Fall 2016 Registration is Open!

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Take Your Career to the Next Level

Do you love the work that you’re doing? Is it satisfying for you, or would you like more from it? Do you know how to communicate effectively, collaborate with others and negotiate to get what you want?

Join us this Fall as we explore different ways to help you advance your ‘soft skills’ — and, hopefully, your career.

Featured Programs

Lifelong Learning

Artistic Photo Composition
New! Discover the elements of composition and take your photography to a more artistic place.

Creative Writing Workshop
New! Tap your creativity and learn how to write compelling stories that will resonate with readers.

Hiring & Working with a Home Remodeling Contractor
New! Planning a remodel? Learn how to plan and communicate effectively with your contractor.

Self Defense 102 for Women
New! Build on your strategies for dealing with confrontation, setting boundaries and physical defense.

 
Professional Development

How to Run an Effective Meeting
Skillfully prepare for and conduct a meeting that inspires productive collaboration and teamwork.

Negotiation – Get What You Want
Learn how to successfully advocate for yourself and others during this practical online course.

Professional Boot Camp
Develop your network, expand your skills and more in this practical series of workshops.

Work Smarter, Not Harder
Are you proactive or reactive? Get tips on how to take control of your never-ending to-do list.

Share Your Expertise and Teach at Seattle Central

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Teach for Us | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Teach [teech] v. to impart knowledge or skill; give instruction.

Do you have a love for something that you’d like to share with others?

Seattle Central’s Continuing Education program is built on the passionate expertise of our instructors, and we’re always looking for innovative new classes to share with our community.

If you’re a local expert with a unique perspective and want to share your knowledge with others, we’d love for you to join our dynamic team of talented industry professionals.

We’re always accepting class proposals, and here are a few areas in which we’d like to expand our program:

  • Writing – Professional, Creative, Poetry
  • Photography
  • Performing Arts – Dance, Theater, Music
  • Fitness & Wellness
  • Home Improvement / Decorating
  • Leadership / Business Skills
  • Computer / Software Skills
  • Tech Skills for Non-Tech Professionals

If you have the skills and experience and you’d like to share them with your community, please consider submitting a proposal to us.

 

HR Basics Shows Non-HR Managers the Ropes

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HR Basics for the Non-HR Manager | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
HR Basics for the Non-HR Manager | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
HR Basics for the Non-HR Manager | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Are You Dotting the Right I's and Crossing the Right T's?

As anyone who works in a small business or start-up environment cant attest to, you’re often asked to juggle different responsibilities and wear several hats on a daily basis — some of which may be in your area of expertise, and others not so much. But even in larger businesses, you may be promoted into a position where you’re managing others for the first time, without previous knowledge of the basics of human resources.

During her work training others on a variety of professional development topics, Yvonne Freitas McGookin met many new managers with very limited background and understanding of human resources. This minimal experience often translated into a lack of confidence on their part.

Responding to that need, she developed her HR Basics for the Non-HR Manager workshop, which provides an overview of the essential elements of human resources for those with little experience in the field.

We’re excited to offer it at Seattle Central beginning Summer 2016, and we asked her to share more background on the class.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching part-time at the college-level for about 15 years and have taught various HR courses for about 10 years.

I differentiate between teaching courses and delivering training workshops.

What inspired you to teach HR Basics?

In my work, I encounter a lot of people who have some responsibility for the HR function, but have not been received any formal training.

Oftentimes, they feel unsure about their job and whether their organization is complying with HR laws and best practices.

An ‘HR Basics’ course, like this one, can provide essential knowledge, as well as confidence.

How is this class different from others that you teach?

I teach graduate-level classes at Northeastern University, as well as provide a variety of other training to organizations.

This class is focused specifically on those new to HR, and assumes they have little or no experience in the field.

Why would someone want to take HR Basics?

For anyone who has some responsibility for the HR function and has little or no formal training, this class will offer practical guidance and resources.

Knowing basic compliance issues and some best practices can help to alleviate potential problems or anxiety.

Also, if someone is interested in the HR field and would like to learn some basics, this class would be a helpful opportunity.

HR Basics for the Non-HR Manager | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Describe an inspirational moment in this class.

When people take this class, they feel better knowing that they aren’t alone out there trying to handle the HR function without much formal training.

Not only do they gain information and resources, but they also begin to network with each other.

Developing a support network is a great way to share ideas and resources.

