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WKCTC Community Education September Offerings

PADUCAH, KY (August 26, 2016) Septembers community education offerings at West Kentucky Community and Technical College include Challenger Learning Center clubs, culinary creation classes, lifestyle, fitness and hobbies courses and much more.

Friday Night Science

Pokmon Science (New Fall 2016)
September 2, 5 7 p.m.
Emerging Technology Center, Room 140
Age: Grades 1-12

Jason Lindsay teaches students how to create a Pikachu lightning bolt, shoot fireballs like Charizard, discover how Hoppip is easily lifted off the ground, make Gastly appear and more. Cost: $25. Light snack provided

Circuits in Seconds
September 16, 5 7 p.m.
Emerging Technology Center
Age: Grades 1-5

Using LittleBits, easy-to-use electronic building blocks, which snap together with magnets, kids explore electricity as they engineer blinking, buzzing creations with Instructor Jason Lindsay. Cost: $25.

Engineering with Minecraft
September 30, 5 7 p.m.
Emerging Technology Center
Age: Grades 1-5

Instructor Jason Lindsay teaches kids the basics of the engineering design process by using Minecraft Legos to create their own Minecraft creation, dissect a creeper, touch real Minecraft rocks and more. Cost: $25.

Computer Offering

File Organization and Management (New Fall 2016)
September 6 and 8, 6 8 p.m.
Emerging Technology Center, Room 112
Age: Adult

If you are having problems finding files you have created, or if you would like to know how to create folders so that you can organize your files on your computer, sign up for this course. This two-day class will allow participants to create and delete folders; create and delete files and move existing files, as well as new files, to the appropriate folders. Cost: $59.

Lifestyles, Fitness and Hobbies

Crocheting 101 (New Fall 2016)
September 6, 13, 20, 27, 6 8 p.m.
Emerging Technology Center
Age: Grade 9

Students will learn the basics of regular Crochet including how to start and how to end off and discover the four basic stitches for beginners. At the end of the course, students will complete at least one square or one round coaster. Supplies needed for the class: red heart yarn, pastel or medium colors or variegated. One size G or H crochet hook. Students are responsible for supplies. Cost: $75.

Beekeeping Course 2 - Honeybee Husbandry A Continuance of Keeping Honeybees, Beginning the Process
September 6, 13, 20, 27, 6 8 p.m.
Emerging Technology Center, Room 140
Age: Adults

This course picks up where Course 1 left off. Kent Williams, Eastern Apiculture Society certified Master Beekeeper, will cover topics including: choosing the type of honeybees for your operation; knowing the enemy Part 1; the need to feed; developing and maintaining a sustainable honeybee business and more. Participants will also have an opportunity to visit Williams beekeeping business and take part in a hands-on lesson in beekeeping. All participation is voluntary, and protective gear will be available if needed. Course meets four consecutive Tuesday evenings. Cost: $100.

Culinary Offerings

Our Daily Bread
September 6 7, 2016 6 9 p.m.
Anderson Technical Building Culinary Kitchen amp; Bistro
Age: Adult

In this two part series, WKCTCs Chef Erik Engelland teaches the fundamentals of artisanal bread baking. Students will learn how to mix, shape, and bake artisanal breads including: Caramelized Onion amp; Herb Ciabatta, Anadama Bread, and Pain a lancienne. Students will be introduced to the concepts and techniques of making fresh cultured butter and growing and feeding sourdough seed cultures.

On the second evening on artisanal bread baking, Chef Engelland will expand on concepts taught in the earlier class. Students will utilize artisanal techniques and pre-ferments made in the earlier session to mix, shape, and bake even more bread including a 2000 year old bread recipe from ancient Rome. Cost for the two-day class: $60

Lets talk Quinoa
September 8, 6 p.m.
Anderson Technical Building Culinary Kitchen amp; Bistro
Age: Adult

Quinoa classic recipes are simple to make, delicious to eat, and are healthier food choices. Instructor Anita Granier will teach participants to make three delicious dishes containing quinoa and various veggies. The menu will include roasted cauliflower and mushrooms with quinoa and roasted tomato balsamic vinaigrette, along with a sweet potato, chickpea, and quinoa veggie burger and a tasty cranberry walnut quinoa salad. Cost: $45.

Cajun Dishes by Anita
September 22, 6 p.m.
Anderson Technical Building Culinary Kitchen amp; Bistro
Age: Adult

Instructor Anita Granier returns to teach participants how to make a few Cajun favorites that can be enjoyed in their home. Students will learn to make Pastalaya, a noodle version of jambalaya with rich and Cajun flavorings, but the pasta is substituted for rice and accented with Andouille sausage. Next is Best Cajun potato salad with shrimp. And last but not least, the dessert will be New Orleans beignets, a deep fried pastry doughnut sprinkled with powdered sugar and nearly impossible to eat just one! Cost: $45.

Challenger Semester Offerings
Club Challenger A
September 13, 4:15 5:45 p.m.
Age: Current Grades 1-2

Club Challenger B
September 20, 4:15 5:45 p.m.
Age: Current Grades 3-5

Students can explore the amazing wonders of science during the Challenger Learning Center at Paducahs after school program, Club Challenger. Students join the fun once a month to participate in exciting hands-on activities related to space and science. Cost: $45 for each club offering.

S.T.E.A.M. OpportunitiesT

The Magic of Minecraft $150
September 12 and 26, 4 5:30 p.m.
Emerging Technology Center, Room 223
Age: Grades 3 5

Minecraft is a web-based education experience that has been compared to a virtual LEGO environment. This club offering will extend the experienced Minecrafter into connecting their skills into topics such as computer programming math and science. Rich exploration of these and other appropriate topics will provide a creative outlet for participants. This club will meet every other Monday in a WKCTC computer lab. Cost: $150.

Tynker with Coding
September 13 and 27, 4 5:30 p.m.
Emerging Technology Center, Room 223
Age: Grade 3 4

Students will develop their basic skills in computer science through virtual gaming platform using the web educational website Tynker. com. Students will develop characters, solve puzzles and create games while learning the seven basic tools of computer coding. Topics covered to create games include keyboard/mouse interaction, conditional loops, fluid motion, parallax scrolling, local and global variables, functions, and object cloning. This club will meet six Tuesday afternoons in a WKCTC computer lab. Cost: $150.

Maker Space Monthly (New Fall 2016)
September 17, 10 a.m. Noon
Emerging Technology Center, Room 140
Age: Grades 7 10

Students will be provided resources that facilitate the design process of engineering while practicing the scientific method associated with the sciences, and will walk through some pre-designed projects, challenged to develop their projects once they learn the resources provided in this makerspace. Sample of resources include: Makey Makey Kits (Go to YouTube and type Makey Makey An Invention Kit for Everyone), Brick Pi Robots and Lego Robotics Kits. Cost: $150.

Photographic Fundamentals 102
September 27 October 25, 6 8:30 p.m.
Emerging Technology Center
Age: Adult

Delve deeper into what it takes to produce great photographs. Hands on exercises in class will push you to experiment and see what is possible for your photography. There is a review of the basics and in-class discussion of several photographic subjects. Class meets for five sessions, four Tuesday evenings and one Saturday morning. A field trip with this class is planned for Saturday, October 22, and class will not meet on Tuesday of that week. An understanding of basic terminology and camera operation is helpful. Please bring your own camera to class; not a point and shoot camera. Cost: $115.

The online catalog can be viewed or downloaded at, click on Community Education in yellow menu bar. To register call (270) 534-335 or online at, click on desired class.

Preregistration is required for all classes and early registration is encouraged. The registration deadline is seven days prior to class starting date. Classes may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment.