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March non-credit courses announced
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Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer an ACT Prep class, a distance-learning notary exam prep class, a notary exam scenario class and a scrapbook class in March.

The ACT Prep course will prepare students for all sections of the ACT exam, including English, math, reading, science reasoning, and writing. The course will use retired exams to give students valid pre- and post-test scores. This data will also be used to make sure that areas of need are addressed. Students will review the necessary content and examine test taking strategies, maximizing their score improvements. The course materials include additional exercises for further review.

The class will begin with a pre-test on Saturday, March 3 and will continue on Saturdays March 10-31 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. in Room 213 of Russell Hall. The fee is $189 and includes materials. Participants will have lunch on their own for one hour each day. Registration for this course does not include registration for the exam. Participants can register for the ACT Exam online at or call ACT at (800) 525-6926.

A Distance Learning Notary Exam Prep Course designed to introduce participants to notary public fundamentals will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays March 3, March 10, March 17, April 14, April 21, April 28, and May 5. The class will not meet March 31 or April 7. This 32-hour course is an introduction to notary public fundamentals, with an emphasis on the multiple choice and research portions of the statewide exam. This course is being offered in cooperation with Louisiana State University-Shreveport.

The fee for the class is $289, which does not include the textbook. The class will be held in Russell Hall Room 122 with Robin Jones as instructor. Textbooks should be ordered prior to the first day of class. The first required text is “Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice,” 2012 Edition, formerly known as the “Louisiana Notary Public Examination Official Study Guide.” The textbook is $90 and is available through the Louisiana Secretary of State Web Site: The 2012 edition is required.

A second required text, “Louisiana Civil Code (LLC),” a two-volume publication by Thomson/West, edited by A.N. Yiannopoulos, is used in the open-book portion of the Notary Exam. It is available through the LSU-S Bookstore at a cost of $212 plus tax.

Out-of-state residents are not permitted to take this exam. To sit for the State Notary Exam, participants must be registered with the Louisiana Secretary of State. The deadline for the June 2 exam is April 18. Forms to apply can be found at or obtained by calling (225) 922-0507 for further information.

For the first time offered in north Louisiana, a notary study class geared solely to the most difficult portion of the notary public examination: the Scenarios. The Notary Exam Prep: Scenario Class class will begin with general legal writing tips, then move onto the substantive information necessary to write a proper legal instrument, worthy not only of a passing grade on the exam, but more worthy of sound notarial practice. Participants will use class time and personal time preparing notarial acts from scenario facts, which will be turned in to the instructor for useful and valuable critique. This course is geared to those who have already taken the exam and need further instruction for the Scenario portion of the exam. Participants should have knowledge of the materials contained in the “Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice.”

Dates for the class are Wednesdays March 14, March 21, April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2 and May 9. The class will not meet March 28. Classes will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Russell Hall Room 122 with Robin Jones as instructor. The fee is $179, which does not include the textbook.

The required text for the Notary Exam Prep: Scenario Class is “Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice,” 2012 Edition, which is available through the Louisiana

Secretary of State Web Site: at a cost of $90. The 2012 edition is required.

Scrapbooking Saturdays will take place 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays March 17, April 14, May 12 and June 6. Participants are invited to bring their own scrapbooking supplies to work on projects all day. Participants will need the following tools: cricut machine with over 50 cartridges (participants can also bring their own machine), laptop computer, printer for journaling, Internet access and a variety of stamps and inks.

Participants can crop all day on their own projects and get assistance from instructor Terrie McCallister, who has been scrapping for over seven years. There will also be make-and-take classes on a variety of topics including stamping, using the cricut, gypsy and a minibook class. The fee is $30 per session or $100 to attend all four. There will also be an additional fee of $15 for the mini-book class. The class will be held in Dodd Hall Room 132-B.

For more information or to register for a class, visit or call

(800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355. To learn more about Northwestern State’s on-line non-credit courses visit or

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