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Courses

Practical Communication Skills

This course can help you with clear speech, organizing your message effectively, being assertive instead of aggressive, listening effectively, and feeling comfortable speaking to a group.

Practical communication skills are those skills you need in everyday situations. Come join us for information, interaction, and practical skills that will help you navigate the everyday communication situations in your life.

America is a nation of laws based on a rule of law that citizens of its free society endorse and [presumably] obey. Today public violence is becoming commonplace as the Internet and traditional media sources report growing numbers of protests, resulting in destruction of property, personal injury and even death. When people dissent over injustices, is there ever a justification for civil disobedience?
Join us as we experience the food, culture, and dance of India at Cinnamon's Restaurant, one of Greenville's own authentic Indian Restaurants. What a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with great people and great food!
If you want to write your memoirs and don't know where to start, this class is a good place to begin. We will provide ideas and tips to get you started writing stories.
Love gardens but have a tiny yard or limited space? Container gardening could be just for you. This class will discuss techniques, maintenance, container and plant selections and materials needed. You will leave the second class with your own container.

Note:For the second class, you will need to bring supplies to begin your own container garden. You will be given a list of essentials at the first class. You are responsible for bringing and paying for the supplies for the second class.

This class is a 4-week series.

"Foundations of Investing" - Foundations of Investing is for people who are new to investing or need a refresher. Participants will learn the importance of developing a strategy, the impact of asset allocation, and the influence of inflation on your long-term goals.

"Stocks: The Nuts and Bolts" - Stocks may play a major role as investors try to reach their long-term financial goals. This presentation shares basic information to help investors evaluate how this type of investment may fit into an overall strategy. We will discuss common versus preferred stock, dividends, investment strategies, and different ways to own stock.

"An Investor's Tour of Mutual Funds" -This class will be a step-by-step guide to mutual funds. It is designed to provide a detailed look at the features, benefits, and risks associated with this type of investment, as well as a map to mutual fund selection.

"Tax Free Investing: It's Not What You Make, It's What You Keep!" -in this session, we will discuss the benefits and considerations of choosing investments that offer tax advantages. Participants will learn about tax-advantaged investments and their features, tax-free investment returns versus taxable investment returns, the three ways to purchase municipal bonds, and how tax-free investing can help you achieve your goals faster.

This course will include: How to begin searching for your ancestors, source materials, available resources locally, state, national, Immigration records, cemetery research, wills, estate records, land grants, deeds, how to overcome brick walls, newspapers, & computer resources.
ECU will host the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions Program. The Program consists of a series of lectures by academic and professional experts on topics of global significance, over eight consecutive weeks.

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country.

We will explore and discuss the history and methods of soap making. Our class project will be to make a batch of unscented lye soap. On the second day, each participant will have a sample of soap to take home. Please wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed shoes. If you have goggles, please bring them. Soap making, like many skills, is fast becoming a dying art. This course is designed to help preserve it as part of our heritage.
This course is designated for Lifelong Learning Members Only. To register for this course, please contact our office at 252-328-9198.
The Lifelong Learning program is excited to once again host its bi-annual kickoff where attendees will have the chance to meet Lifelong Learning Instructors, Office of Continuing Studies Staff, partnering programs and many more. The catalog will be available for pickup, and attendees will have the opportunity to register for upcoming courses, special events and trips. Refreshments will be available. Seating is limited, so please register in advance.
This two-part course will highlight important laws and practical considerations in estate and end-of-life care planning, as well as estate administration. Part I will discuss the legal documents necessary to ensure that a person's wishes regarding property distribution, financial management, health and end-of-life care are followed. Part I will also cover property transfers, asset preservations, the creation of life estates and planning techniques that can limit financial costs and minimize emotional strain on loved ones.

Part II will focus on inheritance laws, the estate administration process, costs related to estate administration, basic estate taxation laws, and will also cover Medicaid recovery rules. This course is not intended as a substitute for legal advice for a particular case.

Thursday, November 9, 2017, Self Help Center, 100H ( No seats currently available )

Conversations about personal values and goals of care are the best way to ensure that your family and loved ones know what's most important to you should they ever have to represent your preferences for you. These conversations can be challenging to start. Now there's a tool that helps makes this more comfortable and can even be fun, a game called "Hello."*
Do you have a creative streak that you want to let loose? Join us as we take over the Painted Peacock and create our works of art. Pottery pieces, studio fees, and refreshments are included in the course price, and staff (and some stencils) will be available to assist you with your creative endeavors. Tiles that can be hung or turned into trivets, Christmas ornaments, and coffee mugs are preselected items, however these items can be switched out with like valued items.
The course is designed to give you background on immunology and study two diseases that had great impacts on society: Black Plague and influenza. The Black Plague dramatically reduced the world population and retarded the intellectual and cultural development during the Middle Ages. Influenza, identified during the First World War, continues to the present time. How might these diseases provide insight into other emerging diseases such as SARS and Zika?
There are no costumes, makeup, special lighting, or movement. For the audience it is like listening to a story on the radio. Like radio drama, much is left to the listener's imagination.
Importance of Family History (why do we want to know our Heritage?)Starting with me. (How to Record information that I know starts with yourself)Gathering information. (How to gather information on your immediately family, then your parents & grandparents, etc.)Importance of Family Stories (How to record and save forever)Introduce Familysearch.org (Set up their Family Search account. Instruct them on how to enter information into the Family History site: Dates, names, etc) Importance of Sources entered Going over their Family Search account - (questions and instructions regarding there account)Understanding the Pedigree Chart, Fan Chart, & Family Group Sheets (show how to print them)Solving Duplications of names & incorrect information others have doneWho to call if you have problemsIntroduce the Family History CenterResearch (how to find names and information by using this siteImportance of Vital Records in Research. (marriage, death, birth, divorce, Census, ect.)Importance of Family Stories (How to record and save forever)My Family Booklet (how to enter your stories into the Family Booklet, and print it out)
This course educates the audience on tips for preventing falls and fires using the Remembering When curriculum developed by the National Fire Protection Association. Each member will leave with printed handouts with the 16 tips that will be shared as well as a gift from NFPA.
This course will teach participants techniques for working with chocolate including handling chocolate properly, melting and tempering chocolate, choosing the proper chocolate for the type of candy being made, creating flavor infusions, making molded chocolates, truffles and barks. Recipes will be provided.