Continuing Education Enrichment Classes

Looking for some fun? Come to Mid-State to learn something new or have a unique, hands-on experience designed to add some spice to your life. Meant for anyone in the community, these opportunities include fun special interest courses, learning for seniors, and much more.

We typically offer a selection of courses such as: 

  • Straw-Bale Gardening
  • Write Your Life Story
  • Acrylic Pour Painting
  • Paper Quilling
  • Wooden Herb Planter and Herb Plants
  • The Learning Kitchen – Build a Better Burger
  • The Learning Kitchen – Meat and Potatoes
  • Geocaching
  • Brewing Fundamentals
  • Small Engine Maintenance
  • Group Fitness Exploration
  • Finding Your Family Roots
  • Painting and Drawing for Pleasure
  • Sheepshead and Cribbage for Beginners
  • Knitting
  • Picture Matting and Framing

Courses that include a hands-on item or some provided materials are marked with a Cougar Kit icon (in honor of Grit, Mid-State’s Cougar mascot). When you see the Cougar Paw Icon, this indicates that a Continuing Education Cougar Kit is available for the class. Arrangements will be made for curbside pickup of your Cougar Kit, or we may be able to send it by mail.


Healing Plants

Plants form the main ingredients of medicines in traditional systems or healing and have been the source of inspiration for several major pharmaceutical drugs. Approximately 50,000 species of vascular plants have been used medicinally. These plants are predominantly used in traditional remedies, food, personal care, and perfumery; only around 100 plant species have contributed significantly to modern drugs. We'll examine plants used in a variety of industries as well as the impact on biodiversity and sustainability of these plants.

Monday, January 18
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26219 • Course Fee: $8.50 
Instructor: Karin Davidson-Taylor

Intro to iPad and iPhone

Learn to use Apple’s devices, iPad and/or iPhone. Interact with your device, access different features, set up and manage your account, and access the Internet. Understand the capabilities and limitations of your device and why it may or may not replace your computer. Learn basic troubleshooting tips for when something goes awry. Please have your device available during class.  

Monday and Wednesday, January 18 – January 20
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 25385 • Course Fee: $15
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Create Your Own with Shutterfly – Photobook

In this course you will be exploring Shutterfly and all its capabilities. This application allows users to design their own items ranging from calendars, greeting cards, and stationary to custom wall art, ornaments, and home décor. Enjoy this creative opportunity as we learn together about designing unique and personalized gifts.

The focus of the project for this class will be developing your own photobook.  Participants should come with photos already stored in a digital format.  It is recommended that you consider taking the Digital Photo Organization class if you would like assistance in preparing your photos in advance.  

Tuesdays - Thursday, January 19 – January 26
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 25386 • Course Fee: $19
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Improv Workshop - Family

This class is just as much fun as our original Improv Workshop, but is designed to get the whole family in on the fun. You will receive a Cougar Kit, which has mystery envelopes that we will open together each week to reveal props that will be used as we engage the whole family to think on their feet.

Wednesdays, January 20 – February 3
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26082 • Course Fee: $50
Instructor: James Malouf
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iPad and iPhone Beyond the Basics

Dig deeper into the capabilities of your iPad and/or iPhone. Discover the many applications available and how to install them. Learn how to send emails, use the camera, and share photos. Understand cloud storage, security, and how to sync files between your mobile device and computer. Please have your device available during class. Please have your iCloud account set up before class.

Monday and Thursday, January 25 – January 28
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 25429 • Course Fee: $14
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Chat with a Ranger

The US National Park Service maintains 417 National Park Service areas. The Service was established to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” National Park Rangers work at national park sites to help protect these areas. There are different kinds of rangers who work at parks in a variety of positions that all work toward preserving and conserving these unique, natural treasures, and they have a wealth of knowledge and stories. In this series, participants will learn about different national parks, the park service, and the rangers themselves as they interact in live time with a uniformed ranger. After an introduction to the National Park Service emblem and meaning, the ranger will address questions and use props and presentations to share the ecology, wildlife, and history of the national park. Participants are asked to send questions to one week in advance of the session date.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve protects an intact tidewater glacier ecosystem, including towering mountains, calving glaciers, terrestrial and marine wildlife, and more. Topics can include glaciers, geology, and natural and cultural history of Glacier Bay as well as life in rural Alaska.

