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Continuing Professional Education

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Interested in a new career? Want to earn CEUs or contact hours to maintain your professional license? Need to update your skills for your own professional development or to help make your company run more efficiently and be more cost effective?  The Skagit Valley College Continuing Professional Education program offers classes to help you achieve these goals!

Credit options at Skagit Valley College

We can also help you identify opportunities to link to credit and certificate programs at Skagit Valley College. There are many short term programs available to help you increase your earning power and get the job you want. 

Registration

To register via phone using a VISA or MasterCard: call (360) 416-7638 or check out our new online registration option for returning students. E-mail: tee.overby@skagit.edu for more information.

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* Community Education classes are self-supporting so fee waivers do not apply to any of the courses in this section of the schedule. All costs associated with these classes must be covered by the tuition gathered through registration.

Summer Quarter Workshops

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Continuing Professional Education

Flagging and Traffic Control (Mount Vernon Campus)
Upon successful completion, students receive a Washington State Traffic Control Flagger card approved by the State of Washington and valid for three years. Must be 18 years of age or older to receive card.

6213   CPROF 034   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 7/21 to 7/23   T031   Prindle   $54.00  Seats Avail: 8 of 30

6214   CPROF 034   BG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 8/18 to 8/20   T031   Prindle   $54.00  Seats Avail: 16 of 30


Voice-Overs: Now is Your Time (Mount Vernon Campus)
YOU'VE HEARD LISA FOSTER ON TV AND RADIO COMMERCIALS! Now hear Lisa LIVE as she illustrates how YOU could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, and videos! Most people go about it the wrong way. Lisa will show you a unique, outside-of-the-box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there! This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with practically no overhead! And NOW is the best time to make this happen as new companies are looking for new voices like never before. This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you've been looking for! Lisa Foster's voice can be heard on commercials and narrations for such clients as: Crest Toothpaste, Olay, Cafe Appassionato, LA Weight Loss, Advanced Laser Clinics and Sleep Train.

6224   CPROF 053   AG   6:30PM-8:30PM   Th 8/6   H112   Foster   $40.00  Seats Avail: 17 of 24

Fall Quarter Workshops

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Continuing Professional Education

ALPINE CLIMBING (Mount Vernon Campus)
Extensive photography, climber videos, climbing equipment and textbook is all presented by a world-class mountain climber of 30+ years who has climbed Denali in Alaska and some additional 100 peaks. Learn about gear selection, routes, reading topographic maps, choosing your destination, knowing risks, accessing weather, and being prepared for everything you encounter in the Alpine environment. Learn your limits and how to achieve your goals; be prepared for a great adventure one step at a time! Textbook required: Freedom of the Hills by The Mountaineers. Available at REI.

6248   CPROF 080   AG   6:00PM-8:30PM   Th 10/1 to 11/12   H112   Smith M   $125.00  CLASS CLOSED


FIND LOVE/CREATE IDEAL LIFE/UNDERSTAND HOME (Mount Vernon Campus)
Are you still looking for your ideal partner, without much success? Find out why he/she hasn't yet arrived, and what you can do to enhance that possibility. Learn how to use your outer world to help you create the life you've always envisioned for yourself. And learn a fun approach to discovering what your home and the belongings you keep (or hoard!) reveal about your inner life.

6244   CPROF 077   AG   6:00PM-7:30PM   T 10/13 to 10/27   N120   Morgan   $99.00  CLASS CLOSED


Flagging and Traffic Control (Mount Vernon Campus)
Upon successful completion, students receive a Washington State Traffic Control Flagger card approved by the State of Washington and valid for three years. Must be 18 years of age or older to receive card.

6223   CPROF 034   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 10/13 to 10/15   T041   Prindle   $64.00  Seats Avail: 17 of 35

6224   CPROF 034   BG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 11/17 to 11/19   T041   Prindle   $64.00  Seats Avail: 23 of 35

6225   CPROF 034   CG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 12/1 to 12/3   T041   Prindle   $64.00  CLASS CLOSED


INTERPRET DREAMS/CHANGE HABITS/SELF-AWARENESS (Mount Vernon Campus)
Learn an innovative way to interpret your night-time dreams (and nightmares!) to find out what they are trying to tell you. Learn a simple approach to changing your habits by rewarding yourself. And find out what your shadow-self has to say about who you are!

6245   CPROF 078   AG   6:00PM-7:30PM   T 11/3 to 11/17   N120   Morgan   $99.00  CLASS CLOSED


LIFE COACHING/DECISION MAKING/FREEDOM (Mount Vernon Campus)
Find out how Life Coaching can improve your life using easy-to-use tools that guide you toward a life you always envisioned. Learn how to make big and small decisions about your day and your life based on your heart (love) not your head (logic), by following subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle!) clues from your body. Learn to prioritize your desires so you can take small steps toward your dreams-in work, play, and relationships.

