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.

April

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.

Joshua Tree National Park

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional rainstorms. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California.

Tuesday, April 6 
Noon – 12:30 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Glacier National Park

Established in 1910, Glacier National Park, located in northwest Montana, protects over 1 million acres of some of the most biologically diverse habitats in North America. When you think of Glacier National Park, you might imagine hiking a mountain peak, sliding down an icy glacier, or watching majestic wild animals in their natural habitat. In this program, you will have a chance to ask rangers from Glacier National Park about the amazing places, events, and sights that make Glacier special. 

Wednesday, April 21
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

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, May 5
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Beading Workshop 

In this interactive class, learn how to make wearable, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from wire and beads. This class will cover a variety of techniques and types of tooling. Each expert-led class will focus on a different unique and fun design. Creativity knows no limits! 

Wine Glass Wraps

Join us in learning the art of basic wire wrapping and how to make this fantastic wine glass wrap. We wrap with a 24-gauge craft wire and use a variety of Czech glass embellishment beads and size 11 Japanese seed beads. When we are done, you wrap it around the stem of your favorite wine glass for a little extra fanciness. Student-provided tools needed to complete this class are a round nose pliers, chain nose pliers and a wire cutter.

Thursday, April 8
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27405 • Course Fee: $32
Instructor: Megan Mussehl
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Square Wire Wrapped Pendants

Diving a little into the art of free form wire wrapping, we are learning to wire wrap a semi-precious stone pendant. For this project we use three pieces of 21-gauge square craft wire that we free form around a stone to create a one-of-a-kind pendant and a bail to hang it. Student-provided tools needed to complete this class are a round nose pliers, chain nose pliers and a wire cutter.

Saturday, May 1
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27406 • Course Fee: $32
Instructor: Megan Mussehl
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Summertime Anklet

Exact project details to be determined.

Thursday, June 10
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 40758 • Course Fee: $37
Instructor: Megan Mussehl
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Photography Fundamentals

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.

Thursdays, April 8 – April 22
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27425 • Course Fee: $40
Instructor: Ann Ilagan

Wednesdays, June 23 - July 7
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 40770 • Course Fee: $40
Instructor: Ann Ilagan

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.

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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Healthy Aging Series

As you or someone you know ages, you can expect gradual changes. Some of these changes are normal aspects of aging, but some may not be normal. Lifestyle choices can have a powerful impact on the aging process. This class will help you understand some of the issues associated with aging while maintaining health, independence, and well-being. 
Session 1 – It’s More Than Just Diet and Exercise
Session 2 – Moving to Age Well
Session 3 – Eating to Age Well
Session 4 – Understanding the Language of Healthcare

Mondays and Wednesdays, April 12, 14, 26, and 28
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27410 • Course Fee: $20
Instructor: Carrie Jarosinski
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Safely Browsing the Internet – Staying Safe from Scammers

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. Our discussion about scammers will also include phone calls, text messages, emails, and more. 

Mondays, April 12 – April 19
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27273 • 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.  

Wednesday, April 14 
7:00 – 8:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26091 • Course Fee: $24
Cougar Paw Icon Continuing Education Cougar Kit

Wednesday, May 12 
7:00 – 8:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26092 • Course Fee: $24
Cougar Paw Icon Continuing Education Cougar Kit

Wednesday, June 9 
7:00 – 8:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 40281 • Course Fee: $24
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Guided Virtual Tour of Ford’s Theater

During the Civil War, Ford's Theatre was one of Washington's top entertainment venues, giving Washingtonians a much-needed break from the realities of war. President Lincoln, who loved theatre, opera, and Shakespeare, visited Ford's Theatre on at least 10 formal occasions.

On April 14, 1865, Lincoln and his wife decided to visit the theatre to see the comedy Our American Cousin. John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate sympathizer, snuck into the President's box and shot Lincoln with a single-shot Derringer pistol. Booth fled into the night, and Lincoln died the next morning in the Petersen House, a boarding house located just across the street from the theatre.

Lincoln's assassination shocked the nation, and Ford's Theatre remained closed for more than 100 years.

In 1968, Ford's Theatre officially reopened as a national historic site and theatre producing live performances. Today, Ford's offers inspiring theatrical productions, interactive museum exhibits, and engaging education programs.

In this program, museum staff will lead you through a virtual tour of Ford’s Theatre and Civil War Washington. Learn about what Washington, D.C., was like for President Lincoln and some of the people he met and knew here. Explore the President’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre, and consider Lincoln’s legacy. In this interactive program, participants will look closely at historical and contemporary images including maps, photographs, and illustrations. 

Monday, April 19
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

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.  

Monday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 21
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27274 • Course Fee: $19
Instructor: Sara Reimann

iPad and iPhone Basics

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.  

Wednesdays, April 21 – April 28
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27609 • Course Fee: $15
Instructor: Sara Reimann

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 – 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, April 21
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26067 • Course Fee: $30
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Milk Street Kitchen – The Spring Feast

At long last, the dark days of winter are coming to a close, and it’s time to say goodbye to long braises and wintry stews and hello to pea shoots, tender greens, and other early signals of spring. Join the Milk Street Cooking School for a cooking class inspired by the transition into fresh and bountiful eating. First, we’ll pay homage to herbs as we make our Herb and Pistachio Couscous with Arugula, which uses an herb paste to transform simple couscous into something special. Then, we’ll use quick, high heat—instead of the low and slow techniques of winter cooking—to make Moroccan-style chicken skewers with honey and lemon. This is a perfect weeknight menu to brighten your table and your spirits. 

Friday, May 21
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27408 • 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.

