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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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Introduction to Agricultural Drone Use 8/29/2017

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Beginning Crochet 10/3/2017
Potters Wheel 10/9/2017
Raku Pottery 9/18/2017
Stained Glass 10/5/2017
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Conversational Spanish - Level I 9/19/2017
Get Published: How to Publish a Book 10/20/2017
Individualized Music for Dementia Patient Care 10/24/2017
Individualized Music for Dementia Patient Care  10/31/2017
Hunter Safety 8/14/2017
Holistic Wellness

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Detox for Health! 10/25/2017
Essential Oils 101: Understanding the Basics 9/28/2017
Essential Oils Usage from Ancient Times to Today 10/12/2017
Everyday Living with Essential Oils 11/30/2017
Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine 9/6/2017
Meditation 101 11/7/2017
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Advanced Photography 9/5/2017
Introduction to Digital Photography 11/1/2017
Photoshop Elements Basics 9/7/2017
Portrait Photography 9/5/2017
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Super Sitter 9/20/2017
Super Sitter 11/7/2017

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
                      Tuesday, Aug 29                                   5 - 7:30 pm

Beginning Crochet
Learning the three fundamental steps in crocheting (chain, basic stitches, and turning) will allow you to begin just about any project. We’ll start by making small squares with varying stitches (single, double, half double, and triple). Then you will learn how to sew them together at the end to make a larger project on your own or take what you learn and begin your first scarf or blacket. The basics of pattern reading will also be reviewed.  Supplies: 1 skein of medium (#4) weight yarn and crochet hook. Choose hook size recommended on yarn package.

#60460             3 Hours, 1 Session          $39
                         SCC CBIZ, 111               Kim Tracy
                         Tue & Thu, Oct 3 - 5        5 - 6:30 PM

Potters Wheel
Beginners learn basics while intermediates hone their skills. One wheel per student gives you plenty of access. Limited to 6 participants. Practice at other specified times can be arranged. Limited to six students.

#60468       12.5 Hours, 5 Sessions         $65
                    Art Center of Burlington        Lillian Rubin
                    Mondays, Oct 9 - Nov 6       6:30 - 9 PM

Raku Pottery
Due to popular demand, this class has been extended to four sessions. Make clay pieces (pots, boxes, bells, vases) during the first two sessions. Then move to the new Ceramics Park 10 miles north of Burlington for glazing and the all-day firing (come when you can) on the last day. Glazing in typical black and white or Raku reds and greens - reducing in pine needles, resulting in iridescent color accented by smoke. Amazing results! Minimum age is 16, but 14 and 15 year-olds will be accepted if a parent is also enrolled.

#60465         10 Hours, 4 Sessions              $59
                     Art Center of Burlington           Lillian Rubin
                     Mon & Tue, Sep 18 - Oct 3      7 - 9:30 PM
                     Glazing Oct 2. Firing all day Oct 3.

Stained Glass
This class is geared towards both beginners and advanced students. Beginners learn copper - foil methods of constructing glass panels, while advanced students choose from larger panels, boxes, kaleidoscopes, and panel lamps. A beginner’s supply kit is available for approximately $80, payable at the first class.

#60467         24 Hours, 7 Sessions               $89
                     Pat Latty’s Studio                     Pat Latty
                     Thursday, Oct 5 - Nov 16         6:30 - 9:30 PM

Conversational Spanish - Level 1
This course is for those who interact with Spanish speakers and want to be able to understand and communicate at a basic level. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required. Materials are designed for adult learners; non grammar based; learner friendly.

#60375       20 Hours, 10 Sessions                    $159
                   SCC CBIZ, 112                               Richard Dunshee
                   Tue & Thu, Sep 19 - Oct 19            6 - 8 PM

Get Published: How to Publish a Book
Getting a book published can be one of the most exciting things you will ever do. This course will explore what you need to transition from a completed manuscript or nonfiction book idea to book publication, including traditional avenues, options in self-publication, and even ebook applications.

#60422             2 Hours, 1 Session         $25
                         SCC CBIZ, 111              Tara Dowd
                         Friday, Oct 20                8 - 10 AM

Individualized Music for Dementia Patient Care
Are you a professional or family caregiver for someone with dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease)? Are their behaviors negatively effecting quality-of-life, daily cares, and your relationship? Anxiety and agitation are expressions of an unmet need. Learn to use music as a non-pharmacological intervention. Class content will be further applied through an illustrated book. Dr. Gerdner has a PhD in Nursing & Aging and recently served as an ethno geriatric specialist at Stanford University.

