There’s something for just about everyone at community school
by Don McKee
January 05, 2014 04:38 PM | 1739 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Don McKee
Don McKee
“Are you looking for a career change? Have you considered the exciting career of a Private Investigator?”

That’s the opening of a course description in Marietta Community School’s new winter program. For a fee of $495, a student will receive training that “exceeds the academic training prerequisites mandated by the Georgia Board of Private Detectives Agencies,” says the school’s catalog-type brochure, received courtesy of USPS.

The course will be taught evenings January through March at Marietta High School, the location for all the continuing education classes. There are numerous courses at the high school as well as summer camp for ages 4 to 14 at the Marietta Sixth Grade Academy.

Maybe you want to “Dance with the Stars” and learn how to do the foxtrot and the waltz. Or there’s “Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People.” For those not quite so busy, there’s “Aviation Overview: Getting Your Pilot’s License.” After learning about the theory of flight and other factors involved in flying, the student gets a field trip and a coupon for “that first ride in an airplane.”

One course that everyone needs is “Adult CPR.” This provides training for helping someone in an emergency situation. The class will be taught by a certified Red Cross instructor. Along that line, a course that interests me — although I’m in the category of almost hopelessly busy — is “Sign Language I and II.” As the brochure says, “Think of the difference it would make if you could improve your nonverbal communication skills.”

An intriguing course is titled, “Strategic Life Alignment for Leaders.” It “provides you with proven tools that help you improve your relationships, transform a company, advance your career and achieve incredible results.” The student will “receive tools to increase your alignment which will increase your net worth, enhance your career, transform your business, renew your dreams, increase your bottom line financially, exit strategies and transition execution.” Now that sounds like a whale of a course. Are you ready for some strategic alignment?

In the “Just for Youth and Teens” category, there’s the “American Red Cross Babysitter’s Class,” something that would have been most useful back in the day when we were raising our children. This course provides instructions in “how to interview for the job, responsible decision making, safety in the house and outside, how to handle an emergency or illness, bedtime issues and much more.”

For the brainy youngsters, the “Chess Club” offers lessons in one of the greatest games ever invented for exercising mental capacities. And for the youth who like sports, there is E.A.G.L.E. Jr. Golf, a PGA-recognized introductory program. For the growing number of soccer devotees, a course in “Global Premier Soccer” is offered.

Back to the cerebral side of the classes, there is “Engineering Club: Aerospace Engineering.” In this session, students learn about the engineering design process “to design, create, test and refine a variety of flying machines.”

There’s something for just about everyone. Check it out at

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