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Current Course Schedule

February 2016 Highlights:

Feb 16: Savvy Social Security Planning for Women

Acquaint yourself with important rules and strategies for claiming Social Security benefits. Most women fail to maximize their benefits because they don’t understand the little-known rules that can help them get more out of the   system. Topics will include the following: How much SS you stand to receive - Decisions made in your 60s can determine income in your 80s. -Taking advantage of spousal benefits (survivor and divorce).- Coordinate your benefits with spouses. - Married women’s decision about when spouse should apply for SS. - Consider your husband’s life expectancy. - What if your husband or ex dies? - What if your marital status changes? - Planning for the extra-long life. $29, Blount County Campus, 6:30 - 8:30 pm SPE 288B06

Feb 16 & 18: Tennessee Estate Planning: It's Not Just a Will!

Having only a will does not adequately protect our loved ones,” says Sharon Potter, attorney and teacher of this class. We will discuss the need to plan for disability, as well as death and learn about the necessary legal documents. The probate process will also be discussed, to consider the potential outcome of failing to plan for death and disability, and the course will end with a brief discussion of state and federal death taxes. You will leave the first class with a properly executed advance care plan (Living Will) as a bonus. $49, Hardin Valley Campus 6:30 - 8:30 pm SPE 252P36

Feb 16 - March 5: Working with Yarn

Create a beautiful item as you learn the basics of either knitting or crochet. We will cover the elementary techniques of both knitting and crochet. You will decide which skill to concentrate on and be introduced to numerous patterns using simple stitches on sample-sized pieces. Then you’ll choose one of the stitches to create a beautiful, handcrafted item by the end of the class. Monica Sternlieb has a degree in textile design and has taught many classes and workshops in various textile techniques. $69, Hardin Valley Campus 7-8 p.m. SPE 250P22

Feb 17 - March 16: Basic Digital Photography

Learn how to effectively use your digital camera including exposure, composition, lighting and color theory. Discover the basics of photographing people, architecture, landscapes and nature assignments, and learn from in-class critiques of images produced by the students. You must bring a digital SLR camera to class. (A point-and-shoot camera may be used if it can be put in manual mode.) $109, Blount County Campus 6:15 - 8:15 pm SPE 269P92

Feb 18 - March 24: Sketching/Drawing 

Ideas are born and clarified while you sketch! Learn to quickly record your impressions of an image, idea, or principle through sketching which may eventually develop into detailed, large-scale paintings. Learning how to sketch is important because it trains you to more closely observe and become familiar with your subjects and it can be done in any drawing medium. Along with the required materials (list will be provided), participants should bring several photos for drawing ideas. $119, Hardin Valley Campus, 6:30 - 8:30 pm SPE 259P04

Feb 20: Handgun Carry Permit Class

Complete this Tennessee State Handgun Safety Course satisfactorily in order to apply for the state carry permit. Increase your knowledge of handgun function, parts, operation, safety, cleaning, storage, and legal responsibilities. You will have a course review, test and firing range exercises. If your shooting experience is limited the Pellissippi State Handgun 201 course can help prepare you for this course. Firing exercises will be held at an off-campus range. When you satisfactorily complete the course, you can apply for the state carry permit at your nearest driver testing location. Course instructors are NRA and Tennessee certified firearms instructors. You must furnish your own gun and ammunition. $59 plus additional $8 range fee, Hardin Valley Campus, 8 am - 5 pm SPE 626P36

Feb 22 - March 14: Proactive Approach to Senior Care: Preparing for the Unexpected without Guilt & Panic

Experiencing many challenges as a caregiver for an elderly or disabled loved one? We can help you prepare for the unexpected as you learn the five crucial challenges associated with caregiving. Topics include keeping the caregiver and loved one mentally and emotionally stimulated caregiver stress, emotional isolation, challenges of aging in place, and how to recognize safety warning lights and prevent incidents. $79, Hardin Valley Campus, 6:30 - 8 pm SPE 014P02