Community Ed announces Fall 2019 community classes

INA, Ill. (Aug. 19, 2019) – It doesn’t matter if you like fast cars, breaking a sweat, holiday decorations, cooking up a storm or just looking up at the night sky, Rend Lake College’s Community and Corporate Education has a hobby class to get you going.

To register or learn more about the hobby classes listed below, contact RLC’s Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714. Online registration for Community Education classes is now open. Don’t miss out. Visit https://rlc.coursestorm.com/ to reserve your spot today.

Principles of Street Rodding: Learn the principles of building a safe street rod. Whether you are a beginner or someone with experience looking for ideas, this is the class for you. A 1939 Chevy Coupe and a 1931 Model A Ford Coupe will be used for demonstration. Information covered in this class will include how to select the right project (what to look for and what to avoid), the paperwork involved from taxes to titles and certificates of origin, chassis and suspension options and selections, engine and transmission choices, selecting the right brakes and wheel/tire combinations. This class will also focus on the body of the car with hands-on instruction. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and should bring safety glasses and welding glasses or hood. This course is designed for those 16 years of age and older. (Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.) Register for one or both sections—each section will provide new hands-on experiences. Cost of the class is $90 per section. Instructor: Jody Martin.
Tuesdays (6 Sessions), 9/3– 10/8, 6-9 p.m. Main Campus, Vocational Building, Room 125
Tuesdays (6 Sessions), 10/22- 11/26, 6-9 p.m. Main Campus, Vocational Building, Room 125

PSB Test Prep:
Don’t let the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) exam intimidate you! In this course we will discuss ways to help improve your PSB score and study habits. Each section of the PSB will be reviewed and assessed. Cost of the class is $40. Instructor: Joseph Marlo.
Tuesdays, 9/3 - 9/24, 3-5 p.m. Main Campus, Academic Building, Room 212

Body Toning: This class, previously known as Aerobics, is a full body conditioning and strengthening workout, improving functional strength, flexibility and coordination. It is also excellent for improving vital core strength. Strengthening and toning are an essential part of any fitness regime. In this class you will use free weights to help tone your body. All fitness levels are welcome! Cost of the class is $69. (Class starts on a Wednesday, after Labor Day Holiday). Instructor: Cathy Lamont.
Mon/Wed, 9/4-12/2, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Benton Middle School, Choir Room

Basic Reloading: This beginner friendly class will focus on learning how to reload ammunition for a handgun. During this class you will learn how to utilize the various equipment needed for reloading. You will also receive hands on training and step by step instruction about the reloading process. No live primers or gun powder will be used in this class. Alternatives will be used to ensure safety. No live ammunition will be created during this class. Ages 16+. Cost of the class is $15 (plus $5 for cost of supplies). Instructor: Michael Dollins.
Monday, 9/9, 6-9 p.m. Main Campus, Science Building, Room 116
Monday, 10/7, 6-9 p.m. Main Campus, Science Building, Room 116
Monday, 11/4, 6-9 p.m. Main Campus, Science Building, Room 116
Monday, 12/2, 6-9 p.m. Main Campus, Science Building, Room 116

Fun with Acrylics: Try your hand at painting while having fun. Not creative? Never painted before? That’s okay! No painting or drawing experience needed. The instructor will guide you step-by-step to create your own masterpiece to take home. You will be painting with acrylics on a 16x20 stretched canvas. All supplies are provided. Ages 10+. Cost of the class is $15 (Plus a $10 supply fee). Instructor: Sharon Corn.

  • Blossoming Boots: Tuesday, 9/10, 6-9 p.m. Main Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 103
  • Pink Blossoms in Ball Jar: Tuesday, 10/1, 6-9 p.m. Pinckneyville Murphy-Wall Campus, Room 101
  • Pink Blossoms in Ball Jar: Tuesday, 10/8, 6-9 p.m. Main Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 103
  • Let It Bee: Tuesday, 11/19, 6-9 p.m. Main Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 103

PiYo Live!: PiYo fuses the muscle sculpting benefits of Pilates, the flexibility advantages of yoga, and cardio, all in one class! PiYo presents a unique total-body workout for people of all fitness levels. You burn calories, but without weights, jumps or complicated equipment. Please bring a yoga mat, towel and water. Cost of the class is $50. Instructor: Charlotte Loss.
Tues/Thurs, 9/10-10/10, Noon-1 p.m. Main Campus, Gym, Room 110

