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Featured Classes
Digital Art: Photoshop Basics
Students will be introduced to the interface, main tools, and layering options that Photoshop offers. We will go over each of the main tools individually, as well as examples on ways that the tools can be used. Tool shortcuts, navigating the Photoshop workspace, and correct use of the layering system will also be emphasized. Purchase textbook separately. 6 sessions @ 3 hrs each.
Grant Writing
Learn the skills you need to secure grants from foundations and corporations. Provides techniques and resources for locating the best prospects and for writing the basic components of a proposal. Find the answers to: How do I get a funder's attention? What does a funder look for in a proposal? How do I write winning proposals? 2 sessions @ 2 hrs each or 1 session @ 4 hrs.
Business Etiquette I
It has been said that you don’t get a second chance at making a good first impression! Learn what is expected in the business world. Gain the edge that will set you apart. Civility, professionalism, business dress, and proper phone, electronic communication, and dining etiquette will not only help you make a great first impression, but will serve you in all aspects of business and social life. 2 sessions @ 2.5 hrs each.

Focus on Health and Medical
Newborn and Postpartum Caregiver Level 1
Basic overview and evidence based education for caregivers and parents caring for newborns age 0-3 months, including: diapering, swaddling, postpartum care of parents, SIDS safety and more. Prepares home-based caregivers to assist new mothers. Ideal for CNAs and LPNs working with home care agencies. Students receive certificate of completion upon successful completion of this course. 1 session @ 6 hrs.No discounts/waivers.
Autism Awareness
Make a difference in the life of a person with autism: what to do and what not to do. Topics include: characteristics, strategies to assist with social interaction, tips on making environment more "ASD" friendly, and ways to enhance communication. Relatives, neighbors, employers, babysitters are welcome. Course is taught by an autism specialist. 1 session @ 3 hrs.
Pediatric CPR and First Aid
Learn to handle emergencies for children and infants. Ideal for day care providers. Basic First Aid and CPR for infants and children taught. Includes AED training. Must be able to read and understand English. Students under age 18 must apply for an underage waiver at or 703-658-2709. Must be on time for class. Bring lunch! American Heart Association course. 1 session @ 7.5 hrs.

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Writing Your Memoirs
Whether you hope to capture your life's meaningful moments for family, publication or personal satisfaction, this class helps you get started. Exercised and assignments present a variety of techniques to improve your memoir writing. Classes are highly interactive with some time spent reading and critiquing each other's work. Sharing of written work is optional. We welcome Joanne Glenn with her extensive experience in the publishing world as the new Instructor for this class and support her for carrying forward the work of ACE Instructor, the Late Ms. Louise Gibney. 6 sessions @ 2 hrs each.
The Late Summer Garden
August is a busy time in the garden – time to reap the season’s harvest and look ahead to the autumn and springtime. The three P’s are here: planting, pruning and planning. In our zone 7 we can enjoy a fruitful shoulder season if we plan accordingly. Come see the Plum Garden in full summer garb and learn how the three P’s apply to your garden. 1 session @ 3 hours
Improvisation Workshop
If you've ever wanted to explore your funny side or try your hand at a whole new fun adventure, improvisational comedy can give you confidence and help you discover talents you never knew you had. Besides, improvisation is a wonderful tool for promoting creativity, public speaking, stage presence, characterizations, and quick thinking. The class will start with fun warm ups with fellow students. Then the students will participate in structured games created for class and that have also been used on stage with past improv performers such as Robin Williams, Catherine O'Hara and Mike Meyers. 8 sessions @ 2 hrs each.


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