Longview Non-Credit

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MCC-Longview
Business Building, Room 101
500 SW Longview Rd.
Lee's Summit, MO 64081

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Phone: 816.604.2030

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These noncredit online classes offer flexibility and convenience. Classes run for six weeks, and consist of 12 lessons.

 
 

Find a class for fun or for your own enrichment

MCC-Longview's Community Education offers a wide variety of fun and educational classes for the everyone.

Class schedules are published three times a year; in the Spring and Fall for non-credit classes and once in the summer for our College for Kids programs. It can be picked up at a number of locations around Lee's Summit and Eastern Jackson County. Download a copy of our Fall brochure or explore our class offerings below.

All of our non-credit classes are open to students of all ages and academic levels. These classes can enhance your career or provide personal growth and satisfaction.

 

Basic Drawing

Are you tired of living on the left side of your brain? Even with no artistic experience, you can develop new skills and a new way of seeing the world. Learn the fundamental concepts in drawing, such as perspective, line and contour drawing and value (light and shadow). This is your opportunity to explore a skill in a non-threatening environment taught by a professional art instructor. A materials list will be provided.

Instructor: Nancy Morrison
Dates: 4 Thurs., Starts Feb. 26
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Fee: $64


Oil and Acrylic Painting

Paint like the artist you’ve always dreamed of being. Whether a beginner or an advanced painter, you will learn techniques to enrich your painting experience. You’ll learn tips about using light source, shadows and glazing that will help you form your own personal style. Enjoy the process and join the fun. Let the artist in you arise! A materials list will be provided.

Instructor: Julie Hudspeth Skinner

Dates: 5 Tues., Starts Feb. 3
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee:  $79

Beginning Watercolor

You will be introduced to basic materials and learn different techniques that make watercolor such a versatile medium. Experiment with techniques such as washes, various wet and dry brush methods, color layering and blending. Color theory and composition will be included. No previous painting or drawing experience is required. This class is perfect for beginners. A materials list will be provided.

Instructor: Nancy Morrison
Dates: 4 Thurs., Starts April 2
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Fee: $64

Soul Paint

Everyone possesses the seeds of creativity. Step away from the outside world of stress and into a world of peace, joy and acceptance through painting! This class is not one that teaches you how to paint an object in front of you, but rather teaches you to connect to your inner self and unlock your heart for self-expression. Learn to free yourself of doubt, stress and judgment and harness the beauty of your own unique, creative style. We’ll explore mixed-media and acrylic painting, while learning new techniques along the way! A materials list will be provided.

Instructor: Amy Jo
Dates: 4 Tues., Starts March 17
Time: 6-9 p.m.

Fee: $69

Sew a T-Shirt Quilt

Want a special gift for a graduate, friend or family member? If you have 6 to 24 t-shirts, you can design and make a keepsake quilt for someone to cherish. You will cut the t-shirts to make the blocks in the first session. In the second session, you will sew the blocks together to form the quilt top. The completed quilt top can either be hand tied or machine quilted. You must supply your own t-shirts. This project requires you to spend extra time working on your quilt outside the class time. Anticipate spending 6 to 10 hours preparing your quilt blocks before coming to the second class session.

Instructor: Judy Foglio
Dates: 3 Mon., Starts Feb. 16
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $54

Learn the Knack of Knitting

Enjoy the creative energy of learning the art of knitting. Master the four basic skills of knitting: casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch and binding off. Tackle these skills and you will be able to make scarves, shawls, blankets and other warm and cozy items for gifting or for yourself! This class will introduce you to other aspects of knitting like pattern reading, gauge, knitting lingo, tools of the trade and resources to help launch your relaxing and productive new hobby!

Supplies will be provided for the FIRST CLASS ONLY. At the first class, you will learn about the yarn and needle supplies you will need to bring to the remaining sessions. If you are already familiar with the tools of the trade, bring a wound skein of worsted weight yarn and appropriate size US 8 or 9, 13” single point needles.

