Free Classes for Community College Month

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1/23/20

Whoever said you can’t get anything for free didn’t know about Community College Month at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.

To celebrate during this month of April, and give people a taste of the college’s many continuing education classes, the college is offering a number of classes entirely free. The classes will be offered at its Clinton Community College, Clinton Community College Maquoketa Center, Muscatine Community College, Scott Community College and Scott's Urban Campus locations.

The class schedule includes:

Muscatine Community College

152 Colorado St., Muscatine

Wednesday, April 8

  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    Identity Theft
    Identity theft is the fastest growing crime. Protect yourself and your loved ones. Learn how to spot common scams and recovery from identity theft.

  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    Effective Meetings 
    Have you ever sat through a meeting only to think to yourself at the end, “that was a waste of time?” This one-hour session will help you fix one-element efficiency. Learn how to plan meetings and designate appropriate role assignments within formal meetings. 

  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    Emergency Tips & CPR Training for Your Pets
    Learn tips on being prepared for common pet emergencies. Hands on CPR training with resuscitation animal model will also be taught.

 

Wednesday, April 15

 

  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    Pasión Latina with Maestro Dollinger
    Join Maestro Dollinger, from the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra, for an afternoon excursion into symphonic music.  Maestro Dollinger will talk about the symphony’s upcoming concert entitled “Pasión Latina” as well as the diversity of music a symphony orchestra has at its fingertips to entertain, educate and inspire generation after generation.

 

Scott Community College

500 Belmont Rd., Bettendorf 

Wednesday, April 15 

  • 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
    Knife Skills 101
    Have you always wondered what it would be like to go to one-hour culinary school? Knife Skills 101 gives you a taste of our professional culinary program and state-of-the art culinary kitchen here at SCC. You’ll explore the fundamental methods of using knives and learning the basic cuts.

  • 12 - 1:30 p.m.
    Introduction to ASL
    The class will include sign vocabulary that is helpful for community and workplace conversations with the deaf and hard of hearing, a little history of sign language in the United States, and some fun activities to practice new signs.

  • 12 – 1:30 p.m.
    Pinch Pots
    Experience the ancient tradition of making simple pottery completely by hand. Only using your fingers (no machines allowed), we will make a variety of small pottery forms using basic, age-old, pottery techniques. Bring your inner cave-person. 

  • 12 - 1:30 p.m.
    Rising Demand of Healthcare Workers and Opportunity for Careers in Healthcare
    This course is designed to offer insight on the future healthcare needs of the 21st century. Certified nurse’s aides (CNA) are prepared to provide safe, effective care for clients. Becoming a CNA will build intrapersonal communication skills, exposure to healthcare terminology and meet the basic needs of those requiring assistance with activities of daily living.  As a CNA, you will develop skills and experience to advance a career in healthcare.

  • 12 - 1:30 p.m.
    Psychological Health and Wellness
    This session will cover general personality testing and explore tips for psychological care for oneself and those around us. It will also cover techniques to cope with daily stress and major life stressors.

  • 12 - 1:30 p.m. 
    DIY Home HVAC 
    Learn more about proper maintenance procedures that a homeowner can perform on their heating and A/C equipment. Topics will cover filter changes, burner compartment inspection, drain hoses on 90% furnaces and how to properly and safely wash the outdoor unit. Session will end with a Q and A session.

  • 12:40 – 1:40 p.m. 
    Handmade Greeting Cards
    Make unique and personalized greeting cards. You can choose from a variety of designs such as birthday, sympathy, holiday, etc. Materials will be provided for up to three cards. Supplies will be cut to measure for the basic layout and you will be able to add your embellishments and sayings to create your unique card. 

  • 12:40 - 1:40 p.m. 
    Molecular Gastronomy & Food Science
    Explore a little bit of the science that goes into making some of our favorite convenience foods and how those ingredients and techniques can be used to create different tastes and textures in scratch cooking. Seating limited to 12. 

 

  • 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
    Understanding Today’s Vehicles
    Ever wonder what that light means on your car’s dashboard?  Want to make sure you are doing everything you can to extend the life of your vehicle? This class will cover maintenance and care of today’s vehicles, as well as the advancing technology of vehicles.

