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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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Building an Anxiety Management Toolkit 10/14/2021
Building an Anxiety Management Toolkit 12/2/2021
DIY - Build Your Own Bench 10/9/2021
Geocaching 101 10/7/2021
Discover Geocaching Games 11/11/2021
Knitting Basics 10/12/2021
SAT/ACT Prep Series Online
Speed Spanish Online
A to Z Grant Writing Online
Discover Sign Language Online
Certificate in Mindfulness Online
Event Planner Career Prep Online
Introduction to Guitar Online
Certified Residential Interior Designer Online


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Paying for Education: Getting from There to Here 12/7/2021
Stocks, Bonds, and Investing, Oh My! Online


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Introduction to Digital Photography 9/14/2021
Portrait Photography 11/9/2021
Landscape & Vacation Photography 1/11/2022
Introduction to Photoshop CS6 Online


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Super Sitter 9/20/2021
Super Sitter 11/6/2021
Auto Collision Clinic 9/11/2021
AutoTech Clinic 9/11/2021
Exploring Graphic Arts 9/11/2021
Cybersecurity Defender Challenge 9th-11th Online
Welding Bootcamp 11/6/2021

Hunter Safety

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Hunter Safety 8/16/2021

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New Building an Anxiety Management Toolkit
Using tools found in a traditional toolkit won’t likely improve stress or anxiety, but building a toolkit with knowledge about the body, breath and movement might. Have you been struggling to manage your stress? Are you in need of tools to use when you’re feeling anxious? Has someone recommended you try yoga or meditation as a way to relax? In this course, you’ll learn about the nervous system, how and why anxiety and stress might show up in the body, and how utilizing tools like breath and gentle movement might help. This course is open to people age 16 or older and folks of all abilities and stages of life.

#81043 2 Hours, 1 Session $39.00
  SCC Keokuk, 312 Kali Eastin
  Thursday, Oct 14 6 - 8 PM



#81044 2 Hours, 1 Session $39.00
  SCC CBIZ,103 Kali Eastin
  Thursday, Dec 2 6 - 8 PM




DIY - Build Your Own Bench
Calling all DIY enthusiasts! Have you ever been interested in learning how to build a simple wood bench and also learn some basic woodworking skills? Then this course is perfect for you! In this course, you'll be supplied with the required materials needed to build a simple small bench or plant stand. (It measures 3 ft wide by 20 inches tall) This course is truly hands on you'll learn basic woodworking skills. At the completion of the course you will have a beautiful finished project to show your friends too.

#80943 4 Hours, 1 Session $75.00
  SCC WB,603 Kevin Liles
  Saturday, Oct 9 9 AM - Noon




Geocaching 101
Like the outdoors and treasure hunting? You can discover the great outdoors through Geocaching anywhere! Learn the rules, tools to use, and discover treasures.

#80859 1.5 Hours, 1 Session $14.00
  SCC WB,607 Heather Smith
  Thursday, Oct 7 5:30 - 7 PM




Discover Geocaching Games
Grab a few of your friends and come learn about the craze of Geolocation games. Discover how to use your smart phone and participate in games including Munzee, PokemonGo, and Wizards Unite.

#80871 1.5 Hours, 1 Session $14.00
  SCC WB,351 Heather Smith
  Thursday, Nov 11 5:30 - 7 PM




Knitting Basics
Being able to create a gift with your own hands can be exciting and rewarding. In this class you will be introduced to the basics of hand knitting. Yarn and needles will be provided.

#80954 6 Hours, 3 Sessions $35.00
  Stitch 'n Smile Dianne Smrdel
  Tuesday, Oct 12 - 26 6 - 8 PM




SAT/ACT Prep Series
Making the decision to attend college is probably one of the most important decisions you'll ever make, and your performance on college entrance exams is instrumental in determining your college choice. Universities and colleges throughout the U.S. require applicants to take the SAT or ACT as part of their evaluation package. This series will prepare you for both tests.

  48 Hours, Sessions $199.00




Speed Spanish
This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish pronto. You'll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you'll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish.

  24 Hours $95.00




A to Z Grant Writing
You'll learn how to raise needed funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders who are a good match for your organization. You'll also learn how to network and develop true partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant writing campaign, and how to put together a complete proposal package.

  24 Hours $95.00




Discover Sign Language
You'll begin with an introduction to the language itself, and learn to create the signs for numbers. You'll also master the sign alphabet so you can fingerspell proper names. Then you'll learn to sign phrases and expand to complete sentences, then see how to put it all together so you can introduce yourself and start a conversation.

  24 Hours $100.00




Certificate in Mindfulness
When you are mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them. Today, more and more healthcare practitioners are seeing the benefits of incorporating mindfulness in to their treatments and teaching others from all backgrounds about this valuable practice. In this certificate program, you'll examine the many benefits of mindfulness for both your personal and professional life.

  8 Hours $80.00




Event Planner Career Prep
In this course we will study the principles and practices of event planning. Topics to be covered are Planning, budgeting, organization, timining, location, transportation, venue, and much more.

