Community Education 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
Microsoft Excel for the Absolute Beginner 36986 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays 10/18/2016 - 10/25/2016 D160 Rita Schmitt $70.00
This three evening seminar is for individuals who have little or no background with Excel and want to learn more. This 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 skills.
Introduction to Facebook 36988 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday/Wednesday 11/7/2016 - 11/9/2016 D129 Jackie Weisenburger $45.00
Get started with the popular social media tool in this two session class designed for beginners. Learn about the various functions of Facebook, including creating a page, adding and changing photos, security settings and safety, the news feed, page navigation, and more. Discover how you can use Facebook to stay in touch with family and friends, and share your interests, hobbies, and experiences with others. No experience necessary!
Intermediate Excel 36989 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays 11/8/2016 - 11/15/2016 D160 Rita Schmitt $70.00
Designed for those who are familiar with Excel, this class goes beyond the basics to cover more detailed functions, formulas, layouts, and more. 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 Excel for the Absolute Beginner.
One-On-One Computer Training 36945 1 hour Mondays/Fridays 12/5/2016 - 12/5/2016 Gary Leeds $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. Based on instructor availability. Call 217-641-4905 to schedule time with an instructor.
One-On-One Excel Training 36972 1 hour Fridays 12/5/2016 - 12/5/2016 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. Based on instructor availability. Call 217-641-4905 to schedule time with an instructor.
Drinks & Food
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Basic Cake Decorating 37121 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesdays 10/5/2016 - 10/19/2016 D159 Karen Wagner $50.00
Find out how to make beautiful, edible creations with this three session introduction to cake decorating. Learn basic cake decorating steps and work with butter cream frosting to create flourishes, flowers, and more. Cake decorating kit provided.
White Wines from Around the Wine World 36984 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday 10/18/2016 - 10/18/2016 Matt Boudreau $40.00
Explore wines from many regions of the world. In this hands on class you will learn to appreciate the wines as well as sample them. All students must be 21 years of age or older. Location: Wine on Broadway, 2802 Broadway St., Quincy, IL
Advanced Cake Decorating 37120 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesdays 11/2/2016 - 11/16/2016 D159 Karen Wagner $75.00
Find out how to make beautiful, edible creations with this three session introduction to cake decorating. Learn basic cake decorating steps and work with butter cream frosting to create flourishes, flowers, and more. All supplies provided. Prerequisite: Basic Cake Decorating or equivalent.
Comfort Food Freezer Meals 36982 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday 11/3/2016 - 11/3/2016 D159 Kristen Ritterbusch $45.00
Stock your freezer with fall comfort foods for your family! Take home two pot pie meals, and a complete meal plan that includes comforting recipes like beef tips, lasagna, meatloaf and more that you'll rely on all season.
Big Red Wines from Around the World 36983 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday 11/15/2016 - 11/15/2016 Matt Boudreau $40.00
Explore wines from may red wine producing regions. In this hands on class you will learn to appreciate the wines as well as sample them. If you like Big Red's, this is your class. All students must be 21 years of age or older. Location: Wine on Broadway, 2802 Broadway St., Quincy, IL
Dessert Delights: Chocolates & Truffles 37124 10 - Noon Saturday 11/19/2016 - 11/19/2016 D159 Karen Wagner $45.00
Become your own chocolatier with this delicious, one session class! Find out how you can create your own tempting chocolates and truffles right at home using rich recipes and easy tools. Leave with recipes and resources. No experience required, all supplies provided.
Driving
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Driving Classroom (2nd Session) 36924 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday/Wednesday 10/17/2016 - 12/14/2016 D158 Kaltenbock, Linda $150.00
Taught by JR's Driving School, classes are designed for busy high school students who have trouble fitting driver's education into their schedules. Also, ideal for home-schooled and special education students. Students must complete 30 clock hours of classroom instruction and 12 hours of Behind the Wheel supervised driving. Registration fees are required to confirm enrollment. White slip required for Behind the Wheel portion. All driving hours must be completed within current semester.
Behind the Wheel 36939 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday 12/9/2016 - 12/9/2016 D Lobby Flowers, Don $450.00
Taught by JR's Driving School, classes are designed for busy high school students who have trouble fitting driver's education into their schedules. Also, ideal for home-schooled and special education students. Students must complete 30 clock hours of classroom instruction and 12 hours of Behind the Wheel supervised driving. Registration fees are required to confirm enrollment. White slip required for Behind the Wheel portion. All driving hours must be completed within current semester.
