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Continuing education courses starting
Photo class first for new campus
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University Center | GA 400 soon will launch its continuing education courses.

In late August, the new $7 million, 38,000-square-foot campus on Pilgrim Mill Road began classes for students enrolled in degree undergraduate and graduate programs at Gainesville State College and North Georgia College & State University.

However, the campus will also offer a range of classes for those not pursuing degrees, said Brooke Smith, a program development specialist at North Georgia.

“Now that we’re moving into Cumming, there’s just a different market down here,” Smith said. “People are really interested in the professional development training. They see a need for training and they really are vested in continuing their education.”

The Cumming campus’ first such offering will be a beginning photography class, which will start at 6 p.m. Monday.

It will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Sept. 17 and 18 and costs $129. Those interested can still enroll.

Smith said the class is one of several in a photography certificate program offered through North Georgia.

“Some [in this class] are enrolled in the certificate program and some are not,” Smith said. “It’s not an additional fee if they would like to enroll in the certificate program.”

She said the beginning class is good for anyone interested in learning more about photography.

“Basically, they’re going to gain the skills to take better pictures,” she said. “A lot of them that may start out are just doing it for a hobby, but some of them may want to move into a career choice with photography.”

Smith said the Cumming campus will also be offering a range of other continuing education classes.

“This will be the first class that we start, but we are also offering all the photography classes of course, several leadership classes, some computer classes, some language classes,” she said.

“There are also some on social media and how to build a better Web site. We’ll have our electrical and plumbing classes at Cumming, and some classes for restaurant owners.”

Smith said she’s happy to be a part of bringing a wide array of courses to the new campus.

“A lot of [people in Forsyth] may not want to go back and take credit classes, but they still want to be in class,” she said. “They still want to gain knowledge and be in that type of environment.

“I think it’s important and exciting for the community, and it’s exciting for me to be a part of it and see it grow.”