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Lifelong Learning Course Schedule

A complete listing of Lifelong Learning courses are in the searchable table at the bottom of this page or click here to view the searchable schedule for lifelong learning classes.

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Register for Spring 2019 Lifelong Learning Classes

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    Highland Community College
    c/o Admissions
    2998 W. Pearl City Rd.
    Freeport, IL, 61032
  • or fax it to 815.235.6130 and admissions staff will call you to process your payment via credit card over the phone.
  • or register by visiting the Admissions Office on the second floor of the Student/Conference Center on the Highland campus and make payment in person.

Creative Tech Camps and Theatre Camps for Kids,

click this link for more information, Creative Tech and Theatre Camps for Kids

Online and Blended Courses through Partnerships

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Through the HCC Business Institute, we offer a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely over the Internet. All of our courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you.

Ready to explore our catalog? Browse our catalog or check out our popular, new, and featured courses.


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Highland has partnered with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S) to offer face-to-face/online/blended courses designed for fitness professionals interested in enhancing their skills, meeting continuing education requirements for recertification, earning new nationally-recognized certifications, and gaining the business acumen to either take a management role or pursue entrepreneurship opportunities within the fitness industry.

NEW – Certified Personal Trainer Course with Test Voucher Included!

Get all the information needed to start an exciting fitness career & become a Certified Personal Trainer with an option to complete an employer internship that can walk you into jobs!

Hybrid/Blended Certified Personal Trainer, 2 certification levels for one price (test vouchers included!). Level 1 CPT – Pass both written exam and practical skills exam. Level 2 CPT – Obtain a Level 1 CPT & Complete the 30 Hour Internship. Click here for a complete list of courses offered.


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More Information

For more information about Lifelong Learning Classes call 815.599.3414 or 815.599.3403 or email: admissions@highland.edu.

Want to teach a course? Please complete and return the Course Proposal Form. We will contact you once the form has been received.

