Registration Is Now Open!
Registration for fall 2020 classes is now open, featuring a variety of online and in-person classes. Most classes will be held on campus, in our largest conference rooms, to allow for social distancing. To learn more about the Phase 4 campus safety precautions, click on the COVID-19 Alert link at the top of this page.
Click the “Register Now” button below to view and register for fall 2020 Lifelong Learning classes using a major credit card or debit card:
Or complete the registration form, enclose your personal check and:
- mail it to:
Highland Community College
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.
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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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Fall Lifelong Learning Online Classes
|Introduction to Interior Design – Online||Learn to transform plain living spaces into beautiful and functional rooms! This course will give you the know-how to design a room floor to ceiling with understanding of color theory, industry trends, special arrangements, floor plans, design ideas, and interior design basics.||$115||Register|
|Start Your Own Edible Garden – Online||Grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard! Whether you want to provide food for your family, save money, get exercise, or just be more self-sufficient, this course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to have a successful harvest.||$115||Register|
|Write Your Life Story – Online||Learn how to create and distribute an inspirational and professional autobiography for family, friends, and others. This course teaches you how to bring characters to life, recall vivid memories, engage readers, and manage your creative time so you can share the story only you can tell.||$100||Register|
|Certificate in Stress Management – Online||Understand strategies and therapies used to reduce and manage stress. This course will help you explore the physiological, social, and psychological impacts of stress, and provide you with methods to get stress under control.||$84||Register|
|Skills for Making Great Decisions – Online||Learn to make excellent everyday decisions from an experienced counselor and life coach. This course will help you discover how to effectively deal with a crisis, use your emotions as decision-making tools, and work with others to make the most of every opportunity.||$115||Register|
|Introduction to Guitar – Online||Learn to play any style of music on the guitar, and become the musician you’ve always wanted to be! This course provides basic guitar skills that you’ll build step-by-step with hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed instructions to put you well on your way to becoming a skilled player.||$100||Register|
|Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera – Online||Break through the technology barrier and discover how to use your DSLR to take beautiful photos. In this course, you’ll learn about features and controls, proper lenses, metering, exposure, and more to take your photography to the next level.||$115||Register|
|Music Made Easy – Online||Gain complete understanding of rhythm, melody, and harmony and recognize pitches on the musical staff and keyboard. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to read, write, and even play simple pieces of music!||$100||Register|
|Photoshop Elements for the Digital Photographer – Online||Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to do everything from quick fixes to detailed enhancements that greatly improve the look of your digital images. This course will take you from a novice to an accomplished user.||$100||Register|
|Discover Sign Language – Online||Gain confidence in your ability to sign with the Deaf community. This course immerses you in silence to help you gain an understanding of the perspective of the hearing impaired and uses videos to demonstrate not only how to make signs, but how to communicate with facial expression.||$115||Register|
|Spanish for Law Enforcement – Online||Communicate more effectively with the Spanish-speakers around you, and add a valuable skill to your resume. This course will help you master basic Spanish and gain more power handling situations that involve Spanish-speaking victims, witnesses, or criminals.||$115||Register|
|Creating the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Success – Online||Understand how to reach your students with strategies that turn diversity into opportunity. This course provides creative, low-budget strategies for making your inclusive classroom a nurturing, supportive learning environment that helps every student.||$115||Register|
|Effective Business Writing – Online||Improve your career prospects by learning how to develop powerful written documents that draw readers in and keep them motivated to continue to the end. This course will help you identify gaps and eliminate problem areas in your writing skills.||$115||Register|
|Writing Effective Grant Proposals – Online||Learn to prepare grant proposals that get solid results for your favorite organization or charity. More than $200 billion annually is available for worthy causes and most people don’t know how to prepare the application that will deliver needed funding. This course will teach you to write professional proposals that succeed.||$115||Register|
|SAT/ACT Prep Course – Part 1 – Online||Enhancing your performance on both the SAT and ACT is instrumental in determining your choice of college. This course will prepare you for specific types of questions in reading, English, and science and give you pointers on time management, anxiety relief, scoring, and general standardize test-taking.||$100||Register|
|SAT/ACT Prep Course – Part 2 – Online||Prepare for the math portion of the ACT and new SAT. This course will provide you with a complete review of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and basic math skills. Time management tips will also be covered.||$100||Register|