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Photography Beyond the Auto Settings
Creative Portraiture With Wireless Off-Camera Strobes
High Dynamic Range Photography with Photomatix
Getting Paid to Talk, Making Money with Your Voice
Beginning American Sign Language Level I
Sign Language for Adults
HUN-JUDO and Self-Defense
Beginning Golf for Adults
Beginning Golf for Youth
Cardio Tennis
Summer Dance Camp 2014
Mommy & Me Dance
Beginner Workshop
Intermediate Workshop
Belly Dancing for Beginners
Venango Chorus
Beginner Guitar Workshop
Beginner Ukulele Lessons
CASA of Venango County, Inc.
Paraprofessional Highly Qualified Teacher's aid training
Sales Certificate Program
Right between the Eyes
On Your Terms


 Photography Beyond the Auto Settings with Mike Henderson
“Making Beautiful Photos By Choice, Not By Chance”
Week 1
Course Overview
What Types of Photos Inspire Us?
Charting a course to your own photographic identity
Different Types of Cameras
Film vs. Digital 
Basic Functions of a Camera
- Lens
- Shutter
- Aperture

Week 2
Photoshop Elements: The Basics

The Photoshop Workspace

- Sharpening
- Straightening
- Levels/Curves/Contrast Adjustment
- Selection Tools
- Using the Clone/Heal Tool
- Text
- Cropping
- Setting
- Foreground/Background Colors
- Resizing
- File Saving  

 Week 3
Photoshop Elements: Beyond the Basics
- Layers: Compositing and Layer Masks
- RAW Editing
- Batch Processing

Week 4
General Rules of Composition
- Rule of Thirds
- Effective Cropping
Lenses/Focal Lengths
- Field of View
- Compression
- Wide Angle Distortion
Depth of Field

Week 5
- Direction and Quality of Light
- Exposure
- Proper Metering
- White Balance
- Shutter Speed
- Aperture
- Exposure Bracketing
- Effective use of flash
- High Dynamic Range

Week 6
High Dynamic Range Photography with Photomatix

Week 7
Final Review – Critique/Judging Session
Tuesdays, March 25 – May 6
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.                        $175
Instructor: Mike Henderson

Creative Portraiture With Wireless Off-Camera Strobes:
This 6-hour, one-day workshop will take the mystery out of working with the new off-camera flash units. This exciting new technology gives the photographer the freedom to not
only get the flash off the camera, but to let the camera communicate directly
with multiple flashes wirelessly, providing a level of creativity and
portability never before available to the portrait photographer. All brands of
cameras are welcome, however the hands-on demonstrations will use Canon digital
SLRs with Canon Speedlites. This is a “must-attend” workshop for anyone who has
considered trying this style of photography!

Saturday, April 5
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.                        $50
Instructor: Mike Henderson

High Dynamic Range Photography with Photomatix:
One of the hottest trends currently in creative photography is HDR, or High Dynamic Range
photography. Attend this six-hour workshop and learn how to produce your own
stunning images with almost any digital camera. The workshop will include
outdoor location shooting, followed up by hands-on computer work using the
latest Photomatix HDR software. Students will learn the entire process, from
proper capture techniques to tonemapping and exposure fusion, including some of
the pitfalls to avoid that create less-than-acceptable results.

Saturday, April 26
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.                        $50
Instructor: Mike Henderson

Getting Paid to Talk, Making
Money with Your Voice -
Introduction to professional voice acting 
Have you ever been told that you have a great voice?

This exciting class will explore numerous aspects of voice over work for television,
film, radio, audio books, documentaries and the internet in your area. We will
cover all the basics, including how to prepare the all - important demo, how to
be successful and earn great income in this exciting field. Students will have
the opportunity to ask questions and to hear examples of demos recorded by
professional voice actors. Class participants will even have a chance to record
a commercial script under the direction of our producer!

This class is informative, lots of fun, and a great first step for anyone interested
in voice acting professionally. We have created a new web-accessible page with
detailed information specifically about our Getting Paid To Talk class.  This page detailed information about class content, answers to common questions, and general information about the voice acting field.

Thursday, March 13
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.                   $35

Beginning American Sign Language Level I
American Sign Language provides language training and cultural enrichment for people who
wish to learn American Sign Language and the uniqueness of deaf culture. The
program will not prepare students to become interpreters but is designed to
introduce students to the language and culture. Due to the unique visual nature
of American Sign Language (ASL), all lessons are presented without the use of
voice. This program is particularly useful for parents of deaf children and
students pursuing careers such as allied health, nursing or early childhood
education and teaching, where clients may be deaf. You will need to purchase
the book, Signing Naturally Student Workbook with 2 DVDs (ISBN 978-
1-58121-210-5) prior to the class starting. The book is available at
and Dawn Sign Press or other online retailers, for approximately $65.

