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.

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.

September

Beyond the Frame: American History through Artworks

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. Artists give us a diverse window on American life, reflecting the cultural, social, and political climate of the time in which they work. Explore the question, “What does art reveal about America?” as you examine better- and lesser-known aspects of American history to reframe your perspective. Join study group leaders as they facilitate an interactive examination of America through the eyes of diverse artists.

1861 – 1941: 80 Years of Change

Beginning with the Civil War and stretching through WWII, artists’ depictions of America during troubled times reflect a changing national identity. Discuss artworks that may address themes such as the effect of the Civil War on soldiers, families, and African Americans; the ideals and debates related to Reconstruction plans; life during the Great Depression and subsequent New Deal programs; and the World War II home front experience. 

Thursday, September 23
Noon – 1:30 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Acrylic Pour Painting

Acrylic pour painting combines colors into abstract cell-like patterns on the canvas to create unique artwork without the use of paintbrushes or pallet knives. Students will learn how to mix color, use pouring medium, the importance of consistency, and how colors interact. Different pouring techniques will be demonstrated. Students will choose which style they would like to do for their personal project. At the end of class, each student will have their own one-of-a-kind finished work of art to enjoy. It takes several days for the paint to dry, so pieces will need to remain on campus for a few days. This three-hour class is great for beginners and anyone interested in trying a new painting technique; basic materials will be provided.

Monday, September 27
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. • Adams Campus
Class #: 65301 • Course Fee: $39
Instructor: Laurie Inda
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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 continuinged@mstc.edu one week in advance of the session date.

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Alaska: Biomes of the North
The National Park Service protects millions of acres of public lands in northern Alaska. These lands are part of the tundra and boreal forest (taiga) biomes. In this program, we will learn about these biomes with examples from two wild, remote national park units: Gates of the Arctic and Yukon-Charley Rivers. A National Park Service Ranger will present an overview of non-living factors that influence these extreme biomes and the living things that call them home. 

Wednesday, September 29
Noon – 12:45 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

The Battle and Geography of Kennesaw Mountain
Geography plays an integral role in defining the legacy of a place. Kennesaw Mountain has held a vital role in the local history of the area largely because of its physical geography. This was especially true during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, as the geography influenced the development of tactics and orders of troop movements.

Wednesday, October 13
Noon – 12:45 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Ask an Archeologist!

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an archeologist? Why not go straight to the source? In this program professional archeologists from the Midwest Archeological Center share what their jobs are like, discuss career pathways, and answer all of your questions! This program is interactive, so we hope you come with lots of questions!

Wednesday, October 27
Noon – 12:45 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.

Wednesday, November 10
Noon – 12:45 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Why Is Whiskeytown on Fire?
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a 42,000-acre site located in Northern California, 15 miles from Redding. It has diverse ecosystems ranging from oak scrubland to dense coniferous forests and the elevation ranges from about 600 feet, and it climbs to over 6000 feet or 200–2000 meters. 

In recent history Whiskeytown has experienced a large variety of wildfires. Some small, some human caused, many natural and one being the most devastating fire Whiskeytown has seen. Understanding fire ecology and regimes is an important field to study due to its impacts on the environment and public safety. As our climate changes it is important to understand the normal impacts of wildfire in order to predict potential future changes. This is especially important due to our proximity to suburban areas. Join us as we study the fire ecology of Whiskeytown and look into the natural fire regimes, the benefits of fire and how an altering climate is influencing changes in recent and future wildland fire.

Wednesday, November 17
Noon – 12:45 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Homestead National Historical Park

Follow the Buffalo
With the promise of free land, the Homestead Act of 1862 enticed millions to cultivate the frontier. Families, immigrants, women, and formerly enslaved people flooded 10 percent of the nation’s land to chase their American Dream. American Indian cultures and natural environments gave way to diverse settlement, agricultural success, and industrial advancement—building our nation and changing the land forever. Homestead National Monument of America interprets the Homestead Act of 1862 and tells the stories of the homesteading era.

The American bison or “buffalo” was sacred to many American Indian tribes. The animals played an integral part in all aspects of daily life. In this lesson a park ranger will use real parts of the buffalo to examine the different ways American Indian tribes utilized the sacred animal.

