Lifelong Learners

Lifelong Learning Course Schedule

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Online and Blended Courses through Partnerships

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.

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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.

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Fall 2018 Classes in a searchable table

18 Fall Lifelong Learning Courses

CategoryCourse TitleCourse ID (CRN)LocationReg. DeadlineDate(s)DayTimeCourse FeeInstructor (Name)Course Description (50-60 words max.)
Creative ArtsCeramics-Beginner to Intermediate Wheel Throwing & Hand Building3798F-053Sept. 13Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8Th6:00-9:00 PM$175.00McDonaldThis is an open course for people interested in working with clay who have no previous experience, and students who would like the studio time and instruction to improve and build on existing skills. Instruction will include both step-by-step projects for the beginner, and assistance with independent projects for the intermediate students. There will be plenty of self-directed project time and students can choose to focus on hand building or wheel throwing. Please bring a basic pottery tool kit; one may be purchased at the J. Rosemary Shockey Bookstore for $12.00. Course Fee includes the cost of the clay.
Creative ArtsCeramics-Beginner to Intermediate Wheel Throwing & Hand Building3799F-053Sept. 14Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9F10:00 AM-1:00 PM$175.00McDonaldSee Course ID 3798 for course description.
Creative ArtsConcrete Leaf Casting Workshop with Sunny Hill Craft Company37872405 N. Henderson Road, FreeportOct. 12Oct. 20, Nov. 3S1:00-3:00 PM$30.00MielkeAbby Mielke from Sunny Hill Craft Company will lead this fun, do-it-yourself work shop where you will make your own one-of-a-kind concrete leaf casting formed over a real leaf. Your leaf casting can be used outside as a birdbath or garden art or you may choose to keep it inside as home decor. This is a two-day workshop. The first day you will create your leaf casting and the second day you will paint your leaf casting. You will walk away with a finished product that is ready to use. Multiple species of leaves will be available to choose from or you can bring your own.
Culinary ArtsCasseroles3825St. John's UCC, FreeportOct. 22Oct. 29M5:00-8:00 PM$45.00StaverTired of making the same one-dish casseroles? Chef Michael Staver will help you perk up one-dish wonders into taste-bud pleasing dishes.
Culinary ArtsCleaning, Preparing, & Eating Fish3790Apple Canyon Lake Property Owner's ClubSept. 20Sept. 27Th6:00-8:00 PM$20.00HoodHow to clean and prepare fish will be demonstrated. Attendees will be treated to tasting fried fish!
Culinary ArtsFrench Bistro3821St. John's UCC, FreeportOct. 15Oct. 22M5:00-8:00 PM$45.00StaverLearn the French recipes your grandmother used to make.
Culinary ArtsItalian3828St. John's UCC, FreeportNov. 12Nov. 19M5:00-8:00 PM$45.00StaverLearn classic Italian recipes. Even if you have taken the class before, please take again. No recipes repeated.
Culinary ArtsKnives/Soups3822St. John's UCC, FreeportOct. 8Oct. 15M5:00-8:00 PM$45.00StaverLearn proper knife skills and how to make delicious soups from the items cuted, diced, and sliced while learning knife skills.
Culinary ArtsPizza3823St. John's UCC, FreeportOct. 29Nov. 5M5:00-8:00 PM$45.00StaverThis traditional Italian dish typically consists of a thin layer of bread dough topped with spiced tomato sauce and cheese. A wide variety of garnishes are also used. Included will be the history of pizza.
Culinary ArtsStews3826St. John's UCC, FreeportNov. 19Nov. 26M5:00-8:00 PM$45.00StaverFall is a great time to learn new stew recipes as the days are shorter and colder! Learn some great new recipes and techniques.
Culinary ArtsThanksgiving Side Dishes3827St. John's UCC, FreeportNov. 5Nov. 12M5:00-8:00 PM$45.00StaverLearn variations of classic Thanksgiving side dishes for this year's Thanksgiving meal.
Culinary ArtsVegetarian/Vegetables3829St. John's UCC, FreeportSept. 24Oct. 1M5:00-8:00 PM$45.00StaverLearn ways to use your (or others) garden bounty by making healthy dishes for everyone.
Hobbies, Interests, & History3D Printing3775T-137Oct. 9Oct. 16T6:00-8:00 PM$25.00MonigoldLearn how three dimensional solid objects are created as a digital file and then printed as a 3D model. Course will also summarize the features of several types of 3D printers and how these printers are being utilized in homes and businesses. Watch a 3D printer in action and better understand the programming used to create the object.
