Orange County Continuing Education


Become a bartender or improve your bartending skills. Gain mastery in cocktail preparation and techniques, as well as how to recommend wine. Learn industry recipes, vernacular, product usage, sanitation, bar set-up, customer service, etiquette, garnishes, and frozen drink preparation. Become RASP/TIPS/BARS certified and gain a fundamental knowledge of North Carolina ABC laws and regulations. While open to beginners, this course also serves as a refresher for bartenders wanting to fortify their skills. Colored water is used in class. Students must be 21 years old. 15 hours. $89

46384 Th 6/4–7/9 6–8:30 p.m. OCC 211/204 May 28 registration deadline

Basic Principals of Interior Design and Decorating

This introductory course covers the basic principles of interior design and decorating. Topics include design flow, organization, and space planning, as well as selecting color and paint techniques, furniture, fabric, lighting, and accessories. 24 hours. $88. Self-supporting course; no tuition waivers or exemptions allowed.

46297 Th 6/4–8/27 6–8 p.m. OCC 109 May 28 registration deadline

Beginning Yoga I

Targeted to beginners, this course focuses on a different topic each week, including alignment of the body in postures, positive thinking, breathing exercises, philosophy, basic anatomy, deep relaxation, and asana (practice of postures). The course emphasizes the principles of yoga as well as stress management, breathing techniques, and postures. Students need a yoga mat, pillow, and comfortable clothes. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 16 hours. $74

46390 Sat 6/6–8/1 10 a.m.–noon OCC 112 May 30 registration deadline

Introduction to Qigong

Qigong (chi gung) is the time-honored system of cultivating health through breath, movement, and intention. This introductory course provides you with some simple forms and principles to help you increase body awareness, support healing, and create a meditative, mindful state. Some of the many benefits of practicing qigong, include greatly reducing physical and mental stress, strengthening your body internally and externally, and improving your physical balance. No particular abilities are needed for you to attend this course and practice qigong. (Because this course is self- supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 6 hours. $49

46377 T 6/2–6/23 6–7:30 p.m. OCC 112 May 26 registration deadline

Job Search Plus: LinkedIn and Beyond

Are you LinkedIn? Do you tweet? Do you consider Facebook to be a verb? If these terms are foreign to you, come learn the newest ways to use social media for networking and seeking employment. Since 80 percent of today’s jobs are found on the “hidden” job market, find out how to establish an online presence to gain access to opportunities. 6 hours. $74 (Free for qualified participants.)

46504 F 6/19–6/26 1–4 p.m. OCSDC 102
46505 F 7/17–7/24 1–4 p.m. OCSDC 102

Job Search Strategies for Mature Professionals

Mature workers face particular advantages and challenges in their job searches. Job seekers “of a certain age” may face negative stereotypes, but savvy, informed employers seek candidates who offer the best skills, regardless of age. Prepare yourself to be the best candidate by adding social networking to your search! 42 hours. $129 (Free for qualified participants.)

46406 MW 7/1–8/10 6–9 p.m. OCC

Job Seeker's Résumé and Application Labs (with KeyTrain Tutorials)

Need to create a résumé or cover letter, search for jobs, or apply for employment online? Want to improve your opportunities for getting that great job, changing careers, or “recession-proofing” your job skills and résumé? Need to practice and/or refresh your skills before taking WorkKeys® assessments to earn your Career Readiness Certification? 87 hours $184 (Free for qualified participants.)

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45470 MW now–5/6 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC
46568 MW 5/27–8/12 9 a.m.–noon OCSDC

Job-Seeking Skills Workshop

Need new and creative strategies for employment networking? Attend any one of these workshops to become familiar with different strategic plans of action to target your ideal job. Along with networking, learn proper interviewing techniques. 4 hours. $74 (Free for qualified participants.)

45469 F 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. OCSDC
46398 F 5/29, 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/14 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. OCSDC

Notary Public

To be admitted to this course, the NC Secretary of State requires that all candidates be able to speak, read, and write in English, and present a valid government photo ID. See for additional requirements. Textbook included. Register with care as refunds and transfers are not accepted. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) Register and pay online (view instructions) for this course. If you prefer pay with cash, you may register using an alternative method. 7 hours. $95

44946 W 4/22 9 a.m.–5 p.m. OCC
44948 W 5/27 9 a.m.–5 p.m. OCC

Photography: The Basics

Have you ever taken a picture of a beautiful scene, but it didn’t turn out as pretty as you remembered? Have you ever gotten a new camera but didn’t understand how it worked or the manual wasn’t helpful? Enabling you to pick up a camera and use it easily, this course helps you improve the quality of the photos you take by focusing on basic techniques and then moves well past amateur photographic knowledge. Students may need to purchase additional materials. 24 hours. $74

46292 M 6/1–7/20 2–5 p.m. OCC 105 May 26 registration deadline

Digital Photography: Beyond the Basics

This course guides students deeper into the controls of a digital camera by answering such questions as: Do you shoot in jpeg, raw, or tiff? How do you control your own white balance? How should you save your work? What can you do to improve or alter the picture after you have the shot? How can you get a better exposure? Students should have completedPhotography: The Basics or have basic camera knowledge. 24 hours. $74

46376 T 6/2–7/21 2–5 p.m. OCC 105 May 26 registration deadline

Fine Art Photography

Students learn what makes a good black and white photograph by exploring creative tools and techniques in Photoshop. 24 hours. $74

46385 F 6/5–7/31 6–9 p.m. OCC 208 May 29 registration deadline

Photojournalism: The Basics

Photojournalism is about telling a story or describing/documenting an event with photographs in a way that others can understand. Learn how to make a good photojournalistic photograph, how to record events as they happen, and how to capture all of the necessary elements. Once the course has begun, off-site locations will be determined to give students a hands-on opportunity to create great photographs. This course is suitable for all levels of photographers. 24 hours. $74

46379 W 6/3–7/22 6–9 p.m. OCC 105 May 27 registration deadline

Nature/Landscape Photography

This course examines the great outdoors. The nature photographer needs to have the right equipment, the right light, and know what to look for in the right moment. This course will instruct the student on various techniques to capture landscape, wildlife, and close-up subjects. A full-day special outing is possible. Recommended Text: John Shaw’s Nature Photography Field Guide, ISBN13: 978-0817440596. Prerequisite: Photography: Beyond the Basics. 24 hours $74.

46378 T 6/2–7/21 6–9 p.m. OCC 105 May 26 registration deadline

Starting Your Own Organic Garden

Suitable for gardeners of all levels, this course provides students with research-based, practical methods for gardening organically. Participants learn how to effectively plan a garden, start seeds, improve soil, control weeds, and establish an environment that is naturally resistant to pests and disease. Students also learn methods for no-dig gardening, such as container, soil bag, and straw bale gardening. Hands-on projects include using one of these methods to grow a crop of the student’s choice, as well as planning a full-scale garden. How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons, ISBN 978-1580087964, is the required textbook. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $89

46364 Th 5/21–8/6 6–8 p.m. OCC 106 May 14 registration deadline

Vehicle Escort Driver Certification

The course focuses on the functions and duties of the escort driver for overweight/oversized vehicles in NC, as well as highway operations and breakdown operations. Cost includes handbook and materials. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 8 hours. $69

46392 Sat 4/18 9 a.m.–6 p.m. OCC June 17 registration deadline