A-B-C- Free!

by Amelia Anderson As the end of summer winds down through the blistering heat, education rears up it’s ugly head to again be addressed by our rational mind. It may be the medicine of life but I find it’s doses easier to take if it’s free!

Let’s start with reading. Immigrants hear our language as foreign. Children past suffered attention deficit disorder, or were too busy working with Dad half the night on a paper route helping to feed family, too tired to focus at school. The Tujunga Library wants to help folks catch up, so they are starting a weekly Tuesday night Reading Tutorship hour 6:30-7:30 pm at 7771 Foothill Blvd. We expect it to grow, so volunteers please call at (818) 352-4481. Bilinguals invited.

My Dad always said, “Education is the key.” For those who can read, Glendale Community College is the best kept secret in the Foothills. They not only agree with my Dad, they make education possible for all by supplying FREE classes at their second campus at 1122 E Garfield Ave at Adams St. 91205. I just brushed up skills by taking Introduction to Computers, Windows ad Outlook along with Keyboarding. FREE computer courses and labs have been supplied for 25 years, and Fall Semester starts August 28 – December 13, 2017. Drop by or call (818) 240-1000, ext 5690; register at www. glendale.edu.

Students pipelined onto the main campus have greater diverse study including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the most sought after and highest paying jobs in today’s work market The Glendale campus is currently celebrating it’s 90th Birthday, and although many students transfer to University curricula, a large number of courses like the 16 computer classes are scheduled only for a couple of months aimed simply at getting a job.

These include: Medical or Dental Front Office; Business Math and Accounting Clerk, Business Letter Writing or Communication, Veterinary Assistant or Contractor brush up skills. And did you know the Glendale Campus is considered the second most beautiful Community College Campus in the U.S?

On to our new Mission College Tujunga Campus. No, it’s not free, but classes are affordable. And available on the south side of Foothill at Commerce. You’d save time, money and gas and help grow the campus into the old KMart parking lot Fall Semester starts August 28 – December 17. Citizenship classes are available and their motto is: “Our mission is your success.”

Enroll now at: lamission.edu, then click / schedules, /counseling or /financial aid for update information. To meet with a Counselor, call (818) 364-7655 to discuss educational goals. Or go to the main campus at 11356 Eldridge Avenue in Sylmar to sign up for financial aid. You may complete the FREE application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Not a full-time student? You might enjoy Music, Art, Cinema, Child Development or Culinary Arts.

For those looking for “How to Get Free Money for College” you are invited to meet Trevor Ramos, scholarship and financial specialist, for a presentation of his book on Thursday, August 24 at 7 pm at the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse at 1010 Foothill Blvd in La Canada. Hey, maybe those computer classes will come in handy!

And don’t miss my upcoming 9/1 article – it’s a double header! An invite from Pattee to FREE mobile Medical, Dental and Eye-care services on September 9; along with a chance to meet a Tuskegee Airman FREE at Bolton Hall.

I’ll be at both events. With bells on!

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