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* Community Education classes are self-supporting so fee waivers do not apply to any of the courses in this section of the schedule. All costs associated with these classes must be covered by the tuition gathered through registration.
If you have questions, please contact us at 360.416.7638 or via email at communityed@skagit.edu.

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Art

Beginning Weaving Levels I & II (Mount Vernon Campus)
This class will cater to both the very beginner and students from our previous weaving classes. The beginners will learn how to “dress” a weaving loom and weave a simple, but elegant scarf. For returning students, this is your opportunity to plan a weaving project, determine appropriate yarns, wind a warp, dress your loom, and carry your project to completion with supervision and guidance. Returning students need to contact the instructor prior to class to discuss plans and prepare a loom. Table looms will be provided and there will be a $100 refundable deposit (payable to instructor) for those who wish to take the looms home between classes. A materials fee of $10 is payable to instructor at the first class. For more information contact instructor at 970-692-3949 or l.moncrief@me.com.

6057   CART 044   AG   9:00AM-12:00PM   Sa 3/4 to 3/11   T045   Moncrief L   $99.00  Seats Avail: 3 of 7


CLAY WORKSHOP (Mount Vernon Campus)
All levels of interest and abilities are welcomed to work on self-guided projects in an open studio setting. Hand-building areas as well as pottery wheels are available for use. Some instruction in glazing will be offered. We use CKK6--a white firing stoneware body. We bisque work to ^04 and glaze fire in electric kilns to ^6. Instruction at all levels to maximize learning opportunities. Materials included, and most tools available. Bring an apron, and for wheel work a towel.

6045   CART 020   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   W 1/11 to 3/8   H119   Steveni D   $199.00  Seats Avail: 17 of 25


Dyeing Techniques for the Fiber Artist (Mount Vernon Campus)
Dyeing Techniques for the Fiber Artist is designed to focus on dyes specifically formulated for protein fibers. We will be using the most health-conscious dye product on the market for you, your environment and for your precious fibers. This dye is the only acid dye product available for home use that contains no heavy metals, and can be safely disposed of "down the drain" or into a septic system, drain field or garden. This class will appeal to all fiber artists, whether you're a spinner, weaver, knitter, felter, or even a clothing designer. You'll love the results and be proud that you're being environmentally responsible with your art. $20 material fee payable to instructor.

6049   CART 034   AG   9:00AM-4:00PM   Sa 2/18   F120   Moncrief L   $95.00  Seats Avail: 11 of 14


Introduction to Glass Mosaics (Hot & Cold) (Mount Vernon Campus)
This 6-week class is geared toward beginners who want to learn about basic techniques, tools and materials involved in creating mosaic art. Includes cutting, proper adhesives, substrates, design/layout and grouting. Students will be introduced to glass fusing (warm glass or kiln glass) to create components for their in-class mosaic projects. Each student will complete two projects, exploring traditional and contemporary techniques. All materials, supplies and use of tools provided. Come experience the endless possibilities of this beautiful art form! Class limited to ten--sign up early. A $45 material fee is paid to the instructor at first class.

6050   CART 036   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   W 1/18 to 3/1   T045   Mitchell B   $165.00  CLASS CLOSED


PAINTING IN OIL (Mount Vernon Campus)
In class painting sessions taught using indirect method (Old Master's) oil painting techniques. Beginners will be shown methods to attain competent skills and techniques; experienced painters will attain a satisfying level of technical achievement through this methodical and challenging approach. Supply list posted at www.skagit.edu/communityeducation.

6058   CART 045   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   T 1/10 to 3/7   H208   Steveni D   $159.00  Seats Avail: 20 of 25


Sketching & Cartooning (Mount Vernon Campus)
Explore basic principles of sketching and cartooning, with emphasis on drawing cartoon faces of real people. Practice some realistic drawing using the same techniques used by Police Sketch artists. Instructor Lin Tucker is a lifelong doodler, sketcher and police artist. Materials fee $10 paid to instructor first class.

