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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Online Lifelong Learning

Leadercast 2017

In 2017, Leadercast will explore what can happen when teams and individuals are connected with purpose, creating a strong organizational culture with intentional leadership that inspires extraordinary results. Speakers include Molly Fletcher, former top sports agent and author; Andy Stanley, leadership author and communicator; Daniel Pink, behavioral science expert, author and host of Crowd Control; and Suzy Welch, author, TV commentator and business journalist.
May 5, 7:45AM-4:00PM; lunch and snacks will be provided
Register by calling (870) 391-3100 or with our online form.

Buffalo River Microbiology Workshop

The Buffalo River will set the stage for research conducted by high school students, science teachers and college students. Students can expect to learn water collection techniques, common bacteria culturing techniques for identifying types, use of microscope for typing bacteria and much more.

May 8-12, 8:00AM-5:00PM; REGISTER

Camps

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

 

Basketball Camp - Boys & Girls entering K-1st Grade

May 31-June 2; 9 a.m.-Noon, $50; REGISTER FOR CAMP

 

Basketball Camp - Boys & Girls entering 2nd-3rd Grade

May 31-June 2; 1-4 p.m., $50; REGISTER FOR CAMP

 

Basketball Camp - Girls entering 4th-6th Grade

June 5-7; 9 a.m.-Noon, $50; REGISTER FOR CAMP

 

Basketball Camp - Boys entering 4th-6th Grade

June 5-7; 1-4 p.m., $50; REGISTER FOR CAMP

 

Softball Clinic -Girls entering K-5th Grade

May 13; 10 a.m.-Noon, $25; REGISTER FOR CAMP

 

Softball Clinic - Girls entering 6th-12th Grade

May 20; 10 a.m.-Noon, $25; REGISTER FOR CAMP

 

Tennis Clinic - Boys & Girls entering K-5th Grade

May 13; 1-3 p.m., $25; REGISTER FOR CAMP

 

Tennis Clinic - Boys & Girls entering 6th-12th Grade

May 20; 1-3 p.m., $25; REGISTER FOR CAMP

Spring 2017 Community Ed. Classes

Computers and Technology

 

Google Advanced

Instructor: Lauren Rhoades
In this two session course you will explore some of the numerous ways to use Google Drive and Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets, in addition to delving farther into any of the Google Basic topics that participants desire. BYOD (bring your own device) to hone your Google skills.
Thurs, March 30 & April 6, 5:30-7:30PM, $30; REGISTER

 

Excel Level II

Instructor: Rhonda Williams Byrd
This course covers large workbooks with multiple worksheets; 3D formulas; more advanced formulas for financial, logical and date questions; Excel as a data sheet (database table), including sorting and filtering; charts; and SmartArt and shapes for flowcharting. 1-hour lunch break.

Thur, April 13, 8:30AM-3:30PM, $99; REGISTER

 

Excel Level III

Instructor: Rhonda Williams Byrd
This course covers how to use Excel for a variety of problem-solving tasks including using Excel as a database; utilizing conditional formatting; data validation; the data series and the Data Table; outlining and sub totaling; Paste Special with calculations; consolidating; programmatic formulas including VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, ISERROR, and nested IF statements with AND & OR; and Pivot Tables and Charts. Excel Levels II and III can be taken in any order. 1-hour lunch break.
Thur, May 11, 8:30AM-3:30PM, $99; REGISTER

Fitness and Health

Gentle Yoga 

Instructor: Asha Ravari
Designed for those who have never experienced a yoga class or for those who prefer gentler movements, this 6 weeks course of yoga practice. We’ll explore breath, postures and relaxation. The goals of this class include relaxation of body and mind; stress relief; better sleep and better mood. Asha Ravari is a well-trained, certified yoga teacher with 20 years’ experience.
Tues, Feb 28-April 11, 6:00-7:30PM, $79; REGISTER

 

Money and Finance

Retirement Planning: It’s Never Too Soon or Too Late to Start 

Instructor: Layne Ragsdale
This class takes a look at how retirement has changed through the years, helps, attendees estimate how much they may need to retire, review their current efforts, examine the tools available to them, and help them develop an investment strategy to pursue their goals. Layne Ragsdale is a Certified Financial Planner™with 11 years of experience in helping people make better financial decisions. She is a graduate from College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO and the owner of The Nest Financial in Harrison, AR.
Tues, March 28, 6:30-9:30PM, Free; REGISTER

