Personal Enrichment

At a Glance

Join LLCC Community Education for non-credit classes, workshops, events and travel!

In addition to courses in the below topics, Community Education offers culinaryyouth and travel programs.

Community Education classes are open for enrollment. Students are strongly encouraged to register early (at least one week in advance of class start date) to secure their seat as many classes fill quickly. Classes may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment so your early registration can make the difference. To report a class absence, please call 217-786-2432 or Community.Education@llcc.edu.

Call 217-786-2292 to register for Community Education classes. 

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Spring 2023

Refuse to Be a Victim

Increase your knowledge of the safety tips and techniques you need to increase your awareness of potentially dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. Topics covered will include home, personal, automobile, workplace and technology security.

  • Instructor: Loren Hamilton
  • Date: Wed., Feb. 15-22
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Montgomery Hall, Room 1142
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $45
  • Course code: CEW 107-03

Zumba

Diane C. McCreary has been practicing Zumba for twelve years and been teaching for nine years. Her body and personality are enriched by Zumba. You will enjoy her upbeat attitude and the excitement she will create for this dance and fitness class. Students should wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes and bring a water bottle.

  • Instructor: Diane McCreary
  • Date: Thu., Feb. 16-April 13 (no class March 9)
  • Time: 6-7 p.m.
  • Location: Trutter Center 
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $79
  • Course code: CEW 802-01

Our Chemical Environment: Toxicology and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

BPA, phthalates and PFAS have all been in the news recently, but are the headlines worth the hype? Should you worry about chemicals in your environment, and if so, why? Join Dr. Megan Woodbury, a neurotoxicologist who studies endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), for a dive into toxicology basics, why researchers are concerned about specific chemicals and to get some easy tips for reducing your exposure to those that are most worrisome.

  • Instructor: Megan Woodbury
  • Date: Tue., March 21
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2237
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $29
  • Course code: CEW 107-06

The Sunshine Within — Ideas for a Happier You!

Can optimism be learned? Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. Learn ways to bring more sunshine to your days by unleashing your power with positive thinking. Textbook is required and available for purchase through the LLCC Bookstore: “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale ISBN: 978-0-7432-3480-1

  • Instructor: Rosemary DiNello
  • Date: Thu., March 23-30
  • Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2203
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $39
  • Course code: CEW 107-07

Spring 2023

Mixed Media With Watercolor

Using a watercolor base, create mixed media paintings with stencil, gesso, surface alterations and collage. Students should bring mixed media paper and brushes. Collage papers, acrylic medium and additional supplies will be provided. 

  • Instructor: Carolyn Owen Sommer 
  • Date: Tue., Feb. 7-28
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Sangamon Hall, Room 2212
  • Ages: 19 and over
  • Cost: $79
  • Course code: CEW 103-03

Knitting 101

Learn a new skill that is relaxing as well as challenging! Receive instructions on how to cast on, make knit and purl stitches and bind off, as well as how to increase and decrease stitches. Please bring size 8 or 9 circular knitting or straight needles and one skein of worsted weight yarn.

  • Instructor: Cyndi Dodge
  • Date: Tue, Feb. 7-March 21 (no class March 7)
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Sangamon Hall, Room 2210
  • Ages: 19 and over
  • Cost: $75
  • Course code: CEW 103-04

Intro to Calligraphy

Made simple and easy in this basic hands-on workshop, learn to use the tools of calligraphy and practice a basic italic style. Supply fee of $20 payable to instructor.

  • Instructor: Steve Ingerson
  • Date: Thu., March 23-May 4
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2237
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $119
  • Course code: CEW 103-06

Abstract Art

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead uses shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effects. Participants will explore new ways to look at a blank canvas or paper in a structured way and by using their own imagination in a more free flowing fashion. Students will learn both the elements of design and the principles of design through practical application. Everyone will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of methods to create abstract art using a variety of material. Students will work independently and complete one group project. The majority of the class will focus on practicing techniques and learning new ideas. Students will begin the first class session using graphite pencils (general's layout pencil recommended but not required) on sketch paper. Once some of the techniques are practiced in the first class, students may decide if they want to complete a project using colored pencils, copic markers, watercolor or acrylic paint. Students with experience using more difficult mediums might choose watercolor or acrylic paint. Collage materials can also be used to complete a project. All these materials and options will be explained in the first class session. Students need to bring a pencil, an eraser and sketch paper to the first class and depending upon which medium they want to explore, additional materials as the class sessions progress.