6048   CART 033   AG   6:00PM-8:00PM   Th 2/9 to 3/16   H024   Tucker L   $95.00  Seats Avail: 14 of 15


Stained Glass Art (Mount Vernon Campus)
Discover the time-honored craft of stained glass. You will explore the process of creating a stained glass panel. Students will progress at their own pace and develop projects appropriate to their skill level--from light-catchers to lampshades. Topics to be covered include design and color as well as technical issues such as cutting, foiling and leading. Safety issues will be addressed in depth. All levels welcome. Basic materials are supplied (some glass, foil, lead and solder). A $50 material fee is paid to the instructor at first class.

6040   CART 014   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   T 1/17 to 2/28   T045   Mitchell B   $165.00  Seats Avail: 10 of 15


Watercolor Painting (Mount Vernon Campus)
In-class painting, exercises, demonstrations and individual attention to increase your skills, whether you are a beginner or more experienced. Learn about washes, glazing, color mixing, dry and wet techniques, brushes, and different brush strokes. Supply list can be viewed by clicking on side bar under "Contacts and Class Resources".

6036   CART 011   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   W 1/25 to 3/1   H208   Cooper M   $159.00  Seats Avail: 2 of 16

Business Management

$CASH$ IN WITH A SUCCESSFUL HOME-BASED BUSINESS (Mount Vernon Campus)
Are you tired of working for someone else? Do you need to make more money? Turn your talents and hobbies into profits at home by learning how to start a home based business. During this informative workshop, you will discover mandatory legal documentation, many ways to market your product/service, how to take tax deductions (this workshop included!), more than 100 home business ideas, FREE future Q&A opportunities. This is probably the most comprehensive business start up workshop you will ever find, so if you really want to succeed in a home business, this step-by-step session is a must! A mandatory $20 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the door. SPECIAL NOTE: The instructor is an author, business owner, and Chamber of Commerce Past President. Due to the high demand for this guest instructor nationwide, this workshop can only be offered once a year.

6066   CBMT 020   AG   7:00PM-9:00PM   M 3/6   N121   Krusemark L   $39.00  Seats Avail: 16 of 24


Beginner's Guide to Getting Published (Mount Vernon Campus)
Did you know Stephen King was rejected 75 times before he sold his first novel? If your goal is to become a published freelance writer by selling a magazine article, short story, poem, or even a novel to a traditional publisher, this comprehensive workshop will guide you to, then past the editor's desk. You will discover how to become a "published" writer overnight, submit manuscripts the correct way, find the right publisher for your work, write irresistible query letters,100 ways to make money as a freelance writer, obtain FREE future Q&A opportunities. If you really want to succeed, this step-by-step workshop is a must! A mandatory $20 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the door. SPECIAL NOTE: The instructor is a journalist, author, agent, publisher, and adjunct online Professor of Publishing for Harvard. Due to the high demand for this guest instructor nationwide, this workshop may only be offered once a year.

6067   CBMT 021   AG   3:00PM-5:00PM   M 3/6   N121   Krusemark L   $39.00  Seats Avail: 24 of 24


Explore 50 Different Self-Publishing Options (Mount Vernon Campus)
Self-Publishing is all the rage, but is it the best option for YOU? (participants must attend “Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published”) And, can you do both? You will discover the pros and cons of all the self publishing options, including print-on-demand and e-book publishing, as well as the Amazon option of Create Space. You will leave with a rated description of 50 self publishing companies. A mandatory $10 materials fee is payable to instructor at the door. SPECIAL NOTE: The instructor is a journalist, author, agent, publisher, and adjunct online Professor of Publishing for Harvard. Due to the high demand for this guest instructor nationwide, this workshop may only be offered once a year.

