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If you want to be involved in the intellectual, cultural, and active life of our community, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers alternatives to conventional higher education. Provided through Continuing Education, non-credit classes and seminars range from art and recreation to all areas of personal interest. Our youth programs are designed to offer local young people a variety of classes to teach skill development, college preparation, and other special interest areas.  The popularity of continuing education programs across the country reflects the need for lifelong learning beyond traditional higher education.

 

Online Non-credit Learning

 

Winter & Spring 2015 Schedule

 

December

Introduction to Coffee and Brewing at Home

Holiday Wreath Making

Savvy Social Security Planning... What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income

ACT Preparation

 

January

Savvy Social Security Planning... What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income

Introduction to Online Marketing

SAT/PSAT Preparation

Writing the Mind Alive

UTC String Project

Retirement Planning Today: An Educational Course for Adults - Ages 50-70

ACT Preparation

 

February

Retirement Planning Today: An Educational Course for Adults - Ages 50-70

Savvy Social Security Planning... What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income

Fresh Floral Arrangements for Long Tables

UTC College of Business Co. Starters

Voice-Overs... Now is Your Time! (webinar)

Wedding Planning Seminar: Expert Tips for Planning Your Beautiful Wedding

Introduction to Coffee and Brewing at Home

DIY Bridal Bouquet

Proprioceptive Writing Weekend Immersion

 

March

DIY Boutonnieres & Corsages

Savvy Social Security Planning... What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income

SAT/PSAT Preparation

Getting to Know Your Digital Camera

Introduction to Biking

Taking Better Photos

 

April

Savvy Social Security Planning... What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income

Beginning Golf

ACT Preparation

Voice-Overs... Now is Your Time! (webinar)

Proprioceptive Writing Weekend Immersion

Writing From the Inside Out

 

May

The Exciting World of Nature Photography



Canning College

UT Extension staff

Learn to safely preserve fruits and vegetables.  This class is for beginners or a refresher course for experienced preservers.  Determine the difference between various food preservation methods - water bath, pressure canning, drying, and freezing foods.  Participants will:

• Be able to locate safe, reliable resources

• Learn why high and low acid foods must be processed differently

• Receive a packet of useful recipes and resources to use year round

• Find out why grandmother's jam may not be safe

• Learn to ferment pickled products

• Sample some preserved foods

$20

When: TBA

Time: TBA

Location: University of Tennessee Extension, 3rd floor

                  6183 Adamson Circle (just off Bonny Oaks Drive)

                  Chattanooga

 

Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Exam Review Course

Virginia Moore

This is an in-depth review course for the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) examination.  The CAP rating is the achievement of the internationally recognized standard of proficiency in the secretarial and administrative support professions.  In today’s workplace, having the CAP credentials can be assurance of employability, pay increases, bonuses and opportunity for advancement.  The CAP examination covers three main subject areas:

• Office Administration

• Office Systems and Technology

• Management

To receive CAP certification you must register and pay a fee to the International Association of Administrative Professionals.  The exam is given in March and September (exact dates to be announced).  NEW in 2015… the CAP exam will move to computer-based testing.  Textbook information will be provided following registration.

For more information regarding CAP certification and testing, please visit http://www.iaap-hq.org/

$425 (textbook not included)

When: Thursdays, November 20, 2014 - February 26, 2015

             (No class on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day)

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 239

Click Here to register.

Holiday Wreath Making

Lisa Tanner

Create a fresh holiday wreath to dress up your front door for the season.  The instructor will demonstrate how to create a unique, one-of-a-kind door wreath.  Then you will be able to create your own using a fresh green wreath, ribbon, and ornaments supplied by the instructor.  Bring your floral scissors and wire cutters.  If there is something special you would like to add to your wreath, bring it along too.  Get creative and let your wreath represent your home’s décor as you celebrate this holiday season! 

$45

*Each participant will need to bring their own floral scissors and wire cutters.

