Community Based Outreach Classes

Click the categories below to see current classes offered at John Wood. Click on the class name to see a full description of the course.

Computers & Technology
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
One-On-One Computer Training 68876 1 Hour 1/27/2020 - 5/15/2020 Quincy Larry Brandhorst $35.00
One-on-one computer training is available for Mac and Windows-based computers. Designed for all skill levels, from beginning to advanced. Sessions can be scheduled for 1 hour at a time. Cost is $35.00 per hour. Based on instructor availability. Call 217-641-4941 to schedule time with an instructor.
One-On-One Excel Training 68814 1 Hour 1/27/2020 - 5/15/2020 Quincy Rita Schmitt $35.00
One-on-one Microsoft Excel training is available for all skill levels, from beginning to advanced. Sessions can be scheduled for 1 hour at a time. Cost is $35.00 per hour. Based on instructor availability. Call 217-641-4941 to schedule time with an instructor.
One-On-One Smartphone Training 68877 1 Hour 1/27/2020 - 5/15/2020 Quincy Larry Brandhorst $35.00
One-on-one smart phone training is available. Stay connected by learning how to operate the most popular smart phone types like Apple's iPhone and Google Android phones. Sessions can be scheduled for 1 hour at a time. Cost is $35.00 per hour. Based on instructor availability. Call 217-641-4941 to schedule time with an instructor.
Basic Excel 68815 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 3/17/2020 - 3/24/2020 Quincy Rita Schmitt $60.00
This three evening seminar is for individuals who have little or no background with Excel and want to learn more. The interactive course offers plenty of practice and application to become comfortable with the program. Whether you want to use Excel for personal budgeting or just want to sharpen your skills for work, you will leave with practical tools and resources to take your skills to the next level.
Intermediate Excel 68816 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 3/31/2020 - 4/7/2020 Quincy Rita Schmitt $60.00
Designed for those familiar with Excel, this class goes beyond the basics to cover charts, conditional formatting, headers and footers as well as the SUMIF, COUNTIF and IF functions. Great reports and spreadsheets can be produced with this skill set. Get hands on experience in an interactive class environment and leave with resources to take your skills to the next level. A great follow up for those who have taken Basic Excel.
Advanced Excel 68818 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 4/21/2020 - 4/30/2020 Quincy Rita Schmitt $80.00
This class covers some of the more powerful features in Excel. The topics covered are pivot tables, slicers, formula driven conditional formatting, and the VLOOKUP and SUBTOTAL functions. Get hands on experience in an interactive class environment and leave with the resources to take your skills to the next level. Prerequisite: Intermediate Excel or instructor permission.
Intermediate Excel - Pittsfield 68817 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 5/4/2020 - 5/11/2020 Pittsfield Rita Schmitt $60.00
Designed for those familiar with Excel, this class goes beyond the basics to cover charts, conditional formatting, headers and footers as well as the SUMIF, COUNTIF and IF functions. Great reports and spreadsheets can be produced with this skill set. Get hands on experience in an interactive class environment and leave with resources to take your skills to the next level. A great follow up for those who have taken Basic Excel.
Culinary Arts and Cake Decorating
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Moms Cooking 68826 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 1/27/2020 - 1/27/2020 Quincy Dr. Margie Williams $35.00
Would you like to explore new ways to prepare healthier family meals? Join us and experiment with creative ideas that will incorporate fun into meal time prep that will be enjoyable for the entire family.
Introduction to New Orleans Cuisine 68850 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 2/3/2020 - 2/17/2020 Quincy H. Max Hiller $60.00
This class is designed to introduce students to the history and development of New Orleans' unique cuisine and the differences between Creole and Cajun styles of cooking. Students will learn easy recipes to expand their palates. Students will learn to prepare a light meal of each style dish and discuss possible variations that can be made in each of the dishes. Quincy Public Library will be hosting the NEA Big Read: Quincy throughout the month of February 2020. This community read program hopes to broaden our understanding of the world, our community, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This year, we will be reading A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. The story takes place in 1940's Cajun country. In partnership with the Quincy Public Library, participants will receive $5 off the registration fee for this course if you show your library card when registering
Basic Chocolates 68825 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 2/8/2020 - 2/8/2020 Quincy Karen Wagner $40.00
Learn the basics of making chocolate truffles and various filled chocolate treats for your sweetheart. Apply your new-found knowledge and prepare chocolates to take home.
