Start 2016 off right with Tarleton’s continuing education opportunities



STEPHENVILLE (December 22, 2015) — Whether you’re interested in wellness, line dancing or child welfare, Tarleton State University’s Center for Academic Outreach and Engagement has just what you need to explore a hobby, expand your knowledge or earn a certificate.

Following is a list of continuing education and professional development opportunities that begin in January. Regular student admission to Tarleton is not required; however all participants must pre-register. To pre-register, pay and to view other continuing education opportunities offered throughout the year,


Wellness for Life: Starting a Strength, Conditioning and Nutrition Program
Join Dee Henry, a certified specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), for an eight-week session as he works with participants on the basic and fundamental principles of exercise, strength training and nutrition.
Jan. 5 – 28, Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Tarleton State University, Fort Worth
$125 or $20 per session; ongoing registration

Child Welfare Conference
Professionals and volunteers explore ways to impact children within the community during this daylong conference for social workers, childcare professionals, caseworkers, volunteers, advocates, counselors, probation officers, foster parents and educators. The conference is eligible for six continuing education units.
Jan. 8, Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tarleton State University, Stephenville
$20 (buffet meal included); register by Jan. 1

Wine Tasting – Grapes of the World
Join Greg and Betsy Ball, Wine and Spirit Education Trust: Level 2 certified instructors, as they share knowledge and appreciation of wines, wine styles and grape varieties. Participants gain a higher level of comfort and confidence in their ability to choose an appropriate wine, understand the value of wines and pair wines with food for any occasion. Participants must be 21 or older.
Jan. 10 – Feb. 28, Sundays
6 – 8 p.m.
Tarleton State University, Stephenville
$215; register by Feb. 12

Build general overall self-confidence and protect yourself if attacked. Learn from Jeff Vines—a second-degree black belt in Northern Shou Shu Kung Fu with 20 years of experience—how improvement in flexibility, muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance and body composition can be essential self-defense tools. Participants must be 18 or older.
Jan. 12 – April 28, Tuesdays and Thursdays
11a.m. – noon
Tarleton State University, Stephenville
$266; register by Jan. 5

Modern Manners and Etiquette for the Average Joe
Kelijon Nance, owner of THOSE Girls Event Design and etiquette instructor for the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council, shares how to navigate through simple social and business situations while appearing polished, feeling at ease and exuding confidence.
Jan. 19 – Feb. 4, Tuesdays and Thursdays
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Tarleton State University, Stephenville
$234 (manual and dinner included); register by Jan. 7

Intrapersonal Professionalism: The Art of Communication within Organizations
Bring a sack lunch and gain a deeper understanding of internal communications within organizations. The class explores four communication styles and tools for listening.
Jan. 21, Thursday
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Tarleton State University, Fort Worth
$35 (bring a sack lunch); register by Jan. 7

Country Western Line Dancing
Learn to line dance with Michelle Fisher, owner of Happy Toes Dance. Choreographed line dancing involves a repeated sequence of steps with people dancing in one or more lines or rows, facing each other or in the same direction, and executing the steps simultaneously. This class includes many popular dance and music styles from the early ’70s, including pop, swing, rock ’n’ roll, disco, Latin, rhythm and blues, and country western.
Jan. 21 – April 21, Thursdays
5:10 – 6. p.m.
Tarleton State University, Stephenville
$275 for the 16-week session ($45savings) or $20 drop-in rate; ongoing registration

Wilderness First Aid
Join Scott Brinkley, a fire and EMS veteran for 24 years, as he instructs participants on how to handle common injuries and illnesses when medical care is more than an hour away. Designed for those who work, or travel, in remote locations, this comprehensive course teaches participants what to look for and how to respond in the event of an emergency. CPR training is included, and participants receive a copy of Wilderness First Aid to supplement instruction.
Jan. 23, Saturday
8 a.m. – noon
Tarleton State University, Stephenville
$100 (book included); register by Jan. 15

In addition to these continuing education opportunities, enrollment for the Tarleton Industrial Development Certificate Programs (TIDE) is under way. The programs—available online and face to face—begin Monday, Jan. 11, and include four courses each. Participants must successfully complete all of them for a certificate. Cost of each program is $300. Register at by Jan. 4.

TIDE programs are:
Six Sigma Certificate
• Required courses: statistics for quality, quality management, Six Sigma and project management.
• Pre-requisite: A bachelor’s degree in engineering or technology industry with one to three years of industrial experience.

Project Management Certificate
• Required courses: engineering economy, project management, quality management and manufacturing systems management.
• No pre-requisite.

Industrial Safety and Ergonomics Management Certificate
• Required courses: industrial safety, product and consumer safety, occupational safety and health, ergonomics and work methods.
• No pre-requisite.

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