Craven CC’s Adult Enrichment Program starts the year with a variety of courses

Craven Community College’s (Craven CC) Adult Enrichment Program (AEP) kicks off the Spring 2020 semester with a mix of engaging new classes and plenty of fan favorites. The eclectic range of courses allow students of all ages and interests to experience the joy of embarking on a new hobby or two this year.

The topics offered are based on community feedback and vary in skill levels, 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 on the Craven CC campuses in New Bern and Havelock and in community locations.

“The Adult Enrichment Program is a great fit for our community,” said Megan Johnson, AEP coordinator. “It offers many opportunities for people of all ages to explore their interests or to practice new hobbies as they wish.”

The five week Intro to Belly Dancing class starts today, January 22 at 6:00 p.m., followed immediately by the Beginner / Intermediate Belly Dancing class at 7:15 p.m. An introductory technique workshop du voile will introduce veil dancing and explore the history of the veil and cultural connotations in belly dancing. This workshop will take place on January 25 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a second workshop, Beyond the Veil Belly Dance, scheduled for the same day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This class will demonstrate how to integrate the basic movements of the veil into oriental dance routines.

A new class in the AEP lineup this year is the 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 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For those who have taken on the arduous task of caregiving, instructor Deidre Edwards will offer a caregiver workshop that will explain to participants the different ways of approaching the responsibilities of home health or the palliative care of a loved one. With nearly 20 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and National Board Certified Teacher, Edwards will share what she has learned working in the healthcare field, as well as her personal journey of caring 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 am to noon, with subsequent workshops scheduled for February 15 and March 26.

Are you looking to enter the painting scene? The Oil Painting for Beginners will be offered every Tuesday from January 28 to March 3 from 10 a.m. to noon, and the watercolor painting for beginners will be offered every Friday from February 7 to 28 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Another new venture this year is the Open Guided Studio, each Tuesday February 18 through March 24 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Artists may use the studio space at their discretion, with professional artists on hand to assist. if needed.

“Painting and drawing are on the fan favorite list,” Johnson said. “It’s just a fun hobby. In addition, our instructors are very knowledgeable and really make it easy to learn and develop new skills.

With spring just around the corner, Tuesday Talk in the Garden: Lecture & Discussions on Seasonal Garden Topics will be offered on Tuesday, January 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This course will be led by Jennifer Knight, Master Gardener Extensionist and Owner from a local landscaping company. It will also be held on February 25 and March 24.

A six-week introductory home landscaping course will be led by Tom Glasgow, director of the Craven Extension Service, and a team of master gardeners from Craven Extension Service, all trained in accordance with NC State University guidelines for practices sustainable horticultural crops. The class will cover topics such as landscaping, drainage, soil analysis, pruning, and plant diseases. There will also be a trip to Craven County Extension Demonstration Garden and 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, Digital Photography Made Easy will be held every Thursday, January 30 to March 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Subjects include the individual portrait and group, landscape and candid photos, as well as an emphasis 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 ‘Stop the Cravin’! Drug Addiction Symposium, which focused on education, prevention and response to the growing opioid epidemic. A repeat event is scheduled for Friday March 27 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and will be sponsored by the Craven County ABC Board. The event is free and the public is welcome.

“We are delighted to offer this wonderful program again this year,” said Johnson. “Substance use is a struggle that has touched so many people, 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 mini-series that will feature free courses, also sponsored by the CBA Board of Directors, that encompass a wider range of issues. The next class is “A Healthy Brain, A Healthy Body” scheduled for Thursday March 12 from 10 am to noon. He will look at the onset of “brain fog”, its causes, and lifestyle changes that can dramatically reduce the risk of disease and improve health.

Several of the above-mentioned courses will also be offered on later dates throughout the year, along with a variety of other topics including favorite topics such as introduction to crochet and knitting, drawing for beginners, travel. international and shag basics.

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

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