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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.


Explore the gentle, stress-relieving motions of Tai Chi—for FREE!

If you've ever been curious about this ancient Chinese tradition, now is your chance to find out what it's all about. We're offering a free session of "Tai Chi for Fun" on Monday, Dec. 2, from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

To register for this free session, click the blue Enroll button to go to our online enrollment
system. Click on "Fall," then "Mind-Body Focus"—this class will be the first one listed.

Career and Business

Ace That Interview

In the market for a new job or returning to work after a break? Interviewing is the major step that determines your success for a job offer. This class will help you capture your strengths during the interview process and portray yourself in a positive light. Learn to anticipate common interview questions, understand the importance of body language and be familiar with the different styles of interviews. Elevate your confidence level for your next interview!

Fee: $24

Blue River penn valley
Instructor: Tatia Shelton Instructor: Sonya Thomas
Thursday / Sept. 19 Wednesday / Oct. 9
6:00 pm - 7:30 PM 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Longview Maple Woods
Instructor: Maggie Garcia Instructor: Jackie Ware-Sodsod
Wednesday / Oct. 9 Thursday / Sept. 19
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

LinkedIn 101

As the work world continues to embrace the virtual world, your LinkedIn profile is “you” to those who don’t know you, so it’s worth spending some effort to get it into shape. This hands-on class will walk you through the steps to build a LinkedIn profile that reflects your goals and communicates your personal brand. Participants should create a LinkedIn account before attending the class and are encouraged to bring/have access to a professional looking photo (digital file) of themselves for uploading to LinkedIn.

Blue River penn valley
Instructor: Tatia Shelton Instructor: Sonya Thomas
Thursday / Oct. 17  Wednesday / Oct. 16
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Longview Maple Woods
Instructor: Maggie Garcia Instructor: Jackie Ware-Sodsod
Tuesday / Nov. 12 Thursday / Oct. 17
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nobody Likes Everybody: How to Get Along with People You Don't Like

There are always people that can bring out the worst in us, but we need to be able to proactively find ways to engage and empower them. This session focuses on identifying behavior patterns and real world tips and strategies, while forcing us all to realize that at some point, we are someone that another cannot stand.

Fee: $24

Maple Woods penn valley
Instructor: Laura Richards Instructor: Laura Richards
Thursday / Sept. 26 Thursday / Oct. 3
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Resume/Cover Letter Workshop

Creating a quality resume and cover letter can be a daunting task. This workshop will help you understand the purpose and importance of having a strong resume and cover letter; allow you to gain an understanding of proper resume, cover letter, and reference list format and content; and give you the opportunity to create a resume, cover letter, and reference list template that will help you stand out among other job applicants. Participants need to bring a USB flash drive.

Fee: $24

Blue River penn valley
Instructor: Tatia Shelton Instructor: Sonya Thomas
Thursday / Nov. 14 Wednesday / Oct. 2
6:00 pm - 7:30 PM 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
longview maple woods
Instructor: Maggie Garcia Instructor: Jackie Ware- Sodsod
Wednesday / Dec. 4 Thursday / Nov. 14
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Creative and Artistic

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: Angela Corbin-Blevins
4 Wednesdays / Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9
Campus: Longview
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $79

Creative Watercolor

Watercolor is one of the most beautiful mediums. Come have some fun as we learn the basics of watercolor, but with a twist! You'll learn watercolor terminology, as well as how to create mixed-media watercolor using alcohol inks. Explore bright colors, splatters, blends and more in this creative watercolor class! No drawing experience needed. A materials list will be provided.

Instructor: Amy Jo
4 Thursdays / Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
Campus: Longview
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fee: $79

Oil and Acrylic Painting

Paint like the artist you always dreamed of being. Whether a beginner or an advanced painter, you will learn techniques to enrich your painting experience. You will 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 Skinner
4 Wednesdays / Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16
Campus: Longview
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $94

Oil Painting - Bob Ross: Classic Ross Happy Mountain

At this workshop you will learn the basics in a relaxing environment with no stress, no mistakes, and just happy accidents that we will amend. You will take home an oil painting of Bob Ross' Classic Happy Mountain that you created. All supplies, including canvas, will be waiting for you. No experience required.

