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Belmont Abbey College

Holiday concert: Carolina Pro Musica, artists-in-residence at Belmont Abbey College, will present its annual holiday concert, Christmas at St. Mary’s, at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Mary’s Chapel, 1129 E. Third St. in Charlotte.

The concert will feature music from the 18th century, readings of the season and carols for all to sing. Performers will appear in 18th century attire, and featured instruments will include recorder, flute, viol, harpsichord and voices. Bob Sweeten, Max on the “Bob and Sheri Show,” will return for a fourth season as narrator.

Tickets are $15 adults, $7.50 students and seniors. Tickets are available at www.carolinapromusica.org.

Good ranks third nationally: Belmont Abbey College basketball guard Tyshawn Good recently ranked third nationally in the first NCAA statistical report of the 2012-2013 season. Good averaged 27.0 points per game in eight games, a figure that also leads Conference Carolinas.

A senior, Good has scored 216 points in eight games, including a career-high of 40 in the Abbey’s win at North Greenville on Nov. 27.

CCC&TI

Register for spring: Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute is accepting applications for new students for spring semester. New students should submit an application online by clicking the “Apply Now” button on the left side of the www.cccti.edu homepage. Applications also can be printed and submitted at Student Services on the Hudson or Boone campuses.

Final registration is Jan. 3. Classes begin Jan. 7.

For information, call Students Services at 828-726-2200 for the Caldwell Campus and 828-297-3811 for the Watauga Campus.

Lunch and learn: The Basic Skills Division of CCC&TI will offer a free Lunch and Learn event for those interested in learning more about a new GED + Automotive Degree program. The event will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 11.

Participants will learn about earning free college credit toward an Automotive Degree while also working toward a GED or high school diploma.

Registration is required by calling 828-726-2230.

Technology skills: Students interested in learning about technology, word processing, careers in computing and online test taking skills are invited to attend a free Technology Skills for College and Career Readiness course at CCC&TI.

Two options are available. An online class begins Jan. 22. A classroom session runs 1-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday beginning Jan. 23. Both classes require a face-to-face orientation session.

For information, contact Melinda Hefner at 828-726-2245 or mhefner@cccti.edu.

Wonderful life: CCC&TI will present the Foothills Performing Arts production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

Tickets are $15 adults, $8 children. For details or to purchase tickets, call the Civic Center Box Office at 828-726-2407.

Agripreneur series: CCC&TI, the Watauga County Center, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and High Country Council of Governments will offer a series of agripreneur seminars beginning in January.

Arlene Childers, assistant director with NC REAL, will be the presenter. Sessions, which are free and open to the public, will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road in Boone, on the following dates:

Jan. 10: Exploring Agriculture Entrepreneurship Self-Assessment/Community Analysis

Jan. 17: Introduction to Business Planning, Market Feasibility, Competition, Sustainability

Jan. 24: Financial Feasibility and Breakeven Analysis

Jan. 31: Marketing Plan

Feb. 7: Business Operations

Feb. 21: Business Financials

RSVP is required by contacting Evelyn Asher at 828-263-5371 or easher@cccti.edu.

CVCC

Christmas concert: The Catawba Valley Community College Chorale and Viewmont Baptist Church Adult Choir will present “A Christmas Gloria” at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 at Viewmont Baptist Church in Hickory.

The concert of holiday pop and sacred music includes a combined choir of 80 singers, a 22-piece orchestra from the Western Piedmont Symphony, the West Iredell High School Drum Corp and a combined handbell choir.

A reception follows both concerts, which are free and open to the community. Details: Mike Kirby, 828-327-7000, ext. 4305 or mkirby@cvcc.edu.

Apply for spring: Catawba Valley Community College is accepting applications for the spring semester that begins in January.

Those interested in enrolling for the first time should attend a “Starting Points-Admissions & Financial Aid” information session to learn about admissions, placement testing, financial aid and other issues. For a complete schedule, visit www.cvcc.edu/StartingPoints/.

For information, call 828-828-327-7000, ext. 4216 or visit www.cvcc.edu.

Gaston College

Veterans Club: Gaston College is starting a new club for students who are veterans.

Club members will receive assistance with transition into college life, as well as help with education benefits, resume writing, mock interviewing and PTSD awareness.

For information, contact Darren Stewart at 704-922-6472 or stewart.darren@gaston.edu.

Spring registration: Gaston College will hold spring registration through Jan. 7. Payment deadline is Dec. 17.

Registration dates are assigned based on when the admissions process is complete.

For information, visit www.gaston.edu.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Commencement exercises: Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold Fall Commencement at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

Jennifer Heller, professor of English and the 2012 Raymond Bost Professor of the Year, will speak. A reception for graduates and their families will follow the ceremony in the Cromer Center Lobby.

Christian counseling: Lenoir-Rhyne University will offer a series of seminars on Christian counseling Dec. 10-14. Admission is free unless the course is taken for graduate credit.

Sessions will meet 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m. in the Quiet Study and Colloquium Room 127 of the Carl Rudisill Library on the main campus.

David Ludwig will present topics on internal struggles such as anxiety, depression, obsessive reactions and impulse-control disorders, as well as marriage and family relationships.

Ludwig has taught psychology at Lenoir-Rhyne for more than 30 years and worked as a family therapist for more than 40 years. He is an ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church and has written numerous books and produced videos related to family life.

To register for credit, call 828-328-7401. To register for an individual session, contact Ludwig at ludwig@lr.edu.

WPCC

Typing challenge: Western Piedmont Community College students in the Office Administration and Medical Office Administration programs recently competed in a Typing Challenge, a competition that emphasizes the importance of typing skills in the workplace.

Tina Butler won first place with 69 words per minute. Zachary Cagle took second place, and Lee Fox finished third. In most workplaces, 35 words per minute is a minimum starting point.

Registration for spring: New students planning to attend WPCC for the spring semester should apply by Dec. 10.

Students must complete an admission application, which is available at www.wpcc.edu. Printable applications also are available. To seek financial aid, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.

A complete listing of spring semester courses is available at www.wpcc.edu.

For information, call Student Services at 828-448-6052 or 828-448-6046.

Free business classes: WPCC’s Small Business Center will offer free classes this fall at the Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 S. Sterling St. in Morganton.

The schedule includes:

Business Taxes: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10

How to Find Money for Your Business: 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 12

Admission is free and classes are open to the public. Details: Eddie McGimsey, 828-448-6719, emcgimsey@wpcc.edu, www.wpcc.edu.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley

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