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Placer School for Adults distributes new course catalog

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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The new Placer School for Adults course catalog is like a little, purple one-stop shop for those pursuing personal and professional development. Interested in earning your GED or high school diploma? See pages 6 and 7. Want to learn more about social networking on the Web? Read all about “LinkedIn, Blogging, Facebook, Myspace and Twitter: Business and Social Networking Media Sites” on page 15. The Placer School for Adults offers a little bit of something for everyone, from welding to watercolors, and registration for the spring semester opens Jan. 19. “If we can help them achieve what they want to achieve as quickly as possible, we are fulfilling our mission,” said Judy McCoy, Placer School for Adults principal. Students can register in person at the Placer School for Adults, 390 Finley St., as well as by fax, mail or online at placeronline.org, As an incentive for early sign-ups, the Placer School for Adults drops $5 off classes priced $30-$89 and $10 off classes $90 or above. All you have to do is sign up by Jan. 29. Arij Mousa, computer program director and instructor, is excited about the new Applied Technology Business Training – Adobe Creative Suite 4, a series of classes that will allow students to focus on Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and Dreamweaver programs. “I would like to encourage anyone who’s interested in advancing their career in Web design and graphic design to take any of these classes. It could be a great starting point,” Mousa said. “All the classes are taught by professionals who are currently working in the business field.” New Community Education offerings include a draw-to-paint class, “Beginning Hand Sewing and Mending,” “Jewelry from the Toolbox” and “Zumba Gold.” Cathy Bianchi, owner of Cathy’s Cakes & Catering, has been teaching cooking classes through the Placer School for Adults on and off for eight years. This time around she’s teaching two new classes, “Chocolate Cake 12 Ways” and “Win at the Fair.” “Most people think of a chocolate cake with just icing on it,” Bianchi said. “You can do a truffle filling, raspberry, cookies and cream… The idea is taking one basic recipe and making little changes. It’s doing little things and a lot of people will say, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’” Bianchi has experience judging baked goods at the Nevada County, California State and Gold Country fairs. She said “Win at the Fair” would provide tips for those venturing into the world of food competition. “What we’re trying to do is help people understand what the judges are looking for when they’re tasting your foods,” Bianchi said. Call the Placer School for Adults at (530) 885-8585 for more information. View the entire catalog at placeronline.org. __________ Chevys in Auburn is hosting two fundraisers on behalf of the Placer School for Adults Technology Program. Bring in a coupon between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 27 and 25 percent of all food proceeds go to the Placer School for Adults to help defray the cost of new software and equipment. Find the coupon on page 11 and page 36 of the Placer School for Adults catalog. Call (530) 885-8585 for information.