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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 & 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 Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Tatia Shelton Instructor: Maggie Garcia Instructor: Jackie Ware-Sodsod Instructor: Sonya Thomas
Thursday Wednesday Thursday Wednesday
February 20 February 26 February 20 February 19
6-7:30 p.m. 6-7:30 p.m. 6-7:30 p.m. 6-7:30 p.m.

How to Have Credibility at a Moment's Notice

Are you one of the few people who possess that unique style, charisma, chutzpah 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 must: on the phone, one-to-one and in group situations. Don't miss this workshop

Fee: $89

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn valley

No session

Instructor: Garrett Gardner Instructor: Garrett Gardner No session
Saturday Saturday
April 11 April 18
9 a.m.-1 p.m. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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 time 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.

Fee: $24

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Tatia Shelton Instructor: Maggie Garcia Instructor: Jackie Ware-Sodsod Instructor: Sonya Thomas
Thursday Tuesday Thursday Wednesday
March 5 March 10 April 9 March 4
6-7:30 p.m. 6-7:30 p.m. 6-7:30 p.m. 6-7:30 p.m.

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 should bring a USB flash drive. 

Fee: $24

Blue river Longview maple woods Penn valley
Instructor: Tatia Shelton Instructor: Maggie Garcia Instructor: Jackie Ware-Sodsod Instructor: Sonya Thomas
Thursday Wednesday Thursday Wednesday
April 9 April 15 March 5 April 8
6-7:30 p.m. 6-7:30 p.m. 6-7:30 p.m. 6-7:30 p.m.

Creative & 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.  

Fee: $89

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Angela Corbin-Blevins No session No session
4 Thursdays
March 26, April 2, 9, 16
6:30-9 p.m.

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.

Fee: $79

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Amy Jo No session No session
4 Mondays
April 6, 13, 20, 27
6-8:30 p.m.

Soul Painting

Join professional artist Amy Jo for this Saturday 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!

Students need to bring a sack lunch and drink. This will be a daylong class.

Fee: $54

Blue River Longview maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Amy Jo No session No session
Saturday
May 2
9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Oil & 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.  

Fee: $119

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Julie Skinner No session No session
4 Wednesdays
February 5, 12, 19, 26
6-9 p.m.

Family & Health Care

1-2-3s 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

Blue River  Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Jeff David Instructor: Jeff David No session
Thursday Thursday
April 2 March 31
6:30-8:30 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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. 

Fee: $24

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Jeff David Instructor: Jeff David Instructor: Jeff David No session
Tuesday Tuesday Thursday
April 7 March 10 March 26
6:30-8:30 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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.

 

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Joe Gilman Instructor: Joe Gilman Instructor: Joe Gilman Instructor: Joe Gilman
Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday
March 7 February 2 February 22 March 28
9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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 Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Heather Epps Instructor: Heather Epps Instructor: Heather Epps Instructor: Heather Epps
Thursday Tuesday Tuesday Thursday
February 27 February 25 March 24 March 26
6:30-8:30 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Organized Adulthood

Do you feel like you have this “adulting” thing down? No? You’re not alone! If you’ve ever felt like your life doesn’t reflect your age, this class just might help. We’ll review tips and tricks to improve the quality of your adult life in the areas of time management, organization, budgeting, self-care, goal setting and life-long learning. Get inspired to be the adult you aspire to be! There will be in-class projects and handouts to keep you on track after you leave class.

Fee: $24

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Christopher Gray Instructor: Christopher Gray No session Instructor: Christopher Gray
Thursday Thursday Thursday
February 6 February 27 February 20
6:30-8:30 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Seminar: Master Class of Aging

We are in the middle of a “longevity revolution”—and no one ages in a void. Every person who ages has a support network, and every person who ages will eventually have to lean on that support network for help. Decisions you make today about medical insurance, long term care strategies, legal documents, estate plans and funeral plans will all play a role in how much your aging impacts those around you. This seminar covers the three most important areas you need to have in place for aging well and allowing your support network to efficiently assist you. 

