Scott Vickers’ C.A.L.L. classes cover myriad of topics

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Scott Vickers, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., will instruct a variety of classes in the coming months through Central Arizona College's Lifelong Learners program.

The classes will be held at CAC's Superstition Mountain Campus (SMC), San Tan Center (STC), or Corporate Center (CCC) in Casa Grande.

These one-day classes cover a wide range of topics including weather, the sun, and the U.S. Federal Reserve System. Each class is priced at $10 for C.A.L.L. members and $25 for non-members. The same class is being offered at multiple locations.

Let's Talk About Weather

Fri., Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-noon (CCC)

Why does the local television weather broadcast oftentimes get it wrong? What comprises the science of meteorology? Learn how weather patterns are charted and how predictions are formulated. Re-learn what you already know about weather and how it impacts our daily lives and actions.

Life Without Water

Tue., Mar. 1, 1-3 p.m. (SMC)
Fri., Mar. 4, 10 a.m.-noon (STC)
Fri, Mar. 11, 10 a.m.-noon (CCC)

What percentage of your body mass is actually water? What is potable water and how many different chemicals and compounds are found in much of our drinking water supply? How has water affected civilizations and their migration and settlement throughout history? Examine the use of water in our everyday lives and learn the extreme importance of protecting our water supplies for our ever-burgeoning population.

The Miracle of Our Sun

Tue., Mar. 15, 1-3 p.m. (SMC)
Tue., Mar. 18, 10 a.m.-noon (STC)
Fri., Mar. 25, 10 a.m.-noon (CCC)

The sun rises and the sun also sets. Why do we know so little about the star that the Earth has orbited around for billions of years? What do we actually know about the composition of the sun? What are solar prominences and solar storms, and what causes them? Learn a little bit about one of our oldest friends and one of our oldest foes.

Magnetism: Why is it Important?

Tue., Mar. 29, 1-3 p.m. (SMC)
Fri., Apr. 1, 10 a.m.-noon (STC)
Fri., Apr. 8, 10 a.m.-noon (CCC)

If all magnets, and hence electromagnets, just simply stopped for one week, would you have any transportation, electricity, water, television or radio? What would happen? Magnetism has permeated our technical society to such a degree that it has become similar to air and water - we simply take it for granted. Learn about its physical effects and our continuous attempt to capture the true essence of this phenomenon.

What and Where is the Air?

Tue., Apr. 12, 1-3 p.m. (SMC)
Fri., Apr. 15, 10 a.m.-noon (STC)
Fri., Apr. 22, 10 a.m.-noon (CCC)

How much air is there? What is air? How much water can air carry? Air can carry cold as well as heat - how and why can it do these things? Learn about air molecular interaction and its importance to us. Learn about the origin of air and its changes since the Earth's formation. Find how air pollution impacts humans and other living organisms.

The U.S. Federal Reserve System

Tue., Apr. 26, 1-3 p.m. (SMC)
Fri., Apr. 29, 10 a.m.-noon (STC)
Fri., May 6, 10 a.m.-noon (CCC)

Learn the basics about our Federal Reserve System. Why did our ancestors warn us about a centralized banking system? Why did we ignore them and establish one anyway? What is "fiat" money? Why are we off the gold and silver standards? What creates inflation? What are our collective destinies if the Federal Reserve continues on its current path? Examine three possible outcomes relevant to our society's future.

Let Them See You Sweat

Tue., May 10, 1-3 p.m. (SMC)
Fri., May 13, 10 a.m.-noon (STC)
Fri., May 20, 10 a.m.-noon (CCC)

Where are your sweat glands? Why do you have them? Why doesn't your dog have them? How do some animals sweat? Learn about recent studies that suggest that the human ability to sweat through all skin pores eventually propelled humanity to the forefront of the animal kingdom.

Vickers has been instructing classes at Central Arizona College since the summer of 2009. Previously, he spent 14 years as an employee of aerospace, defense and security at Lockheed Martin.

At Lockheed Martin, Vickers served in numerous capacities, including airborne science program manager from 1998 until 2001, and program manager for a pair of special mission groups, one of which was tasked with identifying Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) buried beneath the earth's surface.

Prior to his experience at Lockheed Martin, Vickers worked for two helicopter manufacturers - The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation and Hughes Helicopters/McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company - for 11 years.

After earning a bachelor's degree in engineering from West Point, Vickers served in the U.S. Army for eight years, including tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam. Upon completing his active duty obligation, Vickers served in the Arizona Army National Guard for six years, achieving the rank of major.

If you are interested in registering for any of these courses, please contact Joel Beck (480-677-7721 / joel.beck@centralaz.edu.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814