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Certification Prep

Nurse Assistant I (168 Hours)

This state-required course is for those wishing to become a CNA and consists of classroom work, lab, and clinical rotations. At the end of the course a separate State approved agency does the competency testing for a fee of $101. Six days of clinical rotation (8 hours each) will be scheduled starting as early as 6:30 AM. Some Saturday class and lab participation may also be required. Random drug screening and criminal background checks may be required by the clinical sites. Clinicals scheduled upon availability of sites. Hours could vary slightly depending upon instructional need. Students in this class may be eligible for scholarship funds.

6/9-8/27, TTh, 8:00 AM-2:30 PM
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$180 plus text and fees Robinson
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START Hospitality (180 Hours)

Developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), START is a training program that gives students and people reentering the work force the real-world knowledge and skills needed for a long-term career in the lodging industry. START provides training for hospitality positions required of lodging operations. Topics include: front office, reservations, housekeeping, bell services; restaurant service, banquet setup; guest service professionalism and career exploration.

6/1-10/19, MWTh, 4:00-7:00 PM
$180 plus text Beane
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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.

6/18, Th, 5:30-9:30 PM
$30 plus $7 for CPR card Barrier
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CNA Refresher (48 Hours)

This course is designed to provide individuals with a review of knowledge, skills and abilities to prepare for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Examination. Successful completion of this examination allows students to be listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry. Individuals who have been listed on the registry whose certification expired less than three years prior or individuals who can provide proof of a completed state approved certification program less than three years prior, but have not been placed on the registry are eligible to take the class. Out of state certifications may also be eligible for this class. The cost of testing at the course completion is $101. Government issued photo identification and social security card are required. Students must attend all 48 hours of the course to receive a satisfactory completion and be eligible for testing.

6/1-6/8, MTWThF, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
$125 Robinson
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Business and Careers

Taxidermy- Small Game and Fish (96 Hours)

Students in this course will study and gain practical experience in the fundamental techniques of taxidermy. The course will focus on animal identification, rebuilding techniques, specimen positioning and natural setting displays. Bring your own fish or small game (legal harvesting proof must be provided). This class will provide students with preparation and information in regard to certification and licensing. This class may be eligible for scholarship funding.

6/9-9/24, TTh, 6:00-9:00 PM
$180 plus $50 supplies Pendley
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ServSafe Food Protection Manager (16 Hours)

Learn about foodborne illness, how to pre- vent it and how to train employees in food sanitation. Choose from several online, classroom and language options. Earn nationally accredited food safety certification from the National Restaurant Association. All restaurants in North Carolina require someone ServSafe certified be on staff at all times. Students will be responsible for purchasing materials and text.

6/15-6/24, MW, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
$70 plus text Beane
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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.

6/16, T, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
$70 plus text $31 Greene
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Who Loves Pie? (12 Hours)

Whether for business or pleasure, pie making is an art within itself. Join Amanda Beane for a journey through pie making. Students will be introduced to sweet and savory pies in this delicious 12 hour course.

7/13-7/22, MW, 1:00-4:00 PM
$70 Beane
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Conversational Spanish (24 Hours)

This course provides an introduction to communicating in Spanish. Emphasis will be placed on greetings, pronouns, com- mon verbs, verb tense, adjectives, short sentence construction, expressing agreement and disagreement, understanding simple written signs, and the pronunciation of letters and vowels. Students will be encouraged to express their specific learning needs and their personal goals to be included in the weekly lesson plans. Instruction will be oriented to language used in everyday situations– work, social settings, restaurants, markets, etc.

7/14-8/6, TTh, 1:00-4:00 PM
$70 Garcia
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Construction Trades

Welding – MCC Certificate (96 Hours)

This course will teach three major processes: SMAW, GMAW, GTAW (stick, mig, and tig welding) as well as cutting. 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. Preregistration is required. Students in the class may be eligible for scholarship funds.

7/20-11/16, MW, 6:00-9:00 PM
$180 Thomas
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Fabrication (24 hours) NEW!

Not just another welding class, learn to build with metal! Whether you want to gain additional skills or take the next step to embarking on a rewarding career, this class is for you. Learn how to take drawings and job site measurements from concept to finished product. Students will work together to design and build a spiral staircase. Basic welding skills are necessary.

8/18-9/10, TTh, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 Thomas
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Introduction to Cabinetmaking (24 hours) NEW!

Join craftsman Jeff Vaughn as he introduces you to the basics of cabinetry. The course will cover tools, safety, cabinetmaking fundamentals, finishing techniques and construction. Gain real world experience, in a craft which can open a world of opportunity in our newly equipped carpentry lab.