  • Instructor: Kathleen Greenwood
  • Date: Tue., April 4-25
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Location: Sangamon Hall, Room2212
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $69
  • Course code: CEW 103-07

Advanced Knitting

For anyone who has learned how to knit and purl but wants to take knitting a step further, this class will expand your skills to include lace, cables and other exciting stitches. The potential for projects is endless! Please bring 1 skein of worsted weight yarn and size 7 knitting needles.

  • Instructor: Cyndi Dodge
  • Date: Tue., April 4-May 9
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Sangamon Hall, Room 2210
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $75
  • Course code: CEW 103-08

Watercolor en Plein Air: The Art of Painting Outdoors

Bring your own sketchbook with you as we learn to apply watercolor basics, mixing colors, basic design and other fun additions — outside! Please dress appropriately, wear bug spray and bring an outdoor folding chair and a sack lunch. After registering, please contact the instructor for a list of supplies: coartchick@aol.com

  • Instructor: Carolyn Owen Sommer
  • Date: Sat., May 6
  • Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
  • Location: Sangamon Room OD10, Sangamon Hall Room 1102
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $69
  • Course code: CEW 103-09

Writing for Film

In this course you will learn how to properly format and creativity write a screenplay used for motion picture projects. Students will learn how to bring a creative story from a two sentence pitch, to treatment, to final draft of a fully formed three act structured film script. Students can bring their own laptop or use a computer in the classroom.

  • Instructor: Tye Wilson
  • Date: Thu., Feb. 2-23
  • Time: 5-7 p.m.
  • Location: Logan Hall, Room 1138
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $69
  • Course code: CEW 103-01

CPR classes are taught by LLCC Emergency Services Programs staff. Certification is through the American Heart Association and covers adult, child and infant CPR, in addition to AED usage and choking care for all ages. No first aid or other health care treatment is addressed within the course.

Classes are $60 include course materials, required student manual and CPR card. Registration deadline is one week prior to class date.

All CPR classes take place from 6-10 p.m. in Kreher Agriculture Center, Room 1115 on the LLCC-Springfield campus unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2022

  • Tue., Dec. 6. Course code CEW 107-26.

Spring 2023

  • Thu., Jan. 19. Course code CEW 107-01.
  • Tue., Feb. 7. Course code CEW 107-02.
  • Wed., Feb. 22. Course code CEW 107-04.
  • Mon., March 13. Course code CEW 107-05.
  • Thu., March 23. Course code CEW 107-08.
  • Tue., April 11. Course code CEW 107-09.
  • Wed., April 26. Course code CEW 107-10.
  • Mon., May 8. Course code CEW 107-11.
  • Thu., May 18. Course code CEW 107-12.

Spring 2023

Planning Your Disney Vacation or Cruise

“It’s a Small World Adventures” travel agent Holly Bauman will guide you through the resort, ticket and dining options for a magical visit to Walt Disney World, Universal or aboard a Disney Cruise. A graduate of Disney's College of Knowledge and recognized by Disney for her sales and exemplary customer service for the past two years, Holly will share her knowledge of all things Disney and Universal, including cruise ships, itineraries and the best times to book a trip or sail — all to help you have a magical vacation. Please bring pen and paper. 

