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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.

Check out our Life & Leisure Classes below. Call (319) 208-5375 to register.


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Course Date
Color Techniques in Knitting 10/12/2015
Knit an Infinity Scarf 9/28/2015
Fall Knitting Retreat 11/7/2015
Enamel Workshop 11/11/2015
Art Center of Burlington

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The Art Center of Burlington's noncredit courses for adults are offered through Southeastern Community College.  Students must be 16 years old or have the permission of the instructor to register, except where otherwise noted.   Classes do not include material fees.  Material fees paid directly to Art Center.

Course Date
Potters Wheel 101 10/7/2015
Potters Wheel 102 10/5/2015
Raku Pottery 9/14/2015
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Course Date
Annie's Project: Managing for Today and Tomorrow 9/2/2015
Annie's Project: Managing for Today and Tomorrow 9/2/2015
Get Published: How to Publish a Book 10/19/2015
Photoshop Elements Basics 8/26/2015
Photoshop Elements Intermediate 10/14/2015
Portrait Photography 9/9/2015
Master Gardener 9/29/2015
Birdwatching Basics 9/15/2015
Hunter Safety 8/17/2015
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Course Date
Chef for the Day (or 3) at the Loft on Jefferson 10/28/2015
Cake Decorating: Buttercream Basics 9/14/2015
Cake Decorating: Royal Icing Flowers 10/12/2015
Cookie Bouquet Centerpieces 11/14/2015
Healthy Eating
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Course Date
Detox for Health! 10/21/2015
Gluten-Free & Allergy-Free Made Easy 9/29/2015
Healthy Support for Heart Disease through nutrition 10/14/2015
First Foods: Pregnancy to Toddlers 11/9/2015

Color Techniques in Knitting
(Level: Advanced Beginner and Intermediate)
Fair Isle, Intarsia, and Mosaic knitting are techniques for incorporating color into your knitting. Participants will learn all 3 techniques and practice skills with small sample projects. Sample patterns will demonstrate how color adds unique design elements to knitting. Participants should know how to knit and purl.  $15 supply fee to instructor.

3.5 hours, 1 session | $25 | Sue Prochazka

#50919     SCC Center for Business                            Room 111
                 Monday, Oct 12                                           5:30 - 9 PM

Knit an Infinity Scarf
(Level: Beginner to Intermediate)
Infinity scarves are a great way to learn to knit or advance skills. Warmth, comfort, and style make infinity scarves the perfect gift. Participants will learn tips and techniques common with infinity scarf patterns. Participants can choose between beginner and intermediate patterns. $15 supply fee to instructor.

3.5 hours, 1 session | $19 | Sue Prochazka

#50885     SCC Keokuk Campus                                  Room TBA
                 Monday, Sep 28                                           5:30 - 9 PM

Fall Knitting Retreat
(Level: All)Relax, learn, and connect with fellow knitters in a beautiful fall setting. “Holiday Handmade” will be our theme with featured patterns for all levels. Featured patterns will include gift ideas for the holidays. Need help with an unfinished project, knitting technique or particular stitch? Trouble shooting and instruction will also be available.  Yarn tasting, knitting magazines, and door prizes!

8 hours, 1 session | $65 | Sue Prochazka

#50897      Wilson Lake Park                                
                  Saturday, Nov 7                                               9 AM - 5 PM

Enameling Workshop
Participants learn the artisan fundamentals of enameling to create decorative pieces or wearable art. Novice or experienced are all welcome. A great opportunity to create a bespoke gift.

6 hours, 2 sessions | $48 | Emma Messer

#50902     SCC Keokuk Campus                                      Room 313
                 Wednesdays, Nov 11 - 18                                5:45 - 8:45 PM

Potters Wheel 101
Students will learn hand building and the use of slump molds to create pots, figures and Gnome houses. There is also the opportunity to learn the use of the potters wheel. Form, color and texture will be stressed. Works will be fired in our new electric kiln.

15 hours, 6 sessions | $59 | Lillian Rubin

#50863      Art Center of Burlington                      
                  Wednesdays, Oct 7 - Nov 11                               6:30 - 9 PM

Potters Wheel 102
For those who have taken the basic class. Learn to handle more clay and make larger and more functional items. Work at your own pace. Limit six students.

