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Virginia Principles of Real Estate
Virginia real estate is a diverse market, with coastal homes, rural farmlands, and the bustling suburbs of Washington, DC. Professionals seeking a Virginia real estate license, must complete this DPOR approved 60 hour course in order to sit for state and national exams administered by PSI. No discounts or refunds. 20 sessions @ 3 hrs each or 15 sessions @ 4 hrs each.
Basic Budgeting
Become more financially astute. Prepare a simple budget and review debt and financial management techniques. Create and use a personal/household budget. Wisely manage credit and debit cards, mortgage and auto payments, and personal debt. Fund a savings plan. Share and learn about financial roadblocks. Take charge of your financial situation today! 3 sessions @ 2.5 hrs each.
Concepts of Programming
Learn basic concepts and problem solving techniques used in most programming languages. Topics covered include: operators, boolean logic, memory and variables, control flow, data structures and objects. Students will learn how to write simple algorithms in pseudocode, a high level non-technical language. Lead-in course for Java 1. Must know basic math and computer skills. 6 sessions @ 3 hrs each.

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Keeping Your Dog Fit
Improve your dog's balance, flexibility, core strength, and endurance. Taught by a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Learn exercises to help keep your canine companion fit. 1 session @ 2 hrs.
Arthritis Management for Your Pet
Millions of people in the US are affected by arthritis, but did you know your pets get it too? Arthritis often affects 60% of cats 6 years and older, and as many as 1 in 5 dogs over the age of 1 year. Pets with arthritis don't tend to cry out in pain and signs can be difficult to recognize. Learn about the condition, signs of arthritis in dogs and cats, current therapies, and how you can help your pet. 1 session @ 2 hrs.
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.

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Share Your Story! Writing Your Memoirs
Whether you hope to capture your life’s meaningful moments for family, publication, or personal satisfaction, this class will help you get started. We will talk about how to compose your storytelling and offer some insights into what makes for memorable reading. We will discuss the difference between writing a memoir and writing an autobiography. Classes are highly interactive, with some time spent reading and critiquing each other’s work. Sharing of written work is optional. We will also touch on publication options and some of the rules you need to know and understand regarding publication of your written works. 4 sessions @ 2 hrs each.
What Might Have Been! A Historical Perspective
Calling all history buffs and would-be writers. This fun class combines elements of history with discussions and creative writing. Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if Lincoln wasn't assassinated as the Civil War ended? If President Truman elected not to drop the atomic bombs on Japan? Or what would have occurred if Attila had actually married into the Roman Imperial Family? If so, this is the course for you. Students will be assigned a particular event in world history. After learning what actually happened, students will then prepare a paper and presentation based on the ramifications if something else had transpired. Their alternate scenario will be shared with the class and a lively discussion will follow. Students will learn how decisions from the past impact their lifetimes and the world in which we live, as well as use their imaginations in understanding cause and effect. Please note: The format of this class will include research, writing and discussion. Writing assignments will take place in class as we as possible at-home assignments. 4 sessions @ 2.5 hrs each.
Classical Music Appreciation 101
Enhance your joy of classical music through knowledge. Have you ever heard that familiar tune whose name escaped you? You recognize it as classical music, but aren't sure who wrote it or the story behind it. In this 2 session course we will explore Classical composers; Session 1 we will focus the music of Haydn & Mozart. For session 2, we’ll be focusing on composers Schubert & Beethoven. This is a class to learn about the composers and the circumstances surrounding the music's creation, as well as what to listen for. Students will learn why this music has remained popular for hundreds of years. 2 sessions @ 2.5 hrs each.


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