Professional, cultural and health offerings available through continuing education

The Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development will offer up a fall mix of professional development and personal enrichment courses, including 24 courses under $100. Some courses are offering early bird prices for those registering 14 calendar days prior to the course.

For more information, or to register for any of these courses, contact Continuing Education at (814) 362-5078 or contined@pitt.edu. Class sessions are held in Room 200 of the Seneca Building, 2 Main St., Bradford, unless otherwise noted.

New computer users will find the course in Microsoft Word 1 2010 helpful to create, edit and manipulate documents. The course is offered Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon, for a cost of $75 ($65 for early birds).

Also on Sept. 16, from 1 to 5 p.m., Microsoft Excel 1 2010 will be offered for $75 (or early bird registration for $65). This versatile software is a great way to track budgets, organize address lists and much more.

Chinese Family Fun (Parent and Child) is a new course focusing on Chinese culture, art and language, and includes an introductory lesson in Tai Chi. The course is offered Saturdays, Sept. 20 through Oct. 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the First Floor Art Room of the Seneca Building. The cost is $35 per parent and child and $10 for each additional child.

Two sessions of Zumba in the Morning (Adult and Youth) will be offered this fall. This combination of Latin dancing and interval and resistance training is a fun way to get a full-body workout. Session 1 runs Sept. 20 through Oct. 25; Session 2 runs Nov. 1 through Dec. 13. Classes will be held 8 to 8:45 a.m. Saturdays in the Fifth Floor Ballroom of the Seneca Building.

Pitt-Bradford’s Confucius Scholars will host Tai Chi for Everyone (Adult and Youth) on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 through Dec. 9 in the Fifth Floor Ballroom of the Seneca Building. This gentle exercise focuses on stretching and circular movements to promote mental relaxation and improved physical fitness. The cost is $89.

Go beyond “point and shoot” skills by taking the Basic Digital Photography course, offered Sept. 25, 5:30 to8:30 p.m. The $75 fee includes tips for taking pictures beyond the ordinary by using your own camera to frame scenes, do close-ups, take family portraits and master action shots.

On Sept. 30, Word users can advance to Microsoft Word 2 2010 to learn about advanced page layouts and formatting, and how to use tables and charts within documents. The cost is $75, with an early bird special of $65. The course meets 8 a.m. to noon.

Anyone looking for advanced skills in Microsoft Excel 2 2010 (like advanced formulas and pivot tables) will find them in the Sept. 30 course, 1 to 5 p.m. Early bird cost is $65 (regular cost $75).

A new course on Doing Research on the Internet is recommended for high school and college students, as well as anyone looking for good information on the Internet. The $25 session, offered Oct. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will help users bypass the trash and find the treasure they were really looking for.

Advanced Digital Photography is a course any camera purist will want to check out. From f-stops to filters, ISO and modes to flash photography, the course is designed for shutterbugs who want to use their SLR camera to its full potential. The two-evening course is offered Oct. 7 and 9, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., for a fee of $75.

On Oct. 8, Grant Writing 101 will be offered. The course acquaints new writers with the basic process and includes a sample project. For those who want more in-depth guidance, Grant Writing 102 will be offered the follow week on Oct. 15. The cost for each session is $69 and will be held 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. both evenings.

Award-winning photographer Ed Bernik will lead photographers on a one-day excursion into the Allegheny National Forest on Oct. 11. The Fall Foliage Photo Trek: Into the Forest session starts in Room 218 of the Frame-Westerberg Commons on campus and will run 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., rain or shine. The fee of $89 includes a box lunch and dinner.

Brand new this fall is the two-session Healthy Community Series in Collaboration with Bradford Regional Medical Center. These Saturday morning sessions are reasonably priced at $15 each, and include a light breakfast. Session 1, on Oct. 14, addresses “Women’s Health: Issues and Answers.” Session 2, on Nov. 18, is “Injury Management: Don’t Make it Worse.” Each session will be held in the Mukaiyama University Room on campus from 7:45 – 9:30 a.m.

A professional development course, Microsoft Access 1 2010, focusing on database design, forms, reports and queries, will be offered Oct. 15, 8 a.m. to noon. On Oct. 29, also 8 a.m. to noon, Microsoft Access 2 2010 will offer more advanced functions, including database security. Both sessions are offered with an early bird fee of $65 (regular price $75).

A second professional development course also will be offered Oct. 15, 1 to 5 p.m. PowerPoint – Adding Style to Your PowerPoint Presentations, to help users develop engaging presentations to hold audience attention. The session fee is $65 for early registration, $75 thereafter.

Social Dancing, new this fall, promises fun for both individuals and couples. Learn popular line dancing or contra dancing on Thursdays, Oct. 16 through Nov. 6, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., in the Fifth Floor Ballroom of the Seneca Building. Fees are $40 for individuals or $75 per couple.

Those who already know camera basics are invited to attend the new course, Digital Photography – Out and About in our Community, on Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Light walking or hiking in a variety of weather may be involved. The adventure starts in the lobby of the Frame-Westerberg Commons on campus and costs $45.

Journal Writing for Self-Improvement is a new course that guides individuals on how best to journal write for self-discovery, self-improvement and career fulfillment. Classes meet on Tuesdays, Oct. 21 through Nov. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m., and the fee is $45. Bring writing materials.

A new and timely course, Digital Distractions: How to Manage Technology and Media Addiction for Adults, Children and Families, will be offered Oct. 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Addiction to technology in its many forms, as well as recommended intervention methods, will be addressed. The cost is $29.

Learn to make beautifully wrapped pendants, charms and earrings in Wire Wrapping Cabochons. The two-evening session in the First Floor Art Room of the Seneca Building,  Nov. 11 and 13, will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m., for a fee of $69. Wire and stones are included in the cost of the course.

In time for holiday gift-giving and decorating, a new course will be offered on traditional Ukrainian egg painting. Holiday Pysanky is being offered Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to noon, in the First Floor Art Room of the Seneca Building. The $39 fee includes all materials.

Now that you’ve snapped all those great photos, learn how to manipulate them into even more memorable shots using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. On Nov. 20, The Digital Photographer – Post Processing with Ron Keeney will be offered. The class, scheduled for 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., costs $45.

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