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Guilford Technical Community College is pleased to offer a variety of lifelong leisure learning and personal enrichment courses. Whether it's Public Speaking or Photography, check here for a variety of courses to choose from.

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New!!! A Brief Survey of Female American Voices

In the current “#MeToo” world, focus on the female in the arts has amplified the marginalization of women in every major art form. In the decades leading into the 1960s, women writers were abundant and loud with their critiques of a male dominated political, social, and cultural world. This class will focus on women writers who, through their literature, challenged the established norms. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify specific themes within not only a selection of works of several female authors, but also be able to apply strategies used in this course to other authors of interest in an effort to enhance critical understanding of their favorite literature. Handouts and a reading list will be given in class. The works covered in this course include (required to purchase these):

Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern (Penguin Classics) ISBN: 978-0140436402

The Awakening by Kate Chopin (Oxford Classics) ISBN: 978-0199536948

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) ISBN: 978-0060837020

Beloved by Toni Morrison (Vintage) ISBN: 978-1400033416

Course Name Date Location Instructor Cost Register
CSP-4000-FV2        Survery of Female Voices 6/3/19 - 6/24/19 Jamestown Williams Hall
Jamestown Campus
B.Barbour $55 Click Here

 

New!!! Writers Write: A Brief Survey of Memoirs from American Authors

This course is designed to illustrate critical engagement with chosen works of literature to promote practical application in real world situations. The skill set that will be applied in this course is transferable to both civic and job-related engagements. Students will be expected to read all materials and be prepared to offer observations of the material covered. As the course progresses, students will learn different strategies in thematic dissection and rhetorical deconstruction of the texts. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify specific themes within not only a selection of memoirs by select American Authors, but also be able to apply strategies used in this course to other authors of interest in an effort to enhance critical understanding of their favorite literature.

 
The works covered in this course include (students are required to purchase these):

A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway ISBN 978-1439182710

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris ISBN 978-0316776967

David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview, David Foster Wallace ISBN 978-1612197418

A Man without a Country, Kurt Vonnegut ISBN 978-0-8129-7736-3

 

Course  Name Date Location Instructor Cost Register
CSP-4000-HU2         Writers Write: Memiors 6/3/19 - 6/24/19 Jamestown Williams Hall
Jamestown Campus
B.Barbour $55 Click Here

 

How to Become A Life Coach
This course will bring focus to the wide and fast-growing field of life coaching. Life coaches specialize in all areas including careers and personal growth. Students must have a deep desire for listening and studying, as well as a commitment to others. Learning outcomes include what life coaching is and is not, who needs a life coach, an in-depth overview of types of coaches and what makes an excellent coach, how you identify with coaching, and an exploration of your strengths and opportunities in coaching. Supplies needed: Notebook. Handouts will be given in class.

Coach, Let’s Talk

This course is a continuation of How to Become a Life Coach and Life Coach II. This course will take it a step further with Life Coaching and it is designed to bring coach and client conversations to life. Students should complete How to Become a Life Coach and Life Coach II.

Course Name Dates Days Hours Campus Room Register
CSP-4000-RS1 New! Coach, Let's Talk 4/4/19 - 4/25/19 Th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Greensboro CEC-216 Click Here

 Basic Small Engine Repair
In this course students will learn basic operation and repair of two- and four-stroke internal combustion engines. Students will review the major components of these small engines and how they work in the overall operation of the engine. The course covers the four stages of small engine operation, troubleshooting, inspections, repair and preventive maintenance. Students will receive basic classroom instruction and hands-on lab experience with small engines. Upon completion, students will be able identify, troubleshoot, and perform basic small engine repairs, which will improve employment opportunities for students. Students are required to bring their own individual small engine and basic hand tools.

Course Name Dates Days Hours Campus Room Register
CSP-4000-SMA2 Basic Small Engine Repair 6/3/19  - 7/10/19 M,W 6:00 pm  - 9:00 pm Cameron C1 174 Click Here

 Basic Small Engine Repair II
This course requires students to have completed a Basic Small Engine Repair Course. In this course students will learn basic Small Engine Disassemble and Rebuild of Two and Four Stroke Internal Combustion Engines. We will review the major components of these Small Engines and how they work in the overall operation of the engine. The course will cover Cylinder Head, Piston, Connector Rod, Piston Rings, Flywheel, Crankshaft, and Valve Train removal and replacement. Students will receive Basic Classroom Instructions and Hands on Lab Experience with Small Engines. Upon completion of this course students will be able to Identify the Internal Parts of a Small Engine, Remove and Replace Cylinder Head, Piston, Connector Rod, Piston Rings, Crankshaft, Valve Train, and Flywheel, and Perform Basic assemble of Small Engine, which will improve employment opportunities for these students. Students are required to bring their own individual Small Engine and Basic Hand Tools.

