Community Education Programs
Start a Pet Sitting Business
In this course, you'll master the essentials of running a cat and dog sitting business. You'll begin with pet care, including nutrition, exercise, first aid, and identification of common diseases. You'll learn the basics of first aid and find out how to administer pills, liquid medications, and injections to an uncooperative cat or dog.
Next, you'll discover how to handle home visits and impress your potential clients. You'll also explore sticky situations that can arise, such as lost pets, pets that die unexpectedly, and pets that need immediate veterinary care.
In addition, you'll delve into finances and explore start-up costs, accounting, fee-setting, business plans, and low-cost marketing. You'll find out how to obtain required insurance, hire employees as your business expands, and entice financial institutions to loan you money.
To complete the picture, you'll identify many opportunities for expanding your pet sitting services. Is a dog-walking service right for you? Can you train puppies? Do you want to look after other animals, including horses?
By the end of this course, you'll have all the knowledge you need to become a professional pet sitter. In addition, you'll see how your pet sitting business can grow to continually challenge and satisfy you.
Discover Sign Language
You'll begin with an introduction to the language itself, and learn to create the signs for numbers. You'll also master the sign alphabet so you can fingerspell proper names.
Then you'll learn to sign phrases and expand to complete sentences, and see how to put it all together so you can introduce yourself and start a conversation. Along the way you'll learn signs for colors, numbers, where you live, family, and the activities you like to do and even the ones you don't.
Throughout, you'll learn by watching videos that demonstrate how to make the signs and how to incorporate facial expressions to communicate in this beautiful language. This course is taught using the best practices of the industry with a minimum of audio support. Throughout, you'll be immersed in silence, so you'll gain an understanding of the perspective of Deaf people and sign language.
You'll also gain an introduction to the world of Deaf culture and explore topics such as lipreading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting. By the end of the course, when you meet a Deaf person, you'll be ready to sign!
Introduction to Journaling
We'll cover everything you need to know about journaling, including a seven-step process that will ease you into writing a journal, even if you've never journaled before. You'll get detailed instructions on developing, decorating, and customizing your journal, and you'll learn exciting new ways to express yourself and develop your creativity.
You'll find out how you can use your journal to explore your thoughts, feelings, and values, and you'll learn how to use your journal to support you as you develop true emotional well-being. You'll also understand how journaling can ease the stress of unwanted change throughout the course of your life. You'll even discover how journaling can help you choose the best career for you or advance in your current career.
Home Alone Safety (Tweens & Teens) with CPR/AED Certification *Cancelled due to low enrollment
Offered in partnership with Safety Savvy Kids & Grown-Ups™. Each course includes Home Alone Program and Adult & Pediatric Training First Aid/CPR/AED.
Adult & Pediatric Training First Aid/CPR/AED for Tweens & Teens
Rejuvenate Your Retirement®
Tuesdays 1/31-2/7/2017; 1-3pm, 2 sessions (WPG015-75)
Tuesdays 3/21-3/28/2017; 1-3pm, 2 sessions (WPG015-65)
This unique and comprehensive course focuses on the issues and financial concepts that are important to retirees. In straightforward language, this course explains financial strategies designed to accomplish objectives such as tax-efficient income planning, lifestyle preservation, inflation protection and providing a legacy.
Tuesdays 4/4-4/11/2017; 6-9pm, 2 sessions (WPG169-72)
Whether you are just beginning to develop a retirement plan or rapidly approaching retirement, you should enroll in this course. You will learn how to define long-term goals and return from the class with practical information you can apply immediately.
This course includes a 224-page illustrated textbook. Couples may attend together for a single registration fee. Contact Mary Conklin for more information at 508-375-5010. Class sizes are limited.
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