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Personal Enrichment

As a community college, Wallace State offers programs that provide enrichment and sustain holistically members of our community. Personal Enrichment programs teach individuals skills to help them develop new hobbies and create engagement among those interested in a similar focus. Additionally, personal enrichment provides programming for young and older adults in topics ranging from cake decorating to photography essentials.

Current Course Listing

Call 1-256-352-8386 or Email (​ashley.baker@adjunct.wallacestate.edu) to Register Today!

DANCE

Refresh Your Choreography
This class will aide dance teachers and students in cultivating their creative voice. The class begins with a short warm-up and then shifts into learning fundamental choreographic skills, including how to translate stories and language into movement. This class will help to take dance routines and performance pieces to the next level.

Time: On Demand
Tuition: $20

Getting Pointe Shoe Ready
This class will take the mystery out of assessing students for Pointe shoe readiness. WSCC instructor Brooke Desnoes and a student demonstrator will take participants through a check list of exercises to be aimed at assessing individual readiness to meet the physical demands of Pointe training.

Time: On Demand
Tuition: $20

Dance Pedagogy--Creative Teaching
The goal of this class is to give participants a fresh look at exercises that are commonly taught during every ballet class. Making the ordinary exciting, keeping student interested, and increase learning retention rate are all results of creative teaching principals.

Time: On Demand
Tuition: $20

Ballet Classes for Young Dancers
Based on the idea that a strong technical base will provide the foundation for future advanced study, this class will highlight the hallmarks of traditional classical ballet training for young dancers. Exercises will be taught alongside strength training exercises to aide student and teacher in building correct muscle memories.

Time: On Demand
Tuition: $20

Allegro Exercises for Intermediate Students
Keeping allegro exercises fresh and interesting is always a challenge for dance teachers. This class will give participants insight into training exercises at the barre and in the center to build exciting and fun allegro combination for the intermediate dancer.

Time: On Demand
Tuition: $20

Online Ballet, Pointe and Jazz/Modern
Wallace State Community College is now offering Ballet, Pointe and Jazz/Modern classes to intermediate and advanced dancers. WSCC’s goal is to produce technically strong and artistically expressive dancers who are sought after for their professionalism and ability to easily adapt to the broad range of styles demanded of today’s dance professionals. This program develops skills needed to pursue industry career options or further education at college or university level.

Time: Classes meet twice a week. Classes are 1.5 hours and last 12 weeks
Tuition: $125-$150

* Students who participate in Dance for Home Schoolers are not responsible for academic work related to dance classes, these students participate solely in movement-based exercises and therefore do not receive college credits for classes they attend.

Allegro Dance Theatre
Selected student may also be asked to participate as Apprentice to Allegro Dance Theatre, the WSCC Dance Company. Admission to the WSCC Dance Program and Allegro Dance Theatre is based on a scheduled audition.

Time: Classes meet twice a week. Classes are 1.25 hours and last 12 weeks
Tuition: $150

ART

Beginning Pottery
Beginner students will learn techniques for hand-building (pinch, coil, slab-building) and ceramic sculpture.

Time: Classes meet on Tuesday evenings. Classes are 1.5 hours and last 5 weeks
Tuition: $75

Creative Writing
Completing real estate CE credentials can be overwhelming. Our real estate continuing education classes provide up-to-date information, delivering efficient and relevant instruction focused on professional development so that real estate professionals can earn their required credits.

Time: Classes meet on Tuesday evenings. Classes are 2 hours and last 5 weeks
Tuition: $60

DSLR Photography (digital single-lens reflex camera)
This is a comprehensive course for the beginning photographer. You will be introduced to the concepts of photographing people along with objects. Classroom instruction, hands-on practice through exciting assignments, along with class discussions will help you learn to get the most from your photographs. Achieve the images you have always wanted to take!

Time: This class meets once a week in the evenings for 6 weeks
Tuition: $110

Adobe Photoshop
This class concentrates on the high-end capabilities of photo-editing software. Students will explore a wide range of selection and manipulation techniques that can be applied to photos.

Time: This class meets once a week in the evenings for 6 weeks
Tuition: $130

CULINARY
  

Cake Decorating
Cake decorating is one of the sugar arts that uses icing or frosting and other edible decorative elements to make plain cakes more visually interesting. Learn a variety of techniques for use in personal baking or a future in catering.

