As SMC Community Education’s vibrant Winter Session gets under way today, it is also looking ahead to an even heartier Spring Semester – with more than 170 classes, workshops and tours, including several new offerings. Registration for both sessions is now open, and spring classes begin Feb. 14.

With a stunning array of classes for both personal and professional development, SMC Community Ed is proving itself to be an ever-growing important part of the region’s commitment to lifelong learning.

Community Ed will be holding an Open House on Jan. 21 that will give attendees a chance to meet instructors and staff, receive 15 percent discounts on spring classes, and more.

“We’re excited to be offering such an eclectic mix of classes, workshops and travel tours that guide our students to creative expression, healthy minds and bodies, new careers, language skills and much more,” said Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of Community & Contract Education.

New classes this spring include Beginning German, Bookkeeping Essentials and Reports & Bank Reconciliation (to round out the curriculum for QuickBooks). Students who enroll in the QuickBooks series receive a certificate of completion.

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In addition, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) preparation program has added three individual workshops: TOEFL Strategy Toolbox for Success to help with Writing, Speaking and Listening.

Several new classes are being offered due to popular demand, including the new Quickbooks courses and TOEFL workshops, Meyering said.

The popular design lecture series returns in the spring and is called “From the Elegant to the Eclectic: Design Icons of the 20th Century.

Also returning this spring are the Good Times Travel Tours with four themed trips scheduled to Joshua Tree National Park, Pomona, San Diego and more.

To register, call (310) 434-3400 or go to commed.smc.edu. You can also email [email protected].