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Community Education Workshops

* 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.
If you have questions, please contact us at 360.416.7638 or via email at communityed@skagit.edu.

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Art

BEGINNING WEAVING (Mount Vernon Campus)
Learn basic weaving in this new class! You will learn how to “dress” a weaving loom, and you’ll weave a simple, but elegant scarf. Table looms will be provided to you and you will be given a choice of warp yarns and colors, already on the loom and nearly ready to start weaving. There will be a $100 refundable deposit (payable to instructor) for those who wish to take the looms home between classes. Materials fee $10 payable to instructor first class.

6041   CART 044   AG   9:00AM-12:00PM   Sa 11/12 to 11/19   T045   Moncrief L   $99.00  Seats Avail: 2 of 7


CLAY WORKSHOP (Mount Vernon Campus)
All levels of interest and abilities are welcomed to work on self-guided projects in an open studio setting. Hand-building areas as well as pottery wheels are available for use. Some instruction in glazing will be offered. We use CKK6--a white firing stoneware body. We bisque work to ^04 and glaze fire in electric kilns to ^6. Instruction at all levels to maximize learning opportunities. Materials included, and most tools available. Bring an apron, and for wheel work a towel.

6027   CART 020   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   W 9/28 to 11/16   H119   Steveni D   $199.00  Seats Avail: 19 of 25


Introduction to Glass Mosaics (Hot & Cold) (Mount Vernon Campus)
This 6-week class is geared toward beginners who want to learn about basic techniques, tools and materials involved in creating mosaic art. Includes cutting, proper adhesives, substrates, design/layout and grouting. Students will be introduced to glass fusing (warm glass or kiln glass) to create components for their in-class mosaic projects. Each student will complete two projects, exploring traditional and contemporary techniques. All materials, supplies and use of tools provided. Come experience the endless possibilities of this beautiful art form! Class limited to ten--sign up early. A $45 material fee is paid to the instructor at first class.

6039   CART 036   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   T 9/20 to 11/1   T045   Mitchell B   $165.00  Seats Avail: 7 of 10


PAINTING IN OIL (Mount Vernon Campus)
In class painting sessions taught using indirect method (Old Master's) oil painting techniques. Beginners will be shown methods to attain competent skills and techniques; experienced painters will attain a satisfying level of technical achievement through this methodical and challenging approach. Supply list posted at www.skagit.edu/communityeducation.

6043   CART 045   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   T 9/27 to 11/15   H208   Steveni D   $159.00  CLASS CLOSED


Sketching & Cartooning (Mount Vernon Campus)
Explore basic principles of sketching and cartooning, with emphasis on drawing cartoon faces of real people. Practice some realistic drawing using the same techniques used by Police Sketch artists. Instructor Lin Tucker is a lifelong doodler, sketcher and police artist. Materials fee $10 paid to instructor first class.

6035   CART 033   AG   6:00PM-8:00PM   Th 9/29 to 11/3   H112   Tucker L   $95.00  CLASS CLOSED


Stained Glass Art (Mount Vernon Campus)
Discover the time-honored craft of stained glass. You will explore the process of creating a stained glass panel. Students will progress at their own pace and develop projects appropriate to their skill level--from light-catchers to lampshades. Topics to be covered include design and color as well as technical issues such as cutting, foiling and leading. Safety issues will be addressed in depth. All levels welcome. Basic materials are supplied (some glass, foil, lead and solder). A $50 material fee is paid to the instructor at first class.

6024   CART 014   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   W 9/21 to 11/2   T045   Mitchell B   $165.00  Seats Avail: 10 of 15


Watercolor Painting (Mount Vernon Campus)
In-class painting, exercises, demonstrations and individual attention to increase your skills, whether you are a beginner or more experienced. Learn about washes, glazing, color mixing, dry and wet techniques, brushes, and different brush strokes. Supply list can be viewed by clicking on side bar under "Contacts and Class Resources".

6022   CART 011   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   W 9/21 to 11/9   H208   Cooper M   $159.00  Seats Avail: 6 of 16


ZENTANGLE 101 (Mount Vernon Campus)
This 2-hour+ class is a basic introduction to the Zentangle drawing method. We will cover the history, the applications and the steps to create an original Zentangle tile or two. This class invites all levels and requires no artistic experience. It is a great starter class that is bound to leave you thirsty for more. Come begin your Zentangle journey with us! This is the prerequisite for all other classes.

