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Enriching the Business of Life

CBIZ's philosophy of "lifelong learning" - sustaining personal growth, expanding horizons, and making new friends is well represented in this varied array of continuing education courses focusing on applied arts, music, history, pets, fitness, culinary and home and garden. There are no tests and no academic requirements. Informal class sessions encourage comments, questions, and lively discussions.

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Arts 
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Course Date
Gazing Ball 3/28/2017
It's a Knit Along!  Learn to Knit a Sweater (Level: Beginner) 2/23/2017
Knitting Home Decor (Beginning and Advanced Beginner) 4/22/2017
Pottery 4/5/2017
Stained Glass 3/7/2017
Stained Glass 3/9/2017
Stepping Stones 3/21/2017
Automotive
 
Course Date
Autobody Restoration I   6/5/2017
Autobody Restoration II 6/6/2017
General Interest
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Course Date
Birdwatching Basics 4/5/2017
Companion Gardening 4/6/2017
Starting Plants from Seeds 3/27/2017
Detox for Health 3/22/2017
Essential Oils 101: Understanding the Basics 2/16/2017
Essential Oils Usage from Ancient Times to Today 3/23/2017
Everyday Living with Essential Oils 4/25/2017
Get Published: How to Publish a Book 3/30/2017
Meditation 101 1/24/2017
Opera Appreciation II 5/15/2017
Retirement Preparedness Series 4/12/2017
Winemaking Basics 2/16/2017
Healthy Eating
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Course Date
Gluten-Free and Allergy-Free Made Easy  5/4/2017
First Foods: Pregnancy to Toddlers 2/21/2017
Photography
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Course Date
Introduction to Digital Photography 3/1/2017
Advanced Photography 1/10/2017
Advanced Photograph 4/25/2017
Landscape & Vacation Photography 4/12/2017
Lightroom for Digital Photographers 2/1/2017
Photography Lighting 1/11/2017
Photoshop Elements Basics 4/20/2017
Photoshop Elements Intermediate 6/14/2017
Photoshop for Digital Photographers 5/3/2017
Portrait Photography 3/22/2017
Sports Photography 5/23/2017
Youth
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Course Date
Super Sitter 2/11/2017
Super Sitter 3/22/2017

 Gazing Ball 
Bring your own bowling ball and turn it into a mosaic stained glass gazing ball for your own garden.  No previous experience necessary.  Glass and other supplies are available for purchase at the class for $15 and up depending on glass chosen.

#57122           6 Hours, 2 Sessions                        $39
                     Pat Latty's Studio                            Pat Latty
                     Tuesday's, Mar 28 & Apr 4              6:30 - 9:30 PM

It's a Knit Along!  Learn to Knit a Sweater
(Level: Beginner)
Want to learn how to knit a sweater?  Making a child's sweater is one of the best ways to expand your skills.  Beginner sweater patterns will be featured.  Tips and techniques will include sweater construction, reading patterns, and finishing techniques.  Participants must be comfortable with basic knitting and purling.  $39 class fee does not include $12 supply fee paid to the instructor.

#56986               8 Hours, 2 Session                       $39
                         SCC Mt. Pleasant, 202                 Sue Prochazka
                         Thursday, Feb 23 & Mar 2             5 - 9 PM 

Knitting Home Decor
(Level: Beginning to Advanced Beginner)
Learn to knit and add to your home decor at the same time.  Handmade placemats, runners, pillows and rugs are just some of the featured patterns.  Participants will learn stitch designs, tips, and techniques for home accents.  Participants can choose between beginner and advanced beginner patterns.  Class fee of $39 does not include $12 supply fee paid to the instructor.

#56985           4 Hours, 1 Session                         $39
                      SCC Keokuk, 302                         Sue Prochazka
                      Saturday, Apr 22                           9 AM - 1 PM

Pottery
Participants will learn hand building and the use of slump molds to create pots, figures and Gnome houses, and the opportunity to use the potters wheel.  Participants may also make a piece for the spring Raku firing.  $59 class fee does not include a $20 supply fee which must be paid directly to the Art Center on the first night of class.

#57117        17.5 Hours, 7 Sessions                     $59
                   Art Center of Burlington                    Lillian Rubin
                   Wednesdays, Apr 5 - May 17            7 - 9:30 PM 
                         

Stained Glass
This class is geared towards both beginners and advanced students.  Beginners learn copper-foil methods of constructing glass panels, while advanced students choose from larger panels, boxes, kaleidoscopes, and panel lamps.  A beginner's supply kit is available for approximately $80, payable at the first class.

