There are several Personal Development classes being offered including:
- Summer Dance Intensive
- From Snapshots to Art! Introduction to Photography
- Creative Writing Workshop
- Getting Paid to Talk, Making Money with Your Voice: An Introduction to Professional Voice Acting
- Virtual Greek Odyssey
- Sign Language for Adults
- Hun-JUDO and Self Defense
- Belly Dancing for Beginners
- Venango Chorus
- Piano Lessons
- Beginner Guitar Workshop
- Introduction to Photography
- Creative Dance for Adults
In the realm of Professional Development, the university has these courses:
- CASA of Venango County, Inc., Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer Training
- Sales Certificate Program
Instructor: Casey McVay
Tuesday, Aug. 20, through Saturday, Aug. 24, Venango College
This intensive is designed to provide skill instruction to dancers who are interested in continuing to enhance their technical ability and experience learning dance in a unique professional atmosphere at Venango College of Clarion University. The focus of the sessions will be stretch and strength, technique, choreography and audition preparation. Students will learn skills in a variety of styles including, ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater and hip hop. They will also be taught professional choreography to challenge the skills they will learn in the sessions. At the end of the week, students will showcase their new choreography in an end-of-week Master Class. Individuals and teams are encouraged to attend.
Session 1: Recreational
Instructor Assistants: Lead dancers from local dance studios
2-2:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
Ballet and jazz basics will be taught to students ages 7-9 and students with no previous education.
Session 2: Beginner - Advanced Beginner
Instructor Assistants: Lead dancers from local dance studios
3-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
Ballet, jazz and hip hop will be taught to students ages 10 and older. Students should have two or more years of experience in ballet. Age is flexible depending on student’s ability.
Session 3: Intermediate - Advanced, and Adults
Instructor Assistants: Clarion University Dance Team
6-8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
Students should have five-plus years of experience in dance as they learn contemporary jazz, ballet, tap, theater and hip hop.
Master Class: All Sessions
7-9 p.m. Saturdays
Saturday's Master Class will combine all session groups and will incorporate a time for the students to show off what they've learned for their family, friends and fellow students. The class will include a special performance from the Clarion University Dance Team as well as the instructor and assistants.
Instructor: Mike Henderson
6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 4 - Oct. 30, Venango College
Designed to give you the information you need to become confident with your photography. For up-to-date information on classes and assignments, go to recordedlight.com/class. The course will consist of:
- Course overview
- What types of photos inspire us?
- Different types of cameras
- Film vs. digital
- Basic functions of a camera including lens, shutter and aperture
- Photoshop Elements, The Basics: The Photoshop workspace, sharpening, straightening, selection tools, using the clone/heal tool, text, cropping, setting foreground/background colors, resizing, file saving, levels/curves/contrast adjustment, batch processing, layers, RAW editing
- General rules of composition including rule of thirds, effective Cropping
- Lenses/focal lengths including field of view, compression, wide angle, distortion
- Depth of field
- Light including direction and quality of light, exposure – proper metering, shutter speed, aperture, effective use of flash, high dynamic range and Photomatix
- Portraiture including common mistakes to avoid, finding good locations for portraits, basic accessories for quick portraits anywhere, DIY portraiture studio, wireless multiple strobe setup
- Final review including critique/judging session
Instructor: Matt Beith
6-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 4 - Nov. 20, Venango College
In this class, you will read and constructively critique each other’s original creative writing submissions. While the majority of time will be spent reviewing student writing, we will also analyze examples from a variety of published authors. This exercise will reveal better techniques for vivid description, captivating dialogue and engaging story progression. The class will focus on short-fiction, but is open to poets and creative non-fiction writers as well. At the conclusion of the course, students will have one, or many, improved pieces of creative writing, a better understanding of creative techniques and a desire to continue writing. Possible guest speakers include Jamie Wyatt, an Master of Fine Arts candidate at Chatham University and founder of Out & Back Press, and Dr. Phil Terman, poet and professor of English at Clarion University.
