Danielle Coila, Continuing Education Program Specialist, started at WWCC in 2015.
Most important part of the job?
The most important thing I do is help the community by putting together classes that people need or want. People come to us with ideas for classes they’d like to teach, and we also have a list of classes people want and we’d like to offer, but don’t have anyone to teach. Still, almost anyone could look at our catalogue and find something they want to learn about, or to try.
Keeping up with all of the programs I work with: Quest (classes and activities for people aged 50+), Community Education, Kid’s College, our Ed2Go online classes, and the Non-Profit and Community Learning Center, which we offer in partnership with Sherwood Trust.
People should know?
We offer something for everyone. And we’re always looking for instructors. For example, we want an instructor to teach mushroom hunting, but it seems like people don’t want to share their secret mushroom locations. We also have people that really want a class in upholstering, but we don’t have anyone to teach it. And we always want more arts and crafts classes.
I love animals, maybe too much! I have three dogs, three cats, two chinchillas, two horses, and some fish. And I used to have ferrets too, but I re-homed them. The chinchillas get too hot here so they have little granite pads that they lie on to stay cool.
I teach classes for the Humane Society, puppy and adult dog classes, as well as AKC Canine Good Citizen classes, which is the first step to being a therapy dog.
I enjoy reading. Right now I’m re-reading Game of Thrones in anticipation of the final season coming out. I like to spend time with family and friends. I go up to Spokane to visit my Mom and brother, and my niece and nephew. I enjoy traveling, when I can get some time off work. My favorite trip so far was to Cabo San Lucas, where we got to swim with dolphins. That was really fun.
In addition to my family in Spokane I have a brother who lives here and a sister who lives in Alaska. She just got married last week, which was really exciting, and I was her maid of honor.