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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

 


T-Shirt Quilt

Marilyn McAllisterT-Shirt Quilt

Let's make a t-shirt quilt!  Do you have a collection of t-shirts that would make a nice throw or bedspread full of memories? If so, join us to create your very own work of art. We will spend a day learning the process of stabilizing and sizing the t-shirt blocks, and then assembling an attractive quilt top with sashing, cornerstones and borders.  Cost of class does not include additional supplies.  Full supply list is listed below.  Please bring a lunch.

Supplies Needed:

- 15 or more t-shirts to make a throw that is approximately 60" x 73"

Purchase below items in advance from Ready Set Sew and receive a 10% discount!

- Basic sewing supplies such as thread, scissors, pins, cutting mat, rotary cutter with new blade, acrylic ruler and your iron1 Package of T-Shirt Project Fusible Interfacing ( available at Ready Set Sew )

- 1 & 1/4 yard complimentary fabric for sashing

- 2 & 1/3 yards complimentary fabric for outer border and binding

- 1/2 yard eye popping fabric for the cornerstones

- 1/2 yard of a bold fabric to form the inner border

- Recommended Book: "T Shirt Quilts Made Easy" by Martha Deleonardis

$45 (plus supplies)

When: TBA

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Ready Set Sew

                  3444 Ringgold Road

                  Chattanooga, TN 37412

Click on the link to register:  T-Shirt Quilt

 

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, August 27, 2014

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

Location: Online

Click on the link to register:  Voice-Overs 1

Session 2:

When: Thursday, October 9, 2014

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

Location: Online

Click on the link to register:  Voice-Overs 2

Session 3:

When: Monday, November 17, 2014

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

Location: Online

Click on the link to register:  Voice-Overs 3

 

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

Session 1:

When: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: University of Tennessee Extension, 3rd floor

                  6183 Adamson Circle (just off Bonny Oaks Drive)

                  Chattanooga

Click on the link to register:  Canning College

Session 2:

When: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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

Location: University of Tennessee Extension, 3rd floor

                  6183 Adamson Circle (just off Bonny Oaks Drive)

                  Chattanooga

Click on the link to register:  Canning College 

 

A Weekend Workshop in Proprioceptive Writing

Anne Bright

This weekend workshop provides an introduction for those new to Proprioceptive Writing (PW) and serves as an opportunity for a piece of intensive, sustained work for those already familiar with the process. Widely recognized as an adjunct to the healing arts and as a form of meditation, PW is an invaluable tool for expression and reflection. If you can think it, you can write it, and when you write it, you increase your chances of really hearing yourself. This heightened awareness of your thinking allows you to gain perspective on your thoughts and feelings, to even “change your mind” around what previously seemed to be written in stone. You experience your mind in movement and come alive to yourself in new ways.  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 

When: Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24, 2014

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

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

                  1401 Williams Street

                  Chattanooga

Click on the link to register:  A Weekend Workshop in Proprioceptive Writing

 

PHR/SPHR Review Course

UTC is an official University provider of the SHRM Learning System. This program is a comprehensive review for the Professionals in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professionals in Human Resources (SPHR) exams. Participants receive a complete set of the SHRM Learning System materials, a $460 value. UTC faculty and area professionals teach the course. Review topics include:

• Business Management and Strategy

• Workforce Planning and Employment

• Human Resource Development

• Compensation and Benefits

• Employee and Labor Relations

• Risk Management

SHRM supports your decision to prepare for and take any current certification exam for the existing credentials.  If you pass your exam, by January 31, 2015, you will be eligible to receive the new SHRM credential free of charge from January 1 – December 31, 2015.

During this period, you will be invited to obtain the new SHRM Certification by completing the following process:

Document that your current certification is in good standing.

Sign the SHRM Code of Ethics.

Complete a brief online tutorial on HR competencies.

Once you complete this process, you will earn the new SHRM credential and begin a three-year SHRM recertification cycle.

If you do not pass your HRCI exam during the December 2014-January 2015 test window, and you purchased the current 2014 SHRM Learning System, SHRM will provide the new 2015 SHRM Learning System free of charge.  This will help you prepare for the new SHRM exam, held May-July 2015.

