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COMPUTER CLASSES

Windows 8.1–The Full Story (24 Hours)

This course is for the novice computer user. It will introduce you to the personal computer and familiarize you with Windows 8.1 and its capabilities. You will learn to create documents, send email, browse the internet, share information between users and applications, and so much more.

1/20-2/12, TTh, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$70 Cowart
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Microsoft Excel (24 Hours)

Let Microsoft Excel help you track and visualize data better. Learn commands and features to manage workbooks while manipulating and formatting data. After completing this class a student may choose to differentiate themselves by testing to receive a premier credential in Excel offered through Microsoft.

1/13-2/5, TTh, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 Bell
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Blogging (3 Hours)

Blogging is one of the most effective ways for a business to regularly connect with their users. A blog can have many uses: education about your industry, frequently asked questions about your product/service, news of interest to your community - all the things that establish your business as a reliable source of useful and helpful information. A business blog helps to establish relationships with customers and prospects, humanizing your brand and providing a conversational format to your online marketing presence.

2/11, W, 5:30-8:30 PM
$25 Morris
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The Anti-Virus Dilemma (3 Hours)

NEW! Ever wonder what the difference is between McAfee and Norton anti-virus protection? Can you get effective anti-virus protection without breaking the bank? Should you download anti-virus protection from the internet? Join Adam Parker as he gives an overview of anti-virus protection and the products available to you at an affordable cost.

3/9, M, 6:00-9:00 PM
$25 Parker
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Introduction to Photoshop (15 Hours)

Get the full photo enhancing experience with Adobe Photoshop. Practice basic photo corrections, using layers, tools, selections, and color corrections. Learn to get your photos print ready!

4/6-4/20, MW, 5:30-8:30 PM
$70 Morris
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Photoshop (24 Hours)

Practice basic photo corrections such as layers, selections and old photo restoration. A discussion of digital photography and scanning will be included.

1/20-2/26, TTh, 1:00-3:00 PM
$70 Cowart
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Photoshop II (24 Hours)

A continuation of the steps learned in Photoshop CS6, this course will dive further into the powerful improvements and new tools available to improve your photo editing. Your work will go faster while combining an auto-recovery option and a new background save feature. New reimaging tools will be introduced as well.

4/9-5/5, TTh, 12:30-3:30 PM
$70 Cowart
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Photography Classes

Beginners Digital Photography (21 Hours)

Are you a new photographer and need help? If you are ready to take control of your camera then this Beginners Photography class is made for you. Join professional photographer Todd Bush, as he leads you into the world of photography. Todd’s photos have been published in numerous places to include National Geographic Adventure, Southern Living and Our State. Also two or three field trips may include walking/hiking/photographing in scenic destinations over moderate mountain terrain. Bring your DSLR and instruction manual.

1/12-3/2, M, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$70 Bush
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Advanced Digital Photography (21 Hours)

Explore Advanced Digital Photography with professional photographer Todd Bush through this seven week course. The class will delve deep into the more advanced camera controls as well as being sure you are comfortable with basic settings. Enjoyable, creative techniques meet the modern camera’s technical capabilities. If the class has interest, making your photos look their best and image blending with software like Photoshop will be covered. Students will need to bring a Digital SLR (DSLR) Camera and camera manual. Also, field trips may include walking, hiking/photographing in scenic destinations over moderate mountain terrain.

3/23- 5/11, M, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$70 Bush
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Health Occupation Classes

Certified Nurse Assistant I (168 Hours)

This state required course is designed for those wishing to become a CNA. This class consists of classroom work, lab, and clinical rotations. Students in this class may be eligible for scholarship funds.

1/5-4/13, MT, 5:00-9:00 PM;
Clinical dates to be announced on Friday and Saturdays. The first week will require additional class meetings on 1/7 and 1/8.
$180 plus text and fees Garland
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Phlebotomy (218 Hours)

Prepare to work with patients in hospitals, blood banks and other medical locations in your role as a Phlebotomist. This class consists of classroom work, lab, and clinical rotation. Students in this class may be eligible for scholarship funds.