6/9-7/2/5015, TTh, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 plus $30 supply fee Vaughn
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Building a Backyard Fire Pit ( 24 hours) NEW!

Very few things in life are better on a cool summer’s night than roasting marsh- mallows or nibbling on s’mores while you lounge around the fire. So why not learn how to build a backyard fire pit? Jeff Vaughn will walk you through the steps to create an attractive and functional fire pit where friends and family will love to gather for years to come. The cost of this class includes instruction, tools, equipment and supplies.

6/23-7/14, TTh, 2:00-5:00 PM
$100 Vaughn
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Freight to Furniture (10 Hours NEW!

For the DIY adventurer in you! Learn to make beautiful, unique furniture for your home or patio with repurposed pallets–it’s the latest craze. Learn where to get pallets, break them down and turn them into rustic, reclaimed furniture.

6/29-7/1, MW, 1:00-6:00 PM
$80 Vaughn
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Paving Stone Pathways (12 hours) NEW!

Learn how to create a lovely garden pathway or sidewalk with paving stones. Whether you desire a whimsical curving walkway or straight as an arrow path, you can create your own masterpiece using the steps shared with you by Mr. Jeff Vaughn. Let the DIYer in you come to life.

6/23-7/2, TTh, 6:00-9:00 PM
$80 Vaughn
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Carpentry (244 Hours)

Mayland Community College now offers NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) training and industry recognized credentialing in the field of carpentry. This initial course combines the core curriculum covering topics such as safety, communication and an introduction to construction drawings with the Level 1 Carpentry curriculum where students will learn about power tools, floor and wall systems, ceiling joist and roof framing, as well as an introduction to building envelope systems and so much more! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to earn industry-recognized portable credentials through hands on training developed by industry experts and trainers. What are you waiting for? Increase your earning potential today with the NCCER Certification.

7/27-12/17, MTTh, 5:00-9:00 PM
$180 plus text and fees Vaughn
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Health Care and Healthy Living

Clean Eating, What’s It Good For? (3 Hours) NEW!

“Clean eating” has reshaped the way Americans think about food. This way of eating when paired with activity boasts a nutritionally sound diet that promotes balance, variety, and moderation to build a strong, lean, and healthy body. Join Certified Dietary Manager, Amanda Burkleo as she introduces this new way of life.

7/14, T, 2:00-5:00 PM
$25 Burkleo
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Diabetics Aware (3 Hours) NEW!

Be well with diabetes by managing your diet! Learn what to eat and plan your meals so that you may continue to enjoy one of life’s pleasures – food! Certified Dietary Manager, Amanda Burkleo will guide you through this challenging process.

7/21, T, 2:00-5:00 PM
$25 Burkleo
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Reflexology and the Unknown Body Map (8 Hours)

The foot has been mapped to show areas of contact to invigorate different parts of the body. After taking this class you will be able to stimulate areas on the feet to improve the function of the whole body or of specific body areas. This class does not result in a certification.

7/25, Sa, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM (1 hour lunch)
$50 Large
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Pre-Natal Massage (8 Hours)

If momma is happy, everyone is happy! This therapeutic bodywork focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be. It provides relaxation, relieves stress on weight-bearing joints and alleviates strain on the lower back and sciatic. Offered as a couple’s class, you and your partner will learn how to keep you healthy and relaxed while preparing you for the big day.

6/27, Sa, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM (1 hour lunch)
$50 Large
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Computer Technology

Competent with a Computer I (24 Hours)

This class is for EVERYONE, including novices and experienced users who may have skipped some of the basics of computing with Windows. Learn foundation skills ranging from turning on and shutting down a computer to an intro to WordPad, Internet, Clipboard, Gmail, creating, saving, and editing documents. Students will use mouse tricks and extra keys on a keyboard to work faster and smarter. No previous computer experience needed.

6/4-7/30, Th, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$70 Self
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Competent with a Computer II (24 Hours)

Expand on basic PC knowledge. Review text editing and formatting techniques. Gain more in-depth information on library, file and folder structure, Gmail, software installation, customizing the look of the computer as well as protecting the computer from viruses, malware, etc.

8/6-9/24, Th, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$70 Self
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The Anti-Virus Dilemma (3 Hours)

Ever wonder what the difference is be- tween 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.

6/25, Th, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
$25 Parker
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Outsmart Your Android Smartphone (3 Hours)

You bought the smartphone, now what? This class will review common tasks on your Android device such as how to set up email, add your social network accounts, take and upload photos, show you how to customize your device, and much more. Bring your questions!

