The fall term at Payson’s Gila Community College starts next week, with free tuition for seniors restored and a slew of new classes.
Register online at www.gila ccc.org or just browse the classes. You can also register and get information by coming to the college offices at 201 N. Mud Springs Road between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, with registration continuing through Aug. 25.
GCC recently reinstated free tuition for residents older than 55, to bolster enrollment in the long list of enrichment classes offered at the campus. Art classes include drawing, folk art, digital photography, acrylic painting, oil painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry making and watercolors.
Classes designed to promote physical activity start with the campus Wellness Centers, but also includes aerobics, t’ai chi, physioball, Pilates, yoga and even bowling lessons.
In addition, the campus offers things like Spanish, piano lessons, computers for beginners, public speaking, American literature, renewable energy (solar), welding and a host of other vocational classes.
Call the Payson campus at (928) 468.8039 to learn more. Please note that the free tuition does not include class fees that may be applicable or books if needed and it is not available for seniors classified as “out of state.”
Some classes of note
• Ecology (Bio 226): This 4-credit fieldtrip-based class taught by Dr. Joseph Shannon will include five Arizona biomes — alpine, chaparral, desert, riparian and aquatic. Learn about ecosystems, weather, water, climate change, birds, vegetation and their interactions. Runs from 11 a.m. to 1:50 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. Shannon is an assistant research professor and senior ecologist at the Merriam Powell Center for Environmental Research at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Contact him at Joe.Shannon@eac.edu for additional details on the class.
• Digital Photography: The award-winning former editor of the Payson Roundup, now a freelance photographer with work in galleries, Tom Brossart will help students learn to get the most out of their digital cameras. Brossart’s work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books and calendars and he has 30 years experience as a professional photographer. To view some of Brossart’s work see www.westernphotoimages.com. The class runs from 2-5:50 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting Aug. 20. The class has a limited enrollment, so sign up now.
• Wearable Art: Award-winning wearable artist Leslie Peacock of Payson will teach students how to use fabrics, threads and embellishing techniques to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind jackets or vests. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning Aug. 20. During the fall semester, students will be given the choice of making a new jacket designed by the teacher, featuring “New York Beauty” blocks, or creating their own jacket or vest.
• Computer Technology (Comp 151): This course, Information Technology Essentials from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, is taught by Bud Evans, to provide experience with all essential elements of PC hardware operating systems at the support technician level.
• Creative Writing (fiction and non-fiction): Roundup editor Peter Aleshire will teach a writing class that helps students develop their voice and skills and find their genre. The class is from 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. A former editor of Arizona Highways, author of a dozen books and former writing teacher at Arizona State University, Aleshire says he hopes the class will produce poems and short stories that will run in the Roundup and produce the material needed to compile the next edition of the Mogollon Muse, the literary magazine for GCC.