General Courses

Continuing education and professional development

Lifelong Learning For All

Continuing Education courses focus on lifelong learning with diverse education programs that meet the needs of our local communities. We offer professional development courses and non-credit certificate programs.

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Beekeeping Basics

Early spring is the time to begin keeping honeybees.  This course is for interested citizens and beginners who wish to join the bees' world and become a beekeeper.  Students will learn the basics of handling bees and havesting hive products.  Honeybee biology, hive basics, installing bees, and honeybee management will be discussed.

Dates Location Days Times Cost Course code
02/03/18 Kishwaukee College-C1203 (parking lot B, door #61) Sat. 9:00AM-5:00PM $59 ANI 702 5001


Bird Watching in Illinois

Bird watching is a relaxing and fun hobby for all. Learn how to recognize birds that can be found in Illinois through a variety of methods: sight(body size, beak size and feathers), sound and flight. You will learn the natural history of many Illinois birds as well as which binoculars to use, how to use a field guide, and the best times and places to spot birds. This online class will include a self-paced guide to bird watching in Illinois as well as the opportunity to test your knowledge and ask questions of the instructor. Must be age 60 or older to register for $25. The non-senior rate $59.


Ceramics-Open Studio

Do you enjoy ceramics and need access to a studio and kiln? If so, this open studio is for you! Participants must be advanced, self-motivated, and able to work on their own. A ceramics instructor will monitor the studio and provide assistance and demonstrations as requested. Clay, glazes, storage space and kiln time will be provided. Participants must provide their own towel, gallon bucket, pottery tools, brushes and containers for glazing.

A free information session will be held on January 10 (6-7pm) in room B-1422. 

Participants must attend Orientation Session on January 17 (6-7pm) prior to working in the studio.

Dates Location Days Times Cost Course code
1/24/18-3/14/18 Kishwaukee College-B1422 W 6pm-9pm $199 ANI 701 5001


Chinese Language and Culture

China is home to one fifth of the world’s population and has the world’s second largest economy. Illinois is among the top destinations for the many Chinese coming America to live, study or invest. Competency in basic Mandarin Chinese and understanding Chinese culture are professionally valuable and personally rewarding. C101-104 assumes no prior knowledge of Chinese. You will learn to pronounce words and names, basic conversation, how to read the phonetic systems, and how to read and write elementary Chinese written characters. You will also learn about culture through activities, food, and film. The course will be moderately challenging in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Required books:
  •         Ren, Yi and Xiayuan Liang. Mastering Conversational Chinese: Chinese for Beginners Tuttle Publishing, ISBN: 9780804842358
  •         Lung-Hua Gail Hu, M.A. , Quick Study Academic Mandarin Vocabulary, ISBN-13: 978-142320421-3 or ISBN-10:142320421-2

These books are available in the Kishwaukee College bookstore.

Dates Location Days Times Cost Course Code
1/9/18-3/1/18 Kishwaukee College- C1258 T,R 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm $125 LAN 703 5003

Cooking-Great Soups and Sauces

Soups and Sauces are a staple of fine cuisine. A great sauce can be both the basis and the topping of a wonderful meal. A delicious soup can be the beginning of an elegant multi-course meal or a meal in itself. When you know how to make good sauces/soups you know how to begin and end a good meal. In this class you will learn how to make soups and sauces that will transform a basic entree into something special. Chef, Rudy Galindo, will demostrate the techniques required to make great soups and sauces: roasting, poaching, simmering and pureeing. Rudy has been cooking since he was 16 years old. He is a graduate of the Cooking Hospitality Institute in Chicago. He has experience cooking in many different types of establishments from high-end French and Italian restaurants to catering and cafeterias to private homes.

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
1/24/18-2/28/18 Hy-Vee Club Room W 6:00p-8:00p $150 TBD


Drones 101 - Beginner Class:

Drone technology is a relatively new field and in its infant stages.  There is literally nowhere to go but up!  If you are thinking about getting a drone or already have one and are not sure what to do with it, this course is for you. This class will cover:

  • Basic drone flying techniques
  • Basic drone operation safety tips
  • How to conduct a "pre-flight inspection"
  • How to determine if the conditions are safe to fly your drone
  • The difference between a "toy and a professional" drone
  • When your new drone needs to be registered with the FAA

Instructor will demonstrate how to fly a drone.  Participants should not bring their drones to class. 

Dates Location Days Times Cost Course Code
1/16/18 Kishwaukee College B1205 T 9am-12pm $15 REC 709 5004
1/23/18 Kishwaukee College B1205 T 6:00p-9:00p $15 REC 709 5005

Drones 102 - Advanced Class:

So you bought an expensive drone and you aren’t sure what to do with it. This class will cover:

  • Is your new aircraft safe to fly?
  • Are the weather conditions safe to fly your drone?
  • What FAA rules apply to the area where you want to fly your drone?
  • What FAA rules apply to flying a drone professionally?
  • What additional privileges does a professional drone pilot have over a hobbyist? 

Some drone flying experience would be useful but not necessary for this course.  Instructor will demonstrate how to fly a drone.  Participants should not bring their drones to class. 

