Arkansas Northeastern College – General Blog

Summerfest 2015! ANC’s Community Education Page
May 12, 2015, 4:39 pm
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Hello Everyone! I’m Mary Ann Garren and I do the progamming for Community Ed here at ANC. I’m so excited about what we have to offer for the summer and I think you will be too. The best way to see all of the classes is to go online to

But I’d like to open this blog again so that you can let me know what you like and don’t like and what you’d like to see offered. Maybe you’d like to teach a class, or maybe you have a group of co-workers who’d like to take a computer maintenance class together or a Self-Defense Class. The possibilities are endless.

We’re expanding into the county as well, with a few classes in Wilson at ‘The Grange’, and in the Wilson Library too! We’re also putting a new Theatre Camp in the Leachville Melody Theatre for Teens as well as our very popular Theatre Camp here at ANC! This year they will be performing an original play “The Tremendous Treehouse”, written by Danna Darty.

Along with our popular sport camps like Girls and Boys Basketball, Tennis, and Golf, this year we have a wonderful rescource from Osceola, Sensei Ray Trammel, who has trained SWAT Teams, Navy Seals and the Detroit Police Dept. He will be doing two programs. One is a Kids Self-Defense Camp using the basic principles of Brazilian Ju-Jitsu. And he’s also offering a Cardio-Kickboxing Class for men and women starting in July. And along with his Cardio Class we will be offering Yogalates and Zumba.

If you’re into Computers, we have a Basic Computer Class as well as Computer Maintenance. You can save hundreds of dollars by learning a few tricks of the computer repair trade! And our newest class is going to be great. Tyler Isbell, a teacher at Blytheville High School, will offer Google Apps, with great ideas and applications for managing your Gmail Inbox, Website Creation, Data Collection, Surveys, Quizzes and MORE!!

We have a new Alzheimer’s Support Group starting in June for those caring for a loved one, to help manage caregiver stress and handle common behaviors. Cassandra Hill is a liscensed Gerontologist who will answer any questions you may have and you’ll have group input as well.

Another class related to information for your life is our new Diabetes Workshop which will be offered in three locations in the county. Manila, Leachville and Osceola will offer classes on managing blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. You’ll receive simple meal planning strategies for your family!

AND…ANC Tours are back! With trips planned for Nashville in July, a fabulous New York Shopping trip December 10-14, and a once in a lifetime trip to Italy in March. You can find more information in the schedule. The pricing for Italy hasn’t been finalized, but look for it soon. And check out the newspaper for my ANC Community Ed Calendar, a column that comes out a couple of times a week.

Well, I’m excited and I hope you are too! You can always call me or Brianna for more information at 870-762-3168.

I’ll post again soon! Let me know your thoughts…

Firearm Safety and Markmanship Class
January 17, 2013, 9:35 am
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Firearm Safety and Marksmanship will meet on Saturday, February 16,  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The class will meet in room B203 in the Sullins Administration Building on the Blytheville campus. Registration fee is $85. Class is limited to the first 20 students.

Learn proper gun handling to promote firearm safety while developing marksmanship. Course includes instruction on safety and operation of guns plus hands-on training at the firing range. Bring guns and ammunition to the range only. This class meets requirements for concealed handgun permit.

To register, call Lena Ellington or Lorrie Towery, Department of Community Education of Arkansas Northeastern College, (870) 762-3167 or email Promptly send a check to confirm your telephone registration.

Cougar Fitness Class
January 3, 2013, 10:14 am
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Arkansas Northeastern College Offers
Cougar Fitness Class

Cougar Fitness will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 22 to February 26, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cougar Fitness will meet in the ANC aerobics room in the Briggs/Sebaugh Wellness Center on the Blytheville campus. The fee is $38 for 10 sessions. Keith Hearnsberger is the facilitator for this course.

Cougar Fitness is an aerobic, strength, and sculpting class that is aimed toward female participants ages 40 to 75 years old. Come ready to sweat and reach your healthy lifestyle goals! It is limited to 12 participants per class, and includes 2 classes of the following schedule.

