ACTC Offers Job Search, Retirement Planning, Photography Classes | ACTC

ACTC Offers Job Search, Retirement Planning, Photography Classes


From job search tips to planning for retirement, Lifelong Learning classes at Ashland Community and Technical College can expand your horizons and enhance your life. These classes are at the College Drive Campus. To enroll or for more information, contact ACTC Lifelong Learning, 606-326-2072, 800-928-4256 ext. 62072 or email:

Resume Building /Job Search Strategies

With unemployment close to 10 percent and holding, many people are facing a tough job market. Whether you're a student concerned about finding a job after graduation, someone who has lost a job or hasn't been in the job market for a while, or a worker looking to prepare for the next step or a change in your career, you need some solid advice.

A workshop on Building a Resume That Will Get You Noticed and Job Search Strategies in a Tough Economy will help you put your best foot forward. Held Tuesdays, April 5 to 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the workshop is $29.

Julie Marsh Terry, an independent communications professional with a background in adult learning, process improvement, public relations and marketing, is the facilitator. She has a masters degree in Strategic Leadership/Organizational Development and more than 15 years of professional experience.

Retirement Planning Today

It takes more than money to live a rich life. This class blends financial education with life planning to help you build wealth, align your money with your values and achieve your retirement lifestyle goals.

In two informative sessions, participants will learn what they didn't teach you in school. Discover five strategies to manage investment risks, 11 ways you may save money on this years taxes, important questions to ask before buying insurance coverage, how to invest in and take money out of your company's retirement plan, and determine the savings you need to retire today or in the future.

Presenter Bob Kopp, Regional Vice-President of Householder Group, has over 27 years of experience in the financial services industry. The $55 fee includes a 235-page illustrated textbook. Couples may attend together for a single registration fee.

The class is offered twice in March: Saturdays, March 26 and April 2, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, or Tuesdays, March 29 and April 5, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Beginning Photography

Would you like to take good holiday photos to share with your family and friends this summer? Learn how to use a new camera or improve the quality of photos taken with an older camera in a Beginning Photography class held Mondays, April 4 to May 9, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Participants will need a 35mm camera and film or a digital camera and memory card. Instructor Jennifer JBird Cremeans is an area artist/photographer and an experienced instructor. The fee is $65, and participants will be responsible for any film processing costs.

Advanced Photography

If you know how to take basic photographs, an Advanced Photography class will help you move to the next level.

Participants will work with live models and learn posing techniques and prop selection. Instructor Jennifer JBird Cremeans will introduce studio lighting for models and class projects, and on-location classes will focus on composition techniques.

The class will be held Wednesdays, April 6 to May 11, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Participants must have a basic understanding of camera terminology, and a Beginning Photography class is recommended. The fee is $75, and participants will be responsible for any film processing costs.

Adobe Photoshop for Beginners

Learn the basics of this powerful program through hands-on training taught by an experienced Photoshop user. This class is ideal for anyone interested in photography, graphic design, photo restoration, digital scrapbooking and more.

Instructor Jennifer JBird Cremeans is an area artist and experienced instructor. The class meets Tuesdays, April 5 to May 10, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., and the fee is $75.

Digital Woodcut/Brush Dynamics

Learn to design digital art brushes in Photoshop. Instructor Charles Compton II will show you how to create unique digital cutting tool brush tips and subtract a relief image, as well as learn to create textures.

Participants should bring a sketchbook, pens or pencils, and a flash drive to class. This application is bitmap based, and participants must have a basic understanding of computers, the mouse and opening applications. The class meets Mondays, Mar. 28-April 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and the fee is $39.

Basic Sign Language I

Learn the history of signing and how to apply the basic meaning of emotion and expression with body language. Participants will gain the ability to apply sign language in their daily life, allowing the hearing and the deaf to communicate with each other.

Instructor Nathan Frisby was born deaf and learned Sign Language as his first language. He then learned to speak English as a second language at the age of 12. He is passionate about sharing the skills and beauty of Signing with students.

The class meets Fridays, Apr. 8-May 13, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The fee is $39, and participants should purchase The Joy of Signing and The American Sign Language Dictionary.