Personal Enrichment / Community Education

Personal Enrichment / Community Education

Join us for this complimentary course presented by Raymond N. Beebe, Esq., CPA, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Topics will include long term care options and hospice, avoid death tax traps that can affect the whole family, wills, and trusts used in estate planning, and durable powers of attorney and health care declarations.

PDEV-124 (2 hours)
Fee: Free (registration is required to reserve a seat in this workshop) 

  • Section OW01-Live Online
    Wednesday, March 24, 2-4 p.m.
  • Section MW02-Mays Landing Campus
    Wednesday, April 21, 2-4 p.m.

Are you looking to start a family research project? Have you started your research and keep hitting brick walls? This workshop will provide tips and tricks on how to conduct family searches through reliable sources. With the development and use of DNA testing and vital records, it is easier than ever. Students can bring their materials if they have already started doing research.

CEGN-129 (3 hours)
Fee: $39 

  • Section CW01-Cape May County Campus
    Saturday, March 6, 1-4 p.m.
  • Section MW02- Mays Landing Campus
    Saturday, April 17, 1-4 p.m.

Learn all the crochet basics, from how to hold the yarn and hook to crocheting all the basic stitches, including chain stitches, slip stitches, single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, and others. You will also work on a scarf project during this workshop. Please bring one size J crochet hook and two skeins of worsted weight yarn (color of your choice). 

CEGN-103 (16 hours)
Fee: $89 

  • Section MW01-Mays Landing Campus
    Saturdays, beginning March 6 (ends May 1), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This course will teach students to create actual floral designs. Students must be prepared to purchase flowers from the instructor each week to use for the floral creations (approximately $25 each week, payable to the instructor). Students will also need to bring a knife, wire cutters, and scissors to each class session.

CEGN-102 (9 hours)
Fee: $69 

  • Section CW02-Cape May County Campus
    Mondays, beginning March 22 (ends April 26), 7-8:30 p.m.

Discover the primary uses of social media platforms, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn and how they differ. Learn the basics of operating each platform and which ones you should utilize based on your lifestyle, career, or business.

PDEV-137 (3 hours)
Fee: $39 

  • Section CW01-Cape May County Campus
    Tuesday, April 13, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

You understand social media basics, so what is next? Discover the latest trends and tactics on how to harness the power of social media platforms, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

PDEV-173 (3 hours)
Fee: $39

  • Section CW01-Cape May County Campus
    Tuesday, May 4, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

LIVE ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Participants will learn how to strengthen their public speaking skills, including techniques to ease frayed nerves and methods to improve delivery. Attendees will also learn how to make an impression and best communicate in a group setting with confidence.

PDEV-151 (3 hours)
Fee: $39 

  • Section OW02-Live Online
    Thursday, March 11, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

If you are not using a spreadsheet to track your family budget or track expenses, you are missing out. Follow along with our instructor as you learn the basics of using Google Sheets to manage your spending goals and track monthly payments and savings plans. Google Sheets is accessible through Google Drive with a Gmail account anywhere, anytime, on a desktop or laptop, smartphone, or tablet.

COAP-126 (3 hours)
Fee: $39

  • Section OW02-Live Online
    Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

This seminar is an overview of the stock market and financial world and is perfect for the beginner or seasoned investor. We will discuss what makes a stock/bond move in value and select the correct investments for you. We will also discuss what kind of plan is best for the attendee’s future. This seminar is presented in partnership with USB Financial Services and Clete Schwegman and presented through Skype.

CFIN-103 (3 hours)
Fee: $39 

  • Section OW02-Live Online
    Wednesdays, February 9 and 16, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

General Interest

Are you looking for natural ways to achieve and maintain optimal health? Join us for this series of educational and empowering workshops to learn how to apply natural approaches to facilitate your body’s natural health building potential (both physically and emotionally). Optimal health is more than just the absence of disease or symptoms; it is a state of vibrant being.

By taking the whole series, you will receive an introduction to the following: Transformational Breathing, Energy Healing Work, Nutrition, and Kripalu Yoga, and Meditation. Alternatively, you can pick and choose specific workshop topics. Individual class descriptions and dates can be found after this listing.

All sessions are led by Kathy Smith, a private Holistic Health Practitioner. Kathy Smith has over 20 years of experience in the Holistic Health Field and nearly 20 years as a Certified Breath Facilitator. She is trained as a Naturopathic Doctor, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Neuromuscular Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, E.M.F. Practitioner, Weight Loss Coach, and Life Coach. 

