Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fall semester at GCC-Payson begins next week

Photo by Jim Keyworth
Still time to register for stimulating courses

Gila Community College is offering a number of new and stimulating classes for the fall semester beginning next week. Time is short, so register today.

Included in the fall offerings is the return of Jim Keyworth’s Creative Writing course (ENG 131), which is only offered once each year.

Students do not have to be accomplished writers. They only need to have a desire to explore and express the stories acquired during their lives.

Many students who have taken the class over the years, some two or three times, liken it to an art class – an opportunity to find out what untapped writing abilities lie within.

The emphasis in the Saturday morning class, which meets each week from 9 a.m. to noon, is on the story rather than grammar and punctuation. So it doesn’t matter how well you did in high school English.

GCC is also offering an Introduction to Entrepreneurship course. This class will cover the concepts of business management, including planning, raising capital, managing employees, and marketing products and services. The class is designed for those who plan to open their own business or those who desire to upgrade their current business.

GCC is also offering a new Political Science class this semester called United States National Politics. The class examines the principles, structure, and political process of our government and related problems. ould you like to be able to speak your truth in any situation without being offensive or sounding demanding?

Would you like to be able to hear any message, even if it seems critical, without feeling or reacting defensively? 

Would you like to understand why you do the things you do and find ways to do them that are in integrity with your own values?

If any of these ideas sound appealing, join us at Gila Community College on Saturdays, 10 am-1:50 pm, for 8 weeks: Aug. 28, 2010-Oct. 16, 2010 for a 2 credit course (CSL 298A):

The Theory and Practice of Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication is a process of conflict resolution that is based on mutual regard for self and others. It is a skill that fosters negotiation without sacrifice or compromise, without giving in or giving up, and with the intention that everyone’s needs matter. These skills are essential for enhancing self-esteem and enriching communication and can be effectively utilized in all types of relationships: family, personal, business, etc.

For further information about Nonviolent Communication, please visit

Instructor: Donna Steckal, Ph.D.
Office: 928-474-4452, e-mail:

Edward Jones Financial Advisor G. Scott Flake of Payson will host Financial Workshops throughout the month of September.

In these workshops you will learn:
· Key features of bonds, stocks, and mutual funds
· Steps you can take to prepare for retirement
· How insurance can help protect against unexpected life events
· Basics of estate planning

You may attend one or as many of the workshops as you wish.
Foundations of Investing, Thursday, September 9, 2010, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Making Sense of Retirement, Thursday, September 16, 2010, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Protecting What’s Important, Thursday, September 23, 2010, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Preparing Your Estate Plan, Thursday, September 30, 2010, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Workshops are held at Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road. A $15 materials fee covers all sessions. Please call Gila Community College at 928-468-8039 to reserve space for this educational financial workshop by 9/01/2010

Gila Community College offers a variety of Art courses for personal enrichment, including Stained Glass, Digital Photography, Scrapbooking, Paper Crafts, Folk Art, Jewelry, Painting and more.

You may register now for these and all other Fall semester classes, by going online at, or visiting the campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Rd.  For more information, call the Payson Campus at (928) 468-8039,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great, another fall semester is upon us and EAC has yet to release our Federal Pell Grant money so that students (me) can spend a small fortune in textbooks from on-line or local retailers.

1 business day prior to the start of the fall semester and students do not have their grant funds or the financial resources of $500 to $700 to spend on textbook. I refuse to purchase my textbooks from the EAC bookstore, prices are outrageously overpriced.

I wonder how much interest EAC gains from withholding student funds?