecc to register.



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Health Training Opens Doors

RCC Continuing Education offers a variety of short-term healthcare career training options to help you move quickly into—or up in—a fast-growing field. Whether you want to train for an entirely new job, or enhance your current healthcare position, visit to see how BRCC can help. Massage Therapist Certification Puts You on the Fast Track to a Career Massage Therapists are employed in healthcare, wellness, spa settings, as well private practice, assisting with wellness, stress management, injury rehabilitation and overall health and fitness. This fast-track Massage Therapy Certification Training Program offered by BRCC Continuing Education in partnership with Achieve Healthcareers, puts you on a path to a rewarding career in just six months. Clinic Pre-requisite: CPR for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association, BLS). Meets: Monday & Wednesday 2-5:30 pm, Tuesday &Thursday 12:305:30 pm, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Feb 18-Aug 13, 2014 (visit www.brcc. edu/continuinged/nc-classes/massage for program details); BRCC Plecker Center Fee: $6,475 - includes textbooks, program materials, internship (clinic) experience, certificate of completion, and state certification preparation (#58814)

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BRCC Launches Phlebotomy Program Thanks to a Virginia Community College System Institutes of Excellence Grant, BRCC Continuing Education now offers its own Phlebotomy Technician Training Program. The eight-week program (64 hours of instruction) focuses on collecting patient samples for laboratory tests in a skillful, safe, and reliable manner. Participants must also complete a 100-hour Clinical Externship. Upon successfully meeting course and externship requirements, graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion and qualify for the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s CPT exam (see for testing information). The CPR for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association, BLS) course is required prior to beginning the externship. Meets: 16 sessions, Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb 17-April 9, 6-10 pm; BRCC Plecker Center Instructor: Jessie Monroe, ASCP and ASPT Phlebotomy Certification Fee: $2139 (includes externship placement)

Gear Up for ICD-10 Coding System Helping area healthcare professionals prepare for the Oct. 1, 2014 changeover to the new ICD-10 coding system, BRCC Continuing Education offers a number of training options. Visit for details on weekend ICD-10 boot camps, five-week training options and even a Certified Professional Coder Prep Course covering ICD-9 and ICD-10.

Clinical Medical Assistant Training Program Clinical Medical Assistants work in a medical office setting to assist with procedures, care for patients, perform simple laboratory tests, and administer medication. Instruction: 134 hours (including 42 hours online training). Clinical Externship: 160 hours. Course fee includes textbooks, program materials, and externship placement. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion and qualify for the optional Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam through the National Healthcareer Association; visit NHA for testing information. This program is offered in partnership with Achieve Healthcareers. For more information call 1-800-201-1141 or visit adultedreg/blue-ridge Externship Prerequisite: CPR for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association, BLS) contact Achieve Healthcareers at 800/830-2228 for questions about externships and tuition options payment plan. Meets at BRCC Plecker Center: (#56984) 28 sessions, Tuesday & Thursday, Jan 28-May 1, 6-8:30 pm OR (#58737) 14 Saturdays, Feb 22-June 7 (except 4/19 & 5/24), 9am-2:30pm Fee: $3199 Note: Tuition assistance is available.



check all our classes: BRCC Continuing Education Course Offerings February-July 2014 Visit for descriptions and details! Call 540/453-2215 today. Art, Creative Writing, Pottery


Ends 2/28 4/23 2/15 4/25 3/6 2/1; 4/5 4/1 4/26 3/4; 4/29; 7/24 7/23 5/24 4/15 7/1 3/6; 3/28 1/17 3/4

Fee $149 $249 $49 $229 $149 $105 $69 $85 $185 $245 $145 $209 $149 $169 $95 $69

Blacksmithing & Welding Details at Business & Career


Administrative Professionals Day Conference Business Event Planning Customer Service Institute Effective Meetings HR Law & Recruitment and Interviewing Leadership Certificate Program Management Certificate Program MVDB Dealer Operator Licensing Preparation Performance Mgmt & Employee Relations Principles & Qualities of Genuine Leadership Project Management Basics Retirement Planning Today (spouse free) Speaking with Confidence Strategic Planning Understanding Business Law Series