 

Kids & Cash

Skills for Surviving & Thriving

Instructor: Layne Ragsdale
Is your school preparing your child for life? Not when it comes to money... that’s your job. We all want our kids to grow up financially secure. That’s why teaching them about money starts at home. Learn what you should be discussing with your kids to give them the skills they need to prepare for their financial future. In this class, you’ll receive guidance on how to spot opportunities for lessons in spending, saving and earning money, talk to them about your family’s money story and crack the codes on how other parents have successfully taught their kids about financial decisions. Layne Ragsdale is a Certified Financial Planner™ with 11 years of experience in helping people make better financial decisions. She is a graduate from College of the Ozarks in Branson, Mo., and the owner of The Nest Financial in Harrison. 

Tues, April 25, 6:30-9:30PM, Free; REGISTER


Aging & Its Financial Implications

Instructor: Layne Ragsdale & Cathy Golden
Lifestyles may change dramatically in our 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond, and the reality of retirement may turn out quite differently from what we have envisioned. Unfortunately, many people look at their “golden years” in idealized terms, and have not given careful consideration to the realities of aging. Aging and frailty know no economic boundaries and often bring physical, lifestyle, financial planning, family, psychological and social challenges. This class will be great for retirees, people planning for the retirement stage of life or adult children who want to help their parents as they age. Understanding regarding the realities of retirement can help in giving financial, emotional and family considerations the proper attention well in advance in order to make appropriate plans.  Layne Ragsdale is a Certified Financial Planner™ with 11 years of experience in helping people make better financial decisions.  She is a graduate from College of the Ozarks in Branson, Mo., and the owner of The Nest Financial in Harrison. Cathy Golden of the Harrison law firm of Sprott, Golden and Bardwell will also participate. 

Tues, April 18, 6:30-9:30PM, Free; REGISTER


Financial Basics: Banking & Credit

Instructor: Dave Fitton
Banking is more than just opening a checking account. Learn what you need to know to make banking and credit cards less intimidating. You’ll hear about the different types of bank and checking accounts, the five elements of a check, and what happens after you write a check. Reconciliation, debit cards, and internet banking, as well as credit history, financial accountability, tracking, credit scores, incentives, and credit limits will be covered.
Mon, April 3, 6:00PM-7:30PM, Free; REGISTER


Financial Basics: Budgeting & Time Management

Instructor: Dave Fitton
Learn what you need to know to make budgeting less intimidating and improve your basic financial skills along with how managing your time can be a valuable asset. Discover the logic of daily to-do lists, setting priorities, scheduling repetitive tasks, manual & digital tools, multi-tasking, and accountability. Managing finances, budget elements, fixed & variable expenses, potential sources of income, potential expenses, actual revenue & expenses, excess revenue, digital budgeting, and personal accounting software will all be covered. Bring your questions!
Tue, April 4, 6:00PM-7:30PM, Free; REGISTER


Financial Basics: Purchasing Power & Maximizing Major Spending Areas

Instructor: Dave Fitton
The key to maximizing your purchasing power and staying on budget is doing your homework. Learn effective purchasing techniques for housing, transportation, food & clothing, communication/information, and entertainment. Learn tips to avoid impulse buys, determine fair market price, and save money on purchases. 
Wed, April 5, 6:00PM-7:30PM, Free; REGISTER


Couponing in the Ozarks: A Guide to Getting the Most Bang for your Buck

Instructor: Jessie Woelbing
We’ve all experienced the increasing costs of going to the grocery store. Would you like to learn how to drastically cut you’re spending, but feel confused and overwhelmed about where to begin? It’s easy! We’ll teach you to organize coupons, gather coupons from print and online resources, and combine strategies to get the biggest savings for your household. You will learn the tricks of extreme couponers and how to put them into practice without going to extreme measures. Jessie will also cover the price match policy at Wal-Mart, how to combine the policy with coupons, and how to create a true stockpile. You’ll save enough in 1 or 2 shopping trips to cover the cost of this class!

