Lancaster Community College offers adult education in Bath

Hot Springs, Va. –

No matter what your age, you can head back to school this fall too. Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is offering three of its non-credit adult education classes in Bath County. The courses include two computer classes and a photography class. Judy Clark is the Public Relations and Non-Credit Coordinator at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

“There seemed to be a lot of interest in it,” says Clark. “Of course, Bath County is part of our service area and I often have people come from Bath County to take classes here, but it’s on the main campus in Clifton Forge. It’s a little bit out of the way for them. And I noticed over the semesters that we often had people come and it was just kind of a long trip and we thought Well, maybe we should offer some classes in Bath County and try to make it convenient.’ And so far we’ve had pretty good response, so I know there’s an interest. And these are classes that have been really successful here on our main campus, so we figured there would be a need for it in Bath County too.”

One of the computer classes is Computers for the Absolute Beginner. It will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30, September 18th through October 9th at Bath County High School. The instructor is Joey Crawford who teaches in the Bath County School system.
The tuition fee is $65, plus a textbook fee.

“There are a lot of people that are just are so intimidated by computers, they just don’t know where to start,” says Clark. “We found this out a few years ago, that people just want really, they want to know how to turn it on. And what to do after that and they are just too embarrassed to tell anyone else.”

Joey Crawford will also teach another class called Welcome to PowerPoint. It will be offered on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8, October 16th and October 23rd at Bath County High School. The tuition fee is $75, plus a textbook fee.

“That’s a course for people who want to know how to do presentations with PowerPoint software,” says Clark. “You learn how to create, design and deliver presentations with all the bells and whistles that come with the Power Point software. Now, that course is a little more advanced. You need to have some good computer skills in order to take that one. It’s a good resource for people who do a lot of presentations. And it seems like anyone who teaches anything these days is using PowerPoint, so it’s a really good tool to use.”

Understanding Your Digital Camera is a one night class that will be offered on Thursday September 20th from 6 to 9 at the Old Dairy Community Center. The tuition fee is $35 and participants should bring their cameras and the owner’s manuals.

“This is for either beginning photographers or people who just bought a new camera and they don’t know what to do with it,” says Clark. “A lot of the digital cameras are so complex these days, that it helps to have someone to kind of show you what to do. The instructor for that will be Chuck Almarez. He’s taught a lot of photography courses for Dabney over the years and is very knowledgeable. He also has a gallery in Clifton Forge, Fire and Light Gallery, so he is a professional photographer.”

Anyone can sign up for these classes. And there is a $5 discount on the tuition fee for all of these classes for County of Bath Chamber of Commerce members.

For more information or to sign up for a class, visit the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College website at and click on continuing education or call 540-863-2863.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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