1/27-5/21, TTh, 9:00 AM-1:30 PM;
Clinicals are scheduled as sites are available.
$180 plus text and fees Burleson
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Occupational Classes

START Hospitality (180 Hours)

NEW! Get ready for a career in hospitality with a professional industry certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institution. Students in this class may be eligible for scholarships

1/12-8/17, MTh, 4:00-7:00 PM
$180 plus text Beane
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Maps, Mapping Software, and GPS in Search and Rescue (8 Hours)

NEW! Learn the basics of topographic and satellite maps, mapping software, and land navigation in search and rescue, with an emphasis on wilderness operations. The material is applicable to both missing person searches and to catastrophic incidents. See how maps and mapping software is used as an aid in developing search strategies, planning search missions, and managing search operations. Land navigation by map, compass or GPS device during a search mission will be covered. This course is for personnel at all skill levels and whether they work as a crew member in the field or in command position. Course includes lecture and slides, and two table-top scenarios. No prerequisite. Fee waived for Fire/Rescue Personnel.

2/21, Sa, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
$70 Schaffer
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Public Speaking for the Shy and Terrified (12 Hours)

This workshop teaches the simple skills necessary to speak with confidence in front of an audience. Focus will be on public speaking and group presentation skills. By the end of the workshop, participants will demonstrate control over their voices and body language and have improved self-confidence in their speaking abilities.

3/24-4/14, T, 6:00-9:00 PM
$50 Greene
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Introduction to Tractor Repair (24 Hours)

NEW! Learn the basics of repairing and/or maintaining a farm tractor. Topics will include diagnosing malfunctions, dismantling of defective machines for repair using hand tools, use of meters, and general maintenance of the equipment. This is a must have course for the small farmer!

3/18-4/22, W, 4:00-8:00 PM
$70 Huskins
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Small Engine Repair (96 Hours)

This program is an introduction to small engine repair. Students will learn to troubleshoot and repair engine components and systems, work with engines, ignition systems and electrical circuits, inspect and repair small engine fuel systems, and disassemble and rebuild all types of small engines. Bring your small engine equipment in need of repair. Students in this class maybe eligible for scholarship funds.

3/17-7/7, TTH, 6:00-9:00 PM
$180 Lewis
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Licensure\Recertification

CPR (4 Hours)

This course is the basic CPR and First Aid course designed by the American Heart Association. Upon successful completion of the course students receive an AHA First Aid, CPR and AED card which is valid for two years. This class includes instruction in CPR for infants, children and adults with practical applications using special mannequins.

1/13, T, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
$30 plus $ 7 for CPR card
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Notary Public (8 Hours)

This eight-hour class prepares students for the required NC Notary Public test. To become a notary, you must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and pass the test given at the end of class. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required 24 hours before the class date. Participants must purchase and read the manual prior to the class.

2/25, W, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
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4/22, W, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
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6/18, TH, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
$70 plus required manual $31 Greene
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Construction Trade Classes

Carpentry (244 Hours)

Mayland now offers training in the field of Carpentry through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). This training is for entry level people as well as those already working as carpenters. Students in this program may be eligible for scholarships.

1/12-7/23, MTTH, 6:00-9:00 PM
$180 plus text, supplies & fees Vaughn
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Welding (96 Hours)

This course will teach three major processes; SMAW, GMAW, GTAW (stick, mig, and tig welding) and the cutting process. Power sources, wire-feed setup, maintenance, shielding gases, and safe practices will be covered. Lecture, demonstration, and practical applications will be used in this course. Students in this class may be eligible for scholarships.

2/24-6/16, TTh, 6:30-9:30 PM
$180 plus fees Thomas
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Heritage Art Classes

Blacksmithing Fundamentals (24 Hours)

This introductory course will guide the student through a hands on survey of the fundamental techniques of traditional forging. Students become familiar with the forge, its tools, layout, and operation, while learning hammer control, ergonomics, and a series of forging techniques. Shop safety will be introduced and practiced. Techniques covered include: drawing, tapering, splitting, slitting and drifting, upsetting, scrolling, punching, joinery, forge welding, and more. Student will make their own tools and small projects while learning these techniques. Registered students will be provided with a description of appropriate attire and items to bring for class. No experience necessary.

1/7-2/4, MW, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 plus supply fee Burtt
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Belt Axe (24 Hours)

NEW! Based on traditional colonial period belt axe and tomahawk shapes, students will design, forge, steel, file, finish, and sharpen their own functional period small axe. The hard steel edge of the tool will be forge welded to the body of the axe. Handles will be likewise fitted, shaped, and finished. Decorative piercing and filing will also be covered. Forging experience helpful, but not necessary.

