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 harvesting hive products.  Honeybee biology, hive basics, installing bees, and honeybee management will be discussed.

Dates Location Days Times Cost Course code
TBD Kishwaukee College Sat. 9:00AM-5:00PM $59 TBD

 

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.

Dates Location Days Times Cost Course code
TBD Kishwaukee College-B1422 T 6pm-9pm $199 TBD

 

 

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 Time Cost Course Code
TBD Kishwaukee College T,R 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm $125 TBD
 

 

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 demonstrate 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
TBD Hy-Vee Club Room W 6:00p-8:00p $150 TBD

Cooking-Pasta Making

Roll up your sleeves, put on your apron and get ready for this fun, hands-on learning experience. Learn the basic formulas for making pasta dough and how to add flavor to pastas. Under the guidance of Chef, Rudy Galindo, you will create ways to infuse and prepare pasta doughs. The series starts with basic Italian cuisine to modern approaches of pastas. Rudy has been cooking since he was 16 years old.  He is a graduate of the Cooking Hospitality Institute of 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
TBD HyVee Club Room S 1:00pm-3pm $75 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
7/10/18 Kishwaukee College-Room A1221 T 9:00am-12pm $15 REC709 1001
7/17/18 Kishwaukee College-Room A1221 T 6:00pm-9:00pm $15 REC 709 1002

 

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
4/19/18 Kishwaukee College-Room A1222 TH 6:00pm-9:00pm $15 REC 709 5009
7/12/18 Kishwaukee College-Room A1221 TH 9:00am-12:00pm $15 REC 709 1004
7/19/18 Kishwaukee College-Room A1221 TH 6:00pm-9:00pm $15 REC 709 1003

 

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 administered at the end of class.

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

Dates Location Days Times Cost Course Code
4/24/18-5/15/18 Kishwaukee College-B1412 T/TH 6:00pm-9:00pm $199 REC 709 5010
7/24/18-08/09/18 Kishwaukee College-B1412 T/Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $199 REC 709 1005

Essential Oils

Essential oils are the fastest-growing forms of natural and holistic medicine. Essential oils treat the whole mind, body and spirit. They can be applied topically, taken internally or through diffusion. This class will cover the most common oils that can be used every day including learn their therapeutic properties, psychological profiles and common uses. Participants will learn how to apply oils safely, blend oils, and proper storage of oils.

Dates Location Days Times Cost Course Code
5/12/18 Kishwaukee College-B1275 S 1:15p-3:15p $35 PER 708 5001
TBD Dana's Day Spa F 6:00-8:00pm $35 TBD

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. 

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
6/12/18-7/19/18 Sycamore Public Library-Sycamore T/TH 11:15am-12:00pm $75 FIT 702 1001
6/12/18-7/19/18 Barb City Manor-DeKalb T/TH 2:00pm-2:45pm $75 FIT 702 1002

 

Fitness-Self-Defense

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
TBD Sycamore Library M/W 5:45pm-7:45pm $150 TBD

 

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
TBD Barb City Manor TR 11:00 AM-11:45 AM $49 TBD

 

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. 

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
TBD Family Service Agency-Club 55-DeKalb (Low Impact) T/TH 9:30a-10:15a $75 TBD
TBD Waterman-Indian Creek Middle School M/W 6:00p-6:45p $75 TBD

 

Floral Design-Spring Arrangement

Learn the basics of Floral Design while creating an arrangement that brings spring indoors.  Participants will create a colorful centerpiece full of bright spring flowers in yellows, purples, and pinks. All materials will be provided as well as snacks.  Participants are welcome to bring a beverage of their choice to enjoy during the class.  Janet Gallagher, Floral Design Assistant Professor at Kishwaukee College is excited to offer this fun class to the community.  Janet has over 30 years of experience in floral design and is a much sought-after designer, presenter, evaluator, lecturer and leader in the floral design industry. Class cost includes supplies and snacks.

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
TBD Barb City Manor-Dekalb W 6:00p-8:00p $50 TBD

 

Gardeners' Pathway

Attend the 2018 Gardeners Pathway symposium of workshops for gardeners of all levels presented by University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County Master Gardeners on Saturday, February 24 at Kishwaukee College Conference Center (21193 Malta Road in Malta, Illinois).

  • 3 Keynote Presentations (Nina Koziol, Writer for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicagoland Gardening Magazine; Richard Eyre, Conifer Collector turned Nurseryman; and, Richard Hawke, Instructor at the School of the Chicago Botanic Gardens)
  • Choice of new workshop topics
  • Exhibit hall with unique gardening items for purchase
  • Master Gardener Q&A desk
  • Refreshments
  • Door prizes
Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
TBD Kishwaukee College S 7:30a-2:30p $50  

If registering online, you may pay by credit card only. Payment is due at the time of registration. You will receive a confirmation email as well. https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=17707

If registering by mail, you may pay by check or money order ONLY. Make Checks payable to "University of Illinois Extension" and send registration and payment to U of I Extension, 1350 W. Prairie Dr, Sycamore, IL 60178

Introduction to Meditation

Meditation is an ancient practice also referred to as "sleep with awareness". The goal is full body relaxation for rejuvenation. Meditation can help to quiet the overactive mind and promote better sleep. It helps completely relax the body and mind, easing anxiety and stress. Anyone can practice meditation as it doesn't involve physical actions. While it is normally practiced lying down, you can practice it either sitting or standing as well. This class will introduce participants to the concepts of meditation and provide opportunities to practice as well as tips for overcoming meditation distractions.

