Valdosta State University - Continuing Education
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VSU Continuing Education ... Bringing Learning to Life
In This Issue 
  The Gift of Learning.... 
It's always in style to give the gift of learning.  Consider giving a gift certificate for an individual class or an LIR membership.  Surprise someone today!
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Share Your Knowledge
If you have a special talent or area of expertise, would you be willing to share it with others? We want to hear from you!
We're working to finalize our spring EdVantages course schedule. Please let us know if you have a great course idea for our Professional Development & Personal Enrichment line-up.
Contact us by phone, 229-245-6484 or submit a Course Proposal Form.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! 
The Continuing Education office will be closed December 23 - January 1 for the extended holiday season.
Our next issue of News You Can Use will be in your inbox mid-January. Enjoy the holidays!
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December 2013

Welcome to the Continuing Education News You Can Use edition for December, 2013. 
Throughout the newsletter, click the underlined links for more information. Click here for a complete listing of the courses and programs we offer.
This will be our last regular issue for 2013. Look for more News You Can Use in your inbox mid-January.
EdVantages - Professional Development and Personal Enrichment
A Word from Sue...

Thank you for supporting VSU Continuing Education. We are closing out a year of many successes which I am happy to share with you.

Adhering to our ongoing goal of providing resources for professional development for the local community, in 2013 we provided Food Safety Manager Certification classes and Exam sessions. These classes allow our many fine area restaurants and other food service establishments to earn or renew their required ServSafe� certification.
The Court Reporters' Workshops attracted reporters from around the state and north Florida, too. Grant Writing - The Rest of the Story gave attendees valuable insights into the process of researching, identifying, and successfully connecting with funders and basic tools for successfully writing a grant proposal. 
In 2013, our students enjoyed themselves as they discovered how to paint in oils, explored their natural rhythms in African dance, educated their wine-tasting palates, created beautiful beaded jewelry, planned a more solid financial future, and learned to sell on eBay. 


And for the first time in 7 years, we offered summer classes for adults which included two favorites, The Joy of Singing and Fundamentals of Digital Photography.

Planning for spring is underway and the spring 2014 EdVantages catalog is being prepared.

EdVantages - Spring 2014


As always, offering course opportunities to enhance your Professional Development and Personal Enrichment will continue to be our goal in 2014.


We will be bringing back some favorite classes such as:


Wine Tasting 

Zumba� Gold

African Dance 

Homebrewing 101

Beer Tasting 

Ballroom Dance

Painting in Oils 


As you have come to expect, we will continue with our tradition of offering quality training to our regional court reporters. Along the way some exciting classes will be added to help broaden your personal and professional and horizons.


Professional Development opportunities will include Food Safety Manager Certification and 

Preparation for PHR Certification.

Personal Enrichment
opportunities we are scheduling will include:


Glass Garden Art

Japanese Cooking Demonstration

Introduction to Pastels

Creating Your Own Android Apps

Self Discovery - Presenting a Message of Peace 


Check the VSU Continuing Education website for course schedule updates as we prepare for spring.


Learning in Retirement
LIR Winter Registration 
begins December 10

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the fall term of LIR a success! 

Winter term LIR classes begin on January 13, 2014 with registration beginning on December 10. Look for the class schedule in your mailbox Thanksgiving week. 

The curriculum committee is still finalizing course offerings as of this writing, but we know that many perennial favorites will return including: Yoga, Zumba� Gold, Views of the News and also our painting classes and book reviews. 

Look for some new and exciting tours to include Ray Charles Plaza and the Thronateeska Heritage Center in Albany, the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee, and a quail (statue) hunting expedition in downtown Thomasville. 

Remember that anyone 50 or above can join LIR, Suzanne so help spread the word about this great opportunity for fun and followship!
Click here to access LIR information on the VSU Continuing Education Website. If you require further information, email Suzanne Ewing or call 229-245-6484.

Where Does All My Money Go?

It's hard to believe that the extended holiday season is upon us again. And, for many of us, it's a time to figure out how to find extra money for all the opportunities that come along to relieve us or our hard earned income. It's also a time to examine our spending and saving habits and figure out if we've done a good job of planning over the past year.

There are many tools available to help get you on track with your personal finances. Online courses are an easy way to start the process of discovery and study at convenient times and in the privacy of your home.


Keys to Successful Money Management ($99) is one of several online course choices offered through VSU Continuing Education to help you get on track with your personal finances. 
Other 6-week instructor-facilitated selections include Personal Finance ($99) to help you clearly identify your financial goals and Where Does all my Money Go? ($99) - the basics of how to get control of your finances.


Instructor-paced courses begin on a Wednesday in each month.






Last Lesson



Registration and orientation for each class should be completed by the first day of class in order for you to receive your class lessons.


white_mouse_keyboard.jpg 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.


We offer many self paced certificate and career training courses including Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Specialist 2010, Web Design Certificate, and Certified Personal Trainer. 


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.  


Visit the Continuing Education website to see a complete listing of all our programs and courses.

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, EdD
Online, Conference, Certificate Programs, Teacher Recertification
Sue Bailey 
Professional Development, Personal Enrichment, Contract Training


Suzanne Ewing
Learning in Retirement, Children's Programs

Annetta Taylor, Registration Specialist


Susan Bass, Administrative Assistant


Brooke Thomas, Marketing Assistant 


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