General Interest

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.

Check out our Life & Leisure Classes below. Register online or call (319) 208-5375.

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Introduction to Agricultural Drone Use 7/30/2017
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Autobody Restoration I   6/5/2017
Autobody Restoration II 6/6/2017
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Birdwatching Basics 9/13/2017
Meditation 101 7/18/2017
Hunter Safety 8/14/2017
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Introduction to Digital Photography 7/10/2017
Advanced Photography 9/5/2017
Photoshop Elements Basics 9/7/2017
Photoshop Elements Intermediate 6/14/2017
Portrait Photography 9/5/2017
Sports Photography 5/23/2017
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Museum Magic: Bringing Artifacts to Life 6/12/2017
Super Sitter 6/15/2017
Super Sitter 8/2/2017

 Introduction to Agricultural Drone Use

In this seminar, watch a drone demonstration (weather permitting) over an actual crop field, then spend time in a classroom with an expert in the field to learn what agricultural use of drones means,  what they can and cannot do, and what it takes to fly them legally.

#59396          2.5 Hours, 1 Session                            $20
                    SCC WB, 519                                       Kevin Butt
                    Sunday, Jul 30                                      1 - 3:30 pm

Automotive Restoration I & II
These courses offer an opportunity to gain skills in autobody repair and restoration.  You'll work on projects in a lab type environment.  Participants will need to supply their own projects and materials for the class.  Enrollment is limited so all participants benefit from personal attention by our expert instructor with ample time on equipment.  With this one-on-one approach, no matter what level of skill you have, you will increase your restoration expertise.

Autobody Restoration 
You'll learn proper methods of:
- Dent and rust repair
- Painting technique

#57306         36 Hours, 9 Sessions                              $185
                    SCC WB, 424                                         Tim Weaver
                    Mondays, Jun 5 - Aug 7                          5 - 9 pm
                    Class will not meet Jul 3. 

Autobody Restoration II
You'll gain advanced skills in:
- Panel replacement & fabrication
-Painting techniques

#57308        36 Hours, 9 Sessions                                $185
                  SCC WB, 424                                           Tim Weaver
                  Tuesdays, Jun 6 - Aug 8                            5 - 9 pm
                  Class will not meet Jul 4. 

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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 basics tips and techniques of bird identification, and consists of 2 classroom meetings with 2 field trips to local parks.  Class will be beneficial for those with beginning to intermediate birding skills.

#59377        8 Hours, 4 Sessions                                   $39
                   SCC CBIZ, 112                                          Don Weiss
                  Wed, Sep 13 & Oct 4 (Classroom)                6 - 8 PM
                  Sat, Sep 23 & Sep 30 (Field trip)                  8 - 10 AM
                  Classes meet Wed 4/5 & 4/26 and field trips meet Sat 4/15 & 4/22

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; advanced registration is required.

#59386         11. 5 Hours, 5 Sessions                               $7
                    SCC WB, 607                                             Steven Kerschner
                    Mon, Thu, Sat, Mon, Thu, Aug 14 - 24          6:30 - 9 PM
                    Shooting Range Aug 19.

 Meditation 101

Learn the basics of meditation through simple relaxation techniques.  This class will guide you through deep breathing exercises, body relaxation, and methods on how to clear your mind.  There is no shape, size, or age requirement.  Please wear comfortable clothes.  There will be gentle stretching.

#59404      1.5 Hours, 1 Session                       $15
                 SCC CBIZ, 103                              Carolyn Evans
                 Tue, July 18                                   6 - 7:30 PM


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Introduction to Digital Photography
This is a beginner’s level class. This class will cover many of the features and settings to 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 a 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.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate

#59387          12 Hours, 6 Sessions                   $69
                     SCC Keokuk, 313                       Joe Morgan
                     Mondays, July 10 - Aug 14          6 - 8 PM

Advanced Photography
For the serious advanced photographer who wants to learn MANUAL camera function, lighting, and an intro to the basic portraiture.  This four-session course details the technical manual functions of the camera, different types of lighting and their values, and basic portraiture/composition, and how they impact your photograph.  The course relies on specific assignments and kindly in-class critiques.  Each student must have a camera with manual aperature, shutter speed and ISO.  After the first session, classes will be in a professional photography studio, and outdoors, weather permitting.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#59389           8 Hours, 4 Sessions                   $45
                     SCC Keokuk, 303                       Joe Morgan
                     Tuesdays, Sep 5 - 26                  6 - 8 PM


Photoshop Elements Basics
This is a beginning level class, and will introduce students to photo editing software and tools used to improve the photographers we take.  Learn how to get your photos out of the camera and onto  your computer to crop, resize, and straighten images, remove red-eye, and adjust contrast and exposure so you are ready to get great-looking prints of your photos.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#59388            12 Hours, 6 Sessions                   $69
                       SCC CBIZ, 110                            Rod Gerst
                       Thursdays, Sep 7 - Oct 12            6 - 8 PM

Photoshop Elements Intermediate
This class is a continuation of the Photoshop Elements Basics class, and it is intended to further the knowledge of Photoshop Elements for photographers.  It will delve more deeply into the use of editing tools used to enhance photos.  Prerequisites are the Photoshop Elements Basics class, or instructor's permission.  Students will be expected to spend 2 to 3 hours per week working at home. This class, like the basics class, will NOT cover the use of the Photoshop Elements Organizer, only the Editor.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#57593        12 Hours, 6 Session                          $89
                   SCC CBIZ, 110                                 Rod Gerst
                   Wednesdays, Jun 14 - Jul 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, and will be taught by Phil Pool, owner of Omni Photography. 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.

#59378          12 Hours, 4 Sessions                  $69
                    SCC CBIZ, 112                           Phil Pool
                    Tuesdays, Sep 5 - 26                  6 - 9 PM

Sports Photography
Come join Hawk Eye photographer John Gaines to find out how he gets those great sports shots.  This three-session course will discuss sports photography and how to capture peak action and reaction moments.  This course will open with tips and techniques, then have a live shooting night and finish with a critique.  A camera and telephoto lenses is recommended, but not required.  Even point and shoot cameras have some adjustments that can help.  Come join John and have some fun.  This class is a part of the Photography Certificate.

#57085         6 Hours, 3 Sessions                    $59
                   SCC CBIZ, 111                            John Gaines
                   Tuesdays, May 23 - Jun 6             6 - 8 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.

#59393        6 Hours, 1 Session                      $59
                   SCC WB, 352                             Heather Wellman
                   Thursday, June 15                       9 AM - 3 PM

#59394       6 Hours, 1 Session                      $59
                 SCC Keokuk, 302                         Heather Wellman
                 Wednesday, Aug 2                        9 AM - 3 PM

Museum Magic: Bringing Artifacts to Life 
Do you like to see, hear and tell the stories of your community? You will get the behind-the-scenes look at working at a museum. You will put your own exhibit story together through work with artifacts and assembling the exhibit. This class is designed for those age 13 and older.

#59401       20 Hours, 10 Sessions                                                                       $89
                 Des Moines County Historical Society Lindsey Schier               
                 Mon - Fri, June 12 - 23                                                                       10 AM - Noon





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