The Davis Adult and Community Education School begins fall classes next week, with courses ranging from sewing to body sculpting, world languages to computer skills, arc welding to woodworking and gardening to folk music.
“As we embark on a new year at Davis Adult and Community Education, I am excited to continue many of our popular classes in the fields of language, practical and fine arts, fitness and technology,” said Principal Grace Sauser, who is new to the Davis district this fall.
“In addition, I am looking forward to adding to our variety of classes throughout the year with classes in finance, entrepreneurship, landscaping and cooking as well as classes for parents and teens.”
Sauser said the program has had so much success with its fitness classes in the past that a new class in “body sculpting” is being added this fall. It’s a more advanced version of Pilates and incorporates many of the traditional Pilates moves with light hand weights “to really accelerate one’s fitness results,” Sauser said.
The body sculpting class did not make it into the fall brochure.
The fall lineup of fitness courses also includes longtime favorites like Pilates, qigong, tai chi, yoga and zumba. Fall language classes include Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
With the holiday season coming up, community members might want to consider enrolling in an art course and creating something beautiful for their loved ones. Instruction is offered in sewing, clay, mosaic and drawing.
Classes focusing on computers and photography are always popular among adults who want to get more performance from their digital gear. Fall classes include courses in the popular software package Excel, as well as courses in digital photography, digital imaging and website design.
And this fall, “late adopters” of technology can enroll in “Computer Introduction,” a hands-on course for beginners who want to learn how to use Windows-based machines and software, with an added element of yoga-based stretching activities that will help prevent computer-related stress and injuries.
Students who want a hands-on experience in metalwork can enroll in arc welding for beginners, a course designed to serve the interest of the artistically inclined student as well as students who are curious about getting a job as a welder. There are also practical courses in bicycle repair and woodworking, as well as a course in growing a kitchen garden.
Music lovers can enroll in the Davis Community Folk Orchestra course, which encourages students to bring out an untouched instrument lurking in the closet and enjoy a friendly, low-key opportunity to improve their performance skills.
There are also popular courses in pronunciation for English learners, reading and writing for advanced English learners and English as a second language, which offers both daytime and evening sessions.
Teens will want to consider the SAT preparation workshop offerings, as they get ready for college entrance exams.
And adults considering a career change can enroll in courses that prepare them to become clinical medical assistants and pharmacy technicians (offered in partnership with Boston Reed College).
“We are always looking for new and innovative classes to enhance our program, so if you have a skill that you think people would be interested in learning and want to teach others, please contact us,” Sauser said.
The Davis Adult and Continuing Education school office is open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 7 p.m. at 14th Street and Oak Avenue, or call 530-757-5380. Online registration is available at http://dace.djusd.net.
— Reach Jeff Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-8055.