BY RUTH RICE
This fall session of classes will bring learning to the forefront.
“Discover Fall,” the next session of personal-enrichment and professional-development classes offered by Pitt-Johns-town’s Office of Outreach and Professional Services, will range from exploring a new interest to needed business skills.
As a community service, Swine Flu 101, a free session on the H1N1 virus, will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13.
“This is for those who are concerned about the swine flu and want to see what makes it different,” said Jeanne Susko, coordinator of Outreach and Professional Services.
“We have about six registered now.”
The session will explore swine flu’s symptoms and how to prevent and manage it as well as safe and natural ways to support and strengthen the immune system.
Even though the class is free, there is a need to preregister.
“In addition to our computer classes, we brought back our professional-development program,” Susko said.
“We believe it’s needed in the area. The public has shown an interest, and we want to rebuild the program.”
Classes in the professional- development series will feature business writing, time and stress management, team building, public speaking, resume writing and interviewing skills.
Susko said a grant-writing series has also been popular.
In addition to classes on beginning and advanced grant writing, a new one-day class on how to begin the process of grant writing is being added.
“Each section will be bigger with each new session of classes,” Susko said.
A family series of classes offered in partnership with Conemaugh Health System are Babysitter’s Training, Mother & Daughter Workshop and Parent & Son Workshop.
“The kids’ classes took off, and we want to continue to grow with these new classes,” Susko said.
Purposeful pastimes sessions include several eBay and tax classes, money management, sign language, oil painting and caring for an aging parent.
Susko said a cemetery tour, featuring local folktales and urban legends, is filled and another tour has been added.
“Our Pitt-Johnstown Outback Tour and a Gettysburg class are popular, too,” Susko said.
Education will go off-campus with a series of cooking sessions at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Classes will be offered on nut rolls, fall vegetarian dishes and an Italian seafood entree.
Another class, “Salsa-size,” will offer a total body workout to the sounds of Latin music.
“These classes fill up quickly, and they’re not very big, so those interested should call early,” Susko said.
Mind and body classes will include yoga, Tai Chi, watercolors, balancing emotions and several dance and workout sessions.
There also will be a variety of classes on digital photography.
“We listen to what the public needs and give them what they ask for,” Susko said.
“They fill up quickly. The phone has been ringing.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about classes can call the outreach office at 269-2099 for a free brochure or to register.
They also can sign up on line at www.upj.pitt.edu/outreach.
On the schedule
What: “Discover Fall,” personal-enrichment and professional-development classes.
When: Oct. 12 through Nov. 19.
Where: Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.
Cost: Ranges from $10 to $74.
Information: 269-2099 or www.upj.pitt.edu/outreach.
Personal enrichment | 'Discover Fall' at Pitt-Johnstown by exploring new interests, enhancing business skills
BY RUTH RICE
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