Community Theater Director’s Workshop

Directing for community theater—it’s a volunteer workforce! The director of any production is the central figure guiding each aspect of a show. This results in a need for basic knowledge in each discipline that comes together and shapes an overall artistic vision. This workshop is designed to give directors (and those interested in trying it out!) the skills and information to be confident leaders and artists, making the cohesive, consistent, and cooperative choices necessary to positively guide their casts and crews while creating quality theater.         

This is not intended to be a scholarly understanding of directing, e.g., intense script analysis or finding subtexts, nor is it a step-by-step how-to of the entire production process but rather a practical guide including methodologies, tips, “cheats,” and things to look out for when trying to accomplish the best quality production for community or amateur theater. This class will be offered virtually in a live format.  Specific meeting times during the weekend of April 24 and 25 will be discussed with the group that registers. Total class time is eight hours. 

Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25
Saturday, April 24
Times TBD • Online Live
Sunday, April 25
Times TBD • Online Live
Class #: 27425 • Course Fee: $50
Instructor: Martha Bawara

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!

Monday, April 26, and Wednesday, April 28
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27275 • Course Fee: $19
Instructor: Sara Reimann

May

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, May 3
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27276 • Course Fee: $19
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Create Personalized Photo Gifts

Using photos and text, learn how to create your digital photos onto smartphone cases, photo books, wall art, calendars, blankets, aprons, placemats, pillows, photo tiles, canvas prints, coffee mugs, home décor, and more! Make memories last! These also make wonderful gifts! Before class please create a Shutterfly account and have your digital prints organized into a folder or flash drive.

Thursdays, May 6 – May 20
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27409 • Course Fee: $25
Instructor: Sara Reimann

Learn ViewClix Smart Frame

The ViewClix Smart Frame displays beautiful high-definition pictures and receives video calls. Using the free ViewClix mobile app, families can easily share pictures and make video calls to a ViewClix frame. The solution is tied together by the ViewClix Cloud, which stores all of the pictures and manages the networking for sharing and video calling. The ViewClix website also includes a member’s portal where a ViewClix frame is remotely configured and photos are easily organized.

Thursday, May 6
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27407 • Course Fee: $10
Instructor: Sara Reimann

American History Through Artists’ 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.  

Social Commentary | Social Action

Artists living in America have often visualized and engaged with social issues through their artistic practice. Students will examine 18th–21st Century art to discover the range of approaches artists have used to make their voices heard.

Wednesday, May 12
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Found Object Artworks

From beads to bottlecaps, tinfoil to toys, artists have used many nontraditional materials to express themselves and create art. This videoconference covers how artists use everyday materials, vision and imagination, storytelling, and a sense of place.

Wednesday, May 19
Noon – 1:00 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Contemporary Craft Works

Craft artists push beyond traditions by testing the limits of materials and techniques. Whether using clay, metal, glass, or fiber, these artists create works that blur the lines between art and craft and encourage us to see everyday objects in new ways.

Wednesday, May 26
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

From the Surgical Suite – Sports Medicine Surgery

Experience a sports medicine surgery LIVE from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Join the operating room (OR) team as they perform one of several surgeries to repair an ACL, MCL, rotator cuff, ankle, or hand. When the injury occurs, the surgery often needs to happen now! Discover what surgery you will view as we connect live to the hospital. Get the inside view from the arthroscopic video feed to back table as your students ask questions to the surgeon and OR team. 

Tuesday, May 25
9:45 – 11:30 a.m. • Online Live
Class #: 27370 • Course Fee: $16.75
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Geocaching

Geocaching is a modern-day worldwide scavenger hunt. There are millions of geocaches hidden, including some in places you have probably visited frequently but had no idea they were there. In this class, you will learn the basic principles of satellite navigation and use a handheld GPS/GNSS receiver to navigate to locations marked by other users. These secret stashes are sometimes single points and sometimes multiple locations found by solving puzzles. The class includes using internet references and a field trip to find local geocaches. You may bring your own receiver or use one provided for use in the class. The second night of class will be a field experience around the local area to find geocaches.

Thursday, May 20, and Monday, May 24
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Online Live/In Person
Class #: 27220 • Course Fee: $15
Instructor: Greg Webster

June

Tea Time: The plant, the Process, and Benefits

Tea is one of the most popular beverages globally. Originally from China, Camellia sinensis is grown worldwide and, depending on how its leaves are processed, produces some very interesting flavors. Discover the history of tea drinking as well as its influence and benefits. You will receive samples of black, green, and oolong teas, and we'll be reviewing how to brew these teas and their benefits. We'll also explore some popular tisanes (herbal teas)—their composition and benefits—if time allows.

Thursday, June 3
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 26220 • Course Fee: $25
Instructor: Karin Davidson-Taylor

College Camp – Start Summer with a Splash!

Middle and high school students are invited to join Mid-State Technical College for a day filled with hands-on exploration of career interests. This full-day event will give students the opportunity to explore exciting Mid-State programs and hear from program faculty. Our guests at College Camp always have tons of fun getting to know how it feels to be a college student while trying their hand at the skills needed in today’s workforce.

Wednesday, June 9
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Online Live
Class #: 40750 • Course Fee: $40

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.

Seeing is Thinking

Learn the languages of art, and consider the many choices artists make when creating their works. This session will focus on the analysis, interpretation, and critique of artworks, providing a foundation and common vocabulary for subsequent sessions.

Thursday, June 10
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

Early America

As a diverse group of people living in New England and New Spain became a new nation, they created early American art that tells the story of national ambitions, territorial expansion and displacement, and the beginnings of industry. Participants will explore the historical context of the creation of our nation as well as the resulting political infrastructure and economic development through artworks from colonial to Jacksonian America.

Thursday, June 24
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

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, July 8
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE

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, July 22
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. • Online Live
Course Fee: FREE


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