Instructor: Karen Neal
Dates: 3 Mon. & 3 Wed., Starts Feb. 2
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Fee: $64


Crochet Corner

Cozy up with a crochet hook and some yarn as you learn the skills you need to complete crochet creations. All levels welcome! In addition to mastering basic crochet stitches, we will be tackling the crochet instructions you want to learn for your own projects. We will learn pattern reading and abbreviations, crochet lingo, tools of the trade and other resources to advance your skills. From there you will be able to express your creative energy making afghans, scarves, toys, hats, purses—whatever you can dream up! Please bring to class: a small amount of two or three colors of medium-weight yarn and a size G crochet hook, or supplies recommended by the pattern of your choice.

Instructor: Karen Neal
Dates: 4 Mon. & 4 Wed., Starts Feb. 23
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
(Note: no class the week of spring break, March 9-14)
Fee: $84


The Great Interview

Most people hate interviewing. However, if you know understand the process, interviews don't have to be scary! Work Warrior's interview workshop teaches participants what the interviewer is thinking, what types of questions to expect, and how to handle even the trickiest of interview situations.

Instructor: Marianne Worthington
Date: Tues., Feb. 3
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $24


Manners Matter

Manners allow you to build relationships and help you grow in your professional career. By understanding how to handle sticky situations, you have the power to handle yourself with professionalism. Manners aren't about a long list of rules. Instead manners are about presenting the very best you. This workshop teaches you how to start building relationships at work and handle tough situations with grace and style.

Instructor: Marianne Worthington
Date: Tues., Feb. 10
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $24

 

Be a Communication Rockstar!

Every day we communicate with others. During this rockstar workshop we discuss appropriate and inappropriate work conversations along with email, phone and follow up etiquette. Communication is key when it comes to growing your professional career. This workshop gives you tools to make the most out of the many ways we can communicate.

Instructor: Marianne Worthington
Date: Tues., Feb. 17
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $24

 

Why Teams Matter: Build Your Team, Build Your Business

Learn sign language to communicate with the hearing impaired. You will learn the manual alphabet, basic signs and some deaf culture. Emphasis is on individual application.

Instructor: Marianne Worthington
Date: Tues., Feb. 24
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $24

 

Understanding Personalities in the Workplace

Can't we all just get along? When you understand the personalities of you, your coworkers and your clients, you are better able to communicate and get daily tasks done more efficiently. This workshop walks through different personalities found in the workplace and provides tools on how you can better communicate in the workplace!

Instructor: Marianne Worthington
Date: Tues., March 3
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $24

Directing a Purposeful Career Transition

What are you going to do after you retire?
What is your next “hole in one” going to be?

This two-session “Directing a Purposeful Career Transition” workshop is designed for “Boomers” anticipating a career transition or seeking post-retirement employment opportunities. Through discussion and activities, we will focus on your values, priorities, life situation, and the strengths you want to use. We will identify your important job search criteria and help you visualize the type of job that complements this self-assessment. You will explore the barriers that prevent you from moving forward and identify your next steps.

We will explore and discuss the answers to these questions:

Session 1: Tues., April 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    • Why think about job and career planning after retirement?
    • What is the picture of your current and future situation?
    • What do you already know about yourself?
    • What are your Values, Strengths and Priorities?

Session 2: Tues., April 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    • What have been your experiences in the job search?
    • What are the tools and the marketing strategy for your job search?
    • What Job Criteria will you include in this search?
    • What are the Barriers and Next Steps for you?

Instructor: Burke Maxted & Linda Anderson
Dates: 2 Tues., April 21 & 28
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $39

Social Media Marketing

Are you behind the social media curve? Learn how to use blogs, Facebook, Twit­ter, YouTube and other tools to network with potential customers, colleagues and friends. Learn do’s and don’ts, proper social media etiquette, and ways to grow your business fan base and expand your outreach. Students MUST have a Facebook account (go to www.facebook.com and sign up) before attending this course.