Yoga Instructor Spotlight: Dee Williams & Julia Goldie

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Julia Goldie - Yoga Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Yoga Teacher Training & Certification | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Dee Williams - Yoga Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Deepen Your Practice

Yoga is a lifelong study — there’s a reason that it’s called a ‘practice’ and not ‘perfect.’ Whether you gain new insights into yourself or discover different ways to move your body, it is always changing, and always challenging.

If you’ve been taking classes for awhile and are wondering what your next step might be, consider taking a teacher training program.

This summer, we’re offering our first Yoga Teacher Training and Certification Program in collaboration with Seattle Central’s Mitchell Activity Center. For enthusiasts who want to have a greater understanding of alignment, flow, anatomy & physiology as it relates to yoga, our 100-hour intensive will provide you an in-depth look at this discipline. And if you’re interested in teaching yoga professionally, our 200-hour intensive will provide the same in-depth information, with twice as much time to practice and apply what you’ve learned — plus, you’ll be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance upon completion.

This program is taught by Dee Williams and Julia Goldie, who were kind enough to share with us more about their backgrounds. Read on to learn more about them.

What classes do you teach for Seattle Central?

Dee: I am teaching the Yoga Teacher Training starting this summer.

Julia: Yoga and Total Body Conditioning.

How long have you been teaching?

Dee: I started teaching at the community college level over twenty years ago. My love for teaching yoga began in earnest in 2007.

Julia: I started off teaching art 14 years ago, then wilderness recreation skills 13 years ago, and fitness specific classes 6 years ago.

What's your educational & professional background?

Dee: I have a background in the tech industry and worked at several companies that are credited with leading the information technology revolution.

Julia: Business, Art, Fitness and Recreation

What do you enjoy the most about teaching your classes at Seattle Central?

Dee: I most enjoy helping new students start their journey into yoga. I also appreciate that the school has a variety of innovative programs for people of all backgrounds.

Julia: The group atmosphere creates sense of community and a support system to keep on developing the type of fitness you practice. I love the diversity of people we get at the college. We get all ages, body types, levels of fitness, cultures and ethnicities in each class.

Tell us about an inspirational teaching moment.

Dee: The most inspirational learning moment was when I learned that yoga helps you explore yourself at a very deep level.

Julia: The wonderful thing about yoga is that there are so many of these moments. One of my favorites happened about half a year ago when I received a beautiful email from a former student telling me how my class had changed her life. How the love she developed for yoga in my class has become part of her, leading to a healthier, happier and well balanced lifestyle. She had severe sciatica before starting yoga, it affected her sleep, school work, social life, weight and overall quality of life. Before yoga she thought she was going to have to live this way for ever.

There are two types of people in the world, those who pursue their dreams and those who defer them.

Dee & Julia's Favorites

Dee

  • Music: Jazz
  • Movie: The Matrix
  • Seattle Restaurant: Lucky Diner in Belltown
  • Hobby: Roller skating

Julia

  • Music: Sugar Magnolia by the Grateful Dead
  • Movie: Mary Poppins
  • Seattle Restaurant: Thai Amorn is my favorite near Seattle, but it is in Mountlake Terrace. In Seattle proper I would have to say Dragonfish.
  • Hobby: Yoga

 

Develop Your Leadership Skills Through Business Improvisation

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Thinking On Your Feet: Business Improvisation | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Thinking On Your Feet: Business Improvisation | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Thinking On Your Feet: Business Improvisation | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Think on Your Feet

The phrase ‘Yes, and …’ has been recently been popularized by the theatrical improvisation community. It’s used to facilitate improvisation — no matter what your partner presents, you respond positively, and then build on it.

But this technique doesn’t have to be limited to the stage; in fact, it’s quite powerful when used in your personal and professional lives.

Improvisation skills help you learn how to be a better listener, will enable you to collaborate with your team more effectively and give you the confidence to speak in front of groups.

Theatrical professional Julian Schrenzel has been teaching non-performers the power of improv for the last few years, and he’s bringing his business improvisation skills to Seattle Central this summer.

Learn more about what you can expect from taking his fun, dynamic Thinking on Your Feet: Business Improvisation workshop.

How long have you been teaching Business Improvisation?

I began teaching this class almost 2 years ago for the University of Washington faculty & staff, but I ‘officially’ began teaching improvisation to ‘non-performers’ (or so they consider themselves…) in February of 2013.

What inspired you to teach it?

