This autumn, don’t let the kids be the only ones who go back to school! At Indiana University Northwest, adult learners may choose from an array of informative, career-building or just plain fun non-credit classes. Participation in these courses does not require formal enrollment in the university, but successful completion of many of these non-credit classes may have a quick and direct impact on career options, earning potential and quality of life.
To register for the following September classes, or for more information, contact program manager Linda Szalmasagi at (219) 980-6806, or visit the Web at www.iun.edu/adult-education/. Add $10 to all tuition fees for late registration.
The following adult-education classes are available this September:
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2 -- Balloon Décor, a class that teaches easy, creative ways to use balloons to decorate for parties or other events. Students learn how to make arches, columns and centerpieces with balloons. The last class will include a few balloon-twisting basics. Balloon Décor meets on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. through Sept. 23. Tuition is $70 for those who register by Aug. 21.
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3 -- Medical Terminology, a course that is mandatory for many careers in the medical field. This class is helpful for those interested in taking the Coding Overview and Health Insurance Billing classes. Medical Terminology meets each Wednesday from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. through Oct. 22. Tuition is $200, including the book, for those who register by Aug. 25.
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3 -- Comedy Writing for Stand-Up, where aspiring comics learn the basic elements of performance humor. Students learn how to develop material into routines, how to network, how to develop a stage persona, and how to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Participants write their own routines and perform at a show for family and friends on the final night of class. The class meets every Wednesday from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. through Oct. 8. Tuition is $95 for registration by Aug. 25.
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 4, -- Improvisation. Students will laugh and create as they learn the basics of improvisational humor through games and scene work. This class meets on Thursday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. through Sept. 25. Tuition is $105 if registered by Aug. 25.
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 4, -- Photography Basics, a class where students will learn how to produce great portraits and scenic shots. Course highlights include photography demonstrations, shooting assignments, and creative digital imaging. Participants will need an SLR film or digital camera. The class will meet Thursdays from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. through Oct. 9. Tuition is $125 if registered by Aug. 25.
On Friday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. -- Intro to the PC for Seniors. In this class, which concludes with a three-hour session on Sept. 12, seniors can learn the basics of using a personal computer. Tuition is $40. Participants who sign up for this and two subsequent senior computing classes – Intro to Vista and Internet – may take all three for just $115.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 8 -- How to Start a Not-for-Profit, in which participants will learn the step-by-step process of establishing a non-profit organization and will become familiar with the necessary forms and applications. This two-day class meets on Sept. 8 and 10 from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Tuition is $70 if registered by Aug. 28.
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9, -- Pharmacy Technician Training class, which is approved by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy and meets the requirements for employment in Indiana. This class helps to prepare students for an optional independent national certification test. A GED or high school diploma is required for employment and recommended for class participants. This class meets from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 20, with one week off in October. Tuition is $900, including the book, for those who register by Aug. 25. Interested participants may call (219) 980-6806 for possible financial assistance.
On Saturday, Sept. 13 -- Intro to Vista, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. This course will introduce participants to the basic elements of Vista, including operations, editing, copying and moving files, Internet Explorer, folders, floppy disks, customizing the desktop, and printing. Tuition is $135, including the book, for those who register by Sept. 3.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 15 -- IU Northwest will offer Event Planning, in which participants will learn how to plan a conference, gala, annual meeting, retreat, or reunion. This class explains how to lay the groundwork for a major event, how to develop timelines, staffing, budgets, and marketing, and how to spice it up with a theme, a motif, and attention to detail. The class meets Mondays from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. through Oct. 6. Tuition is $95 for registration by Sept. 5.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 15 -- Grant Proposals Overview, in which participants will learn the basics of researching and preparing grant proposals and identifying funding sources. This class is a mandatory prerequisite for the subsequent Grant Writing Workshop. It meets Monday and Wednesday evenings through Sept. 24. Tuition is $115 for registration on or before Sept. 5.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 15 -- Autism, a personal-development class designed to provide important and useful information about this often-misunderstood condition. The course will identify the characteristics and causes of autism, the available treatment methods, and the supports needed by individuals with autism. This class will meet on Mondays from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. through Oct. 13. Tuition is $75 for registration on or before Sept. 5.