Instructor: Mike Ekey
Date: Thurs., April 23
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Fee: $34

Freedom Seekers: Stories from the Western Underground Railroad

Local filmmaker Gary Jenkins unveils his new documentary about the western branch of the Underground Railroad that before and during the Civil War transported escaped slaves from the Kansas City area to freedom in the north.

Instructor: Gary Jenkins
Date: Thurs., Feb. 26
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $24

Gangland Wire: The Rise and Fall of the River Quay

Gangland Wire is Gary Jenkins’ third documentary film. During the 1970s, he was assigned to the KCPD Organized Crime Unit. During that time, a grass roots development in the City Market area became known as the River Quay. An organized crime dispute over parking rights and strip clubs would destroy the area. Using clips from his documentary, filmmaker and former KCPD detective Jenkins tells this story as only an insider could, using excerpts from wiretaps and interviews with participants. 

Instructor: Gary Jenkins
Date: Wed., March 25
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $24


Urban Chickens!

Discover the joys and benefits of backyard chicken keeping in this educational new workshop. We’ll cover fundamentals like different breeds, what to look for in a coop, care for your backyard flock, how to raise baby chicks, health issues, city regulations and the thrill of bringing fresh eggs to your table.

Instructor: Barb McKinney
Date: Thurs., March 26
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $29


How to Attract Backyard Birds

Roll out the welcome mat and convince birds to call your place home rather than your neighbor's! To make your backyard a haven for birds, provide the essentials: food, water and shelter. We will look at what different birds prefer to dine on so you can attract the species you want and deter those you’d rather not have hang around. Birds need water, so we’ll look at various ways to keep it fresh during cold winter days. Proper shelter will keep your feathered friends in your yard longer, brightening up a drab landscape. We’ll put this trio to work to make your house the most hospitable on the block!

Instructor: Kitty Tiemeier, Owner of Wild Bird Center
Date: Wed., Feb. 11
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $24


From Seed to Sod: Create a Thriving Midwestern Lawn

When establishing a new lawn, a common question asked is, "Should I seed or sod?" Both have advantages and disadvantages. There are three important decisions when considering establishment methods: turfgrass selection, site preparation and care of the new lawn. These considerations will be discussed for each establishment method. Determine which is best for your lawn and the time you have to maintain it.

Instructor: David Kriegh
Date: Tues., Feb. 24
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $24

Annual Flowers for Summer-long Color

True annuals are plants that go through their entire life cycle-from seed to bloom to seed production to death in one year. Some of the plants typically thought of as annuals are actually biennials, perennials or shrubs in warmer climates. They are started indoors to encourage early bloom and remain in bloom all summer. We’ll look at different varieties and which are best suited for your tastes and lifestyle.

Instructor: David Kriegh
Date: Thurs., March 5
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $24

Demystifying Houseplants

Do you think you have a brown thumb? Does house plant care seem like guesswork? There's really no mystery to keeping house plants healthy and there's no such thing as a brown thumb, only a lack of know-how. Learn preferred indoor spaces for different varieties of plants – shady, sunny or a combination.

Instructor: Master Gardner Lu Tarr
Date: Tues., March 3
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $19


Rain Gardens: Lovely and Practical

When you have rain, it runs off your roof, down your driveway and sidewalks, into the streets, storm drains, creeks and ultimately to the ocean. Some of it is actually absorbed by your gardens and lawn, but most of it is run-off, carrying all kinds of material with it. What if you could capture much of that run-off and use it for a garden, with the excess percolating downward to recharge the aquifer below, purifying itself as it goes through the soil? You can, by adding a rain garden to your property. Besides being a lovely landscaping feature, a rain garden mimics nature: it intercepts run-off, decreases erosion, reduces pollutant transport, irrigates the plants in it and acts as a mini-filtration system.

