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Personal Interest

The Center for Continuing Studies at Mercer offers an abundance of popular personal interest courses. From Writing and Photography courses to filmmaking and Job Readiness courses, we strive to have something for everyone. Please select from the areas that interest you from above.


What's NEW in Personal Interest this fall?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

Research has shown benefits of this particular kind of mindfulness training to include: less stress and anxiety; increased comprehension and retention of information; improved interpersonal relationships; enhanced clarity
of thought; greater compassion for self and others; and, improved psychological and physical health. The training includes a variety of meditation practices, mindful movement, other awareness activities and dialogue.

Cost: $250

NCPER-CS024-01

September 28 - November 16

8 sessions / Thursdays and one Saturday* / 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

*Saturday class: November 11, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Instructor: Lisa Caton

 

All students must attend the following Orientation Session:

NCPER-CS024-01

No cost
Thursday, September 7, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

Mental Health First Aid

This public education program teaches participants how to:

Identify the warning signs of various mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder and more.

Offer initial help in a mental health crisis until professional help arrives.

 

Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help support. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP.) Cost: $150

NCPER-CS025-01

September 16 and September 23

2 sessions / Saturdays / 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Instructor: Faith McCalla, Certified Trainer


Get in the spirit of the holidays with:

 

Holiday Lantern Floral Design
Decorate for the holiday in style by creating this beautiful centerpiece.  With a candle lit lantern as your focal point, you will design this floral centerpiece using fresh flowers, evergreens and woodland accents. Join us for a festive night filled with holiday music, cookies and warm memories. Cost: $70

NCHOM-CS001-01

December 13 / 1 session / Wednesday / 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Instructor: Deborah Moyer, Floral Designer

Class meets at the Mercer County Community College Horticulture Greenhouse Complex.

 

 

 


Reserve your seat now for the following classes as they fill quickly!

Introduction to Voiceovers

Have you ever wanted to be the voice everyone hears on commercials and documentaries? You CAN become a Professional Voiceover Artist! In this fun and interactive class, you will learn some of the details of the industry. Your instructor will coach you while recording your voice. Be warned; many who have taken this class have gone on to become paid professional voice actors! This class is instructed by a professional voice actor from the voice acting training company, Voices for All. Cost: $50

NCCOM-CS006-01

November 14

1 session / Tuesday / 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Instructor: Voices for All

Introduction to Beekeeping
Beekeeping is an enjoyable and fascinating hobby that allows you to harvest your own honey. Taking a dose of local honey each day has been proven to improve seasonal allergies and what better honey than the honey you harvest on your own! Learn the basics necessary to start and care for your bees. We will cover all aspects of entry level beekeeping. No prior experience or knowledge of beekeeping is required. Textbook is required and available in the college bookstore. Optional field trip strongly encouraged. Date to be discussed in class. Cost: $84

NCASC-CS008-01

September 14 - October 12

5 sessions / Thursdays / 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jeffrey Burd, EAS Master Beekeeper


CONTACT US :

Registration Desk: 609-570-3311
Register online here.

Unless otherwise noted, Continuing Studies students must be 18 years of age or older.

REFUND POLICY: 
10 or more days before the beginning of a class: 100% refund

Less than 10 days before class start date: no refund

Credit card payments will be refunded to the credit card; cash and check payments will be refunded via a check from MCCC.

 

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