GARBERVILLE — College of the Redwoods’ Garberville Instructional Site is offering a variety of new educational activities as well a growing number of community partnerships that are housed at the facility.
CR President Kathy Smith noted in her April report to the College’s Board of Trustees that her February recommendation to the Trustees to suspend operations at the site caused some confusion in the Southern Humboldt community.
”The primary concern of having the Garberville Instructional site ‘open’ is the lack of available funds for staffing,” Smith said. “In an effort to provide needed educational services to the Southern Humboldt community we plan to offer some community education classes and non-credit classes in the fall.”
Smith added that due to state legislation AB 86, community colleges such as CR will be taking over adult education programs from K-12 schools beginning in 2015-16.
”We do have English as a Second Language (ESL) and General Education Development (GED) classes ready for delivery. These can be offered on the site without permanent staff for advising and financial aid,” Smith said.
Here is a list of some of the new and continuing education offerings and community partnerships at the CR Garberville Instructional Site:
* CR’s Community Education Department is offering a one-day ServSafe class on the proper safe food handling of food for commercial businesses on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information call Julia Morrison at 269-4005 or email her at julia-morrison@redwoods. edu.
The Community Education Department is working on other class offerings and welcomes instructor proposals. Contact Morrison if interested.
* The Garberville Community School is completing its first year back at the Garberville Site after at least three years in Benbow. Principal Jennifer Fairbanks, who has led the school since 2003, said it had been based at the site for six years before it fell into disrepair and CR bought and renovated it. At present, there are 17 students, grades seven through 12, attending the school. Run by the Humboldt County Office of Education, the students are those who have been referred by the Humboldt County Probation Department, have truancy issues, are homeless, are in danger of not graduating from eighth grade or high school, or have been expelled.
”I’m looking forward to more classes being offered by CR so that our students can take concurrent enrollment classes,” Fairbanks said.
* The Artful Children organization recently signed a lease at the Garberville Site to offer art and music classes, as well as to provide a space to create art. There will be two classrooms and an office for Artful Children. Chief Executive Officer Dotti Russell said the classes and space will be for people of all ages, not just children.
”Our Southern Humboldt community thrives on interesting variety, different techniques and stimulating interchange in the arts,” Russell said. “Everything starts with a seed. The Mateel Community Center along with our Artful children teachers Margriet Seinin and Cathryn Guillette offered after-school classes. From there the idea grew into the new art center at College of the Redwoods Garberville.”
Laci Coelho, Nonae Sears and Russell began meeting with Seinen and Guillette last year to create Artful Children. Russell said one of the classrooms will focus primarily on visual arts and the other room on music. She expects the office and music classes to begin operation by mid-April with the art classes starting in mid-May.
* Since the beginning of the year, CR has been leasing the theater portion of the Garberville Site to the nonprofit Redwood Community Theatre. The board is comprised of Southern Humboldt residents who are in the process of renovating and outfitting the existing theater to create a dedicated performing arts venue in the south county. Grants have been solicited to allow this endeavor to move forward as the theater begins to take shape.
For leasing or other information, or to offer your volunteer assistance, email Stephen Quiggle at email@example.com.
* CR’s Smith said that the college has been in discussions with Jerold Phelps Community Hospital CEO Harry Jasper on a technology grant.
If the proposal is successful, Smith said, CR and the hospital would be able to share the facility and technology for training and education.