Instructor: Master Gardner Darlene Arnett
Date: Tues., March 24
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $19

Preparing Your Garden for Spring

Winter is normally a quiet time in the garden but it won't be long before spring arrives and you’ll be caught up in the frenzy of seed-sowing, growing and nurturing your garden as it comes to life! Getting your garden in order early will help make the spring a little less hectic. We’ll look at the steps necessary to lay a good foundation for the upcoming season.

Instructor: Master Gardner Mary Wood
Date: Thurs., March 19
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Build a Backyard Pond

Beautify your landscape with a pond. You can do it yourself after taking this class. We'll cover basic pond construction, filtration, lighting, location, landscaping ideas and maintenance. What lives in your pond is important, too, so we'll learn about water plants and fish. Create a tranquil, relaxing spot in your backyard that both you and the aquatic creatures can enjoy!

Instructor: Greg Loftin
Date: Thurs., April 23
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $24



Homebuyer’s Workshop

Tired of Renting? Thinking about buying a new home, but not sure where to start? Learn how you can take advantage of current market opportunities to buy a home. We will explore choosing a realtor, finding and buying a home, deciding how much mortgage you can afford, finding creative financing, negotiating a price, qualifying for a loan and special programs for first-time buyers. This informative class helps answer the many questions you may have regarding the home-buying process.

Instructor: Gayla Hoit
Date: Mon., March 23
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $24


Toilet and Sink Installation and Maintenance

Are your bathroom fixtures in need of major updating? Say goodbye to that water-wasting toilet and learn to install a newer, more efficient one. A more fashionable sink can also change the look of a bathroom. Learn to install and maintain these two important fixtures to make your bathroom not only beautiful, but more efficient as well.

Instructor: Bruce Harden, Platinum Professional Group Plumbing
Date: Thurs., April 2
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee - $24


An Easy Update for Your Kitchen or Bath

Sinks and faucets do a lot of the dirty work in our kitchens and baths, and can start to look a little wear-worn after time. Replacing them with updated models can change the look of your space and make your work easier.

Instructor: Bruce Harden, Platinum Professional Group Plumbing
Date: Thurs., April 9
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee - $24


Garbage Disposal Installation

Tired of food waste making your trash smelly? A garbage disposal could be just what you’ve been looking for. With a few hours and the right tools, learn to install this handy kitchen tool with less cash than if you paid someone to do it for you.

Instructor: Bruce Harden, Platinum Professional Group Plumbing
Date: Thurs., April 16
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee - $24

Bathtub and Shower Repair

Your shower head should be spraying enough water to get the job done, while your drain keeps up its end of the bargain so your tub doesn’t fill with water. Learn the ins and outs of bathtub and shower repair from top to bottom—shower heads, faucets and drains.

Instructor: Bruce Harden, Platinum Professional Group Plumbing
Date: Thurs., April 23
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee - $24


Beginning Spanish – Level 1

The innovative program 10 Minutes a Day is easy to use and will have you speaking Spanish immediately. Using labels, flash cards, games and more, you will learn more than 300 vocabulary words including numbers, colors and verbs. This class is designed for those with no prior knowledge of Spanish. Bring a 3-ring notebook and index cards.

Instructor: Karen Lange
Dates: 6 Tues., Starts Jan. 27
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Fee: $94, includes book


Beginning Spanish – Level 2

Continuing with the program 10 Minutes a Day, you will practice more advanced communication skills encountered in typical day-to-day situations. We will also practice the most important words used by travelers such as introducing yourself, getting around the area and ordering food in a restaurant.

Prerequisite: Spanish – Level 1 or equivalent.

