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A richer learning environment for everyone

By Bill Knief

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One of UNM-Taos’s greatest strengths lies in the diversity and wide range of ages of its students. Not counting the four and five year olds about to be enrolled in the early childhood development program, a class can commonly accommodate students from eighteen years old to well into their eighties.

We see young folks fresh out of high school taking their first steps toward a certificate or degree, looking to better themselves both financially and scholastically, along with applicants for a GED who may be seeking an alternative to traditional high school. Some also return after a long absence, as seasoned adults, determined to complete their education.

An older student might be someone pursuing higher education as best they can while simultaneously holding down a job, raising a family, taking care of aging parents, or all of the above.

Then there’s the lifelong learner: that unique person who takes classes not to complete an academic program, but for the simple love of learning. An individual who sees retirement, perhaps, as an opportunity to satisfy a hungry curiosity about the world, pursue a second career or achieve personal enrichment.

At UNM-Taos it is just about as common to find a forty or fifty year difference in ages in the classroom as it is anywhere else in the general population. This in turn not only creates a richer learning environment for everyone, it also demands the broad range of class offerings and flexible scheduling available right now as students register for the spring semester and intersession intensives.

CAN SPRING BE FAR BEHIND?

Take for example those intersession classes—those short courses offered in between the regular semesters. You can sign up for any one of them (along with spring semester, 2008 courses) right now at the administration building at 115 Civic Plaza Drive, or register online at http://taos.unm.edu. Call 737-6200 for more information.

BEGINNER’S PHOTOSHOP

Learn to import images from your camera by taking this intensive January 7 through the 11th. Import and export from the web. Realize the full potential of Photoshop software. Make those photos all that they were meant to be. One credit, $56.00 plus fees.

MICROSOFT OFFICE

Running January 7 through the 15th, it’s a one credit course that will give you document design and formatting; review of Power Point and Access functionality; and tips on professional business and customer service skills. Tuition cost: $56.00 plus fees.

English 298, LEARN TO WRITE HAIKU

You don’t need prior experience—just a desire to read and write in the Haiku genre, the ancient formal tradition that so deeply influenced Imagism and the beat poets. One credit, $56.00 plus fees.

QUICK BOOKS

This one credit course is offered January 16, 17 and 18. In it you will learn QuickBooks accounting functions, inventory management, invoicing, payroll, financial reporting and much more. Tuition: $56.00 plus fees.

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

Red River will host Dr. Eddie Dry, UNM professor emeritus, January through March for one credit. The global economy, world tourism, professional business writing and other topics will be covered. Tuition: $56.00 plus fees.

THIS YEAR, GIVE THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE

Nationwide, 50% of college students now attend community colleges. As the year draws to a cold, snowy close and we enter into the holiday spirit of celebration, reflection and giving, why not consider giving the gift of knowledge? For the price of a pair of shoes you could help someone take that first step on the path of higher education. You can register now for intersession courses and the spring semester starting January 22.

Happy holidays—see you in class!

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