Tuesdays, February 4 – April 15
No class March 18
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.      $140
Instructor: Bonnie Venturella

Sign Language for Adults
Sign Language for Adults will teach you to understand and master American Sign Language. You will learn the principles of the language, sign art, how to create signs, understand deaf
culture and to communicate fluently with hearing-challenged individuals.

February 3 – April 7
No class on March 17
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.                 $89
Instructor: Patricia Mong

HUN-JUDO and Self-Defense sport program on CUP campus
finishing 50th year since its founding in FALL OF 1963 and is led by the same
coach, Andor Paposi-Jobb, Sensei, USA Masters and World Masters Champion.
Instructor: Andor Paposi-Jobb, Sensei
8th degree black belt in JUDO
9th degree black belt in JIU-JITSU

Relations Coordinator
Barry McGinnis
Adult JUDO (ages 14 – 100)

Learn basic self-defense for law-abiding citizens and sport judo for fitness,
competition and self-esteem.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
January 28 - May 8
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.               $110

**Classes held in the wrestling room in Tippin Gymnasium (second floor) at Clarion Campus
(50 percent for second immediate family member)

Kids JUDO (ages 6 – 13)
Learn basic self-defense and sport judo for fitness, competition and self-esteem.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
January 30 – April 29   
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.               $90
**Classes held in the wrestling room in Tippin Gymnasium (second floor) at Clarion Campus
No classes March 17-21
(50 percent for second immediate family member)

Beginning Golf for Adults
Golf Clubs Available if you don’t have your own.
May 12 – May 16
6 p.m. - 7:30p.m.         $65

Beginning Golf for Youth
Ages 10 To 18.  Golf Clubs Available if you don’t have your own.
June 9 – June 13
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.      $65
Instructor: Norbert A. Baschnagel
Clarion University; Retired Full Professor 2013
Health and Physical Education Department
**Classes will take place at the CUP Stadium

Cardio Tennis
Cardio Tennis is a new, fun, group activity featuring drills to give players of all
abilities an ultimate, high-energy workout. Cardio Tennis includes a warm-up,
cardio workout, and cool down phases. If you want to find a healthy, new way to
get in shape and to burn calories, you ought to try Cardio Tennis

Cardio Tennis is not about making you a great player. First and foremost, Cardio
Tennis is a great workout. You run, you hit balls, you jump, you recover, and
you have fun.
Mondays, April 7 – 28                        Students: $10
11 a.m. - Noon                                    Non-Students: $30
Rec center court 2
Instructor:  Lori Sabatose, certified tennis professional

Summer Dance Camp 2014
Tuesday – Thursday
June 10, 11 and 12
Featuring 3 Main Workshops:

Mommy & Me Dance (Children Ages 3-6)
9-10:30 a.m.               $40 for 2 ($3 per additional person)

This class introduces you and your little one to both movement and rhythm in a fun,
nurturing environment. Enjoy a special time of ballet, bonding and exploration.

Beginner Workshop (No Experience Necessary - Ages 7-12)
11 a.m.-2 p.m. $60

If you have always dreamed of dancing, been dancing for a few years or want a fun
and exciting way to get active and meet new people, this workshop is the
perfect place to take that first step! We put great effort into providing the
right curriculum and atmosphere at the Venango College for the beginner dancer!
We know this exceptional program will ignite your passion for dance. Curriculum
includes ballet, tap, jazz, hop-hop, jumps, tricks & turns.

Intermediate Workshop (2+ Years of Experience - Ages 12 & up)
2-5 p.m.                      $60

This workshop delivers the finest all-around dance experience for a young dancer by
offering a wide variety of styles and experience while providing challenging
choreography and performance seminars. Real world training and advice from the
professionals! Curriculum includes ballet, tap, jazz, hop-hop, jumps, tricks,
turns, lyrical & contemporary.

2 Additional Sessions:

Adult Session (No Experience or Pre-registration Necessary)
Tuesday 5:15-6:16 p.m. Only!            $3
Professional Track Session Add-On
Thursday 5:15-6:15 p.m. Only!           No Additional Fee

To be considered for this program students must be register for the Intermediate
Workshop. This additional session is by invitation only and students who are
interested will be selected at the evaluation. Evaluation will happen on
Wednesday at 5:10 p.m.

Registration Information:
All registrations due by May 23rd.
Advance Registration: $5 off per person by March 31st
Group Registration: $10 off per person for groups of 5 or more.

Belly Dancing for Beginners
Belly Dance for Beginners will not only teach you the basic movements of an ancient
art form of dance, it will also work your core muscles to help improve posture,
flexibility and full-body self-awareness. 
Warm-up and cool-down stretches prepare and relax the muscles for these
lessons.  This 10 week session will also include
introduction to not only the movements and history of the dance as well as
choreography and an introduction to zills and veil. 

