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Personal Enrichment Workshops

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Enrich your life through our personal enrichment workshops!  Talented members of our community are sharing their knowledge with you through Jefferson Express. Whether you would like to broaden your knowledge of art in our Painting with Watercolors workshops, learn about Paddle Safety before you head out this summer, or how to become a Notary Public, we have something for you.

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On Campus Workshops
"Buying Auto Insurance in NYS: Do's and Don'ts" - Cheaper Isn't Always BetterAugust 17, 2018

Buying auto insurance in New York State can be very complicated and difficult in today's fierce competitive world for the average insurance buying consumer. With local, regional and national insurance companies all trying to convince us to purchase their insurance products and services. How do you really know which company to buy from? More importantly; am I really covered and protected if and when an accident occurs? When and how should I report a claim and what will the consequences be if I do report a loss against my insurance carrier? Take this basic easy to understand two hour consumer driven class and learn what insurance agents and brokers already know. We'll show you how to compare different insurance company financial and consumer satisfaction ratings published through the New York Department of Financial Services. All materials will be provided including website links to NYS Department of Financial Services consumer information, booklets and forms. PERHAPS CHEAPER ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER!

INSTRUCTOR: Victor Bujanow, CIC
Victor is an active Licensed NYS Insurance Broker and a nationally Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) with over 40 years experience in the Property and Casualty insurance business and has owned and operated an insurance and real estate agency for over 25 years. He is currently an adjunct instructor of insurance teaching licensing courses at several business schools and community colleges throughout New York State. Victor has also written several articles on the buying of personal insurance products and services for consumers in various local and regional magazines.

Schedule
CED 448 701
Date/Time: Friday, August 17, 2018 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Instructor: Victor Bujanow, CIC
Location: Extended Learning Center, E-129
Cost: $40
Introduction to PhotoshopMay 01, 2018 - May 08, 2018

Photoshop is a powerful tool for photographers shooting with digital cameras. The options are unlimited, but also overwhelming. In this introductory course nature photographer Chris Murray will show you how to use the basic essential tools for editing and enhancing your photographs. Learn about Camera RAW, removing blemishes, cropping, making spot adjustments to your images, and much more. Chris will take you through his proven workflow for processing images and getting them ready for sale and publication. Chris’ work can be viewed at www.chrismurrayphotography.com

Schedule
CED 019 701

Workshop Dates:
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - Tuesday, May 08, 2018
6:00pm- 9:00pm

Instructor: Chris Murray
Location: Extended Learning Center, E-130
Cost: $125

Additional Information:
This workshop will meet on Tuesdays, May 1 & 8, 2018.
JCC Fitness CenterJanuary 22, 2018 - May 15, 2018

JCC offers state of the art fitness equipment, with personal attention to individual’s needs and fitness goals. Participants will receive orientation on fitness equipment, optional physical fitness testing, a body composition test and written exercise program upon request. Participants are welcome to sign up each semester. The workshop activity will take place in the JCC McGrann Fitness Center. Call 786-2338 or 786-2232 for an orientation appt.

Schedule
CED 607 701

Workshop Dates:
Monday, January 22, 2018 - Tuesday, May 15, 2018
12:00am- 12:00am

Instructor:
Location: JCC McGrann Fitness Center
Cost: $100

Additional Information:
Use the JCC McGrann Fitness Center for the Spring semester during their posted hours.
Life Drawing Group (Ages 18+)June 18, 2018 - July 23, 2018

If you have prior drawing experience and want to continue building your skills and talents, this workshop is for you! It is designed for those interested in drawing from the life model. Members of this open drawing group are expected to bring their own paper and drawing supplies. Demonstrations will be given as part of warm-up exercises using a variety of materials including charcoal, graphite. The group will warm-up with rapid sketches before beginning longer poses. Prior drawing experience is recommended since group members will be working independently with brief critiques as needed.

Schedule
CED 403 701

Workshop Dates:
Monday, June 18, 2018 - Monday, July 23, 2018
6:30pm- 8:30pm

Instructor: Lucinda Barbour
Location: Jules Center, 6-100
Cost: $125 (+$6 model fee/per session)

Additional Information:
This workshop will meet on Monday nights, June 18, 25 and July 9, 16 and 23, 2018, from 6:30-8:30p.
North Country Photography TourJuly 22, 2018 - July 25, 2018

Join professional photographer Chris Murray as he shares with you his favorite locations and subjects in the North Country! After an initial orientation session on Sunday you will spend three full days in the field, exploring and photographing the natural wonders of the Thousand Islands region. Locations will include Wellesley Island State Park, Tibbetts Point Lighthouse, the Indian River Lakes Preserves, and more. Chris will share his inspiration with you and provide individual field instruction as well as indoor instructional sessions and critiques.
Field lessons will include tips and techniques on:
● reading and shooting the light
● fine tuning compositions
● determining proper exposure for a variety of summer conditions
● varying shutter speed for creative effect
● achieving critical focus
● working with your range of lenses, from wide angle to telephoto
● using Live View to compose and focus
● using the LCD screen and histogram to refine compositions, check exposures and confirm focus
Chris will also give indoor instructional sessions on:
● seeing creatively
● optimizing images in Lightroom and Photoshop
● converting images to black-and-white
● blending multiple exposures of the same scene for panoramas, HDR’s, layer masks and focus stacks

We will also have critiquing sessions of participants’ images shot during the workshop.