Sat, March 4, 10:00AM-2:00PM, $20
Sat, April 22, 10:00AM-2:00PM, $20
REGISTER

Special Interest

Photography Basics
Taking Your Camera off Auto & 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.

Tues, Feb 14-Mar 28, 9:00AM-12:00PM, $99; 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 prerequisites, but basic photography knowledge is preferred.

Tues, Feb 14-Mar 28, 5:30-8:30PM, $99; REGISTER

 

Fiddling for Beginners - Youth  

Instructor: Jim Christensen
After-School for students ages 7 - 18, basic entry level instruction. Fiddle tunes taught by ear, and from sheet music, and from tablature. Students will need to bring a fiddle, bow, case, rosin, tuner and a music stand. For students who do not have a fiddle, Guitar Smith will be in attendance the first class to receive orders.  Jim Christensen has played the fiddle for 33 years, is a regular at fiddle contests and jam sessions, and is a member of the Arkansas Old-Time Fiddlers Association.
Thurs, Feb 16-May 11, 4:00-5:00PM, Free; REGISTER


American Sign Language

Instructor: Valerie Deen
American Sign Language (ASL) is the predominant sign language of deaf communities in the United States and English-speaking parts of Canada. A thorough introduction to ASL, you will be taught the basics to communicate: basic vocabulary, simple sentences, the alphabet, and finger spelling. You will also receive an overview of the deaf culture to help you better understand ASL. Valerie will lead you through a series of interactive games to make your learning experience more fun. Valerie Dean is a dual certified interpreter, NIC-A National Certified Advanced, and K-12 EIPA Educational Interpreter in Arkansas.

Tues & Thurs, Feb 21-Mar 16, 6:30-8:30PM, $99; REGISTER

 

American Sign Language II

Instructor: Valerie Deen
For those who have completed American Sign Language I, this course will better equip you to communicate. You will increase your knowledge of deaf culture, become more familiar with the structure of ASL, learn more vocabulary including nouns and verbs, and complete more complicated sentences.

Tues & Thurs, April 4-27, 6:30PM-8:30PM, $99; REGISTER

 

Dog Obedience

Instructor: Sherry Gibbany
Offered in conjunction with the North Arkansas Kennel Club, this class is for dogs age 6 months or older.  This class is designed to teach your dog to heel, sit, come and do a long sit or down/stay. Please bring a choke collar, six foot nylon or leather lead and treats.

Mon, March 27- May 1, 6:00-7:00PM, $45; REGISTER

 

Boating Education

Instructor: Wayne Cone
Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must have successfully completed an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Boating Education Course and carry proof while operating a motorboat on Arkansas water. The law also affects operators of sailboats. The Arkansas Boating Education Course teaches the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating in order to reduce loss of life, personal injury and property damage.

Sat, March 11, 8:00AM-2:30PM, Free
Sat, April 15, 8:00AM-2:30PM, Free
Sat, May 13, 8:00AM-2:30PM, Free
REGISTER

 

Frog Listening

Instructor: Linda Glass, Arkansas Master Naturalist

Learn to identify all the frogs and toads in our area by their calls. You will learn why they are important, why they are in trouble, and what you can do to help. In addition, you will receive an introduction to wetlands and a description of the national frog monitoring network, FrogWatch USA. You will also have the option of becoming a certified FrogWatch USA citizen scientist.

Thurs, Mar 30 & Apr 6, 6:00-8:00PM, Free; REGISTER

 

Old Testament

Instructor: James Bryant
Delve into the historical and religious foundations of the Old Testament, from creation’s beginning through the development of the people of Israel as a nation. You will also explore the major themes in the Bible books referred to as Poetry, Wisdom and the Prophets. Please bring a Bible to class.

Thurs, Feb 16-Mar 23, 7:00-9:00PM, $79: REGISTER


New Testament

Instructor: James Bryant
This course studies the development of the Christian Church as seen through the Teachings of Jesus through the Gospels, the history through Acts, and the major themes found in the Epistles and the Book of Revelation. Please bring a Bible to class.

Thurs, Mar 30-May 4, 7:00-9:00PM, $79; REGISTER