Most of the people I lead in this class have little or no experience with theatrical improvisation — or even being on a stage — so I’m inspired by seeing my students light up when they discover and master a new tool that helps them become more confident and more self-assured in front of a group of strangers.

How is this class different from others that you teach?

This class is called ‘Thinking On Your Feet’, and it is specifically geared to help people become more effective and confident speakers.

This workshop really explores decision making on the fly, and learning how to become comfortable with the un-scripted.

It’s a very, VERY fun class, and it gently challenges participants to take a step out of their comfort zone, and into the unknown.

Why would someone want to take Thinking on Your Feet?

People who assume a position of leadership — at work, in play, volunteering, or even at home, must master certain skills to become effective leaders.

Things like learning to REALLY listen, making a decision in the heat of the moment, and taking action without being paralyzed by self-judgement; these are skills that most people could benefit from having in their toolbox.

This workshop is an exploration of these tools.

Who would benefit the most from taking Business Improvisation?

I would say, if you breath in and out, and have a heart beat, this class is right for you! 🙂

Seriously though, leaders, this class is great for people who want to become more uninhibited and free in their interactions with others, and folks who are passionate about being strong team members.

Describe an inspirational moment in this class.

Last year, I had an 80-year-old student, a great-grandmother in my class. In the beginning, she wasn’t even sure that she could physically engage in the exercises.

This year, that same student recently won a regional toast-masters award for best speech! She is also a regular student in my most challenging workshops. Her accomplishment is very inspiring to me!

Instructor Spotlight: Teresa Ramon Joffre

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Teresa Ramon Joffre - Spanish Language Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Teresa Ramon Joffre - Spanish Language Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Teresa Ramon Joffre - Spanish Language Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

The United States Is the 2nd Largest Spanish-Speaking Country in the World

 

You read that right. After Mexico, more people in the US speak Spanish (either as their primary / only language, or as bilingual speakers) than any other Spanish-speaking country. And it’s only growing.

As a professional, knowing how to speak Spanish with your coworkers, colleagues and customers is becoming more and more important. Since we began offering our Spanish for Business Professionals Level 1 course last year, the demand has increased quarter over quarter — resulting in the addition of a Level 2 course, with a Level 3 possibly on the horizon.

The popularity of these classes is due, in part, to the increased used of Spanish in the workplace, but it’s also due to the dynamic and inspirational teaching methods of the instructor, Teresa Ramon Joffre. With a background in professional translation for different industries, she’s uniquely skilled to guide professionals in the basics of business Spanish. She also offers Spanish Conversation classes for those who want to practice speaking Spanish more naturally and effectively.

Read on to learn more about Teresa.

What classes do you teach for Seattle Central?

I teach Spanish for Business Professionals (Level 1 and Level 2) and Spanish Conversation (beginner and intermediate).

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for a year at Seattle Central, and I have been teaching Spanish for over 15 years in total.

What's your educational & professional background?

I have a translation degree from NYU, and am a professional Spanish Translator for primarily the biomedical and health sciences fields.

In addition to my work at Seattle Central and my translation work, I am a ESL/EFL teacher.

What do you enjoy the most about teaching your classes at Seattle Central?

I enjoy the interaction with the students and the opportunity to be a facilitator in their language experience. It is also wonderful to introduce them to the culture.

Seattle Central is a great place to learn and teach. I see students from diverse backgrounds and walks of life. I also feel a lot of support from my supervisors and they are so open to new ideas and projects.

Tell us about an inspirational teaching moment.

My most inspirational teaching moment is when I see students understand the language and make progress.

Also, when they find a passion in the language; for example, they start enjoying poetry or music in Spanish.

Student Testimonials

Teresa is a gifted teacher. She was adept at tailoring the class to various language experience levels. The class was a lot of fun.

Teresa Ramon has an outstanding ability to get students to speak Spanish in the classroom and not be embarrassed by their mistakes. She is an excellent teacher.

Teresa is just delightful and is a wonderful teacher.

Teresa's Favorites

Hobbies

  • I enjoy walking specially in the Summer. The parks in Seattle are so beautiful.
  • I practice yoga and I am a yoga teacher. I occassionally organize workshops to teach yoga in Spanish.

Movies

  • I love comedies, Woody Allen and Pedro Almodovar are some of my favorites.
  • I am very inspired by the new Peruvian and Latin American Independent films or productions.

