Community Education & Programs
Community Education offers free noncredit courses in Basic Skills, Citizenship, English as a Second Language, Family and Consumer Sciences,
Health and Safety, Parenting, courses for Older Adults, courses for Adults with Disabilities,
Short-Term Vocational, and Workforce Preparation. The noncredit program provides
adults the opportunity to learn English, earn a vocational certificate, prepare for
the GED or citizenship tests, upgrade job skills, strengthen basic skills, or transfer
Featured Community Ed Courses
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Preparation for Citizenship
Students learn about the Constitution, government, history, and geography of the United
States in preparation for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
required oral interview and exam. The class also familiarizes students with requirements
and exclusions for citizenship.
Digital Photography Level 3
The intermediate to advanced course will build upon the digital photography fundamentals
learned in Digital Photography Levels 1 and 2. Topics covered include exposure control,
photographing in manual exposure mode, controlling depth of field, and capturing blurred
motion with the use of light blocking filters, and an overview of camera lenses. Compositional
elements of design will be reinforced by examining the use of leading lines, balance,
the rules of thirds, framing, and selective focus. The subtleties of light will be
explored and photographic lighting techniques.
Beginning Floral Design
Develop a designer's eye for floral artistry and learn to create attractive floral
arrangements. Learn about design concepts such as color, line, texture, and shape.
Also, learn plant identification, care, and seasonal availability of various flowers
and greens. Students create arrangements to take home weekly.
Stress is not bad for you, your reaction to it is! This course teaches you to be less
susceptible to the negative physical and emotional reactions to life's stresses. Discover
how to use stress to your advantage. Learn effective coping skills, communication
skills, and relaxation exercises.
Featured Fee-Based Courses
Become a CA Notary Public
This class provides new or previously commissioned Notary Publics with the education
and skills to pass the state proctored examination, detect fraud, and be successful
in a new career. There is a growing need for notaries in the expanding financial,
real estate, business, and law professions. Become a valuable employee or own your
own business. For new applicants and notaries who need to renew their commissions,
this class meets the 6-hour class requirement mandated by law in 2005. Bring a driver's
license or photo I.D. card and #2 pencils. Materials fee of $49 for the study guide
and workbook payable to the instructor in class. Exam fee of $40 payable to the CA
Secretary of State. Enrollment fee $65
Auto Wholesale Dealer
Supplement your income or change career directions! Learn how to obtain your DMV auto
dealer license and operate your business from home. This class prepares you to pass
the DMV 40 question exam and to complete the necessary forms to apply for a dealer
license. Students also receive information on the 300+ dealer-only auctions in the
USA. Learn 6 retail and wholesale techniques to purchase below wholesale and sell
for retail prices. Your license allows you to do business in every state and to export
to other countries, so when you travel there is a business opportunity in every destination.
Intro Chinese Language/Culture
Learn to speak, read, and write Chinese at a basic level. This course focuses on the
Mandarin Chinese Pinyin Romanization (writing) system using simplified Chinese characters.
Aspects of the Chinese culture are also incorporated in this entry-level class. The
course is taught by a native Mandarin Chinese instructor who graduated from Beijing
Put basic beekeeping skills into practice and learn the particular "beehavior" of
bees in their own environment. Become comfortable in setting up and operating a bee
hive. This course will put theory and basic knowledge into practice, and facilitate
establishing your own hive(s). Students will learn to recognize what a bee does instinctively
and how to work the hive in a way that minimizes stress and maximizes efficiency.
The course is structured as part classroom lecture, part hands-on experience.
For more information on noncredit courses or programs call 805-922-6966 ext. 3209.
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The S building (in the Santa Maria campus) will be closed on Thursday, March 21st,
2019, between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., so that CSEA staff may attend the CSEW BBQ
event. The building will reopen for registration and cashiering services at 2:00 p.m.
register for noncredit classes!
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building S on the Santa Maria campus.
Location & Hours
Santa Maria Campus Bldg S
1-805-922-6966 ext. 3209
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Receive support in adult basic education, noncredit English as a Second Language,
citizenship, and short-term vocational skills classes.
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Community Education offers noncredit certificates to prepare students for employment
or to be successful in college-level credit courses.
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