Certification Classes, Teen Summer Camps and More

Certification Classes, Teen Summer Camps and More

Gaston College Offers New Building Maintenance Certification – Classes Start June 1, 2017

Classes for the Gaston College Building Maintenance Certification program will begin Thursday,

Buidling Maintenance Certification ProgramJune 1 and run through October 31 (a total of five months), on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the Gaston College Dallas Campus.

This new program introduces participants to the skills needed to perform a variety of duties required for effective maintenance of apartments and other light commercial applications.

Topics covered include basic carpentry, minor electrical, plumbing, dry wall, minor HVAC and other mechanical systems for the purpose of maintaining, repairing or remodeling buildings and facilities.

Successful completion of the program 180 hours will result in participants receiving a Building Maintenance Certification from Gaston College.

Soft Skills and OSHA classes will be held in the Dalpiaz Student Success Center, Room 215, two nights a week on Tuesday and Thursday, from 5:30 -9:30 p.m. The Specialized Skills classes will be held three nights a week, from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Pharr Trade and Industrial Center and Specifications Building.

The cost of the program is $191 and the book is $20.95, plus tax. Program participants will need to pre-pay and pre-register, online or in person.

A list of required tools will be provided at the first class session.

To register or for more information, contact Jodi Huffman, Coordinator, Innovative Programs and Certification Development at 704-922-6250 or Huffman.jodi@gaston.edu.

Workforce Development Summit, June 8

Gaston College is hosting its first Workforce Development Summit on Thursday, June 8 beginning at 8 a.m. in the Myers Center Multipurpose Center, Dallas Campus. 

Employers from throughout Gaston and Lincoln counties and the piedmont region will be invited to this half-day event in addition to regional chambers, workforce development boards and economic development associations.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Carol Faust at faust.carol@gaton.edu or 704-922-6521.


WSGE 91.7 FM Fund Drive – Now through June 13, 2017

Volunteer or make a pledge to support WSGE Radio 91.7 FM, Gaston College’s music source during the stations Fund Drive, now through June 13, 2017.

WSGE LogoWSGE 91.7 FM continues to support local community events, reward listeners with cool stuff, and keep the eclectic music playing. Now you can play a part in keeping this station on air to bring you the music you love, Rhythm and Blues, Shag, Beach Music, Jazz, and more which you rarely hear on other radio stations in the Charlotte metro and Piedmont area.

Take a minute out of your day, go online to www.wsge.org and make a pledge or stop by the station at the Gaston College Dallas Campus in the Craig Arts and Science Building, Room 114B – we love visitors! 

If you have never listened to the station, we urge you to stream us online and experience – WSGE the #1 source for new music and local artists. 

 If you donate before Saturday, June 3rd – you will be entered to win a brand new Apple Watch

Also, ask us about the free event tickets, specially selected CD’s, gifts and more as a New Member Monday and First Time Friday member.


 For questions or for more information, contact Sarah Evans, Membership Coordinator, call, 704-922-2233 or Email Evans.Sarah@gaston.edu


Discovery Summer Camp Programs for Teens in June 2017

Creative Writing Workshop for Teens, June 12 -15

For teens between 14 and 18 years of age, who have a lot to say and need some guidance on how to put it into words, the Gaston College Summer Camp program offers a Creative Writing Portrait Of Male Pupil Studying At Desk In ClassroomWorkshop. Using writers’ group models of effective approaches to creative writing and the writing process, the workshop will help participants bring to life an idea for a short story, a blog, fantasy or science fiction, a romantic novel, a poem, or any other written work. 

The session will meet Monday, June 12 – 15, from 9 a.m. to noon on the Gaston College Dallas Campus. Over the four days of the workshop, participants will produce one short work of fiction and one poem, share them with their peers and workshop facilitators, and get feedback that will help them refine their work.

The fee for the workshop is $75.

 Personal Safety and Self-Defense Course, June 20

Teens can acquire important skills and gain self-confidence with the Personal Safety and Defense fitness, sport, people, exercising and martial arts concept - young woman with trainer working out self defense strike on city street101 course. This four-hour course includes instruction, training, and hands-on practice.

