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Hydroponics: Growing Plants Without Soil

Timothy Macaluso, environmental science instructor

Keep your hands clean! Hydroponics is easier than you think and can be enjoyed, year round, in your own home. Join us to examine different hydroponic systems and their functions. System set-up, nutrients and lighting will be covered. Learn how to construct your own simple system using basic tools we provide to start your own hydroponic garden. 3 SESSIONS

Sec 1: Thurs, Feb 20-Mar 5, 6:30-8:30 pm
Sec 2: Sat, Feb 22-Mar 7, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XPRAG 130

Ghost Hunting Workshop And Mini Investigation

Gregory Caggiano, historian, instructor

Explore the possibility that the Brookdale campus is actually haunted! The land has had many different uses over the centuries, including a famous race horse farm and even has a connection to the legendary pirate Captain Kidd. Do some previous residents still remain? Past paranormal investigations of Brookdale have rendered interesting results. Join us for a brief ghost hunting presentation and workshop, review of past evidence captured on campus, and then take part in our own mini investigation using gadgets such as the SB-7 radio, K-2, and EMF meters.

Thurs, Mar 5, 6-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $39, XHUMN 297

Fine Wines Of The World

David Glaubinger, instructor

Taste and discuss today’s most popular red and white wines from Europe, USA, South America and Australia/New Zealand. Learn about the origins, history and diverse styles of fine wine. Decipher labels, find the best values in the market and score wines on a professional tasting scorecard. Take home information on serving, storage, preservation and food pairings. Cheese and bread or crackers will be served. 3 SESSIONS

Thurs, Mar 26-Apr 9, 7-9 pm
Fee and Code: $79, XGENG 053

iPhone Tips And Tricks

Stephen Fowler, instructor

Are you getting the most out of your iPhone or iPad? Take advantage of the amazing technology in your pocket and learn how to take the best photos, task Siri to set your alarm, organize your apps and folders, send an email, backup your iPhone to iCloud, and more! 3 SESSIONS

Tues, Apr 28-May 12, 5-6:30 pm
Fee and Code: $65, XPERS 288

Demystifying The New High-Tech

Saul Einbinder, technology strategist, instructor

Impress your friends, and yourself, by becoming versed in high tech news. Explore the current events around 5G cell phones, self-driving cars, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality. Learn what these technologies are, understand how they work, where they are today, and where they may lead. 2 SESSIONS

Saul Einbinder has held senior technology, marketing and business positions at Bell Laboratories, Lucent, Evident Software, uReach Technologies and Spirent Communications. He has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Communications Week, Forbes, Marketplace on NPR and CBS radio. He holds four patents.

Thurs, Apr 30-May 7, 10 am-noon
Fee & Code: $45. XPERS 301


Ming Chen, Mike Zapcic, Julia Zapcic, co-founders, producers, podcasters, A Shared Universe Podcast Studio, instructors

Learn about the podcasting craze with professional podcasters in this fun class. Begin with the history of podcasting, then explore the current explosion in the field. Finally, try podcasting for yourself with a hands-on experience. Everybody gets to leave with a podcast of their own adventure!

Sec 1: Wed, Mar 11, 6-9 pm
Sec 2: Sat, Mar 28, 10 am-1 pm
Fee and Code: $49, XPERS 290

Podcasting II: Tech Basics And Marketing Strategies Every Podcaster Should Know

Ming Chen, Mike Zapcic, Julia Zapcic, co-founders, producers, podcasters, A Shared Universe Podcast Studios, instructors

So you’re a podcaster! Or maybe an aspiring podcaster, interested in learning more and diving deeper into the tech side of podcasting. Join professional podcasters in an interactive class covering the basics and more. We’ll discuss options for equipment, different set-ups for home or studio recording and how to pack your rig for podcasting on the road. And ideas for marketing your podcast. Leave with knowledge of tools you can use to build and engage your audience as well as an understanding of how to cultivate a following to support your podcast, whether through friendly engagement or by attracting sponsors and ad revenue.