Floral Arranging
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Floral Design II 36996 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesdays 10/4/2016 - 10/25/2016 D157 Greg Leuckenhoff $85.00
Create a fresh floral arrangement in week one, a door arrangement in week two, a grouping arrangement in week three, and a topiary in week four. Bring a knife, wire cutters and floral tape. Prerequisite: Floral Design I or equivalent.
Floral Design III 36997 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesdays 11/1/2016 - 11/22/2016 D157 Greg Leuckenhoff $85.00
Create a corsage in week one, an Asian-inspired arrangement in week two, a wreath in week three, and end the class with a tour of Adam Florist in week four! Supply list provided the first night of class. Bring a knife, wire cutters and floral tape. Prerequisite: Floral Design I and II or equivalent.
Floral Design IV (Advanced) 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday/Wednesday 1/3/2017 - 1/4/2017 Greg Leuckenhoff $90.00
Go beyond the basics and get a taste of high style design with the final class in the floral design series. You will learn to create an arrangement following a Hogarth curve, learn to use an armature, and more. Supply list provided the first night of class. Bring a knife, wire cutters and floral tape. Prerequisite: Floral Design I, II and III or equivalent.
Gardening & Sustainability
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Backyard Beekeeping 37015 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday 10/12/2016 - 10/12/2016 D158 Tina McClelland $40.00
Find out what it takes to keep bees right in your own backyard. Learn the basic steps and equipment needed to maintain a hive and how it can benefit your backyard ecosystem. Discover how bees impact the ecosystem a whole through pollination, an interdependent relationship with flowers and the usefulness of the products they produce, including beeswax and honey. View live honey bee activity through an observation hive and see if you can locate the queen bee. Two session options are available.
Earth: Our Common Home 36978 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesdays 10/12/2016 - 10/26/2016 D022 Deborah Lee $65.00
The "elephant on the planet" is our changing environment. We have a problem. This class focuses on environmental stewardship; with a unique focus on steps and actions for positive change. A starting point is the book Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home, written by Pope Francis. It offers both a human and ecological perspective, along with questions for discussion. Additional video materials will also be used. Come, be part of this non-denominational solution for positive change.
Backyard Beekeeping 37016 9 a.m. - Noon Saturday 10/15/2016 - 10/15/2016 D158 Tina McClelland $40.00
Find out what it takes to keep bees right in your own backyard. Learn the basic steps and equipment needed to maintain a hive and how it can benefit your backyard ecosystem. Discover how bees impact the ecosystem a whole through pollination, an interdependent relationship with flowers and the usefulness of the products they produce, including beeswax and honey. View live honey bee activity through an observation hive and see if you can locate the queen bee. Two session options are available.
Winter Gardening 37021 10 to Noon; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, Monday, Tuesday 11/5/2016 - 11/8/2016 D022 Dr. Margie Williams $45.00
There's a new way to get fresh, garden grown vegetables all year round! This three session class will help you explore a new vertical gardening technique that relies on aeroponics, and lights that encourage healthy growth indoors any time of year. Provide a sunny, relaxing environment for your greens and stay healthy all season.
Health & Wellness
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Flower Power: The Benefits of Flower Essences 36999 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesdays 10/11/2016 - 10/25/2016 D023 Deborah Lee $65.00
This interactive three session class with introduce you to the process of Flower Essence Therapy. First introduced by Edward Bach, MD in the 1920s, the process is designed to safely re-pattern painful emotions and past traumas, promoting emotional healing. Dr. Bach understood that emotional problems can weaken a personâs physical body, and his successful approach has been implemented throughout the world. Taught by a nationally certified practitioner with 25 years of experience with flower essences. Leave with your own personalized flower essence.
Mindfulness Meditation 37020 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday 10/11/2016 - 11/1/2016 D129 Dr. Margie Williams $40.00
Explore mindfulness meditation techniques to incorporate into your everyday life with this interactive four session class. Session one will begin with an introduction to this relaxing and healing meditation technique, and will highlight how it improves relaxation and reduces negative responses to stress. Sessions two, three, and four will continue to build on that knowledge and show you how to put it into practice. No prior experience needed! Requirement: Yoga mat and comfortable clothing.
