Wilkes University and the Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley are partnering to offer three enrichment classes at the center for adults in the spring 2014 semester. The courses will cover several topics of interest including political science, pottery and technology tutorials.
“Great Decisions” is America's largest discussion program on world affairs bringing college-age and older participants together. It highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. Wilkes University students will participate in the course in addition to adults from the community. “Great Decisions” will be instructed by Andrew Miller, assistant professor of political science and coordinator of the international studies program at Wilkes. This course will be held on Tuesdays from Jan. 14 to Feb. 25 at the JCC, 60 S. River St. in Wilkes-Barre, from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $70 including text and materials.
A pottery course will allow participants to explore the basics of wheel throwing and experimentation in surface decorations, glazing and kiln firing. All skill levels are welcome. Participants receive individual instruction, enabling beginners and advanced students to register. Each participant will create about 20 pieces, depending upon the class size. Wilkes University adjunct faculty member Jean Adams will instruct the class. Pottery will be held on Tuesdays from Jan. 21 to Feb. 25 in the pottery studio in the Bedford Hall Annex at Wilkes from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $190, which includes supplies.
A technology tutorial course, “Smart Phones, Social Media, and Internet Safety” will teach participants how to use some of the lesser-known functions of smart phones and how to effectively use social media to communicate and share with friends and family. Participants also will learn how to protect themselves online. Jason Wagner, programmer for strategic initiatives at Wilkes University, will teach the class. This course will be held on Wednesdays from March 5 to April 9 at the JCC from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $30.
For more information, please contact Wilkes University’s Office of Continued Learning at 570-408-5615.