Instructor: Robert Maurus
Thursday / Sept. 12
Campus: Maple Woods
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $34 (Additional $40 supply fee is payable to instructor in class.)

Oil Painting - Bob Ross: Emerald Forest

At this workshop you will learn the basics in a relaxing environment with no stress, no mistakes, and just happy accidents that we will amend. You will take home a completed oil painting of Bob Ross' Emerald Forest that you created. All supplies, including canvas, will be waiting for you. No experience required.

Instructor: Robert Maurus
Thursday / Oct. 3
Campus: Penn Valley
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $34 (Additional $40 supply fee is payable to instructor in class.)

Oil Painting - Bob Ross: Frozen Solitude

At this workshop you will learn the basics in a relaxing environment with no stress, no mistakes, and just happy accidents that we will amend. You will take home a completed oil painting of Bob Ross' Frozen Solitude that you created. All supplies, including canvas, will be waiting for you. No experience required.

Instructor: Robert Maurus
Thursday / Oct. 10
Campus: Penn Valley
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $34 (Additional $40 supply fee is payable to instructor in class.)

Oil Painting - Bob Ross: Mountain Beauty

At this workshop you will learn the basics in a relaxing environment with no stress, no mistakes, and just happy accidents that we will amend. You will take home a completed oil painting of Bob Ross' Mountain Beauty that you created. All supplies, including canvas, will be waiting for you. No experience required.

Instructor: Robert Maurus
Thursday / Sept. 5
Campus: Penn Valley
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $34 (Additional $40 supply fee is payable to instructor in class.)

Oil Painting - Bob Ross: Seascape

At this workshop you will learn the basics in a relaxing environment with no stress, no mistakes, and just happy accidents that we will amend. You will take home an oil painting of Bob Ross' seascape that you created. All supplies, including canvas, will be waiting for you. No experience required.

Instructor: Robert Maurus
Thursday / Sept. 26
Campus: Maple Woods
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $34 (Additional $40 supply fee is payable to instructor in class.)

Oil Painting - Bob Ross: Southwest Mountain Glory

At this workshop you will learn the basics in a relaxing environment with no stress, no mistakes, and just happy accidents that we will amend. You will take home an oil painting of Bob Ross' Southwest Mountain Glory that you created. All supplies, including canvas, will be waiting for you. No experience required.

Instructor: Robert Maurus
Thursday / Oct. 24
Campus: Maple Woods
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $34 (Additional $40 supply fee is payable to instructor in class.)

Oil Painting - Bob Ross: Through the Window Blue

At this workshop you will learn the basics in a relaxing environment with no stress, no mistakes, and just happy accidents that we will amend. You will take home a completed oil painting of Bob Ross' Through the Window Blue that you created. All supplies, including canvas, will be waiting for you. No experience required.

Instructor: Robert Maurus
Thursday / Nov. 7
Campus: Penn Valley
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $34 (Additional $40 supply fee is payable to instructor in class.)

Oil Painting - Bob Ross: Through the Window Sepia

At this workshop you will learn the basics in a relaxing environment with no stress, no mistakes, and just happy accidents that we will amend. You will take home a completed oil painting of Bob Ross' Through the Window Sepia that you created. All supplies, including canvas, will be waiting for you. No experience required.

Instructor: Robert Maurus
Thursday / Nov. 14
Campus: Maple Woods
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $34 (Additional $40 supply fee is payable to instructor in class.)

Oil Painting - Bob Ross: Waterfall

At this workshop you will learn the basics in a relaxing environment with no stress, no mistakes, and just happy accidents that we will amend. You will take home a completed oil painting of Bob Ross' Waterfall that you created. All supplies, including canvas, will be waiting for you. No experience required.

Instructor: Robert Maurus
Thursday / Sept. 19
Campus: Penn Valley
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $34 (Additional $40 supply fee is payable to instructor in class.)

