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News Release - 7/31/2006

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College Classes Begin in Lakeport August 21

LAKEPORT -- The Mendocino College Lake Center will offer a wide selection of community college classes this fall beginning on August 21. The center's Fall 2006 semester will feature day and evening courses in general education, university transfer, computers, business office technology, physical education, and cultural enrichment.

"Each semester the Lake Center schedules college classes in both day and evening formats to meet many educational needs," says college Dean Mark Rawitsch. "Our Lakeport program serves as an introduction to the California Community College System and its network of student support services such as academic counseling, financial aid, low-cost college classes, university transfer guarantees, and more," Rawitsch says. "A major mission of the state community college system is to help provide quality education at the lowest possible cost to students and their families. California community college fees still remain among the lowest in the nation.  Many students can qualify for financial aid, fee waivers, grants, loans, and scholarships, so no one should think that they cannot afford to go to college. Folks just need to take that first step and make contact with us to explore all the ways we can help," Rawitsch explains.

The fall semester begins on Monday, August 21, and continues through December 21. Admission, registration and counseling services for any class offered by the college, including online classes or others at the main campus in Ukiah, are available at the Lake Center on Parallel Drive adjacent to Highway 29 in Lakeport. Registration by phone is also available.   

Classes during the day in Lakeport this fall include Geology with David Adam, U.S. History and Political Science with Rick Jones, English with Channing Grigsby, Ginny Devries, Susan Cordell, and Dawn Widler, California History with Urmas Kaldveer, Cultural Anthropology with Doug Prather, Beginning Guitar with Clifford Johnson, Psychology with Kathleen Wagschal, and art classes with Steve Lipke and Barbara Voorhies during the week and Lorraine Brady-Arthur on Saturdays. Additional classes in a variety of topics such as math, business, physical fitness, golf, piano, environmental science, public speaking, interpersonal communication, child development, American Sign Language, computer software, Spanish, French, and more are also available at the Lake Center this fall.

Evening classes include Physical Anthropology with Doug Prather, Adobe Photoshop Overview with Jeff Bailey, First Aid with Bob Rumfelt, Intermediate Algebra and Statistics with Eric Larsen, a business office technology series, several child development classes, computer classes, and others.

Two new Astronomy classes, Planetary Astronomy and Astronomy Observations, both offered by Clifford Johnson, will use the new equipment of the Taylor Observatory in Kelseyville this fall. A Full Flavor Growing agriculture class with Sky Hoyt is also new to the Lake Center this fall, beginning on October 3.

A large choice of Business Office Technology classes such as beginning keyboarding, business calculators, and word processing on microcomputers are also offered along with computer creations, scanner fundamentals, and Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation Software. Other business classes include Mathematical Applications in Business, Overview of QuickBooks, Accounting with QuickBooks, Payroll Taxes with QuickBooks and Federal Tax Accounting.
“We have also scheduled a series of later starting general education degree classes that can transfer to the state college and university systems, or used to meet other graduation requirements, beginning after Labor Day for Lake County students who work summer jobs,” adds Rawitsch. “Those classes fill quickly so students should register now,” he adds. Later starting fall classes include choices in Health, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Fall Vegetable Gardening, Keyboarding, Business Calculators, QuickBooks, and Music Appreciation.

For those interested in other choices this fall, Mendocino College also provides online and video taped distance education classes throughout its district, as well as traditional classes in both Ukiah and Willits.
Students should consult the Fall schedule for a full listing of all Lake County, Ukiah and Willits area classes.  For more information about how to qualify for fee reductions, or for other information about college programs and support services in Lakeport, call the Mendocino College Lake Center at 263-4944.

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Created: July 31, 2006 @ 11:29 AM
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