7/13, M, 5:30-8:30 PM
$25 Morris
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Blogging (3 Hours)

A blog can have many uses: they educate, answer frequently asked questions about a product/service, share news of interest to your community- all the things that establish your business as a reliable source of useful and helpful information. Establish relationships with customers and prospects, humanizing your brand and providing a conversational format to your online marketing presence. Learn more about taking the first steps in developing your brand and your blog.

6/4, Th, 5:30-8:30 PM
$25 Morris
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Advanced QuickBooks (24 Hours) NEW!

Designed to share the features in Quick- Books you may not be fully taking advantage while increasing your efficiency and productivity, this course is for the more advanced user. Receive a brief review of the introductory course and move right on into reports, payroll, items and inventory.

7/27-8/19, MW, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 Walsh
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Basic Home Computer Networks (8 Hours) NEW!

Learn to set-up, maintain, and troubleshoot your home network. Make your home network safer, easier to maintain, and more robust. This class will cover basic computer network terminology; including IP addressing, DHCP, DNS, wireless security standards and best practices.“ Ever wonder if your neighbors are getting free internet access courtesy of you? Do you fear needing to call your internet service provider’s support line to diagnose your connection issues? If so, this is for you!!” Bring your laptop (preferred) or tablet.

6/9-6/18, TTh, 6:30-8:30 PM
$70 Buchanan
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Excel Pivot Tables (24 Hours)

Even the most advanced Excel user may not be up to speed on PivotTables and PivotCharts, two of Excels most useful features. Let Excel help you organize and analyze data by turning unreadable information into dynamic, easy to read charts and tables. This class is for the more advanced excel user.

7/21-8/13, TTh, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 Walsh
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Microsoft Word (24 Hours)

Whether for enhancing your employability skills or just for everyday use this class will guide you through the mysteries of Microsoft Word. Learn commands and features to create, enhance, customize, and share documents.

6/10-7/6, MW, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 Ledford
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Google Drive, What’s it Good For? (3 Hours)

Always have the latest version of your files and Google Docs ready and available by using Google Drive! You can read, share, edit and collaborate from anywhere. Get an introductory lesson to becoming the most efficient you.

7/9, Th, 6:00-9:00 PM
$25 Ledford
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Email Efficiency (3 Hours)

Say what you mean and mean what you say with these tips in email efficiency. What does your subject line say about your forthcoming email? Store it or delete it? How do I organize all of this information? Answers to these questions and much more are available to you in this short, to the point class on email efficiency.

8/10, M, 6:00-9:00 PM
$25 Ledford
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Photography/photo Editing

Camera and Photography Basics (21 Hours)

Want to learn more about digital photography for fun or a career? Instructor and professional photographer, Beth Morris will teach students how to take the right kind of pictures, implement simple editing techniques, look for that ‘perfect shot’, and show off their digital work. Subjects covered will include aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, composition, and lighting. Bring your camera and questions!

6/22-7/13, MW, 5:30-8:30 PM
$70 Morris
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Digital Photography (21 Hours)

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 Geo- graphic Adventure, Southern Living and Our State. This is a true point and shoot beginners class. Also two or three field trips may include walking/hiking/photographing in scenic destinations over moderate mountain terrain.

6/1-7/20, 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. The class will delve deep into the more advanced camera controls as well as being sure you are comfortable with basic set- tings. 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.

8/17-10/12, M, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
$70 Bush
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Professional Results: Portrait Retouching using Photoshop (3 Hours)

The focus of this class will be on portraits and retouching techniques using Adobe Photoshop. Get in-depth tips for making all your portraits print ready.

7/16, Th, 5:30-8:30 PM
$25 Morris
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Hidden and Hard to Find Features in Photoshop (3 Hours)

Photoshop has many tools and features for use and often users only scratch the surface of what is available. Learn tips and tricks to uncover hard to find features in Photoshop that will help maximize your work time using this program. Some Photo- shop experience required for this course.

6/1, M, 5:30-8:30 PM
$25 Morris
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ART/Music

Annual Sounds of the Appalachians Music Camp

Enjoy a week full of music, dancing and fellowship that touches upon the heritage of the Appalachian region. Students can choose from a wide range of classes such as old-time string band, folk singing, flat- foot dancing, fiddle and much more. Lunch will be served daily with a guest performance during the lunch hour. Scholarships are available for Avery County youth.

