Continuing Education & Workforce Development announces community courses for October

Continuing Education & Workforce Development recently announced several upcoming courses scheduled for the beginning half of the month of October.

Saving Money on Purchases: Explore the World of Coupons, Rebates & Discounts
October 1st, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Garrett College McHenry campus

Learn how to save money using coupons, discounts and refunds. Join instructors Jesse Ketterman Jr. and Lisa McCoy as they guide participants using social networking, cell phones, newspapers and even websites to save money on everything from vacations, groceries, to clothing and more. Participants will receive a packet of information that will include references to websites for couponing as well as grocery shopping tips, etc.

Ketterman, Jr. works with the University of Maryland Extension in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on financial literacy. McCoy also works with the University of Maryland Extension as a Family and Consumer Sciences educator in healthy living, and is a registered dietician.

Conversational Spanish
Wednesdays, October 3rd – November 7th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Northern Outreach Center

The course provides an introduction to Spanish pronunciation, basic vocabulary, common phrases and communication for simple conversations – all at a relaxed pace.  If you have been considering the study of Spanish for business, travel, or for the sake of learning itself, this course is for you.

Ashley Emerick, local resident who graduated from Frostburg State University with a double major in Psychology and Spanish, is the instructor for the course.

Name that Bug:  Pest Identification
October 4th, 1-3 p.m., Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville

Learn steps for identifying bug damage as well as identifying some of the most common bugs found in gardens through the use of live and preserved specimens.  Controlling bug damage will also be discussed.

Instructor for the course is Ashley Bodkins, who works for the University of Maryland Extension and answers home horticulture questions and coordinates the Maryland Master Gardener Program in Garrett County.  She received a bachelor’s in agronomy and an associate’s in horticulture.

Computers in the Workplace
Thursdays, October 4th-25th, 6-9:15 p.m., Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville

Designed for the computer and office professional that wants to increase his or her knowledge of Microsoft Office applications in the workplace. Topics include navigating the latest Windows operating system and managing files and folders. Learn how to utilize Microsoft Office applications to create memos, documents, budgets, databases and presentations for the workplace, including how to share information and track changes on shared documents. Find out how to work with PDFs, safeguard personal information, backup data and work from the Cloud and mobile devices. 

The instructor for the course is Kristine Ayers, a graphic designer and director for Bethel Christian School. As an educator she has helped young people open up and help them realize their dreams. She has also educated people with disabilities to help themselves and become more independent.

Living in Retirement
October 9th and 16th, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville

 Be informed, comfortable and in control of your retirement. This course will discuss four misconceptions of investing, important income strategies for retirees, and help pre-retirees and retirees prepare for the unexpected. Participants will discover ways to mitigate the risks of inflation, long-term health care expenses, market fluctuations, and efficient ways to leave a legacy for your family.

This class is presented by Doug Kramer who has over 25 years’ experience as a Financial Advisor specializing in retirement. He has successfully guided hundreds of families into and through their retirement years. There will also be a guest speaker from Pittsburgh to discuss some of the psychology of retirement and how it relates to investment decisions. 

EBay and PayPal for Buyers and Sellers
Wednesdays, October 10th and 17th, 6-9:15 p.m., Northern Outreach Center

This course will help students take advantage of online auctions as a buyer or seller. Topics include the following: why it is so easy to find buyers, what sells, insider tips for making listings, generate more bids at higher prices, advertising copy, creating and uploading photos, financial transactions, credit card payments, packing and shipping, fraud, and mistakes one can make and how to avoid them.

The instructor for the course is Kristine Ayers, a graphic designer and director for Bethel Christian School.

Basic Cake Decorating
Tuesdays, October 16th-30th, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Northern Outreach Center

Learn the skill of cake decorating in this introductory course. Get in touch with your artistic side learning a variety of techniques from how to bake a great cake, icing ingredients, frosting a cake perfectly smooth, filling bags and piping borders, writing on cakes, and making roses.

Kits will be provided and will include a practice board, variety of tips, plastic icing bags, three couplers, rose stem, and plastic scissors. For the first class, students just need to bring their creativity. For the final two sessions, students are to bring icing and a baked cake to class.

The course is being instructed by Tracy Sanner, owner of Dough Girls Cakes, in Rockwood, Pa. specializing in cakes, cookies and much more.


DIY- Make Your Own Feedbag Tote
October 16th, 6-8:30 p.m., Garrett College McHenry

 Tap into your creative side and learn the steps to turn a feedbag into a sturdy and useful tote for groceries, the beach, books or kids overnight bag – almost anything you can think of.  This is a project for those with basic sewing skills and knowledge of a sewing machine.  Feedbag totes are inexpensive and eco-friendly, and are ideal for gift giving.

 Bring your own (clean) feed bag (woven plastic bird seed, chicken feed or similar), a yard of cotton fabric to line the bag, along with the following: cutting mat, large cutting ruler, rotary cutter, scissors, pin cushion, upholstery thread, heavy duty sewing needle (denim/jeans), and sewing machine.

GC’s Jean Tumbarello is the instructor for the course. ​She has been sewing since high school home economics class. Her biggest project was making her wedding dress in 1973 then remaking it into her daughter’s communion dress in 1992.  Since discovering Pinterest, Tumbarello has been concentrating on quilting and crafts and finding ways to reuse or upcycle items that would normally be thrown away.


Walk this Way
Wednesdays, October 17th – November 4th, 4:30-5:15 p.m., Garrett College McHenry

This is an indoor walking class focusing on proper walking mechanics, postural alignment, interval training, balance and flexibility.  Expect to walk about 1-2 miles in an hour-long class. Not only will it help in losing weight, walking can help manage heart disease, high blood pressure, strengthen bones and muscles, improve mood, balance and coordination. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes/sneakers, bring a water bottle and a small towel, as this is an exercise class.

Terry Whalen, a certified Zumba and LaBlast Instructor, and member of “KickIt” Country Dance, is the instructor for the course. Whalen supports and promotes dance fitness to people of all ages and fitness levels.


Line Dancing
Wednesdays, October 17th – November 4th, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Garrett College McHenry

Participants in the Line Dancing class can expect to learn a variety of dances to all genres of music. Line Dancing is a choreographed dance usually at least 32 counts that repeats until the song is over, making it a fun and simple way to learn how to dance to a song without learning different dance steps for every beat of the music. Line Dancing is a solo dance, meaning there is no need for a partner.

Terry Whalen, a certified Zumba and LaBlast Instructor, and member of “KickIt” Country Dance, is the instructor for the course. Whalen supports and promotes dance fitness to people of all ages and fitness levels. Her philosophy is that line dance fitness creates a wellness program boosting health and engagement, creating a strong culture of overall well-being and more focused energetic individuals.

Course registration fees apply. For additional information on the above courses, contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or  To register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.