When: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: UTC - Continuing Education House, 551 Oak Street

Click HERE to register.

 

Savvy Social Security Planning... What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income

Robby Taliaferro

Social Security is far more complicated than most people realize. The decisions you make now can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits you stand to receive over your lifetime.  This informative seminar covers the basics of Social Security and reveals innovative strategies for maximizing your benefits.  You will learn:

• 5 factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits

• Why you should always check your earnings record for accuracy

• How to coordinate benefits with your spouse

• How to minimize taxes on Social Security benefits

• How to coordinate Social Security with your other sources of retirement income

$19

Session 1:

When: Thursday, January 8, 2015

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Location: Liberty Tower, 3rd floor, 605 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga

Click on the link to register:  Savvy Social Security Planning - Jan. 8

Session 2:

When: Thursday, February 5, 2015

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Location: Liberty Tower, 3rd floor, 605 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga

Click on the link to register:  Savvy Social Security Planning - Feb. 5

Session 3:

When: Thursday, March 5, 2015

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Location: Liberty Tower, 3rd floor, 605 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga

Click on the link to register:  Savvy Social Security Planning - March 5

Session 4:

When: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Location: Liberty Tower, 3rd floor, 605 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga

Click on the link to register:  Savvy Social Security Planning - April 2

 

Introduction to Online Marketing

Robby Robinson

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of online advertising which include, social media, search engine optimization, web analytics, conversion optimization, pay-per-click marketing, mobile marketing, and display advertising.  The course is taught through online video training (out of class), lectures, discussions, and practical application exercises.  The goal of this course is for students to learn fundamentals of online advertising and prepare students for advanced training and coursework.  Students will gain:

• Knowledge of the major disciplines within the online marketing/advertising industry

• Knowledge of terminology within the industry

• Application of knowledge in business cases

• Practical application of online marketing for your current business, website, or to enhance job skills

• Certification for “Internet Marketing Fundamentals” and “Display Advertising”

$625 registration fee (plus $175 materials fee for access to the online portal for the course)

*The online portal access can be purchased in advance or on the first night of class.  Instructions on how to purchase the access prior to class will be sent upon registration.

When: Tuesdays, January 13 – April 7, 2015

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 240

Click HERE to register.

 

SAT/PSAT Preparation

Dianne Bruce

SAT/PSAT workshops are designed to help students take an individualized study approach to the new SAT and PSAT tests. An actual retired SAT/PSAT test will be given to students to show strengths and weaknesses in all areas tested. This class offers a review of critical reading skills, math and writing skills and in-class problem-solving and strategies. Test-taking strategies will be covered for each required testing point. Students will leave with a personal study plan, including a vocabulary workbook and explanatory answers to each test question. *Workshops are open to the public.

$200 (workbook included)

*Each student will need to bring a calculator, 2 sharpened pencils, and a sack lunch.

Session 1:

When: Saturday, January 17, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Girls Preparatory School - GPS (205 Island Avenue, Chattanooga)

Click HERE to register.

Session 2:

When: Sunday, March 8, 2015

Time: 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Location: Baylor School (Chapel Building, Room 8)

Click HERE to register.

 

Writing the Mind Alive

Anne Bright

Find your voice. Liberate your creative energies. Awaken your senses & emotions. Dissolve inhibitions & build self-trust. Learn to use writing as a tool for unencumbered thinking. A simple practice anyone can learn, Proprioceptive Writing® (PW) is a form of contemplative writing that enables you to engage your thoughts and feelings in a way that awakens the wisdom inherent in your mind. While writing proprioceptively, you become open, receptive, and focused. The mind is freed from anxiety and you are left feeling refreshed, energized, and restored to your natural state of vibrant aliveness. Required text: Writing the Mind Alive: The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice, Metcalf and Simon, (Ballantine, 2002). Ms. Bright has taught Proprioceptive Writing for over fifteen years and still works closely with Drs. Metcalf and Simon, the originators of the process.

