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Polk Continuing Education Classes

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Upcoming Classes

Fiction Workshop… starts Jan 23

Beginning Watercolor… starts Jan 28

Intro to Spanish 1… starts Jan 28

Reading Jane Austen, Borrowing her Style… starts Jan 28

Writing for a Purpose… starts Jan 28

Introduction to Qi Gong… starts Jan 28

Technical Writing… starts Jan 30

Yi Jing… starts Jan 30

5 Steps to Perfect Skin… starts Jan 31

Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture… starts Jan 31

Developing Characters… starts Feb 4

Metaphysical Poetry… starts Feb 5

China: A Survey of Dynasties and Emperors … starts Feb 6

Intermediate Watercolor… starts Feb 7

Improv Theater Fun… starts Feb 7


Pre-register online for a class at Polk Center or call 828-894-3092.

Directions to Polk Center
1255 West Mills Street
Columbus, NC 28722

Great Decisions 2013

Offered nationwide by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions 2013 is a lecture/discussion series on world affairs dedicated to promoting a better understanding of important world issues that will affect future policy of the United States.

Feb. 7   The New Egypt -
Dr. Samer Traboulsi, Assistant Professor UNC-Asheville

Feb. 14 Defending America on a Budget -
Lee McMinn, NROTC commissioned graduate, University of Texas

Feb. 21 The Intervention Calculus in US Foreign Policy -
Jerome Jones, Retired Air Force pilot Military Strategic Planner
Feb 28  China in Africa  
Peter Chaveas, Retired Director Dept of Defense’s Africa Center Strategic Studies

Mar. 7   The Eurozone: Crisis and Imperfections      
Linda Cornett, Associate professor, Chair of Political Science at UNC- Asheville

Mar. 14 Iran, Israel and the Bomb
Paul Magnarella, Director Peace & Justice Studies, Warren Wilson

All sessions will be held in the Lecture Room,
Thursdays, 2 - 4 p.m.

Registration Fee: $35 per person.  

Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina and Isothermal Community College in cooperation with the World Affairs Forum of the Carolina Foothills and the Foreign Policy Association.

For more information, call the college at 828-894-3092.






  1. It is easy! Just pick up the telephone, call 828-894-3092, and give us your name and telephone number. This will save you a place in the classes of your choice. Many classes have limited enrollment, so call soon. 
  2. For most classes you complete a registration form and pay at the first class. Most classes are offered on a self-supporting basis. Unless stated otherwise, all students pay registration fees to cover the costs of the class. Please call us at 828-894-3092 if you have questions.
  3. If you find that you can not attend a class, please call us at 828-894-3092.  Others may be waiting for your space.
  4. Refunds may be made pursuant to strict policies. Please let us know as soon as possible if you desire a refund.


Would you like to improve your reading and math skills?
In our adult high school classes, you can do just that!

  • Earn your GED

It's never too late to go back to school. Call today! Students can enroll anytime at no cost.

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Evening Class now available! Mondays: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Call 828-894-3095 for more information.

Instructor: Don Bridges
The District Attorney, District Clerks of Court and District Court Judges want all of us to be safe drivers! With their cooperation and a course drawn up by the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina, Isothermal Community College offers classes in the principles of safe driving. If you have been charged with a minor traffic violation in Judicial District 29b (Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties) you may elect to take this course. You must appear in court FIRST to get permission from the District Attorney to take this course. Please bring your permission form and citation with you to register. Fee is $50 for 4 hour class and $75 for 8 hour class.
Please note:
Prepayment is required by the registration deadline or you will be dropped from the class and be required to reschedule at a later date.

Please call 828-894-3092 for class dates and registration information.


What classes would you like to take that we are nott currently offering?

Can you TEACH a class?

Call us at 828-894-3092 and tell us what you think.

We are always looking for new ideas, great teachers, and interested students!