Soul Painting

Join professional artist Amy Jo for an intensive focused purely on expanding your creativity and exploring new techniques. Learn the art of intuitive painting while creating two canvas paintings simultaneously. Create a "dirty pour", drag and pour, and more! This is a fun, messy class that gets you familiar with new techniques you may have never tried before! If you're feeling creatively blocked, this is the class for you!

Instructor: Amy Jo
4 Mondays / Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24
Campus: Longview
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fee: $54

Watercolor: Autumn Landscapes Still Life Painting

The basics of watercolors will be presented in a relaxing, stress-free environment. Even if you have never painted before, this class is for you. The class will be a step-by-step approach. Each student should have a completed watercolor painting. All supplies, including canvas, will be waiting for you.

Instructor: Robert Maurus
4 Mondays / Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 11, 25
Campus: Maple Woods
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $84 (Additional $30 supply fee is payable to instructor in class.)

Watercolor for Beginners/Intermediates

The basics of watercolors will be presented in a relaxing, stress-free environment. Even if you have never painted before, this class is for you. The class will be a step-by-step approach. Each student should have a completed watercolor painting. All supplies, including canvas, will be waiting for you.

Instructor: Robert Maurus
4 Thursdays / Sept. 5, 19, 26, Oct. 3
Campus: Penn Valley
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee - $84 (Additional $30 supply fee is payable to instructor in class.)

Family & Health Care

1, 2, 3 of Social Security

About 174 million workers are paying into Social Security in 2018.  How do you qualify for retirement benefits and when is the best age to start receiving Social Security retirement benefits? What are benefits for spouses, divorced spouses, and survivor benefits?  Can you work and get Social Security?  If you postpone Social Security how do you start Medicare?  Where do I find my retirement estimator?  This will be a relaxed class that will make the fundamentals of Social Security as easy as 1,2,3. 

Instructor: Jeff David
Thursdays / Oct. 10
Campus: Maple Woods
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee: $24 

ABCs 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.

blue river penn valley
Instructor: Jeff David Instructor: Jeff David
Tuesday / Sept. 24 Tuesday / Oct. 1
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
longview maple woods
Instructor: Jeff David Instructor: Jeff David
Wednesday / Oct. 9 Thursday / Oct. 3
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Active Parenting Course

Do you have children between the ages of 5-12, and feel like you are struggling as a parent? In this course you’ll learn seven strategies for school success, along with positive discipline and communication techniques to help your family run more smoothly. Over the course of three weeks, you'll learn non-violent discipline techniques plus effective encouragement skills to build a solid foundation for the upcoming teen years. Active Parenting uses entertaining video scenes to demonstrate common parenting challenges and solutions. Each workshop allows plenty of time for group discussions.

penn valley
Instructor: Adam Kisler
3 Tuesdays / Oct. 15, 22, 29
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
longview maple woods
Instructor: Adam Kisler Instructor: Adam Kisler
3 Wednesdays / Oct. 16, 23, 30 3 Mondays / Oct. 14, 21, 28
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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 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.

Blue River penn valley
Instructor: Stana Martin Instructor: Stana Martin
Wednesday / Oct. 2 Wednesday / Sept. 18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
longview maple Woods
Instructor: Stana Martin Instructor: Stana Martin
Wednesday / Oct. 9 Wednesday / Sept. 25
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

CPR/First Aid

This comprehensive course covers adult CPR and first aid featuring hands-on practice and real-life scenarios. You will also receive training to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. You will learn how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, as well as how to apply basic precautions to reduce the risk of disease transmission during and after providing care. Take-home materials will help you retain skills and serve as reference tools in an emergency. American Heart Association CPR certification is valid for two years following the class.