Tuesday, January 26
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Zion National Park

Zion National Park preserves an area of southwest Utah with massive sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons, and a unique array of plants and animals.

Monday, February 8
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Since 1892, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument has protected the history of the ancestral Sonoran Desert people and the finest architectural example of 13th century Hohokam culture and archeology in the American Southwest. Join this presentation to learn about the National Park Service and what makes Casa Grande Ruins National Monument unique

Thursday, February 25
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Mid-Day Mindfulness

Take a quick break from your workday to rest, refocus, and reenergize! Give yourself a gift of 15 minutes away from work to breathe, stretch, and rechargde for the rest of your afternoon. We will use breathing techniques, stretching, and balance poses to give your body and mind that second wind to finish out your day. 

Classes will also be recorded, so if you can't join in real time you can always go back when you do have time!

Tuesdays and Thursday, January 26 – May 20
(No class March 23 and March 25)
12:15 – 12:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 25594 • Course Fee: $20
Instructor: Carrie Jarosinski

American History Through Artist’s Eyes

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation’s first collection of American art, is dedicated to collecting, understanding, and enjoying American art. The Museum celebrates the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections. These interactive, conversation-driven sessions will offer participants an opportunity to explore different times in American history while observing and assessing period or cultural artworks.  

Lure of the West

Part geography and part mythology, the American West retains a powerful allure in popular culture. Join professionals from The Smithsonian American Art Museum to explore depictions of the people, lifestyles, and landscapes of the 19th-Century West to better understand this dynamic period of history.  During this presentation we will look at the period of westward expansion in America during the 1800s and consider the effects of westward expansion on Euro-American settlers’ and American Indians’ lives.  Participants will have an opportunity to reflect upon and assess artworks depicting westward expansion and the ideals of Manifest Destiny.

Wednesday, January 27
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

A House Divided: Civil War

The Civil War tested and consumed the country for more than four years. Explore how this great conflict and subsequent Reconstruction period are depicted through the traditional mediums of painting and sculpture, as well as the then-new medium of photography. Through an active discussion of works depicting the Civil War and Reconstruction, with experts from The Smithsonian American Art Museum, students will explore the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction on soldiers, families, and enslaved people and discuss how the Civil War shaped our national identity.  

Wednesday, February 3
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

American Indians: History, Culture, and the Contemporary Indian Artist

American Indians are part of the past, present, and future of the United States. Explore histories and cultures of some American Indians as captured by both native and non-native artists. Discuss the influence of geography, tradition, and tribal affiliation on contemporary Indian artists.

Wednesday, February 10
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

The Learning Kitchen

Enjoy cooking? Wish you were better at it? Mid-State Technical College Learning Kitchen courses are for you! Explore a variety of unique cuisines while you learn knife safety, how to prepare to cook, and correct cooking techniques. Class menus and topics will vary each class but will include chef demonstration and an opportunity to cook. You’ll be able to ask questions as you go as you cook along at home! Prerequisite: A sense of adventure and an appetite!

Milk Street Kitchen – Winter Feast

It’s easy to fall into a slump of heavy, starchy dishes in the wintertime, especially when you aim to eat what’s in season in the cold northern climes. But winter fare doesn’t have to be a parade of heavy, dull dishes. In this class, we’ll make two dishes that celebrate winter flavors. First, we’ll make Roasted Acorn Squash with Browned Butter-Orange Vinaigrette, which shows how easy it is to elevate humble squashes with bold flavors and contrasting textures. Then, we’ll throw together a beautiful salad with citrus at the center. The result is a colorful, delicious winter spread.  

