Continuing Education Blog

PNCA offers evening and weekend classes for adults and young people. For adults we offer courses in art, craft, and design, as well as professional development classes. For children we have Saturday classes during the school year and week-long camps during the summer. In addition to our regular teen classes, we also offer immersive summer Pre-College Studios. Our blog below gives you an idea of some of the goings on, and you can see our full course catalogue online here.

The New Registration System

Welcome to CE-Reggie, our new online registration system. A unique collaboration between the Continuing Education Program and the Information Technology office, this custom-built application allows students to set up an account and manage their purchasing. From CE-Reggie you can register for classes, find syllabi, manage your schedule and find your classroom assignments.

A unique part of CE-Reggie is the social component that people can opt-in to. After uploading your photo, it will appear on the class site visible to you and to other people who signed up for your class and opted in to the program. Because we respect your FERPA rights to privacy, this aspect of your account is totally voluntary. Your profile will not be visible to the general public and those who have not opted in will never show up.

I have signed up for a class at PNCA in the past, do I still need to set-up an account?
Yes. This is a brand-new system, so CE-Reggie is starting fresh with accounts. While we still have your information in the college’s central database, CE-Reggie is a stand-alone application and will be your primary connection to PNCA Continuing Education. If you have already registered for a summer 2012 class there is no need to re-register, your spot in the class is secure.

Can I sign up for a class multiple times?
Yes you can. While it is preferable that each adult student have and manage their account, you are able to sign up a family member or friend. For parents, after completing checkout, you will be asked to enter the name of the child.

After signing up my class status says pending?
This a temporary status from when you have signed up and your order has been processed on the administrative end. After you have signed up your space is reserved and when your status changes to enrolled all financial and administrative functions are complete.

Where do I find my room number and syllabus?
Under the student account tab you can find your schedule, room number and syllabus. Classroom assignments do occasionally change so please check this page before coming to your first class. From this same page can also download your payment receipts. This page will update as you sign up for more classes enabling you to manage your experience at PNCA and compare classes.

Is this registration system safe?
Yes this site is fully PCI compliant so transactions in transit cannot be viewed by third parties.

For Workshops or Classes 4 sessions or fewer: Students must withdraw no later than one week prior to the 1st class to receive a refund, less a $45 processing fee. No refund is available after that time.

Pre-College Studios
Dropping prior to June 15 : PNCA retains the program deposit (10% of tuition and fee total) and, if applicable, the housing deposit (25% of housing total); PCS scholarship applicants are refunded in full save for a $45.00 processing fee
Dropping after June 15, but before the first day of class = PNCA retains 50% of program tuition and fee total and, if applicable, the 50% of housing fee
Dropping prior to the 3rd class = PNCA retains 80% of program tuition and fee total and, if applicable, 80% of housing fee
No refund starting 3rd class

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Director’s Message

Welcome to the Continuing Education program at PNCA. In my blog entries I share what we do and why I am passionate about the opportunities we create for you.

I am proud of the excellent and creative educational experiences our program delivers consistently and enthusiastically. Here follows two of my highlights from our course evaluations of the recent winter quarter. With more than a third of our students in the adult program responding, 95% of our participants tell us that our instructors always create a respectful and supportive class atmosphere. This is definitely the learning environment that I want to experience for my own education and development.

Yes, we also heard, and take seriously, issues about temperature control of a few of our studios. Yet, at the end of the day our students told us the quality of teaching and learning was outstanding. An incredible 98% of our participants would recommend the course they just completed to friends.

This is a great challenge to repeat or exceed for our program, notwithstanding our extended record of participant satisfaction of above nine out of ten students.


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Creative Professionals

Recently, we caught up with three Certificate Program students making a career transition together. Experienced graphic designers, Chris, Carol and Marti came to PNCA’s continuing education to take part in the Digital Publishing Certificate program to compliment their extensive print design backgrounds.

Carol: After interviewing with counselors with other programs I realized at 59, I was not comfortable with the rigid format and all the requirements involved. my main goal was to augment my extensive Graphic Design experience with updating my creative Suite skills and honing my ability to produce websites.

Chris: PNCA offered something different. The only other 2 year program that met the criteria was web design or web technical creation-type programs. The idea of studying web creation for 2 years was more than I could fathom and I was afraid that my other Graphic Design skills would be compromised. While needing to add web understanding and creation to my skill set, I was drawn to the fact that I could also take creative classes as part of this certificate.

Marti: Being outsourced after almost 20 years of working for one company makes it really hard to trust yourself, and gave me doubts about my skills, especially having to start all over again. Interviewing and finding another job makes me really uncomfortable, but PNCA is willing to work with me, giving me more confidence in myself, as I realize that I am not too old to learn.

Carol: My goal is updating my creative Suite Skills and getting familiar with web development. I hope to take advanced classes in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and web development. In addition, because PNCA has been so adaptable to our circumstances, we have been able to substitute classes that were redundant to our decades of work history.

Chris: I also knew that the teachers at PNCA were of a caliber above the other programs. Whether that is true or only my perception, I am not sure. My experience here so far has validated that opinion to be true. The fact that the classes could be taken in the evening or on the weekend was also a crucial factor, in case I need to work during the day.

Carol: Also, when Marti, Chris and I walked into PNCA we were thrilled to see art all over the walls. It took us back to our own art school experiences. It was like coming home.

Marti: What really drew me to the certificate program at PNCA was the environment, the art on the walls, the friendly campus, and most of all the courses that would keep my skills updated.

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