Santa Monica College will offer 28 new not-for-credit extension classes this fall on subjects from SAT prep to conversational English.

In total, SMC Community Education will offer around 200 classes that are open to the community, officials said Tuesday.

Alice Meyering, program director for SMC Community Education, said the department aims to provide practical classes that will help individuals become more marketable. The department will provide classes on topics like professional blogging, bartending and bookkeeping.

“Theoretically, in a short period of time, this person will be able to get the skills they need to get a part-time job,” Meyering said. “Those are the kinds of things we’re focusing on.”

A large number of classes are also recreational, however. Individuals can take courses on subjects like Japanese calligraphy, harmonica playing and singing.

Other new classes to be offered include English for beginners, workouts for older adults and a photography excursion at the Getty Villa.

Students can receive a 10 percent discount on all on-ground classes if they like SMC Community Education’s Facebook page or sign up for its e-newsletter at

The earliest extension class begins on Aug. 26. Individuals can register for classes by calling (310) 434-3400 or visiting


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