CCC offers unique summer classes

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Student’s finished products from the Raku pottery class offered at Clovis Community College are exhibited in a window display after the class is over.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Clovis Community College students can get core classes out of the way this summer or venture into new territory by taking a Broadway-style singing or Raku pottery class.

David Caffey, vice president for institutional effectiveness, said offering unusual classes is part of what a community college should be.

“It’s just part of being a full service community college,” Caffey said. “It’s life-long learning.”

Some of the 181 summer courses being offered are seasonal, such as golf or outdoor road cycling, while others are offered year round.

Outdoor road cycling is a summer version of an indoor stationary cycling class offered during the fall and spring semesters. However, in the summer, health and physical education faculty offer an outdoor experience that includes touring on area roads and trails, Caffey said.

Broadway-style singing focuses on music “like they used to do more of back in the 50s and 60s” said Caffey. The course’s instructor, Rudy Pena, said he’s excited about the classes. The first time the course was presented was last spring. Pena said lack of enrollment has kept the class on the back burner.

“I teach students how to sing properly, so you don’t ruin your vocal cords,” Pena said. “It’s basically basic singing lessons.”

Pena said the students will pick a song from a Broadway show, learn to perform it, and study all the theatrical aspects of that song.

The Raku process of firing the shaped clay pots produces results that are unpredictable but often quite beautiful, according to Caffey, which is part of its appeal. The class’ instructor, Madelyn Amaro, said the class focusing on the Japanese form of firing pottery has drawn anywhere from nine to 23 students, She said the summer course is a little different.

“You’re doing double work, so there’s a little more pressure, but it’s still relaxing,” Amaro said. “There’s enough time for everything, some students feel rushed though. If you learn to multi-task, it’s fine.”

Fast facts:

For information about summer courses being offered at Clovis Community College go to or call 769-2811. Registration is through June 6. Classes start June 2.