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 learn about the classes, call 360-442-2600 or visit the school’s website at lowercolumbia.edu/ce.

Aquatic Fitness: 10:50-11:45 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 6-Feb. 27 (Session 1. No class Jan. 20 and Feb. 17) and 10:50-11:45 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 2-April 30 (Session 2. No class April 4-10). 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. Classes take place at the Dick Mealy Pool at Mark Morris High School. $65.

Community Choir: 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 6-March 9 (No class Jan. 20 and Feb. 17). Participate and harmonize with peers while expanding and developing vocal range; participants also have the opportunity to perform in the Rose Center. $45 includes $8.60 lab fee.

Geology of the Pacific Northwest and the World: 5-6:45 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 6-March 2 (No class Jan. 20 and Feb. 17). Examine the geologic forces that created and continue to shape the local landscape throughout the depth of geologic time. Focus on plate tectonics and its relationship to volcanoes, earthquakes, continental assembly, mountain building and sedimentary processes. Course will include lessons on rock identification. No experience necessary. $89.

Metal Art: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 6-March 16 (No class Jan. 20 and Feb. 17). Explore the world of metal art. Get creative by cutting and welding to create yard art, sculptures or build small, useful projects. No welding experience needed. Great for the beginner, the hobbyist or the advanced fabricator. Instructor will teach safety and help bring ideas to life. Welding experience not needed. $99.

Beginner Barre: noon-12:50 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12 (Session 1. No class Jan. 20) and noon-12:50 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 19-March 18 (Session 2). 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. While barre uses concepts and terminology from ballet, there also are foundations in yoga, Pilates and weight training with no prior experience in any of those areas needed. $65.

Mat Pilates: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12 (Session 1. No class Jan. 20) and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 19-March 23 (Session 2.) Class will consist of a 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 a safe manner. Appropriate for all levels, however students need to be able to perform exercises on the floor using a mat. Bring a one-quarter inch exercise mat to class. $65.

NIA Functional Fitness: 7-7:50 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13 (Session 1. No class Jan. 20) and 7-7:50 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Feb. 20-March 23 (Session 2). Non-Impact Aerobics (NIA) 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. NIA is a workout, practice and lifestyle that fosters vitality and well-being. $65.

Tai Chi (Beginners): 8-8:50 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays,Jan. 9-Feb. 11 (Session 1) and 8-8:50 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 13-March 19 (Session 2). Learn and explore slow and continuous movements to improve mobility, flexibility, balance and increase muscular strength. Primarily Sun (soon) Style that is safe and easy to learn with its gentle postures combined with Qigong exercises to enhance the flow of internal energy (Qi) and cultivate relaxed deeper breathing and body-mindfulness association. Appropriate for individuals new to exercise, looking to manage stress, have chronic health conditions, fall prevention as well as skills-exploration for those revisiting Tai Chi. Students participate at their comfort level and modification needs. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and sneakers or flat, flexible fitness-type shoes. $65.

Zumba Fitness: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays,Jan. 9-Feb. 11 (Session 1) and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 13-March 19 (Session 2). Workout combines 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.

College of Collage: 5-7 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 13-March 23 (No class Jan. 20 and Feb. 17). Experience the endless creative possibilities of collage. Few art methods allow such flexibility and personal narrative. Course will cover techniques for determining subject matter, integrating a variety of materials, and personalizing imagery. Students will learn about adhesives, surfaces, and combinations of drawing and painting materials used in collage. $99.

Painting Techniques: 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 15-March 11. 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 embarking on painting as well as people with experience who want to refine their skills and techniques. Although acrylics will be preferred, students with experience who work in oils are encouraged to use that medium. $125.

Colored Pencil Techniques: 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 16-March 12. Investigate the possibilities of the colored pencil. Examine techniques for loose sketching, embellishing ink drawings and photocopied images, and drawing on toned surfaces. Artists can work in a highly detailed method, or abstractly. Investigate a variety of blending, layering, burnishing and direct drawing techniques. For students with all levels of experience; $99.

Managing Stress in Your Life With Horses: 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Feb. 1, 8 and 15. Spend time in nature with a horse as teacher and guide. Education course encourages people to explore the beliefs and attitudes that bring up stress, discover its triggers and master the strategies and skills to build higher levels of resilience in all areas of life. Simple, safe activities on the ground with horses. No horse experience necessary and no riding. Advance registration required. Register early. Limited space. $150.

Adobe Value Suite (online): Discounted grup of courses teaches basics of Adobe’s image and graphic design software. Register at www.ed2go.com/lccbic. $299.

Introduction to Journaling (online): Discover how journaling can help people learn more about themselves, explore their dreams, values and beliefs, improve health, survive unwanted change, succeed in a career and express creativity. Register at www.ed2go.com/lccbic. $99.

Introduction to QuickBooks Online (online): Learn to use QuickBooks Online to record income and expenses; enter checks and credit card payments; track payables, inventory and receivables; and more. Other versions available. Register at www.ed2go.com/lccbic. $115.

Microsoft Excel Series (online): Learn to use basic, intermediate and advance features of Microsoft Excel. Classes available as a bundle at $324 or as individual classes at $129 per level. Register at www.ed2go.com/lccbic.

Mindfulness (online course): Learn about mindfulness and meditation, mindfulness and happiness, mindful eating, mindful movement (walking, yoga, Ta Chi and Qigong). Register at www.ed2go.com/lccbic. $99

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 instruction 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 360-442-2600 or send an email to cdl@lowercolumbia.edu.

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. Uupon 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 Mary Harris at 360-442-2602 or email mharris@lowercolumbia.edu; fee includes textbook and ID cards. Flagger Re-Certification also available.

Online Learning: 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. For details, visit www.ed2go.com/lccbic, email email mharris@lowercolumbia.edu or call 360-442-2602.

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