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Continuing Ed Classes Offer Something for Everyone

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Kurt Coughenour, Kris Guillory (front row) Robert Dixon, and Sandra Whitaker (back row) exercise Wednesday during John Baldwin’s Arthritis Aquatics class offered by the New Mexico Junior College Continuing Education Program.

2/10/2017 2:15:44 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. [Story by Dorothy Fowler, Hobbs News Sun]

People who think there’s nothing to do in Hobbs haven’t looked at the continuing education offerings at New Mexico Junior College. What’s more, the people who take advantage of one or more of the courses offered can leave healthier, more fit and more knowledgeable than when they enrolled.

Kim Latimer, program planner for continuing education and community programs, said the programs offered by the college this semester are varied.

People with arthritis can join the arthritis aquatics class, which is held at Del Norte Fitness Center in Hobbs from 6:45-7:35 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If that time isn’t a fit, others begin at 7:45 and 11 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. For people who need their activities in the afternoon or evening, classes begin at 2:30 p.m.

Yoga, kettlebells and ropes are available for the after lunch crowd, as well as pilates, recreational basketball and racquetball and Zumba.

For the truly adventurous, there’s a Gila wilderness backpacking and camping trip from April 27-29. NMJC will provide backpacks, frames, cook stove, cookware, tents, sleeping bags and a compass for people who need them.

Tuition for the wilderness experience is $65 for people younger than 55. It’s only $35 for people 55 or older.

Latimer said there’s also a new course called Barre Above, which fuses the best of Pilates, yoga, aerobics and exercises that dancers do.

Many other physical activity classes are on the schedule, but for people who are interested in less pursuits can take private piano and voice lessons. Music classes are eight weeks in length and can be broken into piano only, voice only or piano/voice combo. Lessons are one hour private lessons and are billed as being “for either non-music majors or music majors” and for the young or old.

For some people, a new career may be waiting in the DJ-101 class, which will teach novices the basic connections for speakers, amps, mixers and input sources such as laptops, CD players, iPods, lighting and other things that make for a great show. That class will conclude with students acting as DJs at a dance.

Expectant parents can enroll in one of the two prepared childbirth classes the college will offer, one beginning Feb. 21 and the other beginning March 21.

Larry Sanderson, director of institutional effectiveness, said the courses offered in the continuing education program do not carry college credit.

“We still have physical education classes that carry credit hours and there are still music classes,” he said. “But offering the classes we do in the continuing education department means the college can serve more members of the community.”

Although the cost of most courses ranges from $62 for daytime classes to $44.50 for evening classes, with people 55 years old or older paying $27, costs can vary because of the arrangement individual instructors may have with the college. The lower cost is an advantage to people who want or need to take a continuing education course but do not want or need to earn college credit hours, which would make the course more costly. Latimer said another advantage to taking a continuing education course is that people can come into a class even after it has started.

“Let’s say you go to the doctor this afternoon and he says, ‘You’ve got to start exercising,” as long as the class isn’t full, you can start coming,” she said. “In this program we can be a lot more flexible.”

For more information about NMJC’s continuing education program call Latimer at 575-492-4707 or visit and click on community and continuing education.

Dorothy N. Fowler can be reached at 575-391-5446 or
Photo by Kimberly Ryan, News Sun.

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