Fee: $39

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session No session No session Instructor: Varies on class
Saturday
April 4
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Seminar topics will include: 
 
Estate Planning 101 
Learn the importance of planning while you can—not only for death, but also for incapacity. Discover what the various estate planning options are and decipher estate planning terminology. Do you know who will make decisions for you when you are no longer able to? Come and uncover how to start these essential conversations and begin planning for your family.

Presenter: Aaron Love, Elder Law Attorney

Medical Expense Planning 101
The two largest expenses in retirement are typically medical costs and long-term care costs. This section of the seminar will explain the basics of Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplements. We’ll walk through the cost of long-term care and lay out the four main strategies for managing and paying for that care (family, self-pay, Medicaid/VA benefits and long-term care insurance). Learn—with a humorous spin—strategies for these very serious expenses in the senior years.

Presenter: Stana Martin, PhD., Mrs. LTC Inc.

Funeral Planning 101
Funeral planning can be stressful, but with the right guidance that stress can be minimized. Learn how to reduce the emotional burden of this necessary task and how to save significant amounts of money in the planning process. Your presenter has worked with dozens of funeral homes while advocating for his clients. Think of it like a wedding plannerbut for funerals!

Presenter: Brian O'Laughlin, Funeral Advocates, LLC

Finance & Law

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. 

Fee: $24

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Chinnery Law Instructor: Chinnery Law No session No session
Tuesday Tuesday
March 24 February 18
7-9 p.m. 7-9 p.m.

Basic Investing

Have you ever wished that someone would explain - in an easy-to-understand way - how investments work? In this class geared toward the novice investor, you'll learn the fundamentals: investment vehicles such as stocks and bonds; common terminology; different account structures; and how stocks, bonds and mutual funds can work together. We'll talk about equities, bonds, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Learn how to follow the stock market and have fun at the same time by picking a stock to follow and investing hypothetical money. Who will have the highest hypothetical return at the end of the class?

Fee: $59

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Mollie Stephens No session Instructor: Mollie Stephens
4 Wednesdays 4 Wednesdays
May 6, 13, 20, 27 February 5, 12, 19, 26
6-8 p.m. 6-8 p.m.

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!

Fee: $79 - Couples / $59 - Singles

Couples will receive one book to share.

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Nick Kendall No session No session
3 Tuesdays
March 31, April 7, 14
6:30-9:30 p.m.

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.  

Fee: $24

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Chinnery Law Instructor: Chinnery Law No session No session
Tuesday Tuesday
March 31 February 25
7-9 p.m. 7-9 p.m.

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. 

Fee: $24

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Chinnery Law Instructor: Chinnery Law No session No session
Tuesday Tuesday
April 7 March 3
7-9 p.m. 7-9 p.m.

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.

Fee: $64

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Midwest Master Beekeeper Program No session No session
Saturday
February 22
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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.

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session No session No session Instructor: Regina Comprenolle
Thursday
March 3
6-8 p.m.

Language & Communication

Beginning Italian for Travelers I

Make the most of your travel experience and learn the beautiful Italian language - bella lingua italiana - to communicate with people you meet. Instructor Lisa Balettie Power wrote the book Italiano! Italian for Travelers, which will be available for purchase in class. You'll 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!   

Fee: $104

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Lisa Power No session No session
8 Saturdays
January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14
9-11 a.m.

Beginning Italian for Travelers II

Bravo! Continuing your Italian lessons will make your travel experience so much more satisfying! Extend the lessons in the previous class by improving your accent and expanding your vocabulary through conversation. This class uses the book Italiano! Italian for Travelers, which is also used in the preceding class. Good luck - buona fortuna - in your travels!

Prerequisite: Italian for Travelers I or equivalent.

 

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Lisa Power No session No session
6 Saturdays
March 28, April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9
(No class April 11)
9-11 a.m.

Beginning Spanish for Travelers

¡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.

Bring a 3-ring notebook (el cuaderno) to class.