Enhance Your Creative Spirit with Kundalini Yoga

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Kundalini Yoga | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Kundalini Yoga | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Kundalini Yoga | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Explore Your Inner World

There seems to be as many types of yoga as there are practitioners — from the pose-focused Hatha to the flow-informed Vinyasa, the alignment-centric Iyengar to the sweat-infused Bikram. And then there are hybrid forms such as Acro Yoga, or Yogilates.

Determining which one is right for you often involves taking an intro class and seeing what it’s all about. But if you know that you want to engage in a more meditative, low-pressure class than you’ve found in high energy yoga studios, then Kundalini Yoga just might be the practice for you.

By focusing on awakening your kundalini energy, this practice is designed to help you enhance your overall awareness. It uses a series of poses, guided meditation and chanting to help you discover your creative spirit.

We just started offering Kundalini Yoga at Seattle Central, and we asked one of our instructors, Marilyn Smith, to share her thoughts with us on what makes this practice unique.

How long have you been teaching Kundalini Yoga?

I’ve been teaching Kundalini Yoga at the Laurelhurst Community Center for almost two years now.

This class is lovely, because often times people who participate are from the same neighborhood and have friends in common.

It’s a very relaxed, low-pressure yoga environment.

What inspired you to teach it?

I love to teach this yoga because it works!

It is a very gentle yoga that helps people relax their minds and bodies.

Why would someone want to take Kundalini Yoga?

Often times, we go home at night, tired, and turn on the TV to relax.

It’s a nice feeling to do something productive for yourself, to engage in an evening yoga class that relaxes in a sustaining way, that keeps the body supple and the mind ready to handle the pressures of time.

Who would benefit the most from taking Kundalini Yoga?

Kundalini yoga tends to attract a more mature audience.

So, for anyone who wants to experience a more gentle yoga that incorporates meditation, this is perfect.

Describe an inspirational moment in this class.

Kundalini practitioners often talk about the beautiful coincidences that arise around the practice.

Traditionally, during the relaxation portion of the yoga, a gong is played. They’re quite expensive and typically too large to move.

But, two of my regular practitioners, a husband and wife, happen to own a reasonably sized gong, purchased in the Far East. So, our class manifested its own gong!

Instructor Spotlight: Claire Wagenseil

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Claire Wagenseil - French Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Claire Wagenseil - French Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Claire Wagenseil - French Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Parlez Vous Francais?

If your answer to that question is anything other than a resounding “Oui!” then it’s time to change that.

For the past ten years, instructor Claire Wagenseil has been guiding students through French culture, vocabulary and pronunciation — first as a tutor, then as a teacher in a French school and most recently as part of Seattle Central’s Continuing Education program.

Her popular classes delve into everything from basic linguistics to pop culture to historical poetry, providing students a variety of ways to engage with the language.

She recently sat down with us to share a bit about her background and experiences. Read on to learn more about Claire.

What classes do you teach for Seattle Central?

I teach French 2, 3 and 4 in Continuing Education.

This summer, I will also be offering a class in French Phonetics Through Poetry for the first time, and I plan to offer a French 5 class — which is conversation-based — in the future for those who want to continue studying French beyond Level 4.

How long have you been teaching?

I started tutoring in high school, and have been teaching in different settings for about ten years.

What's your educational & professional background?

I studied at Stanford University, where I majored in English & French Literature and minored in Math.

After graduating, I moved to France to work as an English Teaching Assistant outside of Paris, and began studying at the Université de Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle, where I completed a Master 1 in General and Compared Literature.

I began teaching French at the Alliance Française de Seattle after moving back to Seattle in 2010, and have been teaching at Central since Summer 2015.

What do you enjoy the most about teaching your classes at Seattle Central?

I enjoy the interaction with the students, learning how different people’s minds work and how they process language.

In terms of teaching at Central, I really like the positive energy around learning and the support the school offers for students.

Just walking down the halls, you can see all the resources available to every different kind of person, and it just feels like there is a real willingness to help people in whatever they want to accomplish.

Tell us about an inspirational teaching moment.

There are lots, but the first one that comes to mind is when I was tutoring two bilingual 8-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, in reading and writing French.

As I got to know them a little bit, I found out the boy was really into science. One day, we were reading something together and somehow the Big Bang came up.

I was just trying to engage him a little in something I knew he was interested in, but he proceeded to explain to me, in scientific detail, how the Big Bang happened, which elements burned off first in which order, all in French but with the occasional English word like “red giant.”

He said the one thing he still couldn’t figure out was this formula “E = MC2…”

I was totally in shock, but I felt like I had discovered a genius, and it was really cool that he was able to share all of that with me.