#57094               24 Hours, 8 Sessions                    $89
                         Pat Latty's Studio                          Pat Latty
                         Tuesdays, Mar 7 - Apr 25               1:30 - 4:30 PM

#57175              24 Hours, 8 Sessions                      $89
                        Pat Latty's Studio                            Pat Latty
                        Thursdays, Mar 9 - Apr 27                6:30 - 9:30 PM

Stepping Stones
Make two 8" stepping stones, one of cement and the other of Flash Crete.  Pre-cut glass and other supplies are available for purchase at class for $30 and up, depending on glass chosen.  Some glass cutting is necessary.

#57128               3 Hours, 1 Sessions                       $39
                        Pat Latty's Studio                            Pat Latty
                        Tuesday, Mar 21                             6:30 - 9:30 PM

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Birdwatching Basics
Can you tell the difference between a blue jay and a bluebird?  The trees, fields, and waters of Southeastern Iowa are filled with over 300 different kinds of birds just waiting to be noticed.  This class will cover the basics tips and techniques of bird identification, and consists of 2 classroom meetings with 2 field trips to local parks.  Class will be beneficial for those with beginning to intermediate birding skills.

#57016        8 Hours, 4 Session                        $39
                   SCC CBIZ, 112                            Don Weiss
                  Wednesdays, Apr 5 - 26                 6 - 8 PM
                  Saturdays, Apr 15 - 22                   8 - 10 AM
                  Classes meet Wed 4/5 & 4/26 and field trips meet Sat 4/15 & 4/22

Companion Gardening
Gardens are like a playground.  Some plants get along with others while some are loners.  Learn who plays well together and who doesn't.  Learn what to plant to maximize crop production and space, pollination, pest control and attract beneficial insects.  Also, learn how to incorporate flowers into your vegetable garden to create a beautiful and bountiful harvest.

#57572      2 Hours, 1 Session                         $12
                SCC WB, 607                                 JJ Castings
                Thursday, Apr 6                              6 - 8 PM 

Starting Plants from Seeds
Learn the tips and tricks to planting seeds indoors or directly in the ground.  This class will compare cost, convenience, and benefits of sowing seeds.  Participants will be able to start some seeds and leave them in the greenhouse for pick up on May 6 from 3 - 6 PM.  Class presented by Des Moines County Master Gardeners.

#57575     2 Hours, 1 Session                        $19
               SCC WB, Greenhouse                    Randy Simmons
               Monday, Mar 27                             5 - 7 PM

Detox for Health!
If you suffer from fatigue, headaches, excess weight, joint pain, cravings, or sleeplessness, you may be able to eliminate many of these symptoms through a healthy detox.  Discover how to safely rid your body of toxins, boost your immune system, increase energy and focus, and lose belly fat.  Learn the benefits of detoxing, how to recognize common toxins, and achieve balance to stay healthy.  Detox plan and sample recipes included.

#57189       1.5 Hours, 1 Session                    $15
                  SCC CBIZ, 111                            Erika Salek
                  Wednesday, Mar 22                      6 - 7:30 PM 

Essential Oils 101: Understanding the Basics
True aromatherapy requires the use of high-quality aromatic essential oils.  You will learn what goes into producing a high-quality essential oil and what to look for on labels.  You will learn how essential oils can enhance your health and why our sense of smell is also our healing sense.  You will be able to experience several oils and learn how each one can be used.

#56949       2 Hours, 1 Sessions                      $15
                  SCC CBIZ, 111                             Mary Ann Hunter
                 Thu, Feb 16                                   6:30 - 8:30 PM

Essential Oils Usage from Ancient Times to Today
Lean how essential oils have been used through the ages.  Experience the aroma of some rare oils used thousands of years ago.  Gain an understanding of how ancient knowledge is still valid in today's world and how we can use them to enhance our health.

#57249       2 Hours, 1 Sessions                       $15
                  SCC CBIZ, 111                              Mary Ann Hunter
                  Thu, Mar 23                                  6:30  - 8:30 PM

Everyday Living with Essential Oils
Learn how to use essential oils in your everyday life.  Review a list of chemicals to avoid and get recipes for making your own household products containing essential instead of toxic chemicals.  Learn how to oil up your recipes with healthy and flavorful oils.  Get tips on which oils to keep handy for those unexpected emergencies.

#57576      2 Hours, 1 Session                        $15
                SCC CBIZ, 111                              Mary Ann Hunter
                Tue, Apr 25                                   6 - 8 PM 

Get Published: how to Publish a Book
Getting a book published can be one of the most exciting things you will ever do.  This course will explore what you need to transition from a completed manuscript or nonfiction book idea to book publication, including traditional avenues, options in self-publication, and even e-book applications.

#57190      2 Hours, 1 Session                         $25
                SCC CBIZ, 111                               Tara Dowd
                Thu, Mar 30                                      6 - 8 PM

Meditation 101
Learn the basics of meditation through simple relaxation techniques.  This class will guide you through deep breathing exercises, body relaxation, and methods on how to clear your mind.  There is no shape, size, or age requirement.  Please wear comfortable cloths.  There will be gentle stretching.

