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HCC Lifelong Learning offers March classes

Highland Community College Lifelong Learning March courses include How to Write a Press Release, Jazz History, Caribbean Island Cuisine and more. To register, and view the complete Lifelong Learning schedule, visit or call 815-599-3414. For more information about Lifelong Learning and to find out the latest in new course offerings, call 815-599-3403.

Lifelong Learning March course details:

How to Write a Press Release

Location: Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: March 4; Class: March 11; Class Time: 6 — 8 p.m.; Fee: $35

Instructor: Sarah Flashing

Every important announcement deserves a well-written press release. In this class, learn about key information needed in every press release and how to distribute that information to get noticed.

Jazz History – A Celebration of American Music

Location: Highland Community College, Building H, Room H-208, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: March 9; Class: March 16, 23; Class Time: 2 — 4 p.m.; Fee: $36

Instructor: Jay Van Matre

Discover the roots of jazz, the lives and stories of the music’s most influential figures, and modern jazz. Video and audio will be studied and discussed allowing students to relate their personal experiences with jazz and the emotions it conveys.

Wow Appetizers

Location: St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Blvd., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: March 17; Class: March 24; Class Time: 5:30 — 8:30 p.m.; Fee: $48

Instructor: Michael Staver

The best parties start with memorable appetizers. This course will help students create appetizers that are delicious and elevate a get-together to a new level of fun. Learn new methods, try different ingredients and spark ideas. No recipes are repeated.

Cahokia and the Mississippian Culture

Location: Stephenson County Senior Resource Center, 206 E. Stephenson St., Freeport, Ill.

Registration deadline: March 18; Class: March 25; Class Time: 1—2:30 p.m.; Fee: $25

Instructor: Mark Peterson

This class looks at Cahokia, which was the largest and most influential urban settlement of the Mississippian culture dating from 700 to 1400 AD. Cahokia Mounds is considered the largest and most complex archaeological site north of the great, pre-Columbian cities in Mexico. It is located just east of St. Louis, Missouri in Illinois between East St. Louis and Collinsville.

World War I Overview

Location: Woodbine Bend Golf Course and Restaurant, 3500 E. Center Rd., Stockton, Ill.

Registration deadline: March 25; Class: April 1 Class Time: 1 — 2:30 p.m.; Fee: $23

Instructor: Mark Peterson

Take a closer look at Europe in 1900 and events leading up to World War I. Topics include: actions taken in Jutland and on the Eastern Front, the sinking of the Lusitania, U-boat warfare, and battles including Paris, Verdun, and the Somme. The final German offensive, the arrival of American troops, the Armistice, and the Treaty of Versailles are also covered.

Classes also being offered are:


  • Traveler’s Spanish – How to Communicate While Traveling in Spanish-Speaking Countries
  • Flow and Mix with Alcohol Ink
  • Caribbean Island Cuisine
  • Assassination of Lincoln
  • Computer Skills for Beginners
  • Effective Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits
  • Smart Phone II – Advanced
  • Painting and Embellishing Furniture (add this one in)
  • Black Hawk War in the Upper Midwest
  • Introduction to Voiceovers
  • Card Making Classes
  • Cahokia and the Mississippian Culture
  • Pics on My Phone – Now What?
  • French Cuisine
  • Who Runs Your Brain?
  • CBD Oil and Medical Marijuana – What You Should Know
  • AIC 30 Claim Handling Principles and Practices
  • Spanish Movie Night – Violeta Went to Heaven
  • Paint Party with Friends – Petals & Leaves
  • Windows 10
  • Dessert Basics
  • Tips for Writing Simple Wills, Powers of Attorney for Health Care or Property