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File: NR-North County Classes Begin August 18
North County College Classes Begin August 18

WILLITS - The Mendocino College Willits Center will offer a selection of community college classes this Fall in Willits, Laytonville and Round Valley. Set to begin Monday August 18, the center's Fall 2008 semester will feature day and evening courses in general education, university transfer, computers, business office technology, physical education, and cultural enrichment. “The Willits fall schedule also includes a morning general education and university transfer class pattern with an opportunity for North County students to complete AA Degree, California State University transfer, and other general education requirement choices in morning and afternoon classes Monday through Thursday right here in Willits,” says college Dean Mark Rawitsch. “With gasoline prices soaring and many students finding it increasingly difficult to make multiple trips for classes at the main campus in Ukiah, other general education classes at other day and evening times Mondays through Saturdays are also available here in Willits this fall,” Rawitsch adds.

The fall semester begins on Monday, August 18, and continues through December 18. Student registration is required before classes begin. Admission, registration and free counseling services for any class offered by the college are underway now and available at the Willits Center at the corner of East Commercial and Marin Streets in downtown Willits. Registration by phone is also available.  

"Each semester the Willits Center schedules a selection of classes to meet many educational needs." says Rawitsch. "Our North County program serves as an introduction to the California Community College System and its network of student support services such as academic counseling, financial aid, low-cost college classes, university transfer guarantees, scholarships and more,” Rawitsch says. “A major mission of the state community college system is to help provide quality education at the lowest possible cost to students and their families. California community college fees remain among the lowest in the nation. Many can qualify for financial aid, fee waivers, grants, loans, and scholarships, so no one should think that they can’t afford to go to college, but folks need to take that first step and make contact with us to explore all the ways we can help,” Rawitsch explains.

Classes during the day in Willits this fall include Mac Smith's popular Math Lab and Academic Reading & Writing with Carly Stewart. Women’s Health with Rosalie Anchordoguy will also be offered in Willits on Monday mornings this fall. Other day classes include voice training with Marilyn Simpson, Beginning Tai Chi with Frank Broadhead, Individual Exercise Lab with Sandy Metzler, and Yoga with Pat Kearney. Jenna Byrne’s beginning modern dance class four days a week from 8 to 9 am, popular with high school students who can receive college credit and meet some high school requirements will also be available along with other fall classes offered during daylight hours.

Jan Pedrotti returns this fall with her popular early evening fitness class. Other evening classes meeting degree and transfer requirements include Mexican American Culture with Denise Orpustan-Love, U.S. History with Louis Rohlicek, and Introductory Psychology with Paul Kubin. A short-term Community CPR and Frist Aid class will be presented in October in a Friday and Saturday format by Kort Pettersen. Evening Business Office Technology classes such as beginning keyboarding, business calculators, word processing on a microcomputer, and records and database management are set with instructor Terri Robertson along with her popular Powerpoint class which can transfer to the California State University system. Several other computer training classes are also offered this fall. A variety of levels of English as a Second Language classes will be presented at the Little Lake Grange by Dina Hutton in cooperation with Nuestra Alianza on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. New classes for Willits this fall include a special topics Drawing with Pastels art class with Devi Chase on Monday mornings from 9 am to noon.

A smaller selection of classes will also be offered by the college this fall in Laytonville and Round Valley. Set for Laytonville are daytime ceramics class on Tuesdays beginning at 9 a.m. with Ivan Anderson, and Introduction to Handbuilding Ceramics, also with Anderson on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. In Round Valley, Basic and Intermediate Reading and Writing sections with Andrea Whipple, a college basic math series in whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages with Sandy Wake, a culinary class, Basic Baking and Pastries with Rose Francia, and a low-cost, zero-unit Fitness for Healthy Living class with Ed Whipple complete the fall schedule.
For students interested in online classes or other distance education formats, and work experience classes, the college also provides access to many selections this fall. “The Mendocino College Distance Education Program has expanded its online class offerings and many students who have not been able to take classes at our community classroom locations before have found that they can now access many more choices through our online program,” Rawitsch adds.

Open telephone registration continues with walk-in registration in Willits, Lakeport or Ukiah beginning August 11. Students should consult the Fall schedule for a full listing of all Willits and other North County classes. For a free counseling appointment or information about how to qualify for fee reductions, or for other information about college programs and support services in Willits, contact the Willits Center of Mendocino College at 459-6224. For a listing of college classes and events and online application information, visit .

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Created: August 12, 2008 @ 02:36 PM
Last Modified: May 08, 2009 @ 08:26 AM


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