College offers community education classes

Published 7:56 pm Thursday, March 10, 2011

Patsy Joyner

Several noncredit community education courses are being offered during spring semester. Following are some examples:

Introduction to studio photography

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If you are curious about how professional photographers create such beautiful portraits and want to photograph people or objects, this class is for you.

Using studio lights, reflectors, props, and a backdrop, instructor Shirley Whitenack will explain and demonstrate metering, lighting, and posing, and each participant will have many opportunities to practice the techniques and take pictures.

Participants should bring a camera, instruction manual, film/digital media, questions, and lots of energy for this hands-on class — plus a bag lunch. ARTS 8024: Introduction to Studio Photography will meet March 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 124 at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. The cost is $90, and the deadline for registering is March 23.

Dog obedience class

In this course, Dwayne Nolan teaches dogs and their owners the basics of obedience: heel, sit, down, come, stay, and off. In addition, owners will learn to communicate better with their pets for a happier, healthier relationship.

Requirements for each dog include proof of a rabies shot, a six-foot leash, and a training collar (type to be determined in the first class). RECR 8000: Dog Obedience Class meets Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m., April 7 through May 5, in the parking lot for the College’s Regional Workforce Development Center on 100 North College Drive at the Franklin Campus.

The cost is $50, and the deadline for registering is April 4.

Facebook for seniors

A new course, Facebook for Seniors, began this week. Meeting on two consecutive Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center, the class covers the basics on how to establish a Facebook account and build a profile. The response was so positive (full class) that other sessions are being planned for the near future.

For more information on these three special-interest classes and other community education offerings, call 569-6050.

Spring open house

A reminder that the college is hosting an open house on April 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus. Scheduled activities include a tour of the Hobbs Campus and its Learning Resource Center; an overview of college programs of study and course offerings; on-site applications and registration for classes; and the opportunity to try out VaWizard, an online tool for career planning. For more details, call Dr. Harriette Arrington, Dean of the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, at 925-6302.

For information on other options available at PDCCC, call 569-6700, or visit the college website at

Dr. Patsy Joyner is the vice president for Institutional Advancement at PDCCC.