Free Classes for Community College Month



April is Community College MonthWhile we pride ourselves on being THE Community’s College year round, during the month of April, we get to shout it from the rooftops!

That’s because April is community college month, and it’s the perfect time of year to celebrate all Eastern Iowa Community Colleges has to offer. We can think of no better way to do that than inviting you to attend a class free of charge. It’s just our way of thanking the community for your support, and to introduce you to the many great Continuing Education classes we have available.

“Community College Month is a great time to connect with EICC,” said Paula Arends, Director of Workforce Innovation. “Throughout the entire month of April, we will offer an opportunity for our community to learn, be entertained, and possibly plant a seed for future career or life goals. 

Classes will be offered online at Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges, as well as at Scott’s Urban Campus. They will be Live Online courses, meaning you get to interact with your instructor and classmates face-to-face over Zoom.

“Due to COVID-19, EICC is taking precautions to keep our staff, students, and communities healthy.  This year’s Community College Month offerings are all being offered virtually.  All you need is a computer, internet access, and an email, and you can take advantage of as many sessions as you wish!” Arends said.

A wide range of classes are scheduled, with a number of times available. Each session will run for an hour. Whether you’re interested in improving a skill or just want to explore something new, we have a class sure to spark your interest and curiosity! Did we mention they’re all free?

 Free classes include:

  • Pollinators: Why they are Important and What to Plant to Attract

    April 13, 6 - 7 p.m.

    Recently, the importance and plight of native pollinators has taken center stage in the news. Many studies have shown significant population declines in species such as the Monarch Butterfly and the Rusty Patched Bumblebee. In this presentation, Ryan Welch, Environmental Science Instructor at Clinton Community College, will briefly introduce why pollinators are so important. He will also give pointers on how we can help them out in our yards, including specific plants that will attract and benefit these vital members of every ecosystem.

  • Basic Electricity 

    April 13, 8:30 - 10 a.m. 

    What is electricity? Learn the basics about electricity. We will cover terms such as Conductor, Insulator, Voltage, Current, Resistance and Ohm’s Law. We will also discuss the types of circuits, power generation and distribution. 

  • The Commercial Learners Permit: First Step to Being a Truck Driver

    April 14, 1 - 2 p.m.

    Learn about the rules and regulations you need to know to get your Commercial Learner’s Permit.

  • Java: Not your Mama's Coffee

    April 15, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Discover basic programming concepts, including programming logic and Java coding. 


  • Maintaining Your Vehicle

    April 16, 1 - 2 p.m.

    Gain a better understanding of what’s required to maintain today’s vehicles. Learn about the changes that have occurred in automobiles including engine oil, tire inflation and pressure monitoring. Find out what those warning lights on your dashboard could be telling you. This is an interactive session, where participant questions are encouraged.

  • Do's and Don'ts in the Zoom Room

    April 20, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Curious about what this Zoom thing is all about? Wondering how to use it for friends and family?  Learn tips and tricks of how to use the software that has helped so many of us stay connected. You will leave knowing the etiquette of virtual conversation and meetings.

  • Apprenticeships: The Best Strategy for Skilled Worker Gaps

    April 21, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

    Employers in many industries have up-skilled their workforce through registered apprenticeships. Find out if this might be a good option for your company.

  • Fast Track Career Options in Healthcare

    April 21, 1 - 2 p.m.

    Check out health careers that you can train for in a year or less. This session will include information on health career training, requirements, costs, financial support available, and more.

  • Walk Away Ingredients for Office and Business Professionals

    April 21, 1 - 2 p.m.

    If you are a detail-oriented individual who enjoys office-related tasks, come to this workshop to learn about qualities that employers seek in their business and office professionals. You will leave this session with an awareness of potential career killers – and learn strategies for being successful in the workforce.  Anyone interested in learning how EICC can help you prepare for an exciting business or office career, stay connected after the session to visit with our instructors. 

  • I'm an Adult and I've Decided to go Back to College - Now What? 

    April 22, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

    This session will cover the basic steps for getting started in becoming a student at any of our campuses. Learn about a variety of programs we offer here at EICC and participants will be able to ask questions of both admissions and advising staff. All ages are welcome!

  • Create a Fahrenheit to Celsius Conversion Website

    April 22, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Learn the basics of creating a website by using HTML and CSS. We will do that through a hands-on activity, as we create a website that converts Fahrenheit temperature to Celsius.

  • Identity Crisis: Identity, Authentication, and Authorization

    April 26, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    What is the difference between authorization and authentication? How do they fit in the larger picture of Cybersecurity? How does identity bring them together? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this Cybersecurity exercise.

  • Drug and Alcohol Training Refresher

    April 27, 1 - 2 p.m.

    Developed to promote alcohol and substance abuse awareness for supervisors, employees, and their families. It helps supervisors and employees to recognize symptoms of usage. Discussions on the effects on the family and the workplace. DOT compliance is taught for those companies that have to follow federal regulations. It also teaches supervisors “Reasonable Suspicion” awareness and the process to report someone they believe may have a substance abuse problem. Trainings are presented by a certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).

  • Opportunities for a New Beginning: Using Iowa GAP Funds

    April 28, 12 - 1 p.m.

    GAP funding is available for individuals seeking short-term training that leads to high demand employment. Find out if GAP can help you.

  • Introduction to Augmented & Virtual Reality (AVR)

    April 29, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Explore the possibilities of Augmented & Virtual Reality (AVR) with a virtual adventure. Take a walk on the wild side with dinosaurs or revive your primal instinct with bow and arrow practice. Even if you would just like to learn more about AVR and the pros and cons of the technology, join us!

To learn more and register, call 1-888-336-3907 or email