Spring 2019 Classes in a searchable table

CategoryCourse TitleCourse ID (CRN)LocationReg. DeadlineDate(s)DayTimeCourse FeeInstructorWhat is this course about?
AdventurePennsylvania Amish Lands Excursion for Individual 1171Highland Community College Parking Lot B4/1/19July 21, 22, 23, 24, 25Su, M, T, W, ThTBD$838GullettJoin us on a trip to Lancaster PA to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the Amish Countryside on this 5 day, 4 night adventure. This trip is planned and offered by Adventure Safari Network, in conjunction with Highland Community College Lifelong Learning. Highlights of the trip include: visit University of Notre Dame, dinner at Lancaster County’s largest smorgasbord “Shady Maple", guided tour of the Amish Countryside, live performance of the musical stage adventure “Jesus” at “Sight and Sound’s Millennium Theatre”, visits to country stores, a miniature horse farm, and Kitchen Kettle Village. Plus plenty of time for individual shopping and dining.
AdventurePennsylvania Amish Lands Excursion for 2
1172Highland Community College Parking Lot B4/1/19July 21, 22, 23, 24, 25Su, M, T, W, ThTBD$1318GullettJoin us on a trip to Lancaster PA to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the Amish Countryside on this 5 day, 4 night adventure. This trip is planned and offered by Adventure Safari Network, in conjunction with Highland Community College Lifelong Learning. Highlights of the trip include: visit University of Notre Dame, dinner at Lancaster County’s largest smorgasbord “Shady Maple", guided tour of the Amish Countryside, live performance of the musical stage adventure “Jesus” at “Sight and Sound’s Millennium Theatre”, visits to country stores, a miniature horse farm, and Kitchen Kettle Village. Plus plenty of time for individual shopping and dining.
Creative ArtsBeginning Watercolor Workshop68251727 Church Street, Freeport, IL4/17/19Apr. 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12W6:30-8:30 PM$140GoodspeedJoin local artist Roger Goodspeed in this Beginning Watercolor Workshop. Learn basic beginning watercolor painting skills; develop artistic talents in watercolor media, in a variety of styles.
Creative ArtsWire Wrapped Pendant6854H-1275/1/19May 8W6:00-9:00 PM$25DawsonMake a wire-wrapped pendant, ready to hang on your favorite necklace. Techniques will be taught using just hand tools and wire. Ready-to-wrap pendants available to select the night of class for $3-$5, or bring your own stone. Please bring own hand tools: round and flat-nose pliers – both smooth-faced, and wire cutters. Some tools may be available for use.
Culinary ArtsThe Art of the Grill1199Pretzel City Kitchens, Freeport 6/4/19Jun. 11T2:30-5:30 PM$55StaverIt’s time to get outside and grill with confidence. Learn techniques, tools and recipes for your best outdoor barbecue. Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsWow Appetizers6900St. John's UCC, Freeport4/15/19Apr. 22M5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverBest parties start with memorable appetizers. This course will help you create appetizers that are delicious and elevate your get-together to a new level of fun. Learn new methods, try different ingredients, get ideas and have fun! Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsMastering Italian Cuisine6902St. John's UCC, Freeport4/22/19Apr. 29M5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverLearn classic Italian recipes and regional favorites. Even if you have taken the class before, please take again. No recipes repeated. Please bring containers to take food home in.
Culinary ArtsCajun Cooking6904St. John's UCC, Freeport4/23/19Apr. 30T5:30-8:30 PM$45StaverCajun cuisine is a melting pot of cultures including Chinese, Indian, Native American, Italian, French, and African foods. Gumbo and jambalaya are classic examples, and rice is often featured. Please bring containers to take food home in.
FitnessBeginner Tai Chi6814Freeport YMCA Lobby Room4/19/19Apr. 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31F9:00-10:00 AM$48NatanelStudies have shown Tai Chi has many health benefits for all ages, including seniors. Benefits include better balance, improved joint flexibility, increased muscle strength, and lowered blood pressure. In this class you will learn the Tai Chi form bit-by-bit--each week learning one or two new "moves". Learn in a safe, nonjudgmental space.
FitnessWalk and Stretch - Spring 2 20197155Mt. Morris Senior Center4/5/19Apr. 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, May 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 29, 31, June 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21M, W, F9:00-10:00 AM$38HeidJoin this class for a light aerobic activity that conditions your heart while you improve your flexibility and increase your energy levels. For all ages.
FitnessWalk and Stretch - Summer 1 20191274Mt. Morris Senior Center6/17/19Jun. 24, 26, 28, July 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31, Aug. 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 30M, W, F9:00-10:00 AM$38HeidJoin this class for a light aerobic activity that conditions your heart while you improve your flexibility and increase your energy levels. For all ages.
FitnessChair Yoga-Spring 27156CTE Academy, Elizabeth, IL4/24/19May 1, 8, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26W3:00-4:00 PM-May 1, 8, 22
12:45-1:45 PM-May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26