Basic Cake Decorating 68820 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 2/12/2020 - 2/26/2020 Quincy Karen Wagner $55.00
Learn the basics of baking and preparing caked for decorating, basics of making buttercream, icing your cake, writing, borders, simple flowers, piping and more! Decorating kit is included!
Basic Cake Decorating 68819 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 3/11/2020 - 3/25/2020 Quincy Karen Wagner $55.00
Learn the basics of baking and preparing caked for decorating, basics of making buttercream, icing your cake, writing, borders, simple flowers, piping and more! Decorating kit is included!
Basic Kitchen Survival 68849 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 3/23/2020 - 4/6/2020 Quincy H. Max Hiller $50.00
Do you want to raise your comfort level in the kitchen? If you've ever wanted to learn how to cook, this is the class for you! Gain an expert chef's insight into different cooking methods, making gravies and sauces, utilizing produce, learning about various cuts of meat, knife handling skills, and proper sanitation guidelines. Hands on cooking techniques acquired through the course will be used to demonstrate the preparation of a meal.
Advanced Cake Decorating 68822 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 4/8/2020 - 4/22/2020 Quincy Karen Wagner $55.00
Enhance the skills developed in the Basic Course with embellished borders, flowers, and coloring techniques plus basket weave, lattice and lace techniques. Basic Fondant work techniques. Decorating kit is included!
Homemade Mexican Cooking 68824 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 5/2/2020 - 5/2/2020 Quincy Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes $35.00
Cook authentic Mexican cuisine with step-by-step instructions. Learn traditional cooking techniques to help you make flavor-packed dishes, including salsas, guacamole, ceviche, tacos, tamales and even a classic mole. If you are looking for the ultimate Mexican cooking class, this is it!
Health & Wellness
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Mindfulness- Everyday Life 68838 3p.m. - 5 p.m. 1/30/2020 - 1/30/2020 Quincy Dr. Margie Williams $20.00
Incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life. In this interactive session you will be introduced to relaxing and healing mindfulness techniques that can be used anywhere. Learn how it can help with weight control, mental clarity and relaxation. No experience needed.
Mindfulness- Everyday Life 68862 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 2/6/2020 - 2/6/2020 Quincy Dr. Margie Williams $20.00
Incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life. In this interactive session you will be introduced to relaxing and healing mindfulness techniques that can be used anywhere. Learn how it can help with weight control, mental clarity and relaxation. No experience needed.
Tai Chi for Health 68837 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. 3/3/2020 - 4/7/2020 Quincy Jessica Myers $30.00
Gentle, Slow motion exercise from China. Similar to walking in its exertion level, Tai Chi will lubricate joints, improve cardiovascular health, aid concentration, reduce stress and improve mood. A small grant from Illinois Pathways to Health reduces the cost of this course. This class meets six times on Tuesday evening.
Horticultural Therapy 68839 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 4/16/2020 - 4/16/2020 Quincy Dr. Margie Williams $30.00
Would you like to learn what horticultural therapy is and how it might be beneficial to you? Discover how to incorporate therapeutic aspects of green plants into your garden. Learn how nature can positively influence mental and physical health.
Horticultural Therapy 68840 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 4/18/2020 - 4/18/2020 Quincy Dr. Margie Williams $30.00
Would you like to learn what horticultural therapy is and how it might be beneficial to you? Discover how to incorporate therapeutic aspects of green plants into your garden. Learn how nature can positively influence mental and physical health.
Language & Communication
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Conversational German 68828 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 3/4/2020 - 3/25/2020 Quincy Judy Percy $40.00
This conversational German class focuses on common phrases for different scenarios. We will practice a different topic each week. This is a great class for beginners or students with prior experience.
Spanish for Beginners 68827 Tue: 5pm - 7pm & Sat: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 3/31/2020 - 4/4/2020 Quincy Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes $40.00
This fun, interactive course is taught by a native Spanish speaker and is designed as an introductory course for absolute beginners, and as such, will establish a strong foundation and promote future success in learning the Spanish Language. Put your knowledge into practice with your classmates and leave with resources to study at home.
Conversational German 68829 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 4/8/2020 - 4/29/2020 Quincy Judy Percy $40.00
This conversational German class focuses on common phrases for different scenarios. We will practice a different topic each week. This is a great class for beginners or students with prior experience.