$125

When: Mondays, January 19 – February 9, 2015

Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: The Proprioceptive Writing Center, SE

                  1401 Williams Street, Suite #210

                  Chattanooga

Click HERE to register.

 

UTC String Project

The String Project at UTC provides an opportunity for school-aged children to learn a stringed instrument at a reasonable cost.  Students receive private and group instruction on their chosen instrument from qualified music interns under the supervision of an experienced string music educator.  Students in grades 3-12 may apply for admission to the program.  Students in the String Project must be in their own school orchestra where one exists.  Please refer to the website for more details. http://www.utc.edu/music/projects/string-project/index.php

*Parent meeting/orientation: Monday, January 12, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. 

First & Second Year Students: $60/semester

Third Year & Above Students: $75/semester

When: Mondays & Wednesdays, January 26 – April 8, 2015

Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.           

Location: UTC – Cadek 310

Click HERE to register.

 

Retirement Planning Today: An Educational Course for Adults - Ages 50-70

Robby Taliaferro

Learn how to:

• Determine the amount of money you need to retire

• Eliminate debt and improve cash flow

• Plan your retirement income to preserve a comfortable standard of living

• Reduce or eliminate taxes, expenses, delays and legal planning with estate planning

• Much more!!!

$49

Session 1:

When: Tuesdays, January 27 & February 3, 2015

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 233

Click on the link to register:  Retirement Planning - Tuesdays

Session 2:

When: Thursdays, February 5 & February 12, 2015

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 233

Click on the link to register: Retirement Planning - Thursdays

 

ACT Preparation

Dianne Bruce

ACT workshops cover general information about the tests as well as individual sections for the ACT in English, Math, Science, and Writing. Each student receives 5-6 hours of classroom instruction and a workbook that has an additional 10-15 hours of supplementary work. The workbook includes an actual retired ACT test with explanatory answers, English and Math reviews, clearly outlined content overviews for each subsection, quick tip study guides, and additional retired ACT tests.   *Workshops are open to the public.

$200 (workbook included)

*Each student will need to bring a calculator, 2 sharpened pencils, and a sack lunch.

Session 1:

When: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Girls Preparatory School - GPS (205 Island Avenue, Chattanooga)

Click HERE to register.

Session 2:

When: Sunday, April 12, 2015

Time: 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Location: Baylor School (Chapel Building, Room 8)

Click HERE to register.

 

Fresh Floral Arrangements for Long Tables

Lisa Tanner

Looking for ideas to decorate for Valentine’s Day?  This class will feature a Long and Low Centerpiece to highlight your romantic dinner table for Valentine's Day.  The instructor, a floral designer, will provide a detailed “how-to” demonstration while participants will have the hands-on experience of creating their own personal arrangement to take home.  Not only will creating your own centerpiece save you money at the florist, but your dinner table will have your own special touch.

$69 (includes supplies)

*Each participant will need to bring their own floral scissors and wire cutters.

When: Monday, February 9, 2015

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 203

Click HERE to register.

 

UTC College of Business Co. Starters

Jamie Walden

This course is open to individuals from all backgrounds – from artists to business people – who have aspirations of owning or running a business.  Participants develop and validate a business model for their venture concept, learn to implement valuable management and marketing skills, and receive constructive feedback from an advisor, peers, and former graduates.  It is best suited for participants who already have a clear business idea, as the material is applied to that concept’s development.  This will be a 9-week program offered as a 3 hour evening course.

$250

When: Wednesdays, February 11 - April 15, 2015

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: UTC - Fletcher Hall 305

Click HERE to register.

 

Voice-Overs... Now is Your Time!  (webinar)

In what could be one of the most enlightening 2 hours you’ve ever spent, this online class will show you how YOU could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, videos and more!  Most people go about it the wrong way.  In this class, you will learn about a unique, outside of the box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there!  This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with practically no overhead!  And NOW is the best time to make this happen as new companies are looking for new voices like never before.  This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you’ve been looking for!  We encourage you to join us for one of our online, interactive classes which includes a live Q&A session and voice evaluation.