Hobbies, Interests, & History3D Printing by Appointment3777TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD$25.00MonigoldCan't make the scheduled 3D Printing class? Sign up for this class. The instructor will contact you to schedule a date and time that will work for you.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryAlzheimers & Dementia Training3832H-208Oct. 2Oct. 9, 11, 16, 18T,Th3:30-5:30 PM$200.00KerleySee Course ID 3831 for course description.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryHistory of the Civilian Conservation Corps (1933-1942) HCC3814H-210Oct. 8Oct. 15M6:00-8:00 PM$29.00PetersonLearn about the public work relief program in the United States for unemployed, unmarried young men ages 17-28. The CCC was the most popular of the New Deal programs, and led to greater public awareness and appreciation of the outdoors and the nation?s natural resources. Enrollees of the CCC planted nearly 3 billion trees, constructed trails, lodges, and related facilities in more than 800 parks nationwide among other tasks. The enrollees also upgraded most state parks, updated forest fighting methods, and built a network of service buildings and public roadways in remote areas. This class meets in Building H/Student Conference Center on the Highland campus.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryHistory of the Civilian Conservation Corps (1933-1942) SRC3813Stephenson County Senior Resource CenterOct. 8Oct. 15M1:00-3:00 PM$29.00PetersonSee Course ID 3814 for course description. This class meets at the Senior Resource Center.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryHome Security Basics3791T-140Nov. 8Nov. 15Th6:00-8:00 PM$25.00MonigoldHalloween will be here soon. Do you sometimes wonder what it is that goes bump in the night in and around your home? Learn the components of a home security system and see how new home security systems can protect you, your family and your property by utilizing Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) as well as other forms of detection such as fire, smoke and water.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryHow to Trade Stocks & Bonds3788T-162Oct. 9Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6T3:00-4:30 PM$50.00JazoWhat is the difference between stocks and bonds? Is now the time to invest more in bonds than stocks? How should you determine which to invest in? What type of stocks should you invest in? Tech stocks?, Utility stocks?, Retail stocks? What is a diversified portfolio? Michael has worked in the financial industry for over 20 years. He can help you understand the markets and read the financial pages.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryIntroduction to Beekeeping3778H-127Sept. 25Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6T7:00-8:00 PM$37.50ReedAllen Reed has been a backyard beekeeper for nine years. Join him as he shares some of the pitfalls and joys of this ancient yet modern craft-art-science-hobby-business. In class he will discuss the history of beekeeping, the life cycle of the honeybee, and management of hives throughout the year. He will also discuss modern equipment choices, honey extraction, sales, and of course, sample some of the sweet rewards of beekeeping. No equipment or experience needed.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryIntroduction to Genealogy3730Stockton Public LibraryOct. 9Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6T6:00-7:00 PM$39.00PriceLearn the basic forms and resources required and available to research the family tree and history. Learn about computer programs and websites. The culminating activity will be the creation of an ancestral chart completed by the student.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryMedicine of the Civil War3795Galena Public LibraryOct. 30Nov. 6, 13, 20T1:00-3:00 PM$54.00DammannThe creation of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine started as the idea of Gordon E. Dammann, D.D.S., whose collection of medical artifacts from the Civil War forms the core of the museum?s holdings. He began collecting in 1972 and felt a museum would be a good way to share his collection. Dammann is the author of the three-volume Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment, co-author of Images of Civil War Medicine-A Photographic History, and editor of the reprint Memoirs of Jonathan Letterman, MD Surgeon of US Army 1861-1864.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryPics on My Phone, Now What?3809T-159Oct. 11Oct. 18Th6:30-8:00 PM$25.00IbalioGot great pictures on your phone, tablet, or digital camera? Now what? Learn how to transfer those images to your computer or laptop, edit them, and share them on social media or through email.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistorySelling on eBay3804T-159Nov. 20Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18T6:30-8:00 PM$69.00IbalioHave someone else's treasures in your house? Turn your extra stuff into someone else's treasures by selling on eBay. This seasoned eBay seller will offer tips and tricks to increase your selling price and success.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistorySmart Home Technology3792T-140Oct. 18Oct. 25Th6:00-8:00 PM$25.00MonigoldCurious about Smart Home Technology? Wondering what the "Internet of Things" really is? Join us to learn about how technology can make things easier in your home by helping with device control, energy management, multimedia, and even health care needs!
