Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will host the following non-credit courses in June:

A beginning cake and cupcake decorating class be every Monday starting June 10 from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Culinary Arts building adjacent to the Friedman Student Union through July 1. The instructor is Mary Paige. In the class, participants will learn the fundamentals of basic cake and cupcake decorating. This course is designed for students with an interest in baking, decorating or learning a new craft. Students will also be encouraged to express themselves creatively.  The fee for the class is $75.

Pick up your Brush painting classes will be Thursday, June 13 (Watermelon Stripes) and Tuesday, June 18 (Lemon Branch) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the second floor of South Hall. The fee is $45 per session and the instructor is Shanna Dees Gaspard. In these classes, participants will learn the art of painting using step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece of their own. No special or prior skill required. Just relax and enjoy each class. Students will take home a completed painting at the end of every class. Children ages 7–12 years old may enroll, but a parent must accompany the child the entire class. Parent does not have to enroll unless they participate. Each date is a separate session. All supplies are included.

Playing in the Mud beginning ceramics courses will be Thursdays, June 13-Aug. 8 from 6-8 p.m. in Room 113 of the CAPA/New Wing. The instructor is Matt DeFord and the fees are $125 plus a $20 material fee to be paid the first night of class. This course is an introduction to working with clay. The student will learn hand-building and sculptural techniques, as well as work on the potter’s wheel. There will also be room for intermediate and advanced students to take the class who want to use the facilities during the class time.

An introduction to keyboarding course will be Monday-Thursday, June 17-27 from 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 106 of South Hall. The fee is $150 and the instructor is Kristine Walker. An introductory class to keyboarding. This course is designed for students enrolled in the sixth, seventh or eighth grades and will introduce all the keys on the keyboard with a focus on correct technique, speed and accuracy. Seating is limited.

The TEAS Test Boot Camp will be Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the second floor of South Hall. The instructor is Amy M. Garcie, DNP, RN, CNML and is $35 pre-register of $45 on the day of offering. This is three hours of reviewing must-know information and gaining study tips for the reading, math, science and English TEAS sections. Disclaimer: Persons participating in one of the review courses listed above to help prepare for the ATI TEAS test must realize that there is no guarantee stated or implied that participation will assure a passing score on the test.

Water aerobics will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 4-27 ($45), July 2-31 ($45) and August 1-15 ($22.50) from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Robert W. Wilson Recreation Complex. The instructor is Katherine Yandell. Using the unique properties of the water, this class provides participants with a fun and challenging workout designed to increase heart rate, strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and enhance endurance. Water Aerobics meets the demands of the most skilled movers and is gentle enough on the joints for those seeking a low impact alternative.

A Security + Intensive Boot Camp will be offered online/open enrollment by instructor Eddie Horton. The fee is $1,899. This intensive boot camp is designed with one thing in mind: Certification. In this course you will study, at your own pace, for the CompTIA Security+ (SYO-501) exam. Students will be provided resources, lecture notes and access to a live professor that will prepare them to take the certification exam. This comprehensive package includes the software, recorded lectures, a test voucher (good for 1 year) and a free retake and a weekly live session should participants need it.  These tools will help you succeed and become Security+ certified. This course is self-paced so that students may begin any time and will have nine months of live access.

For more information on non-credit programs, go to or call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355. To register for classes, go to To learn more about online non-credit courses visit and