Wednesday, December 1
Noon – 12:45 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Gateway Arch National Park

St. Louis from the Beginning
In 1764, French fur traders founded St. Louis at what is now the base of the Gateway Arch. Join park rangers from Gateway Arch National Park to learn how this small yet diverse settlement grew to become a thriving river town.

Wednesday, December 15
Noon – 12:45 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Whale Watching in Glacier Bay 
Glacier Bay is home to one of the most magnificent marine mammals: the endangered humpback whale. Join park rangers and researchers on a virtual interactive trip through Glacier Bay to learn about these massive creatures and other marine mammals that live in the productive waters of Glacier Bay.

Wednesday, January 5
Noon – 12:45 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

October

Small Engine Maintenance

This course emphasizes basic principles of two-stroke and four-stroke engine operation, engine components, and measuring engine performance. Participants will practice identifying, maintaining, and troubleshooting various engine systems such as fuel, air, ignition, lubrication, and cooling. Learners will acquire knowledge of shop equipment and proper hand tool use, service manuals, supplies, and safety.

Saturdays, October 2 – October 23
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66476 • Course Fee: $99
Instructor: Scott Engel

Finding Your Family Roots

Learners will explore the basics of genealogy research and legacy preservation. Topics will include evaluating the legitimacy of online and handwritten resources, interview techniques, archiving of photos and documents, capturing family stories, preserving photos and family documents, and researching obituaries and census and vital records for information. This course will give participants confidence with oral and written communications as well as digital research methods to map out their family history.

Mondays, October 4 – October 25
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66861 • Course Fee: $59
Instructor: Trea Kimball

Computer Business User Group (BUG)! Exploring Computer Software

It’s the Mid-State Computer BUG! Are you looking to refresh your skills on some of the common office software applications from Microsoft, Google, or Adobe, or would you like to learn about features that might enhance your productivity and efficiency? Join our Computer Business User Group (BUG), which meets four times a month and will have an alternating focus on basic through advanced features in these common software suites. These classes will be dynamic based on user needs and will harness the power of a group of as we look at front-line or operational business needs and solutions through the lens of common software platforms. 

Tuesdays, October 5 - 26
Microsoft Excel 2016/2019
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66933 • Course Fee: $50
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Tuesdays, November 2 - 23
Google App Suite – Sheets, Docs, Forms, Drive
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66934 • Course Fee: $50
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Tuesdays, December 7 - 28
Microsoft Outlook
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66935 • Course Fee: $50
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Combine three classes and save!
October, November, and December dates

7:30 – 9:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66936 • Course Fee: $145
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Tuesdays, January 4 - 25
Advanced Word
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 24437 • Course Fee: $50
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Tuesdays, February 1 - 22
Course TBD (based on student demand)
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 24438 • Course Fee: $50
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Tuesdays, March 1 - 22
Course TBD (based on student demand)
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 24439 • Course Fee: $50
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Combine three classes and save!
January, February, and March dates

7:30 – 9:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 24440 • Course Fee: $145
Instructor: Sara Reimann

 

Combine six months and save!
October through March dates

7:30 – 9:00 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66937 • Course Fee: $275
Instructor: Sara Reimann
 

Nerd Herd After 5! Technology Basics 

Interested in exploring technologies like smartphones, tablets, digital picture frames, or voice assistants like Alexa and Siri? Want to know more about social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or Instagram? Could you use some pointers about keeping track of your passwords, safely browsing the Internet, staying safe from scammers, or how to cut your cable bill? 

Join the Nerd Herd After 5! This group will meet twice monthly to discuss current topics in personal technology. You don’t have to know anything to join in. We will all learn together, and the group will have input on future class topics. Join by the month, quarterly, or on a six-month plan. Each month you will receive a small Cougar Kit from the college. 