Friday, January 29
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26064 • Course Fee: $30
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Milk Street Kitchen – Spice Kitchen

Cooking with spices is the single easiest way to change the way you cook. Join us in this interactive live stream class to revolutionize your cooking in just 60 minutes. You’ll learn when to choose ground or whole spices, how and why to toast and bloom spices, and our never-fail approach to blending spices. We’ll demonstrate and discuss spice techniques and formulas to elevate and transform your cooking, no recipe needed. And during the optional cook-along, you'll test your new knowledge by making spiced Turkish Red Lentil Soup and addictive Crispy Chickpeas with your own custom spice mix. 

Thursday, February 25
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26066 • Course Fee: $30
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Milk Street Kitchen – All About Chicken

Versatile, nutritious, and tasty, chicken can be a powerhouse ingredient for the thoughtful home cook. But when mistreated, it can also be dry, bland, and—let’s be honest—boring. In this class, you’ll learn how to break down a whole chicken into parts and get ideas for how to use each and every part of the bird. We’ll teach you our favorite slashing technique for flavorful, quick-roasting chicken thighs as well as a weeknight-friendly chicken cutlet that cooks up quickly without sacrificing flavor and texture. Come to this class if you’ve been feeling like your chicken game needs an upgrade. 

Wednesday, March 31
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26067 • Course Fee: $30
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Milk Street Instructor: April Dodd is the Cooking School Manager at Christopher Kimball's Milk Street, a food media company located in downtown Boston. Her culinary pursuits have included managing food preservation for Middlebury College's local foods house; working in a traditional bakery in Saint-Étienne, France; developing recipes and teaching baking classes at a boutique cupcake shop; and founding a culinary training program in Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived for three years and co-wrote a cookbook about the city's immigrant-run restaurants. On return to the U.S., April was the interim chef at a retirement community in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, before moving to Boston, where she spent two years working as a consultant to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). At Milk Street, she organizes and teaches in-person and virtual classes for the public, private clients, and nonprofit partners.


Using Google and All it Has to Offer

What is the use of Google? Google offers Gmail, Chrome, Maps, Drive, Sheets, YouTube, Calendar, and much more! With Google, you can upload and store all of your files online. Google Docs is similar to Microsoft Word, and Google Sheets is similar to Microsoft Excel. THE BEST PART? They are FREE to use! You can then share these files with others and access them from any computer, smartphone, or tablet. Come and find out more about using Google and all it has to offer.

Monday and Wednesday, February 1 – February 3
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 25430 • Course Fee: $19
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Backing Up Your Computer Before It’s Too Late

While backups can be tedious without the right tools, modern hard drive backup software and methods make the process much easier and faster. Join us to learn both why and how to back up your computer before it’s too late and your files are lost forever!

Tuesday and Thursday, February 2 – February 4
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 25388 • Course Fee: $19
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Beading Workshop – Wire Heart

Students will start with a pre-made 16-gauge wire heart frame, then add a small-gauge wrapping wire and embellish with Czech glass seed beads in various colors and shapes. The finished item can be used a necklace pedant or window hanger.  Student-provided tools needed to complete this class are a chain nose pliers and a wire cutter. 

Thursday, February 4
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26059 • Course Fee: $35
Instructor: Megan Mussehl
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Let’s Play Ball

These virtual field trips to The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are designed to foster an appreciation for the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture. Topics may include the variety of the collections at the museum and how they relate to history, math, science, or business, as well as players and others who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime.

A Stitch in Time: American History Through Baseball Uniforms

Baseball uniforms tell us a great deal about American history. Just by studying changes to uniforms, we can correspond those changes to real life historical events of the 20th Century. In this program presented by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, participants will have an opportunity to examine baseball uniforms of the last 150 years as well as learn about exhibits offered at this not-for-profit educational institution. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting its collections for a global audience, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our national pastime.

Friday, February 5
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26222 • Course Fee: $8.50
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Science on the Sandlot

While professional athletes do not necessarily need to understand the physics of their sport, the principles and concepts of science can enhance their performance when studied and applied to the execution of fundamental skills on the diamond. All-Star players, such as Derek Jeter, Roger Clemens, and Ozzie Smith, may intuitively understand and apply physics in using gravity, effort force, speed, momentum, and velocity to their advantage. Standing waves, center of mass, the effort force on a lever, impulse, friction, aerodynamics, and projectile and linear motion are all important to strategy in the dugout and rivalries on the field as teams compete in using physics to their athletic advantage.