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
01/18/18 Kishwaukee College B1205 TH 9:00 am-12:00pm $15 REC 709 5002
01/25/18 Kishwaukee College B1205 TH 6:00 pm-9:00 pm $15 REC 709 5003


Drones-FAA License

The Federal Aviation Administration requires that professional drone pilots hold an FAA part 107 license.  FAA part 107 license holders are required to pass a written exam prior to receiving the license.  This multi-session class will help you to prepare for the written exam.  Topics to be covered include small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) flight regulations, airspace & requirements, weather, loading & performance and operation.  A sample test will be adminstered at the end of class.

The instructor, Bob Myers, is a highly experienced, licensed drone pilot and owner of an ariel photography business.

Dates Location Days Times Cost Course Code
02/13/18-03/01/18 Kishwaukee College-B1412 T/Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $199 REC 709 5001


Fitness - Bodies in Motion

Students will enjoy the "fitness made fun" atmosphere while listening to music from the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. The class includes chair exercises and activities that may improve eye, hand and foot coordination as well as balance, flexibility range of motion and energy. Must be at least age 60 to register for $25. The non-senior rate is $75. 



 Course Code

1/16/18 - 2/27/18
Sycamore-Sycamore Public Library


FIT 702 5001
1/16/18-2/27/18 DeKalb-Barb City Manor T/TH 2:00p-2:45p $75 FIT 702 5002



Learn the art of Self-Defense in this class filled with technique, history and fun. Self-Defense class will focus on the following topics: Bow in class, stance work, punches, kicks, blocks, conditioning, foam work, two men exercise and bow out. Class cost is $150 which includes class t-shirt.

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
2/5/18-3/28/18 Sycamore Library M/W 5:45pm-7:45pm $150 MRT 703 5001


Fitness-Tai Chi with Tom

Tai Chi is practiced worldwide for health, wellness, relief of pain, and improved physical ability. Research shows the practice of Tai Chi also reduces the incidence of falling and improves practitioners' quality of life. This slow moving, easy to learn program is beneficial to adults with or without physical limitations. Tai Chi may be practiced standing or sitting and includes exercises that improve relaxation, breathing and blood flow. Must be at least age 60 to register for $25 rate. The non-senior rate is $49.

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
01/16/18-02/15/18 (Skip 02/06) Barb City Manor TR 11:00 AM-11:45 AM $49 MRT 702 5002


Fitness - The Complete Workout

This class is for adults of all ages who want to get in shape and/or stay fit.  Classes will include stretching, strength training and cardio workouts.  Students will work at their own pace and will need to bring hand weights (3-5 pounds), an exercise mat and water.  Please bring a large exercise ball if you have one.  Wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes.  Must be at least age 60 to register for $25. The non-senior rate is $75. 

Course Code
01/15/18 - 02/22/18
Waterman-Indian Creek Middle School M/TH 6:00p-6:45p $75
FIT 704 5001



IPAD/Smart Phone class

Learn basic IPAD/Smart phone skills in this class with lots of hands-on practice. You will learn how to:

-Face Time with your family/friends
-Set-up and follow family/friends using facebook
-Use your contact list
-Add Apps

The instructor, Vivian Bright, has almost 20 years of experience in technical support including software instruction. Participants should bring their tablet and or smartphone and chargers.

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
1/22/18-2/12/18 Barb City Manor M 9:00am-10:30am $25 TBD

Music Lessons-Guitar:

Haven't you always wanted to play the guitar? Don't put it off any longer. Private and Family lessons available. A family lesson includes two or more people from the same family. The instructor, Eric Schroeder, has performed throughout North America on a variety of musical instruments.

Dates Location Actual Dates/Times Cost Course Code
1/15/18-4/27/18 Kishwaukee College TBD(14 lessons) $235 TBD
1/15/18-4/27/18 Kishwaukee College TBD(14 lessons) $420 TBD

Music Lessons-Piano:

Learn how to play piano at Kishwaukee College! Beginning lessons are available in both private and group settings. Lessons will provide an introduction to basic technique as well as music theory, sight reading, harmonization and improvisation.

Dates Location Actual Dates/Times Cost Course Code
1/15/18-4/27/18 Kishwaukee College TBD(14 lessons) $235 TBD
1/15/18-4/27/18 Kishwaukee College TBD (14 lessons) $130 TBD

Music Lessons-Voice

Release your inner diva or divo with private voice lessons at Kishwaukee College! Explore multiple styles and genres based on your interests. In addition to technique, the lessons include assistance with the development of public performance skills so you will be ready to take your show on the road in no time. John Patrick Rakes is a versatile conductor, choral musician, music educator, and collaborative pianist whose dedication to artistic excellence is evident in his conducting, teaching, and performing. Private lessons(30 minutes).

For more information and to register, please contact Melissa Gallagher:, 815-825-9466

Dates Location Actual Dates/Times Cost Course code
1/15/18-4/27/18 Kishwaukee College TBD (14 lessons) $235 TBD



Contact Information

To register call Tricia Hernandez at 815-825-9441. For general inquiries regarding class information, please email or call 815-825-9466.
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