#55778      1.5 Hours, 1 Session                       $15
                 SCC CBIZ, 103                              Carolyn Evans
                 Tue, Jan 24                                    6 - 7:30 PM

Opera Appreciation II
This class is for those interested in increasing their knowledge and enjoyment of opera.  It is designed as an introduction to the subject - no prior knowledge is required.  Five different opera's will be covered including Faust, Lucia di Lammermoor, William Tell, Carmen and Norma.

#56950        18 Hours, 6 Sessions                     $39
                   SCC WB, 351                               Forest Morrisett
                   Mondays, May 15 - Jun 26            6 - 9 PM
                   Class will not meet May 29.

Retirement Preparedness Series
Having a strong financial education is an important step in helping you achieve a better future.  That is why our Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education offers clear and practical investing education in a convenient and comfortable format.  By attending our workshop, you'll gain a better understanding of the key principles of saving and investing and also learn specific strategies to help reach your long-term goals.

#57472         8 Hours, 4 Sessions                    $49
                   SCC CBIZ, 111                            Joel Sieren
                   Wednesday, Apr 12 - May 3          6 - 8 PM 

Winemaking Basics
Amateur winemaking is actually quite easy and fun.   With a few modifications you can make wine from almost any fruit and expect tasty results.  The basics are easy to learn and the principles apply to a broad range of fruit and sugar sources.  Come learn from Dr. Don McCabe, owner of Lindon Wines, an experienced local vineyard owner and winemaker.  Participants will have the option for an onsite field trip to the Lindon Winery.

#57594        9 Hours, 6 Sessions                   $59
                   SCC CBIZ, 111                          Don McCabe
                   Thursdays, Feb 16 - Mar 30        6 - 7:30 PM
                  Class will not meet Mar 16. 

 Gluten-Free & Allergy-Free Made Easy
Have you been diagnosed with a food allergy or food intolerance?  Getting tired of cooking meals for a restricted diet?  Through the struggles and challenges of dietary restriction, Tara has simplified eating for those on special or restricted diets.  Her passion is saving time and money, and this time in the kitchen!  Join us for time and money saving secrets making gluten-free and allergy-free cooking easy.

#57227       2 Hours, 1 Session                      $25
                 SCC CBIZ, 111                            Tara Dowd
                 Thursday, May 4                          6 - 8 PM

First Foods: Pregnancy to Toddlers
Navigating through evidence-based research, this course will explore important nutritional recommendations for preconception, pregnancy, and infant and toddler feeding.  In addition, it will also address food planning strategies for babies and toddlers - healthy meal and snack ideas - to embrace healthy living and eating post-delivery.  Learn why early nutrition is the key to preventing many childhood conditions such as obesity and obesity later in life, as well as resources for deeper exploration of topics of interest.

#57243       2 Hours, 1 Session                         $25
                  SCC CBIZ, 112                              Tara Dowd
                  Tuesday, Feb 21                           6 - 8 PM

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Introduction to Digital Photography
This is a beginner’s level class. This class will cover many of the features and settings to today’s digital cameras, as well as what can be done with the pictures you take. You will learn the basics of photography such as exposure and composition with a goal of improving your picture taking skills. We will cover the use of natural lighting, but we will not be covering the use of flash in this class. Students need a camera, the manual for that camera, access to a computer, and email capability. Students will be expected to spend 2-3 hours per week at home working on some of the topics covered in class.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate

#57130          12 Hours, 6 Sessions                   $69
                     SCC CBIZ, 112                          Rod Gerst
                     Wednesdays, Mar 1 - Apr 12       6 - 8 PM
                     Class will not meet Mar 15.

Advanced Photography
For the serious advanced photographer who wants to learn MANUAL camera function, lighting, and an intro to the basic portraiture.  This four-session course details the technical manual functions of the camera, different types of lighting and their values, and basic portraiture/composition, and how they impact your photograph.  The course relies on specific assignments and kindly in-class critiques.  Each student must have a camera with manual aperature, shutter speed and ISO.  After the first session, classes will be in a professional photography studio, and outdoors, weather permitting.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#55709           8 Hours, 4 Sessions                   $45
                     SCC CBIZ, 112                           Randy Fox
                     Tuesdays, Jan 10 - 31                 7 - 9 PM

#57110          8 Hours, 4 Sessions                    $45
                    SCC CBIZ, 112                           Randy Fox
                    Tuesdays, Apr 25 - May 16

Landscape & Vacation Photography
If you are ready to come back from vacation with more than a snapshot of someone standing in front of a statue, then this class might be for you.  Learn how to frame and compose compelling photographs that tell a story of your travels.  You will learn how to control focal length, exposure, and shutter speed to suit a variety of travel situations.  Also included are tips on how to avoid common vacation photo pitfalls and cliches.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#57021          6 Hours, 3 Sessions                $39
                    SCC CBIZ, 112                       Phil Pool
                    Wednesdays, April 12 - 26       6 - 8 PM

