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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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Course Date
Certificate in Meditation 7/7/2020
Certificate of Mindfulness  Online
Discover Sign Language  Online
Discover Sign Language II  Online
GRE Preparation: Part 1  Online
SAT/ACT Prep Series  Online
Speed Spanish  Online
12 Steps to a Successful Job Search  Online


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Course Date
Outsmart the Scammers 2/23/2021
Paying for Education: Getting from There to Here 1/12/2021
Paying for Education: Getting from There to Here 5/6/2021
Stocks, Bonds, and Investing, Oh My!  Online


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Lightroom for Digital Photographers 1/5/2021
Landscape & Vacation Photography 2/23/2021
Sports Photography 3/30/2021
Spring Wildflower Photography Workshop 3/31/2021


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AutoTech Clinic 4/10/2021
Exploring Graphic Arts 2/13/2021
Welding Bootcamp 5/8/2021
Super Sitter 5/3/2021
Super Sitter 6/7/2021


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Course Date
Advanced Home Brewing 4/11/2021
American Wine and AVA Appreciation 1/24/2021
Birdwatching Basics 4/7/2021
Discover Geolocation Games 4/22/2021
Introduction to Home Brewing 2/21/2021
Learn and Grow Seed Starting Basics 3/25/2021
Vintage Jewelry Collecting Guide 2/27/2021

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Certificate in Meditation
In this online course, you'll explore the many meditation techniques that can be used to support the mind-body connection and promote healing, health, and wellness.

Online 8 Hours $68.00
   Jul 7  




Certificate of 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.

Online 8 Hours $80.00




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.

Online 24 Hours $100.00




Discover Sign Language II
Take your sign language skills to the next level with additional vocabulary, grammar lessons, and cultural information. This course will help you build confidence in your ability to sign with the Deaf community.

#Online Hours $115.00




GRE Preparation: Part 1
If you're planning to apply to graduate school, you'll likely have to take the GRE. Part 1 takes you through all the question types on the verbal reasoning and analytical writing sections, including reading comprehension, text completion, sentence equivalence questions, and both essay tasks. You'll also gain pointers on time management, anxiety relief, scoring, and general standardized test-taking.

Online 24 Hours $100.00




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.

Online 48 Hours $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.

Online 24 Hours $115.00




12 Steps to a Successful Job Search
Get the job you want in any economy. In this course you will learn to identify the job that is best for your needs. You will then be given complete step-by-step instructions on how to get that job, regardless of your level of expertise or state of the economy. You will learn how to build rapport with any interviewer, both verbally and non-verbally, while mastering the six phases of a successful job interview. This motivational course will increase your confidence, help you feel great about yourself, and provide you with the foundation you need to get the job you want!

Online 24 Hours $115.00





Outsmart the Scammers
Incidents of fraud are on the rise, and scammers tactics are becoming more complex. Learn how to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter, resources individuals can turn to in the event they or loved ones are targeted, and steps individuals can take to help protect themselves and loved ones.

#76824 1.5 Hours, 1 Session $20.00
Hybrid SCC CBIZ,111 or Zoom Karen Elliott
  Tuesday, Feb 23 9 - 10:30 AM




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.

#76302 1.5 Hours, 1 Session $20.00
  SCC WB,607 Karen Elliott
  Tuesday, Jan 12 5:30 - 7 PM




#76826 1.5 Hours, 1 Session $20.00
Hybrid SCC CBIZ,111 or Zoom Karen Elliott
  Thursday, May 6 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.

Online 24 Hours $100.00





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.

#76250 15 Hours, 5 Sessions $179.00
  SCC WB,526 Phil Pool
  Tuesday, Jan 5 - Feb 2 6 - 9 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.

#76748 6 Hours, 3 Sessions $39.00
  SCC WB,526 Phil Pool
  Tuesday, Feb 23 - Mar 9 6 - 8 PM




Sports Photography
Come join Omni Studio photographer 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 and reaction moments. The course will open with tips and techniques, then have a live shooting night, and finish with a critique. A camera and telephoto lenses are recommended, but not required. Even point and shoot cameras have some adjustments that can help. Come join Phil and have some fun! This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#76746 6 Hours, 3 Sessions $59.00
  SCC WB,526 Phil Pool
  Tuesday, Mar 30 - Apr 13 6 - 8 PM




Spring Wildflower Photography Workshop
This wildflower photography workshop is intended to help move your existing photography skills from snapshots to works of art and will focus primarily on macro shots of early spring wildflowers. Topics include applying depth of field, shutter speed, background, lighting, and composition options for optimum results in the field. Session 1 will be classroom-based theory. Sessions 2 and 3 will be field work at Geode State Park. Session 4 will be classroom-based review of results and critique. Participants should have access to a DLSR camera with the ability to take close up photos from a distance of 18 inches or less. Participants should have moderate shooting and editing skills and the ability to walk short distances over rough terrain and photograph flowers less than 12 inches from the ground.

