Adults are invited to go back to school this fall, too
Kids in Park City have returned to school, and are acquiring heaps of knowledge every day. So adults, don’t let them catch up. Sign up for a class to stay sharp and stay informed. Whether you’re a bookworm looking for something intellectual or you’re interested in improving your drawing abilities, a wide variety of opportunities are available in Park City.
The Park City School District (PCSD) offers classes of many varieties through its community education program. According to Jane Toly, the PCSD leisure-learning coordinator, their most popular classes are computer workshops and fitness classes.
Computer workshops are offered in two-day sessions; the first is held Thursday evening and the second on the following Saturday morning. Course titles include Computer Essentials, Internet Essentials, Microsoft Word, Excel, and a new tech talk class.
Fitness classes are held at the Park City Aquatic Center and include swimming lessons, cardio classes, yoga, and a learn- to-dive class.
Language classes are offered in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. These classes meet twice a week for an hour and a half. Sessions run from the end of September to the end of November Beginning Mandarin Chinese and three levels of Spanish are available.
Community education also offers culinary classes, parenting classes, dog obedience, CPR and First Aid, group and individual music lessons, and art classes such as photography, drawing, painting, and knitting.
Class fees vary according to the nature of the class. More information can be found at http://www.pcschools.us or by calling Jane Toly at 615-0215.
Adult High School
The PCSD adult education department can help you get your high school diploma or GED. Sessions will be held Monday and Wednesday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. from Sept. 3 through June. A $35 registration fee is good for the entire school year, and people can enter the program at any time. Classes emphasize one-on-one help and individualized study time. The program offers GED test preparation; high school credit for work; military or other experiences; transcript evaluation; and academic counseling. Classes are held at the Park City Learning Center, 2400 Kearns Blvd. Judy Tukuafu at 645-5600 ext. 1447 is available to answer questions.
English as a Second Language Classes
The Park City School District is offering adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. The classes begin Sept. 3 and run throughout the school year. There is a $20 registration fee for the entire year. Classes will be taught at all English levels and are open to Park City residents only. Child care will be provided. The classes will be taught at the Learning Center at 2400 Kearns Blvd. For more information, call 645-5600 ext. 1447.
University of Utah Lifelong Learning
The University of Utah (U of U) offers a wide variety of classes this fall through its Lifelong Learning program. The U of U has changed the format of its classes, with a majority of them now being offered during the day instead of in the evenings. Virginia Gowski, marketing director of the Continuing Education program at the University of Utah, explained that these classes are a great opportunity for retired, non-working or part-time Summit County residents.
In today’s world, understanding foreign languages is becoming increasingly valuable. Conversational Spanish and Italian classes are being offered this fall. Spanish language classes focus on communication for travel, everyday situations, and communication with Spanish-speaking employees. Conversational Spanish I begins Sept. 16. Classes will be held Tuesdays from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. at 1255 Park Ave. Conversational Spanish II begins Oct. 28 at the same location.
Conversational Italian I will emphasize basic conversational skills focusing on topics such as travel, art, and culture. Beginning Sept. 18, the classes will run from 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday through the end of October. The fee for all language classes in the U of U Lifelong Learning program is $135 for five sessions. Participants can expect two hours of homework each week.
If you have a musician inside that you’ve been waiting to let out, Beginning Guitar classes are available, no experience necessary. These classes will be held Wednesdays from Oct. 1 to Nov. 12. Classes cost $109 for the series.
Other U of U lifelong learning classes held in Park City this fall include Zen Meditation, Investing for Women, Fundamentals of Interior Design, and Animal Communication. More information is available at http://www.lifelong.utah.edu .
Kimball Art Center
The Kimball Art Center will offer art classes for all ages and abilities in a variety of mediums this fall. Classes are divided by age: tots (ages 3-5), kids (6-12), teens (13-17), adults (18 and older), and intergenerational. Classes are offered in pottery, clay, mixed media, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, silver smithing, and others.
The Kimball Art Center offers both day and evening classes. Fees vary, and many classes require an additional materials fee. Classes begin as early as Sept. 2. More information is available at http://www.kimball-art.org/classes.htm . The Kimball Art Center is located at 638 Park. Ave.
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