GCC Offers a New Year’s Resolution Solution

Written by on December 2, 2019

Press Release:

“Learn a new skill or hobby.” It’s on the top five list of most common New Year’s Resolutions, and there is a wide assortment of options available at Genesee Community College this coming semester. Learn karate, how to write a screen play, sign language, or how about public speaking or digital photography? Courses in these topics and many more will be offered at GCC this semester starting Monday, January 13, 2020.

GCC’s Beginning Karate (PED132) is being taught by the world’s highest ranking black-belt! Instructor Cynthia Jones, Hanshi, recently received a 10th Degree Black Belt (Ju-Dani) from the Isshinryu World Karate Association making her the highest ranking black-belt in the world. Who better to teach Beginning Karate (PED132) right here in Batavia? Registration for this course is now open! Anyone can enroll for this eight-week course, no pre-requisite courses are required and it does not have to be taken as part of a degree program. Beginning Karate runs on Monday, January 13 through March 6, 2020 and meets every Monday and Wednesday from 3:40 p.m. till 5 p.m. at GCC’s Batavia Campus.

Beginning Karate (PED132) focuses on achieving the physical and mental conditioning and training required to execute a variety of basic martial arts techniques and forms (or kata) and engages in effective sparring and self-defense. In just eight weeks, the course will also cover:

• A brief overview of the historical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of the martial arts
• The benefits of daily fitness activity specific to karate

Any budding screen or stage writer will appreciate the small class size learning environment with instructor Shawn Adamson in his Writing for the Stage and Screen (CIN214). The 15-week course teaches the proper screenplay format and introduces the technique of storytelling though dialogue, action and characterization in a continuous workshop process. The class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:50 – 4:10 p.m., starting January 13, 2020.

American Sign Language 1 (ASL101) is offered five different times and at three different campus locations; Intro to Digital Photography (PHO118) is offered three different times and at two locations; and Public Speaking (SPE108) is offered 14 different times, at five campus locations and online.

“Education really is the gift that keeps on giving. No matter your age or interests-learning something new in 2020 is a rock solid way to kick off the new decade,” Donna Rae Sutherland, director of Marketing Communications said.

Anyone interested in this course who is not a current GCC student, is encouraged to contact the College’s Admissions team at (585) 345-6800 or via email at admissions@genesee.edu, or apply online at https://www.genesee.edu/courses/nonmatriculated/ to get started.


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