Lightroom for Digital Photographers
Work with key features in Lightroom to create professional-looking images.  Explore working with colors, color settings, image adjustments, noise reduction and other essential image techniques. Make working with Lightroom more efficient by exploring some essential tips and tricks. Class will focus primarily on the Library and Develop modules. Class textbook included in course fee. This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#57022            15 Hours, 5 Sessions                   $179
                       SCC Keokuk, 404                        Joe Morgan
                       Wednesdays, Feb 1 - Mar 1          6 - 9 PM

Photography Lighting
This course is a comprehensive introduction to lighting techniques for photography. Through a combination of outdoor and professional studio shooting, the student will learn how to use natural lighting and common studio lighting equipment to create noteworthy photographs.  Students will learn to use and arrange a variety of lights and light modifiers such as umbrellas, soft boxes, and reflectors to create classic styles such as Rembrandt, broad and short, and low-key and high-key lighting.  Each student must have a camera with manual aperature, shutter speed and ISO.  This class is part of the Photography Series.

#55676            12 Hours, 4 Sessions                   $69
                       SCC CBIZ, 112                            Phil Pool
                       Wednesdays, Jan 11 - Feb 1         6 - 9 PM

Photoshop Elements Basics
This is a beginning level class, and will introduce students to photo editing software and tools used to improve the photographers we take.  Learn how to get your photos out of the camera and onto  your computer to crop, resize, and straighten images, remove red-eye, and adjust contrast and exposure so you are ready to get great-looking prints of your photos.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#57135            12 Hours, 6 Sessions                   $69
                       SCC CBIZ, 110                            Rod Gerst
                       Thursdays, Apr 20 - May 25          6 - 8 PM

Photoshop Elements Intermediate
This class is a continuation of the Photoshop Elements Basics class, and it is intended to further the knowledge of Photoshop Elements for photographers.  It will delve more deeply into the use of editing tools used to enhance photos.  Prerequisites are the Photoshop Elements Basics class, or instructor's permission.  Students will be expected to spend 2 to 3 hours per week working at home. This class, like the basics class, will NOT cover the use of the Photoshop Elements Organizer, only the Editor.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#57593        12 Hours, 6 Session                          $89
                   SCC CBIZ, 110                                 Rod Gerst
                   Wednesdays, Jun 14 - Jul 19             6 - 8 PM

Photoshop for the Digital Photographers
Work with key features in Photoshop to create professional-looking images.  Explore working with colors, color settings, image adjustments, noise reduction and other essential image techniques.  Make working with Photoshop more efficient by exploring some essential tips and tricks.  Class textbook included in course fee.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#57461        15 Hours, 5 Sessions                      $195
                   SCC WB, 526                                 Phil Pool
                   Wednesdays, May 3 - 31                 6 - 9 PM

Portrait Photography
This class will cover photographing people in both studio and environmental settings. You will learn composition, studio and natural lighting, posing, and other techniques to start taking portraits instead of snapshots. Class will include time in a professional studio as well as outdoor shooting, and will be taught by Phil Pool, owner of Omni Photography. Students must have a DSLR camera with manual settings. Some familiarity with Photoshop or Lightroom will also be helpful. This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#55176          12 Hours, 4 Sessions                  $69
                    SCC CBIZ, 112                           Phil Pool
                    Tuesdays, Sep 6 - 27                  6 - 9 PM

Sports Photography
Come join Hawk Eye photographer John Gaines to find out how he gets those great sports shots.  This three-session course will discuss sports photography and how to capture peak action and reaction moments.  This course will open with tips and techniques, then have a live shooting night and finish with a critique.  A camera and telephoto lenses is recommended, but not required.  Even point and shoot cameras have some adjustments that can help.  Come join John and have some fun.  This class is a part of the Photography Certificate.

#57085         6 Hours, 3 Sessions                    $59
                   SCC CBIZ, 111                            John Gaines
                   Tuesdays, May 23 - Jun 6             6 - 8 PM

 Super Sitter
This class is designed to give boys and girls, aged 11 years and older, the knowledge and experience to be super babysitters.  Safety, first aid, positive guidance and play activities will be emphasized.

#56953        6 Hours, 1 Sessions                     $59
                   SCC WB, 607                             Heather Wellman
                   Saturday, Feb 11                        8 AM - 2:30 PM
                  Students should bring a brown bag lunch.

#56954       6 Hours, 1 Sessions                     $59
                 SCC Keokuk, 302                         Heather Wellman
                 Wed & Thu, Mar 22 & 23               5 - 8 PM

 

 

 

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