  • 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
    Diesel Technology – The power source moving our products.
    Did you know that a majority of the things in your home were moved at some point with a diesel engine? This session will explain the principles of diesel, give a comparison to gas engines, and include the opportunities in the field that keeps America’s goods and services moving.

  • 1:45 – 3:15 p.m. 
    Writing a Great Cliffhanger
    Have you ever wanted to keep readers on the edge of their seat, or write a book people just can't put down? This workshop will cover the key elements of writing a gripping story, from conflict to plot development. We'll also work on writing in class and leave each other with some irresistible cliffhangers! 

 

 

Scott Community College Urban Campus

101 W. Third St., Davenport 

Tuesday, April 14

  • 6 – 7 p.m. 
    QC Harm Reduction Services: Substance Abuse Disorder and NARCAN
    If you or a loved one are seeking support for substance abuse, or if you’d just like to learn more about the topic and how Naloxone can save a life, please attend this free session. The program will be presented by a representative of QC Harm Reduction. QC Harm Reduction is a coalition of volunteers and allies dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who use drugs and/or seek support for a substance use disorder. QC Harm Reduction is credited for enacting the first lifesaving naloxone legislation in Iowa in 2016.


Wednesday, April 29

  • 6 - 7:30 p.m.
    Stop The Bleed
    A significant preventable cause of death in the prehospital environment is uncontrolled bleeding. As demonstrated by guidelines enacted by the military, widespread bleeding control is critical to saving lives. The Hartford Consensus recommends that all responders have the education and necessary equipment for bleeding control and strongly encourages bystanders to act as immediate responders to stop bleeding. This course will give you an opportunity to learn and practice those same actions that have been designated as “life-saving." 

  • 9 - 10 a.m. 
    Effective Meeting Skills 
    Have you ever sat through a meeting only to think to yourself at the end, “that was a waste of time?” This one-hour session will help you fix one-element efficiency. Learn how to plan meetings and designate appropriate role assignments within formal meetings. 

  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
    Mentoring & Coaching: Becoming a Better Mentor 
    People like to use “mentoring” and “coaching” interchangeably, but they are actually completely different types of working relationships. There may be similarities, but the focus, approach and tools are different. Learn more about the differences between these two leadership roles and how to become a better mentor.

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
    Verbal De-escalation
    How to effectively deal with difficult people and prevent potentially violent encounters from becoming physical. 

  • 12 – 1:30 p.m.
    Building Social Engineering Awareness
    While most networks are locked down and protected by firewalls, Intrusion Protection Systems (IPS), and other technical methods, only about 3% of malware tries to exploit an exclusively technical flaw. The other 97% instead target users through Social Engineering.  Users are known as a system’s weakest link for a reason, and malware writers do all they can to exploit that weak link. So how do we prepare our users for the inevitable? This presentation provides awareness best practices and opens a deeper discussion into awareness education. Expect to sample some awareness exercises and create a few of your own!

  • 12 - 1:30 p.m. 
    Power of Medical Paperwork
    Paperwork at doctors’ visits determines your bill.  Follow the paperwork through the whole long process.  We will look over samples of the superbill, the CMS 1500 and actually fill the paperwork out for a sample patient.

  • 12:40 - 1:40 p.m. 
    Walk Away Ingredients for Administrative Professionals
    Learn about qualities local employers are seeking in their administrative support staff. You will leave this session with an awareness of ten career killers – and, some ideas for becoming a top-notch administrative professional.

  • 4 – 5 p.m.
    Invasive Species
    Identify invasive species in your backyard and learn about native alternatives.

  • 6 – 7 p.m. 
    So You Want to Start a Business 
    Have you ever wanted to start a business, but become overwhelmed at where to start? Attend this session to learn the basics on how to get started and walk away with your specific next steps. In addition, we will have handouts and links, as well some hints on how to get funding! 

