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Hartnell College Offering Short Courses This Fall for Professional and Personal Development

September 4th, 2002

Are you looking for a college course to enhance your management skills? Or perhaps you want to become more computer-savvy or take a class in art?

If so, check out the wide array of short courses and special events being offered this fall by Hartnell College's Workforce and Community Development Center.

"Our program," says Scott Johnson, coordinator of the center, "focuses on presenting classes that assist Hartnell service area residents with professional and personal development."

Fee-based classes are offered on Hartnell's main campus and the college's new King City Education Center, as well as online.

On the professional level, Hartnell presents programs to enhance supervisory and management skills as well as classes in such varied subject areas as finance, vocational Spanish, quality assurance, medical insurance billing, investing and computer programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Photoshop.

There are also several certificate programs that prepare individuals to become certified webmasters, pharmacy technicians and paralegals.

In addition, the program offers customized on-site training for local businesses and government offices.

In the area of personal development and leisure activities, there are a variety of classes, including ballroom dancing, yoga, woodworking, piano, guitar, art, auto care, photography, golf, tennis and cake decorating. There also are regularly scheduled planetarium shows presented at the J. Frederic Ching Plantetarium.

The Hartnell College for Kids program-aimed at children ages 4-17-offers classes in art, theater, golf, tennis, guitar and other topics.

Hundreds of professional and personal development classes are presented online in an interactive format via the Internet. "Students read lessons, complete assignments, and ask questions in the convenience of their home or office," according to Johnson. He said courses strongly appeal to students who find it inconvenient to participate in a traditional classroom setting due to work commitments, child care responsibilities, distance from campus, physical disabilities, or difficulties in securing adequate transportation.

Most online classes run for six weeks and will be available four times this fall: Sept. 18-Oct. 25; Oct. 16-Nov. 22; Nov. 20-Dec. 27; and Dec. 18-Jan. 24, 2003.

The center's fall offerings are listed in Pathways, a publication mailed to 80,000 households and businesses within the Hartnell service area.

For more information and registration information, visit www.hartnell.edu/pathways/ or call (831) 755-6800.