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Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine with Andrea Zax HOME 025.51, CRN 16850

Calendar Feb 13, 2024 at 6 pm

In this one shot class Andrea will be a resource for students to help them understand how to use their sewing machines. Beginners will leave confident of how to thread their own machine, wind a bobbin and sew a simple draw string bag. The first half of the class will feature one on one interaction with students to make sure they can thread and wind a bobbin. Following the threading can be challenging at first. As students become more familiar with the threading they will move on to some stitching of straight lines to get better control of the speed and how the fabric and machine work together. Fabric and drawstrings will be provided. Students will also learn how to make a drawstring bag with step by step instruction. If time permits, we may also explore zig-zag stitches, hem stitch and zipper foot. Sign up for this interactive beginners class now!  Instructor: Andrea Zax

Medical Interpreter CERT 017.51, CRN 16465

Calendar Feb 13, 2024 at 6 pm
Medical interpreters are in great demand both in person and remotely by video or phone. Interpreters can elect to work for a hospital, school, or state agency, or as contractors with many agencies throughout the country. They can also elect to work remotely from home where they can work independently and make their own hours. Open to all languages, this 60-hour program provides working knowledge of medical interpreting, including standards of practice, ethics, HIPAA regulations, cultural competency, and medical terminology/vocabulary. The course provides intense practice via oral role plays on a variety of medical topics. The student will also be introduced to VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) and OPI (Over the Phone Interpreting). Offered in collaboration with TransFluenci EDU, this course is designed for those preparing for entry-level careers as medical interpreters as well as for working interpreters preparing for the National Board Certificate exam. Students must be fully bilingual and must be fluent in English and one other language. This program meets the National Board for Medical Interpreter Certification training requirement and prepares you to pass the national certification exam. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion from the college and may elect to apply for national certification. Certification fees are not included. Students must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Because a language assessment is required, students must register at least two weeks in advance. No class March 12 and 14

Beginning Digital Photography ARTS 010.51, CRN 15031

Calendar Feb 15, 2024 at 6:15 pm
Whether you're a complete beginner who wants to learn how to use your new camera, or an experienced photographer making the switch to digital media, this short course will quickly make you an expert in this amazing new technology. The course covers camera operation, tips for taking the best pictures, how to email, share, post, and organize your photos, and how to make prints, posters, professional albums, greeting cards, calendars, and movies. You'll also learn digital fundamentals and how to use and apply Photoshop editing techniques. Instructor: Dino Diaz

Conversational French 1 LANG 005.51, CRN 15713

Calendar Feb 20, 2024 at 6 pm
Introduction to the French culture via fun conversations. The goal of the class is to cover different topics such as introducing yourself, talking about your family, making arrangement for a trip… The first building blocks needed for achieving proficiency in the French language will be emphasized. We'll also review culture, customs and French influence around the world. Gain more confidence in conversing in French. Instructor Ingrid Vega.

Spanish for Healthcare LANG 043.51, CRN 16711

Calendar Feb 21, 2024 at 6 pm
Designed for healthcare professionals, case workers, and staff, to develop your fluency, pronunciation and oral comprehension in the local dialect of Spanish. Intended for individuals with little or no knowledge of Spanish. Contextualized for medical and health related settings. Basic grammatical structures will be used to communicate needs, desires, preferences, and basic personal information such as health issues, medical concerns and pain management. Customs and cultural insights will also be presented. Instructor Karolina Kopczynski.

Cooking with Chef Nadim FOOD 094.51, CRN 16825

Calendar Feb 27, 2024 at 6 pm
Join Chef Nadim as he creates a Hummus, Cheese roll-up, Tabouli salad and simmered chicken served with Hashwee' rice topped with gravy, and rice pudding for dessert. How Delicious!

Sewing for Beginners with Andrea Zax HOME 026.51, CRN 16849

Calendar Feb 27, 2024 at 6 pm

If you have always wanted to sew and feel you need some hands on guidance come to this class. Do you want to make a pillow, placemats or hem some pants? Bring your sewing machine, project ideas and come to this class. We will review how to thread and set up your machine and then start sewing! Bring some woven cotton or cotton blend fabric, thread to match, sciscors for fabric, seam ripper, measuring tape, pins, a note book to write in and enthusiasm to sew! Instructor Andrea Zax.

Wine Tasting - Classic White Wines FOOD 105.51, CRN 16826

Calendar Feb 27, 2024 at 6 pm

This class will focus on classic white wines, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. We'll learn about them and taste white wines from throughout the world side by side to see how they're similar as well as different. We'll also pick our favorite wine for the class and then taste a similar wine in the final class. Class will be held at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. Instructor Kenneth Ross.

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