6044   CART 046   AG   6:00PM-8:00PM   Th 11/3   N120   Harlan S   $39.00  Seats Avail: 21 of 24


ZENTANGLE 201 (Mount Vernon Campus)
In this 2-hour class we will be expanding on the techniques from Zentangle 101. Learn new tangles and techniques and create a stunning Zentangle to take home. Even further beyond the basics, we will expand on the techniques from Zentangle 201. Learn new tangles and techniques by request, and create a stunning Zentangle to take home. Introducing the new 2"x2" Bijou tiles.

6045   CART 047   AG   6:00PM-8:00PM   Th 11/10   N120   Harlan S   $34.00  Seats Avail: 21 of 24

Business Management

$CASH$ IN WITH A SUCCESSFUL HOME-BASED BUSINESS (Mount Vernon Campus)
Are you tired of working for someone else? Do you need to make more money? Turn your talents and hobbies into profits at home by learning how to start a home based business. During this informative workshop, you will discover mandatory legal documentation, many ways to market your product/service, how to take tax deductions (this workshop included!), more than 100 home business ideas, FREE future Q&A opportunities. This is probably the most comprehensive business start up workshop you will ever find, so if you really want to succeed in a home business, this step-by-step session is a must! A mandatory $20 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the door. SPECIAL NOTE: The instructor is an author, business owner, and Chamber of Commerce Past President. Due to the high demand for this guest instructor nationwide, this workshop can only be offered once a year.

6070   CBMT 020   AG   7:00PM-9:00PM   W 11/2   H112   Krusemark L   $39.00  Seats Avail: 23 of 24


Beginner's Guide to Getting Published (Mount Vernon Campus)
Did you know Stephen King was rejected 75 times before he sold his first novel? If your goal is to become a published freelance writer by selling a magazine article, short story, poem, or even a novel to a traditional publisher, this comprehensive workshop will guide you to, then past the editor's desk. You will discover how to become a "published" writer overnight, submit manuscripts the correct way, find the right publisher for your work, write irresistible query letters,100 ways to make money as a freelance writer, obtain FREE future Q&A opportunities. If you really want to succeed, this step-by-step workshop is a must! A mandatory $20 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the door. SPECIAL NOTE: The instructor is a journalist, author, agent, publisher, and adjunct online Professor of Publishing for Harvard. Due to the high demand for this guest instructor nationwide, this workshop may only be offered once a year.

6072   CBMT 021   AG   3:00PM-5:00PM   W 11/2   H112   Krusemark L   $39.00  Seats Avail: 17 of 24


Explore 50 Different Self-Publishing Options (Mount Vernon Campus)
Self-Publishing is all the rage, but is it the best option for YOU? (participants must attend “Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published”) And, can you do both? You will discover the pros and cons of all the self publishing options, including print-on-demand and e-book publishing, as well as the Amazon option of Create Space. You will leave with a rated description of 50 self publishing companies. A mandatory $10 materials fee is payable to instructor at the door. SPECIAL NOTE: The instructor is a journalist, author, agent, publisher, and adjunct online Professor of Publishing for Harvard. Due to the high demand for this guest instructor nationwide, this workshop may only be offered once a year.

6073   CBMT 022   AG   5:00PM-6:00PM   W 11/2   H112   Krusemark L   $24.00  Seats Avail: 21 of 24


How to Earn Extra $Money$ with a Mystery Shopping Business (Mount Vernon Campus)
Have you ever wanted to become a Secret Mystery Shopper? Have you seen ads telling you how to become a shopper, but only if you send them a lot of money? You do not have to pay to begin your new career in this exciting field. You will learn how to start your business endeavor (participants must attend “Cash in with a Successful Home Based Business”) and you will also learn how to create a mystery shopping profile, sign up with many mystery shopping companies WITHOUT FEES, avoid the pitfalls and scams, become a Merchandiser too for extra income. With a few simple steps, you can start Mystery Shopping today! A mandatory $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the door that includes a list of 25 legitimate companies you can apply to.

6075   CBMT 023   AG   9:00PM-10:00PM   W 11/2   H112   Krusemark L   $24.00  Seats Avail: 24 of 24


Save $Money$ with Extreme Couponing (Mount Vernon Campus)
Learn how to save $$$ every day with extreme couponing. Coupons are NOT just for groceries. The savings can add up to HUNDREDS or even THOUSANDS of dollars every year. This comprehensive workshops will teach you where to find all different types of coupons, how to find the best coupon websites, how to decipher coupon policies, the best way to sort and store coupons, how to find other people to trade coupons with. Feel free to bring your coupons to class for a trading session. This workshop is taught by someone who has used many couponing secrets to save thousands. A mandatory $10 materials fee is payable to instructor at the door.

