Education feature: Online auction, physical fitness summer classes offered at CCC

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

The summer semester at Clovis Community College means peace of mind for Mari Blyler.

A Desert Storm veteran, Blyler is 80 percent disabled from spinal spondylosis, a degenerative disease that has been attacking her spine since 2000. Blyler said the slow pace of the summer session makes things easier for her.

“It helps me a lot. I don’t have to worry about someone bumping into me,” she said. “Not that it happens a lot, but it’s something I always have to worry about.”

Blyler, the youngest of eight, was in the Air Force for 20 years and worked as a bomb loader. After fighting her disease, and deciding she wasn’t done working, she chose to get an education in accounting.

“There isn’t much call for (bomb loading) in the outside world,” Blyler said.

The veteran said she chose accounting because it doesn’t require any physical activity. Blyler said she had the opportunity to receive Social Security, but that would require her to give up her right to work.

“I wasn’t going to do that. I had to learn a new trade to get a job,” she said.

Blyler has been attending CCC since the fall of 2008 and will be taking a math and psychology class this summer.

“I don’t want to take a break so this is pretty much to help me get ahead,” the 45-year-old said. “The summer is great because I like quietness, especially when I’m trying to study.”

The college’s summer semester is a bevy of health and physical education classes, as well as basics ranging from marketing to religion.

An eight-week and a four-week session begin on Monday. Another four-week session begins June 29.

Many of the college’s summer courses are offered on-line, and some are intended just for fun, according to Dean of Educational Services Becky Carruthers.

New to this summer session, the college is offering a class which teaches students how to buy and sell in on-line auctions.

“It’s more a community interest class,” Carruthers said. “Because of the economy, maybe people need a little more cash.”

The class will be taught by instructor Paulette Baumgardner, who buys and sells in on-line auctions often, Carruthers said.

“We know the students will have a good guide,” she said.

The class will teach students how to buy and sell safely and successfully on some of the Internet’s biggest auction companies such as eBay, Yahoo Auctions and, Carruthers said.

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June 5 – Deadline to register for both sessions beginning June 1