Information For Adult Learners

Windham Regional Career Center offers adult technical education programs both on-line and in the classroom or shop.  Classes typically meet in the evening, while on-line students enjoy the benefit of accessing course from home and studying at their own pace. For those interested in on-line courses, but may not have adequate home computer access or just want to be guided through the process, facilitated courses are available.  This is done in a computer lab with a trained person available to guide students through the on-line instruction system. On-line course generally run for 6 weeks and require approximately 24 hours to complete. On-campus evening Adult Education programs typically range from 8 to 32 hours of face-to-face instructional time running 4 to 8 weeks. Certificates of Completion are provided.

Over 300 on-line courses start once each month. Select the “Online Instruction Center” link on the left to access the Windham Regional Career Center online instructor facilitated course catalog. Sign-up and payment are easily accomplished on-line, or by contacting our office.

On-campus evening courses are held in the fall and spring.  Use the calendar on the right to see our on-campus schedule. On-campus courses incorporate competencies that are required in today’s workforce.

Windham Regional Career Center can also provide local employers with the training they require to maintain a skilled workforce. Employers in need of specialized training should contact our office.

Adult learners interested in participating in our full-time day programs should contact our office. Follow the link on the left for a list of full-time day programs.

 

SPRING 2014

Community Education & Training Programs

Windham Regional Career Center

802-451-3965  www.wrccvt.com

Health Careers

 American Red Cross Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA)
Course starts Monday, April 7,  $1,250, Instructor: Stacy Chickering, LPN
NEW – Day classes Monday-Thursday 9-2PM and Evening classes Monday-Thursday 5-10PM
 Classes will be held at The Thompson House Nursing Home in Brattleboro.

This course certifies nursing assistants for work in the healthcare environment. Successful completion of the course enables participants to take the state competency examination for state licensure. This 150 hour program includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical practicum. Certification in adult CPR and AED are included in the LNA Program. Registration is required. Call 603-499-1515 for additional information and registration.  A limited number of 50% scholarships are available for individuals currently working in the healthcare field through the Next Generation Grant from the Vermont Department of Labor. Call 802-451-3965 for more information.

 Career Training and Development

 ServSafe Certification Training for Food Service WorkersTuesday, April 15, 8:30 to 4:30, 8 hours, $85, Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT.

This is the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation certification training for food service workers. Learn knowledge and skills to prevent food and safety related incidents, improve food service operations, and reduce risk and incidence of food borne illness. Certification testing is done at the end of class. This is a nationally recognized certification that is good for 5 years. Participants will receive the course book prior to the class. Participants will need to bring a lunch to the training, but snacks will be provided.

 

Certified Fiber Optic Technician

Saturdays March 22 and 29, 8:30 to 4:00, 15 hours, $150 plus $15 course book and $35 certification fee, Total $200, Instructor: David Hotin

This course has been approved by The Fiber Optics Association. Participants are prepared to become Certified Fiber Optic Technicians (CFOT). Participants will apply knowledge gained throughout the course in lab work using state of the art equipment, such as; Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR), Fusion Splicer, Video Microscope, Laser, and more. Participants will develop a basic understanding of light wave theory.  Class is limited to 6 students. Students will receive the course book prior to the start of the course.

 

Learner Centered Adult Education

Mondays, March 24 to April 21, 5:00 to 8:00, 15 hours, $150, Instructor: Andi Waisman

 For those who have experience in teaching, training, or facilitating adults or youth (CPR classes, volunteer and staff training, patient education, etc…) and want to enhance these skills, this course will help you discover ways to design training and course curriculum that are meaningful, relevant and engaging to your audience.   We will explore the best practice principles of how adults learn with lots of opportunity to practice and apply these principles to your own teaching situations and observe them in action.  You will leave prepared to improve the courses you teach in ways that will not only be more effective but more respectful of your learners.  Andi Waisman has a Masters degree in Education and has been working in the field of community education since 1981.  She has directed the Education Departments of Planned Parenthood of Central Massachusetts in Worcester and Pro Health in Fitchburg, worked as an HIV prevention specialist at the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, and taught education at Keene State College.  She is a certified “Dialogue Education Practitioner” with Global Learning Partners, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated their proficiency in Dialogue Education through their own work as learning designers and teachers in varied organizational settings.

