Besides offering professional development and academic degree programs, community and junior colleges offer a wide array of adult education courses. Students of all ages can participate in a wide array of subjects and learn everything from cooking to gardening and from yoga to forensic science. These non-credit hour courses are enriching and fun. If you are interested in lifelong learning opportunities or taking up a new hobby or interest, your local community college has the course for you. This is a brief list of the variety of classes offered. There are many more available. See your local community college for more information.
At the College of Lake Country (CLC) in Grayslake Illinois you can travel to China, Costa-Rica, Cuba, Europe, or Japan on one of their exciting and inexpensive field trips. (That’s a long way from field trips to the dairy farm.) At CLC, you can also study Tai Chi, scuba diving, calligraphy, and handwriting analysis.
At Oakton community colleges, you can learn about Crime scene investigation taught by a Chicago homicide/sex crime detective or you learn how to grow ornamental grasses, learn how to play texas hold-em, take self defense or communicate with your pet. The pet communication course could really come in handy. Students learn the true identify of your pet and learn how to read their feelings, viewpoints and behavior.
A student can take Car Maintenance for Women at Joliet Junior college in Joliet Illinois. Women (and men, in the men’s car maintenance class) can learn basic maintenance and safety procedures. Also at Joliet is the Cooking with Beer class. Although beer is not served in this class, it is probably not a good idea to combine these two. In addition, Joliet Junior college offers a star gazing class, tracing your family genealogy, becoming a model or learning the healing properties of crystals.
At Elgin community college in the far west suburbs you can take “Be happy- laugh” and learn some “great laughing techniques” to combat depression. You can also learn how to belly dance, write a sitcom, translate Braille and all about reiki-reflexology healing methods. (reiki-reflexology is a natural healing process.)
At Wilbur Wright College in Chicago you can learn how to build an apiary in the beekeeping class or how to design wedding flowers. Chinese Wok cooking is also on the list of courses at Wright College. You can also master Feng Shui design; learn how to improve your brain functions, how to grow herbs, and all about Mediterranean salads, cheeses and wines.
At Illinois Central College in Peoria, you can learn how to line dance in the line dancing class and discover detectives like Sam spade and Phillip Marlowe in the Great Radio Detectives class. You can also take a day trip to the French Hens Country Market; learn how to make Cha Cha beaded bracelet and how to start an Ebay business.