|MPCC schedule offers for-credit, community education classes|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 31 December 2015 00:00|
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC) Imperial Campus Spring Course Schedule has hit the mailboxes, and it’s a “bag full of gifts.”
While MPCC offers many for-credit classes and classes on serious subjects, it also offers many fun community education classes.
The spring’s community education classes include Resolution Solutions, in which MPCC pairs up with Synergy Total Fitness. Imperial Campus Coordinator Brenda Ledall explained that a person can sign up for a three-week trial period and try out the Stretch and Cycle, Tai Chi Fusion and Fit and Fabulous classes.
“It gives them a chance to try the class and if they like it, they may sign up on a long term basis,” she explained.
Another class Ledall is most excited about is Financial Peace, a Dave Ramsey class that has been featured at several local churches.
“The instructors have a wonderful story about how they got out of a huge amount of debt,” she explained. The class is taught by Wrex and Stefane Phipps.
Other community education classes include Commercial Driver’s License Training; Paper Rosette Wall Decor; Completely You about hairstyles; Early Childhood Education Workshop; Basics of Investing; Introduction to Fly Fishing, and the Vine to Wine Series at Broken Arrow Cellars.
Ledall is pleased about the Pair up for Pastry class, which brings a child and adult together in the kitchen. “We wanted to pair a child and adult in a class,” she said.
The process for choosing community education classes, Ledall said, is a collaboration between her and Carla Colton, an MPCC employee.
“We get a big sheet of white paper and stick it on the wall and brainstorm,” she laughed.
“Sometimes we do have a request from some people for a class, or a popular instructor that has many students” might recommend a new class.
There are a number of for-credit classes, both day and night, this spring. The list is heavy on business, Ledall said, because a number of MPCC students at the Imperial campus are working on business degrees now.
“We try to anticipate what the students we have need for their degree program,” she explained. The classes are taught through Distance Learning (DL) or by an instructor on campus.
Ledall said some students don’t want to take classes online, so DL or a class at the campus is more attractive.
In addition, Ledall wants to utilize the equipment on campus.
There are 10 dual credit classes being taught at Chase County Schools (CCS) this spring. A student may take a class for both high school and college credit. A new dual credit class this spring is Personal Finance, taught by CCS teacher Sandy O’Neil.
The Sunday College classes this spring, taught on Sunday afternoons and evenings, result in an Associate’s Degree in two years.
Those classes are Intro to Psychology, Dealing with Diversity, Intro to Literature and American History I.
MPCC also offers medical classes, Adult Education classes, GED Preparation classes and Learning English Language courses.