WTAMU to launch lifelong learning opportunities


By Rana McDonald

The learning never ends at West Texas A&M University, where the Office of Extended Studies is launching a new Lifelong Learning series. The programs are designed for young and old alike with everything from card magic to event planning, and it’s all about learning just for the joy of it.

WTAMU faculty and community members will be teaching the various classes which will meet anywhere from one time to once a week for six weeks. Classes are offered in four different categories—arts and culture, hobbies and interests, self and family and professional development—and begin as early as Sept. 5.

The fun of lifelong learning is there are no tests or grades—just the enjoyment of learning through exploration and discovery in a community of fellow learners.

The fall program kicks off with Introduction to Brewing and Fermentation. The course will meet from 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday night from Sept. 5-Oct. 10 at the WTAMU Amarillo Center with a focus on the science of fermentation in everything from beer to yogurt. The class is part of a professional certificate offering that includes four different courses: Sept. 5-Oct. 10-Introduction to Brewing and Fermentation; Oct. 17-Nov. 21-Fermentation Chemistry; Jan. 23-March 6-Brewing and Fermentation Products; and March 20-April 24-Brewing and fermentation Practices. Those who successfully complete the four sections and an instructor-approved internship will earn a professional certificate.

Two event planning courses also begin in September. Professional Event Planning begins Sept. 10 and meets from 6-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday through Nov. 26 at the WTAMU Amarillo Center. Instructors Charlotte Rhodes and Beth Duke focus on non-profit, corporate and personal event planning.

A Professional Wedding Planning and Coordination class begins Sept. 17 and meets each Monday night from 6-8:30 p.m. through Nov. 6. This class explores the wedding business and how to plan, manage and deliver on all aspects of a couple’s special day.

Many other fun and exciting learning options are available. The following is a brief sample of the 40 fall course offerings in lifelong learning. A complete list can be found at wtamu.catalog.instructure.com.

• Card Magic for Beginners—Sept. 11-13—Learn the basics of card magic through simple card manipulation. Sessions include an hour of demonstration and an hour of guided practice. Instructor is Dr. Eric Meljac.

• The Art of Tailgating—Sept. 18-Oct. 13—Prepare and enjoy some delicious foods—meats, veggies and desserts—designed for tailgates. Instructor is Bill Bandy.

• Building Your Natural Medicine Cabinet 101—Sept. 20—Take a more natural approach to caring for you and your family and learn how to make everything from Elderberry Syrup to Garlic Mullein Ear Oil. Instructor is RuthAnna Autry.

• Conversational American Sign Language—Sept. 20-Oct. 25—Learn the alphabet as well as basic conversation skills. Teachers are Darla Meraz, Melanie Lyons and Chelsea Phemister.

• Glam Girl’s Guide to Buying a Ride—Oct. 30—Make car buying easier with this one session class full of insider information from the sales team at Street Toyota.

• Tis the Season for Decorating—Nov. 2—Get creative and make your own wreath and learn the latest on colors, tree trimming and centerpiece trends. Instructor is Glenda Moore.

For more information, visit wtamu.catalog.instructure.com or call the Office of Extended Studies at 806-651-2037.

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