Hobbies, Interests, & HistorySmartphone II-HCC3812T-159Sept. 11Sept. 18T6:30-8:00 PM$25.00IbalioIf you attended smartphone in the past, or know the basics, expand your knowledge with this class.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistorySpanish Movie Night-Nov. 8, All About My Mother, (Spain), adult3741H-201BNov. 1Nov. 8Th5:30-8:30 PM$5.00SzterensusSee Course ID 3740 for description. This CRN is for adults.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistorySpanish Movie Night-Nov. 8, All About My Mother, (Spain), student3740H-201BNov. 1Nov. 8Th5:30-8:30 PM$2.00SzterensusBecome more understanding of diversity and multiculturalism by exploring various aspects of different Hispanic cultures. All movies are in Spanish with English subtitles, are internationally acclaimed, and have been chosen very carefully for their cultural and historical significance. There will be a brief introduction before the showing and a discussion afterwards. A single mother goes to Barcelona to find her son's father, a transgender woman who does not know she has a child. The movie--which is a ?comedy-drama?--is about gender, femininity, motherhood, family, identity and self-definition, gender roles, and stereotypes. This CRN number is for students.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistorySpanish Movie Night-Oct. 11, Bread and Roses, (USA), adult3739H-201BOct. 4Oct. 11Th5:30-8:30 PM$5.00SzterensusSee Course ID 3738 for description. This CRN is for adults.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistorySpanish Movie Night-Oct. 11, Bread and Roses, (USA), student3738H-201BOct. 4Oct. 11Th5:30-8:30 PM$2.00SzterensusThere will be a brief introduction before the showing and a discussion afterwards. Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building in Los Angeles, and fight for the right to unionize. Movie is based on the "Justice for Janitors" campaign. This CRN number is for students.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistorySpanish Movie Night-Sept. 6, The Official Story, (Argentina), adult3737H-201BAug. 30Sept. 6Th5:30-8:30 PM$5.00SzterensusSee Course ID 3736 for description. This CRN is for adults.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistorySpanish Movie Night-Sept. 6, The Official Story, (Argentina), student3736H-201BAug. 30Sept. 6Th5:30-8:30 PM$2.00SzterensusThere will be a brief introduction before the showing and a discussion afterwards. Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film, The Official Story is about a high school teacher during the Dirty War in Argentina who sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is. This CRN number is for students.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryThe Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease3818Stephenson County Senior Resource CenterSept. 25Oct. 2T1:00-2:30 PM$0.00SklarIf you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer?s disease or dementia, it?s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on diagnosis, risk factors, disease stages, treatment options, and much more. This CRN meets from 1:00-2:30 PM.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryThe Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease3819Stephenson County Senior Resource CenterSept. 25Oct. 2T3:30-5:00 PM$0.00SklarSee Course ID 3818 for description. This CRN meets from 3:30-5:00 PM.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryThe Church in Hitler's Germany (1931-1945) HCC3816H-210Oct. 22Oct. 29M6:00-8:00 PM$29.00PetersonThis class takes a closer look at the Protestant and Catholic Church during and after the rise of Adolph Hitler to power, from 1931 to 1945. It investigates the tactics used by the Nazis to reduce the impact of the Church on Germany. This course looks at the History of Nationalism in Germany and its impact on the Church. It also investigates the position of the church in Germany before and duirng the Great War and also during the Wiemar Republic.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryThe Church in Hitler's Germany (1931-1945) SRC3817Stephenson County Senior Resource CenterOct. 22Oct. 29M1:00-3:00 PM$29.00PetersonSee Course ID 3816 for description.
Hobbies, Interests, & HistoryWho Haunts Your House3774Freeport Public LibraryOct. 9Oct. 16T6:00-8:00 PM$25.00FeinbergLearn how to trace the history of your house. Who lived in it before you and what were their stories? When were additions added (or subtracted)? Who paid taxes (or not), how much, and for what? Trace the history of the residents and the house itself. And, if your house is haunted, just maybe you'll learn about the spirits sharing your home.