Instructor: Karen Lange
Dates: 6 Tues., Starts March 17
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Fee: $74, no book provided
Fee: $94, includes book

French for Travelers

Paris -- City of Light. Are you considering visiting this beautiful city or do you just want to learn something new? Join us in a simple approach to learn basic communication phrases and vocabulary for that trip of a lifetime! You’ll be able to order from a menu, ask questions, get directions, use numbers and a calendar, go shopping and much more. In addition, we’ll share cultural insights to help you really enjoy your trip. This class is designed for those with no prior knowledge of the language.

Instructor: Angela Shepard-Coats
Dates: 6 Wed., Starts March 25
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Fee: $94, includes book

Sign Language I

Learn sign language to communicate with the hearing impaired. You will learn the manual alphabet, basic signs and some deaf culture. Emphasis is on individual application.

Instructor: Debra Swinger
Dates: 6 Thurs., Starts Jan. 29
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $69

 

Sign Language II

A continuation of our Sign Language I class to take your skills to the next level.

Prerequisite: Sign Language I or equivalent.

Instructor: Debra Swinger
Dates: 6 Thurs., Starts March 19
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $69


Beginning Japanese I

This course makes it easy and enjoy­able for beginners to master the essen­tials of the Japanese language. Learn vocabulary words to introduce yourself. Practice useful conversational phrases for having a brief conversation and traveling in Japan. Learn how to write Japanese (Hiragana).  We’ll practice drills and dialogue, do interactive exercises and gain cultural knowledge.

Instructor: Eriko Otsuka Wehmeyer

Dates: 6 Tuesdays, Starts Jan. 27
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $144, Includes the book Japanese for Busy People I


Beginning Japanese II

This course is a continuation of Beginning Japanese I. We will expand our vocabulary to have more in-depth conversations.

Prerequisite: Beginning Japanese I or equivalent.

Instructor: Eriko Otsuka Wehmeyer
Dates: 6 Tues., Starts March 17
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $84


Italian for Travelers

Acquire the basic skills needed to speak, read, write and understand the Italian language with the 10 Minutes a Day series. This innovative program is easy to use and will have you speaking Italian immediately. Practice how to engage in everyday conversations from ordering at a restaurant to asking for directions. You will also be introduced to the Italian culture and customs.

Instructor: Lisa Power
Dates: 8 Sat., Starts Jan. 31
Time: 9-11 a.m.
(Note: no class the week of spring break, March 9-14)
Fee: $114, includes book


Italian for Travelers II

Extend the lessons in the previous class by improving your accent and expanding your vocabulary through conversation.

Prerequisite: Italian for Travelers or equivalent.

Instructor: Lisa Power
Dates: 6 Sat., Starts April 4
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Fee - $94, no book provided
Fee - $114, includes book


Conflict Resolution is the Solution

Have you ever had difficulty communicating with someone?  Are you always bumping heads with other individuals such as co-workers, family members, a neighbor or even a close friend? Then some useful pointers in conflict resolution are exactly what you need. Learning how to communicate effectively and expressing your feelings while simultaneously hearing the concerns of others is crucial in all close relationships. Everyone wants to be validated! This class will teach you how to listen, how to talk to others without sounding like you're attacking them, how to be assertive and how to take the feelings of others into consideration. These skills are valuable and can be used with any relationship you have for the rest of your life!

Instructor: Audrey Saunders
Dates: Tues. & Thurs., Feb. 24 & 26
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $39

Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

In recent years, more women have made it to the top of the executive suite. And, still, the percentages are not where they should be. More women need to develop the unique style to compete on a par with men for the top positions in industry. Master proven communication techniques to see your career soar. The proven techniques of vocal communication are available using the FULL VOICE™ Vocal Communication Method.

Instructor: Garrett Gardner
Date: Sat., May 2
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fee - $99

How to Have Credibility at a Moment’s Notice

Are you one of the few people who possess that unique style, charisma, chutzpa and flare for the dramatic? No? Learn how to get people to listen to you, take you seriously and take appropriate action. You can say what you have to say well, whenever you have to: on the phone, one-to-one and in group situations. Don’t miss this workshop!

