Community Education

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    Community Education

    Northark's Community Education program features fall, spring and summer classes in a variety of subjects ranging from art to finances to computers. The Community Education Department also hosts workshops throughout the year as well as camps for middle school and high school students.

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    Community Education

    Northark's Community Education program features fall, spring and summer classes in a variety of subjects ranging from art to finances to computers. The Community Education Department also hosts workshops throughout the year as well as camps for middle school and high school students.

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Robotic Camp - Students entering Grades 6th-9th

July 10-14; 8 a.m.-Noon, $125; REGISTER FOR CAMP


Design & Construct Camp - Students entering Grades 6th-9th

July 10-14; 1 p.m.-5 p.m., $125; REGISTER FOR CAMP


Teen CERT Camp

Open to 9th-12th grade high school students. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training for Teens includes emergency preparedness and disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. High school students receive the CERT training including classroom instruction, hands-on activities and exercises to learn new life skills, serve their school and community, and experience the value of teamwork.

July 19-21; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., $80 (limited number of half price scholarships available); REGISTER FOR CAMP



Summer 2017 Community Ed. Classes

Arts and Hobbies

Make Money with Your Photography in Your Spare Time

Instructor: Eli Vega
In this highly interactive course, you will realize how close the opportunities are to make a little extra money doing something you love to do. You will learn to identify your specialties; how to deal with the myth of “the competition factor,” how to market your photography and find the markets that are right for you; pricing; copyrights; model and property releases; and more. If you have ever thought of making money with your photography in your spare time, but didn’t know where to start, this course is for you.
Sat,. July 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $85; REGISTER


Buffalo River

Buffalo River Basic Life Support CPR/AED

Instructor: Tom Burroughs
The BLS course provides a professional level CPR/AED certification for those who work in the health care field or for those who otherwise require it for their jobs. This level of certification is required for the WFR and EMT-W upgrade certifications. This specific program provides the standard BLS training and provides additional in depth training concerning outdoor specific emergencies and wilderness protocols. Successful completion results in a two-year BLS certification from ASHI. The minimum age requirement for this course is 16 (or special permission).
Buffalo River Steel Creek Facility
Thurs., July 13, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. $45; REGISTER

Buffalo River Plein Air Painting (DATES CHANGE)

Instructor: Cindy Dollard
This class will provide an opportunity to paint the Buffalo River wilderness on site, at Steel Creek. Students will be taught the basics of plein air painting at a session held in Northark, then will meet on two Saturday mornings at Steel Creek to paint on location.  The final session will be held at the college to provide students an opportunity to complete paintings and share their experiences. Plein Air painting is a long tradition that provides a unique and deep experience to the individual painter.  All levels of ability are welcome.  Supply List will be sent upon enrollment. Questions?
Thurs., June 15 and 29, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., June 17 and 24, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., $85; REGISTER

Buffalo River Re-Certification for Current WFR & EMT-W's

Instructor: Tom Burroughs
This course allows participants who hold a WFR certification no more than 3 years old (original certifying course has to have been a Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) minimum standard 72+hr course) to update their skills and knowledge to current standards and participate in numerous scenarios that will reinforce their original training. Buffalo River Steel Creek Facility
3 Day - Fri., July 14, 8 a.m. - Sun., July 16, 5:30 p.m., $275 per person; REGISTER

Wilderness EMT Upgrade (80 hrs.)

Instructor: Tom Burroughs
The WFR course can be taken by currently certified (state or National Registry) EMTs to upgrade their certification to EMT-W (Wilderness). They will go through the standard WFR course and will receive additional training as well. Successful completion will result in the Wilderness EMT certification.
9-day course with day six off for independent study — Sat., July 8, 9 a.m. - Sun., July 16, 5:30 p.m., $495; REGISTER

Buffalo River Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Instructor: Tom Burroughs
This two day course immerses participants in basic wilderness medicine procedures, preparing individuals to take immediate action when an outdoor activity doesn't go as planned and 911 responders are hours away. Time is split between interactive classroom sessions and hands-on field scenarios to prepare participants and help them quickly develop basic backcountry medical care skills. The course focus is on patient assessment, stabilization and emergency treatment of issues such as hypothermia and snakebites, as well as understanding of when and how to attempt evacuation. Participants will emerge capable of calmly responding to a wide variety of emergency situations. Minimum age requirement for this course is 14. Buffalo River Steel Creek Facility
2-day course — Sat., July 22, 8 a.m. - Sun., July 23, 5:30 p.m., $175; REGISTER

Buffalo River Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Instructor: Tom Burroughs
This course is designed to provide outdoor professionals such as rangers, guides, outdoor educators and search and rescue personnel with the skills to manage complex medical challenges in the backcountry. While this certification is required for many outdoor professions, it is also sought out by backpackers, cavers, paddlers and wilderness expedition members as well as anyone who spends time working/living in remote areas. Taught by medical professionals who possess decades of actual hands-on professional back country medical and rescue experience, the WFR course is an intensive 80 hour program that will challenge you both physically and mentally. The focus is on more than just trauma; it covers long-term management of sickness and serious health problems when quick evacuation and outside help is not an option. Time is split between hands-on medical training, lecture, discussion and both day and night field scenarios which all blend together into a learning experience that has no equal. Intensive hands on training and the development of solid "critical judgment" is the foundation for the program. The WFR certification is recognized nationwide and will give you skills for life. Successful completion results in the nationally recognized Wilderness First Responder certification from OSRE/ASHI. Certification period is for two years, with recertification required before the end of the third year. A healthcare provider level BLS CPR/AED certification is required prior to final certification. If needed, this certification is available on day six of the WFR course for a small additional fee.
9-day course with day six off for independent study — Sat., July 8, 9 a.m. - Sun., July 16, 5:30 p.m. $495; REGISTER