$56VanHammeYoga is for everyone - and helps with stress, fatigue, pain; improving joint lubrication and balance. Enjoy the benefits of yoga while maintaining balance and stability through Chair Yoga!
Health and WellnessReiki II6890H-1274/27/194-May-11S9:00 AM-12:00 PM$109SchmoldtThe second-level training for Reiki I practitioners, this course will provide a deeper understanding of how Reiki has been used to aid the body in supporting itself. Learn the ancient Sanskrit symbols that amplify the use of White Light Energy, and how to send a treatment long-distance. Practitioners will receive attunements.
History and CultureAssassination of President Lincoln1173H-210A5/15/1922-MayW6:00-8:00 PM$29PetersonStudy the assassination of President Lincoln, including a look at US culture in 1865, and brief biographies of Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. Learn the details leading up to the evening of April 14, 1865 at Ford’s Theatre, the capture of Booth and accomplices, and Lincoln’s funeral procession. Ford’s Theatre and the gravesite of Lincoln, today, are also discussed.
History and CultureSpanish Movie Night-Apr. 18, Camila (Argentina), adult6810H-210A4/11/19Apr. 18Th5:30-8:30 PM$5SzterensusA biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. There will be a brief introduction before the showing and a discussion afterwards. Movies are in Spanish with English subtitles.
History and CultureSpanish Movie Night-Apr. 18, Camila (Argentina), student6811H-210A4/11/19Apr. 18Th5:30-8:30 PM$2SzterensusA biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. There will be a brief introduction before the showing and a discussion afterwards. Movies are in Spanish with English subtitles.
History and CultureThe Church in Hitler's Germany (1931-1945)6831Stephenson County Senior Resource Center4/10/19Apr. 17W1:00-3:30 PM$29PetersonStudy the Protestant and Catholic Church during and after the rise of Adolph Hitler to power, from 1931 to 1945. What tactics were used by the Nazis to reduce the impact of the Church on Germany? Look at the History of Nationalism in Germany, the position of the church in Germany before (including the Great War) and during the Weimar Republic.
History and CultureThe History of the Civilian Conservation Corps (1933-1942)6832Stephenson County Senior Resource Center5/1/198-MayW1:00-3:00 PM$29PetersonWhat were the beginnings of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and why so important in FDR’s New Deal? What impact did the CCC have on young men and their families? Learn the needs met by the CCC for the National and State Parks. You’ll learn about organization and regulations, and personal stories as well.
History and CultureAssassination of President Kennedy6857H-210A5/8/1915-MayW6:00-8:00 PM$29PetersonStudy the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. What was US culture in 1963? Learn about JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald and what happened November 22, 1963 at the Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Hear about the capture and fate of Oswald, and the hospitalization and funeral of JFK. The Dealey Plaza and the gravesite of JFK, today, are also explored.
History and CultureTraveler's Spanish - How to Communicate While Traveling in Spanish-Speaking Countries6872H-2084/24/191-MayW5:30-8:30 PM$20RodriguezLearn tips and ideas for communicating while traveling in a Spanish-Speaking country. Learn the key phrases you need to know; how to read the environment; how to engage others. You may not be fluent in Spanish, but you can communicate and enjoy the culture.
HobbiesMetal Detecting6823Stephenson County Historical Museum, 1440 S. Carroll Avenue, Freeport, IL4/29/196-MayM4:30-6:30 PM$26AndersonAre you curious about metal detecting? Or, do you have a metal detector, but aren't sure how to use it? This workshop will help you dig for your first targets before you know it. You'll learn functions of the detector, accessories, finding the best hunting spots, and metal detecting etiquette. If you have a metal detector, bring it to class. If you don't, you'll have a chance to swing one of the instructor's detectors to locate and dig a target. In the event of inclement weather, class will be held indoors.
HobbiesBridge III The Play of the Hand1243Freeport Public Library, Meeting Room A6/3/19Jun. 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5M2:00-4:30 PM$25ClemmonsA continuation of learning Bridge basics. The class will cover bidding conventions and responses. BRING A PARTNER. If there is enough interest, supervised play will be possible.
HobbiesFishing to Catch Fish6882Apple Canyon Lake Property Owners Club4/30/197-MayT6:00-8:00 PM$15HoodWant to know more about fishing? In two hours learn the basics of equipment, bait, location, and how to catch more fish!
Personal FinanceTips for Writing Simple Wills, Powers of Attorney for Health Care or Property6871H-2084/17/19Apr. 24W6:00-8:00 PM$20RodriguezDo you know how to write a simple will or a health care or property power of attorney? Learn about these important documents and what is necessary to get your affairs, or the affairs of someone you love, in order. (Insightful information; does not take the place of legal counsel.)
Tech and ComputingTips and Tricks for Word6912Galena Public Library4/30/197-MayT1:00-3:30 PM$39StaffLearn to create documents and format letters. Unleash this powerful word processor!