Friday, March 12
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26223 • Course Fee: $8.50
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Dirt on Their Skirts

If you believe baseball is only for boys, you should think again. Rich with the history of women who broke barriers to play the National Pastime, this program covers 150 years of striving for equity and diversity on the diamond. Meet the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the World War II era as well as the young ladies of the 19th century who played the game long before they even had the right to vote. What do skirts and strawberries, charm school, and chaperones have to do with baseball? Each teaches an important lesson in the story of gals who gave their all so that boys and girls can play side-by-side today.

Friday, April 9
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26224 • Course Fee: $8.50
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Winter Sport Exploration: Snowshoeing

Have you ever wanted to try snowshoeing but did not have the right equipment? Have you tried it before and want to go again? Are you looking for pointers on purchasing equipment or finding the right trails for your skill level? Here is your chance! This course is designed to offer all ages, experience, and skill levels a chance to try a new winter activity or reconnect with a familiar one. The course will cover different types of snowshoes and how to select the right ones for you. Mid-State will provide the snowshoes, and you provide your own warm clothes and a sense of adventure. We will then head out to explore central Wisconsin’s wonderful snow-covered trails. The amount of time outside and distance walked is completely up to you.

Saturday, February 6
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. • Off Campus (Nepco Lake) • In Person
Class #: 26249 • Course Fee: $35
Instructor: Paul Bushmaker

Cut the Cable Bill – Television on a Budget

Thinking about getting rid of another monthly bill? TV lovers have more budget-friendly options these days than they may realize. This class will explore other media choices and how to save a BUNDLE without giving up your favorite shows or features. Learn how to use the devices you have to watch your favorite shows, rent/buy movies, view photos on your flatscreen TV, and much more! 

Monday, February 8
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 25431 • Course Fee: $19
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Safely Browsing the Internet - Computer Security and Privacy Protection

Whether you realize it or not, the Internet touches almost all aspects of your daily life, and you need the tools, resources, and education to stay safe online. In this class you will learn how you can protect your computers, mobile devices, information, and identity. Topics include internet browsing and tracking, USB devices, authentication, phishing attacks, scams, identity theft, malware, backups, Wi-Fi security, antivirus software, deleting files securely, and more.  

Tuesday and Thursday, February 9 – February 11
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 25389 • Course Fee: $19
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Art Adventures – Watercolor Art Box

We may be facing new challenges in life, but art gives us an opportunity to be creative and expressive and can provide a respite during a busy week. In this Art Adventures class, you will receive a Mid-State Continuing Education Cougar Kit filled with six watercolor paints, an illustration, graphite transfer paper, one brush, three sheets of watercolor paper, and instruction sheet. Each month brings a new box and an opportunity to connect live online with your fellow art adventurers, led by your art tour guide, who will walk you through the items in your kit and give you pointers on recreating the included illustration while you express your own artistic voice. Grab a drink and prepare for good conversation and fun with your fellow artists! This class can be purchased by the month, for three consecutive months, or six months. Receive a new Watercolor Cougar Kit monthly! Kits provided by Xanadu Art Studio.  

Multiple Class Bundles:
January – March class bundle for $64. Class#: 26094
January – June class bundle for $129. Class#: 26095
Instructor: Margaret Zaleski

Wednesday, February 10 
7:00 – 8:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26089 • Course Fee: $24 
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Wednesday, March 10 
7:00 – 8:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26090 • Course Fee: $24 
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Wednesday, April 14 
7:00 – 8:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26091 • Course Fee: $24
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Wednesday, May 12 
7:00 – 8:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26092 • Course Fee: $24
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Wednesday, June 9 
7:00 – 8:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 40281 • Course Fee: $24
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Keeping Track of Your Passwords

A good password is easy to remember but difficult to guess, both for people who know you and for anonymous password-crackers. We all have so many different passwords to keep track of nowadays—rather than taking the dangerous shortcuts of either using the same password for everything, or else writing passwords down and keeping them near your computer, this course will teach you tips to make it easier to create unique, memorable passwords for every different application. You will learn how to create good passwords and what tools can help you store your passwords safely.