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
TBD Dana's Day Spa M 6pm-8pm $25 TBD

Introduction to Reiki

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is an ancient Japanese technique used to reduce stress, increase relaxation and promote healing energy. Reiki is a natural therapy, backed by Quantum Physics and many modern studies, that gently balances life energies by triggering the body's natural healing abilities. Reiki is a simple, non-invasive healing treatment that works with the recipient's Higher Self to promote health and well-being of the entire physical, emotional, and psychic body of the recipient. This class will introduce participants to the concept of Reiki and discuss the options for becoming a Reiki practitioner.

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
TBD Dana's Day Spa-DeKalb M 6pm-8pm $25 TBD

 

iPad/Smart Phone class

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

-FaceTime 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
TBD Barb City Manor M 9:00am-10:30am $25 TBD

Jewelry - Open Studio

Do you enjoy making jewelry and metalwork and need access to a studio? If so, the Jewelry Open Studio is for you! Participants must be advanced, self-motivated, and able to work on their own.  Jewelry/Metalworking instructor, Dan Connelly, MFA, will monitor the studio and provide assistance and demonstrations as requested.  Connelly is a nationally exhibited and recognized artist with over a decade of teaching experience in higher education (including several years at Kishwaukee College).  He is familiar with a variety of techniques including lost wax casting, hydraulic press forming, rolling mill texturing, etching, forming and raising.  He is an expert in the use of traditional hand tools combined with traditional skills and techniques for making jewelry and small metal art objects.

A free information session will be held on January 8 (6-7pm) in room B-1422

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
TBD Kishwaukee College B-1422 M 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm $199 TBD

Laser Firearms Training:

This class will begin with basic handgun familiarization which includes the 4 Safe Gun Handling Rules. In this class proper grip, sight alignment, sight picture, trigger control will be discussed. Once fundamental gun handling techniques have been established, training with multiple targets, drawing from the holster, decision making and more advanced training will be taught and practiced. This class is for the beginner student who wants to become familiar with gun handling in a safe, warm environment before transitioning to a real handgun as well as the the experienced shooter who wants to hone their skills without the cost of live ammunition.

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
TBD Kishwaukee College B1205 T 6pm-8pm $25 TBD

Laser Firearms-iMarksman:

This advanced laser firearms simulation course is specifically designed for those individuals who have obtained their Concealed Carry Permit and now wish to receive training using the iMarksman Use of Force System to improve their accuracy and decision-making skills. A refresher on Safe Gun Handling Rules as well as fundamental gun handling techniques will be discussed prior to starting the decision-making portion of the class.

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
TBD Kishwaukee College B1205 T 6pm-8pm $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.

For more information and to register, please contact Melissa Gallagher: Mgallagher1@kish.edu, 815-825-9466

Dates Location Actual Dates/Times Cost Course Code
TBD Kishwaukee College TBD(14 lessons) Private $235 TBD
TBD Kishwaukee College TBD(14 lessons) Family $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.

For more information and to register, please contact Melissa Gallagher: Mgallagher1@kish.edu, 815-825-9466

Dates Location Actual Dates/Times Cost Course Code
TBD Kishwaukee College TBD(14 lessons) Private $235 TBD
TBD Kishwaukee College TBD (14 lessons) Group $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: Mgallagher1@kish.edu, 815-825-9466

Dates Location Actual Dates/Times Cost Course code
TBD Kishwaukee College TBD (14 lessons) $235 TBD

U.S. History and Today

U.S. History and Today is a 3-hour presentation of the past 100 years of American history beginning with World War I through today. Presentation includes 470 historically-accurate photos and 44 video clips presented in high definition. Free to the general public of all ages. $25 for educators seeking 3 CPDU credits. 

Dates Location Days Time Cost Course Code
4/11/18 Kishwaukee College-Jenkins Auditorium W 9am-12pm Free/$25 BSK 703-3001 Free/ BSK 703 3002 CPDU
4/18/18 Kishwaukee College-Jenkins Auditorium W 6pm-9pm Free/$25 BSK 703 3003 Free/ BSK 703 3004 CPDU

 

 

Contact Information

To register call Tricia Hernandez at 815-825-9441. For general inquiries regarding class information, please email mgallagher1@kish.edu or call 815-825-9466.
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