4/23 3/4 3/12; 7/2 3/6 2/11 4/3 2/12 5/20 2/13 2/18; 7/8 2/5 3/25; 3/27 2/5; 8/6 3/4 1/13

Ends 4/23 3/25 4/2; 7/23 3/6 2/11 6/5 3/5 5/21 2/13 2/25; 7/15 2/5 4/1; 4/3 2/5; 8/6 3/4 5/19

Fee $129 $99 $449 $75 $89 $209 $125 $375 $89 $185 $109 $59 $95 $109 $385



Access 2010 Level 1 4/1 Access 2010 Level 2 5/22 Beginning Desktop Publishing:Microsoft Publisher 2/4 Creating Websites with WordPress 2/3 Designing Websites with Dreamweaver 2/6 Excel 2010 Level 1 2/11 Excel 2010 Level 2 4/1 Excel 2010 Level 3 5/20 Get Started with Computers 3/11; 6/17 Get Started with Google Forms 2/5 Get Started with Microsoft Office 3/31; 6/23 Get Started with OneNote 4/16 Intermediate WordPress 6/2 Intro to Web Developent using HTML 3/4 PowerPoint 2010 Level 1 2/3 Practical JavaScript 4/22 Quickbooks Level 1 5/27 Quickbooks Level 2 7/1 Web Development Using CSS 4/1

Ends 4/22 6/12 3/4 2/24 2/27 3/11 4/22 6/10 3/18; 6/19 2/5 4/28; 6/27 4/16 6/23 3/25 2/24 5/13 6/17 7/22 4/15

Construction & Trades; Safety

Register early to ensure your space in a class.

Acrylic Abstract Painters: Mix Media AND Technique 2/21 Artist Entrepreneur Series 3/26 Artistic Scarves: Design Your Own 2/15 Drawing & Painting: Combine Your Talents 2/28 Encaustic Art: Ancient w/ a Contemporary Twist 2/13 Greeting Cards! Say It in Color 2/1; 4/5 How to Self Publish 3/11 Jump Start Your Art Business Plan 4/26 Pottery Creations with Style 1/14; 3/11; 6/24 Pottery: Hand-Building with Wheel Throwing 6/4 Raku-Fired Ceramics Wkshop 5/17 Still Life in Oils 2/25 Watercolor Workshop: Summer Landscapes 6/30 Watercolors: Go Beyond Your Fears 1/30; 2/21 Watercolors: Snowmen & Snowscapes 1/17 Writing Mysteries 2/11

What’s New in Outlook 2013 What’s New in PowerPoint 2013 What’s New in Word & Excel 2013

Fee $155 $155 $179 $189 $129 $155 $155 $155 $99 $59 $179 $59 $189 $189 $155 $189 $255 $255 $155


Basic Contractor Business Licensing Course Blueprint Reading (Construction) Confined Space Entry Training Construction Contract Administration Construction Engineering for Contractors Construction Estimating & Planning OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Training OSHA 30-Hour General Industry Training Tradesman Electrical License Renewal Tradesman GasFitter License Renewal Tradesman HVAC License Renewal Tradesman Plumbing License Renewal

Digital Photography & Image Editing


Creating Photo Books Digital Photography for Seniors Image Editing for Seniors Image Editing with Adobe Lightroom Intro to Shooting Video with Your DSLR “Not Photography” Photography Nuts & Bolts of Digital Photography Nuts & Bolts of Image Editing Sports Photography Wedding Photography

Fitness, Home & Garden, Motorcycle


Beekeeping: Getting Started Beekeeping: The N ext Step Beginning Motorcycle Rider ( Chronic Disease and the American Diet Ducks in a Row: Getting Your Affairs in Order Experienced Motorcycle Rider Course FUN-damentals of Flower Arranging Garde Manger: Creative Food Garnishing Gardening Herbal Living: Exploring Herbs and Spices Homesteading Jump Start Motorcycle Rider Course Landscape & Design Simple Gourmet Saucing Stress Relief for All Wildflowers of the Shenandoah Valley Yoga Flex