#60524           2 Hours, 2 Sessions                    $25
                       SCC CBIZ, 111                            Linda Gerdner, PhD
                       Tue & Thu, Oct 24 & 26              10 - 11 AM

#60523           2 Hours, 2 Sessions                     $25
                       SCC CBIZ, 111                             Linda Gerdner, PhD
                       Tue & Thu, Oct 31 & Nov 2           5 - 6 PM

Detox for Health!
If you suffer from fatigue, headaches, excess weight, joint pain, cravings, or sleeplessness, you may be able to eliminate many of these symptoms through a healthy Detox. Discover how to safely rid your body of toxins, boost your immune system, increase energy and focus, and lose belly fat. Learn the benefits of detoxing, how to recognize common toxins, and achieve balance to stay healthy. Detox plan and sample recipes included.

#60421           1.5 Hours, 1 Session      $15
                        SCC CBIZ, 111              Erika Salek
                        Wednesday, Oct 25        6 - 7:30 PM

Essential Oils 101: Understanding the Basics
True aromatherapy requires the use of high-quality aromatic essential oils. You will learn what goes into producing a high-quality essential oil and what to look for on labels. You will learn how essential oils can enhance your health and why our sense of smell is also our healing sense. You will be able to experience serveral oils and learn how each one can be used.

#60336             2 Hours, 1 Session       $15
                          SCC CBIZ, 103            Mary Ann Hunter
                          Thursday, Sep 28         6:30 - 8:30 PM

Essential Oils Usage from Ancient Times to Today
Learn how essential oils have been used through the ages. Experience the aroma of some rare oils used thousands of years ago. Gain an understanding of how ancient knowledge is still valid in today’s world and how we can use them to enhance our health.

#60403             2 Hours, 1 Session     $15
                         SCC CBIZ, 103           Mary Ann Hunter
                          Thursday, Oct 12        6:30 - 8:30 PM

Everyday Living with Essential Oils
Learn how to use essential oils in your everyday life. Review a list of chemicals to avoid and get recipes for making your own household products containing essential oils instead of toxic chemicals. Learn how to oil up your recipes with healthy and flavorful oils. Get tips on which oils to keep handy for those unexpected emergencies.

#60404             2 Hours, 1 Session     $15
                         SCC CBIZ, 111           Mary Ann Hunter
                          Thursday, Nov 30                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 6:30 - 8:30 PM 

Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine
Learn the history and benefits of acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion and tuina massage. You will learn the basic theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the history of thousands of years of practicing Oriental medicine.  You will learn and understand the differences between traditional Western and Eastern medicine approaches to treatment and how to manage health and wellness. You can learn how Traditional Chinese Medicine can benefit the treatment of various conditions with the use of acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion and tuina massage through the balance of Qi.

#60459           6 Hours, 4 Sessions     $39
SCC CBIZ, 111           Charisse King
Wednesday, Sep 6 - 27 6 - 7:30 PM

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.

#60529            1.5 Hours, Sessions     $15
SCC CBIZ                                           Carolyn Evans
Tuesday, Nov 7            6 - 7:30 PM

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

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

Introduction to Digital Photography
Beginner’s level class. This class will cover many of the features and settings to today’s digital cameras, and what can be done with the pictures you take. 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 not the use of flash. 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 on homework.  Photography Certificate

#60452          12 Hours, 6 Sessions     $69
SCC CBIZ, 112               Rod Gerst
Wednesdays, Nov 1 - Dec 13 6 - 8 PM
No class the week of Thanksgiving

Photoshop Elements Basics
Beginning level class. Students will be introduced to photo editing software. 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.  Photography Certificate

#59388         12 Hours, 6 Sessions     $69
SCC CBIZ, 110               Rod Gerst
Thursdays, Sep 7 - Oct 12 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.  Photography Certificate

#59378          12 Hours, 4 Sessions     $69
SCC CBIZ, 103                Phil Pool
Tuesdays, Sep 5 - 26         6 - 9 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.

#60356           6 Hours, 2 Sessions     $59
SCC CBIZ, 103  Heather Wellman
Wed & Thu, Sep 20 & 21  5 - 8 PM

#60357           6 Hours, 2 Sessions     $59
SCC Keokuk     Heather Wellman
Tue & Thu, Nov 7 & 9      5 - 8 PM

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