Mondays, February 3 – April 28
No Class on March 17
6 p.m. - 7:30 pm                      $75
Instructor:  Laurie Novotny

Venango Chorus
If you love to sing, this class is for you. This large vocal ensemble offers you a
rich musical experience. The class meets at Good Hope Lutheran Church at 800
Moran Street, Oil City, Pa. Good Hope offers scholarships covering 50 percent
of the tuition. Applications are available in the office of Venango Campus
Continuing Education.

A concert will be held on Sunday, April 27.
Mondays, February 10 – April 21
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.              $50
Instructor: Beth Orris

Beginner Guitar Workshop
Want to learn to play guitar? This workshop is for you. Everyone welcome, ages 8 and
up. This workshop will teach you how to play the guitar. You will learn to play
major and minor chords, different strum patterns, and how to properly tune the
guitar. You will also learn to play a few songs. No prior musical experience
necessary! Just bring your guitar, a notebook, and a pencil. For more
information, visit

Tuesdays, February 11 – March. 4
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.                      $50
Instructor: Sean Carey
Sean Carey holds a Master’s degree in music and has performed in over two dozen
ensembles over the past decade, with genres including rock, folk, pop, blues,
Irish traditional, and contemporary church music. Mr. Carey teaches both
acoustic and electric styles.

Beginner Ukulele Lessons
Want to learn to play Ukulele? This workshop is for you. Everyone is welcome from ages
10 and up. This workshop will teach beginners how to play the ukulele. Students
will learn to play basic chords, various strum patterns, tuning and care. No
prior music experience necessary. Just bring a notebook and a pencil, and your
ukulele if you have one. If you don’t have a ukulele, the instructor can provide
ukuleles to use on a first come/first serve basis. This workshop is designed
for the soprano, concert, and tenor ukulele.

Saturdays, April 5 and 12
10:00 a.m. - Noon                   $40
Instructor: Holly L. Gibbons –
(National Transit Studio Artist)

Holly Gibbons has taken music lessons for 10+ years, she sings and plays Ukulele in a
local Folk Band (Front Porch Folk). Most of the music taught in this course
will be traditional folk songs you will know and love.

CASA of Venango County, Inc.

Court Appointed Special Advocate
Volunteer Training
Have you ever wanted to take a STAND against child abuse and neglect but didn’t know

CASA of Venango County, Inc. is a 501 © 3 non-profit organization, which, through
trained volunteers, advocate for abused and neglected children whom are
dependent through court, to ensure the best interest of the child is being met.
Upon completion of this continuing education class students will be sworn in as
Officers of the Court and will be required to serve 18months of volunteerism as
a CASA volunteer.

Our mission
“To ensure that every child has a safe, supportive and permanent home through
community education by providing court-appointed volunteers to advocate for the
best interest of abused and neglected children within the court system”.

Requirements of applicants:
- Must submit Volunteer application prior to first class
- Applications can be found at CASA
- Applications can be mailed provided your information
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Must pass Criminal and Child abuse clearances

Required Text:
CASA Training Manual (will be provided FREE)
CASA Handbook (will be provided FREE)

Tuesdays, February 25; March 04, 11,
25; April 01, 8,15,22, 29; May 06
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.             Cost: FREE

**Thirty hour CASA training can be applied to pre-approved internships for various
Instructor: Cinnamon Evans, Director           
Instructor: Heather Faunce, Coordinator

Office number: 814-670-0550 Ext 2  Office number: 814-670-0550 Ext 1
Cell Number: 814-657-6126                           Cell Number: 814-673-1619

Office: 206 Seneca Street Oil City, PA 16301 Suite 35
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and by appointment
**Thirty hour CASA training can be applied to pre-approved internships for various majors**

Paraprofessional Highly Qualified Teacher's aid training
Considering a career as a teacher aide or are you already a teacher aide?
Venango College of clarion university has the training for you. Become a highly
qualified paraprofessional in accordance with No Child Left Behind. Allows you
to work as a teacher aide in school districts, and other institutions which
accept the program
- Quality program presented for the past five years
- Excellent presenters who are practicing professors, teachers, administrators, and supervisors
- Four days of workshops followed by one day of assessment (based on information from
- Relevant topics include: Roles & Responsibilities, Mathematics, Child Development,
Writing Skills, Special Education (full day workshop), Reading Skills, and
Behavior Management

Monday, June 16 – Friday, June 20
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.              $280

Acquire a basic understanding of how to establish a chain of title, locate liens and
mortgages and other issues related to title searches in Pennsylvania through
hands-on experience.

