A excellent selection of Community Education courses at Rend Lake College is now more accessible to the public than ever. Scores of classes can now be taken on-line, fitting in with the need for flexible scheduling in today’s world.
Offered in six-week sessions, students will attend two on-line classes at their convenience each week. All course work, tests and instructor feedback will be via the Internet and/or e-mail. All that is required of the student is Internet access and an e-mail address.
The six-week sessions are staggered, with new sessions beginning Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16 and April 20. The courses are available to the general public.
According to Community Education Director Dawn Gibson, once people discover that these courses are available on-line, “they take them repetitively.” Some potential students are hesitant to enroll “because they think it will be difficult, and yet the process is really simple,” Gibson said.
She speaks from experience. Gibson enrolled in a course on how to improve her Community Education catalog.
She said students enrolled in these on-line courses can e-mail their instructors with questions anytime. While it may be convenient for one student to sit down at the computer for a lesson at noon, another may choose to begin a session at midnight. It works anytime, Gibson said.
“These subjects are the things that feed your soul. They’re the things that let you wind down. They’re things that you’ve always wanted to learn about but never really had the time,” said Gibson.
Course offerings are grouped into several categories:
• Writing Classes – Adventures in Writing, Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published, The Craft of Magazine Writing, Crafting Your Short Fiction, eBook Publishing Essentials, Fundamentals of Technical Writing, Introduction to Internet Writing Markets, Introduction to Journaling, Keys to Effective Editing, Pleasures of Poetry, Research Methods for Writers, Song Writing Success, Travel Writing, Write Like a Pro, Write Your Life Story, Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers, Writeriffic 2: Advanced Creativity Training for Writers, You Can Write for Television, and Your Screenwriting Career;
• Computer Classes – Creating Documents for Palm OS Handhelds, Discover the Pocket PC, Introduction to PC Troubleshooting, Introduction to the Game Industry, Keyboarding and Windows File and Disk Management;
• Photography Classes – Discover Digital Photography, Digital Photography Output, Mastering Digital Photography, Photoshop Elements for the Digital Photographer and Secrets of Better Photography;
• Personal Finance – Insurance: Unraveling the Maze, Introduction to Stock Options, Online Investing, Personal Finance, Stocks, Bonds and Investing: Oh, My!, Where Does All My Money Go?, Analysis and Valuation of Stocks, and Build Your Mutual Fund for Pennies;
• Grant Writing Classes – A to Z Grantwriting, Advanced Grant Proposal Writing, Get Grants, and Writing Effective Grant Proposals;
• Personal Enrichment Classes – There currently are 38 offerings in this category. Courses cover such topics as dealing with divorce, stress management, Braille, buying cars, catering, creating a healthier home, genealogy, music, natural healing, hypnosis, eBay, Alzheimer’s disease, wine appreciation and a wide variety others. For a course list and instructor information, visit www.ed2go.com/rlc.
Gibson said these recreational and hobby classes generally attract an audience of women ranging in age from 25 to 60 years old. However, since many Community Education classes became available on-line a few years ago, more men are enrolling, she said.
“Americans are working longer hours today. The more demands these types of things make on people’s time, the harder it is for them,” Gibson said. Therefore, it is beneficial to the students to have the flexibility to learn from their own homes at times which are convenient for them.