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Westfield State University to offer Duke Ellington Jazz Workshops, a Phlebotomy Technician Program, and courses in Tai Chi and Voiceover Foundations this fall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 6, 2018
CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

WestfieldThe College of Graduate and Continuing Education has several non-credit course offerings during the fall 2018 semester on the Westfield State University campus, including Duke Ellington Jazz Workshops, a Phlebotomy Technician Program, and courses in Tai Chi and Voiceover Foundations.

Duke Ellington Jazz Workshops begin Saturday, September 29

Two series of Duke Ellington Jazz Workshops will be held at Westfield State University. The Youth Ensemble (ages 13–18) will be held on Saturdays, September 29–December 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon. The Adult Ensemble will be held on Mondays, October 1–December 17, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m.

In this series of 10 workshops, participants will rehearse and perform the music of Duke Ellington and his Orchestra with lead sheets, solos, and arrangements transcribed by the director, Wayne Roberts. Workshops will cover jazz improvisation, sight reading, practical music theory, stylistic analysis and interpretation, listening sessions, and jazz history. Improvisational skills are not required.

The cost for this series of ten workshops is $250. To register online, visit  

About the instructor
Wayne Roberts is a visiting lecturer and bass professor at Westfield State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory and master’s degree from the Juilliard School, after which he went on to work with many notable musicians. In 1998, Roberts formed the Onyx Club Sextet, featuring the music of the John Kirby Sextet, which gained him international acclaim. In 2015, he was a member of the faculty for “Jazz in July” at UMass Amherst.

Phlebotomy Technician program begins Tuesday, October 2

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education will offer a Phlebotomy Technician program on Tuesday and Thursday nights, October 2 through December 13, 2018, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on the campus of Westfield State University. In addition to these scheduled evening classes, the course also includes three full-day Saturday sessions on October 13, November 3, and December 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Taught in partnership with Condensed Curriculum International, this program will prepare students to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and they will develop comprehensive skills to safely perform venipunctures.

Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood collection procedures, specimen hands-on practice, and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. Students who complete this program may pursue the National Health career Association (NHA) Phlebotomy Technician Exam.

The cost of this program is $1,799, which includes the required textbooks and materials. Students may also complete a 40-hour clinical externship for an additional $100 fee. To register online for this program, visit

About Condensed Curriculum International
Condensed Curriculum International has partnered with non-profit colleges and universities on instructor led healthcare programs since 1993. It partners with more than 450 colleges, offering nearly 3,000 courses annually, including both in-class and eLearning healthcare programs geared toward national certifications and clinical externships.

Tai Chi course begins Wednesday, October 3

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education will offer an adult Tai Chi course on Wednesday nights, October 3–November 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the campus of Westfield State University.

Taught by local Tai Chi instructor, Lenny Burlingame, this course aims to promote personal development—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Through eight highly interactive sessions, course participants will learn techniques and practices to improve flexibility, balance, muscle tone, joint mobility, and mental awareness. Tai Chi is also a great way to release tension and stress, and to learn self-defense skills.

The cost of this course is $120. To register online, visit

About the instructor
Lenny Burlingame began studying body movement arts through martial arts training in 1982. He has trained, studied, and taught in several external and internal martial arts over the past 35 years. The main focus of his training over the past 26 years has been in the internal arts of Tai Chi Chuan, Bagua, and Qigong. Burlingame earned a 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate and a black belt in Arnis.

Voiceover Foundations course begins Tuesday, October 9

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education will offer a Voiceover Foundations course on Tuesday and Thursday nights, October 9–18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the campus of Westfield State University.

Taught by actor and voiceover artist Mike Jablon, this exciting course is full of techniques designed to offer a foundation in the world of voiceover. Through four highly interactive two-hour sessions, participants in this course will build their self-confidence as a voice actor, working with live equipment while receiving feedback from an industry professional. Participants will also receive an MP3 recording of one of their pieces at the conclusion of the program.

The cost of this course is $120. To register online, visit

About the instructor
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Mike Jablon is an actor and voiceover artist. He earned an A.S. in broadcasting and telecommunications from Mount Wachusett Community College and a B.S. from the mass communications film program at Emerson College. As a voiceover talent, he has worked for global companies such as Tyson Foods, MassSave, Poland Spring, and Nestle. He also enjoys lending his character voices to numerous projects. As an on-camera actor, he was “Binders Gast” in the Brad L. Coley gothic thriller, East of Acadia, “Sam” in the Eric Joslin dramatic film, Shoestrung, and “Milo Redding” in Jeremiah Johnson’s compelling film, Among Wolves. Mike also returned to the theatre and took the stage as “Bill” in George Masselem’s production of Our Capital. Most recently he can be seen as “Ezekiel” in Comedy Central’s Time Traveling Bong. In addition to working as a full time actor, Mike is also the audio/visual technical director at Lau Lapides Company, a full service coaching and production company for actors in Boston, NYC, and Miami.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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