Fee: $84 includes book

blue river penn valley
Instructor: Joe Gilman Instructor: Joe Gilman
Saturday / Oct. 12 Saturday / Nov. 2
9:00 am - 2:00 pm 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
longview maple woods
Instructor: Joe Gilman Instructor: Joe Gilman
Saturday / Sept. 21 Saturday / Nov. 9
9:00 am - 2:00 pm 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

First Aid for Pets

Your pet is a cherished member of the family and relies on you to provide care and protection. What will you do if an emergency occurs? Pet First Aid, an American Red Cross course, presents symptoms and care for ailments and emergencies, instructions for creating a pet first-aid kit and tips for maintaining your pet’s health and well-being. You will receive a book with DVD and a student first-aid kit for use in class. You will practice on dog or cat mannequins (specify dog or cat when enrolling) and receive practical pet health tips and lifetime American Red Cross certification.

Fee: $79 (includes book)

blue river longview
Instructor: Joe Gilman Instructor: Joe Gilman
Saturday / Nov. 16 Saturday / Oct. 5
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Optimize Your Pharmacy Benefit

Pharmacy benefits can be very complex. During this interactive workshop, you will learn the basics of pharmacy benefits from the consumer perspective in order to prepare you for issues that may arise. The main goal of this workshop is for you to become a more active member of your healthcare team, so that you can be sure you are getting the medication you need, when you need it, for the best price.

Fee: $24

Blue River penn valley
Instructor: Heather Epps Instructor: Heather Epps
Tuesday / Oct. 22 Thursday / Oct. 24
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
longview maple woods
Instructor: Heather Epps Instructor: Heather Epps
Tuesday / Sept. 17 Tuesday / Sept. 24
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Home & Garden

Beginning Beekeeping

Learn the principles of beekeeping history, honeybee biology, plant and pollinator relationship, and essential equipment and requirements in this introduction to the certification program of the Midwest Master Beekeeper Program. An experienced beekeeper from the program will teach you how to get started in becoming a beekeeper, how to manage hives safely, methods of pest management and tools and equipment used in the apiary

Instructor: Midwest Master Beekeeper Program
2 Thursdays / Oct. 29, Nov. 5
Campus: Longview
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fee: $64

Wild Edibles and Medicinal Herbs

Learn to identify wild edibles and healing plants that grow all around us. Spring is the best time to collect wild herbs to add to salads, soups and stir-fry. We'll be demonstrating recipes, preservation techniques and remedies from freshly collected herbs and wild edibles. Handouts included.

Instructor: Regina Compernolle
Thursday / Oct. 3
Campus: Penn Valley
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fee: $34

Language & Communication

Ancient Greek

Koine, or common, Greek was the language of everyday people from about the 4th century B.C.E. until the 6th century C.E. in the Middle East. It was also the language used by the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament), the New Testament and the early Christian writers. In this introductory class, you will study the Greek alphabet and grammar while learning how to pronounce and spell basic vocabulary words. You will practice some useful phrases and learn how to find words in a Greek dictionary. By the end of the class students will have the ability to translate simple Greek sentences.

Instructor: Marla Selvidge
6 Thursdays / Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14
Campus: Longview
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fee: $89

Beginning Italian for Travelers I

Make the most of your travel experience and learn the beautiful Italian language to communicate with people you meet. Instructor Lisa Power wrote the book Italian for Travelers, which will be available for purchase in class. You will start using Italian immediately while practicing how to engage in everyday conversations from ordering at a restaurant to asking for directions. Your instructor will also introduce you to the Italian culture and customs. Let's Go - Andiamo

Instructor: Lisa Power
8 Saturdays / Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Campus: Longview
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Fee: $104

Beginning Spanish - Level 1

The required book, Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day, is available in the campus bookstore.

Bring a 3-ring notebook to class.

Hola, amigos! The innovative program Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day is easy to use and will have you speaking Spanish immediately. Using labels, flash cards, oral practice 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.

Instructor: MCC Non-credit Faculty
6 Tuesdays / Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8
Campus: Longview
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fee: $79

Beginning Spanish - Level 2

Prerequisite: Beginning Spanish - Level 1

The required book, Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day, is available in the campus bookstore.

Continuing with the program Spanish in 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. No longer say "Yo no comprendo," during your travels!

