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Phone: 816.604.1000

Whatever your interests, the Metropolitan Community College Community Education Department has what you are looking for when it comes to education for enrichment and fun.

Whether it is finding life's purpose, exploring the art of meditation, planning for retirement, or focusing on health and wellness, you can find that perfect class and instructor at Metropolitan Community College.

Career and Business

Personal Branding and Tips for Professional Growth

In this session, we will help you identify your unique brand. You'll gain insight into the characteristics that your coworkers see in you to determine if they align with how you want to be seen. You'll learn how to build and promote the online and offline elements of your brand, how to identify what differentiates you from others and understanding your unique strengths and brand key words.

You will be given a "pre-workshop" questionnaire to be completed before the class session. Pen and paper are recommended for note taking.

Fee: $25
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Maggie Garcia

Navigating LinkedIn

In this session, you will learn to leverage the power of the ultimate job search tool, LinkedIn, a platform that boasts 332+ million users and is used by 93% of recruiters. You will learn how to develop a strong LinkedIn profile that can serve as a combination resume and bio, while allowing your personality to shine through! Objectives of this course include; learning the key LinkedIn concepts and strategies, starting to build your professional brand and having a completed, LinkedIn to do list. Ask questions and get feedback from the instructor as time allows.

Sign up for LinkedIn prior to the class to familiarize yourself with the layout and to have the ability to update items as we move through the session. Pen and paper are recommended for note taking.

Fee: $25
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Maggie Garcia

Writing a Winning Cover Letter

In this session, you will learn how to write an effective cover letter that will increase your chances of landing an interview. This course presents a logical process that works through the 3 parts of a job cover letter: the intro, the body, and the closing. Objectives of this course include; deconstructing the advertisement to align with the job's requirements, avoiding the typical mistakes that lead to your application being discarded, making a great first impression that highlights your personal brand.

Pen and paper are recommended for note taking.

Fee: $25
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Maggie Garcia

Writing a Winning Resume

In this session, you'll learn how to create an effective resume or improve the one you already have. Make the most of your work experience and discover how to distinguish yourself as an ideal candidate. Objectives of this course include; understanding the key components of a resume and how to organize the information to maximize the space, understanding common resume mistakes and how to avoid them.

Having a copy of your resume to refer to as we talk through the various resume sections is helpful. Pen and paper are recommended for note taking.

Fee: $25
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Maggie Garcia

Interviewing – the Preparation

Job interviews can bring out anxiety in the best of us, but with some preparation and practice, you can walk into the interview, feeling confident and ready to make a great impression! Objectives of this course include; how to prepare for Zoom and phone interviews, how to know what questions they'll ask, understanding common interview mistakes and how to avoid them.

To prepare for the course find at least one job that you could see yourself applying for either now or in the future and have it pulled up on your device or have a printed copy. Pen and paper are recommended for note taking.

Fee: $25
Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Maggie Garcia

Interviewing – the Questions

Questions are the meat of the job interview. In this session, you'll learn how to answer common interview questions. Objectives of this course include; how to answer behavioral interview questions, what are common questions that interviewers ask and the best way to respond.

Come prepared to talk about questions that you've been asked in a job interview that stumped you. Pen and paper are recommended for note taking.

Fee: $25
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Maggie Garcia

Introduction to Hospitality

Are you looking for a career in Hospitality? Did you know that the Hospitality Industry is one of the fasted growing career needs in our city? First-class service and gracious hospitality only look easy, but they require strong leadership, creative problem solving, and communication skills. Metropolitan Community College's Introduction to Hospitality course prepares students for a variety of positions within the hospitality industry as well as an overview of today's hot issues, including ethical challenges and management concerns. Receive AHLEI Certification of completion to help you apply for careers in travel and tourism, catering, event planning, restaurant and food service, resort and cruise ships, entrepreneurship, and more.

Fee: $420
Date: Mondays, October 12-December 8, 10 Weeks
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Cynthia Savage

Grant Writing Finally Made Easy

Grants are plentiful, for those who know, when, where, and how to apply. This workshop is for new and experienced grant writers who are ready to write foundation grants for existing organizations in half-the-time. This workshop will walk you through grant writing step-by-step in half the time using examples of real grants that are open year-round. The workshop includes getting your collaborative team ready to write foundation grants, tips on how to locate current grant opportunities, developing an understanding of the components of most grants, and a tutorial on how to use the exclusive questionnaire styled template that helps grant writers answer questions common to most grants in half-the-time. Includes PDF Workbook.

Fee: $89
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Dr. Barbara Wright

Grants Management Finally Made Easy

Learn advanced techniques in writing local, state and federal grants, and learn to optimize your time as a Grants Coordinator or Manager by using exclusive and proven forms and techniques. These tools will help you write more efficiently and manage the implementation and reporting that is required after you are awarded a grant. This workshop will provide you with simplified tools, tips, and techniques to streamline the grants coordination and management process from the receipt of the grant award letter, implementation, evaluation, and reporting with commonly available online resources. Includes PDF Workbook.

Fee: $89
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 6- 8 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Dr. Barbara Wright

Budgeting, Finance & Fundraising Finally Made Easy

Learn a quick system that will have you building budgets before you leave the class. This step-by-step workbook that is included with the course will help you to build a scalable budget that will take you from startup to success. This course will also provide you with an exclusive proven method to help your new or existing non-profit organization become more financially healthy.

Fee: $89
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Dr. Barbara Wright

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Family and Health Care

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. 

