Welding and Scuba Diving Among Non-Credit Classes Offered This Spring at Northwest

weldingNorthwest Mississippi Community College’s Division of Continuing Education will offer some new and exciting classes during the spring semester to get your creative juices flowing. All classes will meet on the Senatobia campus unless otherwise noted.

Quilting with T-Shirts: Have you ever wanted to make a quilt from some of your (or your child’s) favorite t-shirts but don’t even know how to begin? Have you seen someone else’s quilts and wished you knew how to do that?

Come participate in this class and learn step by step as we go, to make a wonderful keepsake t-shirt quilt. All you need to be able to do is sew a straight stitch and you’re set to go.

And if you don’t have a sewing machine, no worries, you can rent one for the class. We have removed all of the obstacles for you so that at the end of this four-week class you will have learned everything necessary to complete your beautiful heirloom.

The fee listed for this class covers all class instruction and fabric to complete the quilt top. Fabric for the binding and backing may be purchased separately. Sewing machine rental is on a first-come basis and rents for $20 for the class.

The class will be taught on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m., Feb. 2 -23. The deadline to register is Jan. 26. The fee for the class is $120. Classes will be taught at Cotton Treasures in downtown Senatobia.

Welding 101: Do you want to learn a new skill that will have both practical uses and allow you to make beautiful works of art? If so, Welding 101 would be the perfect class for you.

In this class students will learn the basics of welding so that they can have enough experience to fix anything metal around the house that has been broken. Students will learn how to weld with a MIG welder and how to use an oxyacetylene torch to cut and mold metal.

The class will be making a table base and a flower that students can take home with them or give as a gift to someone special. The class promises to be full of fun, and students will acquire a lifelong skill that no one can take away.

The class will meet on Saturdays, Feb. 11- April 8, from 8-11 a.m. The deadline to register is Feb. 2. The fee for the class is $135. The class will meet in the Mechanical Technology Building.

Welding 201: Stick welding could be the challenge you’re looking for. In this class students will learn how to use a shielded metal arc welding machine, how to weld with oxy-fuel, and make beautiful works of art.

Welding 201 will go into more detailed welding; students will have the option to choose which of the three skills above they want to focus more on.

This should be a very fun course where students have the ability to choose what they want to learn.

The class will meet on Saturdays, Feb. 11- April 8, from noon – 3 p.m. The deadline to register is Feb. 2. The fee for the class is $135. The class will meet in the Mechanical Technology Building.

Natural Responses in Mixed Media: Join mixed media artist Dana Finimore for creative fun as you explore your response to time spent in the outdoors.

This exciting course addresses creative ways of depicting nature by utilizing a more expressive approach. Students will begin making art based on their individual responses to the natural environment. The first class session will include time spent outdoors, so students should wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Working from a variety of materials and techniques such as studio demonstrations, discussions, and an on-site exploration, students will learn to become more responsive in their own process by learning to listen to their creative intuition.

This class looks at nature and landscape from a more responsive point of view, versus laboring over an ultra-realistic rendering of the subject. Various approaches you may take include unique combinations of collage, drawing, painting, and mixed media. There will also be discussion on structuring of composition, how color can affect meaning, and abstract expressionism.

Open to all skill levels. All materials and supplies are provided. Students may wish to bring extra paper, brushes, or their own favorite art supplies.

The class will be held on two Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Feb. 18 and 25. The fee for the class is $140, and the deadline to register is Feb. 9. The class will be held in the Art Building.

Knitting in the Round: Have you learned to knit in the past but want a refresher? Do you know the basics but want to take your knitting to the next level? Then, this is the class for you. We will learn basic increases and decreases while learning to knit in the round to make a simple hat.

Students will need one skein of worsted weight yarn (200 yards or more) and a set of size US 7 double pointed needles.

The class will be held on Tuesdays from 5 -7 p.m., Feb. 21 – March 7 in the basement of the Administration Building. The fee for the class is $50, and the deadline to register is Feb. 14.

Upholstery: Re-upholstering furniture might be the answer for a fresh look in your home. Learn the basics of upholstery – the skills, materials, tools, and tricks of the trade. The first class will consist of discussing fabrics, tools and supplies needed for your project.

Students will be required to bring a small piece of furniture to work on. They will learn how to cut fabric, how to attach it to the furniture, and how to attach trim.

Note: Students will be required to bring and take home their piece of furniture each class.

The class will be held on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., Feb. 23- March 30 in the A.P. Fatherree Building. The fee for the class is $135, and the deadline to register is Feb. 16.

Pistol Course (two sessions available) : This is a course designed to provide basic handgun training to students. It will focus on the knowledge, skills, and attitude required for basic handgun competency. Specific topics will include gun safety, handling the gun, cleaning, storage, ammunition, marksmanship, responsibilities, carry options, and the laws concerning handguns.

This course includes “live” shooting at a local range. Students may bring their own firearm and ammunition. However, if needed, a firearm will be available upon request.

Students will receive all course materials and a Mississippi Certified Firearms Training Program certificate upon completion of the class.

*There are two sessions available. The class will meet on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Feb. 16 registration deadline) or Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (April 20 registration deadline). The fee for the class is $100. The class will meet in the Math and Science Building, Room 108.

Try SCUBA (two sessions available): How about spending an hour or two of your time seeing what it feels like to be a scuba diver? We will begin with a short classroom orientation on scuba skills, underwater sign language, equalizing and breathing techniques. Then we will head to the pool for some hands-on experience as a scuba diver. Each participant will be able to don the scuba equipment and swim and play underwater under the supervision of PADI OWSI Saralynn Turner, and PADI OWSI Pat Nelson.

In order to participate in scuba diving you must complete a medical health statement, and in some cases you may be required to seek permission from your personal physician in order to participate. It is also important for you to have a reasonable degree of comfort in water too deep to stand up in. Candidates should have the ability to swim in water over their head and tread water. Healthy lungs are essential; we request that our students be non-smokers. Class is open to anyone 8 years of age or older.

For more information, contact Pat Nelson at pnelson@northwestms.edu or 662-292-1124 or visit www.easydiversmemphis.com.

The class will be held at WellWorX, located inside of JW Fitness at 6161 Shelby Oaks Drive, Memphis, one block from the intersection of I-40 and Sycamore View.

*There are two sessions available. The class will meet on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m.- noon (Feb. 20 registration deadline) or Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m.- noon. (March 20 registration deadline). The fee for the class is $45.

Warm Glass for Cool People: In this four-week class students will learn to design and make unique fused glass creations, from the basics of scoring and stacking to slumping glass into bowls, dishes, dichroic jewelry, Christmas ornaments and much more.

This year we will also work with crushed glass to create a frit painting as well as use some great new jewelry molds to make matching earring and pendant sets.

Whether you are new to glass fusing or have attended a class before, join us for a great opportunity to make creative gifts for the holidays.

The class will be held on Thursdays from 6 -8 p.m., March 2-30 in the Art Building. The fee for the class is $100, and the deadline to register is Feb. 23.


Courtesy of Northwest Mississippi Community College.

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