The latest community college non-credit course catalog is out. We have taken advantage of our community college offerings for years. Dance classes, photography classes, pasta making classes, wine pairing classes, even Italian for tourists classes have seen us on their rosters. Subjects that were just plain fun. But this semester, things aren’t headed in the direction one usually associates with adult education. Certainly not with Just Plain Fun.
There are still some courses that are useful, practical, and add to the enjoyment of everyday living. Gardening classes, painting classes, and writing classes are still being offered. The more casual language classes seem to be a casualty of downsizing. No longer is there “[Insert Your Favorite Foreign Language Here] for Tourists.” If you want to learn “How to Play [One of Any Number of Previously Offered Musical Instruments Other Than Guitar or Piano]” you’ll have to do it at the local music academy. Fortunately, “Freshwater Fishing” is still offered. (No, that isn’t a typo.)
Perhaps I should explain the “Italian for Tourists” class. You’re probably saying to yourself, “I’ve read every post these people have put on this blog. There are trips to Puerto Rico, to maple festivals (whatever those are), unspecified distant time zones, and Niagara Falls. There are trips by plane, tram, car, and shuttles. There are no trips to Italy.” And you would be right. There are no trips to Italy. But there have been trips to southern Florida and the general concentration of Italian speakers there is eclipsed only by that of Spanish speakers. Not that anybody actually speaks Italian there. But I digress.
There are some new offerings in the community college Community Education Catalog this year. For the more sensitive type there are now offerings in “Chakra Balancing,” “Contacting Your Spirit Guides,” and “Psychic Development.” Another new offering is “Turn Your Pain into Peace.” I read the course synopsis and nowhere is bourbon mentioned. If you’re going to turn pain into anything, bourbon is pretty much essential. Of course without any home beer making, wine making, or spirits making (the potable type, not the ones that require guides), the essentials seem to have become superfluous. That must be why they no longer call it “adult education.”
There is one new course that sounds interesting – The Business of Blogging. According to the course description you turn a blog into a profitable business. Hmm …
Now, that’s what I think. Really. How ‘bout you?