2/9-3/9, MW, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 plus supply fee Burtt
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Primitive Knife Making (24 Hours)

This course will provide students with the fundamentals of hot forging techniques for knife blade and tang shaping. Students will learn and practice the techniques and sequence on a practice blank before applying their new knowledge and skill on their final working knife. Hardening and tempering, and finishing and sharpening will be covered. Students will complete their knife with their own shaped handle. Class limited to eight students. No experience necessary.

3/11-4/8, MW, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 plus supply fee Burtt
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Candle Lighting (24 Hours)

NEW! Students will design, layout, forge and join a free standing candle holder. Forging experience helpful, but not necessary.

4/13-5/4, MW, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 plus supply fee Burtt
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General Interest Classes

Wire Wrap Jewelry (10 Hours)

NEW! Join us to learn basic wire wrap and link designs. Learn to incorporate basic beading with wire work. Students should be able to complete several projects before class ends.

2/26-3/26, Th, 6:00-8:00 PM
$35 Sirak
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Knit One Purl Two Plus Some (16 hours)

NEW! Do you enjoy the feeling you receive from creating something with your own two hands? Then learn the basics of the art of knitting in this beginners class lead by Ms. Dorris Benfield. During this class students will also learn to knit beautiful items using cloth! Receive individual attention and guidance in this true introductory course where students will leave with a finished product of their choice.

4/7-4/30, TTH, 6:00-8:00 PM
$40 Benfield
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Beginning/Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo (8 Hours)

This course will offer basic instruction in playing old-time (Clawhammer) Banjo. Focus on mastering the Clawhammer Lick (sometimes called the “Bu,-Ditty”) in two tunings: G and Double-C. By the end of this course, students should be comfortable with simple chording patterns and basic noting of several familiar old-time tunes. Each student must supply his or her own instrument (a 5-String Open Back Banjo—some Bluegrass Banjoes can be adapted by removing the resonator on the back).We will use a book entitled “Get Started, Plus” (www.tonewayproject.com) the purchase of which is helpful, but optional. No class on 4/6.

3/23-5/18, M, 5:30-6:30 PM; No class on 4/6
$40 Hjemmet
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Beginning/Intermediate Fiddle (8 Hours)

NEW! This is a course for those who want to learn to play fiddle in the tradition of “Oldtime” fiddlers who play “by ear.” We’ll learn about rhythm and timing, bowing techniques, and the scales common to Oldtime music--G, A & D. All players will learn some classic tunes; beginners will be encouraged to figure out simple tunes for themselves, while intermediate players will learn some more complex tunes, and everyone will become comfortable playing in a group setting. Dust off your fiddle and come join us!

3/23-5/18, M, 5:30-6:30 PM
$40 Wilson
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Oldtime Stringband (16 Hours)

This class will be team-taught, and divided into appropriate levels by the instructors. It’s for all Old-Time stringed instruments played by chord: Guitar, Banjo, Autoharp, Lap Dulcimer, Fiddle and Upright Bass. Students will provide their own instruments if available: instructor will provide the Upright Bass (to be shared), and other “loaner” instruments for use in class. Students will be using songs from the Toneway Project book “Big Print Songs.” Purchase of this book is helpful, but not required, and is available at www.toneway.com. No class on 4/6.

3/23-5/18, M, 7:00-9:00PM; No class on 4/6
$60 Meadows
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Carter-Style Guitar (8 Hours)

The Carter Family has been called “The First Family of Country Music,” and it is “Mama Maybelle” Carter’s distinctive guitar-lick that clearly defines this authentic old-time style. Focus on the basics of picking out melodies on the bass strings, sometimes referred to as “The Carter Scratch.” Students need to be able to play simple chords in the keys of G (G/C/D) and C (C/F/G), and need to supply his/her own instrument, a capo and an electronic tuner. No class on 4/6.

3/23-5/18, M, 5:30-6:30 PM; No class on 4/6
$40 Meadows
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Autoharp Melody-Playing (8 Hours)

NEW! Get a brief description of the operation of the autoharp as it relates to melody playing, then work on finding the notes of a tune while pressing the chord bars and on various plucking techniques. Learn playing by ear and using techniques to add expression and variety to our playing. Some familiarity with the instrument and the ability to tune the autoharp will be helpful. Student must supply their own autoharp having at least twelve chord bars. A limited amount of loaner autoharps for in class use will be available by advance request.

