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Fun Personal Enrichment Courses are Popular and in Demand by Community

Fun Personal Enrichment Courses are Popular and in Demand by Community

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     Autumn is in full swing and it is a perfect time of year for individuals to focus on new hobbies, personal fitness, mind and body, and professional development.  The “Discover Fall 2007” series of classes at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is the perfect program featuring 50 personal enrichment and professional development courses.

     “Discover Fall 2007” showcases more than 40 fun-filled personal enrichment courses for enjoyment!  Early bird registration ends Friday, September 21.  Deadlines vary from October 8 through November 12.  See online brochure at www.upj.pitt.edu/outreach.

     New classes in the “Personal Enrichment” series are “Urban Legends: The Cemetery Tour,” “Harvest Rag Wreath,” “Holiday Ribbon Wreath,” “Basic Digital Photography,” “Adult and Child CPR,” and “First Aid.”   Other fun-filled courses include an introduction to playing bridge, a walking tour across the countryside of UPJ, conversational sign language, painting, and genealogy.

     For the health and fitness-conscious audience, the popular “Mind and Body” series includes courses on metabolism, meditation, relaxation, and natural foods for healing.  Participants looking for a new way to stay fit will find courses on water aerobics, cardio-exercise, and ballroom and club dancing in the “Fitness Solutions Series.”

     Tasty cooking from around the world is featured in the “Bottleworks Series,” celebrating cultural diversity.  From autumn canning, to tasty tofu and holiday biscotti, participants will enjoy good food with easy preparation.  This series also includes a hands-on course on traditional European lace making.

     If you are looking to sharpen your computer skills or even learn about new computer programs, courses range from EBay techniques, introduction to windows, word processing, PowerPoint presentations, graphic design with Photoshop Elements, creating web pages, and the database program access.

     Increasing job performance to fulfill career objectives is of key interest to participants in the “Professional Development Series.”  Highly trained experts provide tips and tools for getting new clients, grant writing and influencing others. 

     Human relations professionals will find courses on employment law, finding the right people for the right job, employee compensation and retention.

     Register now for early bird discounts through Friday, September 21.  Classes begin October 1.  Call the UPJ Outreach Office at 814-269-2099 or visit the website www.upj.pitt.edu/outreach for a free “Discover Fall 2007” brochure, filled with course details and complete registration information.

     The Office of Outreach and Professional Services at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown delivers quality educational programs and services to our region.  Through a strong commitment to developing community partnerships to meet educational needs, the office offers enrichment programs for adults as well as a variety of educational opportunities for children.  Operating within the Outreach Office is the John P. and Joyce Murtha Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development, which offers graduate-level study and professional development programs.

     During the last week of September, the picturesque Richland campus will be bustling with activity as UPJ celebrates its 80th anniversary and the Inauguration of its fifth president, Dr. Jem Spectar.   The largest regional campus of the internationally renowned University of Pittsburgh, UPJ has come into its own as a vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s intellectual, social and cultural environment.  Proud of its legacy as a preeminent community citizen, the University ranks as a top local employer and is a key partner in shaping the region’s economic future. 

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/12/2007 5:00:00 AM