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Community at Kalamazoo Valley

Career and Continuing Education Classes



Sustainable Foods, Farms, and Gardens




Beekeeping 101 | $140 plus cost of book
Monday, 5:30pm - 8:00pm, March 5 - April 23, 2018

Beekeeping 101 will provide fundamental knowledge about honey bees and apiary management for beginning beekeepers.

Dress Code: Students will need personal protective equipment (PPE) - Minimally a beekeeping veil and closed toe, sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and long pants with socks. Students may desire to obtain and wear additional PPE such as beekeeping jacket or a full suit with gloves.

The book for the course is – "Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping," Caron and Connor, ISBN 1878075292) It is available at the KVCC bookstores.

Course Location: Food Innovation Center, 224 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo.



Beekeeping 102 | $140
Monday, 5:30pm - 8:00pm, May 7 - June 25, 2018

This second course in the 3-part series will provide more in-depth knowledge of a honeybee colony. This class will focus on the biology of the honeybee and the colony. Anatomy and the difference between honeybees and other stinging insects will be introduced. The honeybee’s role in pollination for themselves and the impact on rest the natural world will be discussed. The bee nest and other components of the hive will be surveyed, providing a deeper understanding of the colony and its interrelated components.

At the end of the course, students will understand:

  • Honey Bees and Other Pollinators
    • What is the difference between pollinators?
    • Fundamental differences between toher stinging insects: wasps, hornets, bumble bees, carpenter bees, which are often mistaken for honeybees
  • Honeybee Anatomy
  • The Bee Nest
    • Make-up of the bee nest; Roles of the nurse bees
    • Eggs and Larvae
    • Why honey and pollen make up part of the bee nest?
  • Queen Bee
    • Her role in the hive
    • How to evaluate her performance?
    • Managing queens for hive production and longevity
  • Honey, Wax, & Pollen
    • The important roles that these components play in the health of a colony
  • Pollination
    • The essential work of the honey bee
    • What are the benefits to the hive, nature, and humans?
  • Diseases and Pests
    • An overview of common pests and disease
    • Controls and treatment options
    • Integrated Pest Management

    Dress Code: Students will need personal protective equipment (PPE) - Minimally a beekeeping veil and closed toe, sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and long pants with socks. Students may desire to obtain and wear additional PPE such as beekeeping jacket or a full suit with gloves.

    Course Location: Food Innovation Center, 224 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo.



    Master Rain Gardener | $45
    Tuesday, 6:15pm - 8:15pm, February 27 - March 27, 2017

    Instructors will continue to be available as a resource to students as they begin digging and planting their rain gardens after the course has ended. An optional field trip will be offered during that time to check out established rain gardens throughout the community. As part of our Master *Rain* Gardener community, students will have access to plant sales, exchanges, and other continuing education opportunities.

    Course Description: The Kalamazoo area Master Rain Gardener Certification course co-hosted by the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council and Kalamazoo Nature Center in partnership with Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

    An in-depth and in-person class that will teach you everything needed to create a living rain garden at your home or place of work. A rain garden mimics nature by letting rain water soak into the ground. It’s a garden bed planted in a shallow depression with plants especially adapted for dry and wet conditions.

    The class will lead you through all phases, from locating and designing to planting and maintaining a beautiful and functional rain garden.

    Week 1: Introduction to Rain Gardens
    Week 2: Moving Dirt to Move Water and Site Selection Principles
    Week 3: How to: Measuring, Planning, Digging, Sculpting
    Week 4: Plant Designs: Rain Garden Plant Palette
    Week 5: Present Your Plan
    Optional: Rain garden tour (based on growing season)


    Course Location: Food Innovation Center, 224 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo.



    Wellness and Fitness



    Fitness Center Basics | $75
    January 8 - May 1, 2018

    This 15-week program includes full access to Kalamazoo Valley’s Wellness and Fitness Center (WFC) and Free Weight Room during regularly scheduled hours. In addition, weekly clinics will be provided by Fitness Center employees. Each weekly clinic, announced by signage in the WFC center, will provide detailed instruction on equipment in the WFC. Time will be spent trying out the various programs installed by the manufacturer on each type of machine.