  • Instructor: Holly Bauman
  • Date: Thu., Feb. 23
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Kreher Agriculture Center, Room 1115
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $15
  • Course code: CEW 113-02

Spring 2023

Retirement Planning Today

Retirement Planning Today® is an education course for pre-retirees (50-65) looking for an unbiased and comprehensive perspective on important retirement planning concerns. Topics include: Life Planning for Retirement, Retirement Needs and Expenses, Retirement Roadblocks and Mistakes, Retirement Income Sources, Retirement Plan Distributions, Investments, Risk Management and Asset Protection, and Estate Planning. Registration is required and space is limited. Textbook included. When registering two, fee for first person is $59, second person is $0. Both must register at same time.

  • Instructor: Mark Kluemke
  • Date: Sat., Jan. 28-Feb. 4
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Location: Kreher Agriculture Center, Room 1115
  • Ages: 50 and over 
  • Cost: $59
  • Course code: First person, CEW 105-01; second person CEW 105-02

 

  • Instructor: Mark Kluemke
  • Date: Tue., Jan. 31-Feb. 7
  • Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Kreher Agriculture Center, Room 1115
  • Ages: 50 and over 
  • Cost: $59
  • Course code: First person, CEW 105-03; second person CEW 105-04

 

Spring 2023

Flower Arranging

This hands-on floral design class stresses the principles and elements of beautiful, clean design. Learn the fundamentals of working with fresh, dried and silk blooms to bring a different design style to life each week. After registering, contact the instructor at 217-741-1325 for initial consultation and list of required supplies to be purchased in advance by students.

  • Instructor: Ada Lynn Shrewsbury
  • Date: Thu., Feb. 2-March 30 (no class March 9)
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Sangamon Hall, Room 2212
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $139
  • Course code: CEW 103-02

Beginning Beekeeping

Examine honey bee biology, basic colony management techniques and common problems. Emphasis is on the beekeeper’s first year, covering topics of equipment, colony cycles and honey crop production. Please bring a notebook.

  • Instructor: Fred Gerberding
  • Date: Wed., Feb. 22-April 12 (no class March 8)
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2203
  • Ages: 19 and over
  • Cost: $49
  • Course code: CEW 301-01

Introduction to Floral Design

Learn floral design techniques in a fun, creative, hands-on course. Make DIY home decor and explore basic design principles and various design methods. Students will create a minimum of eight different pieces guided by an experienced floral designer. Students should bring one pair of scissors and one pair of clippers/pruners for the purpose of cutting stems, tape, wires. A supply fee of $100 is payable to the instructor on the first day of class; the fee covers the costs of floral foam, floral frogs, wire, clay, wreath forms, containers/vases and fresh flowers for the eight designs.

  • Instructor: Tabatha Land
  • Date: Wed., Feb 22-April 19 (no class March 8)
  • Time: 5-7 p.m.
  • Location: Sangamon Hall, Room 2209
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $139
  • Course code: CEW 103-05

How to Prepare, Stage and Sell Your Home

When selling a single family, condo or multi-family dwelling in today's fast paced market, you need to know how to get the most value out of your home. This class will outline simple steps to eliminate potential problems, give ideas about decluttering, cleaning and repairing, and explain how to stage your home for a successful offer. Whether you plan on putting your house up for sale in 30 days or six months, or whether you are just beginning to think about the selling process for a distant future date, this class can help you maximize your profit and reduce your stress!

  • Instructor: Nikki Cowan
  • Date: Sat., Feb. 25
  • Time: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Location: Montgomery Hall, Room 1142
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $19
  • Course code: CEW 109-01

Downsizing: It's Harder Than You Think

Most people acquire things over a lifetime, but when it comes time to move into a smaller home or relocate to a warmer climate, the task of deciding what to keep and what to toss can be overwhelming. In this class we will discuss how to start the downsizing process: what to keep, donate, sell or throw away. It includes our Downsizing Guide which is a resource for documenting your possessions into 24 categories ranging from Antiques to Vehicles.

