Special Interest

For all questions, inquiries and suggestions please send an e-mail to sgriffenhagen@forsythtech.edu.

To register by phone, call 336-761-1002.


This course is a survey of astronomy. Participants taking this course will cover broadly the history of astronomy, types and uses of telescopes, astronomy measurements, the solar system, constellations, nebula and our Milky Way galaxy and other galaxies. In addition, participants will discuss Quasars, black holes and theories of the universe’s creation.

Course Code: 97906
Cost: $50
Date: September 10-October 8, TH, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: SciWorks

Bird Watching: Beginning

You will be introduced to the hobby of bird watching and taught how to identify common birds by sight, sound and habitat. Learn about birds’ natural history and habitats as well as the seasonal cycles of observed species. Students will recognize birds in their natural habitat each week by going on field trips.

NOTE: Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars. Pencil and paper are required.

Call 336-734-7722 or e-mail
for more information.


Learn how to write in style with Calligraphy. In a class designed for beginner, the Italic alphabet is a popular introduction to the art of the broad edged pen. Students will be offered a step by step approach to the basic technique, letter forms, word, line and page spacing of this beautiful and graceful calligraphic hand. The Italic alphabet lends itself to a wide variety of applications. The course can also be used as a refresher.

Course Code: 97919
Cost: $65
Date: September 21-November 9, M, 6-8pm
Location: South Fork Recreation Ctr.

Digital Photography Beginning

This course introduces students to the basics of digital photography. Learn how to set your camera for any shooting situation and become familiar with a list of terms used every day in digital photography and printing. The end result will be better pictures, a greater knowledge of digital photography and a better understanding of how to capture that magical moment forever.

NOTE: It is highly recommended that students bring their digital camera and owner’s manual to class along with a notebook and pen or pencil.

Course Code: 97920
Cost: $35
Date: August 15, S, 9am-Noon
Location: West Campus, Room 122

Course Code: 97921
Cost: $35
Date: August 22, S, 9am-Noon
Location: West Campus, Room 122

Course Code: 97927
Cost: $35
Date: October 24, S, 9am-Noon
Location: West Campus, Room 122

Course Code: 97928
Cost: $35
Date: October 31, S, 9am-Noon
Location: West Campus, Room 122

Digital Photography Intermediate

This course is a continuation of the Digital Photography Beginning class and is divided into two phases. In the first phase, learn how to start a digital picture/file archive folder system, along with the best way to get your digital files transferred from your camera to your computer prior to burning a photo CS. The second phase teaches the basics of digital manipulation. Learn to size, crop and color adjust digital images.

Prerequisite: Digital Photography Beginning

Course Code: 97930
Cost: $35
Date: August 29, S, 9am-Noon
Location: West Campus, Room 122

Course Code: 97931
Cost: $35
Date: November 7, S, 9am-Noon
Location: West Campus, Room 122

Estate Planning

It is never too late to plan for your financial security. Prepare for the unexpected, and learn how to protect your family through estate planning. Topics include estate settlement cost, life insurance in estate planning, irrevocable life insurance trust, valuation principles used in the estate planning process, estate reduction techniques/gift to family members, and trusts, the basics of charitable giving and estate planning issues stemming from the marital relationship.

Course Code: 97939
Cost: $55
Date: October 5-October 26, M, 6:30-9pm
Location: Oak Grove Center, Room 4450

Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement

This class offers students the opportunity to evaluate their retirement plan, investigate ways to have retirement income, investment, Risk Management, & Estate Planning.

Course Code: 97942
Cost: $75
Date: September 28-October 19, M, 9:30-Noon
Location: Swisher Center, Room 113

Course Code: 97943
Cost: $75
Date: September 29-October 20, T, 6:30-9pm
Location: Oak Grove Center, Room 4450

Course Code: 97945
Cost: $75
Date: November 3-November 24, T, 6:30-9pm
Location: Oak Grove Center, Room 4450

Investments: Stock Market

Learn more about stocks, IRA’s, Roth IRAs, pensions, mutual funds, ETFs, tax -exempt municipal bonds and the stock market in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Useful to individuals from beginner to advanced. Retirement planning principles are explained. Also discussed are investment strategies for tax advantages.

Course Code: 97946
Cost: $55
Date: November 9-November 30, M, 6:30-9pm
Location: Oak Grove Center, Room 4450

Social Security Benefits: Remove the Guesswork NEW!!

This class is a “must” for people planning their retirement! Using a wise claiming strategy may enhance lifetime Social Security benefits; however, the rules impacting Social Security benefits are very complicated. Factors such as age, marital status, special situations, and lifespan assumptions may have significant impact on the benefits received. This class will explore various factors that can influence the amount of Social Security benefits received and discuss some possible claiming strategies.

Course Code: 98008
Cost: $45
Date: September 8-September 15, T, 6:30-9pm
Location: Swisher Center, Room 113

Course Code: 98009
Cost: $45
Date: December 1-December 8, T, 6:30-9pm
Location: Oak Grove Center, Room 4450

Parenting Series

Parenting: iCrazy! Social Media New!

