SSC Announces Lineup of Fall Community Courses

Seminole State College’s Business and Industry program will host a diverse lineup of educational community courses throughout the fall. Courses take place on a single day, are open to the public and include self-defense, culinary arts, first aid and CPR, as well as crafting.

The College’s Women’s Self-Defense course will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Raymond Harber Field House. The course focuses on techniques specifically tailored to women with the goal of boosting confidence and safety. The course is free for ages 14 and up. The maximum class size is 15 students. The defense training will be led by Shawn Estey. Estey has studied martial arts since 1988, beginning with traditional taekwondo, hapkido, and jujitsu. In 1997, he moved to Olympic-style taekwondo to train for the 2000 Olympics. Since that time, he has studied mixed martial arts Brazilian jujitsu, Mui Thai kickboxing and karate. During his journey of learning self-defense, he has worked in numerous security positions and has helped train different law enforcement agencies in open-hand combat, edged weapons and firearms training.

Aby Young (standing, left), the Director of Food Services at SSC, helps students decorate cupcakes during the College’s Kids on Campus event in June of 2023. Young will lead a series of cooking community courses throughout the fall that are open to the public.

The College will also host one culinary class each month through December. The cooking courses will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union at a cost of $70. All supplies will be provided, and the maximum class size is 15 students. The first culinary class will be Intro to Cooking/Cooking for One on Sept. 23. As the Halloween holiday approaches, the College will host a Spooky Food course on Oct. 28. Thanksgiving Foods will be taught on Nov. 18, and Christmas Candy will be the subject of Dec. 2’s session. All courses are taught by Aby Young, an employee of Great Western Dining and the Director of Food Services at SSC. She specializes in creating pastries and confections in her personal time and has more than eight years of experience as a chef.

The First Aid and CPR course will take place on Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Enoch Kelly Haney Center on campus. Participants will learn life-saving skills and will receive American Heart Association certification upon the completion of the course and testing. SSC nursing faculty will lead the session. The cost is $75 per student and the maximum class size is six students. This community course is also available to groups upon request.

The College will host two crafting community courses this fall. The first, Make and Take Potholders, will take place on Nov. 18. The second course, Make Your Own Aprons, will occur on Dec. 2. Both events will be held in Tanner Hall from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $25 per course with a materials kit available for an additional $25. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sewing kits, with only a limited number available during class. The crafting courses will be taught by Denise North. North has been teaching quilting for 20 years and has won numerous awards for her quilting and sewing projects. She loves fabric art and teaching individuals of all skill levels.

To register for any of the community courses, click here.

For more information about these courses or registration details, contact Business and Industry Coordinator Scarlet Figueroa at 405-382-9546 or