Archive for the ‘General’ Category

By Michelle King, Director of Career & Contract Education In our continuing effort to build industry partnerships and to help train the local community in gaining high-demand professional skills, I’m pleased to announce that Community Ed’s SMC Extension is planning to launch courses to help individuals obtain the highly regarded Avid User Certification. Photo by Pete Brown […]

Spanish instructor Cecilia Dighero has had an extraordinary life – as a Fulbright Scholar, teacher, interpreter, United Nations worker and wife of a successful actor-playwright with whom she had many adventures. And despite the very recent loss of her husband of 30 years, Ron House, she continues to teach Spanish I and Spanish II with […]

To say jewelry designer Gian-Martin Joller is a popular instructor is an understatement. Students like his Jewelry Design class, offered through SMC’s academic program, so much that they want to take it over and over again. But state regulations restrict course repetition, leaving students stranded without their beloved professor and class. SMC Community Education came […]

“Dinnertime,” Frank Damon’s winning image Congratulations to Community Ed student Frank Damon for winning our 2016 Student Photo Contest with his stunning image of sunset at the Santa Monica Pier that he calls “Dinnertime.” Frank captured his image with a Canon 5D Mark 3 camera and a wide-angle lens. The retired Pacific Palisades lawyer has […]

By Rev. Dr. Louise-Diana It’s unavoidable: there are difficult and demanding people in the world. Sometimes it feels like there are quite a few of them. There’s always one: the toxic coworker or boss that can drive you crazy and question your self worth. They make your work life more difficult and you may feel […]

Ed Mangus has big plans for his photography students. Mangus – a Los Angeles native who has taught a wide variety of photography courses at SMC Community Ed since 2006 – is currently working with program administrators on two major proposals. The first is to create a 2017 Community Ed calendar featuring student images. The […]

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By Rev. Dr. Louise-Diana (Rev. Dr. Louise-Diana is teaching a two-part “Assertive Communication Skills for Women” workshop March 31 and April 7 at SMC Community Education.) Do you want to be seen as a highly credible, authoritative communicator who commands attention and get things done? Communication is vital in creating and maintaining a relationship, whether […]

By Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of Community & Contract Education Attention SMC Community Education current and former students – we want you to enter our Second Annual Photo Contest! The winning image will be the cover of the Fall 2016 class schedule. Dean Reyes’ shot of Griffith Observatory was the 2015 winner. Prizes will be awarded […]

The Director’s Six Senses

Posted: 16th February 2016 by Bruce Smith in General
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The following is an excerpt from film and screenwriting instructor Simone Bartesaghi’s new book, “The Director’s Six Senses.”  The book has been receiving great reviews. By Simone Bartesaghi A director is a storyteller. No more, no less. We must start with pure and simple storytelling. No camera yet, not even pen and paper. However your story starts, […]

By Debbi Harper Instructor, “Body Moves for Brain Power” & “The Brain Class – Change Your Mind” Movement is so crucial to brain health that some of the cognitive changes blamed on aging may in fact be the result of inactivity. Indeed, research is showing that movement and certain activities help decrease the onset of Alzheimer’s […]