Healthcare Careers


Certified Professional Coder Prep Course - CPT Certified Professional Coder Prep Course - ICD Clinical Medical Assistant CPR for Healthcare Providers Cultural Awareness in Healthcare Customer Service for Healthcare Workshop ICD-10 Coding Weekend Bootcamp ICD-10 Coding Workshop Massage Therapy Certification Training Medical Office Operations Medical Terminology Basics Nurse Re-Entry Course Personal Training Certification Pharmacy Tech Cert - Prep for VA Exam 1/28; Phlebotomy

easy registration! call 540/453-2215 4/1 2/19; 5/14 4/2; 6/11 3/19; 6/4

4/15 2/19; 5/14 4/2; 6/11 3/19; 6/4

$155 $59 $59 $59

arts 2/22; 4/26; 7/26 2/3 4/15; 8/5 2/6 3/5 6/5 1/21; 5/6 2/18; 6/17 2/1; 4/12; 7/12 2/6; 4/10; 7/10 2/8; 4/12; 7/19 2/6; 4/10; 7/10

Ends 2/22; 4/26; 7/26 4/7 4/24; 8/14 4/10 5/7 8/7 2/4; 5/20 4/8; 8/5 2/1; 4/12; 7/12 2/6; 4/10; 7/10 2/8; 4/12; 7/19 2/6; 4/10; 7/10

Fee $209 $225 $125 $269 $269 $269 $139 $349 $125 $65 $125 $125

arts 4/16; 5/21 3/12 4/16 3/17 5/21 3/17 2/10 2/10 4/14 3/12

Ends 4/23; 5/28 3/26 4/23 4/7 5/28 4/14 3/3 3/3 4/28 3/26

Fee $109 $119 $99 $159 $109 $159 $139 $139 $145 $145




1/27 3/3 $109 3/17 4/21 $109 otorcycle) April through October $125 4/7 4/28 $79 2/13 2/27 $75 6/14 6/14 $50 4/10 5/15 $129 3/10 3/17 $59 3/12 4/2 $69 4/10 5/1 $79 2/5 2/26 $69 6/15 6/15 $79 4/16 5/7 $69 2/3 2/24 $79 2/17 3/24 $89 4/22 5/6 $69 1/6 4/30 $216



Manufacturing & Technology


2/10; 6/2 3/3; 6/16 3/24; 7/7 1/27; 5/12; 7/14


2/19; 6/11 $399 3/17; 6/30 $699 4/21; 8/4 $1,099 2/5; 5/21; 7/23 $169



Absolute Beginning Acoustic Guitar Acoustic Jamming with Friends Banjo Setup: YOU Can Do It! Basic Upright Bass Beginning Mandolin: Make it Ring! Bluegrass Banjo, Level 1 Bluegrass Banjo 2: Keep On Pickin’ Dulcimer: Start Now! Mandolin Setup Ukulele 101

Accounting Fundamentals CompTIA A+ Certification Prep Computer Skills for the Workplace Genealogy Basics Keyboarding Lose Weight and Keep It Off Paralegal Certificate Program


2/18; 5/13 2/22; 3/15; 4/5 1/27; 3/15 2/6 3/13 2/3; 3/24 5/12 4/1 2/27 2/13; 4/3

Online Courses ( Starts


3/25; 6/24 2/22; 3/15; 4/5 1/27; 3/15 2/6 4/17 3/17; 4/28 6/23 5/6 2/27 3/6; 4/24 Ends

various various various various various various various

$149 FREE $55 $69 $149 $149 $149 $149 $55 $109 Fee

various $99 various various various $99 various $99 various $99 various $99 various $189

Youth Programs



3/1 3/15 2/1 3/19; 3/20 1/25 3/1

Costume Design Workshop Dulcimer Workshop Pottery Workshop Sat Prep Theatre Workshop for Youth Ukulele Workshop


3/29 4/26 3/29 4/30; 5/1 5/3 4/26

$139 $159 $189 $150 $275 $159

Spring 2014 Fine Arts Center Events & Exhibits Details and ticket information at Appalachian Music Concert: Mark Campbell* Jane Franklin Dance (partially supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts)

Simple Gifts Duo* James and the Giant Peach *This project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.