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

Fee: $79

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Tina Caraballo No session No session
3 Tuesdays & 3 Thursdays
February 18, 20, 25, 27, March 3, 5
6:30-8 p.m.

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. 

Fee: $89

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Debra Swinger No session No session
6 Tuesdays
February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10
7-9 p.m.

Continuing Sign Language

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

Prerequisite: Sign Language I or equivalent

Fee: $89

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Debra Swinger No session No session
6 Tuesdays
March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28
7-9 p.m.

Introduction to Japanese

Introduction to Japanese Language 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. 

Fee: $120

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Tracie Whiting Kipper No session No session No session
10 Tuesdays
February 11, 18, March 10, 31, April 7, 14, 21, May 12, 19, June 2
5-6:30 p.m.

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: $105

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session  Instructor: Kristen Gideon No session No session
15 Mondays

February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18

 6-7:15 p.m.

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

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session No session No session Instructor: Nicoya Helm
Saturday
10-11:30 a.m.
Session A
January 18
Session B
March 4

Mid-Day Yoga with Meditation & Relaxation

Begin a daily practice of loving your body and mind with a yoga practice that will love you back. Join others who are curious about the practice of yoga as we discover breathing techniques, alignment skills and basic postures that will awaken strength, increase flexibility and energize anyone of any age! Bring a yoga or exercise mat, two blocks, and a yoga strap, as well as water. 

Fee: $79

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Kristen Gideon No session No session No session
8 Wednesdays
February 19, 26, March 4, 11, 25, April 1, 8, 15
1-2 p.m.

Simple Meditation, Simple Breath

Find a focus on your own heart in meditation practice that is designed to calm the mind, relax the body, improve focus and increase energy. Learn the science, benefits and breathing techniques used in meditation. Each week, Jan Sumner, a yoga and meditation instructor certified through Kripalu Yoga Center and co-founder of MeditateKC, will guide you through techniques that will allow you to create a meditation plan for your personal practice. Suggested items to bring to class: meditation cushion or mat (chairs will also be provided if preferred), journal for writing and a bottle of water.  

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley

No session

Instructor: Jan Sumner No session No session
6 Thursdays
March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
6-7 p.m.

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.

Fee: $69

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Nina Chen No session No session
6 Mondays
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Session A
February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9
Session B
March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27
Session C
May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 8, 15
(No class May 25)

Tai Chi for Health

Tai Chi is a mind and body exercise with gentle, flowing movements and deep breathing. This graceful form of exercise is often described as "moving meditation.” Tai Chi helps improve balance, flexibility, concentration, muscle strength, posture and relaxation. It also aids in increasing heart/lung activity and preventing falls while promoting mental and physical health.

Fee: $69

Blue River

Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Nina Chen No session

No session

6 Fridays
1-2 p.m.
Session A
February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13
Session b
March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1
Session c
May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12

Yoga for the Absolute Beginner

Begin a daily practice of loving your body and mind with a yoga practice that will love you back. Join others who are curious about the practice of yoga as we discover breathing techniques, alignment skills and basic postures that will awaken strength, increase flexibility and energize anyone of any age! Bring a yoga or exercise mat, two blocks, and a yoga strap, as well as water.

Fee: $120

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Jan Sumner No session No session
6 Tuesdays & 6 Thursdays
April 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, May 5, 7, 12, 14
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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.

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

 

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Debra Lawrence

No session

No session

3 Thursdays
February 6, 20, 27
6:30-9 p.m.

Creatively Fine Tuning the Moment

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

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

Fee: $59

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Debra Lawrence No session No session
3 Thursdays
March 5, 12, 26
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Manipulating the Moment for Photoshop

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. 

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

Fee: $69

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Debra Lawrence

No session

No session
3 Thursdays
April 2, 9, 16
6-9 p.m.

Recreation

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 seven 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. We’ll delve into competitive bidding once we have a handle on the basics.

Fee: $74

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Kathy Rolfe No session No session
7 Mondays
March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
6-8 p.m.