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7/6-7/10, MTWThF classes are held from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
One class (5 sessions) $75
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Blacksmithing Fundamentals (24 Hours)

Let instructor David Burtt introduce you to the world of blacksmithing in this 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. Students will make their own tools and small projects while learning these techniques. Instructor David Burtt has taught the art of blacksmithing since 1998 at locations such as Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Pineland Farms. Registered students will be provided with a description of appropriate attire and items to bring for class. No experience necessary. (No class 5/25).

5/18-6/15, MW, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 plus $30 supply fee Burtt
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Blacksmithing (12 hours) NEW!

Enjoy a two-day intensive hands-on survey of traditional blacksmithing techniques. Students will learn to forge items for utility and art. Students will learn hammer control and ergonomic. Shop safety will be introduced and practiced. Techniques covered include: drawing, tapering, splitting, slitting and drifting, upsetting, scrolling, punching, joinery, and more. Registered students will be provided with a description of appropriate attire and items to bring for class. No experience necessary.

6/13-6/14, SaSu 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
$70 Burtt
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Traditional Joinery and Scrollwork (24 Hours) NEW!

Students will design, layout, create ma- terials cut list, forge elements, and join them for their own decorative grille sample. Among techniques covered are: forging scroll finials and other decorative elements, scrolling, punching, tenoning, riveting, collars, tool making for decorative embossing, forge welding, and finishing. Forging experience necessary. (No class 7/2).

6/25-7/21, TTH, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 plus $30 supply fee Burtt
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Barn Quilts 101 NEW!

Give that old barn or building a facelift with an outdoor art project you create yourself. With time and patience you can create a fascinating piece of art which speaks of heritage, history and community. A supply list will be given at registration.

6/1-7/27, M, 1:00-4:00 PM
$75 Banner
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Knit One Purl Two (12 Hours)

Do you enjoy the feeling you receive from creating something with your own two hands? Learn the basics of the art of knit- ting in this beginners class lead by Dorris Benfield. Receive individual attention and guidance in this true introductory course where students will leave with a finished product of their choice.

7/15-8/19, W, 2:00-4:00 PM
$40 Benfield
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Decorative Welding (24 Hours)

Be the talk of the town by adding timeless sophistication to your home or business with decorative welding projects! Join instructor, Jody Thomas as he guides you through the basic safety practices of welding and then into a world of creativity.

6/22-7/15, MW, 6:00-9:00 PM
$70 Thomas
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Horticulture/Farming

Micropropagation: Intro to Basic Laboratory Practices (12 Hours)

This class is to introduce you to basic lab practices in the micropropagation laboratory. It is offered to familiarized students with lab equipment and nomenclature, how to mix media, how to research protocol and perform under the hood practices. This class will help set the foundation needed by students who may be taking the curriculum course HOR 266 by giving them the advanced knowledge and confidence needed to hit the ground running in the laboratory. Due to limited space in the lab, this class is limited to six students.

6/16-6/25, TTh, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$70 Blackburn
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Gardening With Pots (6 Hours)

Want a nice garden, but don’t have the space? Never fear! If you have a porch, deck or patio; some flower pots, soil, and seed or plants a container garden is in your future. Join Gretchen Blackburn as she share the basics of container gardening.

6/23-6/25, TTh, 1:00-4:00 PM
$40 Blackburn
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Upcycle Pallet Gardening (6 Hours)

Pallets aren’t just for hauling freight. Instructor Gretchen Blackburn will lead stu- dents through the steps to create a verdant green oasis. Your upcycled garden is just around the corner.

6/22-6/24, MW, 1:00-4:00 PM
$40 Blackburn
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Personal Enrichment

Nurturing Mind & Body, Tai Chi with Meditation and Yoga (17.5 Hours) NEW!

Explore this enlightening seven week class on Tai Chi, Gentle Yoga and Meditation. A “Short Form,” 24 simplified movements of Tai Chi Chuan, will be shared along with other relaxing yet beneficial mind and body practices. Todd Bush, a certified meditation/yoga instructor and longtime Tai Chi practitioner will be leading the class. Weather permitting, some classes may be held outdoors. No previous experience is required, however the class includes moderate exercise, so wear comfortable cloths with suitable footwear. Bring a yoga mat (*optional - yoga props if you use them) and an open heart.

6/1-7/20, M, 1:00-3:30 PM
$60 Bush
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Beginners Expressive Veil Dance (10 Hours)

Throughout the years, dance and music have contributed to gatherings and celebrations by uniting families, enhancing physical movement, and intriguing audiences. In Oriental and Middle Eastern dance the veil has been used as a prop or extension of the body. With a few simple instructions and a lot of fun, you can learn to let go and move with the flow of the tunes. Each movement becomes a journal entry while you learn to perform a beautiful, yet elegant form of dance. No previous experience necessary. Dress comfortably. Please bring three yards of material (polyester) to be used as a veil. Please provide the name and artist of one of your favorite songs.

