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Las Positas College: Learn A New Skill Or Career Today!

Apply today for Fall Classes at Las Positas College!  Looking to train up for a new job or a different job? Displaced from work and want to learn a new trade? Las Positas College offers a wide variety of online programs for in-demand careers. Las Positas College is here for you. It’s no wonder that 4 out of 5 students would encourage others to attend Las Positas College. Visit LasPositasCollege.edu and Apply Today!

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Take the First Step this Fall at Las Positas College

Apply Today and see what LPC has to of er when classes begin August 19.

(Livermore, CA) – Las Positas College (LPC) is ready to help usher in the next generation of an educated workforce with degrees, certificates and transfer programs that are designed to help students and working adults further their career opportunities. 

This fall, students enrolled at LPC can take advantage of guaranteed transfer programs to four-year universities and career technical education programs, such as Fire Service Technology, engineering technology, and Early Childhood Development. 

All students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the only way to see which types of financial aid – everything from California College Promise Grant to scholarships and loans – are available. DREAMers should file a Dream Application, which provides similar financial assistance. Additionally, students may qualify for Bookstore loans, work-study programs and textbook loaner programs. 

 

About Las Positas College Las Positas College currently enrolls 8,000 students and offers curriculum for students seeking transfer to a four-year college or university, career preparation, or basic skills education. The College provides university transfer classes, retraining classes for those in need of employment or career advancement, a first-time educational opportunity for many adults, enrichment classes for those seeking a broader perspective, and career and technical training for those entering the technical and paraprofessional workforce.

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So Many Choices at Chabot College

Recently coming off of its largest graduating class in history, Chabot College is ready to help incoming students this fall find successful and meaningful careers. 

“In May, Chabot saw its largest graduating class in the college’s 58 year history,” said Dr. Susan Sperling, President. “Over 1,300 students completed associate degrees, plus over 500 certificates awarded. Once a student enrolls, it’s our job to help them reach their education goals. For some, it’s enhancing their current career choice with additional training; others are choosing to re-enter the workforce, change careers or take classes for personal enrichment. A large number of our student body are students who have just graduated high school and are taking the first, and in some cases final, step in fulfilling their dreams.” 

Part of assisting students in their pursuit of education is offering financial assistance to students who qualify. All students, regardless of immigration status, can take advantage of financial aid programs available at Chabot. DREAMers are encouraged to fill out the Dream Application, while non-DREAMers should take advantage of applying for funding through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine which programs are available to them. Programs include everything from the California College Promise Grant fee waiver to scholarships, federal work-study and other federally funded grants to help students pay their way through school. 

Securing funding will allow students to complete one of the dozens of programs or certificates available at Chabot. Students have so many programs to choose from, including Chabot’s newest nationally accredited programs include Early Childhood Development Associate in Arts Degree and Chabot’s Music Department recently became the first California community college to receive accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music. Whether seeking a transfer degree in Business Administration, an Associate of Arts in Dental Hygiene, an Associate of Science in Interior Design, a certificate of achievement in Digital Photography or a certificate of proficiency in Inspection and Pipe Welding, Chabot has the classes students need and programs students want. 

Visit www.chabotcollege.edu to see what’s in store for you at Chabot. Fall classes begin August 19. 

About Chabot College Chabot College in Hayward is a comprehensive community college in the heart of a thriving, diverse community where students of all ages and backgrounds can get a high quality education at an affordable price. The college awards associate degrees and certificates, and specializes in university transfer, workforce training, and lifelong learning opportunities. http://www.chabotcollege.edu/

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Dancing to the Tunes of Her Heart

Walk in to Ashwini Patwardhan’s dance class or watch her perform on stage and you will feel inspired to see her passion. Meet the vibrant and enthusiastic Kathak dance teacher, Ashwini Patwardhan. She has been teaching Kathak for over 18 years in the United States. Dedicated to training students of all ages, Ashwini has created a space where they can nurture their talent and explore the world of artistic expression. Ashwini talks about her journey and deep connect with Kathak.

Tell us about the philosophy behind dance as a tool for expression.  

AP: Dance is communication through music, body gestures, expressions leading to a graceful storytelling. A dancer has to make sure that she portrays everything through her body and take the audience along with her into a different world.

Learning Kathak requires a lot of hard work, perseverance and discipline. Tell us about your journey. How did you get started?

AP: My family has an artistic background and therefore I had the privilege of watching performances of some great artists in India. My formal training in dance started when I was in 7th grade. My first Guru, Smt. Amala Shekhar, used to teach in one of the most renowned dance schools of Pune. I was focused and my parents made sure that my classes were given top priority. I love being on the stage.

When I moved to America, I continued to take classes when I went to India. Dance was always with me. I did not want to let go of all the years of practice. Since I did not have a teacher, I had to make sure even though no one was watching me I kept pursuing it with practice. Right now, I take classes on Skype with my Guru, Smt. Maneesha Sathe.

What is it that moves you most as a teacher?

AP: The interest and passion that my students show in learning Kathak, pushes me to work harder as their teacher. Students here do not have the same references that I had as a child, yet they have the hunger to learn. I am always thinking of ways in which I can give them something new, something more, something that will mold them as better dancers.

What is the most challenging thing about being a dance teacher?

AP: Questions that have no definite answers like, “How many years will it take for my child to become a dancer?” annoy me the most. Art is not a commodity that can be bought, gauged or measured in terms of money or time spent.

What is your message for other Kathak dancers?

AP: I feel all dancers should stay true to the art form. I find a lot of people taking shortcuts to be popular, make more money or for other reasons. Look out for good platforms to showcase talent and art. Don’t choose platforms which will make the form lose its dignity. Classical dancers are not entertainers, we are artists. Try to propagate and create a deeper understanding of this traditional dance form.

When can we see your next performance?

AP: I will be performing on 25th May in the San Francisco International Arts Festival at Cowell theatre.

To learn more about Ashwini and her dance classes, please visit http://www.ashwinigogate.com

Surabhi Kaushik is an Indian writer, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Her works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and parenting essays have been published in various websites such as yourstoryclub, halfbakedbeans, herviewfromhome and India Currents. She is closely associated with “Write Like You Mean It,” a writer’s group in the Main library, Charlotte. She also leads a monthly Fiction Writing workshop and conducts writing workshops at various libraries across Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Las Positas College: Sign Up for Fall Classes

Las Positas College currently enrolls 8,000 students and offers curriculum for students seeking transfer to a four-year college or university, career preparation, or basic skills education. The College provides university transfer classes, retraining classes for those in need of employment or career advancement, a first-time educational opportunity for many adults, enrichment classes for those seeking a broader perspective, and career and technical training for those entering the technical and paraprofessional workforce.

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