1) Stephenson Center for Appalachian to Offer Variety of Summer Courses
While spring advances at Lees-McRae College, everyone will soon be singing, “It’s summer time and the learning is easy.” The Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s summer courses offer something for everyone. The schedule is staggered to give students the change to take a variety of options focusing on the mountains and choose either seated or online classes. Dr. Stewart Skeate’s Appalachian Ecology course will be held May 19-30. The class meets from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Dr.Skeate takes his students to a wide variety of mountain natural communities. Also beginning May 19 is Genealogy Research in Appalachia offered by professor Faith Shaffner. The course runs through July 25 and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3:15 p.m. as Shaffner provides an intensive introduction to genealogy research using a variety of materials. Beginning June 2, Dr. Michael Joslin will offer an Appalachian Photography class that will run through June 9. THe course meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday as Joslin takes the class to various natural and historical sites each morning, then back to the classroom for the students to edit their digital photographs and present them to the class. For those who prefer studying on their own schedule, several online courses are available. Beginning May 19, Professor Matt Hitechew will offer History of the Appalachian Trail, which runs through June 20, and History of the Southern Appalachian Region, which also runs through June 20 and professor Jesse Knight will offer Appalachian Documentary Production, which runs through Aug. 1. Beginning May 26 and running through June 20 is professor Kathy Olson’s Feminine Voice in Appalachian Literature. This course examines women writers in Appalachia whose work covers the entire scope of individual experience, wielding literary force as well as political and social influence. Next, beginning May 26 is professor Megan Weaver’s Appalachian Dialect which runs through June 30. This course provides an overview of Appalachian Dialect by focusing on its historical roots and current state. Emphasis will be given to the stereotypes, identity and traditional grammatical and syntactical features of the dialect along with its impact on and relationship with public education in the south. All of these courses can be taken for credit or can be audited. For further information, visit lmc.edu/summerschool. To register for a course, please contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected] or 828-898-3478. Don’t waste another summer looking for something to do. Lees-McRae College offers you many opportunities to learn and have fun at the same time.
2) CCC&TI Offers Classes
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute is now taking applications for summer classes. If you are interested in attending classes this summer at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, call the college’s Caldwell Campus at 828-726-2200 or the Watauga Campus at 828-297-3811 to get started. Final registration for summer semester is May 13. Summer classes begin May 15. For more information visit www.cccti.edu.
- CCC&TI will offer a ServSafe certification course this sumer on both campuses. The class will be offered through the Corporate and Continuing Education Department from 12-4 p.m. May 19-May 22 on the Caldwell campus in Hudson. The Watauga Campus classes will be offered from 12-4 p.m. June 23-26. At the end of class, students will take the test for their ServSafe Certification with the National Restaurant Association. The cost of the class is $71.
- The Landscape Gardening Program will offer a series of new courses on the Watauga Campus in Boone. The summer semester classes which begin the week of May 15 include: Plant Materials I, Summer Gardening Lab.
- CCC&TI will offer an online Horticulture Pest Management course from May 15-July 18. The course will focus on the principles of pest management for landscape and preparation for the pesticide applicators licensing exam. The state exam will be given on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson July 12 at 2 p.m.
- CCC&TI will offer new music courses on the Watauga Campus in Boone starting in the fall. THe courses include Chorus I and MUS 131, Guitar I, MUS 151G, Band I, MUS 133.
3) Boone United Trail Grand Opening June 7
Celebrate National Trails Day on June the 7th on Boone’s newest hiking trail. Boone United Methodist Church and the Blue Ridge Conservancy are proud to announce the grand opening of the Boone United Trail on June 7th from 11am-2pm. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 12pm. Live music, free BBQ lunch, bounce houses, and guided hikes will be provided. The hiking trail loop begins and ends at the Boone United Methodist Church picnic shelter and is perfect for the whole family. Open to the whole community.