The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 8, 2013

Education notes

New River Community and Technical College

Master Naturalist class is planned

The New River Community and Technical College Office of Workforce Education will host a one-session Master Naturalist class on names, classifications and identification on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Workforce West Virginia Building at 830 Northside Drive, Summersville.  

This class is part of the required curriculum to obtain the Master Naturalist Certification. Tuition is $10. Emily Browning, instructor of biology at New River, will teach the class utilizing her education and personal knowledge.

Master Naturalist is a program of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The goal is to train interested people in the fundamentals of natural history, nature interpretation and teaching, and to instill in them an appreciation of the importance of responsible environmental stewardship.

To register or learn more about the Master Naturalist Program, call 304-883-2446, or e-mail sraffo@


Self-Defense Seminar scheduled

The New River Community and Technical College Office of Workforce Education is sponsoring a Self-Defense Seminar at the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent Oct. 4 from 5-8 p.m.

The seminar will include physical technique and situational training and a question and answer session. The instructor is David Richmond, owner USA Martial Arts in Princeton.

Richmond has more than 20 years of experience in martial arts and holds fourth degree black belts in Karate, Taekwon Do, Judo and Jujitsu.

He also has a third degree black belt in Aaido and a second degree black belt in Aikido.

Tuition for the seminar is $60.

For more information, or to register, contact Ken Lester in the New River Office of Workforce Education at (304) 929-3313.


American Sign Language course set

The New River Community and Technical College Office of Workforce Education will offer a six-week American Sign Language for Beginners course this fall in Summersville.

 Experienced instructor Ressie Thomas will teach the course beginning Sept. 24 from 6-8 p.m.

Classes will be taught at the New River Office of Workforce Education, 830 Northside Drive.

This course is intended for those who have some knowledge of sign language but wish to brush up on their skills, as well as for beginners.

Students will learn the history of sign language as well as basic signs so they can begin conversational sign language.

Tuition is $80, and preregistration is required.

For more information or to register for the course, call 304-883-2446.