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Howard College - Big Spring, Lamesa, San Angelo, SWCID

Community Education

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Please check the course listing below for upcoming Personal Enrichment classes available from Howard College Workforce Training / Continuing Education on the Big Spring Campus. If you are interested in more details about a course or enrolling in a course, please contact us at (432) 264-5131.

V Anger Management

Anger Management is presented in two sessions 3.5 hours in duration. The course discusses the definition of Anger and investigates when it becomes a problem. It also reviews the potential payoffs, consequences, and triggers of anger. Physical, emotional, and behavioral cues are also discussed. Finally, anger styles and positive anger management strategies are reviewed.

V Child Care Pre-Service Training

Class: Child Care Pre Service Training (CDEC 1009)

V Digital Photography

Beginning Digital Photography is an introductory course designed to train students on how to use industry standard digital editing software, computer hardware, and hardware equipment including a digital camera. Students also have introductory instruction in design, rules of composition, and the history of photography, master photographers and career options in photography. Students will learn skills related to digital camera uses, Photography techniques, scanner operations, design and layout skills, internet search and retrieval techniques and digital imaging software. The class introduces the history, mechanics and applications of digital photography as well as basic photographic combination of lectures, guest lectures, viewing the work of master photographers, class assignments and in-class critiques of student work.

No prerequisites are required and participants will need the following supplies, preferably:

  • digital cameras for this course, both Digital Point and Shoot and DSLR are welcome - Digital cameras are preferable to have at least 5 megapixels and offer full manual control, although a basic point and shoot is acceptable.
  • 4-6 gig flash/thumb drive
  • access to an inkjet printer (preferable for ease of use for a small amount of printing outside of class)
  • Cost:  $75.00

For further information contact Stacy Slaten at (cell) 432-935-1018 or (office) 432-264-5115.

V Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is designed for persons determined to be batterers with the aim of breaking the chain and cycle of violence. The course is presented in one six hour session. The course identifies general information about domestic violence, the cycle of violence and the effects of abuse, on the individual, family, community and society as a whole. The characteristics of an abuser are reviewed thoroughly. Finally, techniques for breaking the cycle of violence including positive anger management strategies and appropriate conflict resolution are also discussed.

V Mental Health First Aid

The Mental Health First Aid program is an interactive session which runs 12 hours.  It can be conducted as one two-day seminar, two one day events spaced over a short period of time or as four 3-hour sessions.   Mental Health First Aid certification must be renewed every three years, and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.
Specifically, participants learn:

  • The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury
  • An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities
  • A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care 
  • The appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem. 

V Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Support Group

Groups forming now, please contact Community Education.

V Stress Management

V Substance Abuse - Drug Education

This standardized program is 15 hours in length and is designed to increase the knowledge of drug offenders by educating them on the dangers of drug abuse and associated illegal activities, to identify their own individual drug-use patterns, and to assist them in developing a personal action plan which will reduce the probability of suffering the consequences of future drug using and illegal behavior. 

Specific course topics include history of drug abuse, drug/DWI laws, dynamics of drug use, drugs of abuse, how drugs work, cost of use and abuse, health issues, HIV, interpersonal relationships, de-glamorization of drugs, values and behaviors, past and desired behaviors, getting control of your life, resource options, and personal action planning. (Not applicable to deferred adjudication).

To sign up for Substance Abuse classes, call the Adult Probation office at (432) 264-2245.

V Substance Abuse - DWI Education

This standardized program is 12 hours in length and is designed to help DWI offenders increase their knowledge about alcohol and drugs as these substances relate to driving skills, to identify their own individual drinking/drug use and driving patterns, and to assist them in developing plans which will reduce the probability of future DWI behavior.

Specific course topics include alcohol/drug and traffic safety problems, Texas laws relating to DWI, effects of alcohol/drugs on humans, alcohol/drugs and driving task abilities, chemical dependency, symptoms of dependency, sources of assistance, costs of DWI, and decision-making.

To sign up for Substance Abuse classes, call the Adult Probation office at (432) 264-2245.

V Texas Alcohol Education Program for Minors

This class is designed to help participants increase their knowledge about alcohol and drugs among young people.  The curriculum contains information on the following topics:  Societal values related to alcohol consumption by minors, the influence of alcohol advertising on young people, the relationship between motor vehicle and other accidents and alcohol use; relevant laws relating to the purchase possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors, drinking patterns, and problems of young people including abuse, addiction and decision making skills. TCADA approved.