Chris will help take your images to a new level. The low instructor to participant ratio guarantees everyone significant one-on-one instruction in the field, and the beautiful settings will give each plenty of inspiration to explore their photographic vision.

Camera Skills Needed
All skill levels are welcome.
Users of all types of cameras are encouraged to attend, however digital SLR and mirrorless cameras are preferred for their ability to maximize the learning possibilities of this workshop.

Computer Skills Needed
A basic understanding of digital workflow and some working knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop will be helpful. Chris will be glad to answer your image processing questions.

Other Considerations
Participants’ vehicles will be used for transportation during field trips. We are adamant about carpooling as much as possible to minimize the number of vehicles needed for any given field trip, as well as to lessen our impact on easily damaged roads and trails. Note that the instructor is not allowed to provide transportation for participants during the event.

Locations visited during this workshop are readily accessible, though a short hike may not be out of the question. Participants MUST be in good physical shape and should wear sturdy boots and use caution due to the frequent rocky terrain.
As with all outdoor pursuits, some risk is inherent; all participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop.

Max 10 participants

Schedule
CED 648 701/702

Workshop Dates:
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - Wednesday, July 25, 2018
5:00pm- 12:00pm

Instructor: Chris Murray
Location: East Hall, H116-A
Cost: $450 - Workshop Only (CED 648 701) / $575 -Workshop plus room & continental breakfast (CED 648 702)

Additional Information:
This workshop will meet Sunday-Wednesday, July 22 - 25, 2018.
NYS Boater SafetyMay 16, 2018 - May 17, 2018

New York State is blessed with hundreds of miles of navigable waterways, varied enough to suit every taste and every imaginable waterborne activity. Whether you’re enjoying the roaring surf of the Atlantic Ocean, the whitewater thrills of the Adirondacks, the pristine waters of the Finger Lakes or the historic New York State Canal, fun boating begins with safe boating. The goals of the program are to:
• Teach the basic boating skills necessary for safe and enjoyable boating.
• Instill in each student a sense of responsibility when operating a boat.
• Develop an understanding of the consequences of careless boating.
• Encourage common sense and courtesy towards other waterway users.
The course can improve the skills of even the seasoned boater! Plus, taking the course sets a good example for kids. And, completing the boating safety course may lead to a reduction in your boater’s insurance premium. National Association of Boating Law Administers (NASBLA) approved

Schedule
CED 106 701

Workshop Dates:
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Thursday, May 17, 2018
6:00pm- 9:00pm

Instructor: Bruce Chamberlain
Location: Extended Learning Center, E-114
Cost: $35

Additional Information:
This workshop will meet on Wednesday & Thursday, May 16 & 17, 2018, from 6:00-9:00p.
NYS Boater SafetyJune 20, 2018 - June 21, 2018

New York State is blessed with hundreds of miles of navigable waterways, varied enough to suit every taste and every imaginable waterborne activity. Whether you’re enjoying the roaring surf of the Atlantic Ocean, the whitewater thrills of the Adirondacks, the pristine waters of the Finger Lakes or the historic New York State Canal, fun boating begins with safe boating. The goals of the program are to:
• Teach the basic boating skills necessary for safe and enjoyable boating.
• Instill in each student a sense of responsibility when operating a boat.
• Develop an understanding of the consequences of careless boating.
• Encourage common sense and courtesy towards other waterway users.
The course can improve the skills of even the seasoned boater! Plus, taking the course sets a good example for kids. And, completing the boating safety course may lead to a reduction in your boater’s insurance premium. National Association of Boating Law Administers (NASBLA) approved

Schedule
CED 106 702

Workshop Dates:
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - Thursday, June 21, 2018
6:00pm- 9:00pm

Instructor: Bruce Chamberlain
Location: Extended Learning Center, E-130
Cost: $35

Additional Information:
This workshop will meet on Wednesday & Thursday, June 20 & 21, 2018, from 6:00-9:00p.
NYS Boater SafetyJuly 18, 2018 - July 19, 2018

