Variety of personal enrichment courses start in September
Aug. 23, 2010
GETTYSBURG – From languages to history, gardening and crafts, the Continuing Education division at HACC-Gettysburg Campus has something for everyone’s personal enrichment in September.
All classes are offered at the campus, unless otherwise noted. The lineup includes:
Languages – Students can use this opportunity to learn basic or advance language skills to enhance employment qualifications or satisfy personal growth. All classes listed are conversational and/or Level I for beginners. These courses are designed for students 16 years old or older. Each eight-week course costs $125.
Conversational German I, offered 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 30.
Conversational French I, offered 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 30.
Conversational Spanish I, offered 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 13-Nov. 1, at HACC-Gettysburg Campus, or 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 20-Nov. 15, in Hanover.
Conversational Spanish II, offered 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 15-Nov. 3, in Hanover.
            Among the opportunities for art, crafts and music are the following:
            Drawing Basics, Beginner, offered 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 13-Oct. 25, at a cost of $99. Students will learn approaches to drawing utilizing a variety of tools and covering all subject matter, including landscapes, portrait, still life, and abstract.
            Fused Art Glass Jewelry, offered 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 14-28, or 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 9-23, at a cost of $65, which includes the use of tools. Learn to create beautiful art glass jewelry by cutting specialty fusing and dichroic glass pieces, which are then fired in a kiln. Students will purchase glass and wire and pay a nominal firing fee, which must be paid by cash or check on the first day of class.
            Crochet 101, offered 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 15-Oct. 6, at a cost of $59. Learn about the different types of yarn, sizing a crochet hook, and the different stitches in the crash course on crochet. Bring a USH 8 crochet hook and 100 percent cotton yarn to class and get started on a new hobby.
            For the gardener, selections include:
Common Abiotic Plant Problems, offered 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at a cost of $25. “Abiotic” centers around problems caused by site conditions, weather or cultural practices. The class will address common questions such as: Is a shade-loving plant actually planted in the shade? Do roots have room to grow? What time of the year should I prune and how?
Common Insects of the Home and Garden, offered 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at a cost of $25. The class will look at insect stages of development and identification, and discuss the damage they may cause, how to prevent them from invading, and suggested control measures. Beneficial insects also will be included.
For history buffs, the September lineup includes:
The Lost Cause: Southern Myth & Memory of the Civil War, offered 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at a cost of $25. The focus is on the growth, development, and flowering of the particularly Southern viewpoint of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg, and how the viewpoint affects the interpretation of the battle and battlefield today.
“There is no fail here,” offered 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at a cost of $45. This new course addresses why President Abraham Lincoln came to Gettysburg on Nov. 18 and 19, 1863. The purpose of this presentation is to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the immortal Gettysburg Address in the context of the enormous personal, political and policy pressures on the president when he prepared and delivered it.
Lydia Leister and Her Neighbors, offered 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at a cost of $25. Lydia Leister and her neighbors left their productive farms when the Battle of Gettysburg began, and her home became General Meade’s headquarters. Meet the widow Lydia in a living history presentation and experience the aftermath of the battle as it affected the farmers of rural Gettysburg.
Lincoln Highway: Past and Present, offered 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at a cost of $65. Deadline to register for this two-session class is Sept. 22. For 200 years, Americans had been fascinated by the thought of practical, coast-to-coast travel. The first successful attempt was the Lincoln Highway, a patchwork of trails, roads, and main streets, which would have a dramatic impact on this country. Students will examine the history, development and decline of the highway and its impact on everyday life. The class includes a field trip along the Lincoln Highway as far east as Coatesville.
Songs & Stories of the Red, White, and Blue, offered from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the East Berlin Area Community Center, at a cost of $25. For any time of the year, but especially for around the patriotic holidays, this show features America's greatest patriotic songs (“The Star Spangled Banner,” ”America the Beautiful,” “You're a Grand Old Flag,” “Yankee Doodle,” “This Land is Your Land,” et. al.) and tells the fascinating and inspiring stories behind their composition and of the people who wrote them - all with a backdrop of the flags from each of the periods in which they were written.
Unexpected Roots: Artists with Adams County Connections, offered 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at the East Berlin Area Community Center or 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at HACC-Gettysburg Campus. The cost is $25. You might be surprised to learn that some famous artists have local links, including one dubbed the “handsomest man in the world.” In this new class, find out how Elsie Singmaster Lewars, Marianne Moore, Charles Morris Young, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Wolfe, Oscar Shaw and Francis X. Bushman are tied to Adams County.
Among the general interest category, are:
Writing Magazine Articles, offered 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 13-27, at a cost of $59. Learn the difference and similarities between magazine and newspaper writing. Brainstorm possible ideas, explore markets, and plan queries. By the end of this class, students will have queries ready to send out on a marketable story.
Finding the Right Job at Any Age, offered 1-4 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 17 and 24, at a cost of $59. This new course is designed to improve each person’s ability to get a good job. It is about learning the practical skills that will allow you to clarify the type of job you really want. If you are re-entering the job market or are looking at a part-time profession, this course will help you take your life experiences and transfer them into marketable employment skills.
HACC offers a variety of noncredit courses with something for most everyone. Go to and click on Noncredit Courses. There you’ll find a list of what’s offered and when at all of HACC’s five campuses, including Harrisburg, Lancaster, Gettysburg, Lebanon and York. The link leads you to the Shopping Cart where you can enroll. Users receive an e-mail confirming enrollment.
In addition, online classes are offered through Ed2Go in a variety of topics, from A to Z, from grant writing to Web design. The next round of classes starts on Sept. 15. For a complete list of courses, go to
For more information, call the continuing education office at HACC-Gettysburg Campus at 717-338-1010.
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