  • Instructor: Maureen Williams
  • Date: Sat., March 25
  • Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2237
  • Ages: 19 and over
  • Cost: $29
  • Course code: CEW 113-03

Easy Vehicle Driveway Checkup

You don’t have to be afraid or intimidated by your vehicle. Brian Early, auto tech instructor, will demonstrate simple preventative vehicle checks to be done monthly and/or before you head out on a road trip that will keep your vehicle operating safely and running smoothly. Detailed, hands-on examples cover lights, wipers, horn, tires, fluid levels and jump-starting. You will have the opportunity to pull your vehicle into the auto tech lab and practice these skills on your own ride!

  • Instructor: Brian Earley
  • Date: Sat., March 25
  • Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Location: Workforce Career Center, Room 1179
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $65
  • Course code: CEW 112-03

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

Join in for an overview of the home buying process that includes tips on obtaining a mortgage, home inspections, house hunting and much more!

  • Instructor: Nikki Cowan
  • Date: Sat., March 25
  • Time: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Location: Montgomery Hall, Room 1142
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $19
  • Course code: CEW 109-02

Keeping Bees Sustainably

This practical-oriented class will demonstrate introduction and evaluation of queens, making and managing small colonies or nucs, and monitoring and managing varroa as well as hive examination for common diseases. The class will utilize the colonies in West Lake Nature Grove. Please bring a sack lunch.

  • Instructor: Fred Gerberding
  • Date: Sat., March 25
  • Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2203
  • Ages: 19 and over
  • Cost: $49
  • Course code: CEW 301-02

Planting a Successful Butterfly Garden

Butterflies have specific needs for reproducing, feeding and surviving. Learn how easy it is to plan your gardens with these needs in mind and discover the wonder of butterflies for yourself. This hands-on class will introduce simple techniques and tips that even the novice gardener can implement. Students will have an opportunity to plant their own milkweed, dill and fennel seeds — all favorite food sources for butterfly larva. Instruction will also be provided for a simple butterfly garden featuring these and other butterfly favorites.

  • Instructor: Penny Moore-Garner
  • Date: Tue., April 18
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Location: Jacksonville
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $35
  • Course code: CEW 106-01

Planting a Basic Herb Garden

Have you ever been curious about growing your own herbs but were overwhelmed with the possibilities? If so, this class is for you. This class will identify and outline basic growing requirements for seven common herbs: basil, mint, chives, oregano, thyme, cilantro and parsley. Students will become familiar with each herb and have a chance to experiment with planting basil seeds, chive bulbs and oregano cuttings. Designs for a basic herb garden will be provided and include the propagated herbs. Common uses for the seven herbs will also be reviewed.

  • Instructor: Penny Moore-Garner
  • Date: Thu., April 27
  • Time: 6-9 p.m.
  • Location: Jacksonville
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $35
  • Course code: CEW 106-02

Summer 2023

Organic Gardening 

Students will learn fundamental skills necessary to grow nutritious produce by understanding how environmental factors impact the garden. Each student will participate in activities that will enhance their connection to nature. The course will address the difference between organic, natural and alternative pest management and fertilizer applications. Important issues such as a lack of biodiversity, heirloom varieties and companion planting will be presented through the use of guilds. Participants will visit Emerald Gardens in Taylorville for several class periods for hands-on experience. 

  • Instructor: Miranda Smith
  • Date: Tue., May 2-June 6
  • Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Location: TBA
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost:$79
  • Course code: CEW 106-03

Spring 2023

American Sign Language Level 2 

Students will continue to focus on fingerspelling, numbers, facial grammar and sentence structure. Students will also further develop the conversational and cultural behaviors necessary to hold a beginning level conversation. Challenging examples of deaf humor will be presented as well as additional cultural information to aid development of awareness and appreciation for the unique language and culture among the deaf and hard of hearing ASL users. Students should first take ASL 101 as a pre-requisite before enrolling in this class. Textbook is required and may be purchased from the LLCC Bookstore:  Learning American Sign Language 0-205-27553-2. Please note: There is no class on March 8.