Golf

Let's start with the basics! Most of the course will concentrate on swing instruction - from set-up (grip, alignment and posture) to follow-through. Basic chipping and putting techniques, personal swing analysis, drills and correcting problems will be included. We'll offer tips on how to increase your enjoyment of the game. You are responsible for golf balls for the driving range. Clubs are available at no charge.

Fee: $79

Unity Village Golf Course
Instructor: Duane Brandsgaard
5 Tuesdays
April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
Session A
3-4:30 p.m.
Session B
6-7:30 p.m.

A Guide to RVing Across Alaska

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.

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

Fee: $24

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Maria Selvidge No session No session
Thursday
May 7
6-8 p.m.

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. 

Fee: $24

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session

Instructor: Maria Selvidge No session No session
Tuesday
May 5
6-8 p.m.

Special Interest

Certified Barbeque Judge - It's all about the 'que

Calling all barbeque lovers! If you've ever attended a barbeque competition and wished you could sample all of it, now is your chance to fulfill that wish by becoming a certified barbeque judge. "Being a Certified Barbeque Judge is about representing and spreading the message of Kansas City Barbeque Society, which is to promote America's cuisine - barbeque" (www.kcbs.us).  

Learn what it takes for barbecue to be crowned a champion! Barbecue is truly America's cuisine and is no longer relegated to the backyard. In this class you will learn to use touch, taste and smell to judge competition barbecue.  

Fee: $90 - KCBS members (Must have KCBS membership number to register for class).

You must be a current member of KCBS and be of good standing.  

If you are not a member visit the KCBS website (https://kcbs.us/join_now.php) and register as a member. Once that is complete you may enroll in this class. 

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Bunny Tuttle No session No session
Saturday
March 7
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Getting Your Foot in the Theater Door

Was theater your "first love," but it drifted out of your life over time? Or did you always want to act, but did not have the opportunity? Step on the stage and embrace your love of this dramatic art as an adult. Learn theatrical terms and idioms, the general flow of events in a production, and get information on local community theaters. You'll explore the different jobs in a theater, both on stage and backstage. Learn how to read and understand audition postings and scripts. The instructor will bring in local directors from community theaters to observe mock auditions. No memorizing or preparation needed. Break a leg! 

Fee: $79

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Michael Kettner No session No session No session
4 Wednesdays
April 8, 15, 22, 29
6-8 p.m.

History of Film

This course explores the intersection of films and the cultural, social, technological, and economic issues of the historical periods in which they were made. Through the screenings, readings, and assignments provided, students will learn how to deconstruct artistic elements of cinema, and expand their understanding of American history topics.

Fee: $100

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley

No Session

No Session No Session Instructor: Katie White
8 Fridays 
March 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24,May 1, 8
6-9:15 p.m.

Introduction to Comedic Performance

Were you the class clown in school, but never put that experience to formal use? This class will fine-tune your natural abilities in various forms of comedic performance, including sketch comedy, improvisation, stand-up and storytelling. You'll learn the finer points of comedy writing and performance, as well as the basics of joke structure. Gain practical experience through performance and writing assignments. Instructor Jamie Campbell is a professional comedian with The KC Improv Company and has been performing and teaching for more than a decade.

Fee: $69

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Jamie Campbell No session No session
6 Thursdays
February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12
7-9 p.m.

Technology

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.

Fee: $84

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Cat Garrett No session No session No session
2 Tuesdays & 2 Thursdays
Session A
February 4, 6, 11, 13
2-4 p.m.
Session B
April 7,9 ,14, 16
6-8 p.m.

Excel for Business Application

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!

Required book can be purchased from the campus bookstore.

Prerequisite: Introduction to MS-Excel or Introduction to MS-Office 2016.