Amazing Honeybees & Their Honey: Gain exposure to nature through the life of the honey bee. This class will inform you of the important role honey bees play in pollinating our food and how honey bees are vital to a self-sustainable lifestyle. We will discuss the lifecycle of a honeybee, as well as the role of the beekeeper. We will also review the use of hive products. Join us in September to discover how you can make a difference to pollinators. Ages 14+. Cost of the class is $10. Instructor: Helen Leonhardt.
Saturday, 9/14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Campus, Student Center, Room 110

Hunter Safety: Participation in this class is a requirement in state statute for hunters born on or after January 1, 1980, when applying for a hunting license. Course includes: wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques, and regulations. Preregistration is required due to limited space. Must attend both sessions and bring a pen/pencil. No Charge. Instructor: Sam Settle, IL Department of Natural Resources.
Friday, 9/20, 6-9 p.m. Mt. Vernon, RLC MarketPlace, Room 354A/B
Saturday, 9/21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mt. Vernon, RLC MarketPlace, Room 354A/B

Ready, Set, Sushi!: This workshop is designed to introduce Sushi lovers to the basics of making their own Japanese style Sushi at home. The workshop covers terminology, equipment needed to produce Sushi at home, basic techniques, sanitation, and safety concerns. No special equipment is needed, but comfortable clothing is recommended. Cost of the class is $20 (Plus $15 supply fee to instructor). Instructor: Jeff Fairbanks.
Friday, 9/20, 5-9 p.m. Main Campus, Student Center, Room 120

SAT Prep: High School Juniors & Seniors: Don’t let the SAT test intimidate you! This course is designed to teach reading, English, science and math skills you will need to do well on your SAT test. Test-taking skills will be emphasized. Students must purchase Barron’s SAT textbook, which will be available at the first session. Cost of the class is $90 (Plus $26.68 for textbook). Instructor: Jeremy Mays.
Saturdays, (6 sessions) 9/21-10/26, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Mt. Vernon, RLC MarketPlace, Room 344

Trusts & Estates: an Introduction: This course will explore the utility of prudent estate planning through the use of Last Wills & Testaments, Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, ABLE accounts, Power of Attorney for Property, Power of Attorney for Healthcare, and other advance healthcare directives. The course will also explore additional estate planning techniques that help individuals afford the high cost of long-term care (i.e. nursing home, skilled care, assisted living, etc.) through private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veteran Administration benefits. Cost of the class is $30. Instructor: William Bryce Levanti.
Saturdays, 9/28 -10/5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Campus, Student Center, Room 110

Stars and Constellations: Bring your entire family for a fascinating evening of stargazing. Rend Lake College instructor, Greg Hollmann, will point out the bright stars and constellations as he captures your attention with stories of ancient mythology and modern science as it relates to the night sky. Participants will get the opportunity to view Saturn and Jupiter through the college’s telescope. If bad weather threatens, the instructor will choose an alternative date. Free Pre-registration is required. Instructor: Greg Hollmann.
Wednesday, 10/2, 6-8 p.m. Mt. Vernon Airport

Flavorful Fall Soups & Stews: Do you love to garden? Do you like cooking with all your fresh produce? Are you interested in learning new ways to cook those fresh fall vegetables? In this instructive class we will discuss how to identify, harvest, and prepare your fall vegetables. A University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener will explain the basics of how to grow vegetables in gardens/raised beds. Then you will join Chef Fairbanks in the RLC Culinary kitchen to prepare and taste some mouthwatering dishes inspired by international flavors. Cost of the class is $15 (Plus a $5 supply fee). Instructors: Chef Jeff Fairbanks & Master Gardener.
Friday, 10/4, 6-9 p.m. Main Campus, Student Center, Room 103

RUMBLE: Rumble is an authentic, yet simple to master, cardio mixed martial arts adapted for the group exercise environment! RUMBLE has been created for EVERY body! No martial arts experience required, just a willingness to sweat, a desire to get an incredible workout, and the willingness to have fun along the way! Cost of the class is $50. Instructor: Shelby Counts.
Thursdays, 10/10-12/12, 4:45-5:45 p.m. *No class on Halloween or Thanksgiving. Main Campus, REC, Room 119

Wildlife Cooking - Small Game: In this hands on cooking class you will learn exciting new ways to prepare small game in order to make the most of your hunting harvest. We will work with rabbit, quail, and fish in this tasty new class. Join former culinary student Sawyer Nichols and RLC’s Chef Fairbanks for this one of a kind cooking class! Cost of the class is $20 (Plus $35 supply fee to the instructor). Instructors: Sawyer Nichols & Chef Jeff Fairbanks.
Friday, 10/18, 5-9 p.m. Main Campus, Student Center, Room 103