Instructor: MCC Non-credit Faculty
6 Tuesdays / Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26
Campus: Longview
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Fee: $104

Beginning Sign Language

This introductory course is for those with little or no sign language experience. Learn the basics of the manual alphabet and conversation. We will cover a variety of sign languages, focusing mainly on pidgin, which is American Sign Language used in English word order. Practice both receptive and expressive skills and learn about deaf culture.

Instructor: Debra Swinger
6 Mondays / Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14
Campus: Longview
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $89

Continuing Sign Language

This course continues building upon the foundation of sign language, learned in the Beginning Sign Language course.

Instructor: Debra Swinger
5 Mondays / Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18
Campus: Longview
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $79

Law/Finance/Business

Basic Estate Planning

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.

Blue River Longview
Instructor: Chinnery Law Office Instructor: Chinnery Law Office
Tuesday / Oct. 22 Tuesday / Sept. 17
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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!

Instructor: Nick Kendall
3 Thursdays / Oct. 10, 17, 24
Campus: Longview
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fee: $79 - Couples / $59 - Singles

Living Trust

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.

blue river longview
Instructor: Chinnery Law Office Instructor: Chinnery Law Office
Tuesday / Oct. 29 Tuesday / Sept. 24
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Now You're an Executor

So, you've been asked to be the executor of someone will, but do you know what that entails? We will 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.

blue River longview
Instructor: Chinnery Law Office Instructor: Chinnery Law Office
Tuesday / Nov. 5 Tuesday / Oct. 1
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mind-Body Focus

Barre Method

Barre Fitness class is a fun and empowering class set to today's hottest music. Classes begin with a warm-up focusing on postural strength and alignment, followed by a series of upper-body exercises using light weights or stretchy bands. The ballet barre method is used to sculpt the lower body and abs, and for flexibility training. Students should bring their own mat to class for personal use.

Instructor: Susan Reynolds Berg
13 Mondays & 13 Thursday / Sept. 9, 12, 16, 19 23, 26, 30, Oct. 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31, Nov. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, Dec. 2, 5, 9, 12
Campus: Longview
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Fee: $214

Essential Oil

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years - learn why they're still useful today. We'll cover household and personal uses of essential oils. Learn how to use oils aromatically, topically and internally, and when to use them each way responsibly. Take home some "recipes" for household cleaners and basic holistic uses of essential oils.

Instructor: Amy Jo
Thursday / Sept. 19
Campus: Longview
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee: $39

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.

Instructor: Kristin Gideon
15 Mondays / Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16
Campus: Longview
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Fee: $128

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Are you looking for a way to release the stresses of life? Come learn what mindfulness meditation is, how it can benefit you and, most importantly, how to do it. By the end of the class you will know how to do a basic meditation technique and have specific strategies for applying it to daily life.

Fee: $29

penn valley penn valley
Instructor: Nicoya Helm Instructor: Nicoya Helm
Tuesday / Sept. 17 Saturday / Oct. 19
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Tai Chi for Arthritis

This evidence-based program supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arthritis Foundation can improve balance, flexibility, coordination and muscle strength; ease pain and stiffness; and reduce the risk of falls. It is an easy, safe and effective exercise program. Almost anyone with or without arthritis, and in almost any physical condition, can learn this program to improve health and quality of life.

Instructor: Dr. Nina Chen
Campus: Longview
Fee: $69

Session A session B
6 Mondays / Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct. 7, 14 6 Mondays / Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Advanced Tai Chi

This class is a continuation of Tai Chi exercises with more advanced Tai Chi movements. You will increase awareness of the movements and enjoy progressing further through continuing practice. This class incorporates graceful and relaxing movements that can improve balance, strength, flexibility, coordination, mobility and overall integration of mind, body and spirit.

Instructor: Dr. Nina Chen
Campus: Longview Fee: $69

Session A session B
6 Fridays / Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4 ,11 6 Fridays / Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Zumba Gold

Dance to the beat - just maybe a little slower. If you're interested in a modified Zumba ® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower intensity, lace up your sneakers and feel the rhythm! We will focus on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong. The class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance.