*You will need access to a computer with speakers and a phone to call in the script read.

$25

Session 1:

When: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time: 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Click on the link to register:  Voice-Overs 1

Session 2:

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Time: 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Click on the link to register:  Voice-Overs 2

 

Wedding Planning Seminar: Expert Tips for Planning Your Beautiful Wedding

Lisa Tanner

Are you planning a wedding and don’t know where to start?  The instructor will begin this seminar by discussing a planning timeline for your special wedding day.  Discussion will include all the "how to's" on selecting your dress, venue, menu, theme and colors.  We will also talk about "Save the Date" cards and invitations.   Tips will be given on booking your photographer, videographer, and other event day planners.  We will discuss how to incorporate both the bride's and groom's personalities into their special day.  The instructor will even help the bride and groom structure a budget for their day.  Bring your pen and paper and be prepared to take a lot of notes, as you will receive so much useful information.

$39

When: Monday, February 16, 2015

Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 203

Click HERE to register.

 

Introduction to Coffee and Brewing at Home

Matt Park

This two hour survey course will include the following:

• The discovery – legends and some myths – surrounding coffee

• Where it comes from – its origins and growing regions

• How it gets to us – the farms and processes

• A brief breakdown of roasting and some basic science behind brewing

• Tasting coffee in class

Bring your questions.  Hopefully some of the misinformation surrounding this alluring beverage will be demystified and you will be freed and equipped to enjoy a better cup of coffee in your own kitchen.

$25

When: Monday, February 23, 2015

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 239

Click HERE to register.

 

DIY Bridal Bouquet

Lisa Tanner

In this class, you will learn how to make your own bridal bouquet using fresh flowers.  The instructor will provide a detailed “how-to” demonstration for making bouquets.  She’ll also discuss up-to-date trends and color choices.  Brides will have the opportunity to create a beautiful bouquet to take home.  This is a great skill to learn for creating the perfect bouquet you’ve always envisioned!

$59 (includes supplies)

*Each participant will need to bring their own floral scissors and wire cutters.

When: Monday, February 23, 2015

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 203

Click HERE to register.

 

Proprioceptive Writing Weekend Immersion

Anne Bright

What is it like to really hear yourself?  Unlike ordinary hearing, it’s like entering a realm where you know yourself differently than you did before.  Following certain simple rules while you write opens a gate to this blissful realm.  The more you immerse yourself in this practice, the further you travel from ordinary self-judgements and the greater your confidence to think in new ways.  Through Proprioceptive Writing®, (PW), you can quiet your mind, focus your thought, clarify your feelings, and ignite your imagination.  If you feel cut off from creative expression, you can re-connect to your authentic voice through PW.  Experience this unique approach and leave with a writing practice you can use daily.  Required text: Writing the Mind Alive: The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice, Metcalf and Simon, (Ballantine, 2002). Ms. Bright has taught Proprioceptive Writing for over fifteen years and still works closely with Drs. Metcalf and Simon, the originators of the process.

$150 

Session 1:

When: Saturday-Sunday, February 28 - March 1, 2015

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Proprioceptive Writing Center, Southeast, Suite #210

                  1401 Williams Street

                  Chattanooga

Click HERE to register.

Session 2:

When: Saturday-Sunday, April 18-19, 2015

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Proprioceptive Writing Center, Southeast, Suite #210

                  1401 Williams Street

                  Chattanooga

Click HERE to register.

 

DIY Boutonnieres & Corsages

Lisa Tanner

Just in time for the prom and wedding season!  In this class, you will learn how to make boutonnieres and corsages for a wedding or prom.  The instructor will provide a detailed “how-to” demonstration and help participants make both a boutonniere and corsage to take home.

$69 (includes supplies)

*Each participant will need to bring their own floral scissors and wire cutters.