  • Instructor: Doni Cosby-Stricklen
  • Date: Wed., Feb. 1-April 26 (no class March 8)
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2237
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $195
  • Course code: CEW 401-01

Conversational Spanish 1

For people with no experience with Spanish, this course is designed to encourage you to start learning the second most spoken language in the U.S. (about 45 million speak it). Starting with the alphabet and numbers, you’ll be exploring what it is like speaking and understanding Spanish from the very beginning of the class. A textbook is required and may be purchased from the LLCC Bookstore: "Get Started in Spanish: Absolute Beginner Course" ISBN-10: 978-1444174922.

  • Instructor: Nelson Lara
  • Date: Mon., Feb 20-April 17 (no class March 6)
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Location: Menard Hall, Room 1175
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $139
  • Course code: CEW 401-02

Conversational Spanish 3

This course was created for those Spanish learners who already attended Spanish Level 2, or for those who already have an advanced-beginner level of Spanish: knowing to conjugate the present tense of some Spanish regular and irregular verbs and being familiar with the difference between the use of “ser” and “estar.” We will continue using the same book used in Spanish Level 2 (Complete Latin American Spanish), starting with chapter 3. On the first day of the course, we will do a review of ser and estar, which are covered in the two verbs chapters 1 and 2. In addition to using the book in the class, we’ll be doing web exercises on reading passages and on the grammar issues covered in the book. Although we’ll pay attention to Spanish grammar, the main focus of the course is conversation, as its title suggests. If in doubt as to whether this is the course for you, please contact the LLCC Community Education program to speak with the instructor.

  • Instructor: Nelson Lara
  • Date: Tue., Feb. 21-April 25 (no class March 7 or 28)
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Location: Menard Hall, Room 1175
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $139
  • Course code: CEW 401-03

Conversational Spanish 2

Designed for those with some experience with the Spanish language, class begins with a review of the basics. Using games, role-playing, reading and drills, participants are encouraged to express themselves in Spanish, utilizing structures and vocabulary needed in everyday situations. A textbook is required and may be purchased from the LLCC Bookstore: “Complete Latin American Spanish…” 978-1444192643.

  • Instructor: Nelson Lara
  • Date: Wed., Feb 22-April 19 (no class March 8)
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Location: Menard Hall, Room 1175
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $139
  • Course code:CEW 401 -04

Beginning Arabic

In this introductory class taught by a native Arabic speaker you will learn basic Arabic and how to read and write. Textbook is required and may be purchased from the LLCC Bookstore: "Mastering Arabic 1": ISBN 978-078181422.

  • Instructor: Suha Snober
  • Date: Thu., March 16-May 4
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Menard Hall, Room 1179
  • Ages: 19 and over
  • Cost: $105
  • Course code: CEW 401-05

Conversational German

For travel and fun — students will learn effective conversational skills, pronunciation, key phrases, numbers, telling time, self-introductions and basic information relative to travel. Please bring notebook and German dictionary or mobile phone with a dictionary app. Textbook is required and may be purchased from the LLCC Bookstore: ISBN 978-3-12-606309-8, Berliner Platz Klett Langenscheidt.

  • Instructor: Janelle Moss
  • Date: Wed., March 29-May 17
  • Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Location: Menard Hall, Room 1179
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $95
  • Course code: CEW 401-06

Beginning Japanese

In this introductory course students will learn the alphabet (Hiragana and Katakana) and basic grammar. You’ll also be introduced basic Kanji to get a deeper understanding of the language. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to introduce themselves and ask basic questions in Japanese.

  • Instructor: Toshi Maeda
  • Date: Tue., March 28-May 2
  • Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Location: Sangamon Hall, Room 1104
  • Cost: $85
  • Course code: CEW 401-07 for ages 19 and over, YES 401-01 for ages 14-18

Beginning French

In this introductory class you will learn the beautiful French language. Students will learn the alphabet, numbers and basic grammar as well as conversational phrases and skills. Textbook is required and may be purchased from the LLCC Bookstore: “Easy French Step-by-Step” 978-0071453875. 