Instructor: Susan Reynolds Berg
13 Mondays & 13 Thursday / Sept. 9, 12, 16, 19 23, 26, 30, Oct. 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31, Nov. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, Dec. 2, 5, 9, 12
Campus: Longview
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Fee: $214

Photography

Creatively Capturing the Moment

In this introduction to the art of taking pictures with a digital SLR camera, you'll learn basic digital terminology, gain an understanding of shutter speed, aperture and mega pixels, discuss flash techniques and natural lighting photography. Manual shooting and white balance will be the main topics covered. SLR camera required.

Instructor: Debra Lawrence
4 Thursdays / Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3
Campus: Longview
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee: $64

Creatively Fine Tuning the Moment

Prerequisite: Creatively Capturing the Moment class or have basic knowledge and experience with a digital SLR camera.

In this intermediate class, we will discuss techniques such as dragging the shutter, using off-camera flashes including studio strobes, bouncing light, and fill flash techniques. Additionally, we discuss finding the light and push students to think outside the box.  You must own an off-camera flash for use in this class.

Instructor: Debra Lawrence
3 Thursdays / Oct. 10, 17, 24
Campus: Longview
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee: $59

Lightroom Basics

You must bring your own laptop with a copy of Lightroom 6 or CC installed. A free trial of Lightroom is available on the Adobe website.

Many photographers, professional and hobbyist alike, use Adobe Lightroom exclusively for their post processing and editing. Topics include adjusting picture color, tone and hue, cropping, spot removal, sharpening and more! There are no prerequisites for this class, and though Photoshop will be referenced, experience in Photoshop is not necessary.

Instructor: Debra Lawrence
Thursday / Dec. 19
Campus:Longview
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee: $29

Manipulating the Moment for Photoshop

Bring a 2GB (or larger) USB flash drive to class.

In this hands-on class, you will go through the entire process of manipulating images in Photoshop, from opening an image to creating a collage from scratch. You must own a version of Photoshop to get the most from this class. You may bring your own laptop with Photoshop installed or use a campus computer. This is a beginner's class, but those who currently use Photoshop will also benefit by fine-tuning their skills and picking up new techniques.

Instructor: Debra Lawrence
3 Thursdays / Nov. 7, 14, 21
Campus: Longview
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee: $69

Photography for Beginners

Photography is more than just snapshots. When taken correctly, they become a personal statement that lasts a lifetime. This class will start with a simple approach with the beginner in mind in a way that anyone can grasp. Learn the basic insights and hidden secrets of photography. Bring your film Nikon or Canon Camera!

Instructor: James Herring
3 Tuesdays & 3 Thursdays / Sept. 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
Campus: Penn Valley
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee: $64

Starting a Photography Business

Want to turn your hobby into cash? In this class, Debra Lawrence, owner of Abundant Moments Photography, discusses how to get your business started including coming up with a name, writing a business plan, deciding what to specialize in, use of social media and the internet, legal issues, partnerships, marketing, and much more! Useful for already established businesses as well. 

Instructor: Debra Lawrence
Thursday / Dec. 12
Campus: Longview
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: $39

Travel Photography

Going on a trip of a lifetime? Taking a weekend break at the lake? Whether you are in your own backyard or backpacking across Europe, a travel photography class can open up a whole new world to you. Which lenses do I take? What types of shots do I look for? People or things? We go over approach, equipment and technical tips in our quest to create the "postcard image." Please bring your camera to class, whether it is a phone camera, point-and-shoot or SLR.

Instructor: Debra Lawrence
Thursday / Dec. 5
Campus: Longview
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee: $39

Recreation

A Beginning Bridge

Learn to play what some consider the world's greatest game. Bridge provides a mental challenge as well as a social outlet. The four weeks of this class will cover mechanics of this trick-taking game, hand evaluation and scoring, opening bids and responding to bids, as well as lots of playing practice.