When: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: UTC - Fletcher 113

Click HERE to register.

 

Getting to Know Your Digital Camera

Pat Cory

This class is helpful whether you have a digital SLR or point and shoot camera and want to know what all those controls do. While you can take great photos in automatic mode, it is helpful to know what your camera can do when you start using the various controls. Then you can choose when you want to use the automatic functions and when you want to ‘take control’ of your camera. We will start at the beginning and cover terminology, the various camera controls, menus, discuss how your camera is a great learning tool, and show you the easy way to make your manual your friend. As we describe the various controls, we will work with you individually to make sure that your camera is set up the best way for the subjects you like to shoot. At the end of the class you will be familiar with your camera and be ready to go out and practice. Bring your questions, your manual and your camera with a memory card and a fully charged battery.  

$39

When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 233

Click HERE to register.

 

Introduction to Biking

Jim Thompson

Ever thought about biking your way to health and fitness?  Join us for a beginners’ class which will cover apparel, costs, fun rides, health benefits, locations, and safety.  Road, mountain, and casual biking topics will be discussed by an enthusiast and educator with 45,000 miles completed in a coordinated effort to help get your program jump started.

$19

When: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 239

Click HERE to register.

 

Taking Better Photos

Pat Cory

When you show someone a photo and they like it, often the first thing they say is, “Wow, you must have a really good camera.” This is like telling your host after a really nice meal that they must have some great cooking pots. It is easy to focus on your camera, but it is important to remember that your equipment is just a tool. Your vision and creativity are at least, and perhaps, more important than the camera. While part of taking great photos is technical, depending on having the right equipment and your knowing how to use it, we must never lose sight of the importance of the photographer. Understanding the qualities of light, choosing the ‘right’ subject and composition to convey your story, developing a style, and understanding how your camera ‘sees’ the world are extremely important whether you are using the automatic settings of your camera or setting the controls yourself. While many striking images have been made using a camera in automatic mode, we will review how the camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed and ISO influence the look of your images.  

$39

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 233

Click HERE to register.

 

Beginning Golf

Lee Cantrell

This class is for the individual who wants to learn the basic skills of playing golf.  The instructor will teach you the basics of putting, chipping, iron shots, woods off the ground and tee.  Begin now to learn a sport for a lifetime.  This class is limited to 8 people.

$125 (plus $25 to be paid to the instructor on the first night for range balls)

When: Tuesdays, April 7 - May 12, 2015

Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Location: Hixson Driving Range, 6801 Middle Valley Road

Click HERE to register.

 

Writing From the Inside Out

Anne Bright

Whether you think of yourself as a writer or you simply enjoy writing, Proprioceptive Writing (PW) can help you discover your voice, narrate experience, locate life stories, and center yourself in your work, and your work in yourself.  Through daily practice, you collect a rich storehouse of raw material to draw on for creative projects.  People who practice PW report increased awareness, confidence, and self-trust; improved memory; and a sense of growing intelligence and burgeoning creativity.  Required text: Writing the Mind Alive: The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice, Metcalf and Simon, (Ballantine, 2002).  Ms. Bright has taught Proprioceptive Writing for over fifteen years and still works closely with Drs. Metcalf and Simon, the originators of the process.

$175

When: Tuesdays, April 21 – May 26, 2015

Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: The Proprioceptive Writing Center, SE

                  1401 Williams Street, Suite #210

                  Chattanooga

Click HERE to register.

 

The Exciting World of Nature Photography

Tom Cory

This entertaining and educational class will focus on all aspects of nature photography.  We will discuss and illustrate how to photograph landscapes, waterscapes, and wildlife.  A good portion of our time will be spent exploring the exciting world of close-up and macro photography.  This class is suitable for everyone from beginning photographers to advanced amateurs.  Bring your questions, your manual, and your camera with a memory card and a fully charged battery. 

$39

When: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 233

Click HERE to register.

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