January 4, 2013 – A great education is an asset that everyone — young and old — should strive for, according to motivational speaker Brian Tracy, author of Create Your Own Future: How to Master the 12 Critical Factors of Unlimited Success.
“Commit yourselves to lifelong learning,” the Canadian writer says. “The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.”
This month, Fort Valley State University’s continuing education program is providing a selection of fun courses to help motivated individuals get the training needed for a head start on their futures or to learn more about their favorite hobbies.
“As I look over our schedule, I’m very pleased that we have classes to help people with their professional skills, their personal development, and things that they might want to do for fun,” said Dr. Anna Holloway, dean of graduate studies and extended education.
This semester there are courses available on writing grants, sharpening computer skills and mastering the tax code. Individuals can learn a foreign language, ballroom dancing or the fine art of floral arrangement.
“I plan to take the ‘Conversational Spanish for Tourists and Every Day’ which begins on Tuesdays starting Feb. 5,” said Holloway, who says she wants to learn the romance language not only for travel, but to communicate with Middle Georgia’s Spanish-speaking population.
Here are a few highlights from the Continuing Education Schedule for Spring 2013.
- Computer Skills for the Work Place I and II – Individuals wishing to get a leg up in the workplace can take a two-part Computer Skills for the Work Place course. Students will learn about the latest software that businesses prefer to help keep their skills up to date. The first part of the course will begin Wednesdays, Jan. 23-Feb 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.; the advanced course will start Wednesdays, March 6-April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants are required to bring a flash drive.
- Grant Writing Workshops – On the fourth Saturday of each month beginning Jan. 26, the university will holdGrant Writing Workshops, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for each course is $399. All materials will be provided.
- Tax and Financial Guide for Churches and Nonprofit Organizations- Groups may learn the latest federal and state filing procedures during A Tax and Financial Guide for Churches and Nonprofit Organizations course that will be held Mondays, Feb. 18-April. 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fee for the course is $149.
- Tao of Entrepreneurship – Business owners can learn about the five philosophies of wealth management, execution, investment and leverage during the eight-week Tao of Entrepreneurship course. Students will also learn how to distinguish between and create business entities and learn practical tax and accounting. The first session begins Feb. 9 to April 13, 10 a.m. to noon; the second starts April 20 to June 8, 10 a.m. to noon. The cost for the class is $99. All materials are included.
- Spanish, French and Arabic Courses- The continuing education program provides several courses: Essential French Beginners; Conversational Spanish for Tourists;Spanish for Law Enforcement; Spanish for Social Workers and First Responders; Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners.
- Training for CPR/First Aid – Adults can also get certified in CPR and First Aid during Wednesday courses from Jan. 16 – Mar. 6, and April 10 – May 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost for the course is $99.
- Fine Arts Courses – Photography, Floral Arrangement and Ballroom Dancing –Aspiring photographers can snap eye-catching pictures while learning the top tips for taking professional photos from experts in the business during The Art of Digital Photography class, Tuesdays, Feb. 5 – March 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost for the class is $99. Students must provide their own digital camera and purchase a flash drive.
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