Give Yourself A Holiday Gift At Gila Community College

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This holiday season, if you can, give yourself a gift at Gila Community College. Enroll in an enrichment course or one that might contribute to your professional advancement.

Gila Community College will be offering two orientations for spring semester students.

New Student Orientation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10. Following that, there will be a Web Study Orientation for students taking, or considering taking, Web classes. It will take place a 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10.

Classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Registration for spring semester continues through the first week of the semester. The deadline for late registration for the college’s spring term is Friday, Jan. 21.

Some courses for consideration:

The Payson campus of Gila Community College will be offering four quilting classes for the spring semester. Courses include beginning and advanced classes, as well as regular and “wearables” (quilted clothing).

Regular quilting is at 10 a.m. Thursdays and at 2 p.m. Fridays.

Wearables will be offered at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and at noon Wednesdays.

Learn about nonviolent communication in The Theory and Practice of Nonviolent Communication (when communication matters). This is a process of conflict resolution that is based on mutual regard for self and others. It is a set of skills that fosters cooperation and negotiation with the intention that everyone’s needs matter.

This class may be helpful if you:

• would like to be able to speak your truth honestly in any situation in a way that does not sound offensive or demanding;

• would like to be able to hear any message, even if it seems critical, without reacting defensively or “taking it personally”; and/or

• would like to be more compassionate and less judgmental with yourself and act in ways that demonstrate harmony with your own core values.

The instructor is Donna Steckal, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and certified trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Call (928) 474-4452 for more information about this course.

The class is from 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. starting Saturday, Jan. 15.

Those with student identification may register online at gilaccc.org or visit the Payson campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road, (928) 468-8039.

There is a wide array of beginning arts and crafts classes to choose from, as well as a couple of courses to introduce beginners to computers.

Love those natural disaster movies? Learn about the real science in GCC’s Geologic Hazards and Disasters class, which will be offered from noon to 2:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and has a lab to complement it.

Want to learn a new language? Introductory courses in both Spanish and Italian are offered by GCC.

Later in the spring — April — Gila Community College will have a series of real estate classes to help area Realtors keep their licenses up to date.

Go to the college’s Web site, www.gilaccc .org to check out the course catalog.

The Payson campus administrative office is closed until Tuesday, Jan. 4. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday.

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