Haywood Community College introduces two new areas of study for Spring Semester 2009. Students may pursue an associate degree or diploma in Therapeutic Massage or a certificate in Green Building.

Students in the Therapeutic Massage program will learn deep tissue massage that will affect the muscle and nerves. The Therapeutic Massage curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct client care settings to provide manipulation, methodical pressure, friction and kneading of the body for maintaining wellness or treating alterations in wellness throughout the lifespan.

Employment opportunities may be found in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, health departments, home health, medical offices, nursing homes, spas, health and sports clubs, and private practice. Graduates may be eligible to take the National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork examination and apply for state license.

Green building is the practice of construction that minimizes the impact on the natural environment while making buildings more energy efficient and healthier for humans.

This program is designed to provide students with an overview of the trends and techniques used in the green building industry. Classroom lectures and laboratory exercises will provide hands-on experience in the design, construction, and certification of green buildings.

Green construction has gained in importance with the rise in energy costs and the desire to conserve natural resources. Graduates should be able to find employment in a wide variety of fields related to the green building industry. These positions include work with organizations such as construction companies, green building accredited professionals, designers, architects, engineers, land developers, weatherization professionals, energy auditors, home energy raters, affordable housing developers, and governmental agencies.

Registration for Spring Semester is currently underway. The spring schedule of classes can be found on the HCC website at www.haywood.edu/class_schedules/2009SP/by_section. The campus will be closed for students for Thanksgiving Break from Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30. The campus will be closed for Winter Recess from Monday, December 22 through Sunday, January 4. The campus will be closed from 8-12 on Tuesday, January 6.  Late registration will be held on Wednesday, January 7 and Thursday, January 8. Classes begin on Monday, January 12. For information on any of HCC's programs of study, please call 627-4500.