Mini Courses

CONTINUING EDUCATION AT UW-PARKSIDE

Every semester, we take a close look at our most popular courses as well as professional needs to provide courses that ensure you have a blast while learning new, applicable skills. 

Choose from expert-led courses in technology, personal finance, gardening, photography, language, music, and wellness to take the first steps to accomplish your goals, advance your career, and improve your life through learning. 

PERSONAL FINANCE

Rejuvenate Your Retirement

 Joseph Cronin  |  4 hr

Money is one aspect of your post-retirement planning. This course discusses fun and fulfilling activities such as travel, hobbies, sports, business ventures, and ways to protect yourself against elder fraud abuse.

$39 Individual  |  $49 Couple

Choose from Tuesday or Thursday sessions.

Tuesdays  |  May 14, 21  |  1-3 pm
Thursdays  |  May 9, 16  |  9:30-11:30 am

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Retirement Planning Today

Justus Morgan  |  6 hr

You worked hard for your money. Now it’s time to learn how to make those dollars work for you! This course shows you how to make informed, aligned decisions so your retirement is everything you want it to be.

$59 Individual  |  $79 Couple 

Choose from Tuesday or Saturday sessions.

Tuesdays  |  Feb 26, Mar 5 |  6-9 pm
Saturdays  |  Feb 23, Mar 2 |  9 am-12 pm

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LANGUAGES

Looking to learn a new language? Start here! We have classes in Russian and Spanish. Whether you’re looking to travel, meet professional needs, or just want to explore a new culture, these language classes are sure to boost your brain power and guide you on your road to fluency.

Beginning Conversational Spanish

Rose Grinder-Mondragon  |  12 hr

$79 Individual

Thursdays  |  Feb 21-Mar 28  |  7-9 pm

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Intermediate Conversational Spanish

Rose Grinder-Mondragon  |  12 hr

$79 Individual

Tuesdays  |  Apr 9-May 14  |  7-9 pm

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Russian for Beginners I

Dr. Ana Igornov  |  12 hr

$79 Individual

Wednesdays  |  Mar 6-Apr 10  |  7-9 pm

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Russian for Beginners II

Dr. Ana Igornov  |  12 hr

$79 Individual

Wednesdays  |  Apr 17-May 22  |  7-9 pm

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital Camera Basics

Mike Bisom  |  8 hr

Digital cameras and the constantly changing technology surrounding them can be confusing. Find out why resolution, megapixels, JPEGS, and memory cards matter. Bring your camera – no question is too big or too small for this hands-on class!

$89 Individual

Mondays  |  Mar 4-25  |  7-9 pm
Tuesdays  |  Jun 4-25  |  7-9 pm

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Advanced Digital Camera

Mike Bisom  |  10 hr

Flash past Digital Camera Basics! Participants will take and in-depth look at shutter, white-balance, focusing, and more. The skills you learn in this course can be applied to any camera with manual controls, so you can keep practicing long ager the final class.

$99 Individual

Choose from Monday or Tuesday Sessions

Mondays  |  Apr 1-Apr 29  |  7-9 pm
Tuesdays  |  Jul 2-30  |  7-9 pm

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Digital Photography Overview

Mike Bosom  |  2 hr

This introductory course takes a comprehensive look at many aspects of photography that are covered in greater, hands-on detail in upcoming classes. You will discover and define terminology such as exposure triangle, depth-of-field, white balance, and histogram. In addition, this course addresses common issues such as improving blurry photos and capturing better images. Take a leap into the world of digital photography and all its possibilities!

$25 Individual

Monday  |  May 20  |  7-9 pm

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MUSIC

Beginning Harp I

Anne Hambrock  |  9 hr

Have you always wanted to try playing the harp? Now you can! Learn about different types of harps, how to tune, how to read harp music, and how to play beginning harp pieces. Musical backgrounds of all types welcome.

$79 Individual 

Tuesdays  |  Mar 5-Apr 9  |  7-8:30 pm

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Harp II

Anne Hambrock  |  9 hr

Build on harp playing techniques learned in Beginning Harp I and move beyond three finger patterns to four fingers. Arpeggios will also be introduced. You'll also learn practical information, such as how to change strings.

