Bay College West sets enrichment classes

Randy Gustafson welding at the MIG welding workshop offered by Bay College West in June.

ESCANABA — Bay College West will offer a number of new personal enrichment classes in August and September. These classes include:

“Foraging Course: Edible Plants” from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Individuals who are interested in edible plants, either in their backyard or the woods, will learn how to identify wild plants and a handful of plant families, plus how to use a field guide in this interactive class. This class costs $30 and will be taught by Andrew Johnson.

“Learn to Weld: Tungsten Inert Gas Welding” from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21, 22 and 23 at the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District tech center. This workshop will introduce beginners to TIG welding. It is designed as a “crash course” to give students the knowledge and confidence needed to start working with this metal-joining process. The cost is $179 and includes all materials. This workshop will be taught by Andrew Paulsen.

“Digital Photography Basics” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct.1. This four-class series will allow students to take complete control of their camera and all of its most important settings, rather than shooting only in auto modes. Students will get a firm understanding of ISO, f-stops and shutter speeds, as well as exposure modes, focus techniques, depth of field and much more.

Whether a student owns a simple point-and-shoot or a DSLR, the basics are the same.

This class costs $99 and will be taught by David Heritsch, who offers 40 years of varied photographic experience and a diverse set of tools for teaching photography. His portfolio includes everything from studio lighting for Harley-Davidson, to shooting photos for Sports Illustrated magazine, the NCAA Final Four tournaments, and NBA Finals and Olympics, as well as covering four presidential elections for TIME magazine and more.

To register, go to baycollege.edu/mtec. Questions about these workshops can be answered by contacting Gina Wollner by phone at 906-302-3012 or by e-mail at gina.wollner@baycollege.edu.