Tuesdays, October 5 and 19
Keeping Track of Passwords, Cut the Cable Bill, and Stream LIVE TV for Under $80 per Month
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66886 • Course Fee: $20
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Tuesdays, November 2 and 16
Digital Photo Organization, Alexa and Siri, and Digital Photo Frames
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66887 • Course Fee: $20
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Tuesdays, December 7 and 21
Essential iPad and iPhone Apps, Facebook, and Snapchat
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66888 • Course Fee: $20
Instructor: Sara Reimann


Combine three classes and save!
October, November, and December dates

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 67044 • Course Fee: $55
Instructor: Sara Reimann
 

Tuesdays, January 4 and 18
Instagram and Twitter, Staying Safe from Scammers
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 24417 • Course Fee: $20
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Tuesdays, February 1 and 15
Topic TBD (based on student demand)
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 24418 • Course Fee: $20
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Tuesdays, March 1 and 15
Topic TBD (based on student demand)
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 24419 • Course Fee: $20
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Combine three classes and save!
January, February, and March dates

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 24528 • Course Fee: $55
Instructor: Sara Reimann
 

 

Combine six months and save!
October through March dates

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 67045 • Course Fee: $110
Instructor: Sara Reimann
 

Intro to French – What’s Up?

What’s up? ‘Ca va?’ This class is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of French. This is truly an introductory course in French language You will learn how to greet someone, exchange basic information, basic relationship descriptions, and communicate how you are feeling, all the while focusing on pronunciation.

Tuesdays, October 5 – November 9
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66535 • Course Fee: $60
Instructor: Martha Perkins

Beginner’s Guide to Procreate Digital Drawing App

This class will provide an in-depth overview on how to use the Procreate app on the iPad. You will learn everything you need to know to go from being a beginner in digital art to confidently using the Procreate app. We will cover the basics of the app including lettering, digital drawing, character design, and how to make your own brushes. Whether you're brand new to drawing digital art or you just want a better understanding of how to navigate the Procreate app, this class is certain to allow you to experience a new creative outlet. When attending this class you are required to have an iPad with the paid Procreate app installed, as well as a drawing pencil.  

Wednesdays, October 6 – 20
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66931 • Course Fee: $39.75
Instructor: Margaret Zaleski

Beading Workshops

Spider

Scared of spiders? No need to be scared of this cute guy. Join us in a basic wire working class and create your own eight-legged pal who you won't feel the need to squish at first sight! Student-provided tools needed to complete this class are a round nose pliers, and a wire cutter.

Thursday, October 7 
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 64070 • Course Fee: $24
Instructor: Megan Mussehl
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Green Kynatie Necklace

In this session we will learn how to make a simple wire bail on a natural piece of green kyanite. We will also learn a little bit of a knotting technique with leather cord and how to open and close jump rings.  Student-provided tools needed to complete this class are a round nose pliers, scissors, two chain-nose pliers and a wire cutter.

Saturday, November 6 
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66903 • Course Fee: $25
Instructor: Megan Mussehl 
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Snowflake Window Hanger 

Use thunder polish crystals, Czech glass beads, and Swarovski crystals to make this wonderful 3.5" snowflake you can enjoy all season long. Can be used as a tree decoration or window hanger. Student-provided tools needed to complete this class are a round nose pliers.

Thursday, December 2 
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 64072 • Course Fee: $23
Instructor: Megan Mussehl
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Contemporary Life

Americans entering the post-War era experienced a boom time clouded by global uncertainty. Artists grappled with how to reflect America’s changing social and political landscape: some raised questions about the value of art and history, while others confronted issues of race and gender inequality. Analyze and interpret works made in response to various movements that may include Civil Rights, social justice movements like the Farm Workers boycotts, the feminist movement, or the role of technology in modern life. Ponder together works that ask us, “What does it mean to be an American today?”

Thursday, October 7 
Noon – 1:30 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Restaurant Menu Design

In this course students will work through a variety of activities to learn proper restaurant menu design and layout to increase the visibility of high-profit dishes. They will take food photographs and build a menu from scratch using Adobe InDesign. This course is perfect for restaurant owners, marketers, or anyone looking to learn how to improve their existing menu or create a more effective menu in a format that fits their specific restaurant style.

Thursdays, October 14 – 28
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 66484 • Course Fee: $89
Instructor: Andrew Palios

Paper Quilling

From rolling coils of paper to creating shapes from strips of different colors, paper quilling is seeing a resurgence in popularity. This is a relaxing art form, and the beauty of the art is always expanding! Learn about basic quilling methods to create two sample designs as well as a personalized piece. Our instructor will show you how to use coiled papers to create your designs, giving them dimension and allowing your creativity to flourish! Everything you need to quill is included in the cost of this class, so all you need to bring is yourself—and maybe a friend!