$79 Individual 

Tuesdays  |  Apr 16-May 21  |  7-8:30 pm

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TECHNOLOGY

iPad for Beginners

Brian Hogan  |  6 hr

Do you want to dive into the world of iPads but don't know where to start? Learn the basics of setting up, securing, and utilizing this new exciting technology.

$59 Individual 

Saturdays  |  Mar 9-23  |  9-11 am

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Windows 10

Brian Hogan  |  8 hr

Challenged with the Windows 10 update? No need to panic! This class has you covered. Learn to navigate and personalize all of the exciting new features that come with the update and make the most out of your PC experience.

$69 Individual

Thursdays  |  Mar 28-Apr 11  |  6:30-8:30 pm

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Microsoft Excel Basics

Brian Hogan  |  8 hr

Ever opened an Excel spreadsheet from your coworker, supervisor or even from a friend and didn't know what to do with it? Then this is the class for you! Learn how to quickly create and modify an Excel spreadsheet, and how to enter data, merge and center, format worksheets, filter data, create simple charts, construct simple formulas, use the sum function, and much more.

$79 Individual

Thursdays  |  Apr 18-May 16  |  6:30-8:30 pm

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GARDENING

Fruit Tree Care

Gary Ostermiller  |  3 hr

Home gardeners will learn the process involved in fruit production. Discuss site selection, insect control, diseases and pruning, and organic and chemical applications in the production cycles.  Learn about pruning basics and how to train a tree from planting to renovation pruning for severely over grown trees.

$29 Individual

Saturday  |  Mar 30 | 9 am-12 pm

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Roses 101

Gary Ostermiller  |  3 hr

Become the envy of your neighborhood. We will discuss selecting plants, planting, fertilizing, insect control, and disease management. Learn how to raise roses either using organic or chemical solutions and understand the needs of different roses, how to mulch during the summer, and protect the plants during the winter months. 

$29 Individual 

Saturday  |  Apr 6  |  9 am-12 pm 

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Lawn Care 101

Gary Ostermiller  |  3 hr

Do you understand what your lawn care company is telling you? Better understand the processes involved in having the best looking lawn on the block. Learn about grass seed selection, fertilization, cutting practices, insect control, and disease management. Discover the different practices used in the industry to help you communicate with you service provider.  

$29 Individual

Saturday  |  Apr 27  |  9 am-12 pm 

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WELLNESS

Mindfulness

Leigh Smith  |  4.5 hr

Are you feeling stressed or burned out personally or professionally? Or are you just looking for ways to improve your life and be your best self? We will explore how a mindfulness practice will increase your ability to focus, help you to be happier and lead you to a healthier life.  We will also discuss how stressing gratitude each day can have a major impact on your emotional well-being.

$49 Individual 

Wednesdays  |  Apr 3-17  |  6:30-8:00 pm

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Tai Chi for Beginners

Ron Pfeiffer  |  6 hr

Take the first step on your journey to better health and wellness with this step-by-step course for beginners in Tai Chi. Benefits of Tai Chi practice include greater stability, boosted metabolism, improved bone density, reduced stress, improved sleep, lower blood pressure, strengthened immunity, improved flexibility and joint range, improved brain function, and enhanced circulation. This course, based on Dr. Paul Lam's, Tai Chi for Back Pain, is the perfect introduction to tai chi and will help you become calmer, stronger, and happier with your health prospects. 

$59 Individual 

Tuesdays  |  Apr 30-Jun 4  |  6:30-7:30 pm

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ONLINE COURSES

Open enrollment learning partnerships

In partnership with ed2go, we bring you access to online open enrollment programs designed to enrich your life in countless areas. You can learn a new language, advance your skills within a hobby, or strategize your personal finances for a lifetime of learning. And everything in between.
 

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NONPROFIT PROGRAMS CONTACT

Continuing Education  |  262-595-3340  |   continuing.ed@uwp.edu

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Mon-Fri  |  8 am-4:30 pm 

262-595-3340

continuing.edu@uwp.edu
 

900 Wood Rd.
Kenosha, WI 53144 

Tallent Hall 101
Parking: Lot T

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, program activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodations, contact Continuing Education at least eight weeks in advance at: 262-595-3340 (V), 262-595-2513 (FAX), or email continuing.ed@uwp.edu.
 

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