  • Instructor: Audrey Koffi
  • Date: Mon., April 3-24
  • Time: 4-6 p.m.
  • Location: Montgomery Hall, Room 1142
  • Ages: 19 and over
  • Cost: $75
  • Course code: CEW 401-08

Spring 2023

College Choir

This class is for community members wishing to join the LLCC Choir who are not otherwise credit-seeking students at the college. Students will sing a wide variety of music and have performance opportunities.

  • Instructor: Laurie Lewis-Fritz
  • Date: Mon., Wed. and Fri., Jan. 9-May 5 (no class Jan. 9 and 16 or March 6, 8 and 10)
  • Time: 1-1:50 p.m.
  • Location: Menard Hall, Room 2250
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $20
  • Course code: CEW 102-01

Spring 2023

The Power of You: Creating More for Your Life and This World

Breakthrough to a new level of awareness and understanding of who you are, the life you are creating and the impact you want to make in our world. Learn the subconscious beliefs and patterns that are keeping you from reaching your goals through powerful visualization exercises, hypnotic and meditative experiences. Reframe and realign with your highest potential. Create clear action steps toward offering your unique contribution to our world. Receive hands on support, tools, techniques and guidance as you tap into your inner power and creator. Please bring pen and paper. 

  • Instructor: Amanda Thomas
  • Date: Thu., Jan. 26-Feb. 9
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2203
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost:$49
  • Course code: CEW 112-01

Honoring Female African American Authors

This class will read a classic novel by a famous African American female author. Collectively discuss, analyze and enjoy the exploration of timeless writings. Noble Prize Winning Author Toni Morrison's book "The Bluest Eye" provides an inside look into self identity, race, inner cultural racism and harmful sexual objectification of black women.

  • Instructor: Kendalynn Jackson
  • Date: Fri., Feb. 3-March 3
  • Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2203 
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $65
  • Course code: CEW 114-01

Travel Tips by Frugal Frau

Thinking about a trip to Europe in your future? Confused about where to go, when to book a trip, how to get ready and what to see? Learn from an instructor with over 20 years of experience studying and traveling with student groups to Europe. Discover the best way to book a flight, how to prepare for the trip and how to get around once you are there. Please bring a journal and pen or pencil.

  • Instructor: Janelle Voss
  • Date: Mon., Feb. 6-27
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2237
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $69
  • Course code: CEW 113-01

Freelance to Freedom – Launch Your Career as a Virtual Assistant 

Launch a new career as a virtual assistant! Learn how to set up and market your own online business fast so you can start earning money from home using skills and experience you already have. Cut through all the noise and confusion and learn first-hand from someone who has built and run a successful online business over the past six years.

  • Instructor: Amy Figueroa
  • Date: Tue., Feb. 21-28
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, 2203
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $69
  • Course code: CEW 112-02

Want to Travel for Free? How to Earn and Spend Rewards Points through Credit Cards

It may seem too good to be true, and you may be worried about upsetting Dave Ramsey; but credit card bonuses and points systems offer a way to travel the country and the world for next to nothing. This class will walk through the background of rewards points, how they are earned and how you can maximize their value when using them. As someone who has studied this hobby for the past five years and racked up nearly one million points, the instructor will provide the tools for you to safely and confidently begin this addictive and rewarding venture!

  • Instructor: Kevin Klemm
  • Date: Sat., Apr. 22 
  • Time: 11 a.m.-noon
  • Location: Logan Hall, Room 1139
  • Ages: 19 and over
  • Cost: $19
  • Course code: CEW 112-04

Introduction to Voiceovers

Explore the craft of voiceovers! Discover current trends, opportunities and tools you need to find success in this growing remote-working industry. Read a real script and receive coaching from your instructor, a professional voice actor, to improve your delivery. This is a one-time, 90-minute, one-on-one video-chat class! Upon registration you will be contacted by Voices for All to schedule your class for a day and time of your convenience.

Requirements: Students must have internet access and video chatting capabilities using a method such as Zoom, Skype (Win/Mac/mobile) or iChat/FaceTime (Mac/iOS).

