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Registration is open for the following continuing education classes available at Lower Columbia College.

Classes are open to all community members. Previous attendance at LCC is not necessary.

To register, call 360-442-2840 or visit the school’s website at and click on the shopping cart. Follow LCC continuing ed on Facebook at

Course proposals for new courses and instructors are being accepted. Anyone with ideas or an interest in teaching is asked to call Mary Harris at 360-442-2602 for details.

Aquatic Fitness: 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 18 (no class Jan 21 and Feb. 18); water exercise reduces the impact on joints, creating a good environment for people with arthritis, back problems, foot and leg injuries, and knee problems; also good for pregnant women; students benefit by burning calories and building strength as they work against 12 times the resistance of air; classes take place at the Dick Mealy Pool at Mark Morris High School; $65.

Volcanoes of the World — A Local and Global Perspective:5-7 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 7-March 4 (no class Jan. 21 or Feb. 18); examine the distribution of Earth’s volcanoes and how they work, including their relationship to plate tectonics, earthquakes and climate; focus given to understanding how the Earth’s interior melts to form magmas, how magmas rise to the surface and the processes that lead to eruptions; concepts will be evaluated within the context of the volcanic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and within a broader, global framework; $99.

NIA Functional Fitness: 7-8 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 20 (first session, no class Jan. 21 or Feb. 18) and Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 25-March 27 (second session); NIA (Non-Impact Aerobics) is a form of fusion fitness combining classic movement forms which encompasses martial arts, healing arts, yoga and the dance arts; suitable for all ages; $65.

Better Bones and Balance: 8, 9 or 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 9-March 6 (no class Jan. 21 or Feb. 18); designed to gradually improve balance and strength and significantly slow the rate of bone loss; safe for people with osteoporosis and osteopenia; bring a pair of indoor shoes, a mat and hand weights (3, 4 or 5 pounds); class meets at Youth & Family Link, 907 Douglas St., Longview; $55.

Mat Pilates: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 20 (no class Jan. 21 and Feb. 18) or Feb. 25-March 27 (second session); class consists of series of exercises from within the Pilates Method designed specifically to be performed on the mat; benefits of Pilates exercises include improved flexibility, muscle tone, body balance, spinal support, low back health, sports performance and body-mind awareness; improve core strength in safe manner; appropriate for all levels, but students need to be able to perform on the floor using a mat; bring a 1/4-inch exercise mat to class; $65.

Power of Movement — Chair Exercises (formerly Better Bones and Balance Basic): 11-11:50 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 9-March 6 (no class Jan. 21 or Feb. 18); for people who have not exercised in a while or who have been released from a medical injury; some standing and lots of chair exercising; class meets at Youth & Family Link gym; $55.

Low Impact Aerobics: 10:15-11:05 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-March 7; increase stamina, flexibility and cardio endurance; movements are gentle on the joints and easy to follow; from beginning to advanced levels of intensity; work at own pace; $25; if registering for this class and are taking Better Bones and Balance, the cost is $20.

Tai Chi for Health: 7-8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 14 (first session) and Feb. 19-March 26 (second session); learn slow and gentle Sun (soon) style Tai Chi movements that increase muscular strength, improve flexibility and facilitate mindfulness to help relieve pain, reduce stress, and improve and maintain balance; program contains carefully constructed set of movements and an extension six movements; appropriate for individuals with arthritis and other chronic conditions or people looking to manage stress, maintain vitality and prevent falling; students practice at their own comfort levels; $65.

Zumba Fitness: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 14 and Feb. 19-March 26 (second session); high energy dance moves combined with traditional exercises such as lunges, squats and arm curls; upbeat music like the merengue, salsa and mambo alternated between slow and fast; $65.

Color Theory: 5-7 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 14-March 25 (no class Jan. 21 and Feb. 18); investigate the nature of color as it applies to pigments; learn to identify color, temperature, undertone, opacity and transparency, tinting strength, light fastness, color value and mixing techniques; goal is to provide painters with the foundation and understanding of their pallet and to establish confidence in its use; valuable class for beginning painters and people who experience challenges in producing successful color handling; to expedite class exercise, will worth with acrylics; dedicated oil painters can work with oils if they choose; $99.

Metal Art: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 14-March 25 (no class Jan. 21 and Feb. 18); review safety and welding techniques and develop an understanding of different materials and how to manipulate them; explore different forms of metal sculptures and produce a work of art by class end; previous welding experience preferred; work at own pace; $99.

Franklin Covey’s Project Management Essentials for the Unofficial Project Manager: 8 am.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15; today’s knowledge workers have slipped quietly into the role of the unofficial project manager; stakeholders, scope creep, no formal training and a lack of process combine to raise the probability of project failure costing organizations time, money and employee morale; workshop provides the mindset, skillset and toolset to deliver successful projects to completion; $325.

Painting Techniques: 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 16-March 13; gain control of the art of painting; take painting from palette layout to finished works through the investigation of tools, material handling, color mixing and traditional techniques; class designed for people who are embarking on painting as well as those with experience who want to refine their skills and techniques; acrylics preferred, but students who work in oils are encouraged to use that medium; $125.

Mixed Media Drawing: 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 17-March 14; create finished products such as gift boxes, greeting cards and more; work with dry- and water-based materials on surfaces ranging from paper to glass; investigate techniques for creating representational and abstract imagery with pen and ink, watercolor pencils, colored pencils, pastels, glass paints and unconventional tools; for experienced and non-experienced students; $99.

Beginner Barre: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Jan. 28-Feb. 20 (no class Feb. 18) and Feb. 25-March 20 (second session); in-depth introduction to the practices of barre; class focuses on strengthening and toning the body by training small movements that isolate muscles followed by a stretching session; concepts and terminology from barre, but also foundations in yoga, Pilates and weight training with no prior experience in any of those areas needed; $59.

Going from Co-Worker to Supervisor: 8:30-11:30 am. Thursdays, Feb. 7-March 7; discover how to make a successful transition from employee to manager through learning the basics of business, problem solving and conflict resolution; discuss how to manage time and deal with the constant demands of a managerial job; work in teams to learn practical skills that help understand how to influence and direct other people’s performance; $595; buy one, get additional registration at a 50 percent discount from the same organization.

Portland Art Museum: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 2; travel to the Portland Art Museum, home to more than 112,000 square feet of galleries reflecting the history of art from ancient times to the present; museum has a collection of about 42,000 objects; transportation to and from museum included; $40.

CDL Training: for Class A and Class B licenses; program has option of a four- or eight-week training course depending on the quarter; training consists of 20 to 40 hours of classroom instructio and 28 to 120 hours of driving and vehicle instruction based on the class of license; training is limited to students who meet the program requirements; for details, call Heidi Hamer at 360-442-2603 or send an email to Class A sessions start Jan. 14 and Feb. 19.

Flagger Certification Training: learn professional flagging techniques and proper work zone setup in accordance with standards and guidelines of the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Washington Modifications to the MUTCD, L&I WAC 296-155-305 and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) State Standard Specifications; upon successful completion, receive the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the American Traffics Safety Services Association (ATSSA) flagger cards (accepted in most other states) valid for three years;for details, to register or get dates class is held, call 360-442-2602 or email; $75, fee includes textbook and ID cards. Flagger Re-Certification also available.

Online Learning: Ed2go has more than 300 non-credit instructor-facilitated online courses to choose from; through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students, people can learn at their convenience; online continuing education classes begin each month and continue for six weeks; complete any course wherever there is internet access, any time of the day or night; most courses are $115; bundled courses available at a discounted price; visit or call 360-442-2602.

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