Fee: $59

blue river longview
Instructor: Kathy Rolfe Instructor: Kathy Rolfe
4 Thursdays / Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 4 Mondays / Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Advanced Beginning Bridge

Refine and expand on your basic bridge knowledge. We'll begin with a review of opening and responding bids, then move on to competitive bidding. You'll learn what overcalls, takeout doubles and negative doubles are. There will be lots of time to review and practice, putting everything together for loads of fun!

blue river longview
Instructor: Kathy Rolfe Instructor: Kathy Rolfe
4 Thursdays / Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21 4 Mondays / Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Purchasing an RV: Roadie Advice

If you're considering an RV purchase, you probably have a lot of questions. Which one is best for you? How much should you pay for an RV? Get advice from someone who has camped all of her adult life, beginning with a tent, then a pop-up trailer, a Class B motorhome and now a Class A motorhome. You will learn about different types and brands of RVs, negotiation tactics, inspection points, and take home some resources to help you make your decision. At the end of class, we’ll discuss great spots across North America to take your RV.

Instructor: Marla Selvidge
Tuesdays / Sept. 17
Campus: Longview
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fee: $34

A Guide To RVing Across Alaska

Optional book for purchase will be available in class ($10, payable to instructor).

Are you dreaming of visiting Alaska? Whatever your idea of adventure is, you'll find it in Alaska: The Last Frontier! Consider flying to Anchorage and renting a motorhome for a few weeks or take a cruise along the Inside Passage and rent an RV for another two weeks. One of the best ways to explore the byways of this beautiful state is in an RV. Get acquainted with the best roads to travel and exciting things to see and do. You'll come away with resources to plan your trip and photos to inspire you.

Instructor: Marla Selvidge
Tuesdays / Sept. 24
Campus: Longview
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fee: $34

Special Interest

What Do Your Dog & Cat Want You to Know?

Your dog or cat probably understands you more than you think and certainly better than you understand them. Learn some essential doggy and kitty communication, not in barks or meows, but in facial expressions and body language. Understand why your cat or dog does things that melt your heart or drive you crazy, including barking and cowering to loud noises or the use of a litter box and scratching behaviors.

Instructor: Debra Nickelson, DVM
Tuesday /Oct. 1
Campus: Penn Valley
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee: $24

Technology

Excel for Business Applications

If you need to learn more in-depth functions of MS-Excel to help you get ahead, join us in this intermediate-level class. Discover how to sort and filter data; insert tables, pivot tables and charts; and perform advanced formulas. Learn various ways to make calculations, analyze your data using advanced features, and get tips and tricks to gain proficiency in this respected spreadsheet program. Start your journey down the path of becoming a power user!

Instructor: Teresa Wedel
2 Tuesdays & 1 Thursday / Nov. 5,7, 12
Campus: Longview
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $84

Digital Literacy

Chances are, you have an electronic device in your hand sometime during the day - perhaps a lot of time. You might even be reading this on an electronic device! But are you digitally literate enough to have the critical analysis skills to be successful in the workplace? In this short course, you'll gain a basic understanding of how computers work: operating systems, hardware and software, networks, security concepts, and more. You'll also learn the basics of how the Internet works: public versus private networks, domain name systems, internet protocols, web browsers, and more. Learn to speak computer and increase your value to potential employers!

Call the Metropolitan Community College information office at 816.604.1000 for more information.

Introduction to MS-Excel 2016

Prerequisite: Keyboard and mouse skills.

Required book can be purchased from the campus bookstore.

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.

Fee: $84

Blue River (Session A) Blue River (Session B)
Instructor: Cat Garrett Instructor: Cat Garrett
2 Tuesdays & 2 Thursdays / Nov. 5, 7, 12, 14 2 Tuesdays & 2 Thursdays / Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Longview
Instructor: Teresa Wedel
2 Mondays & 2 Wednesdays / Oct. 21, 23, 28, 30
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Introduction to MS-Office 2016

Prerequisite: Keyboard and mouse skills.

Required book can be purchased from the campus bookstore.

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 Back stage view and the Quick Access Toolbar.