  • Instructor: Alicia Midgely
  • Date and Time: Call 217-786-2430 to schedule your one-on-one session.
  • Location: Online-virtual
  • Fee: $49
  • Course code: TBA

Spring 2023

Photography II: Post Processing Your Images With Lightroom Classic

Now that you have captured an image in your camera, learn how to post-process it for printing and posting to the internet. You will learn how to download images, storing them in searchable catalogs, cropping, burning, dodging, exposure adjustments, contrast adjustments, color balancing, saturation, image sharpening, saving and exporting to different file formats. This class will be using Adobe Lightroom Classic, although the concepts learned should be applicable to many other post-processing applications. Students must bring their own laptop with Lightroom installed. 

  • Instructor: Doug Bergeron
  • Date: Tue., Jan 24-Feb. 21
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Sangamon Hall, Room 2214
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $85
  • Course code: CEW 104-01

Photography I: The Camera and the Image

This course is designed to help you get comfortable using your DSLR and mirrorless cameras in the most creative mode, Manual. You will learn how to select shutter speeds, apertures and ISOs, achieve proper exposures using the on board exposure meter, how to use and control depth of field and how to capture motion. But photography is more than just camera operation. It is about the images you capture. This course will also introduce you to image composition, helping you learn to compose and find images that convey emotion. You will also learn how to critique images, objectively evaluating your own work from a class photo shoot and images from other photographers. Lastly, we will spend time learning how light and shadow can be controlled for proper exposure and visual effect. Please bring a camera with an interchangeable lens and hard copy of the manual for the camera.

  • Instructor: Doug Bergeron
  • Date: Thu., Jan. 26-Mar. 2
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2237
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $95
  • Course code: CEW 104-02

Photography for Beginners

Learn the history of where photography came from to where it is now as well as the basic functions of your camera and what each symbol means. Learn the difference between JPEG, RAW and TIFF files in addition to the best ways to capture the images you are wanting. Upon completion of this course you will leave with the knowledge and understanding of how your own personal camera functions to capture those moments. Please bring your camera with your specific manual.

  • Instructor: Tabitha Bock-Matlock
  • Date: Tue., Feb. 7-28
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2237
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $79
  • Course code: CEW 104-03

Photography Lighting I: Navigating Lighting Technology

If you want to take your photography to the next level by taking control of your lighting but can’t sort out the myriad of lighting options, this is for you. We will explain the differences between constant lighting, speed lights, monolights and studio lights, the differences between triggers and controllers, and introduce you to an array of light modifiers. We will talk about why and where you use the different technologies, helping you to decide what lighting solution might be best for your goals. You will have the opportunity to actually work with different flash technologies, as well as constant lighting sources, during the seminar. We will show you how to determine proper exposure when using flash systems, without a handheld light meter.

  • Instructor: Doug Bergeron
  • Date: Sat., Mar. 25
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Location: Trutter Center
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $39
  • Course code: CEW 104-04

Landscape Photography

In the class you will go through the exact settings to use to capture the best possible landscape photos. Please bring your camera. 

  • Instructor: Tabitha Bock-Matlock
  • Date: Mon., March 27-April 17
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Sangamon Room OD10, Sangamon Room 1102
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $69
  • Course code: CEW 104-05

Photography I: The Camera and the Image

This course is designed to help you get comfortable using your DSLR and mirrorless cameras in the most creative mode, manual. You will learn how to select shutter speeds, apertures and ISOs, achieve proper exposures using the on board exposure meter, how to use and control depth of field and how to capture motion. But photography is more than just camera operation. It is about the images you capture. This course will also introduce you to image composition, helping you learn to compose and find images that convey emotion. You will also learn how to critique images, objectively evaluating your own work from a class photo shoot and images from other photographers. Lastly, we will spend time learning how light and shadow can be controlled for proper exposure and visual effect. Please bring a camera with an interchangeable lens and hard copy of the manual for the camera.