12.5 hours, 6 sessions | $65 | Lillian Rubin

#50864      Art Center of Burlington                       
                  Mondays, Oct 5 - Nov 9                                         6:30 - 9 PM

Raku Pottery
Due to popular demand, this class has been extended to four sessions. Make clay pieces (pots, boxes, bells, vases) during the first two sessions. Then move to the old Art Center for glazing and the all-day firing (come when you can) on the last day. Glazing in typical black and white or Raku reds and greens - reducing in pine needles, resulting in iridescent color accented by smoke. Amazing results! Minimum age is 16, but 14- and 15-year olds will be accepted if a parent is also enrolled.

10 hours, 4 sessions | $49 | Lillian Rubin

#50859     Art Center of Burlington                      
                 Mon & Tue, Sep 14 - 29                                           7 - 9:30 PM

Annie’s Project: Managing for Today and Tomorrow
It’s hard to talk about passing on the farm. Managing for Today and Tomorrow is for farm and ranch women of all ages who want to plan now for a successful transition later.  Through this five-session program, farm women will learn about the four components that create a successful transition—Succession, Business, Estate, and Retirement Planning.  To register contact Darbee at 319-835-5116. Registration deadline is Aug 28.

15 hours, 5 sessions | $75 |

#50914     Mount Pleasant Extension Office        
                 Wednesdays, Sep 2 - 30                                          9 AM – Noon

#50915     Fort Madison Public Library                
                 Wednesdays, Sep 2 - 30                                            2 - 5 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 ebook applications.

 2 hours, 1 session | $25 | Tara Dowd

#50890      SCC Center for Business                                           Room 112
                  Monday, Oct 19                                                          6 - 8 PM

Photoshop Elements Basics
This is a beginning level class, and will introduce students to photo editing software and tools used to improve the photographs we take. If you have the software, but have been at a loss as to how to use it, this class is for you. If you don’t have the software, but wanted to see what it is all about, this this class may help you decide whether to purchase it or not. The class will be using Photoshop Elements version 11, but if students have earlier versions, the class will still be beneficial to them.

12 hours, 6 sessions | $69 | Rod Gerst

#50887     SCC Center for Business                                           Room 110
                 Wednesdays, Aug 26 - Sep 30                                   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 or 3hours per week working at home. This class, like the basics class, will NOT cover the use of the Photoshop Elements Organizer, only the Editor.

12 hours, 6 sessions | $69 | Rod Gerst

#50888     SCC Center for Business                                         Room 110
                Wednesdays, Oct 14 - Nov 18                                   6 - 8 PM

Portrait Photography
This class covers 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 includes time in a professional studio as well as outdoor shooting.Students must have a DSLR camera with manual settings. Familiarity with Photoshop or Lightroom would be helpful.Class taught by Phil Pool, owner of Omni Photography.

12 hours, 4 sessions | $69 | Phil Pool

#50988     SCC Center for Business                                          Room 112
                 Wednesdays, Sep 9 - 30                                           6 - 9 PM

Master Gardener
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who share a love of gardening, an enthusiasm for learning, and a commitment to helping others. Perhaps you’ve met a Master Gardener working at a community garden, teaching a workshop, or answering a question at our county Extension Office. You too can become a Master Gardener if you are interested in learning about plants and gardening, attend the training program, provide 40 hours of service, and are willing to help others.

24 hours, 8 sessions | $195 | Training provided by the Iowa State University Extension Service

#50884 SCC West Burlington Campus                                       Room 607
             Tuesdays, Sep 29 - Nov 17                                            6:30 - 9:30 PM 

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.

8 hours, 4 sessions | $39 | Don Weiss 

#51035     SCC Center for Business                                           Room 112
                 Tuesdays, Sep 15 & Oct 6                                              6 - 8 PM
                 Field trips will meet on                       
                 Saturdays, Sep 19 & Oct 3                                             8 - 10 AM

Hunter Safety
Offered by the DNR, this class will include all forms of hunter safety, hunter ethics, survival in the wild, and live firing on a supervised gun range. This class is mandatory for all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1967, who want to purchase a hunting license. Certification in this class is also acceptable in all states for big game hunting. You must be 11 years of age or older to enroll and cannot receive a license until age 12. You must have a Social Security Number to register and to receive a certificate upon completion. Class size is limited; advance registration is required.