NEW!!! Floral Design
This course is designed for students to learn the basics of floral design, including prinicples and elements of color theory, tools of the trade, handling and flower identification and how to create basic arrangements. Upon completion of this couse, the student will be able to develop and have a better understanding of retail floral design, customer choice and personal taste in floral design and how to create a floral design. Extra cost for materials.

Course Name Dates Days Hours Campus Room Register
CSP-4000-RA2 New!!! Floral Design 5/23/2019  - 6/27/2019 Th 6:00 pm  - 8:00 pm Greensboro CEC 117 Click Here

Abstract Photography
This course is designed to expand understanding of photographic composition by completing a series of challenging assignments. Each week an assignment will be given using different elements to create visually-appealing abstract images. The completed assignment will be shared with the class for review. Upon successful completion of the class, students will review their portfolios and will select images to be displayed locally.

Course Name Dates Days Hours Campus Room Register
CSP-4000-RE2 Abstract Photography 5/28/19  - 7/2/19 T 6:00 pm  - 8:30 pm Greensboro CEC 216 Click Here


Abstract Photography II

This course is designed to expand understanding of photographic composition by completing a series of challenging assignments.  This course will build upon concepts taught in Abstract Photography I. Each week an assignment will be given using different elements to create visually-appealing abstract images. The completed assignment will be shared with the class for review. In addition to the weekly assignments, the students will select themes that will be cultivated during the six-week period.

Basics of Portrait Photography
Basic Portrait Photography is great for intermediate and amateur photographers who like to capture images of people in all types of situations. Students will learn lens selection, composition, posing, natural lighting, and will briefly touch on studio lighting. Each class will have instruction with demonstrations and critiques on weekly assignments. Students must have camera, DSLR (digital single lens reflex) with interchangeable lenses.

Basic Photography
See the world through the lens of a camera and learn to create strong photographic images. Students will learn about the basic mechanics of a camera and how each part is used to create quality photographs. In addition, the course will teach terms associated with photography and how each of the terms relates to photography and the photographer. No prerequisites required.

Course Name Dates Days Hours Campus Room Register
CSP-4000-AA2 Basic Photography 6/3/2019  - 7/8/19 M 6:00 pm  - 8:30 pm Jamestown AT 325 Click Here

Photo 101

This beginning photography course teaches students to take technically good photographs with your digital camera with interchangeable lenses. Shutters, apertures, films, and other pieces of information are covered to help students understand the photographic process. The class is designed for those who have a digital camera with interchangeable lenses. Please bring camera for first day of class and flash drive.

Basic Computer Training II

This course will focus on widely used applications and principles that enable seniors to maximize computer use. Topics discussed are Windows 10, Security Awareness, Word/Email, and the Internet. Students will participate in instructor lead projects to solidify knowledge.

Course Name Dates Days Hours Campus Room Register
CSP-4000-SEN2 Basic Computer Training II 5/22/19  - 6/12/19 W 5:30 pm  - 7:30 pm Greensboro CEC 219 Click Here

Wedding/Event Planning I

This course is designed to help you learn the details of planning a wedding or event. You will receive instruction in setting a time line, etiquette, budget responsibilities, rehearsal, and elegance in style.

Course Name Dates Days Hours Campus Room Register
CSP-4000-WE2 Wedding & Event Planning 5/21/19  - 6/25/19 T 6:00 pm  - 9:00 pm Greensboro CEC 224 Click Here
CSP-4000-WP2 Wedding & Event Planning 5/23/2019  - 6/27/19 Th 6:00 pm  - 9:00 pm Jamestown AT 368 Click Here

Wedding/Event Planning II

This course is a continuation of Wedding & Event Planning I. You will receive instruction in starting an event planning business, client and vendor communication, ceremony direction, reception management, and event design and production. Special emphasis will be placed on day-of Management. Optional field trips (weekends) will be held throughout the course at actual weddings to provide real-world experience and to complement classroom instruction. Completion of Wedding & Event Planning I is required in order to take this course.

Students can register in one of three ways: PREREGISTRATION is REQUIRED prior to attending class.

  • Online: Register
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  • In Person:
    • Jamestown, 140 Jamestown Court, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Greensboro, 3505 E. Wendover Ave., Continuing Education Center, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • High Point, 901 S. Main St., H1, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Mail: Download the registration form from website, and mail to GTCC, PO BOX 309, Jamestown, N.C. 27282. Download the form here: Con Ed Registration Form