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 16 -- Eye Clinic Assistant, which will help prepare students for a job in a retail optical chain or an eye doctor’s office. Participants will learn how to test for visual acuity, visual fields, depth perception, color vision screening, and intraocular pressure tests. The class also discusses spectacle lenses, frames, filters, and basic eye anatomy and physiology. The class meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. through Oct. 22. Tuition, including the textbook, is $430 for registration by Sept. 8.
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 16 -- Dental Office Management, which explores the legal and ethical issues, regulatory mandates, and privacy issues involved in the successful management of a dental office. Participants will also learn about communication and office supervision techniques, insurance, treatment planning, charting and scheduling, accounts payable/receivable, collection techniques, and the guidelines for a successful practice. This class meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 4. Tuition, including textbook, is $215 for registration on or before Sept. 4.
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 17 -- Fitness Instructor Training, which offers basic lectures and practical experience for the beginning-level personal trainer. Lecture topics include basic anatomy and physiology, beginning exercise program design, nutrition, injury prevention, coaching skills, exercise psychology, and injury prevention. After completing the class, students may take the American Council on Exercise (ACE) certification test. Both the course and the ACE test will be hosted at Community Hospitals’ Fitness Pointe. CPR training is a required credential and will be offered to participants the last night of class by The American Red Cross for a $30 fee. This course meets Wednesdays from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. through Dec. 3. Tuition, not including the textbook, is $435 for registration on or before Sept. 5.
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 18 -- Strategies for Casino Gambling, which offers novice or experienced gamblers an expanded knowledge of such popular casino games as blackjack, roulette and baccarat. This class focuses on game knowledge, playing strategies, money management, and ways to optimize profit potential, and there will be some classroom practice for blackjack strategies. The course meets Thursdays from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. through Oct. 2. Tuition is $65 for registration on or before Sept. 8.
Beginning Friday, Sept. 19 -- Intro to Vista for Seniors, a basic course in the Vista operating system that is especially designed for seniors ages 60 and over. The class meets from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 26. Tuition is $40.
On Friday, Sept. 26, the IU Northwest Adult Education Program, in conjunction with the Institute for Innovative Leadership, will present the half-day leadership seminar Inviting Leaders Get Results, which will look at the strategies for how leaders can establish a “culture of caring” amongst their team members. Participants will learn the language of caring through discussion and role-playing scenarios, and the benefits of this approach — enhanced productivity and creativity — will also be discussed. The seminar, which runs from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., is taught by Charlotte Reed, Ed.D., director of the leadership institute and executive director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at IU Northwest. Tuition is $69.
On Saturday, Sept. 27 -- EXCEL - Microsoft 2007, which will teach students the basics of this popular spreadsheet program. Topics covered include how to enter and edit data, labels and formulas, how to work with functions, format cells, print worksheets, create charts, and save a workbook as a Web page. The class runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuition is $135, including the workbook, for registration on or before Sept. 17.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 29 -- Grant Writing Workshop, in which students who have completed the overview class will continue the grant-writing process by actually writing their grant proposal. Participants should have a funding source identified prior to class so that all class time and writing are focused on the interests, requirements and instructions provided by the funding source. Participants who have not completed the Grant Proposals Overview class must show demonstrable proof of prior grant-writing experience. This class meets on Mondays from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. through Oct. 13. Tuition is $145 for registration on or before Sept. 17.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 29 -- How Would You Invest $10,000?, a hands-on, Internet-based workshop that challenges students to determine how they would invest a hypothetical $10,000. Class topics include: beginning investment, terms and definitions, stocks, bonds, fundamental analysis, key indicators, retirement planning, mutual funds, asset allocation, technical analysis, risk measures, and charts. The class meets Mondays from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. through Oct. 20. Tuition is $105 for registration on or before Sept. 18.
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 30 -- Balloon Twisting for Fun and Profit, a class that teaches students how to execute the basic twists and shapes that result in spectacular balloon creations. Participants will also learn about the business side of “ballooning.” The class meets on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. through Oct. 21. Tuition is $70 for those who register by Sept. 19. Students should also bring $15 to class to purchase the pump and balloons.
Check the IU Northwest Adult Education Web site at www.iun.edu/adult-education/ for more information or a complete fall schedule of classes.