Courses

In these American Sign Language (ASL) classes you will learn fingerspelling, counting, and basic signs such as 'How are you,' non-manual signals (NMS), and how to convert English into ASL. Sessions include fun, hands-on activities which will enable you to communicate with our deaf community. Classes are taught by local organization ASL Champs. This is a beginner class and eligible for CEUs; books are included in tuition.
In these American Sign Language (ASL) classes you will learn fingerspelling, counting, and basic signs such as 'How are you,' non-manual signals (NMS), and how to convert English into ASL. Sessions include fun, hands-on activities which will enable you to communicate with our deaf community. Classes are taught by local organization ASL Champs. This is a continuation of Beginner I and is eligible for CEUs; books are included in tuition.
Inspired by the golden era of movie making, this film features scenes of large pools of water, elaborate diving features, tantalizing film clips of swimming actresses on floral trapezes, and a tremendous music score! Students will meet movie star Esther Williams, in the glamorous movie role of Million Dollar Mermaid. Students will design a one of a kind bathing suit, rendering a water ballet kaleidoscope and paint a classic pin-up poster. No prior experience needed; suitable for all levels. Course is designed for ages 18+. Materials are included.
Discover the fun of drawing and painting using small repeated patterns to create intricate portraits in a variety of media like graphite, charcoal, ink, and acrylic. Learn about contemporary realism while exploring concepts such as color/value, lines, proportion/size, rhythm/pattern to create your very own art piece. Students will become familiar with Chuck Close's life, work, techniques and purpose and complete two pieces during the weekend. No previous art experience needed. Supplies included.
This class is a combined skills course designed to improve basic and intermediate levels of communication in all four skill areas of English: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will practice new vocabulary in writing and speaking as well as increase listening and reading comprehension. Additional strategies will include an emphasis on pronunciation. (Class is designed for beginner to intermediate levels.)
This course is designed for beginners. Students will learn the basics of pronunciation, vocabulary, and useful phrases. Explore a new language this semester with our beginner level French!
This course is a continuation of Beginning French. Students will deepen their comprehension of the French language. Students will also improve their speaking skills through a variety of authentic situations.
NEW! Guest service is the heart and soul of hospitality, and every hospitality employee, no matter what his/her job, needs to have a foundation in guest service. Statistics show exceptional guest service by employees is rewarded with increased guest spending, positive word-of-mouth advertising, and repeat guest business. Invest in the success of your professional career with Guest Service Gold® Hospitality Training! This course introduces seven key elements required to consistently deliver the highest levels of guest service, and is beneficial for customer service professionals in restaurants, transportation companies, tourism attractions, retail outlets, and lodging properties. Materials are included and Certificate of Completion provided to all students. (Students who wish to take the AHLEI exam and receive the required score will also earn the Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP®) designation from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.)
NEW! Cemetarians Unite! If you love exploring past lives, Richmond has some fantastic historic landmark burial grounds. This first in a series will engage you in each of these fascinating sites and their occupants starting with the grande dame of necropolises, Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery. Some people think graveyards are where the stories end, but they are in many ways the beginning! (Registered students may bring a guest for free.)
This course is intended for travelers to Italy or anyone who desires to speak and understand 'la bella lingua.' Lessons integrate grammar and conversation practice with culture and etiquette skills. The student will be prepared to navigate a variety of social situations while dining, shopping, and traveling throughout Italy.
This six-week course is a continuation of Italian I, and it proceeds with the same textbook and CD used for that course. Students will progress with sequentially sophisticated grammatical and social situations, beginning with the various uses of the simple past and the imperfect.
NEW! Exploring Richmond's earliest neighborhoods is a fun way to learn about the city's history and get an appreciation for the architecture and culture of the time. City preservationist Mary Wingfield Scott has surveyed homes, businesses, and other organizations neighborhood by neighborhood to give you the character of the city's evolution. This three-part course offers two classroom experiences and one field trip to put your knowledge to work as you learn more about our community culture. (Registered students may bring a guest for free.)
Explore a fun and educational weekend of learning and practicing special topics in public speaking and presentation skills. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve your communication abilities and develop your confidence in speaking during your time in the US. A variety of written and oral activities are planned for on campus sessions. Course fee includes materials and certificate of completion.
NEW! This series includes all three of our spring RVA history and culture courses! Includes Jamestown, Old Richmond Neighborhoods, and Hallowed Hills of Hollywood. Join us for a semester of fun facts, interesting information, and city explorations. Save $45 with our special bundle fee of only $150 for all three classes! (And all registered students may bring a guest for free!)
This course is for students with intermediate Spanish skills who are ready to practice speaking more. We will also focus on understanding Spanish expressions and more advanced vocabulary, as well as listening to and watching Spanish films/media to increase your skills. Course combines Conversation, Cultura, and 'Cine.' Take your Spanish to the next level!
If you have been hesitant about attempting to learn a new language, now it is time to try it! Learning Spanish could be a valuable asset for you. In this course we will learn the foundation of the language, covering basic grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary as well as an introduction to the Spanish culture.
Did you take Spanish in high school or college and you want to refresh your skills? Are you pursuing a new challenge professionally and want to use your Spanish-speaking skills? This course is a continuation of Spanish for Beginners I. It is intended for students who want to refresh their basic skills in Spanish or further their knowledge of the Spanish language by acquiring new vocabulary and building confidence in speaking and comprehension.