  300 Hours $1,545.00




Introduction to Guitar
Learn to play guitar, and become the musician you've always wanted to be! In these fun and informative lessons, you'll build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed illustrations. The classical guitar skills you'll master in this course will allow you to play any style of music, from hard rock to country-and-western.

  24 Hours, Sessions $100.00




Certified Residential Interior Designer
Prepare for a career as a residential interior designer by learning the basics of good design, getting familiar with design styles and movements, exploring the materials that interior designers use, and putting your knowledge to work as you create your own design concept for a family room.

  120 Hours $1,995.00





Paying for Education: Getting from There to Here
What questions might you have as you establish education savings? Tips and frequently asked questions will be covered to build your goals and strategies. This course will also discuss the features and benefits of various education savings plans. Details will include cost of post-high school education, financial aid, saving strategies, and education savings plans.

#80873 1.5 Hours, 1 Session $20.00
  SCC CBIZ,111 Karen Elliott
  Tuesday, Dec 7 5:30 - 7:30 PM




Stocks, Bonds, and Investing, Oh My!
Looking for a good solid class in the basics of stocks, bonds, finance, and investing? The course will not only teach you about the stock markets, 401k plans, and retirement, but it will also address personal financial issues that are often ignored, but absolutely essential, to your success as an investor. Provide yourself with the independence and confidence you will need to make your own investment decisions.

  24 Hours $100.00





Introduction to Digital Photography
This is a beginning level class covering many of the features and settings in 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 the 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. Participants should have a basic understanding of computer operations, especially as it relates to creating, attaching, and saving files. This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#81084 12 Hours, 6 Sessions $79.00
  SCC WB,526 Phil Pool
  Tuesdays, Sep 14 - Oct 19 6 - 8 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. 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.

#81019 12 Hours, 6 Sessions $69.00
  SCC WB,526 Phil Pool
  Tuesdays, Nov 9 - Dec 14 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. 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 clichés. This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#81018 6 Hours, 3 Sessions $39.00
  SCC WB,526 Phil Pool
  Mon - Wed, Jan 11 - 25 6 - 8 PM




Introduction to Photoshop CS6
Learn how to use Photoshop CS6, the world's best graphics program for photographers, to edit photos and create original images.

  24 Hours $115.00





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.

#80865 6 Hours, 2 Sessions $59.00
  SCC CBIZ,112 Jill Ita
  Mon & Tue, Sep 20 & 21 4:30 - 7:30 PM



#80866 6 Hours, 1 Session $59.00
  SCC Keokuk, 302 Jill Ita
  Saturday, Nov 6 9 AM - 4 PM




AutoTech Clinic
Do you have a love for cars, or just want to learn the basics? Join us and get your hands dirty learning how to change tires, do oil changes, and general mechanical tasks. You will learn from industry professionals and explore different career opportunities. No experience is necessary; you will learn the basics on up. Come with experience or broaden your skills. This course is for grades 8 - 11.

#80854 6 Hours, 2 Sessions $49.00
  SCC WB,505 Wesley Carpenter
  Saturdays, Sep 11 & 18 9 AM - Noon




Exploring Graphic Arts
Do you like to tell stories through pictures, images, and other visual communication? Learn about how graphic designers sell or share ideas through pictures, logos, images, and much more. You will learn from industry professionals and explore different career opportunities. Students will discover how to create a design a dynamic, effective visual piece through different software and technology. Students will need to create an adobe ID before the first day of class. This course is for grades 8 – 11.

#80852 6 Hours, 2 Sessions $49.00
  SCC WB,526 Carlene Woodside
  Saturdays, Sep 11 & 18 9 AM - Noon




Cybersecurity Defender Challenge 9th-11th
Cybersecurity Defender Challenge is designed to inspire 9 - 11 grade students to explore careers in cyberspace, healthcare technologies, and other STEM disciplines critical to our nation's future. The 5-day cyber challenge provides students going into grades 9-11 with the opportunity to explore the world of cyberspace with cyberspace experts by emphasizing fun, relative and applicable technology challenges in today's information technology environment. Students will engage in topics ranging from Cyber ethics and safety, how to protect their personal devices, computer components and software, and defense against outside cyber threats. Students will utilize the knowledge they gain in the camp to virtually construct, install, and troubleshoot PC hardware/software, as well as secure online accounts. The class includes a paid copy of 'PC Building Simulator' and a USB FIDO2 U2F Security Key that will be theirs to keep at the end of camp. (30 Hours)

#81001 30 Hours $179.00




Welding Bootcamp
Shape steel like a pro. Learn basic welding and get real, hands-on experience using ARC and MIG welding machines. Discover from industry professionals in the field about career potential in our community. New skills for repeat attendees. Participants must wear cotton, long-sleeve clothes, and leather, closed-toe shoes. Medium to long hair must be tied back. Safety glasses, welding gloves, jackets, and helmets are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own. This course is for grades 8 – 11.

#80851 6 Hours, 2 Sessions $49.00
  SCC WB,701 Steven Kershner
  Saturdays, Nov 6 & 13 9 AM - Noon




Hunter Safety

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.

#78674 13 Hours, 5 Sessions $15.00
  SCC WB,603 Steve Kershner
  Mon & Thu, Aug 16 - 26 6:30 - 9 PM




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