6068   CBMT 022   AG   5:00PM-6:00PM   M 3/6   N121   Krusemark L   $24.00  Seats Avail: 24 of 24


How to Earn Extra $Money$ with a Mystery Shopping Business (Mount Vernon Campus)
Have you ever wanted to become a Secret Mystery Shopper? Have you seen ads telling you how to become a shopper, but only if you send them a lot of money? You do not have to pay to begin your new career in this exciting field. You will learn how to start your business endeavor (participants must attend “Cash in with a Successful Home Based Business”) and you will also learn how to create a mystery shopping profile, sign up with many mystery shopping companies WITHOUT FEES, avoid the pitfalls and scams, become a Merchandiser too for extra income. With a few simple steps, you can start Mystery Shopping today! A mandatory $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the door that includes a list of 25 legitimate companies you can apply to.

6069   CBMT 023   AG   9:00PM-10:00PM   M 3/6   N121   Krusemark L   $24.00  Seats Avail: 20 of 24


Save $Money$ with Extreme Couponing (Mount Vernon Campus)
Learn how to save $$$ every day with extreme couponing. Coupons are NOT just for groceries. The savings can add up to HUNDREDS or even THOUSANDS of dollars every year. This comprehensive workshops will teach you where to find all different types of coupons, how to find the best coupon websites, how to decipher coupon policies, the best way to sort and store coupons, how to find other people to trade coupons with. Feel free to bring your coupons to class for a trading session. This workshop is taught by someone who has used many couponing secrets to save thousands. A mandatory $10 materials fee is payable to instructor at the door.

6070   CBMT 024   AG   6:00PM-7:00PM   M 3/6   N121   Krusemark L   $24.00  Seats Avail: 23 of 24

Computer Training

BUILD YOUR OWN WEBSITE (Mount Vernon Campus)
Easy, powerful, affordable. No experience necessary. No software needed. No HTML experience needed! Create a powerful professional website. Drag and drop, copy and paste; text is edited like any word processor. Versatile, easy and Mobile Ready, hands-on class. Class is taught in a computer lab. Students need to set up their online account on weebly.com before starting class. Make sure to bring login information to class.

6598   CTI 064   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   T 2/14 to 2/28   F110   Locke K   $95.00  Seats Avail: 12 of 16


Dig Photo I (Mount Vernon Campus)
Learn the basics of digital photography! You will learn how to use the settings on your camera, how to create stronger pictures by using fun techniques, composition and lighting. Bring your digital camera, a charged battery and your camera manual. No experience necessary. Any camera with manual settings will work.

6433   CTI 007   AG   3:00PM-6:00PM   T 1/24 to 2/7   S161   Mullen K   $149.00  Seats Avail: 14 of 16


Getting Started 2: Computer Basics (Mount Vernon Campus)
Gain understanding of current computer terminology and technology. In this hands-on workshop, become more comfortable with computer set-up, printers, email, search engines and the Internet. This course is great for adults with little or no computer experience.

6677   CTI 090   AG   8:30AM-12:30PM   Sa 1/28   S161   Jonasson J   $65.00  Seats Avail: 12 of 15


Getting Started 3: Get More from your PC and Windows (Mount Vernon Campus)
Want to get more out of your PC? In this hands-on workshop, topics include personalizing your computer, working with files and folders, keeping valuable data safe with backup and restore, and scheduling tasks. Learn about keeping your computer safe from malware, and gain valuable information about improving the performance of your PC. A great workshop for the home computer user. No prior computer experience necessary.

6679   CTI 091   AG   8:30AM-12:30PM   Sa 2/11   S161   Jonasson J   $65.00  Seats Avail: 14 of 15


LIGHTROOM I (Mount Vernon Campus)
Learn to easily organize and enhance photographs in this easy-to-use program. You will learn core features, such as adjusting color and lighting, converting to black and white, and straightening and cropping your images. Bring a laptop with Lightroom downloaded. You can get a free 7-day trial from www.adobe.com. Be sure and download before you arrive.

6551   CTI 045   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   T 3/7 to 3/14   S161   Mullen K   $95.00  Seats Avail: 15 of 16


MAC FOR BEGINNERS (Mount Vernon Campus)
Learn to love your Mac! Learn basic computer skills such as using your mouse and trackpad, using the menus, organizing your files and photos, and using internet browsers. If time allows, we will also explore the basic Mac programs, Numbers and Pages. We will be using the Mac lab on campus, but feel free to bring your own laptop, mouse and power cord.