• Total Body Sculpt: Experience this challenging and dynamic whole body muscle conditioning class using dumbbells, exercise balls, & body bars as resistance tools.

• Thighs, Butts, and Guts: This variation on the Total Body Sculpting class focuses specifically on the lower body and core muscle groups.

• On the Ball: This class uses a physioball in combination with dumbbells to improve balance, strength and muscle conditioning

• Upper Body Blast: This upper body muscle conditioning class targets the back, shoulders, biceps, and triceps. If you are sick of doing the same old strength routine come to this class.

• Abs: Stop doing crunches on your own. This abs class uses various stations and/or equipment to make ab work fun again.

• CardioBlast: This class caters to those who wish to improve their fitness, quickness, and agility, through a series of short burst and body weight exercises along with dynamic stretches.
Come and join the fun!

To register, call Lena Ellington or Lorrie Towery, Department of Community Education of Arkansas Northeastern College at (870) 762-3167 or email

Girl’s Basketball Camp
June 7, 2012, 10:46 am
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The Department of Community Education of ArkansasNortheasternCollege will offer Girls Basketball Skills Camp for Junior High and Senior High students. Coach Whitney Jones will present the camp to help players at every level to improve their basketball skills.  The camp will meet Monday through Wednesday, June 25 to 27, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The class will meet in the Briggs/Sebaugh Wellness Center gym. Each camper needs to wear tennis shoes and workout gear. The fee is $30.  

Skill development and fundamentals are the most important part of a player’s development. This camp will focus on ball handling, passing, shooting, catching, and footwork on the offensive end. Defense will focus on individual skills, team concepts, rebounding and backboard drills.  Improving quickness and explosiveness will be emphasized. Coach Jones will break down and explain how, why and when to use each skill. Her goal is tor provide students with information to help them get to the next level. This camp is for the player who is serious about becoming a better player.

 Coach Jones is a former Lady Razorback, coached Amateur Athletic Union and provided individual basketball lessons. Coach Jones is currently a professional overseas basketball player inBursa,Turkey.

 To register or for more information, call Lena Guidry, Department of Community Education of Arkansas Northeastern College at (870) 762-3167 or

AATYC Using the Bridge Program
October 25, 2011, 2:18 pm
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This breakout session talked about Pulaski Technical Colllege’s Bridge Program. They give tutoring a week before the COMPASS Test in each of the three areas.  The Bridge is one week, four hours a day in either math, writing skills, or reading.  People who attend these tutoring sections can test out of one or more Developmental Classes. I will try to implement this for our students before next semester.

Deanna Allison

October 25, 2011, 11:50 am
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This year was the first time I have gone to AATYC and I would have to say that it was a wonderful experience. One of the sessions I attended was from Pulaski Technical College about Developmental Mathematics to improve rates fo student success and retention by allowing students to accelerate through their developmental requirements and to help students meet Arkansas Lottery Scholarship requirements.

I  was very pleased with these ideas and will try to implement them to our class room.

AATYC Presentation “Nuventive”
October 24, 2011, 2:24 pm
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During AATYC, I listend to a presentation by Nuventive.  This company has several products, but the product being discussed most thoroughly was TracDat.  The reason I found this interesting centers around our current HLC visit. 

From my understanding, TracDat helps from “cradle to grave” so to speak.  In other words, from the instructor’s learning objectives to the institutional mission, the system helps with a comprehensive solution for the process of institutional planning and assessment.  There were many interesting facets to this system and a great many features that would help in gathering data.   Once information is stored, the system can integrate and connect data in a great number of ways.  Additionally, by collecting information in this manner, it eliminates many meetings and avoids redundancy that often occurs when various departments or groups at the college need information.

The presentation was very interesting and well presented.  One of the biggest benefits to investigating systems of this nature would be to start using it early before our next HLC visit.  TracDat claims to be capable of “helping manage the entire assessment process across the institution or system as well as the program/department and course/activity level.”


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