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Lifelong Learning offering variety of personal enrichment courses

From motorcycle safety to social media strategies, WKU Lifelong Learning provides an endless variety of non-credit personal enrichment programs for the whole community. “Our goal is to provide programs that encourage people to never stop learning,” said Sharon Woodward, program manager of Lifelong Learning. Woodward says they do that by offering educational and experiential learning opportunities for people of all ages and interests.

Woodward said partnerships are crucial to making these classes possible. “WKU is an amazing educational resource, and partnerships with University departments and external resources make these courses easily accessible to the entire community,” she said.

  • One example of these partnerships is the Sustainability Series offered through a partnership between Lifelong Learning, the WKU Office of Sustainability and Community Farmers’ Market BG. Two workshops are offered on Food Day on Oct. 24 at the L.D. Brown Agricultural Center. “Make Your Own Rain Barrel” (from 2 to 4 p.m.) demonstrates how to turn used food-grade barrels into rainwater collection systems, catching rain from gutters to use in the garden. The $45 fee includes all materials and tools, and participants complete their own rain barrel to take home. “Repurposing Used Pallets” (from 10 a.m. to noon) shows how to turn used pallets into container gardens for decoration, herbs or produce. The $50 fee covers all materials and tools, and participants leave with their own herb-filled pallet garden. Registration ends Friday (Oct. 19), so register by calling (270) 745-1912.
  • Several additional Motorcycle Rider Education courses are still available throughout 2012. Experienced motorcyclists certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation teach the courses which include classroom and practical instruction. For more information, visit the www.wku.edu/ce/services/adult-programs/. Course dates are Oct. 19-21 or Nov. 2-4. Registration for both courses is going on now.
  • Through a partnership with the WKU Floral Training Center, floriculture instructor Roger Dennis teaches participants how to make a festive fall Thanksgiving arrangement for their holiday table. The course takes place Nov. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the WKU Floral Shop. The $39 fee includes all supplies, including fresh flowers and containers. Registration takes place through Nov. 7, and space is limited.
  • A course called “Using Social Media for Marketing” provides strategies for marketing or branding a business through effective use of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media. Using their own laptops, participants discover new ways to market and brand their business, avoid common mistakes and how to measure their return on investment. The class takes place Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Knicely Conference Center. The fee is $39, and registration ends Oct. 23.

For additional information on these and other courses, visit http://www.wku.edu/ll/courses/.

Contact: Sharon Woodward, (270) 745-1910 or sharon.woodward@wku.edu

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