6076   CBMT 024   AG   6:00PM-7:00PM   W 11/2   H112   Krusemark L   $24.00  Seats Avail: 23 of 24

Continuing Professional Education

NW WATERWAYS (San Juan Center)
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5800   CPROF 010   AP   N/A-N/A   ARRANGED     Staff   $2,898.00  Seats Avail: 0 of 1


Addiction Is the Symptom (Mount Vernon Campus)
Drugs, food, money, sex, relationship, shopping, internet, work. Any addiction darkens and potentially threatens our lives. We want to change, but we can’t. “Relapse is part of recovery”, we are told, really? In “Addiction is the Symptom”, we learn a deeper approach with steps to prevent relapse by digging beyond our addictions---our symptoms---to heal the root problem, emotional dependency. This method has worked for many, and it can work for you. Book fee paid to instructor at door, $15.95.

6217   CPROF 023   AG   2:00PM-4:00PM   W 10/5   N123   Baltzer L   $35.00  Seats Avail: 23 of 24


Foot Health 101 (Whidbey Campus)
Foot health is important for our daily lives. Take advantage of this face-to-face class with a non-surgical foot healthcare practitioners, a Certified Pedorthist. After learning the foot structure and it's mechanics, you will understand how all foot deformities (such as bunions, hammertoes, flat feet), and aching feet (such as plantar fasciitis, heel spur, neuroma) are related to the fallen arches of the foot and learn how to bring the fallen arches back to normal. Learn the simple way of testing foot balance. Bring your orthotics or any form of inserts with you to be tested. This course will help you take better care of your feet.

6817   CPROF 091   AGW   6:00PM-8:00PM   Th 9/29 to 10/13   A225   Chon I   $79.00  CLASS CLOSED


House Building in San Juan County (San Juan Center)
This workshop will prepare you for homebuilding and residential contracting while also introducing you to methods for conducting an effective and cost-conscience project. The course provides you with information, resources and problem-solving strategies to help you achieve a successful house building project. For those already experienced this class offers business practices to further sharpen your skills.

5803   CPROF 014   AP   9:00AM-4:00PM   Sa 10/22   RM CR   Russell R   $65.00  Seats Avail: 22 of 24


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.

5812   CPROF 020   AP   9:00AM-4:00PM   Sa 10/8   RM CR   Russell R   $65.00  Seats Avail: 19 of 24


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 11/19   H024   Foster L   $49.00  Seats Avail: 28 of 30

Early Childhood Education

Homeschool Information and Qualification Course (Mount Vernon Campus)
Each child has a unique combination of learning styles, abilities, and interests that helps them learn. Homeschooling is one way to teach children in a personalized way, in order to develop lifelong skills and a love of learning. If you are considering this educational option, taking this course will provide you with information and resources to pursue teaching your child at home. The course content will include presentation of legal requirements and "how-to" information concerning teaching/learning to develop practical skills for application. Successful completion of this class also meets the Washington State legal requirements as a "Qualifying Course" for parents who choose to provide home-based instruction for their children. For information about the class content or requirements, contact the instructor at (206) 365-5313.

6087   CECE 011   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   F 9/30 to 10/1   A125   Rosenzweig B   $95.00  Seats Avail: 9 of 10
Also meets: Sa 9:00AM-5:00PM A125 in Angst Hall

Earth Science (astr/easc/geol/ocea)

Energy and Society (San Juan Center)
Join Dr. Michael Balise for an exploration of the scientific basis for our conventional energy resources (fossil fuels, nuclear, hydro) and for renewable/sustainable energy resources (solar, wind, biomass etc.). Surveys the political, social, economic and environmental context of how our culture uses energy and the barriers to large-scale renewable energy implementation.

5722   CEASC 011   AP   11:30AM-2:00PM   MW 9/19 to 12/7   RM C   Balise M   $90.00  Seats Avail: 23 of 24

English And Literature

Creative Writing (Whidbey Campus)
Hone your writing skills with riveting stories, unique poetry, unforgettable memoirs, or other creative genre. An atmosphere of friendly affirmation allows you to share ideas, build self-confidence, and even polish for publication if desired. (FULL QUARTER)

7000   CENGL 019   AGW   9:00AM-11:00AM   T     Warm S   $90.00  Seats Avail: 2 of 16


Joy of Writing (Mount Vernon Campus)
Everyone has a story to tell. Sometimes it's fiction--sometimes it's personal experience. Starting the process might feel overwhelming and can easily be put off for another day. This course is designed for anyone who wants the chance to share thoughts by putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). In a positive atmosphere, writers at every level can experience the joy of writing and improve how they write without fear of being graded or negatively criticized.

