Opportunities through the Rend Lake College Community Education Program are available in a number of district communities. In Benton alone, RLC is offering residents their choice among 14 non-credit courses.
The RLC campus extends to the community of Benton where courses from Beginners’ Bridge to Stamp N’ Camp will soon be available to residents there.
To sign up for any of the courses listed below, or for more information, one may contact the Community Education department at RLC by calling 618-437-5321, Ext. 1267, or 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1267 (in-district only).
The ever-popular Kids In the Kitchen will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on four separate dates. Kids In the Kitchen combines the excitement of youth with the fun of baking festive foods. Students under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Sept. 19 is a Pizza Party, Oct. 24 is The Great Pumpkin, Nov. 21 is Thanksgiving-themed treats and Dec. 12 is food for Christmas. Affordable fees are required for Kids In the Kitchen and each class will be held in room 109 at Benton Community High School.
Bridge for Beginners is an instructional course on the basic principles of contract bridge, including rules, etiquette, strategy, bidding and defense. Eight sessions with instructor Julia Weathers will be held each Monday from 6 -8 p.m., Sept. 11 to Nov. 6, in room 109, at Benton Community High School. A $48 fee is included.
Candle Making for Advanced Beginners: Fruit Pie and Strawberry Shortcake will teach participants how to get creative with candle making. Learn how to master a few advanced techniques by designing Fruit Pie and Strawberry Shortcake candle creations that make great gifts for the holidays. A $15 fee covers supplies and the instructor. The class will be held from 6-9 p.m., Nov. 7, in room 109 at Benton Community High School.
Quilting for Beginners will teach participants the folded star technique. The course will be held each Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 12-19 in room 116 at Benton Community High School. A fee of around $12 will go to instructor Marge Button.
Getting Started with eBay introduces individuals to the global marketplace of selling and buying items on-line. Each of three sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m., on Tuesdays, in the computer lab at Benton Middle School. An $18 fee will go to instructor Penny Severin.
Make and Take:Beaded, Pierced Earrings will teach participants how to make beaded earrings that will take their breath away. Supplies and tools will be furnished and the earrings will be made to wear out the door. The class will be held from 1-3 p.m., Sept. 23, at The Buzz. Also, beaded jewelry will be for sale at the class. A fee of about $9 will cover supplies and goes to instructor Mary Ann Kaak.
Also at The Buzz - stampers will create two cards at each session of Stamp N’ Camp. The sessions will take place from 1 - 3p.m.; Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. Stampers should bring their own adhesive and $9 per session. The fee is only $5 per session for those who sign up for all three sessions.
Candy Creations will be held from 6-9 p.m., Oct. 5, in room 109 at Benton Community High School. Chocolate expert Nani Moore will teach students the basic techniques in making suckers and the classic favorite, Chocolate Turtles, which are both good gift ideas for the holiday season. A fee of $8 covers supply costs.
Sign Language with Dawn Allen will teach participants how to communicate with the deaf - a rewarding skill for the hearing to learn. Students will be instructed in basic American Sign Language, sign exact English and learn the culture of the hearing impaired. A $54 fee is required for the course held each Tuesday, from 6-9 p.m., Nov. 7- Dec. 12, in room 116, at Benton Community High School.
Those planning to register for any of the many Community Education classes in Benton should do so soon as spots are already being filled.