New Brazosport College Community Education coordinators, from left, Cindy Taylor and Mary Grace Bayer. Both women joined CE in late summer, with Bayer taking the role of Career Program Coordinator and Taylor assuming the Lifestyles Program Coordinator position.
Brazosport College’s Community Education Department has always been a popular choice for interesting and informative non-credit courses. Now they’re raising the bar even higher.
BC Community Education will be introducing more than 45 new classes for the Spring 2014 semester, with many of the new courses being in the career and lifestyles areas.
Creating these classes are new CE coordinators Mary Grace Bayer and Cindy Taylor. Both women joined CE in late summer, with Bayer taking the role of Career Program Coordinator and Taylor assuming the Lifestyles Program Coordinator position.
Brazosport College’s CE program is a haven for lifelong learning, offering non-credit career training and personal enrichment classes, ranging from dance and creative writing to photography and Web site design, to name just a few. Classes are open to everyone in the community and new courses are created each semester.
This spring, Bayer will introduce more than 30 new CE classes, including a variety of fun and educational courses, such as Humor in Fiction Literature, Cartooning and Freeing the Writer Within.
A Lake Jackson native, Bayer is especially excited about a class titled, I Have a Product Idea, which will be based around the popular television show, “Shark Tank.”
Many of Bayer’s new offerings expand CE’s selection of classes focused on honing one’s job skills. For example, the class, “Profit Mastery for Small Business,” works with BC’s Small Business Development Center and presents ideas to assist small businesses increase and better manage profits.
While Bayer is getting the word out about these new classes, she’s also ensuring everyone understands the benefits of CE.
“I’m going out and talking to everyone about lifelong education,” Bayer said. “I want to explain to everyone what Community Education is about and that we are here offering these courses. These classes are fun, they provide an opportunity to meet new people, and you can learn a new skill at the same time.”
Similar to Bayer, Taylor is also adding numerous new courses to her lifestyles program.
Taylor, who moved to Lake Jackson from the Beaumont area, plans to have more than 20 new courses this spring, ranging from exercise to unconventional fun, and everything in between.
A few of Taylor’s new classes focus on self-improvement and having fun, including Belly Dance - Beginning & Intermediate, Genealogy, Gulf Coast Gardening and Acupuncture: An Introduction to Oriental Medicine. One can even learn about goats in the Raising Goats for Pleasure & Profit course and making soap in the Soap Making 101 class.
Taylor also is introducing a new cooking class that will meet in CE’s state-of-the-art kitchen lab. By signing up for “A Culinary Journey,” students will learn about cooking in different countries and cultures. The course meets once a month and consists of five classes. Participants can take only one class or all five.
“I want to create interesting and outside-the-box courses,” Taylor said. “I try to find courses that people would like to take, but wouldn’t know who to ask.”
Taylor also coordinates CE’s popular Adult, Life and Learning Program, which is currently in session.
To learn more about Brazosport College Community Education and the classes offered, visit www.brazosport.edu/ce or call 979.230.3600.