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Paralegal, Sign Language, Other Courses Start in September

KEENE, N.H. 8/19/02 Paralegal studies and basic sign language are two of the many weekend and short courses offered in September at Keene State College through the Division of Continuing Education and Extended Studies.

Three paralegal courses that may be applied toward a noncredit certificate in paralegal studies start in September.

Introduction to Paralegal Studies explains the purpose and training of legal paraprofessionals, the role of lawyers in modern society, practice standards applicable to attorneys and legal assistants, the various fields of law, and the law library. This course is offered on Wednesdays, Sept. 18 to Dec. 4, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Criminal Trial Practice and Procedure emphasizes New Hampshire statutes, courts rules, and cases, and highlights the potential role of the paralegal aide in assisting the attorney at each step of the litigation process. This class meets Thursdays, Sept. 19 to Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Critical Thinking and Legal Writing teaches the paralegal to combine thoughtful analysis with good written communication to reach various legal audiences. This course meets on Tuesdays, Sept. 17 to Dec. 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Basic Sign Language is one of two education courses starting in September. This course is an introductory-level course studying American Sign Language and deaf culture. This one-credit course is held Mondays, Sept. 23 to Oct. 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Facilitating Effective Meetings with Parents enables educators to define, clarify, and practice the essential skills of facilitation, including parent- teacher conferences, faculty group meetings, and parent-child-teacher meetings. This one-credit course meets on Friday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 am. to 6 p.m.

Three other weekend courses meet on Fridays from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 to 6 p.m. Personal Financial Planning, scheduled Sept. 27 and 28, introduces students to money management, tax and estate planning, risk management, and planning for insurance investment and retirement. Two desktop- publishing computer courses also are offered: Quark Basics on Sept. 13 and 14 and Introduction to PageMaker on Sept. 27 and 28.

Two health and wellness courses are offered for one credit and meet Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 30 to Oct. 21, from noon to 1:20 p.m. Drugs, Personal Health and Risk Assessment addresses problems associated with high-risk personal health behaviors with emphasis on alcohol and other drug misuse in the college setting. Introduction to Health Science develops an awareness and knowledge of health promotion as a profession.

Introduction to Personal Computers, a noncredit course, takes place Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 24 and 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. This course, designed for people with little or no computer experience, is a hands-on introduction to the world of the IBM compatible personal computer.

Numerous online courses are available starting Sept. 18. For online course descriptions and costs, visit our web site,

For further information about weekend, late-starting, and online courses, check the Continuing Education web page at, or call the Continuing Education Office at 603-358-2290 or 1-800-KSC-1909. You can also e-mail your request to

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