New River Community and Technical College is offering a wide array of community education classes in the coming months. From knitting and crocheting to beekeeping and web design, these fun and affordable classes offer a great way to start a new hobby — or maybe even a new career.

The following classes will start over the next few weeks:

Web Design

A Web Design class will be offered in three locations: New River’s Nicholas County Campus in Summersville, the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent and the Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg. Each two-session class will cover web design concepts, fundamentals and techniques

Instructor Matt Shamblin will cover best practices in web design, server side solutions and content management, and he also will touch upon cloud-based software. This class is perfect for beginners and those looking to expand their knowledge and skills.

The first class will take place in Summersville, beginning Monday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. It will begin at the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent on Monday, Feb. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., and it will be offered on The Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg beginning Monday, March 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuition is $60.


Instructor Dorleen McDowell will teach two sewing classes: So Simple Sewing: Basic Hand Stitching and So Simple Sewing: Sewing Machine Basics. Each class will take place at New River’s Office of Workforce Education in the Workforce West Virginia Building on Northside Drive in Summersville, and will consist of two sessions lasting two hours.

Topics covered in So Simple Sewing: Hand-Stitching will include replacing buttons, fixing a tear or rip, hem repair and alteration, zipper replacement and much more. A sewing machine is required for the So Simple Sewing: Sewing Machine Basics class. Areas of instruction will be: how to thread the machine and bobbin, learning to mend or alter garments including seams and hems.

The hand stitching class begins Wednesday, Jan. 25, and the sewing machine class begins Wednesday, Feb. 22. Classes will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuition is $25 for each class, and if you take both you will receive a $5 discount.


Ginger McQueen will teach a Beginning Crochet class starting Thursday, Feb. 2, and an Intermediate Crochet Class starting Thursday, March 1. Both classes will consist of three weekly sessions from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Workforce Education office in Summersville.

Students in Beginning Crochet will have an introduction to yarn types and crochet tools, and will crochet a scarf to keep. The intermediate students will learn how to increase and decrease, learn the parts of a crochet stitch, how to work in the round and gain confidence in reading patterns. Tuition for each class is $45, and there is a $5 discount if you sign up for both classes.


Two knitting courses will be offered, a course for beginners or those who haven’t knitted in a while and are a little rusty, and an intermediate course for those who want to advance their skills. Beginner Knitting will begin Tuesday, Feb. 21, continuing for three weeks; the intermediate class begins Tuesday, March 13. Both classes will be taught at the Workforce Education office in Summersville.

Kim Spencer, a lifelong knitter, is the instructor. Beginner Knitting will include learning to cast on and cast off, knit and purl. Students also will learn a simple increase and decrease and how to make a pot scrubber. Intermediate students will learn to use circular needles and double point needles and how to work in the round, create easy lace stitches and make a hat.

Tuition for each class is $45, and you can save $5 by signing up for both classes at the same time.

Cake Decorating

Two Cake Decorating courses will be offered by Jeanne Neff, owner and creative guru behind Last Minute Cakes in Mount Nebo. Each course will last four weeks. Beginning Cake Decorating will begin Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Intermediate Cake Decorating will begin Tuesday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Both of these classes will be taught at Summersville Public Library on Webster Road.

Students in Beginning Cake Decorating will learn everything necessary to bake a proper and delicious cake, prepare the cake for decoration, make icing, get the icing smooth, piping, flowers and even some work with fondant. The intermediate class will focus on creating single and multi-level cakes, prepping the cake for fondant, the many different types and brands of fondant and how to make characters and work with chocolate for decoration. Tuition for each four-week course is $80, and each class has a small supply fee.


New River’s extremely popular Beekeeping course is coming back this spring. Taught by Fred Williams, the 10-week course will teach everything that is necessary to begin an exciting and rewarding hobby as a beekeeper. This course will run from Feb. 6 through April 2 and will include hands-on experience as well as an exciting field trip.

This course is for beginners of all ages. It will be Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Workforce Education Office in Summersville. Tuition is $80.

Preregistration is required as all of these courses have limited seating and will fill up quickly. To enroll, contact the New River Community and Technical College Office of Workforce Development at 304-872-4520.

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