Instructor: Garrett Gardner, founder and president of FULL VOICE™
Date: Sat., April 4
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fee: $99

Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement

Highly recommended for adults of all ages.

Topics include:

  * Minimizing taxes
  * Maximizing retirement plan distribution options
  * Structuring investments for growth
  * Creating a secure retirement income plan
  * And much more!

Instructor: Rob Overton, Financial Planner,Financial Professionals, Inc.
Dates: 3 Thurs., Starts Jan. 22
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Fee: $59/single, includes workbook;
Fee: $79/couple, one workbook
        (Fee includes optional private consultation.)


Basic Estate Planning and Wills

Determine the appropriate estate plan for you. Topics will include: the probate process, beneficiaries, executors and guardians, property titles, powers of attorney and non-probate transfers.

Instructor: Chinnery Law Office
Date: Tues., Feb. 24
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $24


Living Trusts

How much do you know about trusts? Is a living trust right for you? We will discuss avoiding probate, managing your assets during incapacity, providing for beneficiaries, minimizing taxes and more.

Instructor: Chinnery Law Office
Date: Tues., March 3
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $24


Now You’re an Executor!

So, you’ve been asked to be the executor of someone’s will, but do you know what that entails? We’ll explain the duties, obligations and liabilities of an executor. This comprehensive overview of issues includes everything from commencing the probate process through the closing of the estate. This course is designed to address the concerns often experienced when people are faced with this seemingly overwhelming task.

Instructor: Chinnery Law Office
Date: Tues., March 17
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $24


Aging with Dignity: Exploring Long-Term Care

As medical science progresses and Baby Boomers age, there are an increasing number of people who will need long-term care services before they die. This class will cover the intricacies of what Medicare will pay, when Medicaid will pay, when private insurance is appropriate and all the other options people should consider when planning for their own care or the care of an aging family member. Long-term care does NOT have to be a nursing home. Know your choices, learn the costs and be prepared to age with dignity.

Instructor: Stana Martin
Date: Thurs., April 23
Time: 7-9- p.m.
Fee: $24


Planning for a Child with Special Needs

Parents of children with physical, mental or emotional disabilities devote countless hours to caring for their special needs. We want to help you understand the planning your child may need during all stages of life. We’ll cover Social Security, determining eligibility and why it’s important. Find out about a special needs trust and protecting assets for your children. Guardianship will be discussed, as well as the importance of creating a blueprint for providing care after parents are gone. We will review how planning for your child with special needs is different both legally and financially.

Instructor: Scott Adams, CFP
Date: Tues., April 2
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $24


Computer Essentials – Just the Basics

If you have never worked with computers or are a very new user, join us for this easy-paced introductory class. We will cover the basics of using the mouse, opening and using programs, saving and printing your documents and survival skills for the new computer user.

Instructor: Rick Parr

Section A:
Section B:
Dates: 2 Mondays & 2 Wednesdays,
Starts: March 16
Dates: 2 Mondays & 2 Wednesdays,
Starts: April 20
Time: 6-8 p.m.  
Time: 6-8 p.m. 
Fee: $74     
Fee: $74


Introduction to MS-Word 2013

Learn the basics of this user-friendly word processing package for computers. You will focus on the menu system and tool bar, as well as create and edit documents.

Prerequisite: Keyboard and mouse skills.

Instructor: Teresa Wedel

Section A:
Section B:
Dates: 2 Tues. & 1 Thurs.
Starts Feb. 3
Dates: 2 Tues. & 1 Thurs.
Starts April 7
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Time 6-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $90, includes book
Fee: $90, includes book


Introduction to MS-Excel 2013

Discover the basic functions and features of this powerful spreadsheet program. Learn the Excel menu system and tool bars, how to enter and edit data, enter a formula into a worksheet and adjust column widths.

Prerequisite: Keyboard and mouse skills.