6218   CENGL 022   AG   6:30PM-8:00PM   W 9/28 to 11/16   N120   Redshaw R   $149.00  CLASS CLOSED


Writing for Children: Which Type of Biography is Best for Your Subject? (Mount Vernon Campus)
Have you or would you like to write about a famous or not so famous person's life? We will look at five categories of biography (picture book, simplified, partial, complete, and collective) found in books and magazines for younger readers, middle-graders, and young adult. You will learn the best approach for your subject. Your understanding of the advantages and differences between each type will save time during the research, writing, and revision phases of your manuscript. A handout listing books and magazine publishers of biographies will help with submissions.

6093   CENGL 020   AG   6:30PM-8:00PM   Th 10/13 to 10/20   N121   Harris L   $49.00  Seats Avail: 23 of 24

Gardening And Landscaping

Gardening Successfully in Skagit County- Session 1 (Mount Vernon Campus)
Building Blocks for a Healthy Yard. Learn how to create and maintain a beautiful, healthy yard that fits our climate and your lifestyle. This session covers soils and fertilizers; plant choices; and planning and maintenance tips for an easy-care yard. Session 2 (winter) will cover weed, pest, and disease management; pruning for health and performance; and growing edibles in small spaces. Taught by WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners. $59 per session with a certificate of completion for each session.

6221   CAG 027   AG   6:00PM-8:30PM   T 10/4 to 10/18   A136   Billinghurst   $59.00  Seats Avail: 17 of 20
Also meets: A136 in Angst Hall Dupont A

History

Today in History (Whidbey Campus)
Did you know that both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on February 12, 1809? Each week we will explore an important historical event that happened during that week. We will learn about a wide variety of people, places and events from ancient times to the 20th century. (FULL QUARTER)

7001   CHIST 030   AGW   1:00PM-3:00PM   Th     Wallin D   $90.00  Seats Avail: 9 of 24

Pets

Foundations 101: Intro to Nosework (Mount Vernon Campus)
This class introduces dogs and their owners to the fun of scent work. It builds the dog''s drive and desire for the game. Much of the class will be spent on container searches. By the end of the class, dog teams will have been introduced to the four "K-9 Nosework" elements of containers, interiors, plus exterior and vehicle searches using primary food reward. Leash work; reading your dog; and hide reward skills will also be developed.

6208   CPET 002   AG   6:00PM-7:30PM   W 10/5 to 11/9   N119   Monroe C   $150.00  CLASS CLOSED

Physical Education

Foxtrot & Cha Cha (Whidbey Campus)
Glide and swirl across the floor with confidence! This class covers the first 6-8 steps of each dance with accompanying technique. Whether you are new or experienced, there will be something exciting to learn. Taught by an 18-time gold medalist and Regional Ballroom Dance Champion.

6794   CPE 009   AGW   7:00PM-8:30PM   W 9/28 to 10/26   H137   Taylor B   $79.00  CLASS CLOSED


Mind and Body Coordination (Whidbey Campus)
This is a mental and physical discipline which cultivates calm, concentration, balance, posture, and correct movement. Consistent practice cultivates a strong mind that can relax, remain positive and persevere regardless of circumstance or environment. The physical requirements are low. It is designed to be applied to daily life. Instructor has 6 years of training with the Northwest Ki Federation. Read more at www.oregonki.org/programs-ki.php. (FULL QUARTER)

7003   CPE 016   AGW   6:00PM-7:00PM   T   A118   Manning B   $0.00  Seats Avail: 18 of 22


Senior Fitness (Mount Vernon Campus)
Class encourages range of motion, balance, strength training and cardiovascular exercises.

6203   CPE 025   AG   9:30AM-10:30AM   MW 9/19 to 12/5   GYM   Deschenes S   $54.00  Seats Avail: 11 of 36


Tango & Rumba (Whidbey Campus)
Glide and swirl across the floor with confidence! This class covers the first 6-8 steps of each dance with accompanying technique. Whether you are new or experienced, there will be something exciting to learn. Taught by an 18-time gold medalist and Regional Ballroom Dance Champion.

