Community at Kalamazoo Valley

Community and Continuing Education

January to May 2018 Class Schedules

Mission

The Community and Continuing Education Department at Kalamazoo Valley Community College provides innovative and relevant lifelong learning opportunities to community members of all ages. These non-credit classes emphasize personal enrichment, professional development and community outreach.

Sustainable Foods, Farms, and Gardens

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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 other 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.

Plant in garden being rained on

Master Rain Gardener | $45

Wednesdays, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, September 5 - October 3, 2018

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.

Mushroom Cultivation:  Level 1 | $140

Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, March 7- April 25

Come join us in learning about growing your own gourmet mushrooms from locally available materials!  We will grow oysters, shiitake, winecaps, portabellos, reishi and more.  Students will learn how to procure substrates and create good environments for mushroom growth.  Some mushroom identification is practiced and many of your fellow students will be avid foragers.  Come ready to learn about the savory mysteries of fungal farming!

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

Youth and Young Adult

Wellness and Fitness

Women exercising

Fitness Center Basics | $75

Monday - Thursday, 6:00am - 8:00pm, May 1 - August 31, 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

Photo of women from a Zumba class

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

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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

Claymation Workshop | $115

Tuesday - Thursday, 9:00am - 12:00pm, June 19 - 21, 2018

For those who love the magic of stop motion in movies such as Coraline and Kubo and the charm of Wallace and Gromit comes a workshop just for you! Come create characters in clay and bring them to life in the Claymation Creation Workshop. Learn how to build, light, animate, and edit your own claymation movie! Ages 15 and up*.

*If you have a student who is not yet 15, but is mature and really excited about Claymation, please contact instructor Aubrey Rodgers at arodgers@kvcc.edu. An exception may be made at the instructor's discretion.

Course Location: Center for New Media, 100 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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

Professional Development

Spanish for the Medical Professional | $200 plus cost of book ($25/will be available first day of class)

Mondays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, March 12 – April 30

Spanish for the Medical Professional addresses the needs of healthcare professionals with little or no background in the Spanish language. Students develop communicative proficiency in the use of the Spanish language in medical settings with Spanish-speaking patients. The goal of Spanish for the Medical Professional is to make it possible for students to communicate in Spanish with patients whose dominant language is Spanish.

Class time involves considerable practice with pronunciation and verbal stress as well as training the ear to learn to listen to Spanish for meaning. Activities will include role-play, practicing scenarios to include brief conversations and medical interviews and expanding vocabulary with emphasis on medical terminology encountered in a medical environment with Spanish-speaking patients. There is limited emphasis on grammar and students will learn ways in which to be communicative with only a few basic “conversation starters” as well as giving affirmative and negative commands.

There will also be a focus on developing relationships with Spanish-speaking patients and understanding their cultural values and expectations in efforts to avoid misunderstandings.

Outcomes: By the end of the class, students should be able to communicate in simple Spanish using the vast amount of cognate words, high-frequency vocabulary and conversation starters to have basic conversations in simple terms regarding personal questions as well as questions regarding the patient’s health. Students will learn how to give advice and recommendations using short sentences. Students will be given information regarding where to locate a wide variety of resources, such as online resources, apps, books and more for practice outside the classroom once the class is finished.

Course Location: Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center 7107 Elm Valley Drive Kalamazoo, MI

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