Time: Classes meet once a week in the evening. Classes are 2 hours and last 4 weeks.
Tuition: $70

AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE

Planting Seeds Community Garden
The planting Seeds Community Garden course is a community gardening program designed to teach a wide range of skills related to agriculture and gardening. This course consists of two components. First, is a membership to The Planting Seeds Community Garden where members will plant their own 8'x 4' garden bed. Second, is an optional monthly workshop held in the community garden education room in the Sustainable Agriculture Building.

Topics include, but are not limited to gardening techniques, nutrition, selling, and marketing produce. All members will have access to basic gardening tools, seeds, and/or transplants for their garden.

Time: Optional monthly workshop
Tuition: $10 or certification of 6 volunteer hours in lieu of tuition

Gardening Basics
Students will learn the basics to have the best results out of their garden.

Time: Class meets on Tuesday for a 1.5-hour session
Tuition: $15

Pesticide Use & Safety Home Gardens
Learn everything needed to use pesticide safely and appropriately.

Time: Class meets on Tuesday for a 1.5-hour session
Tuition: $15

Introduction to Soils
Learn about soil texture and how to understand soil to make the best management decisions based on the types.

Time: Class meets on Tuesday for a 1.5-hour session.
Tuition: $15

Soil Testing
Learn how to read soil test and use the information to give crops the appropriate fertilization. Take the guess work out of it.

Time: Class meets on Tuesday for a 1.5-hour session
Tuition: $15

 

Plant Nutrients
Learn about Macro and Micronutrients, how they work, signs of deficiency and how to correct.

Time: Class meets on Tuesday for a 1.5-hour session
Tuition: $15

Managing Organic Matter
Participants will learn how to manage organic matter to increase water holding capacity and recycle nutrients.

Time: Class meets on Tuesday for a 1.5-hour session.
Tuition: $15

Winterizing: Garden Cover Crops
Participants will learn what to plant during non-cropping times to benefit the soil and how the cover crops work for them.

Time: Class meets on Tuesday for a 1.5-hour session.
Tuition: $15

Marketing for Small Farms
Individuals will learn how to make their farm stand out against the rest by advertising and using social media platforms.

Time: Class meets on Tuesday for a 1.5-hour session.
Tuition: $15

Small Farmer
Taught by Travis Kress, Wallace State’s Small Farmer Training Program will prepare students to start and operate their own small working farms. The course is also useful to anyone beginning a hobby garden. It is also applicable to those who desire work as a farm manager or in support of an agriculture-related nonprofit.

Time: Class meets on Tuesday for a 1.5-hour session.
Tuition: $15

Setting of Landscape Plants Exam Prep
This class will help individuals prepare for the exam offered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in the Setting of Landscape Plants.

Time: Class meets on Tuesday for a 1.5-hour session.
Tuition: $15

Ornamental/Turf Pesticide Supervisor Exam Prep
This is an in-depth two-hour class based on the curriculum and study manual developed by the Alabama Department of Agriculture in preparation for the state exam.

Time: Class meets on Tuesday for a 1.5-hour session.
Tuition: $15

GENEALOGY

Intro to Genealogy
The student will learn the basics of tracing a family history for personal, medical, legal, and other purposes through exposure to basic methods and resources for American genealogical research.

Time: Class meets on a Tuesday and Thursday evening for a 4-hour session.
Tuition: $50

Advanced Genealogy & Book Publishing
To introduce the student to advanced methods of information science as it relates to locating information on persons in the past and present for genealogical inquiries. Participants will learn about advanced use of libraries and archives, as well as the pitfalls of popular myths and misunderstandings about certain information resources. Finally, the student will learn about the various means available for publication, both in paper and electronically.

Time:Class meets on a Tuesday and Thursday evening for a 4-hour session
Tuition: $50

Southern Genealogy
In this class, the student will learn about the founding of the United States and the Revolutionary War. Also to be discussed is the history of various southern states, including Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Missouri, and Mississippi.

Time:Class meets on a Tuesday and Thursday evening for a 4-hour session
Tuition: $50

Civil War Genealogy
The student will learn how to research the history of American who lived during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The instructor is Robert S. Davis, M. Ed., M. A., author of several articles and books on the Civil War.

Time:Class meets on a Tuesday and Thursday evening for a 4-hour session
Tuition: $50

LANGUAGE

English as a Second Language
This class is a combined skills course, integrating and improving on all four skill areas of English: listening, speech, reading, and writing. This class focuses on increased reading skills and strategies, with an intense focus on vocabulary development. Special emphasis is placed on recognizing and pronouncing many of the most common English words.