CEGN-106 (6 hours)
Fee: $79 

  • Section MW03-Mays Landing Campus
    Thursdays, beginning April 22 (ends May 13), 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Section CW01-Cape May County Campus
    Thursdays, beginning March 18 (ends April 8), 10-11:30 a.m.

Transformational Breath is an easy to learn breath technique that is a powerful healing modality for the body, mind, and spirit. Transformational Breath may help reduce stress in your life, increase energy and creativity, help with addictive patterns, increase your metabolism, improve mental and emotional clarity, help you to experience more joy in your life, integrate suppressed/repressed emotions, increase efficiency of your body, resolve childhood traumas and detoxify and help to heal your body. Bring a yoga mat, water, and two pillows.

CEGN-121 (1.5 hours)
Fee: $25 

  • Section MW03-Mays Landing Campus
    Thursday, April 22, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Section CW01-Cape May County Campus
    Thursday, March 18, 10-11:30 a.m.

When a person feels unbalanced physically, emotionally, or mentally, Energy Work aids to restore and realign the body’s subtle vibrations, two favorite modalities are Reiki and Chakra Healing.

This workshop is an introduction to both Reiki and Chakra Healing and will provide you with Chakra Balancing and experience with Reiki Energy.

The word Reiki can be translated as “universal life energy.” The Usui System works with Reiki for healing oneself or others. Reiki practitioners place their hands on or over the part of the body that needs balancing and channels energy into the body. This may be felt as a temperature change or tingling, or just deep relaxation.

Chakras are the circular vortexes of energy located in seven different points on the spinal column. All the seven chakras are connected to various organs and glands within the body. Chakra Healing balances these seven chakras, bringing the body and emotions into balance.

CEGN-203 (1.5 hours)
Fee: $25 

  • Section MW03-Mays Landing Campus
    Thursday, April 29, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Section CW01-Cape May County Campus
    Thursday, March 25, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

In today’s world, with all of the health issues and toxins in the environment, how does one stay healthy and happy? In this class, you will learn about DNA, blood type diet possibilities, and the mycotoxins that we are exposed to. Also, we will discuss the use of vitamins and what they have to do with our health.

CEGN-169 (1.5 hours)
Fee: $25 

  • Section MW03-Mays Landing Campus
    Thursday, May 6, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Section CW01-Cape May County Campus
    Thursday, April 1, 10-11:30 a.m.

Kripalu Yoga is the “Yoga of Compassion.” It begins with understanding your body and how you can comfortably bring your body into each pose. It also encourages inward focus and spiritual attunement. Practicing Kripalu Yoga can initiate a gradual process of physical healing, psychological growth, and spiritual awakening. This workshop is appropriate for all levels. Join us as we practice short meditations. Please bring a yoga mat, water, and a small towel.

CEGN-207 (1.5 hours)
Fee: $25 

  • Section MW03-Mays Landing Campus
    Thursday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Section CW01-Cape May County Campus
    Thursday, April 8, 10-11:30 a.m.

We have all heard of eBay, but have you ever used it? Are you afraid to buy something because you may not do it correctly or do not know how to get the best deal? This class is for you! This seminar will introduce you to eBay’s world and review all aspects of how to use eBay for buying and selling. It will cover tips on which sellers to avoid, what is too good to be true, and how to determine which seller to buy from. We will also cover tips on listing an item for sale at the right price to attract the right buyer. If you are interested in selling something specific on eBay, please bring in all information (including any code numbers) about the item, and we will use it as an example in class.

COAP-116 (4 hours)
Fee: $45 

  • Section CW01-Cape May County Campus
    Tuesdays, March 2 and 16, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Prerequisite: To take this class, students must have taken our Beginner Buying and Selling on eBay workshops or be an experienced eBay buyer and have some experience selling on eBay. 

Learn tips on listing an item for sale at the right price and calculating billing and shipping charges. Learn how to ship an item most cost-effectively. We will also cover scenarios like “why didn’t my item sell?” and make suggestions on tweaking a description page, photos, and pricing to attract the right buyer. If you are interested in selling an item, bring in as much information on the product as possible, and we will use it as a sample listing.

COAP-189 (2 hours)
Fee: $29 

  • Section CW01-Cape May County Campus
    Tuesday, March 30, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

With financial independence, retirement can be the most fulfilling time of life. This class covers essential money management concepts and issues that are critical to people at or near retirement. Topics include reducing pressures on retirement income and which assets are appropriate for retirement income, which are appropriate for lifetime use and which assets are appropriate for future generations, how to make the right health care decisions, and options on how to transfer assets to other generations of family. An optional financial planning consultation is provided after the class. A “hear it, see it, read it, write it” teaching method makes it easy for students to understand and remember the practical information. The Fee includes a workbook and study aids.