There is a communication explosion and your child is a part of it! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, Tumblr, are just a few of the avenues your child will use to communicate with friends and new acquaintances. What are the positive and negative effects of social media? How can I know my child is using social media in a safe manner? What is my role as a parent when it comes to social media? What are the warning signs that signal my child is in turmoil, and when is intervention necessary?
These are excellent questions that can be answered by a counselor with over 30 years’ experience. Only three hours to gain priceless information that will help you be a better parent. Is there anything else more important?

Call 336-734-7722 or e-mail
for more information.

Parenting: Middle School Years New!

Your child or someone you love is about to enter the middle school years. Take a deep breath, and equip yourself with the necessary tools to help you navigate these uncharted waters in our parenting class taught by a professional counselor.
Middle School can be challenging for both parents and children. Parents need to understand the physical, social and emotional changes that their child will experience during these years. Be ready for the mood swings, understand all the social media the students are using, and get a handle on guidelines and accountability. This class will discuss warning signs to look for in your child and when intervention is necessary.
Three hours of your life to give you the essential tools to understand your middle
school child. What could be more important or valuable?

Call 336-734-7722 or e-mail
for more information.

Parenting: Who’s Watching Your Child? New!

Choosing your child’s early childhood education can be a daunting task.
There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten. During that time brain architecture is forming, creating the foundation for all future learning. This learning affects the whole child, and occurs in the context of relationships, experiences and environments. Because the majority of young children spend many of these days in early child care and education programs, one of the most important decisions parents make is where their children spend this time. The purpose of this class is to give parents information and tools to help them choose a program that can help create a strong learning foundation for their child.

Course Code: 98284
Cost: $35
Date: September 29, T, 6-9pm
Location: West Campus, Room 15

Photography: DSLR I

Want to get more out of your digital camera? Are you curious to know how to use Photoshop to make good photos great? This 8-week class is for the novice all the way to the advanced shooter. Learn all the bells and whistles and menu commands on your DSLR camera and more importantly when to use them. Each class will have two phases: a technical phase where students will learn camera and shooting techniques, and a manipulation phase where students will learn how to manipulate their digital images using Photoshop CS6 Extended. Students will have their photos discussed and critiques in class. Class content will include, but will not be limited to: action/sport, still, portrait, wedding, landscape and architectural photography. After taking this class students will be able to shoot in any situation resulting in professional quality photos.

NOTE: Students should bring to class paper and pencil, DSLR camera with lenses and owner’s manual and a zip drive with at least 2 gigabytes of memory.

Prerequisite: Digital Photography Intermediate

Course Code: 97975
Cost $95
Date: September 28-November 16, M, 6-9pm
Location: Transportation Center, Room 146

Photography: DSLR 2

You’ve completed the DSLR class and you are ready to take your skill to the next level. The DSLR II is the class for you. This class is divided into two parts. One, a classroom phase held Wednesday PM and the second, a shooting phase held Saturday afternoons. During the classroom phase students will receive technical information about the DSLR cameras, receive instructions in advanced digital manipulation skills using Adobe Photoshop CS5 extended and suggested shooting set-ups for the Saturday location shooting phases. During off campus shooting assignments, students will learn how to work with many different techniques using their DSLR digital camera. From the use of different lenses , fast and slow shutter speeds, long and short depths of field as well as white balance setting, fill flash, reflected lighting techniques and when to use any of the above in order to produce a top quality digital image. Students will be given the opportunity to photograph a variety of different subjects from people and animals to architectural building details and landscape photography. Using the combination of supervised instruction, digital manipulation and shooting techniques along with your own creativity and imagination, the sky is truly the limit in your digital photography.

Prerequisite: DSLR

NOTE: All students must have a DSLR camera. In addition students should bring the following to class: lenses, a tripod and owner’s manual, paper and pencil for note
taking, a USB drive with at least 2 gigabytes of memory, a card reader for their media card and (if you have one) an external flash and sync cord.

Course Code: 97978
Cost $95
Date: September 12-October 7, W, 6-9pm, S, 9am-Noon
Location: Transportation Center, Room 146(Wed.) West Campus, Room 122 (Sat.)

Sign Language

This course promises to be entertaining and educational. It introduces American Sign Language through finger spelling and simple sign sentences. You will have an opportunity to practice your newly acquired skills and cultural understanding with deaf individuals.

NOTE: You will need to purchase a book.

Course Code: 97983
Cost: $95
Date: September 24-October 29, TH, 6-9pm
Location: Taylor Recreation Center

Wedding Planning

Learn how to direct a wedding from the first contact with the bride until the end of the reception. Learn how to take the details and turn them into a wedding to remember for family or friends.

Course Code: 98006
Cost: $55
Date: September 3-September 24, TH, 6-8pm
Location: Polo Park

Wildlife Rehabilitation

This course covers intake procedures and basic medical lifesaving techniques. You will also learn the proper feeding of various native wildlife species, gain an understanding of the nature of each animal, receive instruction on the dangers encountered with wildlife, and learn proper handing techniques.

Course Code: 98001
Cost: $55
Date: September 8-November 17, T, 6-9pm
Location: Oak Grove Center, Room 4451