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2014 Course Descriptions will be available in spring

Art

Mural Art 

Experience art indoors and outdoors and challenge your imagination as you learn new ways to express your artistic talents on murals. Instructor: Jose Rivera is an art major at Southern Oregon University who attended Academia Latina for three years as a student.

The "Art of Math" 

You will be amazed to learn how math plays an important role in the making of great art in this interactive class. Discover how the worlds of mathematics and art are dependent upon each other as you express your hidden talents! Instructors: Maria & Jose Rivera. Jose Rivera is an art major at Southern Oregon University who attended Academia Latina for three years as a student.  He currently works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as a set painter. He is a returning Academia Latina instructor.

Academia Latina students in art class

Creative Writing/Literature

Creative Writing: Fiction from the Heart

Come gain the skills needed to tell your story. In this class you will learn how to turn your story into a quality biography suitable for publishing and college applications. Instructor: Sra. Julie Garcia has worked with Latino students for the past two decades. She is a returning Academia Latina instructor.

Poetry, Por Favor

What do you think of when you hear the word poetry? Do the words ‘difficult’ or ‘boring’ come to mind? Discover how poetry can help you become a smart, critical thinker, express thoughts and feelings important to you as you enjoy sharing your creative side. Instructor: Sra. Julie Garcia has work with Latino students for the past two decades. She is a returning Academia Latina instructor.

Humanities/History

Aztec/Inca/Maya Geography and History Academia Latina students in class

Did you know we come from greatness?  Well we do—and you can learn all about your roots as you explore the ruins & glyphs of the Maya, Inca and Aztecs. Be inspired by strong Hispanic leaders who have made positive changes and influenced our society. Instructor: Sr. Laipply teaches at Talent Middle School and is a returning Academia Latina instructor.

Portuguese: Why Not Tri-Lingual?

What is the primary language of Brazil? Discover a language that may be new to you and see how it relates to languages you already know. Instructor:  Sr. Arturo ‘Tito’ Onesto attended Academia Latina three years as a camper and two years as a Junior Counselor, and was also a Senior Counselor. He is now a senior at the University of Oregon. He is a returning Academia Latina instructor.

Math/Science

Higher Math Problem Solving

Does Math scare you? Learn how to manipulate mathematical expressions in all sorts of useful ways.  You’ll find out what it takes to prepare and compose geometry and algebra math word problems.  Prepare yourself mathematically for college as you discover how much fun math can be. Instructor: Maria Rivera is a first year instructor at Academia Latina.

Nursing

Experience the rewards and challenges of nursing while you participate in various hands-on activities with simulations based on real patient care experiences. You are bound to come away with a better understanding of the skills needed to be a nurse. Instructors: Dr. Stephanie Sideras and a team of OHSU Ashland Nursing Faculty and Staff teach the nursing class at Academia Latina each year.

My Body is a Machine 

Do you know how your body works and how many different physical systems it takes to operate its most basic functions? Explore the human body as you never have before in this fascinating class. Instructors: Cystal Salas & Maribel Barajas are currently enrolled as students at SOU.  They are first year instructors at Academia Latina.

Academia Latina students in classHealth and Wellness

Wat’z up Sista?   Girls Only!

Let’s talk about you and me and life as we see it.  Can we change or are we stuck in our shell? What experiences or people influence our decisions?  Enjoy a frank and open discussion about the issues teenage girls face in today’s world including self-esteem, peer pressure, and body image. Instructor: Sra. Julie Garcia is a returning Academia Latina instructor.

Wat'z up Bro? Boys Only! 

Dude! What were you thinking? Let’s talk about the facts regarding all of the topics you think you have the answers to. Let’s see if you really know why you think the way you do. Come prepared for frank discussions, laughs and lots of new factual information.  Instructor: Sra. Julie Garcia is a returning Academia Latina instructor.

Living Well: Beyond the College Years 

Do you know what it takes to be healthy, wealthy & wise?  You’ll learn tips and advice that will guide you for years to come to make your college years and beyond go smoothly in this informative class.  Instructor: Sra. Christie Sanders works for the Phoenix-Talent Schools and is a returning Academia Latina instructor.

Music/Dance/Physical Movement

Salsa Anyone?

Get moving and grab a partner as you salsa across the floor to the beat of the music. You will learn techniques for the proper footwork, hip movement, arm styling and have fun learning about the origin of this exciting dance. Instructor: Sr. Jonathan Chavez-Baez is currently an Admissions Counselor at SOU. He attended SOU and majored in Communications. He now holds a Master’s degree.

Academia Latina boy learning basketballZumba

Come explore the latest dance/exercise craze. Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance/fitness party that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. Instructor: Seci Gonzalez is a featured veteran dancer with Ballet Folklorico / Ritmo Alegre.  This is her second year teaching at Academia Latina.

Academia Latina students at sports net