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IU Northwest Adult Education classes begin again this month

Available non-credit courses include comedy writing, photography, direct service worker, and EKG Reader

The Indiana University Northwest Adult Education Program will begin offering some of its most popular classes again this month, including Comedy Writing for Standup, Basic Photography and Certified Nursing Assistant. Formal admission to the university is not required for these non-credit classes.

On Monday, Feb. 16, the CNA class will begin a new session. This course offers 105 hours of training, including 30-plus hours of classroom instruction and 75-plus hours of clinical experience during a three-week period. A physical and TB test, and a criminal background check, are required for this class, and uniforms are required for clinical training. The program cost is $700.

On Monday, Feb. 23, aspiring comedians may begin honing their skills in the Comedy Writing for Standup class. Tuition is $105. A Direct Service Worker class begins Feb. 23 for those who would like to begin a career providing services to clients with disabilities. Tuition is $139, including a book. A class on the Spirit of Children looks at the emotional, spiritual and character growth of kids. Tuition is $79. A $10 late registration fee may be assessed, depending on the date of enrollment.

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 24, amateur photographers may take Photoshop Basics to learn how to utilize this expansive photo-editing program. Tuition is $125. Classes on Spanish ($109 tuition) and Jewelry Making ($79 tuition) will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 25, and a Basic Photography class ($135 tuition) will begin on Thursday, Feb. 26. And, on Saturday, Feb. 28, a one-day Intro to VISTA class ($135 tuition) will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Beginning Monday, March 2, IU Northwest will offer a non-credit course on EKG Reading. This course is ideal for medical assistants, paramedics, pre-nursing or nursing students, and clinical specialists in cardiac or cardiovascular nursing. It teaches the basic concepts of cardiac rhythm analysis and contributes to studentsí understanding of the 12-lead ECG. The class meets on Mondays and Thursday through April 23, and tuition is $595, plus a $10 late fee for registration after Feb. 17. Students will need to purchase calipers.

Also beginning on March 2, the Event Planning class will once again show students how to organize, plan and pull off a first-rate event, no matter what the budget or timeframe. Event Planning meets on Mondays from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. through March 23, and tuition is $95, plus $10 for registration after Feb. 19.

And, for those who want to know more about grant writing, the Grant Proposal Overview class will also meet on Mondays and Wednesdays through March 23, with class times to vary slightly. Tuition is $115, plus a $10 late fee for registration after Feb. 19. Grant Proposal Overview is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to take the Grant Writing Workshop, which meets beginning Monday, March 23.

The popular Dental Office Management course begins on Tuesday, March 3. This class explore legal and ethical issues, regulatory matters, and privacy issues, along with many other topics related to the flow of operations between the clinical and business side of the profession. Tuition is $215, plus $10 for registration after Feb. 19, and includes a textbook. This class meets through April 21 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Also beginning on March 3 is Eye Clinic Assistant, which teaches vision-testing procedures, instrument use and other necessary topics for aspiring optometry assistants. The class meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. through April 8. Tuition is $430, including the book, with a $10 late fee for registration after Feb. 19.

March 3 also marks the return of Balloon Decorating, the class that teaches participants the finer points of using inexpensive balloons to achieve very impressive and professional decorative effects for weddings, reunions, business events, etc. The class meets through March 24 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuition is $70, plus a $10 late fee for registration after Feb. 19.

On Wednesday, March 4, the Medical Terminology class will begin a new session, with classes running from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. through April 22. Tuition is $200, including the book, with a $10 late fee for registration after Feb. 23. This class is considered essential for anyone who plans to work in a hospital or other medical setting, as it focuses on the pronunciation and definition of a variety of widely used medical terms.

On Thursday, March 5, students with a knack for making others laugh, or the desire to learn how, will come together to learn the art of Improvisation. The class instructor will use games and scenes to illustrate the principles of an art that looks easy but is not. The class meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. through April 9. Tuition is $105, plus a $10 late fee for registration after Feb. 23.

For more information on these or other upcoming professional enhancement classes at IU Northwest, contact Program Manager Linda Szalmasagi at (219) 980-6806, or email her at For the complete IU Northwest Spring 2009 Adult Education schedule and description of classes, visit the Web at



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