Fitness, gardening, insurance courses offered

Staff Report

Surry Community College is offering a new Fit and Well Challenge course beginning in September in Dobson and Pilot Mountain.

On an individual basis, students in Surry’s Fit and Well Challenge course will receive wellness strategies to help them reach personal fitness or nutrition goals, come away with knowledge of various exercises and movements that meet all fitness levels, learn new techniques for structuring workouts, and various timing mechanisms to maximize performance gains.

In addition, participants will receive specific advice on basic nutrition and the importance of hydration, obtain strategies and resources for decreasing stress and improving sleep habits, and be held accountable with periodic check sheets and scorecards to measure progress and performance.

Three sections of this new course will be offered. Students can meet on Mondays, Sept. 11 through Nov. 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Surry Community College, 630 S. Main St., Dobson; on Tuesdays, Sept. 12 through Nov. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain; or on Tuesdays, Sept. 12 through Nov. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain.

Advance registration and payment of $89 are required. Call (336) 386-3618 for more information.


If the fitness class isn’t enough activity, another class offers plenty of opportunity to get more work outdoors.

The college is offering a four-part Fall Gardening Series focused on what to grow during the cooler months of the year and how to maintain and preserve one’s gardening work from the warmer months.

Part I of the series will focus on how to choose successful fall crops, starting fall seeds, and cover crops to replenish a garden’s soil. The class will be held Sept. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Part II of the series will highlight seed harvesting and plant propagation. Participants will learn how, when, and why to propagate plants and discover the importance of holding on to seeds for the next season. The class will be held Sept. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Part III of the series will cover season extension and DIY low tunnels. Participants will leave the class with the knowledge necessary to build low cost, high efficiency systems that will protect crops through the cold months and still provide fresh vegetables. Students will also build a vertical growing system for home use. The class will be held Oct. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The fourth class in the series, Finals for Fall Gardens, will wrap up everything discussed in the series and review all the practices used for a successful fall garden. The class will also take a look ahead at how to prepare for spring planting. It will be held Nov. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Each course in the series requires advance registration and payment of $10. Students may choose to enroll in all four classes in the series, or opt to register for an individual course. Tuition assistance may be available through Surry Skill-UP; call to apply. For registration and additional information, call (336) 386-3618.


Surry Community College’s Property and Casualty Insurance Pre-Licensing course, in cooperation with the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, offers students all the tools and information necessary to take and pass the North Carolina State Examination to become a Licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Agent.

“Working as an independent insurance agent is flexible and stable,” the college said in announcing the course. “Over time, and with added experience, many agents are able to make their own hours and set their own goals. What’s more, insurance agents work in an industry in which the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts to have more than 200,000 job openings by 2020.”

Surry’s class, and the potential career opportunities that follow, is best suited for those with excellent communication skills, motivation to succeed, and a love for working with and helping others. In the insurance industry, one has the opportunity to interact with many other people in the community and provide them with peace of mind and financial protection in the face of unfortunate circumstances such as natural disasters and car accidents.

“The course is designed to set students up for success by preparing them for the North Carolina State Property and Casualty Insurance Agents examination,” the school said.

The course covers types of property and casualty coverage, policy provisions, applicable laws and regulations, buying procedures, government property and casualty coverage.

Additional topics include general liability insurance; automobile insurance; homeowner’s insurance; commercial, fire and extended coverage; worker’s compensation and various policy provisions. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss types of property and casualty coverage, appropriate policy provisions and appropriate legal principles along with their applicable uses.

The class will be held Sept. 5 through Oct. 26 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. Advance registration and payment of $127 for tuition are required. The tuition cost does not cover the course textbook or the additional costs of becoming a licensed Property and Casualty agent.

Call (336) 386-3637 for registration and additional information.

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