Computers and Technology

Adobe Photoshop Intro

Instructor: Rhonda Williams Byrd
Adobe Photoshop offers a variety of features that allow you to create, enhance and modify amazing images. Working with photos, you will get hands-on experience in color correction, red eye, retouching, repairing, recoloring, resampling, editing and deleting photo content and much more. You may bring personal photos on a flash drive, and use the flash drive to take your work home. 1-hour break for lunch.
Thurs., June 29, 8:30AM-3:30PM, $99; REGISTER

Excel Formulas (DATE CHANGE)

Instructor: Rhonda Williams Byrd
How do I put strings of text together or take strings of text apart? How do I change the case of text? How do I round numbers? How do I show formulas in calls? How do I tell how many cells in a range contain numbers, text or are blank? How can I begin a number with a zero? If you have ever wondered these things, or have wanted to learn more about Excel formulas, this is the class for you. This half-day class is devoted to learning more about the formulas that are built in to Excel, and how to use them to make your data more efficient. For moderate to proficient Excel users.
Thurs., July 13, 8:30 a.m.-noon, $99; REGISTER


Instructor: Rhonda Williams Byrd
This course covers all PowerPoint 2013 has to offer for creating, designing, delivering, and creating handouts for presentations. You will learn slide layout and design; inserting content on slides; normal, slide sorter and slide show views; slide transition; content animation; inserting tables and charts; creating photo albums; using sound and recordings; preparing for a wide audience using presentation CD and video; and printing handouts.
Thurs., June 15, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $99; REGISTER


Professional Development

Grant Writing Tips and Tricks

Instructor: Jo McEntire
Does the idea of receiving grant funds excite you? Have you entertained the idea of writing a grant, but the task seems daunting? Join Jo McEntire for an overview of the grant-writing process, along with tips, tricks (and secrets) to grant writing. This is an introductory workshop for the beginning grant writer. You will be introduced to terminology, research, planning, proposals sections, writing tips and more. If you have a passion to make something good happen this workshop will point you in the right direction. 1-hour break for lunch.
Sat., June 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $65; REGISTER


Special Interest

Fiddling for Youth Workshops

Instructor: Jim Christensen
Fiddling for beginners, youth ages 7 through 17, entry-level fiddle playing, four sessions to be held. Students will need to bring a fiddle, bow, case, rosin, tuner and a music stand. Jim Christensen has played fiddle for 33 years, is a regular at fiddle contests and jam sessions and is a member of the Arkansas Old-Time Fiddlers Association.
Thursdays, May 25, June 15, July 6 and July 27, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., FREE; REGISTER

Photography Advanced: Learning from Critiques

Instructor: Crystal Earl
Looking to push your photography further, but not sure what to do? Join Crystal for weekly assignments and peer critiques designed to help you take your photography skills to the next level. Basic or intermediate classes are not pre-requisites, but basic photography knowledge is preferred.
Mon., July 3- 31, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., $99; REGISTER

Photography Basics: Taking Your Camera Off Auto and Loving It

Instructor: Crystal Earl
Ever wonder what those buttons are for on your camera? Want to learn how to do more than just point and shoot? In this hands-on class, you will work on proper exposure, shutter speed, ISO, aperture, composition and lighting. Take your camera off the "auto" setting and feel the excitement! Please bring your camera to class — film or digital.
Mon. May 1- June 12, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., $99; REGISTER
Tues., May 2 - June 13, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $99; REGISTER

Wiring Basics

Instructor: David Zirkle
Participants will learn basic residential wiring for outlets, light fixtures, ceiling fans, single and 3-way switches, GFCI's and wire gauge selection for each application. How to use electrical circuit testing equipment and troubleshooting will also be covered. All electrical tools will be furnished and students are required to wear safety glasses at all times in the lab areas.
Mon.-Wed., June 26-28, 8 a.m.-noon, $65; REGISTER



Multidisciplinary Cultural Immersion Travel Course: Thailand May 2018

Instructor: Jackson Murray
In collaboration with the Aramfo Educational Foundation for Multicultural Education and Student's Understanding, North Arkansas College is offering a multidisciplinary cultural immersion travel course (short-term study abroad). This study abroad opportunity will include visits to five cities in Thailand, and will be led by a diverse, multidisciplinary team of Northark faculty and staff. Multiple academic modules will be paired directly with on-site travel excursions. Attendees will gain an in-depth experience of Thai culture, history, art, literature and business. The trip is scheduled for the last two weeks of May 2018. Attendees will be required to attend a pre-trip preparation meeting and a post-trip debriefing session. The cost of the trip (includes airfare, accommodations based on triple-occupancy rooms, two meals per day, in-country travel in Thailand and admission to all events/destinations) is $2,950. For more information, contact Jackson Murray at 870-391-3295 or email him at Come learn more about this exciting educational opportunity during one of the public interest sessions scheduled.
Thurs., June 8, 6 p.m-7 p.m.; REGISTER
Thurs., July 13, 6 p.m-7 p.m.; REGISTER
Tues., Aug. 15, 6 p.m-7 p.m.; REGISTER