Certified instructors will demonstrate how teens can practice personal safety, awareness, and self-defense techniques using their bodies and easily accessible everyday objects. The course includes instruction in:

  • The importance of situational awareness
  • Common dangers at home, in the neighborhood, at school, and in job settings
  • How to use defensive techniques
  • Abduction prevention

Interactive activities and games are a fun way to provide training:

  • Scavenger Hunt/Match the Technique
  • Partner Practice
  • Strategize/Escape the Scenario (a group improv game)
  • Name the Danger Charades

The course concludes with hands-on individual and group practice and individual showcases. Each participant receives a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

The Personal Safety and Defense 101 course is designed for teens from age 13 to 18. It meets on Tuesday, June 20, from 8 a.m. to noon on the Dallas Campus of Gaston College.

The fee for the course is $50.

Adulting 101 course gives teens an introduction to basic life skills, June 20 – 22

Adulting 101 introduces teens to some basic life skills that every adult should have. As teens eagerly anticipate the time when they will be out on their own, their parents want to be sure they know how to take care of themselves in a variety of ways. This course provides the fundamental instruction teenagers will need as they approach adulthood.

Young smiling woman driver replacing tires, showing OK signThe three-day course includes topics ranging from the Basics of Car Maintenance, where participants will learn how to change a tire and check engine oil, among other skills, to Yoga for Stress Management, which demonstrates methods for relaxation and reducing tension.

Other subjects covered are:

  • Budget and Finances—how to balance a bank account and plan a budget,
  • Healthy Eating on a Budget—participants will prepare their own nutritious lunch,
  • Interactions with Police Departments—how to act appropriately with law enforcement,
  • Job Search Skills—resume writing and interview techniques, and
  • Self-Defense and Safety—how to protect yourself from danger.

Adulting 101 is designed for teens from age 16 to 18. The three-day course meets on Tuesday, June 20, through Thursday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Dallas Campus of Gaston College.

The fee for the course is $100.


 A-321 Advanced Manufacturing Camp introduces teens to apprenticeship and career opportunities, June 26 -29

Teens can learn about the plentiful opportunities in the manufacturing industry by enrolling in the four-day A-321 Advanced Manufacturing Camp.

Fun and interactive lab sessions will introduce participants to the skills they can acquire through an Engineering students working in the lab, a student is using a 3D printer in the backgroundapprenticeship or career in advanced manufacturing. Tours to local manufacturing facilities will let them see first-hand the innovative and highly technical ways goods are produced by companies in our area.

The A-321 Advanced Manufacturing Camp is designed for teens from age 13 to 18. The four-day course meets on Monday, June 26, through Thursday, June 29, from 8 a.m. to noon. Lab sessions are on the Dallas Campus of Gaston College, and students will go off-campus to tour local manufacturing companies.

The fee for the course is $60.


First Aid and CPR course trains teens for certification in life-saving skills, June 27 – 29,

Teens can gain valuable life-saving skills with the First Aid and CPR course. Participants will be trained in BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR, First Aid, and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) skills in this three-day course.

A group of teenage students learning CPR life saving techniques in class.The first two days of the course include training, practice, and testing in the basic skills. On the third day, students will take a test to earn certification in these skills.

The First Aid and CPR course is designed for teens from age 14 to 18. The three-day course meets on Tuesday, June 27, through Thursday, June 29, from 8 a.m. to noon on the Dallas Campus of Gaston College.

The fee for the course is $60.

Space is limited for each of the 5 summer camps scheduled in June.  To register online, go to WebAdvisor and click on Continuing Education at www.gaston.edu. For more information, email: summercamp@gastoncollege.edu.


STEM CAMP FOR TEENS: Exploring Textile Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing, July 17 – 19th

The Textile Technology Center will be offering a STEM Camp exploring textile engineering, design, and manufacturing, July 17 – 19, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Kimbell Campus in Belmont.

Black abstract background with blurred glowing blue and green thread or lines. Selective focusStudents will learn how STEM disciplines are utilized in the modern textile industry and will participate in engineering design project teams and go on a field trip to visit local textile companies. The cost is $100. Scholarships are available. Please contact Jasmine Cox at cox.jasmine@gaston.edu or 704.825.6302 for an application.


Independent Auto Dealer Renewal, July 25, 2017

A 6-hour required annual independent auto dealer’s renewal class will be offered on Tuesday, July african car salesman standing at showroom presenting new cars25, 2017 from 10 am – 4:30 pm on the Gaston College Dallas Campus, 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC.

The cost is $77. Pre-registration and payment prior to the class is required. To register online, go to www.gaston.edu. click on WebAdvisor and follow the links for Continuing Education.

For more information, call 704-922-6353.

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