1/28 5/20 $375 1/29 5/7 $375 1/28; 2/22 5/1; 6/7 $3,199 2/28; 4/18; 6/27 2/28; 4/18; 6/27 $99 3/4 3/25 $79 2/18; 2/19 2/18; 2/19 $65 3/15; 8/2 3/16; 8/3 $299 4/1; 8/12 4/29; 9/9 $299 2/18 8/13 $6,475 2/10 5/14 $959 1/27 2/8 $139 1/1 5/14 $249 2/15; 5/31 3/22; 7/12 $735 4/1; 6/3; 7/10; 3/18; 5/20; 7/22; 8/28 $299 2/17 4/9 $2,139


Introduction to Electronics Soldering IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Specialist Training J-STD-001 Certified IPC Specialist Training Snap On Multimeter NC3 Certification

Art Gallery Exhibits Jan. 10 – Feb. 18 Source and Confluence: Exploring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed by Scott Jost Artist lecture: Thursday, Jan 16, 3 pm (Room V135) Opening reception: Thursday, Jan 16 4 – 5:30 pm

Feb. 21 – March 31 Drawings & Paintings by Shay Herring and Blown Glass Sculpture by Kim Clanton Artists lecture: Tuesday, Feb 25, 3 pm (Room V135) Opening reception: Tuesday, Feb 25, 4 – 5:30 pm

April 4 – May 1 BRCC Student ArtWorks Opening reception: Tuesday, April 8, 12-2 pm

May 7 – Aug. 11 Creativity Beyond the Job: Permeable Borders By BRCC Faculty & Staff Opening reception: Thursday, May 8, 4-5:30 pm

The BRCC Art Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.



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Express Yourself, De-Stress Your Life Try your hand (and heart) in a BRCC art course - and bring along a friend or family member to double the fun and relaxation! Here’s a quick sampling of what our art instructors have in store for you. Visit www. for descriptions and details.

Leslie Banta: • Acrylic Abstract Painters: Mix Your Media AND Your Techniques • Still Life in Oils

Peg Sheridan: • • • •

Artistic Scarves: Design Your Own Greeting Cards! Say It in Color Summer Landscapes: Watercolor Workshop Watercolors: Go Beyond Your Fears

Janly Jaggard: • Drawing and Painting: Combine Your Talents

Barbara Gautcher: • Encaustic: Ancient with a Contemporary Twist


iscover why beginning and intermediate students keep coming back for more of Phill Ungar’s popular wheel-throwing Pottery Creations with Style class! • Loved the class. Phill is an excellent instructor. It is a fun, social highlight of my week. • Phill Ungar is great - relentlessly positive! You’ll learn basics of trimming, surface decoration, glazing, and kiln operation. The $185 course fee covers tools, supplies, 25 lbs of clay. Bring your own towel and mask. If you already have basic pottery experience, you may want to explore two other options, a Raku-Fired Ceramics Workshop led by Jessica Martinkosky, and Hand-Building with WheelThrowing: A Combined Approach, led by Eric Kniss.

Pottery Student: I loved this class and I’m going to take it again.

Visit for pottery course dates and details.

