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
Intermediate Excel 64899 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays 4/18/2017 - 4/25/2017 Quincy 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.
Advance Excel 64904 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays 5/1/2017 - 5/8/2017 Quincy Rita Schmitt $70.00
Designed for those who are wanting a more advanced class dealing with Excel, this class goes beyond the Intermediate to cover more detailed functions, pivot tables, headers and footers, the advanced formulas VLOOKUP and NETWORKDAYS, and locking cells. Get hands on experience in an interactive class environment, and leave with resources to take your skills to the next level. Prerequisite: Intermediate Excel or equivalent or instructor permission.
Floral Arranging
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
SPRING -Advanced Floral Design 64901 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday 4/18/2017 - 4/20/2017 Quincy 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
Art and the Garden 64940 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday 4/25/2017 - 4/25/2017 Four Winds Farm Deborah Lee $45.00
Join Deborah at Four Winds Farm to learn a few artist gardening "secrets" for both your landscape and your container plantings. We will look at the use of color, shape, height, texture and the art of placement. We will discuss the role of both perennials and annuals; plus info to understand about each. And, we will stroll around the farm's gardens to help stimulate creative ideas an discussion. Bring a simple sketch or photo's of your garden areas, if you wish. Just for the fun of it, BYO wine!
Gardenting & Sustainability
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Creating and Improving your Backyard Pond Paradise 64910 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Monday/Wednesday/Saturday 4/3/2017 - 4/10/2017 Quincy Jeff Rasche $75.00
This class will address class members' real-life pond situations insofar as possible, with an emphasis on applying the basics of pond construction, filtration, fish keeping, and maintenance to new or existing ponds.
Going Deeper Intro Ponds 64898 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday/Wednesday/Saturday 4/17/2017 - 4/24/2017 Quincy Jeff Rasche $75.00
A more detailed look at the life and systems at work in a pond, from seasons to cells. This class will help students see that there is much more than meets the eye "on the surface" of every pond. Includes practical implications of a deeper understanding of these systems
Health & Wellness
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Social Determinants of Health 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday 5/17/2017 - 5/17/2017 Quincy Dr. Sameer Vohra and co-presenters $0.00
Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. These conditions are known as social determinants of health (SDOH). We know that poverty limits access to healthy foods and safe neighborhoods and that more education is a predictor of better health. We also know that differences in health are striking in communities with poor SDOH such as unstable housing, low income, unsafe neighborhoods, or substandard education. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has opened an Office of Population Science and Policy tasked to address these SDOH and find innovative solutions to improve health outcomes in a 66 county service region in central and southern Illinois.
Personal Enrichment
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Advanced Cake Decorating 64894 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesdays 4/5/2017 - 4/19/2017 Quincy 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.
Basic Lawn Mower Maintenance 64931 9 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Saturdays 4/8/2017 - 4/15/2017 Quincy Bob Sergent $50.00
Learn by doing basic lawn mower and some basic engine repair, as well as maintenance for your lawn mower. First Saturday the instructor will demonstrate to the class, and on the second Saturday student's are encouraged to bring there own lawn mowers.
Yoga for Pregnancy 64900 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays 4/18/2017 - 5/11/2017 Quincy Carol Nichols $50.00
Iyengar Yoga specializes in carefully designed sequences for women throughout their pregnancies. The instructor works with and under prescribed sequences set forth by Br. Gita Iyengar form RIMI (the parent Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India). Poses are taught with careful attention to proper support and props for each trimester of pregnancy. Please bring your own yoga mate and dress appropriately. This class meets 8 times.
Photography
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Editing Your Digital Photos 64888 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday 3/27/2017 - 3/27/2017 Quincy 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 64889 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday 3/29/2017 - 3/29/2017 Quincy 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.
Advanced-Using Your Digital Camera 64895 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday/Wednesday 4/10/2017 - 4/11/2017 Quincy John Gebhardt $60.00
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.
Pittsfield Location
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
Social Media for Business (Pittsfield) 64917 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Monday 4/10/2017 - 4/10/2017 Pittsfield Jackie Weisenburger $45.00
This 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.
Facebook for Your Business (Pittsfield) 64918 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday 4/18/2017 - 4/20/2017 Pittsfield Jackie Weisenburger $45.00
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.
Beginning Excel 2013 (Pittlfield) 64929 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday/Friday 4/19/2017 - 4/21/2017 Pittsfield LeAnne Balzer $45.00
This two 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.
Pittsfield-AARP Driver Safety Program 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays 4/21/2017 - 12/31/1969 Pittsfield AARP Rep. $15.00
Designed for those 50 and older, this comprehensive program focuses on refreshing driving skills. Topics covered include defensive driving techniques, how to drive safely in adverse weather, new traffic laws and rules of the road, and how to deal with aggressive drivers. Students who complete the class are eligible for an auto insurance discount. Please call the Community Based Outreach office at 217-641-4941 to pre-register. Registration fee paid to instructor on first day of class. Class will include a 30 minute lunch and you can bring you own or step out to get something.
Intermediate Excel (Pittlfield) 64930 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday/Friday 5/2/2017 - 5/5/2017 Pittsfield LeAnne Balzer $45.00
Designed for those who are familiar with Excel, this class goes beyond the basics to cover more detailed functions, formulas, layouts, cover charts, spreadsheet topics such as conditional formatting, and formulas SUMIF, COUNTIF, and IF. 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 Beginning Excel.
What you need to know about Home Ownership (Pittsfield) 64919 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday 5/2/2017 - 5/2/2017 Pittsfield Jackie Weisenburger $35.00
This class is chock full of information for people looking to buy that first home as well as current home owners. Subjects covered include: assessed values; steps in buying, including different types of loans available; what to do before you sell and the Do's and Don'ts of each step. Leave with a binder full of step by step guides, resources, and information to help you apply what you learn right away.
Skills for Life
Title CRN Times Days Dates Location Instructor Price
What you need to know about Home Ownership (option 2) 64890 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday 3/28/2017 - 3/28/2017 Quincy Jackie Weisenburger $35.00
This class is chock full of information for people looking to buy that first home as well as current home owners. Subjects covered include: assessed values; steps in buying, including different types of loans available; what to do before you sell and the Do's and Don'ts of each step. Leave with a binder full of step by step guides, resources, and information to help you apply what you learn right away.
AARP Driver Safety Program 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday 4/10/2017 - 4/10/2017 Quincy AARP Rep. $15.00
Designed for those 50 and older, this comprehensive program focuses on refreshing driving skills. Topics covered include defensive driving techniques, how to drive safely in adverse weather, new traffic laws and rules of the road, and how to deal with aggressive drivers. Students who complete the class are eligible for an auto insurance discount. Please call the Community Based Outreach office at 217-641-4941 to pre-register. Registration fee paid to instructor on first day of class. Class will include a 30 minute lunch and you can bring you own or step out to get something.
Homemade Mexican Cooking 64897 10 a.m. - Noon Saturday 4/22/2017 - 4/22/2017 Quincy Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes $40.00
Add some spice to your weekly meals with Homemade Mexican Cooking! Learn to make delicious, fresh, homemade style Mexican dishes, sample the most commonly prepared items including mole verde, guacamole, salad, and soup. Leave with resources and recipes.