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On March 17, 2022, Whittier College announced through Instagram the offer of a “new catalog of diverse enrichment courses” for the Whittier College community entitled LUX. A wide variety of classes are now open at varying price levels, created “for individuals who want to advance in their current career, change paths, or just want to learn something new.”
LUX courses are “non-degree certificate” classes open to all students, faculty, and the general public. These sessions will foster welcoming and collaborative environments, while also helping individuals continue their education to help them in the workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that “advanced education of every kind increases an individual’s income by thousands of dollars a year. Moreover, professional skill programs increase one’s ability to make career transitions and improve marketability,” while also fostering personal growth.
LUX offers a wide range of classes taught by Whittier College faculty and working professionals outside of the community. The courses below are taught online unless stated otherwise. These courses are also taught over multiple days and sessions, unless otherwise noted. Courses that will be offered at this time are as follows:
Money, Sex, Power: Gender in America on June 11, 12, and 18, taught by Kirsten Boles for $300
Intro to Genealogy on June 4, taught by Denise Beeson for $250
Poetry Workshop: The Self and All That Mess on June 8 through June 10, taught by Douglas Manuel for $300
Adobe Illustrator One-Day Workshop on April 17, taught by Maura Murnane for $185
The following classes do not have dates listed yet but they will be around the middle of summer.
Intro to Data Science in late spring, early summer, taught by Christopher Gantz for $1,375
Data Science & Analysis Fundamentals with Python taught by Christopher Gantz for $1,450
Python for Data Science taught by Christopher Gantz for $1,500
Avid Pro Tools Certification (101) taught by Ceaser Mejia for $1,000 for Whittier College students and faculty, or $1,300 for the general public
Avid Pro Tools Certification (110) taught by Ceaser Mejia for $1,000 for Whittier College students and faculty, or $1,300 for the general public
AVID Media Composer Fundamentals I (MC 101) taught by Jim Turner for $695
AVID Media Composer Fundamentals II (MC 110)taught by Jim Turner for $895
AVID Media Composer Bundle (101 and 110) taught by Jim Turner for $1250
AVID Media Composer Professional Editing I (MC 201) taught by Jim Turner for $750
AVID Media Composer Professional Editing II (MC 210) taught by Jim Turner for $995
AVID Media Composer Bundle (201 and 210) taught by Jim Turner for $1,450
One of the courses, entitled “Poetry Workshop: The Self and All That Mess,” is taught by Teaching Fellow Douglas Manuel II. This workshop will give “the opportunity to write about and study that with which many of us are the most obsessed: ourselves! We will explore the many forms and styles of the self-portrait in an attempt [to] gain a deeper understanding of ourselves.” Some highlights include getting more comfortable about yourself, gaining new strategies for writing about yourself, and finishing the class with new material. In regards to the creation of this course, Professor Manuel states that he has “taught this workshop before at Beyond Baroque, a literary arts center in LA. As a working poet and educator, [he] always have two to three poetry workshop/lesson ideas swirling around in my head. Really, [he] think [he] developed the barebones of this lesson when [he] was still teaching in Red Hen’s ([his] publisher and press) Writing in the Schools program (a community outreach program that sends published poets to high schools around LA to teach creative writing classes) years ago. The students always wanted to write about themselves, so [he] found a whole bunch of sample poems that did just that. Evie Shockley’s “canvas and mirror” was one of the first examples [he] used, and eventually [he] had enough examples and lessons that [he] decided to turn the idea into a whole workshop.” Manuel talks about how he was asked by the creators of LUX brand to teach this class, and hopes that that students taking this class will “find their creative voice, feel empowered, and to help them develop new and fresh ways to write about the self. Mostly, I want the writers to feel comfortable and to generate a lot of new material for drafts.” Manuel also speaks on working with the LUX Class brand, stating that “Working with the LUX brand class brand has been great. In my mind, this workshop is not different from other poetry workshops I’ve taught before at places like Beyond Baroque, PEN, LiTFUSE, LitFest Pasadena, or Desert Nights, Rising Stars. Pretty much all these 1–3-day workshops work about the same. I’ve also done similar fast paced workshops at Pomona College, Woodbury University, Arizona State University, Butler University, and Spalding University.” Overall, Professor Douglas Manuel is very excited to work with LUX and be able to teach the poetry workshop. “I’m most excited about meeting the workshop participants. I love to get to know people, learn their stories, and help them express themselves. This workshop always yields such powerful work. I just can’t wait to see what the participants come up with!”, concluded the professor.
Also on the website is a blog where the benefits of these classes are discussed. For instance, a post entitled “Data Science is Essential to All Businesses” by @luxwc talks about how the shift of the Internet has caused a need to learn about data science. The post explains that this particular need is “why LUX has created a data science series taught by Christopher Gantz, a professional programmer and data scientist who is intimately familiar with data tools. His deep knowledge on the topic is the result of years of experience working with pioneering internet companies.” This particular post also breaks down the class “Intro to Data Science” and what is needed in order to take the course. You can also leave replies on said blog posts.
As previously stated, professionals outside of the Whittier College community can teach a LUX course. An application is available on the website with pre-set courses, meaning applicants cannot propose a class, but can sign up to teach classes offered on the website. “LUX Whittier College is looking for qualified instructors who have a passion for teaching engaging courses and connecting with learners of all ages,” according to the website, “Instructors enjoy the full support of LUX Whittier College and receive an appropriate fee for teaching.” Below this is a form that asks for a bit of personal information including qualifications, along with a short description of each that is available to instruct.
In the Instagram post announcing LUX classes, President Linda Oubré stated: “learners of all levels can enroll in LUX’s short-term courses to advance their professional skills or simply feed their curiosity. . . . LUX represents Whittier College’s continued commitment to meeting learners where they are. Now, more than ever, we’re able to fulfill that commitment thanks to innovation and technology that makes learning accessible anytime, anywhere, and for everyone.”
Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, and anyone can receive updates via their Instagram, @lux_whittier_college.
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