#76747 8 Hours, 4 Sessions $79.00
  SCC CBIZ,111 Don Weiss
  Wed & Sat, Mar 31 - Apr 14 6 - 8 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.

#76819 6 Hours, 2 Sessions $49.00
  SCC WB,505 Wesley Carpenter
  Saturdays, Apr 10 & 17 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.

#76744 6 Hours, 2 Sessions $49.00
  SCC WB,526 Carlene Woodside
  Saturdays, Feb 13 & 20 9 AM - Noon




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.

#77063 6 Hours, 1 Session $49.00
  SCC WB,701 Steven Kershner
  Saturdays, May 8 9 AM - Noon




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.

#77152 6 Hours, 2 Sessions $59.00
  SCC CBIZ,111 Heather Wellman
  Mon & Tue, May 3 & 4 4:30 - 7:30 PM




#76755 6 Hours, 1 Session $59.00
  SCC Keokuk,IT 302 Heather Wellman
  Monday, Jun 7 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM





New Advanced Home Brewing
This course will expand upon the skills learned in Introduction to Home Brewing. This class will cover wort souring, fruit and other adjunct additions post primary fermentation and kegging and dispense. Must be 21 or older to register for this class.

#76814 6 Hours, 3 Sessions $49.00
  The Grange Public House Eric Sorenson
  Sundays, Apr 11 - 25 1 - 3:30 PM




American Wine and AVA Appreciation
Perfect day out experience with friends! This course explores a variety of American wines and the American Viticulture Areas and their significance as well as the history of varietal wines. Must be 21 or older to register for this class.

#76815 6 Hours, 3 Sessions $39.00
  The Grange Public House Eric Sorenson
  Sundays, Jan 24 - Feb 7 1 - 3:30 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 basic tips and techniques of bird identification, and consists of 2 classroom meetings with 2 field trips to Geode State Park. Class will be beneficial for those with beginning to intermediate birding skills.

#76766 8 Hours, 4 Sessions $49.00
  SCC CBIZ,111 Don Weiss
  Wed & Sat, Apr 7 - 21 6 - 8 PM




Discover Geolocation 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.

#76827 1.5 Hours, 1 Session $14.00
  SCC WB,607 Heather Smith
  Thursday, Apr 22 5:30 - 7 PM




Introduction to Home Brewing
Master the science of beer brewing and learn techniques used by some of the largest breweries in the world. Whether you’re brewing gallon batches at a time or running a larger operation, you’ll have confidence that you’re brewing safely and effectively. Learn exactly what each ingredient does and what role it plays in making the perfect bottle of beer. Uncover how specific hops release different flavors, and find exactly what you need to add to make your next batch unique. Nothing matches the pride you’ll feel (and taste) when you take a sip of your very own homebrewed beer. Must be 21 or older to register for this class.

#76738 6 Hours, 3 Sessions $49.00
  The Grange Public House Eric Sorenson
  Sundays, Feb 21 - Mar 7 1 - 3:30 PM




Learn and Grow Seed Starting Basics
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. Walk away with plants you start from seeds (provided) that evening.

#76772 2 Hours, 1 Session $29.00
  SCC WB,Greenhouse Randy Simmons
  Thursday, Mar 25 5:30 - 7:30 PM




Vintage Jewelry Collecting Guide
This class will provide participants with a historical overview of jewelry through the ages. Learn more about vintage jewelry designers, styles and materials. There will be several examples to view of period pieces throughout the ages and many designs. Learn how to check for Bakelite, Amber and how to better identify jewelry through the span of time. Participants are welcome to bring a piece of jewelry for the instructor to view.

#77066 2 Hours, 1 Session $19.00
  SCC Ft. Madison,106 Maria Gapen
  Saturday, Feb 27 10 AM - Noon




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