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You Asked for More Music Courses… Here They Come! W

hen ukulele, guitar, and banjo students asked for more, we did our best to accommodate those requests. In addition to featuring each of those instruments again, including two ukulele classes (see www. for details), we are pleased to introduce these new opportunities for musical exploration. Class size is limited; please register early to guarantee your seat! Banjo Setup – YOU Can Do It! With a little time and attention to detail, you can perform simple steps to make your banjo both easier to play and have your desired tone. Bring your banjo and basic tools (multi-tip screwdriver, adjustable wrench and needle-nose pliers) to acquire setup skills to keep a banjo tuned and tailored. An excellent choice before taking Banjo Level I! Meets: One Monday, Jan 27, 6 - 9 pm; BRCC Harrisonburg Center 204 (#59544) OR One Saturday, Mar 15, 1-4 pm; BRCC V110 (#59836) Instructor: Jeff Hensley Fee: $55

Dulcimer - Start Now! Why wait any longer? You know it’s easier to play some instruments over others; jump into this Dulcimer class and then hook up with your friends to create a new musical group. Quickly pick up basic chords, learn strumming techniques, along with 3 to 4 easy songs. Experience the joy with other beginning students as you discover your hidden musical talents! Bring your own dulcimer, OR request one for use in class when you register.

Mandolin Setup: Get in Tune with Your Instrument! Learn simple ways to make your mandolin play easier and sound better. Bring your mandolin, a precision Phillips head screw driver, a sheet of 200 grit sandpaper, and a graphite pencil. Learn how to: change a set of strings; adjust truss rod, height and position of bridge – and more! Meets: One Thursday, Feb 27, 6 – 8 pm; BRCC Augusta Center 124 Instructor: Barry Hevener Fee: $55 (#59821)

Meets: Six Tuesdays, Apr 1 - May 6; 6:308:30 pm; BRCC Fine Arts Center V205 Instructor: Dinah Ansley Fee: $149 (#59851)

Basic Upright Bass: Bluegrass, Americana & Little Jazz Bands In one evening, you’ll be upright with your bass instrument, able to play along in bluegrass, Americana and jazz bands. Learn how to hold the bass and bow; bass tuning, double bass finger placement and bass fingering charts. Meets: Thursday, Feb 6, 6–9 pm; BRCC Fine Arts Center V205 Instructor: Richard Adams Fee: $69 (#59724)

Beginning Mandolin: Make it Ring!! Welcome to a class designed for fun! Pick and grin your way through this beginner’s course with one of the more popular acoustic instruments. We’ll cover a variety of music genres, including bluegrass. You’ll also learn: • Chord positions and basic music theory • Simple techniques with right and left hands • How to play basic tunes and songs Meets: Six Thursdays, Mar13 – Apr 17, 6 – 8 pm; BRCC Augusta Center 124 Instructor: Barry Hevener Fee: $149 (#59827)



check all our classes: HOME AND GARDEN From beekeeping and nutrition to flower arranging and wildflower identification, explore your world at BRCC! We’ve added the Homesteading class you requested, and expanded our cooking lineup. Visit for details on these – and other – spring and summer courses.

Get the Dirt on Outdoor Living Tim Byrd leads this trio of affordable courses packed with information you can use right away. Each $69 course meets four Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm at the BRCC Plecker Center. Take one, two or all three!

Homesteading (Feb 5-26) Jump on the hot, new trend toward selfsufficiency in this brand new course. Discover the benefits of growing your own food, raising poultry and pigs, and having a milk cow or goat. Would you like to create some of your own electricity? Save money and rain water and do it yourself!

Gardening (Mar 12-Apr 2) Get ready to garden! This fun and informative class will cover topics about organic and raised bed gardening. You’ll also learn how to create a forest garden, edible landscaping for your yard, and secrets of container gardening. All, while picking up tips on soil science, PH, permaculture, sustainable plantings, NPK and chemical fertilizers, as well as pesticides and herbicides, and much more!

Put a Little More Spice in Your Life Interested in jazzing up your menus? Judy Jordan shows how you can create magnificent dishes your family will love. Each class meets 6:30-8 pm.

Herbal Living: Exploring Herbs & Spices - Learn how,

where, and when to find and grow various herbs and spices, and then how to use them to season and marinate your dishes…with delicious results. Explore the properties of herbs and spices, and discover the many health benefits of incorporating them into everyday living. Four Thursdays, Apr 10-May 1; BRCC Harrisonburg Center; $79.