For information regarding the new SHRM certification please visit http://shrmcertification.org/index.php#

For more information or to register for the exam call 800-283-7476, or visit www.hrci.org

$875.00 (including books valued at $460.00)

3.5 CEUs

When: Tuesdays, September 2 – November 18, 2014

Time: 5:30-8:45 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 203

Click on the link to register: PHR/SPHR Review

 

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.  If an orchestra exists at the student's school, they must be enrolled in that group to participate in the String Project.  Please refer to the website for more details. http://www.utc.edu/music/projects/string-project/index.php  *Parent meeting/orientation: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First Year Students: $60/semester

Second Year & Above Students: $75/semester

When: Mondays & Wednesdays, September 3 – November 19, 2014 

Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.           

Location: UTC – Cadek 310

Click on the link to register:  UTC String Project

 

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, September 4, 2014

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 - Sept. 4

Session 2:

When: Thursday, October 2, 2014

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 - Oct. 2

Session 3:

When: Thursday, November 6, 2014

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 - Nov. 6

Session 4:

When: Thursday, December 4, 2014

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 - Dec. 4

 

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.

$175

When: Wednesdays, September 10 – October 15, 2014

Time: 9:00-11:45 a.m.

Location: The Proprioceptive Writing Center, SE

                  1401 Williams Street, Suite #210

                  Chattanooga

Click on the link to register:  Writing the Mind Alive

 

Real Estate 101

Jim Thompson

Real estate is hot in Chattanooga!  With the market trending upward and prices up 6% this year, now is the time to educate yourself as you prepare for a purchase in the near future.  What are the most important considerations?  What steps are to be avoided?  Today, savvy millennials usually start their searches online but still need a good agent for advice on contracts, negotiations, and pitfalls.  Everyone needs good professional advice, so come join us for this informative session.

$25

Session 1:

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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

Location: UTC - EMCS 216

Click on the link to register:  Real Estate 101 - September

Session 2:

When: Monday, November 3, 2014

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

Location: UTC - EMCS 216

Click on the link to register:  Real Estate 101 - November

 

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: Thursdays, September 25 & October 2, 2014

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

Location: UTC - EMCS 239

Click on the link to register:  Retirement Planning - Thursdays

Session 2:

When: Tuesdays, September 30 & October 7, 2014

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

Location: UTC - EMCS 239

Click on the link to register:  Retirement Planning - Tuesdays

 

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: Sunday, September 28, 2014

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

Location: Baylor School (Chapel Building, Room 8)

Click on the link to register:  ACT Preparation - Sept. 28

Session 2:

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014

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

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

Click on the link to register:  ACT Preparation - Oct. 11

Session 3:

When: Sunday, December 7, 2014

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

Location: Baylor School (Chapel Building, Room 8)

Click on the link to register:  ACT Preparation - Dec. 7

 

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: Sunday, October 5, 2014

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

Location: Baylor School (Chapel Building, Room 8)

Click on the link to register:  SAT/PSAT Preparation - Oct. 5

Session 2:

When: Sunday, November 2, 2014

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

Location: Baylor School (Chapel Building, Room 8)

Click on the link to register:  SAT/PSAT Preparation - Nov. 2

 

Beginning Knitting

Karyn Herrin

Ever wanted to create your own personal caps, scarves, or shawls?  Or even create personalized gifts for family and friends?  By learning the basic steps of knitting, purling, and binding off you will enjoy the art of working with beautiful fibers while creative experiences and opportunities are opened up to you!  You will complete one project in class - your choice of a ribbed chunky striped scarf or a slouchy hat.  You must come to class with the necessary supplies for your project.

Supplies Needed:

- To make a ribbed chunky striped scarf:  2 different color balls (2 balls of same color for solid scarf) of Lion Brand Heartland Thick and Quick Yarn and size 11 (8mm) knitting needles

- To make a slouchy hat:  1 ball of Lion Brand Heartland Thick and Quick Yarn, size 11 (16 inch) circular needles, and size 11 double pointed needles

$50 (plus supplies)

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 7-16, 2014

Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Location: UTC - EMCS 240

Click on the link to register:  Beginning Knitting

 

Hebrew Crash Course

Dr. Reginald (Reggie) Lisemby

The objective of this course is for the student to become familiar with the Hebrew alphabet, rudiments of Hebrew grammar, learn some basic vocabulary, and to be able to recognize, read, and speak Hebrew. This ‘crash course’ introduces the student to the origin of biblical Hebrew and its presage to modern Hebrew. Each student will receive an introductory pamphlet to the study, the additional 58-lesson ‘crash-course,’ and an accompanying audio CD.