 

Aromatherapy:The Art and Science of Essential Oils

Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, 9:00 to 5:00, 16 hours, $160, Instructor: Michele Mazur

This hands-on interactive workshop will teach you the therapeutic properties and chemistry of 21 essential oils: how they can support emotional balance and homeostasis; their history; safety; storage; Latin names; dilution; and practical uses. You’ll  learn practical applications for cleaning and reviving your home. You’ll also make products to take home. A certificate will be provided upon completion.

Michele Mazur is a clinically certified aromatherapist and aromatherapy instructor. She is the owner of Trinity Botanicals.

 

 Computer Courses

 Introduction to Computer Applications

Thursdays, March 20 to April 3, 5:30 to 7:30, 6 hours, $60, Instructor: Cheryl Coplan

Learn the basics of using a computer -Windows, internet, e-mail, as well as exploration of common program features including editing, clip boards, toolbars, menus, images and other topics. This hands-on class is designed for individuals who are new to computers or new to the recent software upgrades. Class limited to 8 students.

 Beyond the Introduction to Computer Applications

Thursdays, April 10 to May 8, 5:30 to 7:30, 10 hours, $100, Instructor: Cheryl Coplan

This workshop is designed to enhance an individual's word processing and spreadsheet skills. Using hands-on exercises students will learn to adjust tabs and margins, format text, insert and manipulate graphics, and set up columns. Spreadsheet skills will include creating workbooks, formatting worksheets, writing simply formulas, and making graphical charts. Participants need to be able to use the mouse, to open and close windows, and to bring a USB flash drive (any size will do) to class. Class limited to 8 students.

 Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Wednesdays, March 19 to April 16, 5:30 to 7:30, 10 hours, $100, Instructor: Karen DeSerres

Microsoft Excel is an electronic spreadsheet that runs on a personal computer. It is most useful for organizing data and performing mathematical calculations. This course will uncover the mysteries of rows, columns, formulas, workbooks vs. worksheets, as well as customizing charts and graphs. By the end of the course you will be able to work with your workplace or household budget and feel more comfortable working with data. Knowledge of navigating in a Windows environment is helpful. Class limited to 8 students.

 Creating a Google Web Site

Mondays, April 7 to May 5, 5:30 to 8:00, 12.5 hours, $125, Instructor: Jil MacMenamin 

Creating a Google Site is a fun and easy way to organize what you want to present to the world on a web site. No knowledge of HTML, JavaScript or Cascading Style Sheets is needed. There is no software to buy, or monthly fees to pay. Bring your Gmail login and password to class and know how to log in and send email. Jil can work with you theweek before class to set up a Gmail account if you don’t have one. You can also set up a domain name to access your site. Class limited to 12 students.

 Personal Development

Beginning Spanish

An intermediate course may be offered depending on demand

Wednesdays, March 19 to April 16, 6:00 to 8:00, 10 hours, $100, Instructor: Maigualida Gomez Rak

This course takes a communicative approach while focusing on listening, reading, writing and speaking. The purpose is to guide and help you in this amazing experience of being able to communicate in a foreign  language . The idea of our meetings is that we create a relaxing atmosphere to speak Spanish. Learning a language is an adventurous experience. Dedication, organization and discipline must be present but also enjoying the process is of the essence. This course will enable you to learn, understand, speak and use the language in everyday situations; to learn grammar and the vocabulary necessary to interact with different people in different situations and write short compositions; to practice your Spanish in a pleasant environment; to improve your intonation, rhythm and pronunciation; and to gain confidence in using your Spanish and bridging the communication gaps. Course limited to 15 students. An intermediate course may be created depending on demand. Please call 802-451-3965.