6243   CPROF 076   AG   6:00PM-7:30PM   T 9/22 to 10/6   N120   Morgan   $99.00  CLASS CLOSED


NATURE QUEST/BODY ALLY/DREAM POWER (Mount Vernon Campus)
Do you have trouble making decisions? Troubled by heavy issues? hang out in nature and see what answers present themselves. Your aches and pains have valuable information to share with you. Learn to dream and scheme your way to a blissful life!

6246   CPROF 079   AG   6:00PM-7:30PM   T 11/24 to 12/8   N120   Morgan   $99.00  CLASS CLOSED


TINY HOUSE DESIGN/BUILD (Mount Vernon Campus)
There is a resounding trend in house building and design occurring that declares that “smaller is better, more manageable, more environmentally friendly and less of a personal financial burden .” For the young who may be accustomed to retreating into a space the size of a private bedroom or student apartment, and for the senior who is looking to shed a lifetime of collected baggage, “tiny houses” have an appeal that begs for consideration. This seminar is a comprehensive discussion of the what and how of tiny houses. Whether the structure be built on wheels, skids or on a conventional foundation, keen planning is required to be a success. Some sample structural and floor plans will be available for illustration. This is a time for practical application combined with ingenuity and imagination. Applicable building codes if any and other legal aspects will be discussed.

6219   CPROF 020   AG   9:00AM-4:30PM   Sa 10/10   N120   Russell   $95.00  CLASS CLOSED


Voice-Overs: Now is Your Time (Mount Vernon Campus)
YOU'VE HEARD LISA FOSTER ON TV AND RADIO COMMERCIALS! Now hear Lisa LIVE as she illustrates how YOU could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, and videos! Most people go about it the wrong way. Lisa will show you a unique, outside-of-the-box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there! This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with practically no overhead! And NOW is the best time to make this happen as new companies are looking for new voices like never before. This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you've been looking for! Lisa Foster's voice can be heard on commercials and narrations for such clients as: Crest Toothpaste, Olay, Cafe Appassionato, LA Weight Loss, Advanced Laser Clinics and Sleep Train.

6236   CPROF 053   AG   9:30AM-11:30AM   Sa 11/21   H024   Foster   $45.00  Seats Avail: 14 of 24

Winter Quarter Workshops

Close Winter Workshops

Continuing Professional Education

Alcohol Server Permit 12 or 13 (Mount Vernon Campus)
This class covers the legal aspects of responsible alcoholic beverage service for bartenders and servers including how much to serve, when to stop serving and the legal responsibilities of restaurants, bars and individuals in the service industry. This class meets the requirements for licensing by the State of Washington and is a required class for anyone working as a professional bartender or server. No prior bartending or liquor knowledge is needed. Students of this class must be between the ages of 18 – 20 for Permit 13, and 21 or over for Permit 12. Instructor is a certified trainer for the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

6234   CPROF 044   AG   1:00PM-4:30PM   Sa 3/12   T045   Ronnestad   $35.00  Seats Avail: 24 of 24


FIND LOVE/CREATE IDEAL LIFE/UNDERSTAND HOME (Mount Vernon Campus)
Are you still looking for your ideal partner, without much success? Find out why he/she hasn't yet arrived, and what you can do to enhance that possibility. Learn how to use your outer world to help you create the life you've always envisioned for yourself. And learn a fun approach to discovering what your home and the belongings you keep (or hoard!) reveal about your inner life.

6250   CPROF 077   AG   6:00PM-7:30PM   T 1/26 to 2/9   A125   Morgan   $99.00  CLASS CLOSED


Flagging and Traffic Control (Mount Vernon Campus)
Upon successful completion, students receive a Washington State Traffic Control Flagger card approved by the State of Washington and valid for three years. Must be 18 years of age or older to receive card.

6217   CPROF 034   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 1/19 to 1/21   T019   Prindle   $64.00  Seats Avail: 19 of 30

6218   CPROF 034   BG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 2/23 to 2/25   T031   Prindle   $64.00  Seats Avail: 30 of 30

6219   CPROF 034   CG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 3/8 to 3/10   N119   Prindle   $64.00  Seats Avail: 29 of 30


INTERPRET DREAMS/CHANGE HABITS/SELF-AWARENESS (Mount Vernon Campus)
Learn an innovative way to interpret your night-time dreams (and nightmares!) to find out what they are trying to tell you. Learn a simple approach to changing your habits by rewarding yourself. And find out what your shadow-self has to say about who you are!