6682   CTI 092   AG   3:00PM-6:00PM   W 2/22   TBA   Mullen K   $49.00  Seats Avail: 6 of 10


Microsoft Excel - I Introduction (Mount Vernon Campus)
Turn your computer into something more than a 10-key adding machine! Learn to create professional-looking spreadsheets that do more than add a series of numbers. Learn about cells, columns, and rows, formatting tools, navigation, formulas, functions, headers and footers, saving and printing your spreadsheets. Students are provided with exercise files and an illustrated manual (digital file) covering the entire content of the class which may be printed for personal use. The manual includes step by step instruction and screen shots to aid in comprehension and retention outside of the classroom.

6473   CTI 020   AG   9:00AM-4:00PM   Sa 1/14   S161   Fotheringham   $95.00  Seats Avail: 10 of 16


Microsoft Excel - II Intermediate (Mount Vernon Campus)
This six-hour class delves deeper into Excel to create more complex worksheets and workbook collaboration. Topics include: creating/formatting charts, more on formulas and functions, tables, sorting and filtering data, templates, and working with graphics. Students are provided with exercise files and an illustrated manual (digital file) covering the entire content of the class which may be printed for personal use. The manual includes step by step instruction and screen shots to aid in comprehension and retention outside of the classroom.

6477   CTI 021   AG   9:00AM-4:00PM   Sa 2/4   S161   Fotheringham   $95.00  Seats Avail: 13 of 16


Microsoft Word - I Introduction (Mount Vernon Campus)
Learn to create, format, save, edit, and print a variety of documents such as memos and letters, numbered lists, and tables. Work with tabs and learn to copy, cut and paste. Creating flyers and working with graphics will be introduced if time permits.

6440   CTI 010   AG   5:30PM-8:30PM   MW 1/9 to 1/11   F110   Nunn B   $95.00  CLASS CLOSED


Photoshop Elements I (Mount Vernon Campus)
Learn the basics of this photo editing software. We will be importing photos, cropping, straightening, adjusting the lighting and color, sprucing up skies and using the easy guided directions that are built into the program. Bring a laptop with Photoshop Elements software (versions 11 - 15 will work), and photos to work on. You can download a free 30-day trial from www.adobe.com. Be sure and download before you arrive.

6618   CTI 074   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   T 2/14   S161   Mullen K   $49.00  Seats Avail: 13 of 16


Photoshop Elements II (Mount Vernon Campus)
Go a little farther with your photo editing with this intermediate course. You will learn how to convert photos to black and white, how to make selections, how to use layers, how to include words in your pictures, and how to remove wrinkles and give a computer liposuction. Bring a laptop with Photoshop Elements software (versions 11-15 will work), and photos to work on. You can download a free 30-day trial from www.adobe.com. Be sure and download before you arrive.

6636   CTI 079   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   T 2/21   S161   Mullen K   $49.00  Seats Avail: 14 of 16


PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS III (Mount Vernon Campus)
Take your photo editing skills even farther. Learn more about working with layers, changing your photos by removing unwanted objects or bringing in objects from other pictures, and creating composites from several photos. Bring a laptop with Photoshop Elements software (versions 11-15 will work), and photos to work on. You can download a free 30-day trial from www.adobe.com. Be sure and download before you arrive.

6667   CTI 088   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   T 2/28   S161   Mullen K   $49.00  Seats Avail: 15 of 16


Quick Books I (Mount Vernon Campus)
This workshop covers setting up a company's basic financial information, files, chart of accounts and master lists. Topics include standard transactions such as checks, sales entries and deposits, sales tax entries and reports. Some computer experience is helpful.

