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Genealogy Course: Methodologies of Family History and Genealogical Research (WED099-65)


with David Martin

Calendar Feb 8, 2023 at 6 pm

This two-part course, encompassing two 3-session weeks for a total of six sessions, introduces the student to the basic methodologies of family history and genealogical research. Included are the use of primary versus secondary sources, standards of evidence, systematic record-keeping, production of useful charts, techniques for gathering personal family data from a variety of sources, census records, land and probate records, DNA information, immigration and naturalization records, and assembling a history of one individual using genealogical methodology. Students will carry out independent reading, in-class exercises, and homework assignments which will be individually evaluated by the instructor.

Zoom Session Dates

  • 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 and 3/1, 3/8, 3/15 (Break after 3 sessions to allow for research.)

Course Objectives

  1. Write effective letters of inquiry for collecting family history data.
  2. Plan, carry out, and analyze a personal interview to collect family history information.
  3. Use effectively a variety of legal source records to construct a family history.
  4. Collect relevant data from sources such as church records, civic vital records, and newspapers and then evaluate those data in terms of their credibility.
  5. Properly cite sources.
  6. Develop and carry out a research plan.
  7. Organize research findings in a narrative about a specific ancestor.
  8. Develop a plan for continued research on family history after the completion of the course.

About the Instructor
David S. Martin, Ph.D., is Professor/Dean Emeritus from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC where he has taught genealogy courses in the Honors Program. Since retirement, he has taught 23 different courses in genealogy for beginners and experienced genealogists in southeastern Massachusetts, both in-person and online.

Course Requirements

  • Participation in all sessions of the course
  • Completion of weekly assignments and submission to the instructor on the schedule specified.
  • Completion of a final project of a narrative report on one ancestor, detailing her/his life events, relationship to the family, local historical events occurring during her/his lifetime, and world events of which she/he may well have been aware during the lifetime. The final project is due two weeks following the final scheduled (6th) session of the course.

Course Format
Take this course from the comfort of your home or office! This course is offered remotely with scheduled (live) Zoom sessions. 

Navigate Life. Navigate Stress: Manage Stress, Time and Relationships Better


with Elise Tofias Phillips

Calendar Mar 1, 2023 at 6 pm

Are you juggling multiple balls in the air with your busy professional and personal life? Are you always trying to develop strategies that can help you to navigate your life? Would you like to be able to manage stress, time, and relationships better?

During this 4 -session zoom course you will learn innovative, practical strategies to help you to navigate your life by managing stress, time, and relationships. You will learn positive communication strategies to enhance the relationships in your life and techniques to manage your time and stress. Through exploration of your personal life management skills, we will build strength and resilience for a more balanced, healthier, and happier life. Give yourself a gift and join us, continue to be a lifelong learner, and promote positive wellbeing skills that will help to navigate your life.

You will learn:

  • Positive communication techniques for healthier relationships
  • Stress management skills to decrease your personal stress
  • Time management techniques to enhance managing the details

Practice Real Life Brazilian Portuguese: Level One (WPG430-65)


with Poliana Bellan Wilson

Calendar Mar 7, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This basic conversational Brazilian Portuguese course is designed to introduce the non-native speaker of Portuguese to the four basic skills necessary to develop a working knowledge of Portuguese: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing.

Who Should Attend?
Non-native speakers of the Brazilian-Portuguese language who would like to have an understanding of every day words and phrases to communicate with our Brazilian Portuguese community.

Course Format
Take this course from the comfort of your home or office! This course is offered remotely with scheduled (live) Zoom sessions. 

About the Instructor:
Teaching people to build communication bridges through learning a new language is a passion for Poliana (Poli) Bellan Wilson. Born and raised in Brazil, she immigrated to the US in 2017. Back in Brazil, she first started as an ESL instructor in 1996, and in 2014, when living in São Paulo city, she added to her teaching repertoire  Portuguese to non-native speakers who were expatriates in the big city. Nowadays, besides joining our team of instructors, she also records weekly PSAs in Portuguese for WMVYRadio.

Wilderness First Aid (WPG625-65)


with Kevin Rosenberg

Calendar Mar 25, 2023 at 9 am

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines.

The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.

Class Format
This program is offered in person. All programs with in-person (on campus) classroom instruction at Cape Cod Community College require students to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to participation. 


What’s Next? It’s Your Time! (WED259-65)


with Elise Tofias Phillips

Calendar Apr 12, 2023 at 6 pm

Discover your superpowers, plan for your next phase of life, for mature and savvy women 

You’ve accomplished a lot. You may have raised a family. You have built a career. You have worked hard. This next chapter is about you and what you want to do. This 4-week  interactive, educational, and supportive workshop will set the stage for exploration,  discovery, and design. It will help you to navigate next steps and explore possibilities with a well-being lens by clarifying values, and focusing on self-care, relationships, interests, and techniques for health, happiness, and balance. There are enormous possibilities for growth during this time of your life. Discover your superpowers, understand, and live your values. Your way.  

Questions we will consider: 

  • Thinking about a different career choice?  
  • Preparing to retire at some point? 
  • Learning to navigate the many relationships in your life? 
  • Figuring out a new self-care routine? 
  • Looking to follow your dreams and values for your next chapter? 

Course Format
Take this course from the comfort of your home or office! This course is offered remotely using Zoom. Zoom guidance and instructions will be provided prior to the start of class. 

About the Instructor
Elise Tofias Phillips, MEd, is the CEO of Navigate, Health and Wellness Coaching and Consulting. She has developed an innovative, interactive, and engaging behavior change approach through her consulting and coaching, and is passionate about working with her clients. She has worked in health education, health promotion, health and wellness coaching, and health communications her entire career. She has held positions as the Founding Director of the Office of Health Promotion and the Health Coach Institute at Boston College, the Director of Health Education at Simmons College, Manager of The Be Well! Tanger Center for Health Management at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and taught in public and independent schools. She is a certified Health and Wellness Coach and Intuitive Eating Counselor through WellCoaches and Intuitive Eating Pros. Elise received an M.Ed. from Boston University and B.S. from Ithaca College. 

Call Mary Conklin, Program Coordinator, at 508-375-5010 or email

Introduction to Basic Digital Photography (WIT222-65)


with Keith Conforti

Calendar May 24, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Learn how to unlock your creativity with your digital camera. Students will learn the fundamentals of photography by taking advantage of the features and functionality specific to their own digital camera. This course will focus on the technical aspects of digital photography: proper basic settings, lens selection, image file formats, exposure settings, and developing a digital workflow. Then we will explore the art of photography: composition, depth of field, storytelling, and themes. We will build on your abilities each week through various assignments created to reinforce the topics you’ve learned. Students should bring their cameras and manuals to class. Digital SLR or mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses required, tripods recommended. 

Course Format 
This program is offered in person. All programs with in-person (on campus) classroom instruction at Cape Cod Community College require students to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to participation. 

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