Personal Enrichment
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
You Are What You Eat 68833 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 1/28/2020 - 1/28/2020 Quincy Dr. Margie Williams $20.00
Examine the relationship between genetics and nutrition in this two hour session. Analyze how the human genome is influenced by diet and nutrition, how foods can heal your DNA and help exert a positive influence on your genetic expression.
Beginner Chess 68834 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 1/28/2020 - 1/30/2020 Quincy Alonzo Blankenship $40.00
Learn to play the classic game of chess. Learn basic strategic moves and value of all chessmen. While the game can be complex, this is an introductory class designed for beginning chess players.
Aeroponic Gardening 68832 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 1/29/2020 - 1/29/2020 Quincy Dr. Margie Williams $20.00
Explore a new vertical gardening technique using a Tower Garden (aeroponic system). Learn how to garden both inside and outside, 12 months a year without weeding or watering worries. Class discussions will also touch on how to use tower gardening with children in the classroom, daycares or community settings.
Tips & Tricks to Travel the World 68836 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 1/30/2020 - 1/30/2020 Quincy Emma Baker $20.00
Why haven't you taken your dream trip yet? Sign up and discuss current travel trends and how to stay safe in foreign parts of the world. Learn the best ways to pack for your vacation, how to prepare for long flights, and planning those breathtaking sightseeing excursions.
Garage Welding 68835 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 2/22/2020 - 2/22/2020 Quincy Ronald Kraft $50.00
Whether you have a welding machine collecting dust in your garage or you are thinking about purchasing one, this course is for you. Learn about the types of welders and how to use them safely! This introductory course will focus on inner shield, short arc welding, how to set voltage, wire speeds and how to hold angles on a welder. You will also learn how to choose proper gas to weld various steels. Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Please bring your own welding gloves and be sure to dress appropriately (long pants, long sleeved shirts and leather shoes and or boots).
Tips & Tricks to Travel the World 68861 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 2/27/2020 - 2/27/2020 Quincy Emma Baker $20.00
Why haven't you taken your dream trip yet? Sign up and discuss current travel trends and how to stay safe in foreign parts of the world. Learn the best ways to pack for your vacation, how to prepare for long flights, and planning those breathtaking sightseeing excursions.
Beginner Salsa and Merengue 68830 Tue: 5pm - 7pm & Sat: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 4/14/2020 - 4/18/2020 Quincy Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes $30.00
This class is for any beginner Salsa and Merengue dance enthusiast! No prior dance experience is needed. Students will learn the fundamental principles of partnering, dance floor etiquette, timing, basic foot work, full and half turns, cross body lead, and useful salsa dance patterns. Students will also learn the history and culture of salsa music and partner safety, giving you everything you need to get out on the dance floor! If you are registering as a couple, please note your partner's name on your registration form. Each participant must complete a separate registration form.
Beginner Salsa and Merengue 68831 Tue: 5pm - 7pm & Sat: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 4/14/2020 - 4/18/2020 Quincy Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes $40.00
This class is for any beginner Salsa and Merengue dance enthusiast! No prior dance experience is needed. Students will learn the fundamental principles of partnering, dance floor etiquette, timing, basic foot work, full and half turns, cross body lead, and useful salsa dance patterns. Students will also learn the history and culture of salsa music and partner safety, giving you everything you need to get out on the dance floor! If you are registering as a couple, please note your partner's name on your registration form. Each participant must complete a separate registration form.
Photography
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Capture Precious Moments 68841 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 3/23/2020 - 3/25/2020 Quincy John Gebhardt $50.00
Learn how to use your digital camera to include which icons, menus and function buttons to use, to take good photos. Get tips on how to save, store, and share your images and get more pictures per memory card.
Converting Your Memories 68843 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 3/26/2020 - 3/26/2020 Quincy John Gebhardt $30.00
Learn to convert your old movies, slides, photos and negatives into a digital format to preserve and share them with relatives and friends. Learn about inexpensive photo and video programs that allow you to correct defects and restore original colors. Find out how to save your images on CDs, DVDs, or hard drives for future generations to enjoy.
Editing Your Digital Photos 68842 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 3/30/2020 - 3/30/2020 Quincy John Gebhardt $30.00
In a lab environment, learn how to perform basic editing functions including scanning, saving, cropping, resizing, retouching (removing unwanted blemishes or mistakes) and more from your digital photos. Learn how to merge multiple photos into one panoramic scene, and how to remove or transfer objects and people from one photo to another.