FREEPORT — Beginning in the fall of 2015, Highland Community College set out to reinvigorate its former Community Education offerings under the new name Lifelong Learning. The goal of the new program is to offer both credit and non-credit courses throughout Highland’s four-county district, delivering learning opportunities that range from personal and professional enrichment to certification preparation.
The vision of HCC’s Lifelong Learning is to serve all populations throughout the College’s four-county district, including community members, seniors, and the region’s business professionals.
This spring, Highland is offering more than 60 Lifelong Learning courses at multiple locations, such as Freeport, Lena, Mount Carroll, Apple Canyon Lake and Galena. Courses begin as early as January 12, with other start dates set out until April.
Ballroom Dancing has long been a popular course. Instructor Julie Dale, who owns Dale Dance Studio in Sterling, has taught for Rock Valley College, Sauk Valley Community College, and the American Ballroom Association in Chicago.
New this spring, Introduction to Culinary Arts, focuses on basic cooking principles, including knife skills, cooking techniques, and culinary creativity. This is a course designed for adults of all ages — beginners and proficient cooks alike. Students will prepare food in every session, which is theirs to eat or take home. Instructor and chef Steve Konefes graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Chicago and has been working in the food-service industry for eight years.
Also new this spring, a Smoking Cessation course is offered. This is a unique 8-week course that helps the student gain the resources and assistance to become tobacco free. Together these weekly lessons, individual coaching and support will help achieve the goal to be tobacco free. Resources are available online and sessions are conducted weekly one-on-one over the phone. Instructor Jill Pepin is an experienced Health Coach and Tobacco Cessation Course facilitator with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Health and Sports Studies from the University of Iowa.
To register for Lifelong Learning courses, visit highland.edu/lifelong or call 815.599.3413. For more information about Lifelong Learning classes, and to find out the latest in new course offerings, call 815.599.3403. Highland is located at 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL 61032.