CFIN-106 (6 hours)
Fee: $59 (couples may attend together for this fee) 

  • Section CW03-Cape May County Campus
    Saturdays, March 6 and 13, 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Section CW05-Cape May County Campus
    Thursdays, March 11 and 18, 6-9 p.m.
  • Section OW04-Live Online
    Tuesdays, March 9 and 16, 6-9 p.m.

Bring a digital SLR camera to class and gain a full understanding of the functions it has to offer. Learn what shutter speeds, f-stops, and ISO mean through hands-on picture taking. Other topics will include composition, lighting, sports photography, and more. 

CEGN-172 (6 hours)
Fee: $69 (supplies not included) 

  • Section MW02-Mays Landing Campus
    Tuesdays, March 2, 9 and 16, 6-8 p.m.

Expand your photography knowledge and practice fill-flash outdoors, portrait photography, macro, landscape, sports, and nature photography. Students will learn what equipment and techniques are needed to get the best results. Some equipment will be provided for hands-on work, but bring your SLR camera. This class is not for point and shoot cameras.

CEGN-191 (4 hours)
Fee: $49 (supplies not included) 

  • Section MW02-Mays Landing Campus
    Tuesdays, March 30, and April 6, 6-8 p.m.

Music

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the guitar? Studies have shown that playing a musical instrument can benefit both your mental and physical health. It stimulates the brain and improves memory. Have fun while learning the basics from Eric “Rick” Land of Rick’s Rock Guitar School, who has more than ten years of experience playing and teaching. You will learn chords, scales, music theory, and your favorite songs. Bring your guitar; an electronic tuner is recommended.

FINE-126 (12 hours)
Fee: $149 

  • Section OW02-Live Online
    Mondays, beginning February 15 (ends April 5), 6:30-8 p.m.

Languages

This course exposes participants to practical French for immediate application. Participants may have some or no knowledge of the language. The course seeks out the basic but key French elements used in practical situations, such as understanding or giving directions, expressing oneself, requesting assistance in traveling, lodging, shopping. Course dialogue is to be held bilingually (English-French). 

LANG-102 (14 hours)
Fee: $139 (textbook not included) 

  • Section OW02-Live Online
    Thursdays beginning February 18 (ends April 1), 6-8 p.m.

Communication is a vital part of our world. If students desire to learn this unique and beautiful language, or brush up on the basics, join us. Students will be introduced to information on deaf culture and history and learn basic sign language skills to communicate with the deaf or hard of hearing.

LANG-145 (16 hours)
Fee: $149 (textbook not included) 

  • Section MW02-Mays Landing Campus
    Tuesdays beginning March 30 (ends May 18), 6-8 p.m.

Foundation Computer Skills for Veterans

Citizens/Veterans Advisory Council (CVAC) was created to help veterans and their families. We are a team of veteran and citizen volunteers dedicated to making a difference in the lives of veterans and their families in Cape May County. We have positioned our website as a “one-stop-shop,” designed to identify available resources easily. CVAC is providing foundation computer skills for veterans at no cost.

Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call for dates.

Veterans interested in taking one or all of the foundation skills workshops may call (609) 343-5655 to register.

During this workshop, participants will learn the basics of sending and responding to emails and navigating the Internet. (Continental Breakfast begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch provided.)

COAP-100 (4 hours)
Fee: Free 

  • Section CC02-Cape May County Campus

During this workshop, participants will learn the elements of beginning a Google Doc, saving, printing, and editing their documents. Participants will also learn how to manage their files in the Google environment. (Continental Breakfast begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch provided.)

COAP-193 (4 hours)
Fee: Free 

  • Section CC02-Cape May County Campus

During this workshop, participants will learn how to create a spreadsheet in Google Sheets. Spreadsheet creation will include labels, adding, and subtraction of cells. Participants will also learn how to scan documents and save them as attachments for email or save them in the Google environment. (Continental Breakfast begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch provided.)

COAP-156 (4 hours)
Fee: Free 

  • Section CC02-Cape May County Campus

Register Online

ATTENTION: Our Online registration form is for use when registering for Workforce Development programs. Please call (609) 343-5655 to register using VISA, Mastercard or American Express or stop by our admissions office Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to begin the process for registering for a career training program.