Autumn is a perfect time of the year for individuals to focus on new hobbies, personal fitness, mind and body, and professional development. Thirty information-packed personal enrichment and professional development classes are being offered in the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s “Discover Fall 2008” community education program.
The personal enrichment series includes courses on oil painting, genealogy, tax tips, caring for an aging parent, digital photography, conversational Spanish and Polish, buying and selling on Ebay, and walking tours including “Rachel Hill Walking Tour” and “Urban Legends: The Cemetery Tour.”
Offered in partnership with the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, several courses are available including “Holiday Nut Rolls,” “Budakon,” “Perfect Polish Pierogies,” “Tuscan Delights,” “Orient Express: Szechuan Style,” and “Autumn Italian Extravaganza.”
Classes in the “Mind and Body” series include yoga, salsa dancing, water aerobics, meditation, adult CPR, and swing and jitterbug courses.
The special “Cyber Seniors” series teaches computer basics in a pressure-free, relaxed, hands-on atmosphere for participants 55 years of age and older.
In the “Computer Essentials” series, participants can learn how to use some of today’s most popular software to increase productivity and maximize their computer’s potential. Classes include “Introduction and Advanced Microsoft Word”, “Introduction to Excel,” “Introduction to Digital Imaging: Using Photoshop Elements,” and “Introduction to Access.”
“Grant Writing for Beginners” and “Advanced Grant Writing” courses are being offered in the professional development series.
A free “Discover Fall 2008” brochure may be obtained by contacting the Office of Community Education and Outreach at 814-269-2099 or by visiting www.upj.pitt.edu/outreach. Classes begin October 11 and special discounted prices are available for those who register early.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.