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Boldly Going Nowhere

Thursday, August 4, 2005

Minds of Mush

We enter this world with minds of mush and depend on others to provide for us. This works just fine for about five years, then we're sent off to school to replace a small portion of the mush with valuable information, such as the date Ponce de Leon landed in Florida and the properties of an isosceles triangle.

After high school, you're free to blunder on your own. Your mind is still filled with mush but at least you have enough knowledge to take the next big step in life, which may include trying to figure out what to do with the rest of your life or hanging out with a bunch of losers or getting a job or going on to college or whatever.

If you choose to go on to college, the mush in your brain will be further reduced by the experience of higher education in a specific field and you'll become eligible for better jobs, thereby increasing your quality of life.

Ozarka College offers an associate of arts degree in general education and in teaching. They also have transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities around the state. Academic programs include:

* Automotive Service

* Business Technology

* Criminal Justice Leadership

* Culinary Arts

* Early Childhood Development

* EMT Basic

* General Technology

* Health Information Management

* Information Science Technology

* Licensed Practical Nursing

I've been an adjunct instructor at Ozarka since 2001. Last semester I taught Introduction to Computers (CIS1003) and Microcomputer Applications (CIS1333). I'll be teaching the Intro class once again this upcoming fall semester and perhaps an additional class when courses are added during registration.

Ozarka College now has three campuses for your learning pleasure. For current students who have not taken advantage of online registration, you may register (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for fall semester as follows:

* Mountain View, Aug. 8

* Ash Flat , Aug. 9

* Melbourne, Aug. 11

Orientation for new students will be in the Lecture Hall of the John E. Miller Complex on the Melbourne Campus, beginning at 9 a.m. for the following groups:

* All technical programs and associate of arts in teaching, Aug. 15

* All other students with the last name beginning with L-Z, Aug. 16

* All other students with the last name beginning with A-K, Aug. 17

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 22. Late registration ends Aug. 26. Be there or be square.

Additional information can be found on the Ozarka Web site at www.ozarka.edu or obtained by calling 870-368-7371 or 800-821-4335.

Unless your life is perfect, get off your lazy duff and mold your mind of mush into something useful. If you want to hang out with a bunch of losers, you can always do that after you retire.

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Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four novels, which are available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at bret@centurytel.net.