Monday, October 18, Oct 25, and November 1
5:00 – 7:30 p.m. • Adams Campus
Class #: 65302 • Course Fee: $42
Instructor: Laurie Inda
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Picture Matting and Framing

This course will go over the basics of matting and framing artwork and objects. Topics covered will address archival issues, matting styles, use of fillets, techniques for two-dimensional and three-dimensional (shadow box) projects, basic wood and metal framing, and glass cutting. (Note: Round and oval framing and matting will not be covered.).  Some supplies will be provided.

Wednesdays, October 20 – November 17
6:00 – 8:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66905 • Course Fee: $109
Instructor: Bob Brylski

November

Write Your Life Story

If you have always wanted to write about your life but didn’t know how to begin, this is the class for you! In Write Your Life Story, you will work in a supportive atmosphere to develop an approach for your memoir or essays. Each week, you will join writers looking for inspiration, motivation, and practical tips on how to develop a manuscript. Plumb the depths of your memory and experiences to bring up the most significant events in your life. Then work on narration, description, setting, and dialog for optimum impact. Brainstorming, planning, writing, and sharing will keep you motivated and productive. Use published pieces as models, and get feedback from an experienced instructor. The sixth class period will be used for a group reading.

Mondays, November 1 – December 6
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online
Class #: 66860 • Course Fee: $75
Instructor: Pam Anderson

Painting and Drawing for Pleasure

Painting can be a way to relax or a form of self-expression. Students will learn the basics of drawing as a foundation for painting and will have the opportunity to observe the instructor demonstrating multiple painting techniques. Students will be guided to select an individual project. The instructor will accommodate all levels of painting skills, from beginning to advanced, will help students with ideas for subject matter, composition, color, etc., and will encourage each student to develop their own painting style.

Tuesdays, November 2 – December 7
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Adams Campus
Class #66204 • Course Fee: $35
Instructor: Stephen Senechal

All Pumpkins Are Squash, But Not All Squash Are Pumpkins

It's true—all pumpkins are squash, but not all squash are pumpkins! We use these fruits as decorations and food, typically in the fall, but where do they come from and why do we use them? Join us to discuss members of the family Cucurbitaceae and discover many varieties of squash, their origins, and the global, cultural uses of these interesting plants.  

Monday, November 8
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66912 • Course Fee: $5
Instructor: Karin Davidson-Taylor

Concealed Carry Firearm Safety

This model curriculum has been developed to support implementation of 2011 Wisconsin Act 35. This course provides an overview of handgun safety practices and concealed carry considerations. It is designed as a safety course, not a training course.

Monday, November 8
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Adams Campus
Class #: 66620 • Course Fee: $18.60
Instructor: Anthony Hiess

Monday, December 6
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 64290 • Course Fee: $18.60
Instructor: Anthony Hiess

Intro to Spanish – Conversational

Learn to speak Spanish! This class is an introductory course in Spanish language for students with little to no Spanish. You will learn basic commands and classroom objects, converse using greetings and leave-takings, explain family relationships, create basic descriptions using colors and adjectives, tell time, and express pastimes you enjoy.  Classes will be tailored to participants interests; participants are encouraged to repeat this class as each one will be unique!

Mondays, November 8 – December 13
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 65224 • Course Fee: $60
Instructor:  Jeanne Boettcher

French Conversation – Let’s Go!

Let’s Go! ‘On y va!’ Continues functional and conversational French and offers opportunity for greater growth in vocabulary. You will learn common commands and questions about day-to-day routines, basic sentence structure, time, how to describe relationships, communicate pastimes and hobbies, describe future plans and common travel terms. Pronunciation will be a strong focus in this class.

Tuesdays, November 16 – January 4
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66537 • Course Fee: $60
Instructor: Martha Perkins
*Class will not meet the week of Thanksgiving.

Metal Garden Sculpture – Saturday Sampler

Interested in creating artwork out of metal?  Have you been thinking about taking the two-session Metal Garden Sculpture class, but just aren’t certain if welding is for you?  This one-hour experience will give you an opportunity to look around the welding lab, talk with the instructors, put on a helmet and create your very own small metal project.  This experience has been designed to allow you to get your feet wet without committing to the whole class.  If you enjoy this small taste, consider signing up for the next class!  Fee includes safety glasses and use of personal protective equipment.  

