Got a passion? Share it! Teach at OCCC.
Everyone has a passion. We all have something we love and that we’re good at: Acting. Etiquette. Chemistry. Philosophy. Astronomy. Gin Rummy. Singing. Camping. Sudoku. Drawing.
If you have a passion you’d like to share with your neighbors and the community for pay and for the joy of sharing, consider being a Community Education instructor at Oregon Coast Community College. “Our lineup of non-credit courses is always changing,” said Dave Price, OCCC’s director of small business development and community education. “In the fall term this year we launched new courses like home-brewing and craps, along with some wonderful offerings covering civics and politics.
For the winter, we hope to be presenting a new class on chess, and we’re bringing back a fascinating octopus gyotaku class, among many others.”
Price said OCCC is hoping other teachers will come forth to teach in the Winter term.
“We’d like to offer some new courses in our Waldport Center,” he said. “We’ve heard requests from South County residents for classes like yoga, philosophy and more,” adding that new courses are being added to the lineup in Lincoln City and Newport as well. “We’ll offer classes wherever it is most convenient for our instructors, and our students,” he said.
Community Education courses can be taught mornings, afternoons or evenings. Some are one-session courses of two or three hours, while others can run as many as ten or eleven weeks. Non-credit instructors do not necessarily need to have degrees in the subjects they teach, so long as they can explain or demonstrate their experience or expertise.
OCCC can accept suggestions for new courses for Winter Term from now through Friday, Nov. 18. Winter term runs from the second week of January, 2017, through mid-March.
“Introductory astronomy is one subject we’re hoping to offer in the Winter or Spring terms,” said Tonia Anderson, who coordinates many of OCCC’s Community Education courses. “With the total eclipse of the sun coming in August, we feel there’s a great opportunity to cover some of the basics of the way the Solar System works, or perhaps delve a bit into history and how ancient peoples regarded such events.”
To learn more about becoming an instructor or to suggest a course for an upcoming term, call Price or Anderson at 541-994-4166. Learn more at oregoncoastcc.org. For more information on OCCC events and activities, follow the College on Facebook.