Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

General Interest

Please contact Continuing Studies at 250-392-8010 to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information for the following:

Amateur Radio
Babysitter Training Course
Chilcotin Language and Culture
Conversational Itialian - Beginner
Conversational Spanish - Beginner
Conversational Spanish - Intermediate
Home Alone
Money Skills
Photography Essentials
Pruning Workshop
Shuswap Language and Culture

Amateur Radio **NEW** ELEC 0020

The Cariboo Chilcotin Amateur Radio Society, in collaboration with TRU – Williams Lake, is offering an exceptional opportunity for sponsored training. This course includes the basics of amateur radio, Ohm’s Law and Power, inductors and capacitors, waves and wavelengths, propagation, transmission lines, antennas, active devices, power supplies, establishing a station, routine operation, modulation/transmitters, receivers, radio frequencies and much more. Upon course completion, students have the opportunity to be assessed to gain federal issued Basic Amateur Radio Operator Certification through CCARS.

Limited seating available.

Fee: free

January 13 - February 10, 2019
Sundays, 3 - 5 pm

Babysitter Training Course • XSLF 0600 

The Babysitting Training Course enables the students to demonstrate their capabilities and maturity by completing the course under the responsible direction of the instructor. The course covers such topics as becoming a successful babysitter, caring for children from three months to school age, behavior and misbehavior of children, handling emergencies, caring for a sick or injured child, prevention and basic first aid. Students must attend all sessions and establish a passing grade of 75 percent on the final examination to receive their certificate.

Fee: $146

February 5 - March 12,
Tuesdays, 6 - 8 pm

Chilcotin Language and Culture • XFNL 0100

This course will introduce you to Chilcotin language and culture.  Learn basic words and phrases including body parts, numbers up to 20, days of the week, months, utensils, basic greetings, and much more.  The traditional game of Lahal will be experienced and traditional cultural crafts will be discussed.  This is an ideal course to develop cultural awareness and is ideal for individuals, public sector, businesses, banks, schools, etc.

Please call 250-392-8010 or if you would to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information.

Composting • XHRT 0890

Turning Organic Waste into Healthy Food

Join us for an interactive workshop exploring the world of composting.   Discussion will include the importance of compost in your garden, getting your compost started indoor and when to bring it outdoor. Topics introduced include: what materials are required to build a good  compost; different types of compost piles; when to turn or not to turn the pile as well as learning tips and tricks on how to control pests.

Please call 250-392-8010 or email to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information.

Conversational Italian - Italian

This is an introductory Italian course for people who have little or no prior knowledge of the language. Embark on a journey to explore the Tuscan dialect and culture by learning simple sentence structures, vocabulary, and pronounciation.

Fee: $195

February 6 - March 13, 2019
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9 pm

Conversational Spanish - Beginner • XSPA 0300

This colourful culture will come alive once you discover its language, music and traditions with our instructor from the Hispanic world. By learning simple structures and vocabulary, you will be able to function and make contact with the natives in Spain and Latin American countries. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required.

Fee: $195 (+ textbook available through the TRU bookstore)

February 5 - March 7, 2019
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 - 9 pm

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Conversational Spanish - Intermediate • XSPA 0400

Spanish - intermediate is being offered as a continuation of the beginner class, for individuals who would like to continuie exploring Spanish-language essentials, individuals who have already acquired a basic knowledge of Spanish would also benefit from this course.

Fee: $195 (+ textbook available through the TRU bookstore)

April 2 - May 7, 2019
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 - 8 pm

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Home Alone • XOCH 0602

The Home Alone program is designed to provide children 10 years and older with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time. It will help them understand how to prevent problems, handle real-life situations, and keep them safe and constructively occupied. The program focuses on small group discussions, problem solving, role-playing and instructor-led demonstrations. Instructor will remain in the classroom for a supervised lunch break. Students should bring a lunch, snacks and water bottle.

Fee: $115

March 2, 2019
Saturday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Money Skills • **NEW** XWRK 0482

Take control of your finances in this interactive Money Skills workshop. Workshop content will provide you with the steps towards making wise, and at times, difficult decisions regarding your money. The importance of personal financial planning and budgeting will be discussed and put into practice with in-class exercises.

Fee: $135

February 9, 2019
Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm

Photography Essentials • XPHO 0610

Not sure how to get the most from your camera? Catching those memorable photos is always challenging, especially with children or during holiday get-togethers. If you would like to learn how to take a better picture with your camera, this course can help. 

This introductory course will cover:

  • your camera and accessories
  • controlling exposure
  • aperture and shutter speed
  • composing interesting photographs
  • using the on-camera flash
  • creating painless people pictures

Fee: $188

May 7 - 28, 2019
Tuesdays: 6 - 9 pm and Saturdays: 10 am - 1:30 pm


Bio for Jesse Madden


Jesse Madden, Beginner Photography Instructor: Jesse was born and raised in Williams Lake and graduated from OUC with a Fine Arts Diploma in 1999. Jesse then moved on to being accepted into the Photography program, at North Island College where she spent 10 months immersed in nothing but photography before graduating with a diploma in 2000. Jesse provided photography-related work in Victoria for 4 years before moving back to Williams Lake in 2005, when she then started Jesse Madden Photography in 2011.  She has been busy developing her photography style along with learning new techniques, gathering a wonderful client list and teaching others her love of photography. She is an outgoing, talented artist with a love of outdoor activities and nature. Jesse has a professional, easy-going nature that puts people at ease.

Pruning Workshop • XHRT 0300

This one-day workshop will review important concepts such as good tree structure, what to cut and where to cut, pruning to encourage production in fruit trees, as well as maintenance of pruning tools. Participants will realize the importance of pruning to maintain tree health. There will be a strong focus on modern thinking - minimizing the number of cuts so the tree can heal rapidly. You will not become master pruners but you will know "good pruning" from "bad pruning". Dress for the weather - the afternoon portion includes work outdoors.

Please call 250-392-8010 or if you would to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information.  

Shuswap Language & Culture • XFNL 0110

Learn about the Northern Shuswap!  TRU is located on Northern Shuswap territory of the Williams Lake Indian Band.  This course will introduce you to Shuswap language and culture through various guest speakers.  Learn basic Secwepemctsin (Shuswap language) including days of the week, months, colours, drum making, Shuswap history, traditions, and much more.  This is an ideal course to develop cultural awareness and is ideal for individuals, public sector, businesses, banks, schools, etc.

Please call 250-392-8010 or email to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information. 


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