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Camp Discovery
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July 22-26 is the last week of Camp Discovery! We will be busy learning about world food and culture in "Around the World" for ages 5-8, and "International Chef" for ages 9-12.  "City Builders," "Survivor VSU," and "Do-It-Yourself-Teens" round out the week.
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You can give the gift of learning throughout the year with a Continuing Education gift certificate. Surprise someone today!
Share Your Knowledge
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Do you have a special talent or area of expertise that you could share with others?
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August 2013

Welcome to the Continuing Education News You Can Use edition for August, 2013. 
Throughout the newsletter, click the underlined links for more information. Click here for a complete listing of the courses and programs we offer.
EdVantages - Personal Enrichment and Professional Development
A Word from Sue...

It's still summertime in South Georgia, but we are already gearing up for our fall semester. As always, we strive to provide you with the very best personal enrichment and business and professional development programs possible. If there is anything I can do to make your continuing education experience more enjoyable, or if you have suggestions or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Spanish for Excellent Customer Service

Cultural diversity in today's world makes learning to speak Spanish an excellent decision. Over the years, sheer numbers have made Hispanics a worthy audience for marketers and advertisers:

  • A population of 50 million as of 2010
  • 132 million by 2050
  • $938 million in purchasing power in 2009
  • $1.3 trillion in purchasing power by 2014

As the Spanish-speaking consumer market grows each year, it makes sense to learn how to bridge the communication gap and attract and retain these loyal customers. Whether you are a receptionist, cashier, service representative, manager, front desk clerk, or other customer service employee, today's diverse population makes it imperative that you have language and communication skills with which to interact with your prospective Spanish-speaking clients.

For six Saturday mornings, beginning October 5th, VSU Continuing Education will offer "Spanish for Excellent Customer Service" a course taught by native speaker and world traveler, Myriam King-Johns.

The course will focus on job-specific Spanish phrases to help you to provide the Spanish-speaking  community with exceptional customer service. 

Lessons are organized to quickly build vocabulary skills for greeting and welcoming a customer in Spanish with targeted phrases for your industry, including greetings, dates & times, and numbers.

Sharing her skills and knowledge in this relevant subject area is Myriam King-Johns, native Spanish speaker with more than 20 years in the education field. Born in South America, Ms. King-Johns lived and Myriam worked in England before moving to St. Louis, Missouri to be close to her family. She worked in several states in the USA and came to Valdosta because her husband's job was in the area.

Myriam completed undergraduate studies in bilingual international business, and business management /counseling in Colombia and California before her BSED and BA degrees were awarded by Valdosta State University. Ms. King-Johns has also earned an MS from Indiana State University.

Truly an international traveler, with family in Europe and South America, Myriam considers England and Austria the most exciting places she has been. Over the years, she has visited many museums including the Louvre in France noting the Mona Lisa and the Creation of Adam among her favorite works of art. Her hobbies also include reading, Latin music and painting.

Ms. King-Johns' resume includes teaching Math, Spanish and Art overseas in Segovia, Spain. She has also taught courses and led seminars in diversity and Spanish for children, seniors, and professionals in various venues. From 1996-2004 she served as a Spanish Court Interpreter/Translator for the State Court of Lowndes County. Most recently, she has been employed as a Spanish Adj. Professor at The Citadel.

Myriam believes that "Living in a global/international society motivates us to remove any communication barriers." Furthermore, she says, "Teaching comes natural to me and I enjoy when people have the desire to expand their knowledge and learn new skills."

In addition to the "Spanish for Excellent Customer Service" course coming in the fall, Myriam will be doing a presentation for the fall "Court Reporters Workshop" on the role of the Spanish court interpreter.


Click here for a complete listing of our courses.


Learning in Retirement
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We hope you are enjoying your summer! 
  • LIR Classes will begin September 9
  • Kick-off lunch will be the week prior (date TBA)
  • Registration will begin Wednesday, August 21st and will continue until classes fill.
  •  Look for a Fall course schedule to arrive in your mailbox by August 16.
New LIR Curriculum Committee chair Sandra Dickson and her committee members are busy putting the finishing touches on the Fall schedule. If you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer to teach a class for Winter or Spring, please contact Program Coordinator Suzanne Ewing by phone 229-245-6484 or email

This month we are highlighting our online course Start and Operate your own Home-Based Business ($99).


Small Business Administration figures for the year 2012 indicate that the share of small businesses operating as home-based businesses was 52%.


The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, in their FAQ section, defines a small business as an independent business having fewer than 500 employees.

While home-based self-employment isn't for everyone, according to authors Yvonne Jeffery and Sherri Linsenbach in their online publication, it does come with definite advantages. They contend that "the most important factor to consider when you're thinking about a home-based business is whether or not it's going to make you happy - and specifically, whether it will make you happier than you are now. If self-employment also means self-fulfillment, you're on the right track."


But, home-based businesses come with some unique disadvantages, too. If you're unprepared, they could not only give you a nasty shock, but could even bring down the business.


Our online course will take an honest look at the benefits as well as the challenges of working at home.


"Start and Operate your own Home-Based Business" is one of several 6-week, instructor based VSU Continuing Education online courses listed in the Starting a Small Business section of our website.


Registration and orientation for each class should be completed by the first day of class in order for you to receive your class lessons. Class lessons come out on Wednesday and Friday of each week, you may access them at your convenience. You have ten days to complete each lesson after it has been introduced.


These instructor-paced courses begin on a Wednesday in each month.

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We also offer many self-paced certificate and career training courses including the areas of Accounting, Business & Management, Green Business and Industry, and Media & Design. Self-paced courses begin on the date of your choosing and access to your course is available from 3 months to 18 months depending on the individual course. For a full listing of our open entry online career training programs, click here. 

Be sure to check each monthly issue of our newsletter for special announcements and other important information regarding our program. We welcome your comments by phone, 229-245-6484 or by email,



Your Continuing Education Staff:
Julie Halter - Director; Online Courses, Conferences
Sue Bailey - Program Manager - Professional Development & Personal Enrichment and Summer Swimming Lessons
Suzanne Ewing - Program Manager - Learning in Retirement and Camp Discovery
Annetta Taylor - Registration Specialist
Susan Bass - Office Assistant
Tyler Roberts - Marketing Assistant

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