Instructor: Teresa Wedel

Section A:
Section B:
Dates: 2 Tues. & 1 Thurs.
Starts Feb. 17
Dates: 2 Tues. & 1 Thurs.
Starts April 21
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $90, includes book
Fee: $90, includes book


Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint

Deliver professional or personal presentations using MS PowerPoint. Create stunning slides, overheads, handouts, and online projects by integrating text and graphics.

Prerequisite: Keyboard and mouse skills.

Instructor: Teresa Wedel
Date: 2 Tues. & 1 Thurs., Starts March 10
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $90, includes book


Get the Most from Your iPad

Join your instructor, Adam Burns, for an exploration of your iPad’s many features. We’ll cover browsing the web; viewing your photos (via albums, events, faces, or places); e-mail; watching movies, Netflix, or TV; playing music; reading and buying books; using Google maps; editing your calendar; syncing with your computer and much more! Also, learn how to install additional free and iPad-specific applications via Apple’s App Store. Bring your iPad, USB cable and laptop (optional) to class.

Instructor: Adam Burns
Date: Wed., April 22
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $39

Buying and Selling on eBay & Craigslist

Online auctions match buyers and sellers in a global marketplace for almost anything. If you’ve ever dreamed of working from or just earning extra income by buying and selling goods online, our instructor will guide you every step of the way. Learn to create titles that get noticed, craft advertising copy that sells items quickly and for top dollar, and upload photos of your items. You’ll also learn how to conduct financial transactions, accept credit card payments, and pack and ship any item hassle-free. If you’re a buyer, you’ll learn how to value almost any item up for auction, get the best possible price, protect yourself against fraud and compete effectively against other bidders.

Instructor: Shawn Hallis
Date: Mon., April 6
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $39

Social Media Marketing

Are you behind the social media curve? Learn how to use blogs, Facebook, Twit­ter, YouTube and other tools to network with potential customers, colleagues and friends. Learn do’s and don’ts, proper social media etiquette, and ways to grow your business fan base and expand your outreach. Students MUST have a Facebook account (go to www.facebook.com and sign up) before attending this course.

Instructor: Mike Ekey
Date: Thurs., April 23
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Fee: $34

Basic Estate Planning and Wills

Determine the appropriate estate plan for you. Topics will include: the probate process, beneficiaries, executors and guardians, property titles, powers of attorney and non-probate transfers.

Instructor: Molly Nail
Date: Tuesday, October 7
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $24

Living Trusts

How much do you know about trusts? Is a living trust right for you? We will discuss avoiding probate, managing your assets during incapacity, providing for beneficiaries, minimizing taxes and more.

Instructor: Gayle Evans
Date: Tuesday, October 14
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $24

Now You’re an Executor!

So, you’ve been asked to be the executor of someone’s will, but do you know what that entails? We’ll explain the duties, obligations and liabilities of an executor. This comprehensive overview of issues includes everything from commencing the probate process through the closing of the estate. This course is designed to address the concerns often experienced when people are faced with this seemingly overwhelming task.

Instructor: Chinnery Law Office
Date: Tuesday, October 21
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $24

How to select a Financial Advisor

Is your financial planning being neglected because you don’t know what to do or the advice you are currently receiving is impersonal and infrequent? In this session we’ll discuss key aspects in choosing a financial advisor. Discussion will include online resources to begin your search, how to prepare an advisor service checklist, questions to ask upon first contact, core competencies your financial advisor must be able to display, red flags to look for, understanding the fee structure, setting expectations with the advisor and how to deal with problems that might arise. Empower yourself and your future with this jam-packed course.

Instructor: Jon Garlow

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Date: Tuesday, September 16
Date: Thursday, September 25
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $24
Fee: $24


Aging with Dignity: Exploring Long-Term Care

As medical science progresses and Baby Boomers age, there are an increasing number of people who will need long-term care services before they die. This class will cover the intricacies of what Medicare will pay, when Medicaid will pay, when private insurance is appropriate and all the other options people should consider when planning for their own care or the care of an aging family member. Long-term care does NOT have to be a nursing home. Know your choices, learn the costs and be prepared to age with dignity.

