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Community Education Classes for Teens & Adults

New classes may be posted throughout the year. Please check back to see additional classes as they are added.

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Auto-CAD (DRFT 109)

Instructor: Greg Hillis
Dates: Jan 16 – May 10 (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Time: 11:00am – 12:40 pm
Location: TBA
Cost (In District/ Out of District): $258/$303

Course Description: Introduction to computer- aided drafting and the latest version of Auto-CAD software. How to set up drawing files; Draw & Modify commands: Proper use of Display & Inquiry commands; Create annotation using the Dimensioning & Text commands; Output drawing files as scaled plotted hard/electronic copies; learn much more in this basic, comprehensive class.


Jazz Ensemble

Director: Rags Sanchez
Dates: Tuesdays, January 22 – April 16
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $100

Course Description:

  • Tentative Spring Concert April 17
  • High School & up
  • Must be able to read music
  • Recommended instrumentation: Trumpet, Guitar, Trombone, Saxophone, Drums, Bass, and Keyboard.
Directed by Rags Sanchez, a local Jazz trumpet player and teacher. His musical career includes playing in Rock, Blues, Funk, Mariachi bands, and eleven years playing first trumpet with the 561st Air National Guard Band. He is a producer and manager in the music business; built and runs his own recording studio.


How to play bridge: Learn to play while you play

Instructor: Glenna Crews, Bridge Director and Licensed Bridge instructor
Dates: Thursdays, January 31 – March 14
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $25

Course Description: Learn while you play Bridge: the two Types, Suits and Rank, Major and Minor suits, Points (High Card/Distribution), Opening Bid and what follows; Playing the Hand, and Keeping Score; Doubles; Conventions…


Carl Jung’s ‘Answer to Job’

Instructor: TBA
Dates: Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 6:00pm – 800pm
Cost: $85

Course Description: Answer to Job is Jung’s most intimate and controversial book, born from his “urgent feeling of responsibility” to confront the problem of the origin of evil. Like the psyche itself, the God image was characterized by both a light and a dark side. Our task is to heal this schism: take monotheism seriously, recognize the complementarity of opposites, make the Unconscious conscious.



Instructor: Erin O’Neill Armendarez
Dates: Mondays / Wednesdays, February 11 – March 20
Time: 5:15pm – 6:00pm
Cost: $20

Course Description: In this class, students will learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques for toning, strength, and flexibility. Bring your mat and join us for a fun a challenging workout that may reduce chronic pain and stress while improving sleep, balance, and overall fitness.


Writing the personal essay: Memoir

Instructor: David MacWilliams
Dates: Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Cost: $40

Course Description: Would you like to write a brief autobiographical essay that your kids or grandkids would enjoy reading one day? In this course, you’ll write one personal essay and complete several shorter exercises in descriptive and narrative writing. Personal essays are brief memoirs about an aspect of our lives and interests. We’ll apply elements from fiction and poetry to our essay as we become better skilled writers of true stories.


Journey through time: Sacred Landscapes at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

Instructor: TBA
Dates: Thursdays, March 7, 14, April 4 (Tour: March 21 at 8:30am)
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $45

Course Description: Joan E. Price, MFA, writer, photographer and educator. Joan has visited and studied the vast Three Rivers Petroglyph Site north of Tularosa, NM, for over 25 years. She is a Research Associate with Jornada Research Institute and a member of the El Paso Archaeological Society. She has presented her papers and delivered lectures enhanced by PowerPoint slides at Southwest Seminars, the Biennial Jornada Mogollon Conferences, and the El Paso Archaeological Society Lecture series.

Price has documented interpretations of several contemporary Native Americans who have visited the huge collection of images that are considered ancestral sacred landscape.

Participants will learn about numerous motifs, ethnographic and cultural landscapes created by prehistoric occupants and solar animation of images on stones at Three Rivers. Several petroglyphs experts have noted the strong visual and thematic relationship between the iconography on famed prehistoric Mimbres pottery styles and a style of petroglyphs at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

Class participants are encouraged to study some Mimbres style paintings before they come to view and compare the two different media applications-beautiful clay bowls and rugged stone facades.

On Spring Equinox 2019, Price will lead a free guided tour and discussions at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. Participants will have an opportunity to observe several solar alignments with specific glyphs that takes place at this specific time of the year and discuss an early calendar system for community activities outlined by Alphonso Ortiz, P.D., an early Pueblo anthropologist.

Bring a broad brim hat and sunglasses, sunscreen, long sleeve shirts, long pants, sturdy walking boots, water and light snacks/lunch. There will be a lunch break under shade about half way through the day.

Please be advised: We will stay on well-maintained public trails; however, there are points that are challenging. Walking sticks are a good idea. There is a $5 fee for day use of the site maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. Camping is allowed for an additional fee. Please call the hosts at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site for camping facilities and fees.


Carl Jung: Symbols of Transformation – Part II

Instructor: John Ely, Ph.D.
Dates: Tuesdays, March 12 – May 7 (no class March 26)
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $96

Course Description: This study is important preparation for understanding Jung’s Red Book. In 1912, Carl Jung published a milestone book which precipitated his break with Freudian psychoanalysis and anticipated his experiential analysis of the archetypes of the Collective Unconscious. This work is key to understanding Jung’s mature psychological theory. We will read and discuss the 2nd half of Jung’s Symbols of Transformation (Collected Works, Vol. 5).


Tai Chi for Health – Part 2: Advanced Forms

Instructor: John Ely, Ph.D
Dates: Wednesdays; March 13 – May 8 (No class March 27)
Time: 6:15pm – 7:15pm
Cost: $72

Course Description: This is the second course in a 2-part training sequence using 12 Sun-style Tai Chi forms to further cultivate health and energy. This evidence-based program is appropriate for improving health at all ages and is especially helpful for older adults to improve arthritis, increase balance and prevent falls. Pre-requisite: Tai Chi for Health, Part I–Basic Forms. Taught by a certified Tai Chi for Health instructor.


Myths & Stories: Common themes in many cultures

Instructor: Amy Brody
Dates: Thursdays; April 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $45

Course Description: Learn more about how classic tales and mythology pass along culural knowledge and have parallel themes all over the world. We will take a look at Creation, the Flood, Death and Resurrection, Sacrifice, the Underworld and Afterlife, Hubris, Tricksters, and Heroes.


Let’s Talk Game of Thrones

Instructor: Beth Grundhoffer
Dates: Mondays, April 22, 29; May 6, 13
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $20

Course Description: Leading into the final broadcast season of GOT, this class offers a retrospective of past seasons and if the 2019 start date remains April the class will discuss the episodes that air during the class. It is an opportunity to explore issues and topics that we see in the series and possibly discuss the final season.


A better garden: Building a yard that works in southern New Mexico

Instructor: Amy Brody
Dates: May 2
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: TBA
Cost: $10

Course Description: Learn more about the plants that work best in our area. From cacti to fruit trees, there are plants that will succeed for you in your yard.