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Livingston Center offers fall community education courses

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Financial management for high school students and parents, elementary Spanish, Microsoft computer basics, insurance and medical coding, and the art of the Native American flute are the topics of community education courses being offered this fall at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.

     “The Community Education Program promotes family literacy, workforce development and environmental awareness initiatives,” said Joan Gunter, director of Southeastern Louisiana University programs at the center. “Most of our programs are free, while others are provided at a low cost.”

     The center, a joint project of Southeastern and the Livingston Parish School Board, is located at 9261 Florida Blvd. Registration deadline for fall community education courses is Sept. 26.

     Fall 2008 community education courses include:

     ▪ Introduction to Elementary Spanish, Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 19, 7:15-8:30 p.m. A seven-week introduction to the Spanish language and culture taught by Senora Blanca Rush explores Spanish’s basic grammatical structure. Students will develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills with emphasis placed on oral communication. The cost is $100, plus a workbook.

     ▪ High School Financial Planning Program, Tuesdays, Oct. 7-28, 6-7:30 p.m. The free program offered by the National Endowment for Financial Education provides high school students with the basics of personal financial success. Taught by former high school teacher and financial expert Shannon Bernard, the course will introduce students to the basics of money management, budgeting, using credit wisely, good debt versus bad debt and investing. A course workbook will be provided.

     “Parents and other adults are also welcome to attend,” Gunter said.

     ▪ The Art of the Native American Flute, Thursdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Livingston Parish resident and recording artist Stephen Twohawks Reed, director and founder of the Native American Flute Circle of Louisiana, will teach the history and culture of the Native American flute. Participants will learn basic playing techniques, improvisation, and composition and advanced playing secrets as well as traditional ornamentations, construction and maintenance of the flute. The cost is $35, plus a $35 beginner flute.

     ▪ Introduction to Computers, Fridays, Oct. 10-Feb. 6, 2:30-5:30 p.m. In partnership with Louisiana Technical College, the exercise-oriented, hands-on course taught by Southeastern management instructor Ihssan Alkadi will provide an introductory study of the basics and fundamentals of Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Participants can earn 1.5 college credits from LTC. The cost of the course is $130, plus a textbook.

     ▪ Insurance and Medical Coding, Mondays, Oct. 29-Feb. 16, 2:30-5:30 p.m. The course addresses the insurance industry’s need for employers trained in crucial insurance and medical coding. Instructor Tonya Kent will discuss types of health insurance and insurance claims procedures and will teach the application of current versions of the International Classification of Diseases, 2001, Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and Classification System and Cultural Procedural Terminology (CPT). Cost is $120, plus a textbook.

     For further information about community education courses, or teaching opportunities contact Gunter at (225) 665-3303 or

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