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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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General Interest

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Course Date
Welding Art 102 6/17/2023
How to Create Narrative Paintings 6/13/2023
Illustrate Your Own Book 7/15/2023
How to Design Characters 7/11/2023
Ancient Greece 8/2/2023


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Sports Photography 8/8/2023
Landscape & Vacation Photography 6/13/2023


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Moped Safety 6/16/2023
Moped Safety 8/12/2023
Super Sitter 6/6/2023
Hunter Safety 8/14/2023


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Knife Skills 6/15/2023
Icebox Cake 6/29/2023
Layered Salads 7/17/2023
Meal Planning on a Budget 7/20/2023
Summer No Heat Meals 6/19/2023
Elote in a Bowl 7/27/2023


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Welding Art 102
This open lab format will help you fine tune the basic MIG skills that were learned and get your creativity moving.  You will be supplied with some materials.  You are encouraged to bring some of your own found metal.  Safety glasses, welding gloves, jackets, and helmets will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own.

#90153   $59
  SCC WB, 701 S Kershner
  Sat, Jun 17 8 AM - Noon




How to Create Narrative Paintings
We will create beautiful paintings ranging from urban to rural taking inspiration from real images.  We will then convert it into fantastical scenes depicting a story through details and characters.  We will discuss how to implement a narrative and tell a story through a single image.  We will also discuss ideas and brainstorm as a class and as individuals.  At teh start of every session, we will discuss the work completed perviously.

#90731   $159
  SCC CBIZ, 112 B Nordyke
  T & Th, Jun 13 - 22 5 - 7 PM

Illustrate Your Own Book
We will discuss how to create an engaging story through multiple images.  We will use all forms of medium ranging from watercolor, ink, and pastels.  Students will understand how color plays an important role for storytelling and how certain shapes and designs add more to the concept of the narrative.  With one congruent story, all illustration will fit together without explicitly needing writing to accompany the illustrations.  All forms of writing will be welcome; poetry, novels, children's books, etc.

#90732   $159
  SCC CBIZ, 112 B Nordyke
  S, Jul 15 - 29 9:#0 AM - Noon



How to Design Characters
In this class, students will learn the fundamental basics of how to break down the most unique characteristics of people or already designed characters.  We will discuss design choices, color palates, unique features, and more.  Students will be able to illustrate from reference, either from fantasy, or non-fiction.  An example would be that the student will be taught how to turn their child into a unique cartoon character, or their family into the cast of a cartoon.  There will be no specific outline for the designed illustrations, but rather a unique experience appealing to each individual student.

#90733   $129
  SCC CBIZ, 112 B Nordyke
  T & Th, Jul 11 - 20 5 - 7 PM



Ancient Greece
This class explores both the history and culture of the ancient Greeks.  Going over some of the most prominent Greek events, discussion the daily lives of both upper and lower class Greeks, and diving into some of the important things that the modern world draws from the Greeks.

#90734   $29
  Virtual D Jamison
  W, Aug 2 5:30 - 8:30 PM





Sports Photography
Come join Omni Studio photographyer Phil Pool to find out how he gets great sports shots.  This three-session course will discuss sports photography and how to capture peak action reaction moments.  The course will open with tips and techniques, then have a live shooting night, and finish with a critique.  A camera and telephotolenses are recommended, but not required.  Even point and shoot cameras have some adjustments that can help.  Come join Phil and have some fun!

#86391   $69
  SCC WB, 526 P Pool
  Tues, Aug 8 - 22 6 - 8 PM


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.  Lean 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.

#86400   $69
  SCC WB, 526 P Pool
  Tues, Jun 13 - 27 6 - 8 PM




Moped Safety
A certified moped course must be completed by anyone 14 or 15 years of age wishing to obtain a moped license in Iowa.  Certificates will be issued to those who successfully complete the course.  Students should bring a sack lunch.

#86263   $55
  SCC FM, 106 K Prickett
  F, Jun 16 8 AM - 2:30 PM



#86264   $55
  SCC CBIZ, 103 K Prickett
  Sat, Aug 12 8 AM - 2:30 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. PLEASE SEND SACK LUNCH WITH CHILD, a meal will NOT be provided.

#87306   $59
  SCC Fort Madison, 108 J Ita
  Tue, Jun 6 8:30 AM - 3 PM




Hunter Safety
Offered by the Department of Natural Resources, 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.  Students must be 12 years of age or older to enroll, and must have a Social Security number to register and to receive a certificate upon completion.  Class size is limited; advanced registration is required - no walk-in registrations will be accepted.

Class meets M & Th for two weeks.
Class meets on Sa 8/19 at Big Hollow shooting range from 1- 4 PM.

#90139   $15
  SCC WB, 603 S Kershner
  M & Th, Aug 14 - 24 & Sa, Aug 19 6:30 - 9 PM and 1 - 4 PM






Knife Skills
Many home and professional cooks don't always wield a knife correctly which increases food preparation time and makes the process harder and less safe.  Good knives are the foundation of a well-equipped kitchen.  Learn to slice, dice, chop, and more.

#90735   $49
  SCC  E Stresow
  Th, Jun 15 5:30 - 7:30 PM




Icebox Cake
Icebox cakes are the perfect summer dessert and make ahead treat for the summer.  No hear, baking or cooking only prep.  You can make it hours ahead or the day before.  You will learn the recipe for an iecbox cake and take home one.

#90737   $35
  SCC  E Stresow
  Th, Jun 29 6 - 7:30 PM




Layered Salads
The Cobb Salad is a main dish as an American Garden Salad.  With a combination of lettuce, tomato, meat, eggs, cheese, and more.  Learn how to compose a beautifully arranged sald that is Instagram worthly!  This salad is versatile and is sure to please everybody.  Make an endless combination of beautiful creations and take one home.

#90739   $35
  SCC  E Stresow
  M, Jul 17 6 - 7:30 PM




Meal Planning on a Budget
By meal planning ahead of time you set your expectation for the week and know exactly what you'll be cooking and shopping for.  This will save you from grabbing food on the go or going out to eat and limit the trips to the grocery store.  At the end of the day not planning ahead for meals addes up fast and will break your food budget.  At the end of the class you will create your grocery budget and a meal plan.

#90738   $25
  SCC  E Stresow
  Th, Jul 20 6 - 7:30 PM




Summer No Heat Meals
When the dog days of summer roll in and it's too hot to turn on the oven or stove, keep cool with no-cook summer meals!  Enjoy salads, sandwiches, and soups, all made without breaking a sweat.  Make and prepare a no-cook meal to take home.

#90741   $39
  SCC  E Stresow
  M, Jun 19 5:30 - 7:30 PM




Elote in a Bowl
What is Elote?  It is a Mexican Street Corn and another wonderful way to enjoy our Iowa Corn!  Join this course and learn how through a combination of delicious ingredients how to make Elote and take some home.

#90740   $29
  SCC  E Stresow
  Th, Jul 27 6 - 7 PM

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