Education does not stop at grade school or college. Depending on your desired profession, you can study for your entire career. And if you want to change careers or move to the next level in your skill set, staying abreast of the latest developments is a must. Here are a few seminars, lectures and workshops that may help you get on your way to the next level.
Writing A Winning College Admission Essay
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh St.
Bethesda, MD 20815
Date: Aug. 17
Whether you are a high school student or a parent of a high school student, you are probably thinking about the daunting task of applying to colleges. Competition seems even fiercer nowadays and getting accepted into the university of your dreams is that much harder. If you are a student who already has excellent grades, is in all the extracurricular activities possible, has a part-time job and volunteers, that still might not be enough. Pamela Toutant is an experience essay tutor who knows that a great essay can make all the difference. Make sure your admission essay stands apart from the rest by attending her workshop.
A Scientist in the Kitchen: Demystifying the Science of Cooking
National Museum of Natural History
10th and Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20560
Date: July 25
Watching cooking shows like “MasterChef” can make you feel like you know nothing about cooking. These home cooks know techniques you’ve only heard about, or expect top chefs to know. Most of them aren’t culinary savants. They watched cooking shows and tried out recipes just like you. Robert Wolke, a chemistry professor and former Washington Post columnist, knows all your frustrations with cooking and will demonstrate why you won’t have them anymore. If you are looking to spice up your kitchen skills, impress your family or want to try out for next season’s “MasterChef,” consider taking Professor Wolke’s seminar.
Fundamentals of the Federal Grants Process</span
Waterview Conference Center at CEB
1919 N. Lynn St.
Arlington, VA 22209
Dates: Oct. 9-10
The federal government is the largest employer in the country, certainly in the Washington DC area. And it is also a large financial supporter, despite budget cuts, of various programs and organizations. These programs and organizations don’t just receive the money without asking, they have to submit grant proposals and applications. A grant writer is an important position in any organization and the person who holds this job must stay up to date with the laws and regulations the grants fall under. Attending this seminar will give you the information you need to pursue grant writing as a career or give you updates if you already are a grant writer.
Getting the Most From Microsoft Excel
Double Tree Hotel
210 Holiday Court
Annapolis, MD 21401
Date: Aug. 6
Microsoft Excel is practically essential to most occupations with its many uses and flexibility. Proficiency in Excel can give you a leg up on your competition when applying for jobs or will make your next project much easier. So if you haven’t already moved past making charts and graphs, you should discover how Excel can help you. This Skillpath seminar is designed to teach you how to manage your data, utilize formatting and formulas and use shortcuts.
Musical Theatre Workshop
The Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Date: July 27-28
George Fulginiti-Shakar is a Helen Hayes award-winning musical director and sound designer that knows the ins and outs, joys and pains and allure of musical theatre. This summer, he will be running a two-day musical theatre workshop at Studio Theatre, known for its daring and complex productions. The workshop will focus on the techniques used to properly perform a song, not just singing it but acting it as well. Attendees will get a look at what it takes to be a musical theatre performer.
Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.