Zombie Obstacle Adult & Kids Run active.com 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday 10/22/2016 - 10/22/2016 Quincy Campus $35.00
Kids Run Starts at 6 p.m. (Ages 6-13) $30.00 Adult Run starts at 7:30 p.m. (14+) $35.00 (After October 7th price goes up by $5.00) Whether you want run as a zombie or yourself, this event is for the whole family! The adult run is approximately three miles with obstacles. The kids run (Ages 6-13) is approximately 1 mile with obstacles, but just as fun! How to Register â¢Fill out the Registration Form, and drop it off with payment at the Business Office. â¢Or register on active.com Any questions, please call (217) 641-4941 or email: communityed@jwcc.edu Race registration by October 7th includes: Participant shirt Finisher medal **Registrations received after Oct. 7th are not guaranteed a t-shirt or medal.**
Home Improvement
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Garage Welding 67009 6 to 8 p.m. and 9-Noon Friday/Saturday 10/14/2016 - 10/15/2016 W137 Ron Eitel $70.00
Add some heavy metal to your weekend with this two session class! Learn the basics of welding metal and find out how this skill can help you with simple repairs and creating unique projects. No previous experience is necessary. Participants need to wear long sleeves, long pants, & sturdy closed toe shoes or boots.
Language & Communication
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Conversational Spanish 37001 10 a.m. - Noon Saturdays 10/22/2016 - 11/9/2016 D158 Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes $50.00
Build your Spanish language vocabulary and increase your skills with this three session class. Learn how to assemble and correctly pronounce common phrases and sentences. Find out how to order food at a restaurant, travel by plane, and more in a number of practice scenarios. Ideal for those who are traveling to a Spanish-speaking country for vacation or work. Prerequisite: Spanish for Beginners, or basic knowledge of Spanish language.
Personal Enrichment
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
The Presidential Election with Chuck Scholz 37003 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesdays 10/5/2016 - 11/9/2016 D023 Chuck Scholz, Sr. $50.00
Learn about the office of the Presidency and the origin and traditions of elections with this informative six-week class. Understand how the electoral process works, and how it has changed over time. Follow and discuss the controversial 2016 Presidential race, watch debates, and more. Taught by Quincyâs former mayor, Chuck Scholz, Sr.
Photography
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Using Your Digital Camera-The Basics 37004 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday/Wednesday 10/24/2016 - 10/26/2016 D159/D152 John Gebhardt $40.00
Learn how to use your digital camera, including which icons, menus, and function buttons to use to take photos in a variety of situations. Get tips on how to save, store, and share your images & get more pictures per memory card. Discover how to adjust settings to get unique photos and how to set the camera to get better action shots indoors and out. Class includes an informational session on the first night, and an interactive lab session on the second night. Bring your own digital camera with instruction manual and a fresh set of batteries.
Editing Your Digital Photos 37008 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday 11/7/2016 - 11/7/2016 D160 John Gebhardt $40.00
In a Lab environment, learn how to perform basic editing functions, including scanning, saving, cropping, resizing, touching (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.
Converting Your Memories 37007 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday 11/9/2016 - 11/9/2016 D160 John Gebhardt $40.00
Learn how 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 the original colors. Find out how to save your images on CDs, DVDs, or hard drives for future generations to enjoy.
Using Your Digital Camera-Advanced 37005 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday/Wednesday 11/14/2016 - 11/16/2016 D152 John Gebhardt $40.00
Designed for students who have made the switch from a basic 35mm camera to digital. Topics covered include settings to use for different quality levels, how to capture good photos in varying conditions, how to effectively photograph action settings and more. Get tips for saving, storing and sharing your digital images. Class includes an informational session on the first night, and an interactive lab session for the second night, where photo situations will be set up for students to locate and use the various features on their cameras. Bring your own digital camera, charged and ready, along with your instruction manual. Prerequisite: Basic Using Your Digital Camera class or sufficient experience.
Pittsfield Location
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Hand Building Pottery 37032 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Saturdays 10/8/2016 - 10/29/2016 P109 Sherri White $40.00
Designed for beginners, this class will give students hands on experience with creating their own pottery by hand. The basics of working with clay, common tools, and more will be applied to creating a one of a kind project in class. Wrap up after kiln firing and glazing, and leave with new skills and your own pottery creation. No experience necessary!