New York State is blessed with hundreds of miles of navigable waterways, varied enough to suit every taste and every imaginable waterborne activity. Whether you’re enjoying the roaring surf of the Atlantic Ocean, the whitewater thrills of the Adirondacks, the pristine waters of the Finger Lakes or the historic New York State Canal, fun boating begins with safe boating. The goals of the program are to:
• Teach the basic boating skills necessary for safe and enjoyable boating.
• Instill in each student a sense of responsibility when operating a boat.
• Develop an understanding of the consequences of careless boating.
• Encourage common sense and courtesy towards other waterway users.
The course can improve the skills of even the seasoned boater! Plus, taking the course sets a good example for kids. And, completing the boating safety course may lead to a reduction in your boater’s insurance premium. National Association of Boating Law Administers (NASBLA) approved

Schedule
CED 106 703

Workshop Dates:
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - Thursday, July 19, 2018
6:00pm- 9:00pm

Instructor: Bruce Chamberlain
Location: Extended Learning Center, E-116
Cost: $35

Additional Information:
This workshop will meet on Wednesday & Thursday, July 18 & 19, 2018, from 6:00-9:00p.
NYS Boater SafetyAugust 15, 2018 - August 16, 2018

New York State is blessed with hundreds of miles of navigable waterways, varied enough to suit every taste and every imaginable waterborne activity. Whether you’re enjoying the roaring surf of the Atlantic Ocean, the whitewater thrills of the Adirondacks, the pristine waters of the Finger Lakes or the historic New York State Canal, fun boating begins with safe boating. The goals of the program are to:
• Teach the basic boating skills necessary for safe and enjoyable boating.
• Instill in each student a sense of responsibility when operating a boat.
• Develop an understanding of the consequences of careless boating.
• Encourage common sense and courtesy towards other waterway users.
The course can improve the skills of even the seasoned boater! Plus, taking the course sets a good example for kids. And, completing the boating safety course may lead to a reduction in your boater’s insurance premium. National Association of Boating Law Administers (NASBLA) approved

Schedule
CED 106 704

Workshop Dates:
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - Thursday, August 16, 2018
6:00pm- 9:00pm

Instructor: Bruce Chamberlain
Location: Extended Learning Center, E-114
Cost: $35

Additional Information:
This workshop will meet on Wednesday & Thursday, August 15 - 16, 2018, from 6:00-9:00p.
Painting with WatercolorsJune 20, 2018 - July 18, 2018

Let the Water Do the Work. This workshop explores the versatility of watercolors and how household items can be used to create interesting visual effects. We will play with various techniques and imagery. Materials will be provided, painting supplies will be discussed in order to help students to know what to look for as they continue to paint. Bring your own brushes if you have them.

Schedule
CED 415 701

Workshop Dates:
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - Wednesday, July 18, 2018
6:00pm- 8:30pm

Instructor: Lucinda Barbour
Location: Jules Center, 6-102
Cost: $145

Additional Information:
This workshop will meet on Wednesdays, June 20, 27 & July 11, and 18, 2018, from 6:00-8:30p.
The Empire Safety Council Accident Prevention Course - NY 6-hour Defensive DrivingAugust 18, 2018

Each student receives a workbook and a NYS DMV driver’s manual in this face to face training which is also known as the Point/Insurance Reduction Program about crash avoidance techniques. Successfully complete the training for a reduction of up to 4 points from your driving record for violations received during the 18 months prior to completion of this training. You also become eligible for a minimum insurance reduction of 10% for 3 full years in the base rate of liability, no-fault and collision premiums. This course is presented in cooperation with the NYS DMV, NYS Department of Financial Services and the Empire Safety Council of New York.

Schedule
CED 159 701
Date/Time: Saturday, August 18, 2018 (9:00am-3:00pm)
Instructor: Victor Bujanow
Location: Extended Learning Center, E-129
Cost: $45
Off Campus Workshops
Introduction to SailingMultiple Dates

Our introduction to sailing is a non-certificate producing, 3 hour familiarization cruise aboard our 32’ sloop, Eudaimonia. Our certified instructors briefly cover the most important knowledge and skills topics needed to begin. The first hour is spent dockside to learn important sailing terminology, necessary safety gear and radio procedures, basic chart reading, and sailing maneuvers/points of sail. The remaining 2 hours is spent on the lake learning line handling procedures, sail-hoisting, how to work the cockpit, taking the helm, and returning and securing the vessel.

Schedule
CED 130 701
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (6:00pm - 9:00pm)
Instructor: Brett Kessler
Location: Sail Ontario, Sackets Harbor
Cost: $125
CED 130 702
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (6:00pm - 9:00pm)
Instructor: Brett Kessler
Location: Sail Ontario, Sackets Harbor
Cost: $125
CED 130 703
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (6:00pm - 9:00pm)
Instructor: Brett Kessler
Location: Sail Ontario, Sackets Harbor
Cost: $125