Time: Classes meet once a week in the evening. Classes are 2 hours and last 5 weeks
Tuition: $60

Intro to American Sign Language, Part I
This course is taught online in a virtual classroom format. The course, taught by an experienced sign language instructor, introduces beginners to the basic vocabulary of signs used in the American deaf culture. The student will learn American Sign Language lessons 1-18 as defined on www.asluniversity.com, including basic grammar and vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, and cultural information related to the Deaf Community. This course is endorsed by the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. No textbook is required but internet access is mandatory.

Time: Classes meet once a week in the evening. Classes are 2 hours and last 5 weeks.
Tuition: $60

Intro to American Sign Language, Part II
This course is taught online in a virtual classroom format. The course, taught by an experienced sign language instructor, continues intensive study of American Sign Language lessons 19-30 on www.asluniversity.com, including vocabulary, grammatical style, and techniques for communication and interpretation, money signs; math signs; business signs; residential signs; outdoor signs; food signs; fast-food restaurant signs; clothing signs; describing faces; descriptive classifier, eight various types of classifiers in ASL; and using classifiers to tell locations. This course is endorsed by the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. No textbook is required but internet access is mandatory.

Time:Classes meet once a week in the evening. Classes are 2 hours and last 5 weeks
Tuition: $60

WELLNESS

Weight Training Basics
Exercise has long been recognized as key to your health and wellbeing. The benefits of weightlifting include increased bone density and muscular strength. Muscle-strengthening activities can also help maintain muscle mass, which is especially important when you are on a weight-loss program and as you get older.

Time: Wellness Center Hours
Tuition: $50 (Community); $34 (50 & Over); $25 (Student); 0$ (Employee)

(Special Feature Section)
6 Weeks to a Healthier YOU!
Come join us and be part of our healthy community for fun and accountability over the next 6 weeks! You’ll be glad you did!

The Habits of a Healthy Lifestyle
Optimal health is different for each of us but there are lifestyle habits, which if improved, can lead us to the best we can be! We are going to explore optimal health and what it looks like for you and discover the areas that you might want to focus on for improving.

The Habits of Water
Getting in the habit of drinking water can bring a lot of health benefits. Get tips to drink more water to keep hydrated all day long.

The Habits of Sleep
Sleep is nature’s nurse. When we limit its role in our lives, we can’t fully enjoy the benefits that regular, restful sleep provides. We’ll share some great strategies that can help you bring about a more peaceful slumber!

The Habits of Movement
We’ll talk about the difference between physical activity and exercise and how you can ramp up and burn more calories during the day just by adding some simple and very doable techniques!

The Habits of Less Stress
Stress is different things to different people. It’s also different things at different times to the same person. Learn what you can do to beat stress and curb inflammation with healthy behaviors.

The Habits of Eating Healthy – Made Simple
What we eat matters but so do some other key things. We’ll talk about some ways to help you know how to choose healthier and we’ll help you calculate how much you should be eating to maintain your weight or lose a few pounds moving forward!

Food Prep Friday’s
It’s always good when we can prepare food that’s Delicious AND Nutritious! Join us as we look at cooking low glycemic. What we eat matters as well as portions to keep our blood sugar stable throughout the day. You’ll not only learn some ways to prepare things a little differently, but we will also provide you with the recipes.

Dousing the Flame of Inflammation
Inflammation is your body's way of protecting itself from infection, illness, or injury. The word does conjure the image of...fire. Additional blood, heat and chemical reactions can create healing, as well as pain to alert us when something is wrong. The good news is that like a bucket brigade of old-time firefighters, we have the power to fight our own lasting inflammation, douse the fires, and reverse or improve many of these health issues. We’ll learn several strategies that we can help our bodies help us!

T-Tapp Tuesdays
We'll focus in on a few T-Tapp Moves each week to promote core strength, balance, and lymphatic pumping! T-Tapp is a Mind/Body workout and incorporates comprehensive compound muscle movement and neurokinetic flow as it tightens, strengthens, and tones.

For more information contact:

Center for Career & Workforce Development
256.352.8386
ashley.baker@adjunct.wallacestate.edu


Related:
WaLLi (Wallace State Lifelong Learning Institute)
For seniors 50 and older. WaLLi is an opportunty for seniors to engage in learning new skills, take part in social activities and exercise, participate in cultural enrichment and day trips. This popular program has something to meet most every interest.  Click here to learn more.
 

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