Workforce Continuing Education

Leisure / Recreational Course Descriptions

Advanced Sewing

This course is designed for advanced students.  The students are taught advanced methods in sewing and broader terminology of it.  More detailed functions of the sewing machine are also taught.

American Sign Language Basics

This course gives the student a basic understanding of sign language and familiarizes the student with deafness and some of the problems involved. The students will develop the ability to sign a basic conversation, and to develop a basic sign language vocabulary. Lecture and hands-on activities are the principal methods of instruction.

Beginning Sewing

This course is designed for beginner students. The students are taught how to operate a sewing machine and how to use a pattern, fabric, and thread to create a finished project. Sewing terms, tools of the trade, how to read patterns and layout instructions are introduce

Cake Decoration

This course is for those who want to make a birthday cake, just have fun, start a career, or even start a business in cakes. This is a comprehensive course that covers a three- step method of cake decorating including basics of cake decorating, royal icing flowers, basics of fondant, cake design, and wired gum paste flowers. By the end of the course, students will be able to decorate a beautiful cake for any occasion using these techniques and a little practice. Where you do from here is up to you and how much you are willing to practice.

Causes of  Sugar Cravings – Bilingual

This class is designed to change your relationship with sugar permanently. You will leave this class understanding the causes of your sugar cravings, and you’ll receive practical tools for dealing with them.

Core Communications

In this course, you will learn six talking skills and five listening skills for resolving conflicts, making decisions, solving problems, and negotiating more effectively. These practical communication skills strengthen your relationships and increase your personal and professional opportunities. Through this program you can expect to: develop confidence that you can communicate effectively in any situation; create faster, better resolutions to conflicts; increase your personal power and influence; choose specific approaches for handling difficult conversations, and reduce interpersonal tension and stress.

Couple Communication

In the couples, communication course students will learn concepts and skills that will help them and their partner listen, talk and relate to one another as well as increase their interpersonal competence to help them live a more satisfactory and meaningful life.

Defensive Driving

This course provides safe driving techniques given by a Certified Defensive Driving Instructor according to the North Carolina Safety and Health Council.  Students learn practical strategies to reduce collision-related injuries, fatalities, and cost. The importance of attitude in preventing crashes and the reinforcing of good driving skill are addressed.

Painting Oil, “Bob Ross”

This course teaches proper use of Bob Ross paints, brushes and the techniques involved with completing a landscape or seascape painting. The foundation needed to experience the joy of the Bob Ross method of wet-on-wet oil painting is also taught. A painting is completed by the end of each class.

Floral Design

This course teaches students how to design trendy bows, wreaths, corsages, bouquets, table arrangements, and sympathy flowers.

How To Gain Energy From Your Food – Bilingual

This class will give participants a better understanding of the many factors that contribute to our sense of energy and vitality. We will discuss some of the factors that decrease our sense of energy and how we can change them.

Healthy Tips To Lose Weight – Bilingual

In this class you will learn safe ways to drop pounds and feel satisfied. You will also learn 10 tips to weigh less and live more.


This course will teach students how to use rotary cutters and tools to cut quilt pieces, and piecing techniques for strip piecing, half square triangles, quarter square triangles and flying geese.  These pieces will be used in the five blocks that will be made into a wall hanging or table topper.  They also will learn how to sash blocks and add borders to their patterns. Simple hand or machine quilting will be used to complete the item.

Small Gas Engine Repair

This course is designed to teach participants the basic techniques of small engine repair.  Topics such as chain saws, lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and blowers are covered.  Shop safety and use of special tools are included.

Stained Glass

This course teaches the art of stained glass and its colors, textures, and uses. Tools of the trade, choice of patterns, and selection of glass are introduced. Students will learn how to cut, grind, and shape art for the project of their choice. In this process they will learn to foil pieces to form the base for assembling with lead solder. Solder techniques will be demonstrated as well as finishing techniques.


This class is designed for students who want to learn the art of watercolor painting. Basic artistic concepts pertaining to the medium will be covered, such as transparency, composition, basic color theory, and value. The course consists of lecturing and demonstrations, plus drawing exercises led by the instructor.

Weaving, Cardboard Loom

This course teaches students the basic over and under technique of plain weaving. Upon the completion of this class, students will have completed a weaved wall hanging on cardboard.


For more information contact Lisa D. Newkirk – (919) 739-6931.