MOBILE, Ala. — Homeschool students ages 12 and up can partake in a variety of enrichment classes at the University of Mobile. Registration is now open for the next 14-week session that begins on Aug. 15.
Upcoming classes include:
• Introduction to Graphic Design
• Creative Writing
• Algebra I Enrichment
• Plastics and Polymer Chemistry in Everyday Life
• Physiographic Regions of the United States
UM Homeschool Program classes are taught by UM faculty. Classes are held on the university campus, located off I-65 at Exit 13 at 5735 College Parkway. Classes meet one hour each week. Cost per class is $170.
For more information and to register, go to umobile.edu/homeschool.
Teaching homeschool students
Biology professor Steven Carey has taught a variety of UM homeschool classes since his retirement from the university as a full-time faculty member in 2018. Topics in his classes range from science to photography.
"I enjoy the challenge of creating classes for homeschool students and sharing with them my love for the subjects I enjoy. In turn, they push me to stay current, and their youthful exuberance is infectious," said Carey, who will teach a class on physiographic regions of the U.S. in the upcoming session. The course will explore location, geology, major landscapes, climate, characteristic flora and fauna, and how each region has influenced human historic and economic development.
Student Oliver Jackson said learning from Carey was "incredibly fun and intriguing." Jackson took Carey's previous class, Alternative photography
"I've never considered myself to be an artistic person, but Dr. Carey's way of teaching is engaging, fun and downright interesting, which left me eagerly looking forward to each week's class," said Jackson, whose work was included in a student art display at the conclusion of the class.
Experiential learning, with hands-on projects and labs, is a major feature in many UM Homeschool Program classes.
Introduction to Graphic Design, taught by UM graduate and author Meshelle Baker, introduces students to Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Students work in class and at home on projects, including creating custom stickers or magnets with their original vector artwork.
"If you have a creative student, this is a class they will thoroughly enjoy," Baker said.
According to program director and English professor Dr. Katherine Abernathy, the UM Homeschool Program introduces homeschool students to a university where their homeschool experience is highly valued by their professors and peers.
UM is a Christ-centered university with a vision of "Higher Education for a Higher Purpose." The university was founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions in an environment where they are known.
About the University of Mobile
The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university offering on-campus and online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.
For information about the University of Mobile, areas of study, admissions and more, visit umobile.edu, connect with UM on social media @univofmobile, or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or (251) 442-2222.