Tech and ComputingExcel - Everyday Spreadsheets6921T-1594/18/19Apr. 25, May 2, 9Th6:30-8:00 PM$59IbalioExcel spreadsheets can help organize your daily life. Learn how to organize your life using the rows and cells of spreadsheets!
Tech and ComputingWindows 106922T-1594/23/19Apr. 30, May 7T6:30-8:00 PM$43IbalioWindows 10 has many built-in features such as BitLocker, Windows Defender Antivirus, the ability to access all your files, folders and apps from anywhere on any device with remote desktop, Windows Ink, Paint 3D and more! You may bring your Windows 10 laptop to class and immediately apply what you are learning.
Creative Tech Camp for KidsMinecraft(R) Designers - ages 8-141191T-1596/10/19June 17, 18, 19, 20, 21M-F8:30-11:30 AM$150StaffIf you love the game Minecraft, and always wanted to design your own world, this class is for you! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. Students must own a Java version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Ages 8-14
Creative Tech Camp for KidsMake Your First 3D Video Game - ages 8-141192T-1596/17/19June 24, 25, 26, 27, 28M-F8:30-11:30 AM$150StaffIn this Black Rocket classic, you will go well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes and create an immersive 3D world. Students will learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling the flow of gameplay, and storytelling. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Ages 8-14
Creative Tech Camp for KidsPython Programmers - ages 8-141193T-1597/1/19July 8, 9, 10, 11, 12M-F8:30-11:30 AM$150StaffWant to learn the world's fastest growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, Youtube, and the CIA? ​Learn how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson takes you step-by-step on a programming path that will let you challenge friends with fun content you create from start to finish!​ Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years​. Ages 8-14
Creative Tech Camp for KidsMinecraft(R) Modders 0 ages 8-141194T-1597/8/19July 15, 16, 17, 18, 19M-F8:30-11:30 AM$150StaffUse your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students must own a Java version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Ages 8-14
Creative Tech Camp for KidsApp.IO Make Your First Multiplayer App - ages 8-141195T-1597/15/19July 22, 23, 24, 25, 26M-F8:30-11:30 AM$150StaffThe hottest new Apps are IO apps! If your child likes to play Agar.io or Slither.io they will love this class! Become the creator of the next viral web app! In this class, explore the most popular .IO apps, design your own multiplayer experience and learn how to code your own app. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. Publishing to App Stores not included. Students do not need to own a smartphone to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Ages 8-14
Creative Tech Camp for KidsBattle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite(R) Style Video Game - ages 8-141196T-1597/22/19July 29, 30, 31, Aug 1, 2M-F8:30-11:30$150StaffFans of Fortnite we need you! Instead of playing the game, design your own. Using a professional 3D game development software, build levels and assets inspired by popular battle royale games like Fortnite. This course includes cartoonish action and battle sequences. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Ages 8-14
Creative Tech Camp for KidsRoblox(R) Makers - ages 8-141197T-1597/29/19Aug 5, 6, 7, 8, 9M-F8:30-11:30$150StaffUnlock the power of ROBLOX® Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world ROBLOX® developers! Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX® world. Bring characters to life with unique animations you design. Student-created projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Ages 8-14
Creative Tech Camp for KidsMake Your First 3D Video Game - ages 8-141198T-1598/5/19Aug 12, 13, 14, 15, 16M-F8:30-11:30 AM$150StaffIn this Black Rocket classic, you will go well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes and create an immersive 3D world. Students will learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling the flow of gameplay, and storytelling. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Ages 8-14
Theatre for KidsComedy Improvisation and
Auditioning Skills - Middle School
1232F-0356/1/19June 22Sa10:00-12:00 PM$14EarlyExplore the world of Comedy
Improv by playing fun and active
Improv games geared to help you
gain confidence and learn to think
on your feet. Develop your
auditioning skills and confidence
speaking in public with activities
and tips for successful theatre
auditions. The camp will be broken
up to include both Comedy Improv
and Auditioning Skills along with a
fifteen minute break. Ages 10-13
Theatre for KidsComedy Improvisation and
Auditioning Techniques - High School
1231F-0356/1/19June 29Sa10:00-2:00 PM$19EarlySpend four hours (with breaks and lunch
break) exploring the world of Comedy
Improv by playing fun and active Improv
exercises geared to help you gain confidence
and learn to think on your feet. Develop
your auditioning skills and confidence
speaking in public with activities and tips for
successful auditions. There will also be a
session on acting resumes and other special
acting tips. The camp will be broken up to
include both Improv and Audition
Techniques along with a question and
answer session. Bring a sack lunch. Water
will be provided. Ages 14-18

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