Fee: $84

Longview maple woods
Instructor: Teresa Wedel Instructor: Cat Garrett
2 Mondays & 2 Wednesdays / Sept. 9, 11, 16, 18 2 Tuesday & 2 Thursday / Sept. 10, 12, 17, 19
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Introduction to MS-Word 2016

Prerequisite: Keyboard and mouse skills.

Required book can be purchased from the campus bookstore.

This user-friendly word processing software has gone through many changes since its introduction in the 1980s, but it continues to be widely used in both personal and business settings. In this class, you'll learn the basics: menu system, tool bar, and how to create and edit documents. In addition, see how this most recent version of Word allows you to collaborate with others on the same document.

Fee: $79

penn valley
Instructor: Cat Garrett
2 Thursdays & 1 Tuesday / Oct. 17, 22, 24
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
LONGVIEW Maple woods
Instructor: Teresa Wedel Instructor: Cat Garrett
2 Tuesdays & 1 Thursdays / Sept. 24, 26, Oct. 1 2 Tuesday & 1 Thursday / Oct. 1, 3, 8
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

One-on-One Computer Training

Get the attention you need on a computer project you choose. While the Community Education program offers group computer classes on many subjects, one-on-one lessons can be a better way to learn for some people. Select your topic and call to schedule your training. Some topics our instructor can assist with are:

  • basic computer skills
  • email basics
  • software applications such as MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access or Outlook
  • navigating the internet
  • completing a mail merge

There are many possibilities! All instruction will be in a computer lab on one of the MCC campuses. Both day and evening sessions are available. Note: Upon your initial inquiry, we will discuss your specific needs so that our instructor is prepared to work with you. We require each session to be a minimum of two hours, which we have found to be beneficial for both student and instructor. Two people may attend together, if they are interested in the same training. Fees for the sessions are payable in advance, at the time of enrollment, as follows:

  • One person, 2-hour session: $100
  • Two person, 2-hour session: $80 per person

Call the Metropolitan Community College information office at 816.604.1000 for more information.

Online Marketing for Beginners

Wanting to build an online business but you have no idea where to start? Learn the strategies you need to get your business launched. We'll walk through step by step exactly what you need to establish your presence online and start generating income from your passions. This class is perfect for people interested in selling digital products, courses, and services through online marketing.

Instructor: Amy Jo
4 Mondays / Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18
Campus: Longview
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $84

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

Blue River longview
Instructor: Cat Garrett Instructor: Teresa Wedel
Tuesday / Oct. 10 Tuesday / Oct. 8
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Writing & Publishing

Creative Writing

The best writers of fiction bring a story to life, allowing the reader to imagine the world of the story as if he could step through the pages of the book and be a part of that world. Do you have an imaginary world you would like to bring to life in print? In this class you will discover how to use words to create imagery and hold a readers attention to the very end.

Instructor: Angela Corbin-Blevins
Tuesdays / Oct. 8, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19
Campus: Longview
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee: $84

Four Steps to Begin Writing Your Book

Do you have a book inside of you, but do not know how to put it onto paper? This class will share four steps to finally getting your book out of your head and onto paper! During this class, you will actually begin the writing process with the guidance and oversight of a professional writer. The instructor is the author of 26 books and has been helping aspiring authors for more than 15 years.

Fee: $36 includes book

Maple woods Penn valley
Instructor: Grace LaJoy Henderson Instructor: Grace LaJoy Henderson
Saturday / Oct. 5 Saturday / Oct. 12
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Grant Writing Finally Made Easy

Beginners and experienced grant writers will learn tools, tips and techniques to reduce the grant preparation time. You also learn how to locate grants, write clear goals and objectives, develop an evaluation plan, and prepare and justify budgets in half the time using an exclusive questionnaire-styled template.

Penn Valley
Instructor: Dr. Barbara Wright
Saturday / Sept. 7
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
longview maple woods
Instructor: Dr. Barbara Wright Instructor: Dr. Barbara Wright
Saturday / Oct. 5 Saturday / Nov. 2
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 10:00 am - 12:00 pm



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