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Fall 2017

Lifelong Learning schedule brings back favorite courses and instructors; introduces new classes to lineup.

Instructor Mark Davidson returns with a new installation in the “Our Appalachia” series.

“Critters in  the Coves and on the Crags - Wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains” explores the lore and legends about wildlife in the Appalachian mountains and separates fact from fiction.  

As part of this course, retired Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wildlife specialist David Whitehead will present a program on wild boar in Southern Appalachia; Maryville College biologist Jay Clark will discuss bears in the mountains, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park ranger Nick Melton will share his knowledge of the elk restoration program in the Cataloochee section of the park.

Classes are Tuesdays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 24 from 6:15-8:15 p.m. on the Blount County Campus.

Join musician Anna Uptain of WDVX Blue Plate special fame as she returns to teach “Beginner Guitar” and “Old-Time Banjo for the Beginner.”

Both classes will teach you the shortcuts to pick up one of these stringed instruments and begin playing tunes almost immediately.
“Beginner Guitar” classes are Tuesdays, Sept. 5 - Oct. 10 from 6-7:30 p.m.;
“Old-Time Banjo for the Beginner” classes are Tuesdays, Oct. 17-Nov. 21 from 6-7:30 p.m.


“Learning to Lead: Survival Skills for New Supervisors” returns to Strawberry Plains campus this fall.

This six-week immerses supervisors in study and role play on topics like core skills of leadership, communication, coaching, management and conflict resolution. Each session is designed to build collaboration and encourage discussion.

Classes are Thursdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 5 from 1-5:30 p.m. on the Strawberry Plains Campus.


Two new financial classes join the fall lineup with “Sound Foundations for Personal Finance” and “Demystifying Investing.”

These classes are designed to help you keep and make the most of your money well before you reach retirement age. Learn to build and repair credit, establish an emergency fund and finance big purchases - and learn how to keep more of your money with investments that best fit your finance goals.  

“Sound Foundations for Personal Finance” courses are Thursdays, Sept. 7-28 from 6-8:30 p.m.;
“Demystifying Investing” classes are Thursday, Sept. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the Blount County campus.

Drone Flight Skills walks current UAV pilots through safe flying and licensing requirements.

Get insider tips on how to prepare for FAA certification from FAA-licensed pilot Cole Hood, co-owner of Falcon Aerial, Inc.

This one-day class is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Take better video on your cell phone with “Smartphone Video: Shoot, Edit and Produce Film.”

You’ll learn how to take better video to share online or with friends and family - and you’ll incorporate apps for special effects.

Classes are Mondays, October 2-30 from 6-8 p.m.


Join the ever-growing health care field as you prepare for a new career with an accelerated program, “Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician.”

This program will teach you anatomy and physiology, microbiology and infection control, decontamination and the sterilization process and will teach you how to handle, care for and identify surgical instruments. Sundays, Sept. 10-Dec. 17 from 2-5 p.m. 

To register for any of these courses, call 865.539.7167 or reference our online course catalog (click “Sign Up” in the upper right corner).