Instructor: Stana Martin
Date: Thursday, October 16
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $24

Why the Two-Party System Is Giving Us Gridlock And What to Do About It

Are you beyond frustrated with how politics is done today? Disgusted by the barrage of negative political ads? Appalled by Big Money’s influence? Sickened by the Gridlock? Want to know why this situation exists and what to do about it? Remember, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Don’t be a do-nothing. Come to our non-partisan, common-sense presentation. Find out how to change how politics is done, turn off the negative ads, neutralize Big Money’s influence and explode the Gridlock.

Instructor: Larry Bradley
Date: Tuesday, September 23
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Fee: $24

Employment Law Alphabet Soup: EEOC, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, ADEA, NLRA, MHRA, USERRA and WARN

The laws governing the employment relationship seem to have a language all their own—and it’s all acronyms. This class will decipher the code and explain what the law really means with regard to employment discrimination, hiring and firing issues, wage and hour regulation, paid vs. unpaid leave, labor organizing, and downsizing issues. Discussion will cover both the employer’s perspective and the employee’s perspective. This course will be useful to business owners, managers, HR professionals, and employees alike.

Instructor: Michael Dodig
Dates: Tuesday & Thursday, October 7 & 9
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $39

From Western Expansion to Western Electric: The History of Lee’s Summit in a Nutshell.

The history of Lee’s Summit is the history of the settlement of the Midwest. From the Louisiana Purchase to Missouri statehood, migrants from the east settled in Jackson County, forming a major jumping-off point for settling the West. The Civil War started here, and the impact of that conflict was felt in the culture for decades. Following the strife of the Civil War, William Howard laid the foundation for the city we now know as Lee’s Summit. Lee’s Summit turns 150 years old next year. This class will explore how it came from the open plains to one of the largest cities in Missouri—major players, major events and cultural changes.

Instructor: Michael Dodig
Dates: Tuesday & Thursday, September 23 & 25
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee:$39

Accessing Public Records Using FOIA and the Sunshine Law

Citizens have a right to access public records, whether the records are held by the federal government or by state and local government. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows access to federal records. The Missouri Sunshine Law allows access to records of the Missouri government as well as other governmental and public entities in the state. Learn how to use these statutes to acquire public records of various types.

Instructor: Michael Dodig
Date: Tuesday, October 28
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $24


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Just for Me!
A Getaway for Women at the Historic Longview Mansion
Date: Saturday, November 1
Time: 9 a.m.-Noon
 

Nelly Don: A Stitch in Time

If you think June Cleaver, you should thank Nelly Don. This fascinating woman is generally credited with having invented the housedress. From 1916 to 1978, Nelly Don produced 75 million dresses, making her the largest dress manufacturer of the 20th century. During her peak years, every fifteen seconds a woman somewhere in the world purchased a Nelly Don. Discover the story of this young woman of Irish heritage who started a dress making empire from her living room. Her legacy is her dresses known for quality, flair and affordability. Nelly Don: Just Try One On!
 

Terence O'Malleyis a Kansas City native and popular speaker who is well-known for his books and documentary films about the history of Kansas City. He has been featured on numerous radio and TV programs including "No Reservations" with Anthony Bourdain and "Mysteries at the Museum" on the Travel Channel. His films have been featured on the Documentary Channel, and in 2007 the City of Kansas City, Mo., honored Mr. O'Malley with a Proclamation for his documentation of important Kansas City history. In 2013, KC Magazine named Terence O'Malley as one of the 100 most influential people in Kansas City.

Admission: $39
Register today! Call 816.604.2030
Reservation Deadline: Tuesday, October 28
No refunds issued after this date.
 
Last Modified: 11/21/14