  • Instructor: Doug Bergeron
  • Date: Thu., March 30-May 4
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2203
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $95
  • Course code: CEW 104-06

Photography II: Post Processing Your Images With Lightroom Classic

Now that you have captured an image in your camera, learn how to post-process it for printing and posting to the internet. You will learn how to download images, storing them in searchable catalogs, cropping, burning, dodging, exposure adjustments, contrast adjustments, color balancing, saturation, image sharpening, saving and exporting to different file formats. This class will be using Adobe Lightroom Classic, although the concepts learned should be applicable to many other post-processing applications. Students must bring their own laptop with Lightroom installed. 

  • Instructor: Doug Bergeron
  • Date: Tue., April 4-May 2
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2237
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $85
  • Course code: CEW 104-08

Photoshop

Review Photoshop's powerful tools and learn techniques such as basic editing, cropping, adjusting colors, converting images to black and white, layering, adding text, specialty tool usage and more! Bring your own laptop with Photoshop installed or use a computer in our Mac lab. 

  • Instructor: Tabitha Bock-Matlock
  • Date: Tue., April 4-May 16
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Menard Hall, Room 2226
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $119
  • Course code: CEW 104-07

Becoming a Professional Photographer

Start making money on your passion! Join Tabitha Bock-Matlock as she takes you through the ins and outs of conducting a business and getting taken seriously. As a professional wedding and studio photographer herself, she will give you the tips, tricks and secrets to marketing yourself as a professional. Please bring camera or phone.

  • Instructor: Tabitha Bock-Matlock
  • Date: Thu., April 13
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: Sangamon Hall, Room 1102
  • Ages: 19 and over
  • Cost: $29
  • Course code: CEW 104-09

Photography Lighting II: Basic Portraiture Lighting

In the Basic Portrait Lighting seminar, we will introduce you to single and multiple light lighting systems for portraits, what each light is for and lighting angles. You will learn about the tools used to correctly set exposure and color balance. We will also discuss the appropriate lenses for portrait work. You will learn and use four basic portrait lighting approaches. A portable studio will be set up where you will be able to photograph a model using the tools and lighting techniques you will be learning. Bring your camera, charged batteries and memory cards. 

  • Instructor: Doug Bergeron
  • Date: Sat., April 22
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Location: Workforce Career Center, Room 1171
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $39
  • Course code: CEW 104-10

General Portraiture

Go beyond "Hey get together for a photo!" and get those photos you always wanted. Say goodbye to awkward family photos and hello to framers! In this course, Tabitha will offer tips and tricks to taking photos you will actually want to print. Couple, family and senior portraiture will be covered. Within these units, lighting and technique will also be demonstrated. Please bring your camera.

  • Instructor: Tabitha Bock-Matlock
  • Date: Mon., April 24-May 15
  • Time: 6-7 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Center, Room 2237
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $45
  • Course code: CEW 104-11
     

Teacher professional development workshops

We hope you can join us for an upcoming teacher professional development workshop. These workshops provide continuing professional development units (CPDUs) for K-12 teachers and are also open to the community at large. 

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Spring 2023

Social Media: Which Platforms Are Used for What?

Have you wanted to learn which social media platform is used for what? This is the class for you! You will learn Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest in addition to learning how to communicate using each platform.

  • Instructor: Tabitha Bock-Matlock
  • Date: Mon., Jan. 30-Feb. 27
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Logan Hall, Room 1139
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $65
  • Course code: CEW 101-01

How Can an Electric Vehicle (EV) Fit Into My Life

Have you heard rumors about what electric vehicles are and are not? Do you have questions about what is fact and myth about EVs? In this class we will talk about common questions such as what are the different levels of chargers, how long can these batteries last, what rebates are available and how to claim them, how to plan a road trip in an EV and more.

  • Instructor: William Garcia
  • Date: Sat., Feb. 18
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Location: Logan Hall, Room 1132
  • Ages: 19 and over 
  • Cost: $29
  • Course code: CEW 101-02