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Posted on 06/20/13

Many New Programs Offered This Fall

Starting fall semester 2013, Rockingham Community College is offering a slew of certificates, diplomas, and degrees in five new programs:

Emergency management – Emergency management skills are considered valuable in both the private and public sectors.  Students in the program will take courses in investigative principles, emergency management operations, finance, hazardous materials, codes, standards and more. Local hiring agencies state they would strongly consider hiring and would promote someone with an emergency management degree. 

Fire protection technology – Currently, future firefighters have to drive out of the county to receive a firefighting degree.  Starting in August, 2013 that will not be the case and local fire service agencies are happy, stating they will strongly consider hiring and would promote someone with a fire protection technology degree.  A two-year degree is quickly becoming a prerequisite to many entry level fire department jobs.  Students will study hydraulics, hazardous materials, arson investigation, fire protection safety, fire suppression, law and codes.
    
Photographic technology – Graphic design, photography fundamentals, digital imaging and basic studio lighting are courses a student will take while earning a certificate in photographic technology.  For those who chose to continue their education, courses in creative problem solving, multimedia production, portraiture, travel/outdoor photography, and commercial photography are offered as well as courses designed to teach the entrepreneurial skills needed to sell their works.  Co-operative work experience is required for the photographic technology diploma and associate in applied science degree student and offered to those seeking a certificate.
    
Professional crafts: clay – Glaze testing, Raku, introduction to pottery and craft marketing are among the courses students will take while earning a certificate in professional crafts: clay.  For those interested in continuing their education, courses in kiln design/construction, decorative pottery, and functional pottery are offered as well as courses designed to teach the entrepreneurial skills needed to sell their works.  Co-operative work experience is required for the professional crafts: diploma and associate in applied science degree student and offered to those seeking a certificate.

Professional crafts: sculpture – Introduction to craft design, introduction to pottery, beginning welding for artist, introduction to metal sculpture and introduction to clay sculpture are the courses required of professional crafts: sculpture student.  For those seeking a diploma or degree, courses in hand wrought joinery, wood design, clay casting, glaze formulation, and kiln design/construction are offered as well as courses designed to teach the entrepreneurial skills needed to sell their works.   Students will be able to work in a new, soon-to-be completed sculpture studio.

A sixth new program, Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation, is also planned for fall 2013.  For more information on this program, call 342-4261.

Registration for fall semester will be held July 15-17.  Go to http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/credit-programs/admissions/ for admission and registration information.  Classes begin Aug. 19.

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