Fee: Price varies per location

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Michael Kettner Instructor: Teresa Wedel No session No session
2 Mondays & 2 Wednesdays 2 Mondays & 2 Wednesdays
March 2, 4, 9, 11 April 15, 20, 22 (Class starts on a Wednesday)
6-8 p.m. 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $84 Fee: $74

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

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Cat Garrett Instructor: Teresa Wedel Instructor: Robert Schubert Instructor: Eunice Terry
2 Tuesdays & 2 Thursdays 2 Mondays & 2 Wednesdays 2 Tuesdays & 2 Thursdays 2 Tuesdays & 2 Thursdays
Session A
February 18, 20, 25, 27 March 30, April 1, 6, 8 April 21, 23, 28, 30 March 3, 5, 10, 12
6-8 p.m. 6-8 p.m. 4-6 p.m. 6-8 p.m.
Session B
March 24, 26, 31, April 2 No session No session No session
2-4 p.m.

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 Back stage view and the Quick Access Toolbar. Required book can be purchased from the campus bookstore. Prerequisite: Basic keyboard and mouse skills.

Fee: $84

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Cat Garrett Instructor: Teresa Wedel Instructor: Robert Schubert Instructor: Eunice Terry
2 Tuesdays & 2 Thursdays 2 Tuesdays & 2 Thursdays 2 Tuesdays & 2 Thursdays 2 Tuesdays & 2 Thursdays
Session A
March 3, 5, 10, 12 April 28, 30, May 5, 7 April 7, 9, 14, 16 February 18, 20, 25, 27
2-4 p.m. 6-8 p.m. 4-6 p.m. 6-8 p.m.
Session B
April 21, 23, 28, 30 No session No session No session
6-8 p.m.

Introduction to MS-Word 2016

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.

Required book can be purchased from the campus bookstore.

Prerequisite: Keyboard and mouse skills.

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Cat Garrett Instructor: Teresa Wedel Instructor: Robert Schubert No session
2 Thursdays & 1 Tuesday 2 Thursdays & 1 Tuesday 2 Thursdays & 1 Tuesday
(Class starts on a Thursday)
January 23, 28, 30 February 20, 25, 27 March 24, 26, 31
6-8 p.m. 6-8 p.m. 4-6 p.m.

Online Marketing for Beginnings

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.

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Amy Jo No session No session
4 Mondays
March 2, 9, 23, 30
(No class March 16)
6-8 p.m.

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 Maple Woods Penn Valley
Instructor: Cat Garrett Instructor: Teresa Wedel No session No session
Tuesday Thursday
January 21 March 10
6-8 p.m. 6-8 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.

Writing & Publishing

Grant Writing Finally Made Easy 

Learn practical tools, tips and techniques for improving the project management associated with grants. This includes adequately developing administrative, accounting and financial systems to keep track of fiscal and programmatic reports on grant income and expenditures within the required deadlines. 

Fee: $24

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Dr. Barbara Wright Instructor: Dr. Barbara Wright Instructor: Dr. Barbara Wright
Saturday Saturday Saturday
February 8 May 2 April 11
10 a.m.-12 p.m. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Write Your Life Story

Our past is rich with memories worth sharing. If you've dreamed of writing your life story for family and future generations, this class is for you. We'll learn how to get started, keep the memories flowing and capture our thoughts and experiences on the page. And we'll have fun listening to each other's tales of life long ago! You'll leave the class with a plan to keep writing and with ideas on how to present your beautiful life story to those you love. No writing experience necessary.

Fee: $89

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Amy Woods Butler No session No session
5 Thursdays
March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Writing for Creativity and Connection

In this class, we'll use fun, thoughtful activities and prompts that will get our pens moving and our creativity flowing. We'll write, and share, and write some more. We'll discover what we want to say, and how we want to say it - all in a supportive, encouraging environment. This class isn't about harsh critiques or polishing our prose, it's about writing to strengthen our voices and enliven our hearts. No writing experience necessary.

Fee: $ 89

Blue River Longview Maple Woods Penn Valley
No session Instructor: Amy Woods Butler No session No session
5 Tuesdays
February 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10
6:15-8:15 p.m.



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