There are two types of people in the world, those who think rude French waiters are rude and those who think rude French waiters are awesome.

Claire Wagenseil - French Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Student Testimonials

Claire really gives us good, focused, speaking practice on the grammar construction which we’re studying. Also has creative and fun ideas for getting us to talk.

I really liked how much interaction there was, and how Claire made time to address particular topics of interest and current events. Reading articles and studying song lyrics were especially fun and interesting.

Claire is very organized and speaks French like a native, which is helpful. It is a fun class.

Claire's Favorites

Hobbies

  • Playing pool

Movie

  • The Darjeeling Limited

Summer 2016 Registration Opens Today!

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Travel the world from your own backyard

Summer 2016 registration opens today!

We love to travel, but, if you’re like us, you can’t get away as often as you’d like. This summer, we’re offering a variety of classes that give you the opportunity to travel the world — from your own backyard of central Seattle.

Here are a few of the programs we’re featuring this quarter:

Lifelong Learning

Creating Art with Japanese Handmade Paper
Discover a new approach to creativity through the artistry of Japanese handmade paper.

French Phonetics Through Poetry
Develop your understanding of French by studying French poetry past and present.

Kundalini Yoga
Explore your inner world through this unique breath, movement and meditation practice.

Spanish for Travelers
Pick up helpful expressions to use during your next Spanish-speaking adventure.

Professional Development

Fundamentals of Project Management
Gain practical skills and hands-on guidance in effective, collaborative project management.

HR Basics for the Non-HR Manager
New to HR? Is it one of the hats you wear on your team? Gain an understanding in this workshop.

Thinking on Your Feet: Business Improvisation
Channel the power of ‘Yes, and …’ to think and speak in front of groups with confidence and ease.

Yoga Teacher Training – Certificate
Take the next step in your practice and learn how to teach others.

Craft Distilling Institute

Distiller for a Day
Learn from the expert artisans at Skip Rock Distillery and create a single spirit in a day.

Firing Up Your Craft Spirit and Wine Sales
Grow your business by learning from industry experts on how to build relationships with distributors, retailers and bartenders.

Distilling Your Business

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Distillery Business Plan Development | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Distillery Business Plan Development | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Distillery Business Plan Development | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Just how important is a business plan, really?

When you have a passion for something and have the opportunity to begin working in that field, it’s tempting to just dive right in and let everything work out in the wash. If your passion happens to be craft spirits, that can be quite a costly experiment!

Let’s say you’re creating the most delicious gin, vodka or whiskey that the world has ever tasted. If you don’t have a sound plan for how you’re going to produce, market and distribute your spirits — so the world can taste them — your passion will likely go to waste.

That’s why Todd Buckley has been working with distilleries around the Pacific Northwest to help them develop business plans that will help them realize their dreams of success. Learn more about what he enjoys about teaching his Distillery Business Plan Development workshop.

What inspired you to teach Distillery Business Plan Development?

Teaching is an amazing experience. When you share knowledge someone else benefits, but you also benefit.

Every time I teach I reinforce my own knowledge and also gain new knowledge because students often ask questions that I may not have thought of.

Sharing knowledge is a fantastic experience, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to impact this exciting industry.

How long have you been teaching this class?

This will be the first time I am teaching at Seattle Central, however, I have been teaching at the Spirits Institute of Puget Sound for about 5 years.

How is this class different from others that you teach?

What excites me the most about being a part of the teaching curriculum at Seattle Central is the partnership with the Institute of Brewing & Distilling.

I believe Seattle Central is the only institution in the United States offering this kind of world-class knowledge at an affordable price.

Why would someone want to take this class?

The information shared in this class will be very valuable for anyone who is considering opening a distilled spirits plant.

This is the kind of information I wish I had six years ago. Plus the course includes a series of templates that will really jump-start you ahead of others who are interested in entering the distilled spirits market.

Who would benefit from taking Distillery Business Plan Development?

Anyone who has a passion for business and distilled spirits would gain some insights.

Even if you’ve already opened up and have been running your own distilled spirits plant, there will be some great insights on how to take your current business plan to the next level.

Todd Buckley - Distillery Business Plan Development | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

About Todd

Trading in silicon chips for copper stills, Todd Buckley is a technologist-turned-distiller.

He has worked at Intel and Microsoft, and has been instrumental in producing award-winning gin and vodka.

He is the founder of Destiny Spirits and Lecturer in Social Media Marketing for Distillers.

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