11.5 hours, 4 sessions | $7 | Steve Kershner 

#50177      SCC West Burlington Campus                                    Room 501
                  Must attend 3 of the following class sessions:
                  Mondays & Thursdays                                                 6:30 - 9 PM
                  Aug 17, 20, 24, 27
                  Additional required session:                            
                  Big Hollow Recreation Area
                  Saturday, Aug 22                                                          1 - 5 PM

Chef for the Day (or 3)Led by Chef Christopher Morris, enjoy this interactive cooking class with demonstrations and a special dining experience at the end.  This class offers a shopping trip and practical ways of preparing an elegant yet simple meal.  This is a 3-day program.

#50186     The Loft, Burlington                     
                  Wednesday, October 28                                                5:30 - 8:30
                  Thursday, October 29                                                    7:30 - 9:00
                   Friday, October 30                                                        5:30 - 8:30

Cake Decorating: Buttercream Basics
Learn the basic techniques to decorate cakes with America’s favorite icing-buttercream. Students will receive a recipe and instructions to properly ice and smooth cakes with practice time. Decorating skills will cover writing the coveted ‘Happy Birthday’, the rose, leaves and other figure piping techniques. This is a hands-on course and open to any skill level. The best part, students can eat their final project!  Supplies Needed: 2 featherweight decorating bags and couplers or disposable bags, icing spatula, and rose nail.  Cake tips: 3,5,12, 16, 21, 47, 67, 104, 2d.

8 hours, 4 sessions | $55 | Jessica Zelkovich

#50917      SCC Keokuk Campus                                                    Room 511
                  Mondays, Sep 14 - Oct 5                                               6 - 8 PM

Cake Decorating: Royal Icing Flowers
Get ready to delve deeper into the sweet world of icing. This class offers advanced buttercream borders and some additional flowers, as well as an array of royal icing flowers. Students will have three nights of hands-on instruction with the final night to design and decorate a cake reflecting these learned techniques.  Supplies: flower nail, decorator’s icing bag, coupler, lily nail and wax/parchment paper.  Tips required: 1, 3, 5, 12, 14, 21, 47, 59s, 68, 81, 97, 101, 103, 104, 352.  Students should bring one batch of medium class buttercream as well as all supplies.

8 hours, 4 sessions | $55 | Jessica Zelkovich 

#50858     SCC Keokuk Campus                                                        Room 401
                 Mondays, Oct 12 - Nov 2                                                    6 - 8 PM

Cookie Bouquet Centerpiece
Learn to create a festive cookie bouquet centerpiece, just in time for the holidays. During the first night, you will learn how to properly weigh a container for presentation and receive a recipe and instructions to bake stable cookies for this project. In the second session, we will come together to practice several techniques to decorate and display our cookies to finalize the products. You’ll be thankful to have a unique dessert for your spring or graduation party. Supplies: fall cookie cutters, food safe bamboo skewers, 1 bag candy melts, Container supplies (explained first night), 1 batch of cookies for second night, food safe paint brush, fall colors of food coloring (gel), parchment paper. Cake decorating tips: 3.

4 hours, 2 sessions | $39 | Jessica Zelkovich 

#50910      SCC Keokuk Campus                                                         Room TBA
                  Mondays, Nov 16 - 23                                                         6 - 8 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!

1.5 hours, 1 session | $15 | Erika Salek

#50904      SCC Center for Business                                                   Room 103
                  Wednesday, Oct 21                                                            6 - 7:30 PM 

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.

2 hours, 1 session | $25 | Tara Dowd 

#50894      SCC Center for Business                                                     Room 111
                  Monday, Sep 28                                                                   6 - 8 PM 

Healthy Support for Heart Disease Through Nutrition
If you have heart disease or are concerned about heart disease, there are many simple ways you can help your heart and lower your risk. We’ll cover heart disease basics, how to lower your risk of heart disease, nutritional and supplemental supports for heart disease, the benefits of healthy living, and coping with a heart disease diagnosis.

 1.5 hours, 1 session | $25 | Tara Dowd

#50957      SCC Center for Business                                                      Room 101
                  Wednesday, Oct 14                                                              10 - 11:30 AM

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. 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.

2 hours, 1 session | $25 | Tara Dowd

#50862     SCC Center for Business                                                        Room 111
                 Monday, Nov 9                                                                        6 - 9 PM



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