If back-to-school sales and fresh school supplies make you nostalgic for your own days in the classroom, then maybe it’s time to head back — on your own terms. Metro Atlanta is chock full of unique and interesting courses, workshops and classes that will not only introduce you to a new skill, but also help you make friends in the city. If you’ve just moved to the area — or even if you’re a longtime resident — it’s a great way to get out there, mingle and try something you never have before. So let the learning begin!
Many people dream of taking the stage on open mic night and wowing the crowd with their amazing stand-up comedy routine. To prep yourself for your moment in the spotlight, take Jeff Justice’s Comedy Workshoppe, a six-week stand up comedy class personally taught by the speaker, motivational humorist and comedian. The workshop includes four three-and-a-half-hour classes, a workbook with weekly reviews of your material (including Justice’s suggestions and rewrites), two rehearsals and a graduation at Atlanta’s famous Punchline Comedy Club. During the experience you’ll learn how to do everything from write your own jokes to deliver hard-hitting punch lines sure to bring the laughs.
A Historic Cooking Class
Barrington Hall in downtown Roswell is the backdrop for cooking classes taught by renowned chef Wendy Gay. The classes, which take place on select Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., offer instruction on cooking an array of classic European and American cuisine, with each class covering a unique theme (from Date Night in Athens, Greece, to Italian Holiday Cookies and Party in the French Quarter). Participants will help prepare the meal in Barrington Hall’s kitchen and sit down to dine once the cooking is completed. And to make the evening even more special, a mini-tour of the historic antebellum home, built in the 1830s by the King family (who founded the colony on which Roswell was built), is included. The calendar for classes through July 2018 can be found online (you must pre-register to hold your spot for each class) and classes cost $50 per person.
Kick Up Your Heels
You may not be ready for Dancing with the Stars, but you could be soon! Academy Ballroom Atlanta has become the city’s go-to spot for ballroom and Latin dance instruction. From private instruction to group lessons to practice lessons, the facility offers numerous options for learning and mastering the technique and style of both competitive and social dances while becoming comfortable on the dance floor. The professional instructors are dedicated to providing a stress-free and fun environment in which to learn, and all ages are welcome (there are even classes for kids!). Academy Ballroom also offers several specials, including one for new students (two group classes and two private lessons for $45). So why not take the leap and learn to trip the light fantastic?
Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education is an excellent resource for a wide variety of certification programs and professional courses. From administrative professionals and paralegals to social media marketers and personal trainers, there’s something for everyone. The college recently added a new course to teach you to become an “ethical” hacker — a professional who breaches a computer system or network, with permission from its owners, to identify security vulnerabilities. With so much recent emphasis on cyber security, this is an in-demand craft that offers fantastic professional opportunities. KSU’s program teaches students how to scan, test and hack systems and defend against future attacks, among other skills. To be eligible for the program, participants need a working knowledge of computers, network operations and security terminology and must complete a Basic Skills Assessment and Program Application (which are available online). The ultimate goal is to prepare participants for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification exam.
Become Your Own Brewmaster
The popularity of homebrewing has exploded in recent years. And if you are a craft beer enthusiast with dreams of creating your own special recipes, then it’s time to head to Schoolhouse Beer and Brewing in Marietta. A growler shop, bottle shop and homebrew supply store all in one, Schoolhouse also offers beer brewing classes and events throughout the year. For those just getting started in the homebrew arena, be sure to check out Brew Lab, an introductory class and hands-on session that allows you to learn the basics of brewing and gives you an opportunity to use Schoolhouse’s onsite Blichmann Breweasy System to create your own craft masterpiece. After discussing your beer style preference, the brew team will help you create a recipe, brew the beer and clean the equipment afterwards. And when you’re ready to purchase your own equipment, Schoolhouse can help you select the best options for your needs (including the BSG HomeBrew Starter Kit).