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Continuing Education offers several non-credit classes in February

Released: 02/09/2005

Want to increase your computer skills or learn how to cook desserts? Interested in writing that novel or keeping in shape? LSU Alexandria Continuing Education is offering a variety of non-credit courses this spring that are designed to provide people opportunities for personal growth, professional development, self-enrichment and wellness and fitness.

The Lifelong Learning courses typically are held after hours and are open to anyone in the community. Most of the courses meet on the LSU Alexandria campus and all require pre-registration and payment of fees.

For registration information, contact Continuing Education at 318-473-6495 or visit the website

The courses available in February include the following:

Computer & Technology: Computer Basics – Beginner, 8 hours. Become familiar with computer terminology; discuss factors to consider when purchasing a computer; review popular software applications; navigate and manage files in a Windows operating system and use other basic concepts. This class is for people with little or no computer experience. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-24, Tuesday/Thursday. Fee is $155.

Exam Preparation & Certification: Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit & Renewal (Section 1) 9 hours. 5:45-9:15 p.m. Feb. 21 and Feb. 22, Monday/Tuesday. Fee is $80 plus $10 registration fee. Range time will be announced. This course is approved by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Participants must be at least age 21.

Health & Wellness: Aerobic Deep Water Exercise. This is a no-impact program. All exercises are performed in deep water and all activities are within the capabilities of most people with arthritis. It is not necessary to know how to swim. Participants should have functional and relatively comfortable shoulder and elbow motion and be able to tolerate a 20-minute aquatic endurance component without excessive pain, fatigue or shortness of breath. 3:30-4:25 p.m. Monday/Tuesday/Thursday. Cost is $35 monthly.

Aquacise. The class incorporates a routine of specially designed water exercises to improve physical fitness, mental alertness and emotional health. Exercises are conducted in shallow and/or deep water and are suitable for most levels of physical ability and water orientation. 9-9:55 a.m. Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Fee is $35 monthly.

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program Plus Shallow Water – Section 1. Exercises are performed in shallow water and are within the capabilities of most people with arthritis. 2:30-3:25 p.m. Monday/Tuesday/Thursday. Cost is $35 monthly. Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program Plus Shallow Water – Section 2. 4:30-5:25 p.m. Monday/Tuesday/Thursday. Cost is $35 monthly.

Personal Enrichment Just Desserts, 2 hours. First in a three-part cooking series. With one set of luscious ingredients – of which chocolate is the prime ingredient – participants will create two entirely different delicious dessert recipes. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. Cost is $60 for this course only, or $150 for three courses in the series. Registration fee is $10.

Stained Glass Beginner, 14 hours. Participants complete a copper foil stained glass project. Fees do not include glass, which participants will be required to purchase after the first class. Cost is $80 plus $10 registration fee. 5:30-9 p.m., Feb. 15-23, Tuesday/Wednesday.

Professional Development Marketing in the Real World, 6 hours. Marketing isn’t just a term for big business, it’s about selling your products and services effectively and successfully.Come find out how to use the most effective marketing tools for your particular business. 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15 and 22, Tuesdays. Cost is $110 plus $10 registration fee.

Small Business Tax Issues, 3.5 hours. Learn how to effectively deal with and sort out the tax and bookkeeping issues related to small business. This course will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of legal tax types; basic taxation of businesses; tax-free fringe benefits; and payroll for owners/employees. 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.