$90

When: TBA

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

Location: UTC - TBA

Click on the link to register:  Hebrew Crash Course

 

Keys to a Successful Job Interview

Margie Clemmer

Today's job market is extremely competitive.  With an excess of qualified candidates, you need to have an advantage and set yourself apart from the competition.  With the market being the toughest it’s been in years, applicants are finding that qualifications alone aren't enough to land the job.  Lack of preparation is the #1 reason why applicants fail at their job interviews.  This workshop was created to help you gain that advantage and leave a positive impression on the interviewer.  You will learn how to customize your cover letter, resume, and responses to interview questions specifically for your job level and the realities of the industry and the position you're applying for.  You will have the opportunity to participate in a mock interview, which will allow for you to gain confidence in communication and public speaking, as well as, receive tips to improve in these areas as needed.  The interview dress code will be discussed, as well as a thank you letter to the interviewer.  Whether you are applying for a job for the first time, have been unemployed for a period of time, or are interested in re-entering the job market, come join us for an informative and interactive evening while gaining the "Keys to a Successful Job Interview."

$50

When: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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

Location: UTC - EMCS 239

Click on the link to register:  Keys to a Successful Job Interview

 

A Proprioceptive Writing® Weekend Intensive

Anne Bright

This weekend intensive provides an introduction for those new to Proprioceptive Writing, (PW), and serves as an opportunity for a piece of focused, sustained work for those already familiar with the process. Widely recognized as an adjunct to the healing arts and as a form of meditation, PW is an invaluable tool for expression and reflection. If you can think it, you can write it, and when you write it, you increase your chances of really hearing yourself. This heightened awareness of your thinking allows you to gain perspective on your thoughts and feelings, to even “change your mind” around what previously seemed to be written in stone. You experience your mind in movement and come alive to yourself in new ways.  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

When: Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26, 2014

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

Location: The Proprioceptive Writing Center, SE

                  1401 Williams Street, Suite #210

                  Chattanooga

Click on the link to register:  A Proprioceptive Writing Weekend Intensive

 

Express Yourself, Hear Yourself

Anne Bright

What is it like to really hear yourself? It's unlike ordinary hearing. It’s like entering a realm where you think and feel differently than you did before. Following certain simple rules while you write opens the gate to this blissful realm. The more you immerse yourself in this practice, the more your thoughts open up to you.  Through Proprioceptive Writing®, (PW), you learn to listen to your thoughts with impassioned curiosity, reflect on them imaginatively, and set them free. If you feel cut off from creative expression, you can re-connect to yourself and dissolve expressive blocks. Whether you’re a writer or simply enjoy writing, PW can help you discover your voice, narrate experience, locate your life stories, center yourself in your work and your work in yourself. Through daily practice you collect a rich storehouse of raw material that you can draw on in your creative projects.  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

When: Mondays, October 27 - November 24, 2014

Time: 5:45-8:15 p.m.

Location: The Proprioceptive Writing Center, SE

                  1401 Williams Street, Suite #210

                  Chattanooga

Click on the link to register:  Express Yourself, Hear Yourself

 

Droning into the Future

Jim Thompson

Recreational drones are popping up all over America as fascination with flight and technology continues to grow.  Certainly one of the fastest growing hobbies worldwide, Chattanoogans deserve the opportunity to learn and share insights.  What are startup costs and how steep is the learning curve?  What are common sense flight rules and legal ramifications?  Are there any business opportunities?  These topics plus more will be discussed by the curious as well as the schooled.  Anyone who craves more knowledge in this arena is invited to participate. So bring your interest, drones and other questions for a delightful evening at UTC.

$25

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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

Location: UTC - EMCS 216

Click on the link to register: Droning into the Future

 

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.  

$40

When: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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

Location: UTC - EMCS 239

Click on the link to register: Getting to Know Your Digital Camera

 

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.  

$40

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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

Location: UTC - EMCS 239

Click on the link to register:  Taking Better Photos

 

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