• Garde Manger: The Art of Creative Food Garnishing Transform everyday fruits and vegetables into fascinating works of art! Watch your kids enjoy eating healthy foods in disguise. Wow your friends and family with table centerpieces and crafty cut side dishes. This innovative class encourages you to play with your food! Two Mondays, Mar 10-17; BRCC Plecker Center; $59. • Simple Gourmet Saucing - Have you ever wondered how the fancy restaurants make those delicious sauces for your favorite entrees? This zesty class will show you how to make any meal a gourmet experience. Before you know it, you will be making sauces in a snap. Learn 5 basic sauces to take your culinary creativity to a new level. Four Mondays, Feb 3-24; BRCC Plecker Center; $79.

Landscape and Design (Apr 16-May 7) Learn the elements and principles of landscape design! Explore low impact and sustainable landscapes, soil science, plant selection and care, as well as new construction and retroscaping practices in this popular class.

easy registration! call 540/453-2215


PennPAT Grant Expands Musical Opportunities

Ducks in a Row: Getting Your Affairs in Order The best gift you can leave your loved ones is an organized estate at your journey’s end. In this informative and interesting class, you will learn how to address important matters that can save you and your family lots of time, money and extra work. Discussions include options for preparing a will, organizing family memorabilia, burial/cremation preferences, distribution of belongings, financial planning and much more! Bring $30 to first class for books and materials. Meets: Three Thursdays, Feb 13-27, 6:30-8:30 pm; BRCC Plecker Center Instructor: Mary Ann Stripling

Building upon increased interest in music classes, BRCC will offer three FREE musicians’ workshops, designed to draw attention to Appalachian music. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon of the Simple Gifts Duo will lead the workshops (for all ages and skill levels). Attendees are also invited to join Simple Gifts in playing a couple of numbers during their April 5 Fine Arts Center concert. Email continuinged@brcc. edu to request Music Grant information, or call 540/4532215 to register. MEETS: One Saturday, Feb. 22, Mar 15, Apr 5, 9 am - noon; Room TBD. (Attend one, two, or all three!) FREE, open to students of all levels, any stringed instrument. This project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Fee: $75 (#58416)


M o t o r cy cling At Its B e st!

eeling the call of the open road? Well, you’re certainly not alone. Make this the year you join the almost 6,000 people who’ve enrolled in motorcycle rider skills training at Blue Ridge Community College. Since 1987, BRCC has served as a Virginia Rider Training Program site, providing courses for beginners (motorcycles and helmets provided) and more experienced motorcyclists.

Jump Start Course

Beginning Rider Course

Experienced Rider Course

If you’ve never ridden a motorcycle or driven a vehicle with manual transmission, the smaller class size and slower pace of the three-hour Jump Start class is designed just for you. No tests, no completion cards…and no pressure!

Learn entry-level skills such as effective turning, braking and obstacle avoidance, plus develop safe street-riding strategies. Successful completion of this course waives the Virginia DMV knowledge exam and road test, with the completion certificate serving as a 30-day Virginia two-wheeled motorcycle license, subject to DMV age requirements. Courses are offered April through early October, each meeting one Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 am-5 pm.

Learn advanced riding techniques and enhanced street-riding skills in this vital one-day course. You must hold a valid motorcycle license and provide motorcycle, helmet, and proof of insurance coverage.

Fee: $79

Fee: $50

Fee: $125

Visit for dates and details, or call 540/453-2284 to register.

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till in school? Don’t let that stop you from jumping into weekend fun at Blue Ridge Community College. Music, theatre, art, and pottery classes let you pursue your preferred path – or chart a new one. Space is limited; register early! Visit continuinged for details.