6496   CTI 027   AG   5:30PM-8:30PM   TTh 1/17 to 1/19   F110   Oakes T   $95.00  Seats Avail: 3 of 12


QuickBooks - II Intermediate - The Basics Plus (Mount Vernon Campus)
This workshop builds on Intro to QuickBooks and covers payroll, inventory and job costing setup, transactions and reports. Covers additional transactions and reports as time permits.

6499   CTI 028   AG   5:30PM-8:30PM   TTh 3/7 to 3/9   F110   Oakes T   $95.00  Seats Avail: 9 of 12

Continuing Professional Education

Flagging and Traffic Control (Mount Vernon Campus)
Upon successful completion, students receive a Washington State Traffic Control Flagger card approved by the State of Washington and valid for three years. Must be 18 years of age or older to receive card.

6218   CPROF 034   AG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 1/17 to 1/19   T031   Prindle   $64.00  Seats Avail: 16 of 30

6219   CPROF 034   BG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 2/21 to 2/23   T031   Prindle   $64.00  Seats Avail: 30 of 30

6220   CPROF 034   CG   6:00PM-9:00PM   TTh 3/14 to 3/16   T031   Prindle   $64.00  Seats Avail: 30 of 30


Voice-Overs: Now is Your Time (Mount Vernon Campus)
YOU'VE HEARD LISA FOSTER ON TV AND RADIO COMMERCIALS! Now hear Lisa LIVE as she illustrates how YOU could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, and videos! Most people go about it the wrong way. Lisa will show you a unique, outside-of-the-box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there! This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with practically no overhead! And NOW is the best time to make this happen as new companies are looking for new voices like never before. This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you've been looking for! Lisa Foster's voice can be heard on commercials and narrations for such clients as: Crest Toothpaste, Olay, Cafe Appassionato, LA Weight Loss, Advanced Laser Clinics and Sleep Train.

6239   CPROF 053   AG   9:30AM-11:30AM   Sa 4/29   H024   Foster L   $49.00  Seats Avail: 29 of 30

English And Literature

GENRE WRITING (Mount Vernon Campus)
Join author Mitzi Szereto for this 6-week workshop exploring crime fiction, mystery, romance, sci-fi/fantasy and horror. Genre fiction is some of the most popular and bestselling fiction out there today. Discover your hidden talents in this taster workshop. Experiment with your writing and perhaps find an entirely new niche.

6091   CENGL 026   AG   6:00PM-8:00PM   T 1/17 to 2/21   N120   Szereto M   $139.00  CLASS CLOSED


THE WRITE STUFF (Mount Vernon Campus)
Want to write, but having trouble getting started? Have a story to tell? Need a nudge putting pencil to paper? Want to finish what you started? Write in a friendly, informative, reassuring atmosphere. Award-winning author and playwright, Rebecca Redshaw provides encouragement and advice in this 5-week workshop.

6088   CENGL 024   AG   6:30PM-8:30PM   Th 1/5 to 2/2   N120   Redshaw R   $129.00  CLASS CLOSED


WRITING FAMILY HISTORY (Mount Vernon Campus)
Ever wonder what your legacy will be? If your children (or your grandchildren) will have any clue of their past? If your grandparents (or their grandparents) had the same challenges with raising a family as you do? You can start answering these questions and more in the one-day seminar, "Start Writing Your Family History and Have Fun Doing It!" Published author and playwright Rebecca Redshaw brings this interactive workshop that will help you get started putting your memories in writing for posterity. You don''t need to be a writer to enjoy the process. All that''s required is a pen, some paper, the willingness to dust off old memories, and a sense of humor. Bring a lunch.

6087   CENGL 027   AG   9:00AM-3:00PM   Sa 2/18   N120   Redshaw R   $149.00  Seats Avail: 16 of 16


Writing for Children: Powerful First Pages (Mount Vernon Campus)
Create compelling fiction and nonfiction by learning the essential elements of strong first pages. Receive feedback on your work from the instructor and other students. Bring two double-spaced copies of up to the first five pages of your manuscript to the first class for a take-home assignment. At the second class, you will receive comments on your work during a critiquing session. A handout with formatting tips will also be provided.

