RED OAK — Red Oak ISD has announced a spring lineup of 14 community education classes.

This is the second year for the district to offer classes, each of which has four sessions. 

The classes, which are taught by ROISD instructors, are open to the community-at-large.

“Last year was our first year for the program. We offered nine classes and eight of them made,” said Gay Lynn Broom, district director of public relations. “Our goal is to have a year-round program. We’re starting small, but we’ll get there.”

This year’s classes will be held from Feb. 12-March 10, with sessions on Tuesdays or Thursdays depending on the individual class.

“We’ve got several computer classes, an English language class, beginning guitar and we have a resume and interview skills class,” Broom said. “We’ve already had several people call about the resume class who have lost their jobs.”

People take the classes for a variety of reasons, she said, noting, “They take them for fun or they’re coming in to learn a skill, like our basic Excel class.”

The tuition for each class is $35. For more information or to register, call Broom at 972-617-4013 or e-mail

The classes include:


6-8 p.m. Thursdays, instructor Regina Salik

In this class you will learn the basics of quilting. A simple to intermediate project will be completed during this course. Fabric is all you need. Call or e-mail for fabric list.

Basic Excel

6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, instructor Heather Cox

This is a hands-on introduction to spreadsheets. A beginner’s course designed for persons with basic computer knowledge and that are familiar with the Windows environment. This course will enable students to create, edit and modify spreadsheets. Students will also learn how to construct complete spreadsheets that will calculate and summarize the data entered.

Basic PowerPoint

6-8 p.m. Thursdays, instructor Gerald Tackett

Folder and file management, creating and managing slides which will include design, animation, insertion of pictures, sound and video for a complete PowerPoint presentation.

Basic sign language

6-8 p.m. Thursdays, instructor Nikki Parker

Learning basic signs can help a parent communicate with a child before he or she can talk. Using basic sign language reduces frustration for both parents and children, it encourages intellectual growth and it makes learning to talk easier.

Knowing basic signs can also help a person communicate with someone deaf. In class you will learn the manual alphabet, numbers, as well as how to sign words, phrases and sentences.

New grooves with old school moves

5-7 p.m. Thursdays, instructor Evelyn Jones

Line dances, cupid shuffle, cotton-eyed joe, electric slide (four different versions), calypso, salsa and more.

Photo story

6-8 p.m. Thursdays, instructor Jane Shipp

Learn how to crop and edit photos, create special effects and make simple movies using Windows Movie Maker and Photo Story. Participants will need a 1 GB flash drive and photos. Photos should be saved to a flash drive, CD or digital camera.

Beginning guitar

6-8 p.m. Thursdays, instructor Burl Sloan

Join us for this fun beginner’s class to learn fundamentals including tuning your guitar; basic open and barre chords; strumming and picking; and time signature and counting/musical notes. If you practice, you will learn how to play an actual song in this light-hearted and low-pressure class designed for adults. Each student will need his or her own acoustic guitar (and tuner if possible). You may bring electric guitars, but know that you have to also bring an amp and you will be playing at a very low volume so we can hear the acoustic guitars. Please do not sign up if you have no guitar.

Never too late: English 101 (for Spanish speakers)

6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, instructor Mariana Ospina

Get on your way to feeling more comfortable speaking English by attending this class. You will learn pronunciation of frequent words and basic conversational English.



6-8 p.m. Thursdays, instructor Melvin Hall

This hands-on atmosphere gives individuals the opportunity to learn basic computer maintenance. Individuals will acquire the basic skills and knowledge to service and repair their own computer.

Everything e-mail

6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, instructor Jessica Card

Learn everything you wanted to know about setting up/using electronic mail (e-mail). Students will learn how to send and receive e-mails, add attachments and how to add decorative stationery. You will learn how to detect and defend against computer viruses sent through e-mails. Students establish an address box, set up contacts and put contacts into groups to make e-mailing a number of people at the same time easy.

Resume and

interview skills 101

6-8 p.m. Thursdays, instructor Sarah Watson

Don’t let a bad resume ruin your chance for a good job! Join us as we discuss how to write a resume that will get you noticed as well as tips and strategies for effective interviewing.

Unleash the

potential of your PC

6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, instructor Kevin Cox

This class is for individuals who are familiar with Windows operating system and want to utilize their computer to its fullest without spending money. Students will learn how to access free programs and Web sites allowing them to be more productive and have more fun at no cost.

Word part 1

6-8 p.m. Thursdays, instructor Debbie Gervera

This class is designed for the person with knowledge of the computer and Windows, but has limited or no word processing background. Learn the basics, such as creating a document, cutting and pasting, formatting, saving and editing and using features provided in the toolbox.


6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, instructor Lisa Ware

Yoga lengthens and strengthens the muscles and promotes a calm mind. Vinyasa or “flow” yoga joins the body and mind by linking movement to breath. Come and experience an individualized practice that nurtures body, mind and soul. This class is for beginners and advanced. Please bring yoga mat and a blanket.

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