 

Advanced French

Mondays, March 24 to April 14, 5:30 to 7:30, 8 hours, $80, Instructor: Madame Jan Coplan

This class is for students with some experience with the French language. It will be conducted in the native language. Students will learn how to express themselves in more detail using the more advanced tenses like the past future and conditional. There will be a brief review of the basics like numbers, colors, seasons, months of the year, days of the week, the weather etc…but the class will quickly move into such helpful conversing and traveling skills as how to get directions, make reservations for a hotel, or purchase a train ticket. There will be an emphasis on conversation but infused throughout the course will be some of the necessary grammar structures needed for both speaking and writing. This advanced curriculum will introduce students to some French literature, famous artists as well as pop culture. A discussion of current events will occur through the examination of newspaper articles. Course limited to 15 student .Instructor Information: Madame Coplan is a certified French teacher who started her own business - Profrance. She holds a Master’s in Education, has lived extensively in Paris and was student at La Sorbonne. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in the French speaking country of Mauritania and has traveled to Haiti several times.

 Maximize Your Electronic Phones and Tablets

Tuesdays, March 18 to April 22, iPhone/iPad users – 6:00 to 7:00, Android users – 7:00 to 8:00, 6 hours, $60, Instructor: Dan Fooks

Learn how to use all the potential features of your electronic devises. Over the six week class you’ll learn about: backing up your devise and The Cloud; notifications; the App of the Week; calendars, contacts and accounts; streaming; and productivity using Google docs and Office. There will be 2 classes a week – one for Android users and the other for Iphones/Ipads users. Please call 802-451-3965 for more information.

 Build a Wooden Lamp Base

Thursdays, March 27 to April 10, 6:30 to 8:30, 6 hours, $60 with a $50 materials fee, total $110, Instructor: Gail Grycel

Design and build a wooden lamp base and rice paper covered shade, complete with wiring. No experience necessary. Participants will draw up a design with the instructor's guidance, choose from a variety of wood types, and create either a table or floor lamp. Some woodworking machines and joinery processes will be covered. Materials: $50 covers wood, lamp hardware: receptacle, rod, fasteners, harp, finial, cord, self-adhesive shade and rice paper, wood finish. Gail Grycel is the owner of Twin Birch Woodworking in Westminster West, VT.

www.twinbirchwoodworking.com

 

Thriving With Adult ADHD

Thursdays, March 27 and April 3, 6:00 to 8:30, 5 hours, $50, Instructor: Sue Venman

Are you easily distracted, prone to mood swings and have problems with procrastination and disorganization?  You may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  ADHD is more difficult to diagnose in adults.  Symptoms are often disguised as difficulties in relationships, occupational underachievement and low frustration tolerance.  It can be a frustrating disorder to live with – but you can learn to manage it successfully. In this informative course, Susan Venman, an ADHD coach and professional organizer, will talk about the keys to successful ADHD management, understanding its causes, how it is diagnosed and developing an 8-Step individualized management program.

Organizing 1-2-3

Thursdays, April 17, 24 and May 1, 6:00 to 8:30, 7.5 hours, $75, Instructor: Sue Venman

Is your life buried under a mountain of mail?  Does your to-do list look like a sad attempt at the great American novel?  This 3-week course teaches you simple, straightforward strategies for de-cluttering and organizing your home and office. Sue Venman of Breathing Space: Home & Office Organizing (www.breathing-space.com) will offer steps to create a space that works for you. We will deal with issues including handling paper, paring down rather than piling up, organizing other people, improving home and office layout and how to maintain the progress that you have made.

 Digital Photography: Learn How to use Your DSLR Camera and Print Quality Images

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00 to 7:00, April  22 and 24 to May 20 and 22, 20 hours, $200, Instructor: David Mazor

This course will cover all the basics of using your DSLR camera and digital edits in Photoshop.

