Date: 2018/08/24

Old favorites and new classes offered by GFC MSU Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning is offering a mix of old favorite classes and many new classes, said Heather Palermo, director of Lifelong Learning.

GREAT FALLS – Joleen Cordeiro learned how to do home repairs out of necessity.

"I have owned my own home for years and during those years I was pretty much a single parent," Cordeiro said. "When you don't have the money, you learn how to do things on your own."

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This fall, Joleen Cordeiro will be teaching four classes focused on basic home repairs for women.

Every time Cordeiro fixed a leaky faucet or patched a hole in her dry wall, she felt a sense of accomplishment.

It was that sense of accomplishment that made Cordeiro want to share her skills with other women. This fall, she will be teaching a series of classes through the Center for Lifelong Learning at Great Falls College MSU. The four classes focus on basic home repairs for women.

"There have been lots of women in my life who have said, 'I can't believe you did that' or 'I could never do that,'" Cordeiro said.

However in reality, those women were perfectly capable of home repair projects with a little training.

"I think a lot of women just don't know where to start," she said.

Cordeiro's classes will give women that place to start. The four classes focus on: tools and safety; basic door, window and wall repairs; basic plumbing updates and fixes; and basic electricity repairs.

Those are just a few of the classes being offered this fall through the Center for Lifelong Learning at Great Falls College MSU.

Lifelong Learning is offering a mix of old favorite classes and many new classes, said Heather Palermo, director of Lifelong Learning.

There are several new food and drink classes, including a holiday cocktail class at Enbar, and a pie class at Electric City Coffee and Bistro. Electric City is also offering a quick pickling class and a meat fabrication class.

There are several new health-related classes this fall.

"We're growing our wellness offerings," Palermo said. "Wellness classes seem to be in high demand, and we're trying to grow to meet that demand."

New wellness classes this fall include guided meditation, life coaching and how to avoid holiday weight gain.

This fall, Lifelong Learning is also expanding its kids' classes.

"Our summer camps are so popular that we're trying to offer more classes for kids during the school year," Palermo said.

Kids' classes include virtual reality with LittleBigPlanet and cooking classes for kids at Electric City.

There are several business professional development classes happening this fall, including simplified graphic design, cyber-security essentials and information on the new tax laws.

Some of the old favorites back again include yoga, creative welding, and the Great Falls College Community Choir and Children's Choir.

Some classes start in early September, while others don't begin until November or December. Courses range from a couple hours in length to several weeks.

"We try to have classes that will fit just about anyone's schedule," Palermo said.

Cordeiro's Basic Home Repairs for Women classes are one of the new offerings this fall.

The series is offered on Saturdays, and each class lasts a few hours. People can register for the whole series or just one class.

Cordeiro's classes focus on basic repairs, such as replacing a light switch or outlet, changing a faucet or patching a hole in dry wall.

"It's empowering for women to learn how to do those kind of projects," Cordeiro said.

For a complete list of classes offered by the Great Falls College MSU Center for Lifelong Learning, visit gfcmsu.edu/lifelonglearning. Register before Sept. 7 and use promo code: EARLYFALL18 to receive $5 off any class.

For more information, contact:

Lewis Card
Executive Director—Development, Communications & Marketing
Phone: 406.771.4412
lewis.card@gfcmsu.edu

Erin Granger
Marketing specialist at Great Falls College MSU
Phone: 406.771.4314
erin.granger@gfcmsu.edu


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