As Santa Monica College’s Community Education’s winter session gets under way, it is also looking ahead to an even heartier spring semester with more than 170 classes, workshops and tours, including several new offerings.

Online registration for both sessions is now open, and spring classes begin Feb. 18.

“Whatever your interest, we have the class for you,” said Alice Meyering, program coordinator of Community & Contract Education. “From art to Zumba, we’ll help keep your body, mind and creative expression healthy and challenged.”

Meyering said the program is particularly pleased to offer two new day tours — to Cachuma Lake in the winter and Pasadena and tea lunch in the spring — as well as Prevailing Wage: Tips You Need Before You Bid. That debuts the series Secrets of Public Works Projects, designed to prepare contractors to successfully bid on public contracts. Prevailing Wage begins Jan. 11.

In addition, she said, the program is grouping together some of its course offerings into series of classes, including the Organic Living Series, composed of organic gardening and healthy living, as well as Jumpstart Your Career Series, which would enhance any career-searching effort with Social Media for Job Seekers and MS Word and MS Excel for the Job Market.

And looking ahead to the summer, Community Education is offering several new summer camps for youth ages 12 to 17 that is now available for online registration.

“And if that weren’t enough, we will have an extensive collection of Professional Development classes in spring,” Meyering said. These courses are in many disciplines, including business and finance, health professions, social work, entrepreneurship, and more.

Particularly notable are the real estate courses, which will pave the way for a successful career in the red-hot Southern California housing market, she said

To register, call (310) 434-3400 or go to commed.smc.edu. You can also e-mail commed@smc.edu.