  • Monday through Thursday: 6:00A.M.to 8:00 P.M.
  • Friday: 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
  • Saturday: 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

  • Course Location: KVCC Wellness and Fitness Center 6767 West O Avenue



    Zumba | $60
    Monday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm, March 12 - April 16, 2018

    Zumba is perfect for everybody and everybody! Each Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check. A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.

    Course Location: Fitness Center Room 6040, 6767 West O Ave, Kalamazoo



    Aqua Zumba | $60
    Thursday, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, March 15 - April 19, 2018

    Aqua Zumba is perfect for those looking to make a splash by adding a low-impact, high-energy aquatic exercise to their fitness routine. Aqua Zumba® blends the Zumba® philosophy with water resistance, for one pool party you shouldn’t miss! There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba® class so you can really let loose. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles.

    Course Location: KVCC Pool, 6767 West O Ave, Kalamazoo



    Art and New Media



    Room 220 Workshop: Introduction to Digital Painting | $30
    1:30pm - 3:30pm, January 14, 2018

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw and paint in a computer? Or did you get a tablet and want to learn some ways to be creative with it? Well learn at the Center for New Media how to use a drawing tablet and Photoshop to make stunning illustrations. This is your opportunity to see how art and technology relate. During this 2 hour workshop, you will learn how to sketch, draw, ink, and paint digitally. This workshop is for ages 10 and up, so if you’re a young artist or young at heart, this class is for you.

    Course Location: Center for New Media, Room 220, 100 E. Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI



    Room 220 Workshop: Introduction to Audio Production | $30
    1:30pm - 3:30pm, January 28, 2018

    Ever wanted to learn how to make your own podcast? Or create music with a computer? This is your chance! Take an Audio Production Workshop at the Center for New Media and learn how tell stories with audio. Audio Design is everywhere- on the radio, in television, movies, and all of you favorite tech devices. Learn how audio works in all of these mediums and create your own in the end! This workshop is for ages 10 and up, so if you’re a young musician or correspondent or young at heart, this class is for you.

    Course Location: Center for New Media, Room 220, 100 E. Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI



    Room 220 Workshop: Introduction to Photo Editing | $30
    1:30pm - 3:30pm, February 4, 2018

    Are you guilty in taking a million photos and never doing anything with them? This is your chance to learn some ways edit and print your images. During this session we will spend an hour on how to take care of those pesky zits on photo day and make the sky look a little more fantastical from that vacation. We will also go over some photography techniques and camera questions you may have. So bring in that collection of photos- your camera and we will have a great couple of hours making good photos great! This workshop is for ages 10 and up, so if you’re a young photographer or young at heart, this class is for you.

    Course Location: Center for New Media, Room 220, 100 E. Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI



    Room 220 Workshop: Introduction to Video Editing | $30
    1:30pm - 3:30pm, February 11, 2018

    Do you have some footage that needs an editor’s touch? Or a History Day Documentary that could use some help. This workshop is for you! This workshop is for the person who has the content and needs help figuring out how to make it into a finished video. Every great storytelling needs a great editor. This workshop is for ages 10 and up, so if you’re a young Spielberg or young at heart, this class is for you.

    Course Location: Center for New Media, Room 220, 100 E. Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI



    Room 220 Workshop: Introduction to Web Comics and Graphic Novels | $30
    1:30pm - 3:30pm, March 4, 2017

    You've got that story that you've been working on in your head for forever. Here is your chance to get that idea on paper or the computer! Take a Comic Workshop at the Center for New Media and learn how tell stories visually. We will start with working on the paper and then learn some storytelling techniques by the pros on the computer. This workshop is for ages 10 and up, so if you’re a young storyteller or young at heart, this class is for you.

    Course Location: Center for New Media, Room 220, 100 E. Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI



    Additional Information

    For more information about community course offerings at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, contact our Program Coordinator, Melody Woods at 269.353.1290 or email mwoods@kvcc.edu.

    To view the full class list and register, visit www.kvcc.edu/trainingschedule.

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