Minimum clothing requirements:

  • Long pants (no shorts allowed), blue jeans or other cotton, durable fabric slacks are preferred.
  • Long sleeve cotton shirts are preferred. Please do not wear flannel, polyester, or nylon-type clothing.
  • Closed-toed, leather shoes (no pumps, no rubber gardening boots).
  • Long hair must be pulled back.
  • Safety glasses, welding hood, welding gloves, and welding jacket will be provided.

Saturday, November 20
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66908 • Course Fee: $25

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66909 • Course Fee: $25

11:00 a.m. – Noon • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66910 • Course Fee: $25
Instructor: Mike Schultz

December

Photographic Composition – How to Take Better Photos

This course will help you understand different types of cameras, equipment, and camera functions. We will cover troubleshooting bad photos to better understand exposure and blurriness issues as well as learn about differences in light sources. You will learn the rules of composition and the language of photography in order to understand the best camera to meet your needs. This course is suited for the marketing professional looking to add to their skill set, the small business owner who wears many hats, or the general photography enthusiast.

Thursday, December 2 – 16
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66904 • Course Fee: $40
Instructor: Ann Ilagan

The Nature of Our Holiday Plant Traditions

When you think of wintertime, what smells and colors come to mind? Pine, gingerbread, mulled cider, green, and red? These festive reminders are related to plants that have been used to celebrate winter holidays for over 2,000 years within different cultures. In fact, most of the plants that we use today for cold weather commemorations have long histories and amazing stories from ancient times. Join us to explore the history of using evergreens, spices, herbs, and flowers during wintertime and the ancient traditions behind the use of these plants.     

Monday, December 6
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 66913 • Course Fee: $6.50
Instructor: Karin Davidson-Taylor

Metal Garden Sculpture

This two-session experience will expose you to the basics of welding and teach important shop safety principles that will enable to you design and create a piece of artwork for your landscape or garden. You will create an instructor-led project during the first session and get ideas for a personal project that you will make during the second session. The instructor will provide examples of decorative metal sculpture pieces created from everyday steel “junk,” like old wrenches, ratchets, shovels, and sawblades. During the first session some time will be spent looking through College-provided scrap metal, discussing design possibilities, and thinking about additional scrap or items that you will need to bring to the second session of class. The second session will provide opportunity for students to receive assistance in creating a unique piece of metal sculpture. Fee includes safety glasses and use of personal protective equipment.

Minimum clothing requirements:

  • Long pants (no shorts allowed), blue jeans or other cotton, durable fabric slacks are preferred.
  • Long sleeve cotton shirts are preferred. Please do not wear flannel, polyester, or nylon-type clothing.
  • Closed-toed, leather shoes (no pumps, no rubber gardening boots).
  • Long hair must be pulled back.
  • Safety glasses, welding hood, welding gloves, and welding jacket will be provided.

Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.• Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66914 • Course Fee: $89
Instructor: Mike Schultz

January

Brewing Fundamentals

This course covers key basic chemical and biological principles related to the science of brewing and the brewing process. While no prior knowledge of chemistry or biology is necessary, the class will begin with some basic information about chemistry, microbiology, and fermentation and will take the learner through acquiring an understanding of the main processes involved in brewing. This course will include brewing instrument calibration; lab techniques; record keeping; principles of sanitation; water profiles; overview of barley drying, kilning, and malting; mashing; adjuncts; wort separation and boiling; fermentation; yeast and cell counts; aging; flavors; and color. Course labs include brewing instrumentation, water and chemicals, mashing, fermenting, and off-flavor testing. 

This class is designed to provide intermediate knowledge of the brewing process to those with a very basic knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, and fermentation.

Thursdays, January 6 – February 3
Class also meets on Friday, January 21
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: TBD • Course Fee: $175
Instructors: Bob Brylski and Joe Nowinski

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 10
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 24423 • Course Fee: $5
Instructor: Karin Davidson-Taylor

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.

Monday, February 7
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 24426 • Course Fee: $25
Instructor: Karin Davidson-Taylor
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