6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, Venango College
Have you ever been told that you have a great voice? This exciting class will explore numerous aspects of voiceover work for television, film, radio, audio books, documentaries and the internet in your area. We will cover all the basics, including how to prepare the all-important demo, how to be successful and earn great income in this exciting field. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and to hear examples of demos recorded by professional voice actors. Class participants will even have a chance to record a commercial script under the direction of our Voicecoaches.com producer!
This class is informative, fun and a great first step for anyone interested in voice acting professionally. We have created a new web-accessible page with detailed information specifically about our Getting Paid To Talk class. This page detailed information about class content, answers to common questions, and general information about the voice acting field. http://www.voicecoaches.com/gptt
Instructor: Stephen Kosak
6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 24 – Dec. 10, Venango College
Learn more about Greece including:
- Early Greek civilizations – Minoan, Mycenaean
- Greek Gods and Myths – Greek gods
- The roots of philosophy – Thales, Pythagoras, Socrates …
- Three thousand years of Greek history
- Places – Athens, Aegean islands, Delphi, ancient city states …
- Greek culture – Greek cuisine, dancing and more
Learn this all by watching You Tube Video documentaries, lectures and class discussion.
- Introduction – Greece and the Mediterranean
- Minoan Civilization of Crete and Santorini 2700 BC to 1500 BC
- Mycenaean Civilization 1600 BC to 1100 BC
- Greek Dark Age 1200 BC to 750 BC
- Mythical Greece – Homer beginning around 850 BC
- The Iliad and The Odyssey
- Delphi 776 BC to AD 395
- Birth of City States 800 BC to AD 600
- Philosophers – Thales 624 BC to Aristotle 322 BC
- Greece the Crucible of Civilization 570 BC through 404 BC
- Hellenic Empire 336 BC to 30 BC
- Contributions to western civilization – Art, Architecture and Science
Instructor: Patricia Mong
6-8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 3 – Oct. 15, Venango College
Sign Language for Adults will teach you to understand and master American Sign Language. You will learn the principles of the language, sign art, how to create signs, understand deaf culture and to communicate fluently with hearing-challenged individuals.
Instructor: Andor Paposi-Jobb, Sensei, 8th degree black belt in JUDO, 9th degree black belt in JIU-JITSU
Assistant Instructor: Barry McGinnis
Hun-JUDO is sport program is entering its 50th year of extracurricular activity at Clarion University and is led by the same coach, Andor Paposi-Jobb, Sensei, USA Masters and World Masters Champion.
Adult JUDO (ages 14 – 100)
6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 3 – Dec. 5, in the second-floor wrestling room in Tippin Gymnasium at Clarion Campus
Cost: $110 (50 percent for second immediate family member)
Learn basic self-defense for law-abiding citizens and sport judo for fitness, competition and self-esteem.
Kids JUDO (ages 6 – 13)
6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Nov. 28, in the second-floor wrestling room of Tippin Gymnasium on Clarion Campus
Cost: $90 (50 percent discount for second immediate family member)
Learn basic self-defense and sport judo for fitness, competition and self-esteem.
Instructor: Laurie Novotny
6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, August 26 - December 2
Belly Dance for Beginners will not only teach you the basic movements of an ancient art form of dance, it will also work your core muscles to help improve posture, flexibility and full-body self-awareness. Warm-up and cool-down stretches prepare and relax the muscles for these lessons. This 10-week session will include introduction to not only the movements and history of the dance but also choreography and an introduction to zills and veil.