6252   CPROF 078   AG   6:00PM-7:30PM   T 2/16 to 3/1   A125   Morgan   $99.00  CLASS CLOSED


Introduction to Fly Fishing (Mount Vernon Campus)
This course focuses upon fly fishing for trout in western North America streams and lakes. The beginner will acquire sufficient knowledge and skill to start fly fishing and catch trout. The topics include: matching lines, rods, and reels; casting fly line; selecting leaders, knots, and tippets; learning about trout foods and related flies; basic fly tying; trout habitat and behavior; and fly fishing methods. About half of the classes will be actual "hands-on" learning by doing. There will be a couple optional Saturday classes as well.

6225   CPROF 035   AG   6:30PM-9:00PM   W 1/6 to 3/16   T041   Freet   $125.00  Seats Avail: 0 (5 on Waitlist) of 16


LIFE COACHING/DECISION MAKING/FREEDOM (Mount Vernon Campus)
Find out how Life Coaching can improve your life using easy-to-use tools that guide you toward a life you always envisioned. Learn how to make big and small decisions about your day and your life based on your heart (love) not your head (logic), by following subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle!) clues from your body. Learn to prioritize your desires so you can take small steps toward your dreams-in work, play, and relationships.

6249   CPROF 076   AG   6:00PM-7:30PM   T 1/5 to 1/19   A125   Morgan   $99.00  CLASS CLOSED


NATURE QUEST/BODY ALLY/DREAM POWER (Mount Vernon Campus)
Do you have trouble making decisions? Troubled by heavy issues? hang out in nature and see what answers present themselves. Your aches and pains have valuable information to share with you. Learn to dream and scheme your way to a blissful life!

6253   CPROF 079   AG   6:00PM-7:30PM   T 3/8 to 3/16   N120   Morgan   $99.00  CLASS CLOSED


Professional Bartending (Mount Vernon Campus)
Become a licensed Bartender! This class is designed to provide participants with the skills needed to start careers as professional bartenders. This fun and exciting class will cover how to mix, measure and serve more than 300 of today's most popular cocktails - from Electric Iced Teas and Smith & Wessons, to B-52's, Apple Martinis and Lemon Drops! Learn professional free pouring and layering techniques, bartending terms, job searching, serving in a safe and responsible manner, increasing customer satisfaction, and increasing tips! No prior liquor knowledge is required. This course includes the Alcohol Server Permit class, you do not need to register for both. Must be 18 or over. Textbook req $16 paid to instructor at first class.

6235   CPROF 045   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   WTh 3/9 to 3/12   T045   Ronnestad   $189.00  Seats Avail: 19 of 24
Also meets: Sa 9:00AM-4:30PM T045 in Walter Roberts Hall


Voice-Overs: Now is Your Time (Mount Vernon Campus)
YOU'VE HEARD LISA FOSTER ON TV AND RADIO COMMERCIALS! Now hear Lisa LIVE as she illustrates how YOU could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, and videos! Most people go about it the wrong way. Lisa will show you a unique, outside-of-the-box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there! This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with practically no overhead! And NOW is the best time to make this happen as new companies are looking for new voices like never before. This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you've been looking for! Lisa Foster's voice can be heard on commercials and narrations for such clients as: Crest Toothpaste, Olay, Cafe Appassionato, LA Weight Loss, Advanced Laser Clinics and Sleep Train.

6239   CPROF 053   AG   7:00PM-9:00PM   T 1/26   H112   Foster   $45.00  Seats Avail: 14 of 24

Spring Quarter Workshops

Close Spring Workshops

Continuing Professional Education

HOME BUILDING COSTS (San Juan Center)
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5854   CPROF 021   AP   8:30AM-3:30PM   Sa 4/23   CR   Russell L   $65.00  Seats Avail: 20 of 20


Alcohol Server Permit 12 or 13 (Mount Vernon Campus)
This class covers the legal aspects of responsible alcoholic beverage service for bartenders and servers including how much to serve, when to stop serving and the legal responsibilities of restaurants, bars and individuals in the service industry. This class meets the requirements for licensing by the State of Washington and is a required class for anyone working as a professional bartender or server. No prior bartending or liquor knowledge is needed. Students of this class must be between the ages of 18 – 20 for Permit 13, and 21 or over for Permit 12. Instructor is a certified trainer for the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

6246   CPROF 044   AG   1:00PM-4:30PM   Sa 6/4   F120   Ronnestad   $35.00  Seats Avail: 24 of 24


Emotional Intelligence in Conflict Resolution (Mount Vernon Campus)
Successful participants will develop the ability to recognize their own and other people's responses and emotion, understand the physiology response to interpersonal conflict, analyze the cost and consequences of interpersonal disputes, familiarize with effective techniques to de-escalate conflict, discover and mold their own conflict resolution style, practice your active listening and communication skills in exercises of simulated conflicts, learn about alternative dispute resolution practices and when to apply them, Specially Mediation, and how to plan and write a consensual agreement.