Beginning Word 2013 37028 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday 10/18/2016 - 10/20/2016 P103 LeAnne Balzer $60.00
In this intro class to MS Word, you'll create and save documents; enter an edit text; learn to indent, set tabs, and enhance documents; make block moves, deletes, and copies; use spell checker; save and print. Printing envelopes will be taught also! Participants must have basic computer skills.
Beginning Excel 2013 37026 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday 10/25/2016 - 10/27/2016 P103 LeAnne Balzer $60.00
In this introductory Excel class, you will learn how to set up a basic worksheet including entering and editing cells; cut and copy; formatting cells, as well as simple formulas, saving, and printing. Participants must have basic computer skills.
Beer Making & A Gluten Free Lifestyle 37029 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday 11/1/2016 - 11/1/2016 Christina Butler-Triem $25.00
Learn about the process of brewing while being introduced to the benefits of a gluten free lifestyle. Discover the steps in the brewing process, and what "gluten free" really means. Sample gluten free beer and baked goods on site at the brand new Sass Brewing Company located in Barry, IL. Location: Sass Brewing Company, 711 Mortimer Street, Barry, IL 62312
Facebook Basics 37027 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays 11/1/2016 - 11/1/2016 P103 LeAnne Balzer $30.00
This hands-on class will include an overview of Facebook topics such as posting, navigation, profile editing, tagging, privacy settings, security and notifications. If you don't already have a Facebook account, please come 15 minutes early. If you do have an account please bring your user name and password. If you'd like to learn to post pictures, please bring a flash drive with pictures on it.
Professional Development
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Maximizing Facebook for Your Business 36991 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday/Wednesday 10/3/2016 - 10/5/2016 D129 Jackie Weisenburger $35.00
Find out how to maximize the impact that Facebook can have on your business! This two session class will cover how to effectively advertise, target your audience, interpret feedback, manage your page, create an event, and much more. Leave with a binder full of step by step guides, resources, and information to help you apply what you learn right away. Stay in touch after class through a private Facebook group. Choose from two session times.
Social Media for Business 36993 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday/Wednesday 10/10/2016 - 10/12/2016 D129 Jackie Weisenburger $35.00
This two session class is an overview of the most commonly used social media outlets, including Google Calendar, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and more. Learn about the benefits of using social media for your business, and leave with a binder of resources and tips to apply what you learn right away. Stay in touch after class through a private Facebook group. Three session times are available.
Social Media for Business 36994 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday/Wednesday 11/14/2016 - 11/16/2016 D129 Jackie Weisenburger $35.00
This two session class is an overview of the most commonly used social media outlets, including Google Calendar, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and more. Learn about the benefits of using social media for your business, and leave with a binder of resources and tips to apply what you learn right away. Stay in touch after class through a private Facebook group. Three session times are available.
Skills for Life
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Bike Maintenance Basics 37176 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday 10/5/2016 - 10/5/2016 Madison & Davis Bike Shop Ryan Hildebrand $25.00
Find out what it takes to get your bike road ready and keep it going all season long! Madison & Davis Bike Shop manager and mechanic Ryan Hildebrand will provide tips for keeping your bike in top shape. Learn about the most common issues and repairs, how often you should schedule maintenance, and how to be safe on the road. Bringing your own bike is not necessary but encouraged if you have a specific issue. Location: Madison & Davis Bike Shop 912 South 8th Street Quincy, IL 62301
Social Security & Retirement Income 36979 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday 11/7/2016 - 11/7/2016 D023 David Janus $35.00
This class will focus on using different savings vehicles, like an IRA, and Social Security to maximize your retirement. Whether you are in retirement, or thinking about retirement, bring your questions and get them answered in this one night class.
Money Smart 37014 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday 11/11/2016 - 11/11/2016 D023 Shaun Washausen $35.00
Get your wallet in order with this informative class on personal finance! Find out how money is one of the best tools available to achieve your goals in life, and how to manage it effectively. Topics covered include budgeting, saving, paying down debt, building wealth, and leaving a legacy. Leave with practical tips to start building a better financial future.