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This popular program of dramatic exercises and rehearsals leads to a Fine Arts Center Black Box orkshop fo Theatre performance of James and r eW the Giant Peach. With only 19 roles, enrollment is on a first-come, firstserved basis for students ages 8 to 15. Cold readings will be done from ge the script. Auditions to determine co m m u nit y assignment of roles will be held Feb 1, the second week of the workshop.

Meets: Thirteen Saturdays, Jan 25– May 3 (no class Mar 8 or Apr 19), 9 am-noon; BRCC Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre, V135. Tech Week: Sun, May 11, 2-7 pm; Mon–Wed, May 12-14, 6-9 pm; Performances: Thu-Sat, May 15-17, 7 pm and Sun, May 18, 3 pm Instructor: Justine Juart - Fee: $275 (#58649)

Costume Design Workshop Be part of something creative, fun, and exciting when you design costumes for a real, live Fine Arts Center production of James and the Giant Peach. Help create a centipede, earthworm, grasshopper, ladybug, spider, glowworm, and silkworm. Designed for 9- to 14-year-olds, this workshop covers costume design basics. Performances: Thu-Sat, May 15-17, 7 pm; and Sun, May 18, 3 pm. Meets: Four Saturdays, Mar 1-29 (no class Mar 8), 9 am-noon; BRCC Fine Arts Center, V206 Instructor: Sandra Carter - Fee: $139 (#58574)

Pottery Workshop Designed for 12- to 16-year-olds, this exciting workshop provides a unique opportunity to discover the wonderful world of pottery! Learn how to throw cups, bowls and other shapes on the potter’s wheel, as well as create hand built pots using coil-building and slab-building techniques. Basics of textures and marking, as well as the glazing process, will also be covered. Show off your finished work at an exhibition and reception. No prior ceramics experience is necessary. Reception/Exhibition on Saturday, April 5, 11 am -noon. Meets: Eight Saturdays, Feb 1–Mar 29 (no class Mar 8), 9:30 amnoon; BRCC Fine Arts Center Ceramics Studio, V113 Instructor: Arnesa Lind - Fee: $189 (#58594)

Ukulele Workshop

Dulcimer Workshop

Wouldn’t it be cool to play the ukulele? If you are aged 9-13 and love music, this is the workshop for you! Not only is the ukulele a totally hip instrument, featured in many current pop acts, it is also easy to learn! Learn to play three or four songs, and show off your new skills in a recital for family and friends! Instruments provided for classroom use.

If you’re between the ages of 9 and 13, and can count to ten, then you can learn to play the dulcimer! This workshop will have you making beautiful sounds in just six short weeks. No musical experience is required, and you do not have to know how to read music. Learn the basics of the instrument and how to play several songs, which you will perform for family and friends in a recital. Instruments provided for classroom use.

Meets: Six Saturdays, Mar 1-Apr 26 (no class Mar 15 and Apr 5, when students may attend free musicians’ workshops); 9 am-noon; BRCC Fine Arts Center, V203. Reception/Recital on Saturday, May 3, 11 am-noon Instructor: John Dull - Fee: $159 (#58654)

Meets: Six Saturdays, Mar 15-Apr 26 (no class Apr 19), 1-4 pm; BRCC Fine Arts Center, V203. Reception/Recital Saturday, May 3 at 11 am Instructor: Dinah Ansley - Fee: $159 (#58587)

SAT I Prep Prepare to deal successfully with SAT I exam topics ranging from writing to critical reading and math. Practice reading comprehension, higher level math questions and the required essay. Bring pencils, notebook, and a scientific/graphing calculator. Required text, The Official SAT Study Guide, available at BRCC Bookstore. Meets: Six Wednesdays, Mar 19-Apr 30 ( no class Apr 16), 6-9 pm; BRCC Harrisonburg Center (#58562) OR Six Thursdays, Mar 20-May 1 (no class Apr 17), 6-9 pm; BRCC Augusta Center (#58565) OR Mon-Friday, July 14-18, 9 am-12:30 pm; BRCC Room E110 Instructors: Abigail Montgomery and Karen Ruozzi – Harrisonburg Center; Judy Hevener and Sam Alexander – Augusta Center; Judy Hevener and Karen Puozzi – Weyers Cave Fee: $150 (#19906)

easy registration! call 540/453-2215 ONLINE LEARNING

Convenience is Key! Instructor-facilitated online learning is a hit with people of all ages. Enjoy courses (which begin monthly) from the convenience of your home or office, when it suits your schedule. Each course lasts six weeks, and requires Internet access and an e-mail account. Among the many subject areas are: Business Management: Accounting, Business