6262   CPROF 081   AG   6:00PM-7:30PM   W 4/6 to 5/11   A135   Manzanera   $189.00  Seats Avail: 20 of 20


Flagging and Traffic Control (Mount Vernon Campus)
Upon successful completion, students receive a Washington State Traffic Control Flagger card approved by the State of Washington and valid for three years. Must be 18 years of age or older to receive card.

6238   CPROF 034   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 4/19 to 4/21   T041   Prindle   $59.00  Seats Avail: 30 of 30

6239   CPROF 034   BG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 5/17 to 5/19   T041   Prindle   $59.00  Seats Avail: 30 of 30

6240   CPROF 034   CG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 6/7 to 6/9   T041   Prindle   $59.00  Seats Avail: 30 of 30


Fly Tying (Mount Vernon Campus)
This class uses a wide variety of tying materials and techniques to create some of the most productive trout flies for western North America streams and lakes. Two fly patterns are tied each night. You will also learn to make minor changes in these patterns to make site specific flies that “match the hatch”. All fly tying equipment and materials are provided.

6244   CPROF 042   AG   6:30PM-9:00PM   W 4/6 to 5/4   T041   Osenbach R   $50.00  Seats Avail: 16 of 16


Inteligencia Emocional en la Resolucion de Conflictos (Mount Vernon Campus)
Los participantes podran desarrollar la habilidad de reconocer sus propias respuestas y emocionas asi como las de otros, entender la respuesta fisiologica al conflicto interpersonal, analizar el costo y las consequencias de las disputas, familiarizarse con tecnicas efectivas para desescalar conflict, descubrir y moldear su estilo de resolucion personal, practicar sus habilidades de comunicacion y escucha activamente, aprender sobre las alternativas para resolucion de conflictos, Especialmente Mediacion, explorar como planear y escribir un acuerdo consensado.

6263   CPROF 082   AG   6:00PM-7:30PM   Th 4/7 to 5/12   A135   Manzanera   $189.00  Seats Avail: 20 of 20


Professional Bartending (Mount Vernon Campus)
Become a licensed Bartender! This class is designed to provide participants with the skills needed to start careers as professional bartenders. This fun and exciting class will cover how to mix, measure and serve more than 300 of today's most popular cocktails - from Electric Iced Teas and Smith & Wessons, to B-52's, Apple Martinis and Lemon Drops! Learn professional free pouring and layering techniques, bartending terms, job searching, serving in a safe and responsible manner, increasing customer satisfaction, and increasing tips! No prior liquor knowledge is required. This course includes the Alcohol Server Permit class, you do not need to register for both. Must be 18 or over. Textbook req $16 paid to instructor at first class.

6247   CPROF 045   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   WTh 6/1 to 6/4   F120   Ronnestad   $189.00  Seats Avail: 24 of 24
Also meets: Sa 9:00AM-4:30PM Tba


TINY HOUSE DESIGN/BUILD (San Juan Center)
There is a resounding trend in house building and design occurring that declares that “smaller is better, more manageable, more environmentally friendly and less of a personal financial burden .” For the young who may be accustomed to retreating into a space the size of a private bedroom or student apartment, and for the senior who is looking to shed a lifetime of collected baggage, “tiny houses” have an appeal that begs for consideration. This seminar is a comprehensive discussion of the what and how of tiny houses. Whether the structure be built on wheels, skids or on a conventional foundation, keen planning is required to be a success. Some sample structural and floor plans will be available for illustration. This is a time for practical application combined with ingenuity and imagination. Applicable building codes if any and other legal aspects will be discussed.

5852   CPROF 020   AP   9:00AM-4:00PM   Sa 4/9   CR   Russell L   $65.00  Seats Avail: 20 of 20


Voice-Overs: Now is Your Time (Mount Vernon Campus)
YOU'VE HEARD LISA FOSTER ON TV AND RADIO COMMERCIALS! Now hear Lisa LIVE as she illustrates how YOU could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, and videos! Most people go about it the wrong way. Lisa will show you a unique, outside-of-the-box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there! This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with practically no overhead! And NOW is the best time to make this happen as new companies are looking for new voices like never before. This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you've been looking for! Lisa Foster's voice can be heard on commercials and narrations for such clients as: Crest Toothpaste, Olay, Cafe Appassionato, LA Weight Loss, Advanced Laser Clinics and Sleep Train.

6251   CPROF 053   AG   6:30PM-8:30PM   Th 4/21   H024   Foster   $49.00  Seats Avail: 24 of 24