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Sound Bites - Issue #5 / January 2014


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Michelle King, Director Community and Contract Ed Michelle King, Director
Career & Contract Ed.

Happy New Year – See Our Exciting Plans for 2014!

The New Year is a great time to introduce some exciting new changes at Community Education – foremost among them is our plan to expand “work skills” and ”career development” courses this year.  

We plan to launch a separate “Professional Development” Community Ed catalog in which we will be offering classes as part of several certificate programs (some of which are professional certificates) in such areas as online marketing, public works project construction, office/computers, and social media.  The focus of the offerings in the catalog will be to assist individuals with gaining new skills for finding work or advancing their careers.  

With “Update Your Skills” as our theme, we also offer many online skills training certificate programs.  

As a final note, we will be expanding the employment training courses that are offered to adults and dislocated workers, some of whom may be eligible for state employment training funds that can cover the cost of the classes. Watch for our “Professional Development” Community Ed catalog, which will soon be available online in the Spring.

To register, call (310) 434-3400 or go to

Our sincerest wishes for a very happy new year!

Michelle King
Director of Career & Contract Education



Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator, Community and Contract Ed Alice Meyering,
Program Coordinator
Community & Contract Education

What's New

As SMC Community Education’s vibrant Winter Session get under way, it is also looking ahead to an even heartier Spring Semester – with more than 170 classes, workshops and tours, including several new offerings. Online registration for both sessions is now open and spring classes begin Feb. 18.

“Whatever your interest, we have the class for you,” said Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of Community & Contract Education. “From art to Zumba, we’ll help keep your body, mind and creative expression healthy and challenged.”

Meyering said the program is particularly pleased to offer two new day tours – to Cachuma Lake in the winter and Downtown Pasadena with tea lunch in the spring – as well as “Prevailing Wage: Tips You Need Before You Bid,” which debuts our series on “Secrets of Public Works Projects Series," designed to prepare contractors to successfully bid on public works, which begins Jan. 11.

In addition, she said, the program is grouping together some of its course offerings into series of classes, including the “Organic Living Series,” composed of “Organic Gardening” and “Intro to Healthy Eating,” as well as “Jumpstart Your Career Series,” which would enhance any career-searching effort with “Social Media for Job Seekers” and “MS Word and MS Excel for the Job Market.”

Other new classes this spring include “Landscape Painting,” “Resin Jewelry,” “Cookie Bouquets,” and “Yin Yoga.” And looking ahead to the summer, Community Education is offering several new summer camps for youth ages 12 to 17.

“And if that weren’t enough, we will have an extensive collection of Professional Development classes in spring,” Meyering said. These courses are in many disciplines, including business and finance, health professions, social work, entrepreneurship, and more.

Particularly notable are the real estate courses, which will pave the way for a successful career in the red-hot Southern California housing market, she said

Registration is online or by calling (310) 434-3400.
You can also email


“Live Well” This Year with Fitness & Healthy Eating

SMC Community Education is an excellent place to go to help you keep
your New Year’s resolutions to get back into shape after the holidays
or to pump up your fitness level.

The Winter Session, which just began, has six Fitness and Relaxation
to pick from – including Yoga, Low Back Strength and Stretching,
and Zumba Toning. And you can sign up now for an even greater
offering of such courses in the Spring Session, including a brand new
class in Yin Yoga.

Hewing to our “Living Well” theme for the new year, Community Education
is also aware that good nutrition is as important as exercise for overall
health. To that end, we are offering this spring an “Intro to Healthy
”  class, as well as “Basic Organic Gardening” that can help you
grow some of your own food.

To register, call (310) 434-3400 or go to