Learn something new with Short Courses

Rebecca Saunders (Megan Miller)

Rebecca Saunders (Megan Miller)

Student Activities has inaugurated a new program of “Short Courses.” These are non-credit courses for people wishing to learn new skills. From Oct. 1- Dec. 1 this fall, and Feb. 1 – May 1 this spring, they will be taught by faculty, staff, and outside visitors.
A wide range of activities will be offered for students, ranging from CPR training by the Red Cross to bike maintenance taught by the Quaker Village Bike Shop.
Such Short Course programs have been added to many other colleges and universities in the past, and it has been a success with students.
Taleisha Bowen, Student Activities work-study employee at Guilford, said, “I would like to see this as a community-builder to get to know others and learn some new skills.”
Each short course has anywhere from one to 16 classes depending on the course and the instructor. With an array of different activities available, students can participate in as many short courses as they want.
“I wanted to start a martial arts club,” said Guilford student and now instructor, Kyle Higgs, “and teaching a Tae Kwan Do class is one step closer to getting student involvement.”
Like Higgs, Amanda Womack will teach a class. “I really believe in the home-spun, folk-craft arena. You need to pass on the craft.” Womack hopes to teach to fellow friends collectively since many wanted her assistance in knitting.
Although the short course program has a small fee of $2, it is only to reserve a spot in the class and to demonstrate one’s commitment.
A catalog will appear listing all of the classes that will be offered this fall. It will be available by the end of September.
Anyone interested in teaching a short course should fill out an information card at the Founders Hall Information Desk. Contact Rebecca Saunders, Director of Student Involvement, with additional questions.