Fee: $24
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Stana Martin

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Finance and Law

Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement

This course focuses on how to prepare for a comfortable retirement. This informational seminar introduces you to concepts and strategies that may help you handle your day-to-day finances, potentially reduce your taxes, and manage your investments. What's more, it will discuss how you can assess your current financial situation and develop a personalized plan that may help you pursue your retirement goals. Topics include: Minimizing taxes, maximizing retirement plan distribution options, structuring investments for growth, creating a secure retirement income plan, and much more! Workbook included.

Fee: $59 each or $79 for a couple
Date: Thursdays, October 22, 29, November 5, 2020
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Nick Kendall

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Language and Communication

Introduction to Japanese MODULE 1 Novice-Low

Introduction to Japanese Language Module 1 is designed to prepare the beginning language student for a short-term experience in Japan. Throughout the course students will learn fundamental grammar structures used for simple everyday conversations and develop skills to handle some survival situations. Students will also learn to recognize the three different writing systems (Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji) and confidently write their name in the system called Katakana.  The goal of this module is to produce a successful self-introduction presentation.

Fee: $120
Date: Saturdays, October 3-December 12, 2020 (No Class November 28)
Time: 9-9:50 a.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Tracie Whiting Kipper

Introduction to Japanese MODULE 5 Novice-Mid

Introduction to Japanese Language Module 5 is designed to prepare the beginning language student for a short-term experience in Japan. Throughout the course students will learn fundamental grammar structures focusing on verbs used for simple everyday conversations and develop skills to handle some survival situations.  Students will also learn to read and write 6 kanji characters related to common verbs and 13 basic number related characters.  The goal of this module is to produce successful casual invitations to friends and family to join you in doing things on your day off or during the holidays.

Fee: $120
Date: Saturdays, October 3-December 12, 2020 (No Class November 28)
Time: 10-10:50 a.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Tracie Whiting Kipper

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Mind-Body-Focus

Hatha Yoga with Meditation & Relaxation

Increase your flexibility and decrease the stress in your life through yoga and relaxation. This class, for both beginning and intermediate skill levels, includes Hatha Yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Bring a yoga or exercise mat and two blocks, as well as water.

Fee: $112
Date: Session 2 – Mondays, October 19-December 14, 2020
Time: 6-7:15 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Kristin Gideon

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Special Interest

How to Travel Free & Safely

We're ready to get back to our travels! When it is safe to go on a trip, where can we go, how do we stay safe, and how do we make our travel free? If you are near retirement, changing careers, a student, or someone who likes the idea of making additional income to support your travel dream, this class is for you. World traveler Gina Henry shows you how she is prepared for the new "travel normal" including important tips on safety, trip insurance, what to do if you become sick, and other strategies. Discover over 200 ways to travel free. Earn free airline tickets, hotel nights, tours & more in the USA & worldwide! Volunteering, fun work-vacations, paid travel, teaching English and remote employment opportunities. Tuition includes Gina's 100-page ebook "How to Travel Free & Safely" (retail value $39.95).

Fee: $59
Date: Monday, October 12, 2020
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Gina Henry

ABC's of Medicare Insurance

Master the alphabet soup of Medicare insurance. There are many options from which to choose, but the process can be confusing. If all the letters and acronyms you see have your head spinning, this class is for you. You will learn about the different parts of Medicare, supplement plans and the difference between PPOs and HMOs. No specific plans will be shared; this class is for educational purposes only. 

Fee: $24
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020 or Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Jeff David

1-2-3's of Social Security

About 174 million workers paid into Social Security in 2018. How do you qualify for Social Security retirement benefits and when is the best age to start receiving them? We'll discuss benefits for spouses—currently married or divorced—and survivor benefits. What about continuing to work past the average retirement age? We'll talk about how extending your working years will affect Social Security and Medicare benefits, as well as looking at a retirement estimator. This will be a relaxed class that will make the fundamentals of Social Security as easy as 1-2-3.

Fee: $24
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 or Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Jeff David

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Technology

Introduction to MS-Office 2016

Learn the most commonly used parts of the Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. These three applications are included in even the most basic plans offered by Microsoft. Learn to create, format, enhance, save and print your documents, spreadsheets and presentations using Microsoft Office 2016. You'll learn the basics of the ribbon, the Backstage view and the Quick Access Toolbar. Required book can be purchased from the campus bookstore. Prerequisite: Basic keyboard and mouse skills. 

Fee: $84
Date: Mondays and Wednesdays, October 12, 14, 19 & 21, 2020
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Teresa Wedel

Introduction to MS-Excel 2016

Do you want to excel at MS-Excel? Our experienced instructor will teach you the basic functions and features of this powerful spreadsheet program. You'll learn the names of all the parts of the Excel window, such as the Quick Access Toolbar, ribbon, tab, cell and formula bar. Create a spreadsheet; discover the most commonly used functions to make powerful calculations; and learn tips, tricks and shortcuts. Whether you want to learn to use Excel for personal or business use, this class will help you master the basics. Required book can be purchased from the campus bookstore. Prerequisite: Basic keyboard and mouse skills. 

Fee: $84
Date: Mondays & Wednesdays, November 2, 4, 9 & 11, 2020
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Teresa Wedel

Windows 10 

If you've recently purchased a new computer, there is a good chance it came loaded with Microsoft's updated operating system, Windows 10. There are many differences between this version of Windows and its predecessors, not the least of which is what it looks like to the average computer user. Come explore this new system, which is designed to integrate seamlessly with mobile devices and bring a new level of innovation and security to all users. 

Fee: $39
Date: TBD
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Virtual Class Instructor: Teresa Wedel

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