Personal ComputingCoding3776T-162Nov. 1Nov. 8Th6:00-8:00 PM$25.00MonigoldCurious about coding? This course will define what coding is and what it can do. It will also identify the basic types of programming languages and the importance of good algorithm design. Participants will be introduced to multiple coding environments including programming for Web-based and desktop applications.
Personal ComputingExcel Introduction3803T-159Oct. 2Oct. 9, 16, 23T6:30-8:00 PM$59.00IbalioExcel spreadsheets can help organize your daily life. Learn how to organize your life using the rows and cells of spreadsheets!
Personal ComputingGoogle Apps-HCC3807T-159Nov. 13Nov. 20T6:30-8:00 PM$25.00IbalioIt seems there is a Google app for everything?mail, interest, drive, presentations, and more. There are over 20 free apps available to you. Learn which of the apps will help you be more productive and how to use them. This class meets at Highland.
Personal ComputingGoogle Apps-SRC3808Stephenson County Senior Resource CenterNov. 26Dec. 3M1:00-3:00 PM$29.00IbalioSee Course ID 3807 for course description. This class meets at the Senior Resource Center.
Personal ComputingLaptops & Tablets3806Stephenson County Senior Resource CenterOct. 29Nov. 5M1:00-3:00 PM$29.00IbalioLaptops are more powerful than ever before, replacing the desktop for many users. A thin, portable computer with a touchscreen as the primary input device is a tablet. What will suit your needs and budget best, a laptop or a tablet? Learn more about the differences, similarities, and capabilities of both.
Personal ComputingMail Merge Using Word & Excel3802T-159Oct. 23Oct. 30T6:30-8:00 PM$25.00IbalioMail merge is a software function describing the production of multiple documents from a single template form and a data source. Mail merge may be used to create personalized letters, pre-address envelopes, mailing labels and more. Create an Excel spreadsheet with the information to be personalized and create the form in Word. This class will help you be successful in creating mail merged documents.
Personal ComputingWindows 103801T-159Oct. 30Nov. 6, 13T6:30-8:00 PM$42.50IbalioWindows 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! Learn about these features of Windows 10 and more. Also learn the similarities between prior versions of Windows and 10. Bring your Windows 10 laptop to class and immediately apply what you are learning.
Photography2019 Preview Night for Bucket Trips to Alaska, Kenya, Tanzania and South AfricaTBDH-210Oct. 15Oct. 23T3:00-5:00 PM$10.00GullettPreview Night for Bucket Trips to Alaska, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. Learn about our Alaskan and African Safaris. Contact Gary Gullett at Adventure Safari Network, 815-222-2824 to register. $10.00 registration fee waived if registered by Oct. 15.
PhotographyEagle SafariTBDTBDDec. 29Jan. 5S7:00 AM-5:00 PM$109.00GullettJoin us for spectacular eagle viewing and photography on the Mississippi. Learn about our nation's symbol and get close looks at these magnificent birds. Bundle up and let's celebrate the New Year with some eagle information and truly great images of our national bird! Departs from the Stenstrom Center in Rockford, IL. Please contact Gary Gullett at Adventure Safari Network at 815-222-2824 to register.
PhotographyPrivate One-on-One SessionTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD$199.00GullettIf you have a new camera, or just want a one-on-one session to learn the controls for an upcoming trip, this two-hour session may be for you. Topics can also include post-processing if that is needed. Once registered, we will contact you to establish a time that works for everyone. This is a great gift to the photographer in your family. Add a second person for only $75.
PhotographyTHE Great Photography Workshop (and Photo Contest)TBDRock Valley CollegeNov. 2Nov. 10S9:00-AM-12:00 PM$49.00GullettJoin us for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about photography, and to enter your best images in the photo contest. Your class fee includes one 8x10 photo (max size) entry, and you will have access to some great information at the workshop. If you want, we will clean and check your camera for $20 while the session is going on, and you will enjoy presentations by Nikon Professional Services during the workshop. Enter additional photos for $10 each. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in each of the five categories (Photojournalism, People/Animals, Architecture, Scapes, Photographer?s Choice). Class to be held at Rock Valley College. Contact Gary Gullett at Adventure Safari Network, 815-222-2824 to register. Must register by Nov. 2.


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