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El Rito Campus

Learn more about Continuing Education at Northern 
on the Community & Continuing Education page.

Note: All Spanish Colonial Furniture classes take place in the Woodshop on the El Rito Campus.
Strategic Planning Training
April 24-25, 2014, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Registration fee: $99

This training is for employees and managers of small or large businesses, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, government agencies and others. The course will take you through a 10-step guide for the development of a strategic plan.
For registration and information, contact Cecilia Romero at (505) 747-5477 or email
Adobe Construction Basics with Quentin Wilson
April 25, 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. & April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Class meets in the Old Diesel Shop on the El Rito Campus
Registration fee: $65

This class will cover the basics from foundations to walls and roofs of structures that meet the New Mexico Earthen Building Code. Information is aimed at individuals who want to design and build an adobe shed or castle and those who have found a romantic ruin to preserve and renovate.
For registration, contact Cecilia Romero at (505) 583-2356 or
Instructor Quentin Wilson can be reached at (505) 583-2356 or
Basic Spanish Colonial Woodcarving with David Vargas & Daniel Tafoya
Learn layout and carve basic, traditional Spanish Colonial designs.
All levels welcome, from beginner to expert.
April 21 – 25, 2014  Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4pm
June 23 – 27, 2014  Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4pm
July 14 – 18, 2014,  Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4pm
Registration fee: $100.00
Contact instructor David Vargas or Daniel Tafoya at (575) 581-4123 regarding materials fee

Spanish Colonial Chair Class with Instructor Ted Bruning
June 2-6, 2014
Registration Fee: $150 plus materials
Complete your own Spanish Colonial furniture project using traditional design elements under the instruction of lifelong woodworker Ted Bruning. 
To register or for more information:
Contact Cecilia Romero at 575 581.4117 or


Weaving Lab
Fridays beginning March 7, 2014, 9 am – 3 p.m.
All levels welcome. Experience weaving instruction in the Rio Grande tradition and learn the basics of weaving. Work alongside experienced fiber artists in the community.

Bilingual Strategies Language Institute Spanish Immersion Program
On the El Rito campus
April 27 - May 3, May 18 - 23,  June 1 - 7,  July 20 -26

Unlike the traditional classroom format and academic textbooks, this program uses the natural communicative approach: learning Spanish like you learned your first language. Evening sessions will include natural language activities in Spanish, including cooking, music, literature and social media.
Contact Dr. Maria Dolores Gonzales at (505) 238-2466 or email

Retablo Classes
June 9 - 13,  July 14 - 18

Learn to paint in the tradition of northern Nw Mexico with natural pigments, homemade gesso and piñon varnish. Create your own spin on the retablo with inspiration from the saints. 

Feasibility Studies Training
March 13 & 14, 2014 Thursday & Friday, 9 am - 4 pm
LEARN MORE about Continuing Education at Northern 

For more information, contact:
Cecilia Romero


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 Feature - Working their hands in wood and paint:
          Spanish Colonial Furniture-Making & Retablos at El Rito

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