Sec 1: Wed, Mar 25, 6-9 pm
Sec: 2: Sat, May 9, 9 am-1 pm
Fee and Code: $49, XPERS 298

Pet Therapy Training And Certification

Kelly M. Keeney, Owner, Compassionate Canines Training

Therapy dogs and their handlers provide comfort and companionship to those in need. Our certified trainer uses hands-on positive reinforcement techniques to guide you and your dog toward certification as a pet therapy team. Teams must pass evaluation on the last day of class in order to be certified. Once certified, you may enroll with Caregiver Canines, a non-profit agency providing in-home therapy visits to the elderly as well as any facility that allows pet therapy visitations. Note: Dogs must be at least one year old, current on all vaccines, and have a basis in obedience of Sit, Down, Stay, Come, and Loose Leash Walking. Proof of vaccinations is required in advance. If you have questions about your dog or the program, please contact Compassionate Canine Training at 5 SESSIONS

Sat, Apr 4-May 2, 9-10:30 am
Fee and Code: $299, XPERS 293
Plus $20 evaluation fee, payable to instructor, and $50 annual registration fee to The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. after certification. Tuition does not include these fees.

Selling On E-Bay, FB Marketplace For Fun And Profit

What to do with the treasures in your attic and beyond? Find out how to get started making money by selling on E-bay, Facebook Marketplace, Craig’s list and Etsy. Instructor David Carlon, is an experienced E-bay Power Seller. Join this class for beginner to intermediate E-bay users. Learn, step by step, how to make money the fun and easy way.

Sec 1: Sat, Mar 14, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Sec 2: Sat, Apr 18, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $55, XPRAG 094

Advanced E-Bay; The Changing Face Of Retail

Increase your selling margins and find the right items to sell on E-Bay and Facebook Marketplace. Learn the secrets of increased internet traffic, better product descriptions, better packaging and shipping options and better photography to improve product appeal. Class will be taught by David Carlon a seasoned E-Bay power seller. Recommend bringing smart phone or iPad to class.

Sat, Apr 4, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $55, XPRAG 122

From Treetop To Tabletop – Essential Woodworking

Bruce M. Hogan,The Wood Joint, LLC

Ready to explore the artistry and craft of woodworking? It’s time to get started, no more excuses! Monmouth County’s School of Woodworking, The Wood Joint, has the perfect class for you. Expert craftsman Bruce Hogan and his trusted apprentice, Melanie Viani, will take you through a hands-on introduction to woodworking. You will learn basics of milling, characteristics of wood, use of machinery and safety. You’ll put that knowledge into action by creating your own cheese serving board. Class
meets at The Wood Joint a state of the art workshop (3300 Shafto Rd Unit C, Tinton Falls). All supplies are included. 4 SESSIONS

Tues, Feb 4-25, 12:30-2:30 pm
Fee and Code: $229, XPRAG 125

Gemology – Part II

Hillary Spector, GIA, GG (graduate gemologist, Gemological Institute of America)

Designed for students with some prior knowledge, or who took Gemology 101 (not a prerequisite), and for those interested in a gemology update.

Day 1: Diamond alternatives including moissanite, cz, lab grown diamond and white zircon. This class discusses the formation, history, identification, value, and market for these 5 gemstones.
Day 2: Pearl update including pearl farming videos and hands on pearl grading lab.
Day 3: Identifying colored gems using lab equipment.

Hillary Spector has more than 25 years of experience in the gemological industry. A graduate gemologist (GG), she is a former instructor at The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the world’s largest and most respected institute of gemological research and learning. She is presently the instructional specialist for for Jewelry Television via webinars and on-site presentations.

Mon, Mar 16-30, 6-9 pm
Freehold Branch Campus
Fee and Code: $165, XPERS 300

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