6086   CENGL 023   AG   6:30PM-8:00PM   Th 2/2 to 2/9   N121   Harris L   $49.00  Seats Avail: 14 of 16

Gardening And Landscaping

Gardening Successfully in Skagit County- Session 2 (Mount Vernon Campus)
This session covers weed, pest and disease management; planting and pruning trees and shrubs for health and performance; and growing edibles in small spaces. Participation in Session 1, Building Blocks for a Healthy Yard, desirable but not required. Taught by WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners. $59 with a certificate of completion.

6008   CAG 027   AG   6:00PM-8:30PM   T 2/7 to 2/21   A136   Billinghurst   $59.00  Seats Avail: 16 of 20

Pets

CONTINUING NOSEWORK (Mount Vernon Campus)
In Phase 3: Continuing Nosework teams will work to strengthen their search abilities. Problem solving skills for the canines will be set up and intertwined with less challenging puzzles to keep the learning fun. We will work on the four K9 Nosework elements of containers, exteriors, interiors and vehicles. All three odors of Birch, Anise and Clove will be used in this class. If the team has not worked with Clove, it will be introduced. This is a skill building class that is meant to be repeated as the team works towards learning more from their canine, possible competition and having FUN.

6210   CPET 003   AG   6:00PM-7:30PM   W 1/18 to 3/8   N121   Monroe C   $150.00  Seats Avail: 4 of 8

Physical Education

Senior Fitness (Mount Vernon Campus)
Class encourages range of motion, balance, strength training and cardiovascular exercises.

6200   CPE 025   AG   9:30AM-10:30AM   MW 1/4 to 3/13   GYM   Deschenes S   $54.00  Seats Avail: 10 of 36

World Language - Italian

Beginning Conversational Italian (Mount Vernon Campus)
You know the ultimate holiday in Italy you've always dreamed about? Discover/improve your knowledge of Il Bel Paese through games, music, and food. Italy fun and easy as uno, due, tre!! No text books, no homework. You’ll learn and practice all you’ll need for shopping, traveling, ordering in a restaurant, and exploring the country as well as the Romans do! Join Instructor Giuliana Sica, a native of romantic Tuscany, for a course in Italian Language and the flavors of La Dolce Vita!

6140   CITAL 011   AG   9:30AM-12:00PM   Sa 2/4 to 2/11   N120   Sica G   $49.00  Seats Avail: 19 of 25

World Language - Russian

Conversational Russian I (Mount Vernon Campus)
Introduction to the basics of Russian language in a fun, interactive environment. Learn Cyrillic alphabet, fundamentals of grammar, reading, and conversation from a native speaker. Includes cultural and travel information. Book available in college bookstore: Russian in 10 Minutes a Day.

6259   CRUSS 011   AG   6:15PM-8:15PM   Th 1/19 to 3/9   N123   Kupriyanova   $149.00  CLASS CLOSED


Conversational Russian II (Mount Vernon Campus)
Continuation of Conversational Russian I. Students must have completed Conversational Russian I or have instructor permission to participate in this class.

6261   CRUSS 012   AG   6:15PM-8:15PM   T 1/17 to 3/7   N123   Kupriyanova   $149.00  CLASS CLOSED

World Language - Spanish

Conversational Spanish I (Mount Vernon Campus)
Seeking individuals who want to learn Spanish! Come join our group as we explore the Spanish Language in an informative yet fun way. Learn basic conversational skills, exchanges and tips for speedy acquisition and understanding of Spanish. Our class is a safe and comfortable environment where you can learn to read, learn through games, and develop an ear as well as pronunciation of this beautiful language.  Individuals who have not had prior experience with Spanish….not a problem. We will get you started. We will be using the Spanish is Fun (Book 1) available at SVC bookstore

6267   CSPAN 011   AG   6:00PM-8:00PM   M 1/9 to 3/13   N120   Guillen E   $149.00  Seats Avail: 16 of 25

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