Planning, Grant Writing, Project Management, Sales & Marketing, Web Page Design. Career Options: Administrative Assistant Fundamentals, Child Care, Law and Legal Careers, Continuing Ed for Health Care Professionals and for Teachers, Medical Terminology Computers: Basic Literacy, Computer Applications, Desktop Publishing and Imaging, Web Graphics and Multimedia, Web Programming, Computer Troubleshooting and Networking, Programming and Database Management, Certification Preparation Communications: Conversational Japanese, Write Your Life Story, Publishing, Acting, Music Personal Enrichment: Luscious, Low-Fat, LightningQuick Meals, Pleasures of Poetry, Understanding Adolescents. Assisting Aging Parents, Genealogy, Art, History, Literature, Philosophy, Child Care and Parenting Test Prep: GED, SAT, LSAT, GMAT preparation courses

Ed2Go Courses Offer Something for Everyone Among last year’s most popular online courses ($99 each; visit to register) were: • Accounting Fundamentals I and II • Basic CompTIA A+ Certificate Prep • Human Anatomy • Introduction to MicroSoft Project BRCC offers additional online courses in partnership with Ed2go. Career-focused online courses are designed to give you the latest in learning, and to provide skills necessary to acquire professional caliber positions in many in-demand occupations. We offer certificates in Healthcare, Business/ Legal, Internet/Computer/IT Certification (Microsoft and CompTIA Official Curriculum), Professional/Technical/Design, Construction, and more! A number of personal enrichment courses are also available online. For a complete listing of all titles, please visit our website at blueridgecc. Click on each course title for more information. You can register easily from the website! Financial assistance is available for career courses.

Get Started Quickly and Easily 1. Visit our Online Instruction Center: 2. Click the Orientation link and follow the instructions to enroll and pay for your course. During orientation, you will learn important information about your course. You will also be provided an opportunity to choose the name and password you will use to access your course. 3. When your course starts, return to our Online Instruction Center and click the Classroom link. To begin your studies, simply log in with the name and password you selected during orientation.

Other online courses available through BRCC are provided by ProTrain, and the Income Tax School. Visit for more information.


P. O. Box 80, Weyers Cave, VA 24486

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Catch the Excitement! Learning Can Be Fun One-week summer youth classes meet June 16 – July 25, 2014. Blue Ridge Community College’s popular Learning Can Be Fun (LCBF) program offers almost 70 classes, providing rising K-12 students plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning. Most courses meet at the Weyers Cave campus, 9 am to noon, OR 1 to 4 pm. We also offer full-day sessions, and a weekly lunch-hour Storytime for grades K-5. Classes are grouped by appropriate age levels, with class size kept to a minimum to allow for individual attention.

Here’s what kids say about their LCBF classes… • The most awesome class I ever had. (Play With Your Food!) • The power level of this class is over 9,000! (Digital Photography) • The teacher was great and everything we did was fun. (What Makes Animals Tick) • It’s so much fun you barely realize you are learning stuff. (Tom Toms & Totem Poles) • It’s awesome because you go on so many fun adventures. (Intro to Outdoor Adventure Sports Sampler) • It’s so good, you might not believe me. You should try it! (Four Seasons of Art)

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Register now! Classes fill quickly. 540-453-2215

You don’t have to wait til summer to have fun: check out our amazing Saturday youth workshops! See page 13

BRCC Continuing Education Spring 2014  

Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, Virginia, continuing education classes, services, and programs offered in spring 2014.

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