Instructor: Beth Orris
7-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9 – Nov. 25
Cost: $50 (12 classes)
If you love to sing, this class is for you. This large vocal ensemble offers you a rich musical experience. The class meets at Good Hope Lutheran Church at 800 Moran Street, Oil City, Pa. Good Hope offers scholarships covering 50 percent of the tuition. Applications are available in the office of Venango Campus Continuing Education. This course is ACT 48 approved. A concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Instructor: Hank Alviani, associate professor of music
Saturdays, Aug. 31 – Dec. 14
Cost: Half hour sessions are $15 per session or $210 for the fall semester for 14 sessions
Instructor: Sean Carey
7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 1 – 22
Want to learn to play guitar? This workshop is for you. Everyone is welcome from ages 8 to 108. This workshop will teach beginners how to play the guitar. Students will learn to play five chords, two different strum patterns, and the importance of tuning and how to do it properly. Students also will learn to play a few songs. No prior musical experience necessary. Just take your guitar, a notebook and a pencil.
Sean Carey holds a master’s degree in music and has performed in more than two dozen ensembles during the past decade, with genres including rock, folk, pop, blues, Irish traditional and contemporary church music. Carey teaches both acoustic and electric styles.
This course offers participants the opportunity to relax, discover new ways of moving, tune into the feeling of one’s own movements, and have fun. Based on the work of dance pioneer Barbara Mettler, each class presents a progression of movement studies to explore first individually and then in groups. Movement themes include waking up the body, qualities of movement, working with the beat, moving in space, unison movement, sound and movement. In this approach, there is no right or wrong, just a deep satisfaction in creating dance forms that emerge from the dancers. Open to adults of any age with any level of movement experience. Wear loose comfortable clothing for ease of movement. For more information on course content email email@example.com or call 677-3661. Scholarships are available.
Tuesdays, September 24 – October 29
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. $50
Christ Episcopal Church Parish House
16 Central Avenue Oil City
Instructor: Mary Ann Brehm, Phd
Learn the basics of photography in the classroom and have the opportunity to practice them in the field. ?Introduction to course?Discuss course objectives and policies?Discuss history of photography?Introduction to the camera?Camera types?Camera properties?Camera functions?Lenses?Composition of an image?Rule of thirds?Use of line?Perspective?Day of photographing?The class will go out and photograph as a class?Opportunity for one-on-one instruction with instructor?Lighting?Natural lighting?Indoor lighting?Use of flash?Portraiture?Posing?Direction?The difference between the everyday and fine art?Day of photographing?The class will go out and photograph as a class? A model may be provided for more portraiture training?Digital editing software?Photoshop; Everyday tricks for better photos?Lightroom; A faster way to edit?A guide to critiques?Learn how to critique?What to look for
Monday's, September 9 – November4
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. $120
Instructor: Rebekah Alviani of Rebekah Alviani Photography.
Instructors: Director Cinnamon Evans (814-670-0550, Ext. 2 or 814-657-6126 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and Coordinator Heather Faunce (814-670-0550, Ext. 1 or 814-673-1619 or email@example.com)
5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 27 – Dec. 3, Venango College
Office: 206 Seneca St., Suite 35, Oil City, Pa.
Office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday by appointment
Note: Thirty-hour CASA training can be applied to pre-approved internships for various majors.
Have you ever wanted to take a stand against child abuse and neglect but didn’t know how?
CASA of Venango County, Inc., is a 501 © 3 non-profit organization, which, through trained volunteers, advocates for abused and neglected children who are dependent through court, to ensure the best interest of the child is being met.
Upon completion of this continuing education class students will be sworn in as Officers of the Court and will be required to serve 18 months of volunteerism as a CASA volunteer.
Our mission seeks “To ensure that every child has a safe, supportive and permanent home through community education by providing court-appointed volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children within the court system”.
Requirements of applicants:
- Must submit volunteer application prior to first class
- Applications can be found at CASA website-www.venangocasa.org
- Applications can be mailed providing your information
- Applications must be received before or on Aug. 27
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Must pass Criminal and Child abuse clearances
Required texts will be provided for free and include the Casa Training Manual and the CASA Handbook.