- The Courthouse offices necessary to perform your search
- Which books and records to examine
- How to record the information you find
- Terminology needed to understand your findings

Required text:
The Abstractor's Bible: A Complete System for Searching a Real Estate Title and
Analyzing Court House Real Estate Records. (Available from Amazon)

Monday, May 5 – Venango College
Wednesday, May 7– Forest Count Courthouse
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.                   $89
Instructor: Alyce M. Busch

Upon successful completion of this 20-credit/15 weekend program, students will be
able to take the Pennsylvania State Auctioneer's License Exam and upon passing
of this exam become a Pennsylvania Licensed Auctioneer.

The venue for the Auctioneering Classes is:
Dar Gate Auction House       
326 Munson Ave.
McKees Rock, PA  15136

Saturdays and Sundays           $4800
January 25 – May 11

Students will learn the techniques, methods, and principles of auctioneering that will
enable and prepare the student to organize and conduct an auction, understand
and use procurement and appraisal resources in order to be successful, and to
conduct an auction with a solid understanding of legal issues and requirements.

The 240 classroom hours will begin on August 26. Students will be taught by lecture,
discussion, and a variety of other sources. Students will be required to complete assignments, pass examinations, and pass final exams for each of the six courses. Sixty (60) hours of Practical field experience with Pennsylvania licensed auctioneers under direction of Instructor will also be required.  There will be an evaluation of competency for the Field Experience.

The Auctioneering Program consists of:

- A 20 credit program in Auctioneering
required by the State Board of Auctioneer Examiners for licensure.

The Auctioneering Program meets all educational course requirements necessary to sit for the PA State Auctioneer's License Exam. After successful completion of the Auctioneering classes and passing the State Auctioneer's License Exam, and obtaining a bond, the graduate becomes a PA State Licensed Auctioneer. The Auction Program is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the techniques, procedures and principles of communication, appraisal, management, marketing, and law necessary to conduct a successful auction sale in
Pennsylvania as well as to prepare them to sit for pass the Pennsylvania State Auctioneer Licensing Exam.

Sales Certificate Program

This program teaches students the fundamentals of the selling process. Students
understand sales terminology, establish professional behavior, learn how to
build relationships with clients, help clients envision their needs, negotiate
to meet identified needs, how to close the sale, understanding the market,
identifying competition, creating effective sales presentations and confirming
customer commitment. We will also discuss various social media tools available
to market your product or service.

Topics Include:
- Sales Fundamentals
- Your Professional Self
- Handling Clients
- The Sales Presentation
- Gaining Customer Commitment
- Studying the Market
- Developing a Winning Strategy
- Effectively Closing a Sale
- Online Marketing/Utilizing Social Media

Thursdays, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. $400
Instructor: Holly L. Gibbons,
General Manager - CS Technologies Plus

Right Between the Eyes

In English o en español, we have the antidote for the deadly PowerPoint. This specialized in-person, multi-media, interactive presentation skills training features a three-pronged approach to help an executive or representative deliver the message to one person or the masses.  Participants learn how to plan, focus and drive home their key messages, while applying lean principles to communication.  Guidelines for visuals sharpen the message for that “Showtime!” moment.  Additional skills include improving stage presence and confidence while staying within one’s personality.  Participants gain insights for handling difficult situations, and for dealing with tough questions or objections.  We’ll even coach your team on the art of the “elevator speech.” The end game:  Your audience gets your message and your meaning.  No one falls asleep! 

- Need to test your presentation before
the event?  We can help you – confidentially, one-on-one!

- Need to build a presentation?  Ditto!

Tuesdays, February 4 – March 4
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.                        $99
Instructor: Michael Hissam

Michael Hissam holds a master’s degree in mass media arts and journalism.  He has earned three international awards of excellence for corporate communication in addition to more than a dozen domestically for two Fortune 50 companies. He founded Trans-National Executive
Communications whose services include consulting and executive communication coaching.

On Your Terms  

Leaders become the face of their organizations.  Yet few leaders devote much effort beyond a quick media training session just before a news interview or preparing for the cantankerous customer.  This session takes its cue from media training, but broadens to include any audience an executive might face – including customers, investors or hostile stakeholders.  It teaches how to develop and articulate a compelling set of messages about subjects the participants themselves bring to the table.  We want participants to leave with ready-to-use messages they can deliver effectively on the job.
- Need a news release, articles or podcasts for your website or e-blasts? We can help you!- Media situational analysis?  Crisis communications?  We are ready to dive in!

Tuesdays, April 1 – April 22
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.                        $79
Instructor: Michael Hissam

Michael Hissam holds a master’s degree in mass media arts and journalism.  He has earned three international awards of excellence for corporate communication in addition to more than a dozen domestically for two Fortune 50 companies. He founded Trans-National Executive
Communications whose services include consulting and executive communication coaching.