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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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Creative Watercolor for Adults

Instructor: Carol Alvarado, Artist
Dates: Aug 7, 8, 9
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00 pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $60

Course Description: Ages 17 and up. Join this fun and relaxing art class! After learning a variety of watercolor techniques, students will draw and paint landscape, floral, and still life projects with confidence.
Supplies: $20 to instructor on first day (3 lessons)


Jazz Ensemble

Director: Rags Sanchez
Dates: Tuesdays, August 21 – Nov 13
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $100

Course Description:

  • Spring Concert TBD
  • 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 through his record label, Just Below Normal Productions. Mr. Sanchez built and runs his own recording studio. He served as the president of the Board of Directors for the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts and conducted the Flickinger house band for a time.


Carl Jung: Symbols of Transformation – Part I

Instructor: John Ely, Ph.D.
Dates: Tuesdays, Sep 18 – Nov 6
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $96

Course Description: Part II offered in Spring 2019 – In 1912, Carl Jung published a milestone book which precipitated his break from Freudian psychoanalysis and anticipated his experiential study of the archetypes of the Collective Unconscious. Rejecting Freud’s literal interpretation of the Oedipal conflict, Jung broadened the concept of libido and developed his method of dream-work by re-interpreting the Miller fantasies using motifs drawn from comparative mythology. We will read and discuss the first half of Jung’s Symbols of Transformation (Collected Works, Vol. 5).


Tai Chi for Health – Basic Forms

Instructor: John Ely, Ph.D
Dates: Wednesdays – Sept 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7
Time: 6:15-7:15 pm
Cost: $72

Course Description: This 8-week training course uses 12 Sun-style Tai Chi forms to cultivate health and energy. This evidence-based program is appropriate for improving health at all ages, and is especially helpful for older adults for improving arthritis, increasing balance, and preventing falls. Taught by a certified Tai Chi for Health Instructor. Part II Advanced Forms will be offered in Spring 2019.


Office Skills & Computer Basics

Instructor: NMSU-A Instructors
Dates: Mondays/Thursdays – Oct 1 – Nov 1
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $99

Course Description: Adults 18 & up. Be competitive in the workforce. Get started with MS Word, MS Excel; resume development and interview skills; telephone and e-mail etiquette; customer service, records management; appropriate dress; file and folder management.


The Monstrous Feminine: Gender in Horror

Instructor: Miguel Viscarra, College Asst. Professor of Sociology
Dates: Saturdays, Oct 6-Oct 26
Time: 9:00-10:15 am
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $35

Course Description: Students should be 18 years of age or older, as some analyses contain adult themes and symbolism. This is lecture-based course provides an analysis of the construction of gender in the horror genre, specifically in the literature and films of the 1980s. Learners will be introduced to the sociological theories of Barbara Creed, Sue Short, Julia Kristeva, and more. Evaluations and connections will be made between these theoretical perspectives and works in horror cinema, such as Carrie, Halloween, Ginger Snaps, and Silent Hill.


The Rhodes Tour and Lecture

Instructor: Dates: Friday Oct 19 – Lecture ($25) 7:00 – 8:30 pm; Saturday Oct 20 – Tour (Free) 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $25

Course Description: Adult 18 & older. Gene Rhodes dubbed the Tularosa Basin, “The Land of Enchantment” in 1912. He wrote his experiences as a working cowboy in poems, some 60 short stories, and six novels published between 1900 and 1934. A sampling of his prose illustrates the last of the western frontier as seen firsthand by one of the region’s “hired man on horseback.” All registrations and required documentation must be received in Continuing Ed office by Sept. 27.


Let’s Talk Game of Thrones

Instructor: Beth Grundhoffer
Dates: Thursdays, Oct 25; Nov 1, 8, 15
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 episodes. It an opportunity to explore issues and topics that we see in the series so far and possibly discuss where we see the series going for the final season.


Gold Prospecting in Otero County

Instructor: The Gold Prospectors of New Mexico
Dates: Nov 7: Lecture at 6:30-8:30 pm; Nov 10: Field Trip at 8:30 am to__?
Location: Provided at Registration
Cost: $15 (Also, Kit Fee $15 to instructor or bring your own)

Course Description: Ages: 18 and up. Bring lunch and plenty of water; Bring vehicle for field trip. Learn old techniques with modern equipment with none of the danger! The NM Gold Prospectors will teach you dry washing in the desert and dredging techniques in streams. Learn the history of gold mining and learn how to locate gold claims and gold bearing areas of New Mexico. On Saturday, the field trip will include practicing the techniques you studied and searching for gold.


Comparing Religions 4: Taoism

Instructor: John Ely, Ph.D
Dates: Tuesdays, Nov 27; Dec 4 & 11
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $69

Course Description: Three Lectures- Discussion/Experiential Classes. Taoism is the body of philosophy, religious belief, and yoga practices originating in ancient China. Through short lectures, reading, discussion, and experiential learning, we will discover the basic fundamentals of Taoism, as one of the great world religions. Topics include: philosophy and mysticism of the Tao Te Ching, divination with the I Ching, and Taoist yoga, alchemy and meditation. (Textbook TBA).