|August 1 , 2003|
COMMUNITY EXTENSION PROGRAM
Want to learn floral design
before the autumn holiday parties begin? You say you finally bought a
computer but you don't know the first thing about the Internet or email?
Or maybe you're tired of calling a plumber every time something goes wrong
in the kitchen and you want to learn to "do it yourself."
How about photography, the
art of mediation, or conversational Italian?
These classes and many more
will be offered when Los Angeles Mission College Community Extension launches
its summer session on August 9. More than 125 classes will be available,
ranging from CPR and Web design, to framing and matting artwork, to guitar
and piano lessons.
"People from all walks
of life take our courses," said Diane Astadurian, Community Extension
manager. "We get housewives who want to have a career as court interpreters,
or a teenager who's taking a drumming class. We get lots of mature people
who say, hey, I've finally got some down time, I want to learn quilting."
Community Extension offers
a mix of cultural or personal enrichment classes with courses designed
for professional advancement. For example, one series of classes teaches
enrollees about medical office billing procedures, collections, insurance
and claims - reflecting a need in the medical industry for people with
such skills. Another popular class aimed at increasing earning power helps
students become notary publics.
Community Extension also offers
a number of basic computer classes in Spanish. And its college for kids
and teens offers introductory computer, creative writing and much more.
Each year, several thousand
people enroll in the wide variety of classes offered over three sessions
by Community Extension. The summer session usually has the greatest enrollment
- more than 4,300 last summer.
Cost of most courses ranges
from $50-$100, although many others are priced as low as $25. Some highly
specialized classes, such as digital editing, have steeper enrollment
fees. Lengths of the classes vary, ranging from one-day sessions to eight
For more information about Community Extension, call (818) 364-7387. Or see the courses on-line at www.lamission.edu/extension
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