Internet and Email Basics: Gain basic internet and email skills! Learn about different browsers, links, and web addresses to get you started with the internet. Once you have the internet basics down we’ll show you how to obtain an email account, check your email, attach pictures and more. Cost of the class is $10. Instructor: Zach Rounds.
Monday, 11/4, 6-8 p.m. Mt. Vernon, RLC MarketPlace, Room 338

Resume Basics: A professional cover letter and resume is crucial in today’s job search. Join us as we guide you through the basic elements and formatting needed for an effective cover letter and resume that will stand above the rest. Cost of the class is $10. Instructor: Zach Rounds.
Monday, 11/18, 6-8 p.m. Main Campus, Academic Building, Room 215

Holiday Hors D’oeuvres - Cooking for Couples: Prepare for the holidays with the help of RLC Chef Robert Wilson. From fancy and flavorful to downright delicious, we have an appetizer that is perfect for your entertaining needs. After this class you will be ready to throw an amazing holiday party or be the guest with the most sought after dish. Be prepared to sample everything you create! No special equipment is needed, comfortable clothing is recommended. Cost of the class is $60 per couple. Instructor: Chef Robert Wilson.
Saturday, 11/23, 3-7 p.m. Main Campus, Student Center, Room 103

Taxidermy: Learn the art of preserving, mounting, and displaying animal skins. Get hands-on experience by mounting your own bird, deer, or small animal. Supplies for first session include your species to mount (needs to be thawed) and scalpel or sharp knife. Added costs for other supplies will be determined by your selected project and will be discussed at first session. A projected supply list will be mailed to you at the time of registration. Please specify the type of species you plan on mounting at time of registration (fish are not recommended). Cost of the class is $120 (Plus cost of supplies). Instructor: Fred Lawrence.
Coming in January!

Firearm Training

Ladies Only Basic Handgun Training: Learn the basics of using a handgun. The instructor will give you a brief overview of the laws pertaining to civilian use of force, types of handguns, and ammunition. Learn about the proper stance, gripping, loading, unloading, clearing malfunctions, firing a handgun and the rules of the range. You will get to step out on the range and practice the techniques you learn in the classroom. Bring ear & eye protection, your own handgun, ammunition (150 rounds) and valid FOID card. Wear old clothes. Must be 18+ years of age. Cost of the class is $65.
Saturday, 11/2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Main Campus, Applied Science Center, Room 102

Advanced Handgun Training: Once you’ve gotten the basics down, learn more of the advanced techniques to firing a handgun. The classroom portion of this session will be more in depth as the laws of civilian use of force are covered. Also, learn about weak hand shooting, one hand shooting, one hand reloading, shooting on the move, and range rules. The range portion of this session will test your marksmanship using the techniques you learned about in class. Bring ear & eye protection, your own handgun, ammunition (150 rounds), and valid FOID card. Wear old clothes. Must be 18+ years of age. Basic Handgun Training is a prerequisite. Cost of the class is $65. Instructor: Jeff Bullard.
Saturday, 9/21, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Main Campus, Applied Science Center, Room 102

Low Light Engagement Handgun Training: After you’ve mastered the Advanced Handgun Training, learn how to shoot in a low light setting. The instructor will teach you about the importance of illumination tools. Learn about improper uses of illumination, principles of lighting, mindset for a low light engagement, flashlight-weapon techniques, and the rules of the range. The drills for this class include shooting with handheld illumination, shooting from cover with illumination, and moving with and without light drills. Bring ear & eye protection, your own handgun, ammunition (150 rounds), illumination tool, and valid FOID card. Wear old clothes. Must be 18+ years of age. Basic and Advanced Handgun Training are required prerequisites. Cost of the class is $65. Instructor: Jeff Bullard.
Saturday, 10/12, 2-10 p.m. Main Campus, Applied Science Center, Room 102
Saturday, 11/2, 2-10 p.m. Main Campus, Applied Science Center, Room 102


*Once you have completed a course you may re-take the range portion during a scheduled class.
· Basic Handgun, 12PM-4PM, $35
· Advanced Handgun, 9:30AM-4PM, $40
· Low Light Handgun, 6PM-10PM, $35

Concealed Carry License Renewal: What you will need for class: -Valid FOID & CCL card -You will need a handgun and two boxes of unopened ammunition. Handguns will be inspected by the instructors and must be approved prior to use. -Students must attend the entire 4 hours of training; no exemptions will be given. Class cost: $50. Instructor: Ron Meek.
Saturday, 10/5, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Campus, Applied Science Center, Room 102
Saturday, 12/7, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Campus, Applied Science Center, Room 102


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