Craven CC’s Adult Enrichment Program Begins the Year with a Variety of Classes

The Adult Enrichment Program (AEP) at Craven Community College (Craven CC) kicks off the Spring 2020 semester with a mix of engaging new classes and many fan favorites. The eclectic range of courses allows students of all ages and interests to discover the joy of taking up a new hobby or two this year.

Topics offered are based on community feedback and range in skill level from beginner to advanced. As part of the college’s Workforce Development department, AEP offers a diverse range of non-credit, short-term, and affordable courses. Classes are held at the Craven CC campuses in New Bern and Havelock and at community locations.

“The adult enrichment program is a perfect fit for our community, said Megan Johnson, AEP Coordinator. “It provides plenty of opportunities for people of all ages to explore their interests or take up new hobbies as they please.”

The five-week Introductory Belly Dancing class begins today, January 22 at 6 p.m., followed immediately by the Beginner/Intermediate Belly Dancing class at 7:15 p.m. veil will introduce dancing with a veil and explore the history of the veil and its cultural connotations in belly dancing. This workshop will take place on January 25 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with a second workshop, Beyond the Veil Belly Dance, scheduled the same day from 3 to 5 p.m. This class will demonstrate how to incorporate basic veil movements into belly dance routines. .

A new class in AEP’s lineup this year is Beginner Paper Quilling, scheduled for Thursday, January 23 and 30 at 6:30 p.m., or the Paper Quilling Heart class just in time for Valentine’s Day, scheduled for Friday, January 24 and 31 from from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For those who have taken on the daunting task of being a caregiver, instructor Deidre Edwards will offer a caregiver workshop that will guide participants through ways to approach a loved one’s home health or palliative care responsibilities. dear. With nearly 20 years of experience as a registered nurse and National Board-certified teacher, Edwards will share what she learned working in healthcare, as well as her personal journey as a caregiver for her husband. The registration fee includes a copy of Edwards’ book, “Toolkit for Caregivers”. The workshop takes place this Friday, January 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, with subsequent workshops scheduled for February 15 and March 26.

Looking to get into the painting scene? Beginners Oil Painting will be offered every Tuesday from January 28 to March 3 from 10 a.m. to noon, and Beginners Watercolor Painting every Friday from February 7 to 28 from 9 a.m. to midday.

Also new this year is the Guided Open Studio, every Tuesday from February 18 to March 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Artists can use the studio space at their discretion, with professional artists available to assist in if needed.

“Painting and drawing are on the list of fan favorites,” Johnson said. “It’s just a fun pastime. Plus, our instructors are very knowledgeable and really make it easy to learn and develop new skills. »

With spring fast approaching, Tuesday Talk in the Garden: Lecture & Discussions on Seasonal Garden Topics will be offered on Tuesday, January 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This course will be led by Jennifer Knight, Extension Master Gardener and owner of a local landscaping business. It will also be held on February 25 and March 24.

A six-week introductory landscaping course will be led by Tom Glasgow, director of the Craven Extension Service, and a team of master gardeners from the Craven Extension Service, all trained in NC State University guidelines for horticultural practices durable. The course will cover topics such as landscaping, drainage, soil testing, pruning, and plant diseases. There will also be a field trip to the Craven County Extension Demonstration Garden and the Tryon Palace Gardens. The class will meet every Wednesday from February 26 to April 1 from 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

For those interested in taking professional photos on personal cell phones or basic digital cameras, Simplified Digital Photography will take place every Thursday from January 30 to March 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Subjects include individual and group portraiture, landscape and candid photography, as well as a focus on color, composition and visualization. No experience is required, but be sure to bring a basic smartphone or digital camera.

Last March, the AEP hosted the event “Stop the Cravin’! addiction symposium, focusing on education, prevention and response to the growing opioid epidemic. A recovery event is scheduled for Friday, March 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will be sponsored by Craven County ABC Council. The event is free and the public is welcome.

“We are thrilled to be offering this wonderful program again this year,” said Johnson. “Substance use is a struggle that has touched so many, even within our community, and our goal is to help everyone gain the knowledge and learn the steps to overcome it.”

The AEP recently launched a miniseries that will include free courses, also sponsored by the ABC board, that encompass a wider range of issues. The next class is “Healthy Brain, Healthy Body,” scheduled for Thursday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. He will examine the occurrence of “brain fog”, its causes, and lifestyle changes that can significantly reduce disease risk and improve health.

Several of the courses mentioned above will also be offered at later dates throughout the year, along with various other subjects, including favorites such as Intro to Crochet and Knitting, Drawing for Beginners, Travel international and the basics of the shag.

See more information or register for a course at For questions, contact Johnson at 252-638-7273 or [email protected]

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