Tuesday and Thursday, February 16 – February 18
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 25390 • Course Fee: $19
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Chocolate: From Treasure to Treat

From cacao to chocolate, rainforest treasure to luscious treat, chocolate has been many things to many people over the years. Learn about the life cycle of the cacao tree, then journey through history to get the complete story behind the tasty treat that we call chocolate. From the time of the Mayans and Aztecs to pre-industrial Europe and finally to the present, explore how humans have used and processed these bitter tasting seeds. Finally, discover the role and impact of chocolate on the rainforest ecosystems where it grows. The best part? While you learn about this amazing plant and its history and test your knowledge of chocolate you will have plenty of samples on hand to try.

Wednesday, February 24
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #:  26239 • Course Fee: $25
Instructor: Karin Davidson-Taylor
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Musical Field Trips

Under the pioneering influence of Maestro Pinchas Zukerman and President Marta Istomin, Manhattan School of Music instituted a groundbreaking distance learning program in 1996. It was the first of its kind at a major conservatory and devoted to exploring the use of state-of-the-art videoconference technology for music education and performance. Presentations may include topics of music theory, history, heritage, or composition. Right from your own living room, you can join in the conversation with these teaching artists—instrumentalists and vocalists who have attained a high level of professional proficiency at their musical craft—who are also educators who serve as role models and mentors to other music enthusiasts.  

From Hamilton To West Side Story: Identifying Our American Experience through Song

What do a Founding Father, the Pacific Theater of WWII, and a mid-century Puerto Rican street gang all have in common? During this night on the town we’ll take a virtual trip with the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) on NYC’s “Great White Way” where we’ll examine three preeminent American musicals, Richard Roger’s South Pacific, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Hamilton. Evaluating the historical context and socio-cultural issues in each musical, students will tackle the overt and underlying themes as a means to reflecting on their own cultural and personal identities. In addition to live performance by an MSM Teaching Artist, students will have an opportunity to compose and perform their own historical rap! Join us and discover what makes the American musical a defining part of American culture and identity.

Monday, March 1
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26248 • Course Fee: $8.50

Beading Workshop – Lava Rainbow Bracelet

Combine lava beads with Celtic-themed accent beads and a mini-rainbow of stones for an easy, trendy bracelet that can double as a personal essential oil diffuser. Stone shapes may vary from those pictured. Jewelry kit will be provided. Student-provided tools needed to complete this class are a wire cutter and a smooth-jaw chain nose pliers (for crimping). 

Saturday, March 6
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26060 • Course Fee: $35
Instructor: Megan Mussehl
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Kenai Fjords National Park - Listening To the Ice

Kenai Fjords National Park is a land where mountains and glaciers pour into an ocean teeming with life. The ice age lingers here in the Harding Icefield which works as a thermostat for surrounding terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The Harding is the largest intact icefield contained within the United States, and the park is considered a living laboratory for scientists to learn about our changing climate. In this presentation, a National Park Ranger will use Kenai Fjords National Park as a looking glass through which to observe our planet’s health to discuss global warming and climate change, as well as how they are caused and the global impacts. Our discussion will broaden your local and global understanding of climate change and leave you with a hopeful attitude about the future of our natural environment.

Monday, March 15
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE


Dandelions: Friend or Foe?

Dandelions—some people may see them on their lawn with mixed feelings, but these are amazing, super resilient, and useful plants! Explore how they survive in so many environments and how people use them. Through this presentation you will develop an appreciation for the history of this plant and its importance to animals, other plants, and humans. You’ll also discuss their significant adaptations to survive in various habitats. Don’t forget to pick a couple of plants, roots and all, to use during the presentation!

Monday, May 17
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26220 • Course Fee: $5
Instructor: Karin Davidson-Taylor

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