 

Clinton Community College

1000 Lincoln Blvd., Clinton

Wednesday, April 22

  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
    Business Writing for Results 
    Analysis has found that up to 62% of emails in the average inbox are not important. Yet email is here to stay, so what can we do to reduce overwhelming inboxes? We can learn to write more effectively and make better decisions about when email is an appropriate or inappropriate communication tool. Although you won’t walk out of this class a Pulitzer Prize winner, you WILL learn some tips to make your writing more effective.

  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 
    Mentoring & Coaching: Becoming a Better Mentor 
    People like to use “mentoring” and “coaching” interchangeably, but they are actually completely different types of working relationships. There may be similarities, but the focus, approach and tools are different. Learn more about the differences between these two leadership roles and how to become a better mentor.

  • 4 - 5 p.m. 
    Augmented and Virtual Reality 
    Explore the possibilities of AVR with a virtual adventure! Take a walk on the wild side with dinosaurs or revive your primal instinct with bow and arrow practice. You'll also learn more about this technology, including the pros and cons. 

  • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
    Board Games
    Interested in the board game hobby? In recent years, board gaming has seen a major revival. It’s no longer just Monopoly and Scrabble! CCC Gaming Guild Club Advisor, Mathew Endress, will provide an overview of the hobby and teach you to play one of the popular titles. This event is fun for the whole family! Games will be available for gamers of all ages.

  • 5 - 6:30 p.m. 
    The Tavern: A Social History of Drinking and Conviviality
    Since the first Europeans settled in North America, much of American life and politics have happened around the tavern. From public houses in Puritan New England to Gilded Age saloons, and on to the modern sports bar, drinking establishments have had a significant and lasting presence in American life. Pull up a stool and join us as our very own Dr. Steven Barleen discusses his latest book “The Tavern: A Social History of Drinking and Conviviality.”  

  • 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 
    Plein Air Painting - Paint like an Impressionist 
    Now is your opportunity to go for it. Our day of free community college classes offers you a no risk/no cost positive atmosphere to learn painting methods used by impressionists from our very own Phoebe Jan-McMahon. In this hands-on introduction to “Plein Air Painting,” or painting outdoors, you will be shown useful techniques to aid you in creating your very own artwork utilizing the same techniques used by Monet, Degas, Cassatt, Morisot and Renoir. Please note that this introductory class will take place inside due to logistics and materials constraints. Sign up today. Space is limited. 

  • 5:30 - 7 p.m.
    Narcotics and Narcan:  QC Harm Reduction 
    This session will examine the current Opioid crisis. We will discuss various aspects of Opioids, from demographic data, how to identify a narcotic overdose, the immediate treatment, and a discussion as to how we give Narcan, who can / should give Narcan, and what to do if someone received Narcan prior to your arrival. We will also examine the legal considerations when caring for someone who has overdosed.

 

Clinton Community College Maquoketa Center

501 W. Washington St., Maquoketa

Wednesday, April 15 

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
    Employee Engagement through Strengths-Based Leadership
    The scientifically proven strategy of Gallup’s Strengths-Based Leadership Theory offers a best practice for attracting, retaining and developing a talented workforce and organizational culture. Learn how continuous feedback and motivation from managers, when changed to the mindset of a coach and not a boss, can impact your organization for the better.

  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
    Effective Meetings 
    Have you ever sat through a meeting only to think to yourself at the end, “that was a waste of time?” This one-hour session will help you fix one-element efficiency. Learn how to plan meetings and designate appropriate role assignments within formal meetings. 

  • 4 – 5 p.m. 
    Augmented and Virtual Reality 
    Explore the possibilities of AVR with a virtual adventure! Take a walk on the wild side with dinosaurs or revive your primal instinct with bow and arrow practice. You'll also learn more about this technology, including the pros and cons. 

  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
    Opportunities in Welding & Machining 
    Whether you are looking to weld decorative objects or discover a new career, Craig Burken will share the basics of welding and machining in this introductory class. You’ll have the chance to put on a welding hood and jacket and try your hand at welding, including operating lathes and mills. Let welding bring out the artist in you, open the doors to a different career, or both!

 

Registration for these classes is available online at eicc.edu/ceregistration Call 1-888-336-3907 for more information.