Instructor: Charlene A. Caple, a licensed and bonded auctioneer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, Aug. 26–Dec. 10, at Dar Gate Auction House, 326 Munson Ave., McKees Rocks.
The six classroom courses will be divided into three five-weekend periods. No classes will be held Dec. 2 and 3.
Upon successful completion of this 20-credit/15 weekend program, students will be able to take the Pennsylvania State Auctioneer's License Exam and upon passing of this exam become a Pennsylvania Licensed Auctioneer.
The 240 classroom hours will begin Aug. 26. Students will be taught by lecture, discussion and a variety of other sources. Students will be required to complete assignments, pass examinations and pass final exams for each of the six courses. Sixty hours of practical field experience with Pennsylvania Licensed Auctioneers under direction of Instructor will be required. There will be an evaluation of competency for the Field Experience.
Instructor Caple has conducted hundreds of auctions and has been continuously licensed and bonded since 1979.
The Auctioneering Program consists of a 20-credit program in auctioneering required by the State Board of Auctioneer Examiners for licensure.
The Auctioneering Program meets all educational course requirements necessary to sit for the Pa. State Auctioneer's License Exam.
After successful completion of the Auctioneering classes and passing the State Auctioneer's License Exam, and obtaining a bond, the graduate becomes a Pa. State Licensed Auctioneer.
The Auction program is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the techniques, procedures and principles of communication, appraisal, management, marketing and law necessary to conduct a successful auction sale in Pennsylvania as well as to prepare them to sit for pass the Pennsylvania State Auctioneer Licensing Exam.
The curriculum not only meets state licensure requirements to take the state exam, but prepares the graduate, after licensure:
To conduct an auction business with understanding of legal issues concerning the auction business and profession. The graduate will also have knowledge of federal, state, and local laws.
To develop and use appraisal sources and techniques of valuation.To develop and train the staff necessary to carry out tasks and duties to complete a successful auction.
To take charge of an auction and develop interpersonal skills to control large and small groups of people.
To develop a personal style of auction chant.
How to obtain business, sellers, and goods to sell at auction.
To Organize and manage various types of auctions including collections of antiques and collectibles, estate and real estate auctions and develop, build and educate a staff necessary to complete a successful auction.
Keep accurate and complete records, understand the contracts entered into as well as demonstrate an understanding of the PA Auctioneer and Auction Licensing Act, Business Law, and other specific laws as they relate to Auctioneering.
Understanding of Marketing and Advertising theories for the promotion of the auction and auction business.
How to reconcile and settle an auction account.
How to use procurement and appraisal fundamentals for additional business opportunities.
Acquire a basic understanding of how to establish a chain of title, locate liens and mortgages and other issues related to title searches in Pennsylvania through hands-on experience.
• The Courthouse offices necessary to perform your search
• Which books and records to examine
• How to record the information you find
• Terminology needed to understand your findings
The Abstractor's Bible: A Complete System for Searching a Real Estate Title and Analyzing Court House Real Estate Records. (available from Amazon)
Monday, September 16, 2013 – Venango College
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – Forest Count Courthouse
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $
Presenter: Alyce M. Busch
This program teaches students the fundamentals of the selling process. Students understand sales terminology, establish professional behavior, learn how to build relationships with clients, help clients envision their needs, negotiate to meet identified needs, how to close the sale, understanding the market, identifying competition, creating effective sales presentations and confirming customer commitment. We will also discuss various social media tools available to market your product or service.
• Sales Fundamentals
• Your Professional Self
• Handling Clients
• The Sales Presentation
• Gaining Customer Commitment
• Studying the Market
• Developing a Winning Strategy
• Effectively Closing a Sale
• Online Marketing/Utilizing Social Media
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Professionals in all industries who want to better sell products and services.
Thursdays, October 24, November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 19
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. $400
Instructor: Holly L. Gibbons, General Manager - CS Technologies Plus