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Registration for adult education at JVS available this week and next

BLOOMINGDALE — Area residents seeking to expand their knowledge can register for adult education courses at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

The fall semester will be in full swing with registration set for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and Sept. 7, 8, 9 and 10, but signups will continue to the first day of class. Programs start Sept. 15 through early October and run from one to nine weeks, while classes range from computers and trade and industries to special interests. Some courses are free but others have charges and additional fees may be included for supplies, textbooks, workbooks, safety equipment and other materials.

Enrollment is open to anyone 18 years or older and a certificate of completion will be given to students enrolled in certain programs who have attended at least 60 percent of the classes. Payment will be made on the first night of class at the front desk.

“Our registration will start next week and, hopefully, we’ll get a good response,” said Rich Wilinski, program coordinator.

Protocols will be in place due to the COVID-19 virus and all enrollees will be required to wear a face mask while inside the building, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer.

Wilinski said some classes have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns but he hoped to add them to the winter roster. Meanwhile, a few unique programs are now available, including bass fishing and sign language.

“We added the bass fishing program that we know some people will take advantage of,” he added. “We held a sign language class for the first time last year and it went over well. People indicated that they wanted to come back for additional instruction.”

Computer courses include Basic Computing, a four-week session on Tuesdays starting Oct. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $40; iPhone and iPad Basics, a one-week course slated for Oct. 21-22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $20; and Android Smartphone and Tablet, a one-week session on Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $10 — participants must bring their Android device to class.

Among the trade and industries courses are Welding Technology, a nine-week session on Tuesdays starting Sept. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for $200 with an additional $80 textbook fee; Small Engine Repair, a six-week class on Thursdays starting Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $30; and Basic Electricity, a seven-week course on Tuesdays starting Sept. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $70.

Special interest classes include Yoga, a nine-week course on Thursdays starting Sept. 17 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for $30; Guitar, an eight-week course on Thursdays starting Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $35; Decorative Painting for the Beginner, an eight-week course on Tuesdays starting Sept. 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $35 plus supplies; Decorative Painting, an eight-week course on Thursdays starting Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $35 plus supplies; Cake Decoration, a five-week course starting Oct. 1 and held each Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for free; Handmade Greeting Cards, an eight-week class on Tuesdays starting Sept. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and there is a $40 cost for supplies; Dance, a free, five-week course on Thursdays starting Sept. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Home Handyperson, an eight-week class on Wednesdays starting Sept. 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $55 plus supplies; Introduction to Bass Fishing, a six-week course on Wednesdays starting Sept. 30 from 6 p..m to 8 p.m. for $30; Floral Design, a six-week class on Wednesdays starting Sept. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $25; Beginner Quilting, an eight-week program on Tuesdays starting Sept. 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $35; Quilting, an eight-week program on Wednesdays starting Sept. 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $35; and Sign Language, an eight-week program on Wednesdays starting Sept. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $40.

A minimum of seven students must be registered before a class can proceed and officials will only notify those if the class is canceled. The school reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment and a full refund will be made at that time. If a withdrawal is made prior to the second class, a refund will be made minus a $10 processing fee. Please allow two to four weeks for the refund to be processed. The school will post weather-related cancellations by 3 p.m. that day on television and online.

For information or to register, contact JCJVS at (740) 264-5545 between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. from Monday to Thursday.

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