3/23-5/18, M, 5:30-6:30 PM
$40 Lang
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Flatfoot (8 Hours)

NEW! We’ll start by discussing the basic ideas of flat foot dancing and then we will begin with basic steps at a very slow tempo, emphasizing coordination, balance and smoothness. Then we will add more steps and begin to combine different steps to go with the phrases of the tunes. Comfortable shoes with leather soles (must be able to slide) are preferred.

3/23-5/18, M, 7:00-8:00 PM
$40 Lang
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Bluegrass Guitar (12 Hours)

NEW! Bluegrass music is famous for its “hot licks”! We’ll get you well on your way by practicing scales and simple “run” patterns. Basic knowledge of simple chords is helpful, but not mandatory. Students do need to supply their own instrument (an acoustic guitar) and an electronic tuner; some loaner instruments may be available on advance request.

3/24-5/12, T, 5:30-7:00 PM
$50 Townsend
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Hammered Dulcimer (12 Hours)

NEW! The hammered dulcimer is an ancient instrument that is found in virtually every part of the world, and is the great-granddaddy of the piano. The name “dulcimer” comes from the Latin “dulcis” and Greek “melos” and means “sweet song”; it is related to the Appalachian lap dulcimer (a 3-or 4-stringed instrument) only in name, as the hammered dulcimer typically has 3 octaves of doubled strings! We will begin with the very basics, including TUNING our instruments, and progress through some very basic scales and melodies. Students need to supply their own instrument, a tuning wrench and an electronic tuner.

3/25-5/13, W, 5:30-7:00 PM
$50 Wilson
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Introduction to Freelance Writing (10 Hours)

With the “write” approach and knowledge, you can become a published writer. Freelance writing opportunities span a list of subjects as wide as people’s interests and include local newspapers and magazines, national publications, books, and websites. This course overviews the entire freelance field with successful strategies from an award-winning freelance writer with decades of experience as a journalist, editor, and author. Includes deciding what to write about, how to approach your topic, and how to target publications and persuade editors. Actual writing consultation will focus on the interests of individuals and how to turn their subjects into marketable articles. Topics include how the Web and new technology are changing the field.

1/13-2/10, T, 7:00-9:00 PM
$40 Johnson
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Travel Writing (10 Hours)

Writing about travel is everyone’s dream job. This course introduces the field with experienced advice and insight from an award-winning travel writer and travel magazine editor who has coached writers and addressed journalists and travel public relations professionals at conferences here and abroad. Step-by-step suggestions for turning your travel into stories, approaching and engaging editors, enhancing the quality and content of your writing, and making photography and video part of the package.

3/24-4/21, T, 6:00-8:00 PM
$40 Johnson
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NC Concealed Carry Handgun (10 Hours)

This class provides the training and certificate needed to apply for a handgun permit at any Sheriff’s Department in NC. You must be at least 21 and a NC resident. To attend this class, you cannot have been convicted of any felonies or misdemeanor violent crimes. Bring 100 rounds of ammunition, a handgun, and holster to the firing range portion of the class ONLY. Bring a bag lunch. Space is limited so pre-register early. From 1:00-6:00 pm will be the firing range portion of the class, so do not bring firearms into the MCC campus. A fee will be required by the Sheriff’s Office in order to register for the permit.

3/28, Sa, 8:00 AM-6:30 PM
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5/9, Sa, 8:00 AM-6:30 PM
$85 Burtt
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Introduction to the Handgun (8 Hours)

This class will introduce the novice student to the handgun, its safe operation, handling, storage, and firing. Students will fire a minimum of 200 rounds. Students are required to supply their own handgun, holster, and 250 rounds of factory-new ammunition. Handguns are used only in the live-fire portion of the course held at the firing range and neither handguns nor ammunition are permitted in the Campus buildings.

3/7, Sa, 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
$40 Burtt
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Defensive Driving (4 hours)

Eliminate points for tickets! Complete this 4-hour defensive driving course to reduce the effects of minor traffic violations. This class is made available by the District Attorney through Mayland Community College, Mountain Professionals, Inc., and the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina to train motorists in the principles of defensive driving. You must register before 4:30 PM on the day of the class and bring the following: driver’s license, social security number, the citation (ticket), and $65 cash or money order.

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Mountain Professionals $65 (All Pay)
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