Get fit, have fun, enrich your life through Life Long Learning

01.21.2014 | By

Pasadena resident Alec Trevino works on his forearm stroke during a tennis class offered by the Continuing and Professional Development division of San Jacinto College, which offers a wide range of recreational courses. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

Rob Vanya, January 22, 2014

People of almost any age and any walk of life can enrich their lives through Life Long Learning courses offered by the Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) division at all three San Jacinto College campuses. Enrollment as a student at the College is not required to take Life Long Learning classes. The only requirement is a desire to get fit, have fun, learn a new hobby or skill, or enhance your life.

Basic categories of Life Long Learning courses, and descriptions of some of the classes include:

• Arts and Crafts – Art Metals (fabrication and design of jewelry and metalsmithing); Bow Making; Ceramics (mechanical and hand-built techniques, glazing, and firing processes); Sculpture.

• Cake Decorating – Wilton Cake Decorating Basics (learn proper use of decorating tools); Wilton Flowers and Cake Design; Wilton Gum Paste and Fondant (learn to work with gum paste and fondant tools). 

• Dance – Ballet (theory, practice, and terminology of classical ballet); Ballroom Dance Lessons: Belly Dancing; Modern Dance; Wedding or Holiday Dance Crash Course (no prior dance training necessary); Zumba (combines dancing with fitness workout).

 • Painting/Drawing – Design (fundamentals of line, color, form, texture, shape, space and arrangement); Drawing; Painting; Watercolor (basic techniques of transparent and opaque watercolors).

• Sports and Recreation – Tennis (beginning and advanced training); Aerobics; Basketball (introduction of basic skills and techniques); Aikido Martial Arts (non-competitive, non-aggressive skills, beginning and advanced levels); Fitness Walking; Golf (beginning and intermediate); Jogging; Kickboxing for Fitness; Racquetball; Tai Chi; Volleyball; Weight Training, and new for spring: Professional Associatin of Diving Instructors Open Water Diver. 

Other Life Long Learning courses offered by the San Jacinto College CPD include:

• Motorcycle Riders Course – for licensed drivers only; motorcycles and helmets are furnished. Course includes up t 19 hours depending on skill level and number of students.

• Digital Video – Learn to produce and edit video and sound for multimedia or web productions.

• Retirement Planning – Learn to create an integrated successful retirement plan.

• Container Gardening – Learn to grow annuals, perennials, shrubs, evergreens and non-evergreens.

• Stagecraft – Introduction to theatre lighting, set design, and construction.

• Theatre Practicum – Includes stage acting, and technical work.

In addition to personal enrichment, Life Long Learning classes can also enrich relationships. “It’s a great opportunity for social bonding,” commented Ann VandeWeerd, Life Long Learning manager. “For example, a mother and daughter, or grandmother and granddaughter can enjoy a cake decorating, or a cupcake decorating class together. Or, a father and son can enjoy a racquetball or golf class together.”

Most of the CPD Life Long Learning classes are non-credit, meaning that completion of a course does not provide credit toward traditional college degrees. However, a few of the Life Long Learning courses are “linked” classes, meaning that an enrolled San Jacinto College student can apply the courses as electives that are accepted as credit toward certain college degrees.

For a full schedule of Life Long Learning courses offered through San Jacinto College’s CPD division, please visit

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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