6796   CPE 010   AGW   7:00PM-8:30PM   W 11/2 to 11/30   H137   Taylor B   $79.00  Seats Avail: 24 of 24

Political Science

American Government (San Juan Center)
Join engaging expert Ralph Hahn to uncover the structure of power in the United States and the functions, sources, and uses of power in American Politics. Rediscover the mechanisms and outcomes of the policy making process in a pluralistic society.

5796   CPOLS 011   AP   11:30AM-1:45PM   TTh 9/20 to 12/8   RM C   Hahn R   $90.00  Seats Avail: 24 of 24

World Language - Italian

Beginning Conversational Italian (Mount Vernon Campus)
When in Rome do as the Romans do! A journey through Italy. Learn travel tips, cultural insight and local etiquette. Discover unbeaten tourist paths, secret places and how to bargain at the local markets. Join Instructor Giuliana Sica, a native of romantic Tuscany, for a course in Italian Language and the flavors of La Dolce Vita!

6141   CITAL 011   AG   5:30PM-7:30PM   M 9/26 to 11/21   N120   Sica G   $149.00  CLASS CLOSED

World Language - Russian

Conversational Russian I (Mount Vernon Campus)
Introduction to the basics of Russian language in a fun, interactive environment. Learn Cyrillic alphabet, fundamentals of grammar, reading, and conversation from a native speaker. Includes cultural and travel information. Book available in college bookstore: Russian in 10 Minutes a Day.

6252   CRUSS 011   AG   6:00PM-8:00PM   T 9/27 to 11/15   N123   Kupriyanova   $149.00  Seats Avail: 20 of 25


Conversational Russian II (Mount Vernon Campus)
Continuation of Conversational Russian I. Students must have completed Conversational Russian I or have instructor permission to participate in this class.

6253   CRUSS 012   AG   6:00PM-8:00PM   Th 9/29 to 11/17   N123   Kupriyanova   $149.00  CLASS CLOSED

World Language - Spanish

Conversational Spanish I (Mount Vernon Campus)
Learn the Spanish sound system, basic vocabulary and simple Spanish grammatical structures as you develop an ability to understand and respond to simple spoken Spanish. Spanish is Fun (Book 1) and workbook required and available at SVC bookstore.

6260   CSPAN 011   AG   6:00PM-8:00PM   M 9/26 to 11/21   N123   Guillen   $149.00  CLASS CLOSED

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Art

COLOR PENCIL MAGIC (Whidbey Campus)
Learn the basics of working with Prismacolor pencils. In-class practice, exercises and demonstrations will focus on basic use knowledge and techniques related to these vibrant wax based pencils. Join whether you are a beginner or more experienced. Individual attention will be given to develop your skills. Students will need to provide their own Prismacolor pencils. Contact Sharon.Hall@skagit.edu for additional supplies needed. Minimum class size is 6, maximum is 20.

7079   CART 060   AGW   5:00PM-7:00PM   M   C001   Hall S K   $45.00  Seats Avail: 20 of 20

English And Literature

Creative Writing (Whidbey Campus)
Hone your writing skills with riveting stories, unique poetry, unforgettable memoirs, or other creative genre. An atmosphere of friendly affirmation allows you to share ideas, build self-confidence, and even polish for publication if desired. (FULL QUARTER)

7005   CENGL 019   AGW   9:00AM-11:00AM   T     Warm S   $90.00  Seats Avail: 16 of 16

History

Today in History (Whidbey Campus)
Did you know that both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on February 12, 1809? Each week we will explore an important historical event that happened during that week. We will learn about a wide variety of people, places and events from ancient times to the 20th century. (FULL QUARTER)

7006   CHIST 030   AGW   1:00PM-3:00PM   Th     Wallin D   $90.00  Seats Avail: 24 of 24

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English And Literature

Creative Writing (Whidbey Campus)
Hone your writing skills with riveting stories, unique poetry, unforgettable memoirs, or other creative genre. An atmosphere of friendly affirmation allows you to share ideas, build self-confidence, and even polish for publication if desired. (FULL QUARTER)

7000   CENGL 019   AGW   9:00AM-11:00AM   T     Warm S   $90.00  Seats Avail: 16 of 16

History

Today in History (Whidbey Campus)
Did you know that both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on February 12, 1809? Each week we will explore an important historical event that happened during that week. We will learn about a wide variety of people, places and events from ancient times to the 20th century. (FULL QUARTER)

7001   CHIST 030   AGW   1:00PM-3:00PM   Th     Wallin D   $90.00  Seats Avail: 24 of 24