6/3-7/1, W, 6:00-8:00 PM
$25 Karam
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Intermediate Veil Dance (16 Hours)

Graduates of Beginners’ Expressive Veil Dance will love the Intermediate version where you will broaden the spectrum of Veil Dancing by incorporating more Belly Dance, sure to improve muscle tone, balance and strength. Various other styles of dance will be introduced as well, by combining other forms of musical and dance expressions into the mix. Students are asked to bring three yards of their choice of polyester to be used as a veil. Learn, dance, play and inspire!

7/22-9/9, W, 6:00-8:00 PM
$40 Karam
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Poetry and Music (1.5 Hours)

Participants in this class are invited to explore the relationship between music and poetry, especially with respect to features common to both. The musical group Sound Traveler (Bob and Patty Tatum) will use live music and video displays to demonstrate elements of lyric poetry embedded in well-known songs. The duo will also present original songs for analysis and enjoyment. In addition, class members will have the opportunity to create their own poetry as well. Bob and Patty Tatum are both Nation- al Board Certified Teachers with fifty years of combined teaching experience.

6/16, T, 1:00-2:30 PM
$5 Tatum
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Avery County History Round Table (3 hours) NEW!

Got a question about the Brown Mountain Lights, Tweetsie Railroad, or secret buried treasure in Avery County? Have you heard a piece of a story, and now you want to know more? Join historian and author Michael C. Hardy in a question and answer round table discussion about local history, and perhaps the missing pieces of your puzzle will be unearthed!

6/23, T, 1:00-4:00 PM
$25 Hardy
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Secret Symbols (3 Hours) NEW!

The Hooked X? The Knights of the Golden Circle? Have you ever wondered about strange symbols that you have seen on tombstones, buildings, statues? What secrets do they conceal, even as they are in plain sight? Join historian Michael C. Hardy as he explores secret (and not so secret) symbolism found throughout history.

6/24, W, 1:00-4:00 PM
$25 Hardy
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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.

6/20, Sa, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
$85 Burtt
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Moonshine, Murder and Mountaineers (3 Hours)

Join local North Carolina author, Allen Cook as he shares tidbits of history on what was dubbed the “WILDEST County in the country” during the late 1800s. The area of modern day Avery and Mitchell County was a place “where blood runs fast and hot, where hip pockets are made for pistols, and the inhabitants know how to use them” according to the Daily Ardmoreite, Oklahoma (1904). Allen is sure to amuse as well as educate the eager history buff on some of the exciting happenings in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

7/20, M, 1:00-4:00 PM
$20 Cook
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Introduction to Freelance (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.

6/16-6/30, TTh, 1:00-3:00 PM
$40 Johnson
MCC Avery Learning Center 828-733-5883

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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.

7/21-8/4, TTh, 1:00-3:00 PM
$40 Johnson
MCC Avery Learning Center 828-733-5883

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Investing 101

This class will provide the individual investor with the foundation needed to make appropriate investment decisions in today’s financial markets. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CD’s, IRA’s, 529 College Savings Plans, annuities, life insurance and basic retirement planning will be covered as well as some specific strategies designed to help you accomplish your investment/savings goals and manage the risk associated with each strategy.

7/14, T, 6:00-9:00 PM
$25 Davis
MCC Avery Learning Center 828-733-5883

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Managing My Retirement Plan (3 Hours)

This class will be divided into two sections: managing your retirement plan during the pre-retirement and post-retirement years. Strategies for both growth and income will be discussed as well as the logistics of rolling over 401-K plans, managing income distributions, required minimum distributions, beneficiary management and pension maximization as well as tax and estate planning issues.

6/23, T, 6:00-9:00 PM
$25 Davis
MCC Avery Learning Center 828-733-5883

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Retirement Plans for Small Business Owners (3 Hours)

Do you own a small or medium-sized business? Do you offer a retirement plan for your employees? Do you have a retirement plan but want to understand your options? Small business retirement plans can be a great way for the owner to save for retirement and provide a tangible benefit for loyal employees. The dynamics, costs, logistics and benefits of the different types of business retirement plans will be discussed including SEP’s, SIMPLE IRA’s, 401(k)’s, 403(B)’s, Profit-Sharing and Pension plans.

8/4, T, 6:00-9:00 PM
$25 Davis
MCC Avery Learning Center 828-733-5883

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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)
MCC Avery Learning Center 828-733-5883

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