The course will begin with the technical uses of the camera parts and functions, and the understanding of light. The main objective is for students to create strong images of different subject matter under various lighting conditions. Following the camera parts and functions, a range of photographs will be shown and discussed to introduce the types of images students will be concentrating on throughout the course. Students are given various opportunities to explore and learn different camera functions and photographic techniques through on site demonstrations, in class shooting time, and between course meetings. The course will cover: Landscapes and Nature, People, Animals, Action, Abstract, and Night Photography. Various subjects will be covered during demonstrations and free shooting time. Students should have their own DSLR camera equipment. Course limited to 11 students.

 The Digital Book (to create a Real Hard Copy Book)

Thursdays, May 15 to June 12, 5:30 to 7:30, 10 hours, $100, Instructor: Jil MacMenamin

Becoming an author used to take a blessing from a publisher - but today with the Internet and web sites like Blurb.com you can create books, sell them, or use them for your business, personal projects, and family.  And with "Blurb for Good" it is easy to create books for fund raising. This 5 week class will take you from a pile (or file full) of pictures to a beautiful hard copy book. Prerequisites:  Digital Photography, Word Processing, Comfortable with the Internet, or permission from the instructor.

 Basic Auto Maintenance for Women

Tuesdays, March 25 to April 15, 6:00 to 8:00, 8 hours, $80, Instructor: Jim Valliere

Learn how to change tires, change your oil, check your car’s fluids and do preventive maintenance for the winter. Bring your car to the Windham Regional Career Center’s Automotive Shop for this women only course! Course limited to 6 students.

Over 300 On-Line Courses!!

Go to: www.wrccvt.com

Click on “On-Line Instructor Center” on the left to view the entire catalog.

 

On-Line Learning Courses

 

Windham Regional Career Center, in partnership with ed2go offers over 300 on-line learning courses. Our instructor-facilitated online courses are informative, fun, convenient, and highly interactive. Our instructors are famous for their ability to create warm and supportive communities of learners. It's no wonder that many long-lasting friendships have formed in our lively discussion areas. All courses run for six weeks (with a two-week grace period at the end).Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links, and more. You can complete any course entirely from your home or office, any time of the day or night.

 

A sample of topics include: Accounting Fundamentals, QuickBooks 2010, Medical Terminology and Coding, Administrative Assistant, Digital Photography, Grant Writing, Graphic Design, Veterinary Assistant, Languages, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Math, Personal Development, Start Your Own Business, Creating a Business Plan, PC Troubleshooting, Creating Web Pages, Effective Business Writing, Project Management Fundamentals, Introduction to PC Trouble Shooting, Buy and Sell on eBay, Test Prep, Java Programming and much more!

 

 

Certified Career Training Programs 

Windham Regional Career Center, in partnership with ed2go (formerly Gatlin Education Services), offers over 100 online open enrollment programs designed to provide the workforce skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations whether you are entering a new field or advancing your current career. The programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, who work to provide you with an effective web-based learning experience. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in your online learning experience. They respond to any questions or concerns, as well as encourage and motivate you to succeed. Each program includes a set of lessons and evaluations; grades are a combination of the instructor/mentor's evaluation of students' work and computer graded tests. We know you'll appreciate the quality as well as the convenience of anytime, anywhere learning!

 Sample Programs Include: Healthcare & Fitness; Business & Professional; IT & Software Development; Management & Corporate; Media & Design; Hospitality & Service Industry; Skilled Trades & Industrial; Sustainable Energy & Going Green; and Career On-Line High School.

 

 

 

 

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 • Registration deadline is 1 week before the start of a course.

· REGISTER EARLY! Class sizes are limited and must have a minimum number of students to run.

●You will be contacted with further information about your class approximately one week before the start of class.

• No tuition will be refunded after the first class.

 

Send form and payment (check only) to:

WRCC, 80 Atwood Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 Att. Community Education

Information: 802-451-3965, email: betsy_gentile@wsesu.org

 

  

Windham Regional Career Center is committed to providing a respectful learning environment for all. WRCC insures equal employment opportunities in compliance with federal and state law regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or marital status