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CLASSES FOR SEPTEMBER:- SEE WHAT’S COMING UP  

TECHNICAL LABS

We have open labs available for you. Bring your slow or broken computer, or laptop to lab so we can take a look and help you with repairs or upgrades. We can back up your data, upgrade, and check your computer/laptop for viruses or malware in this lab. If you have any Firestick, Raspberry Pi, Android TV box, alarm system, security camera, cell phone or tablet questions or repairs, if you have questions about a class you have recently taken, if you need help on any software, this will be your opportunity to come talk to George, our instructor. You can call to make an appointment and reserve a time slot or just show up anytime between any of the open lab hours and days

DATES: Sept 2 -Dec 9, Every Wednesday
TIMES: 8am til 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Sam Laker
SNAPMAKER CNC

By utilizing the Snapmaker and "rouging" into different materials, you will earn how to use the Snapmaker machine and the software that comes with it to make beautiful projects.

DATES: Sept 1 - Sept 15
TIMES: Noon or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Christopher Boyer
TAXIDERMY-PHEASANT

Taxidermy is the preserving of an animal’s body via mounting or stuffing, for the purpose of display or study. The word taxidermy, describes the process of preserving the animal, but the word is also used to describe the end product, which are called taxidermy mounts or referred to simply as “taxidermy”. In this class, students will learn how to preserve a pheasant.

DATES: Sept 2-23 Wednesdays
TIMES: 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Tim Bowman
ZOOM AND VIDEO CONFERENCING

Needing to know how to use Video Conferencing? Whether it is to take a class, attend a meeting, or visit with family. Come to this class and learn about the different packages available, and how to use them.

DATES: Sept 2-16 Thursdays
TIMES: 12pm or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Chris Turner
PIANO/KEYBOARDING OPEN LAB

The purpose of this Open lab is to reacquaint students with the piano/keyboard by giving them the opportunity to ask questions and also address possible challenges they may be facing. The instructor will have extra materials and exercises available to help you focus on piano skills that need strengthening. This class is available to past piano/keyboarding students and is a great opportunity to prepare you for the next level of piano/keyboarding. Open to Retirees that have taken any level of Piano/Keyboarding in the past.
Prerequisite:
Must have taken or currently taking Learning to Play the Piano/Keyboard classes (Any Level)

DATES: Sept 2-Dec 16 Thursdays
TIMES: 1pm-5pm
INSTRUCTOR: Frances Zahariadis
VIRTUAL SIGN LANGUAGE 101

This class is to train students how to communicate using American sign Language. Students will gain the knowledge of basic traditional signs used by the hearing impaired or deaf. You will learn the manual alphabet, handshape usage, common phrases, vocabulary, training and will complete grammar and interactive vocabulary building exercises.

DATES: Sept 8-Oct 13 Wednesdays
TIMES: 11am or 6pm
INSTRUCTOR: Rhoda Jenkins
CDL TRACTOR TRAILER CLASSROOM PROGRAM

This Class A CDL Classroom Training Program is designed to provide you with the first 40 hours of the full training program as required by the FMCSA. Included in this training is the written material and instruction to help you obtain your Class A CDL Permit, along with D.O.T. Rules and Regulations, Safety, Pre-Trip Inspection and more. You will then have the opportunity to enroll with Driveco CDL Learning Center to complete the driving portion of the Class A CDL Training leading to the state CDL skills exam. For more information, contact Karen Orosz, Driveco School Director at 219-887-3880

DATES: Sept 13 - Nov 15 Mondays
TIMES: 8am or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Driveco
STAINED GLASS CUTTING AND SOLDERING SKILLS

Learn glass cutting techniques as a beginnr or experienced student, then learn to copper foil and solder your cut sample piece of glass.

DATES: Sept 13 - Sept 24 Monday or Fridays
TIMES: 8am or 1pm
INSTRUCTOR: Beth Harrigan
OPEN ELECTRONICS 2

Electronics is presented for anyone interested in the principles of electricity and electrical circuits. Working with electronic devices, motors and other rotating machinery is interesting and challenging, but these tasks also involve certain hazards if people are careless in their work habits. Those who work with electronic equipment must learn the basic principles of safety.

DATES: Sept 14-Dec 15 Wednesdays
TIMES: 8am or 3:30pm
INSTRUCTOR: Jimmy Morson
CREDIT REPAIR 101

In this class, you will learn how to quickly build a strong credit profile and boost your credit score. Students will learn how to build positive credit, improve FICO scores and how to retrieve credit reports.

DATES: Sept 14-Oct 5 Tuesdays
TIMES: 8am or 3pm
INSTRUCTOR: Robin Sobomehin
SHARPEN IT

Students will learn how to use manual and electric sharpeners. And learn to sharpen metal and ceramic.

DATES: Sept 14-Sept 21 Tuesdays
TIMES: 8am or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Balina
TURN FIRST RESPONDERS AND MILITARY PENS

If you would like to say thank you to the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to protect us, then make a pen to show your support.

DATES: Sept 13-Nov 15 Mondays
TIMES: 8am - 5:30pm
INSTRUCTOR: Don Trinidad
BUILD A PORCH SWING

Build this porch swing with both style and comfort in mind. The swing can be hung from a free standing porch swing stand.

DATES: Sept 14-Nov 16 Tuesdays
TIMES: 8am - 5:30pm
INSTRUCTOR: Don Trinidad
PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL

This private pilot ground school meets the requirement of the FAA to have 25 hrs. of ground training to be able to get a Private Pilot License. The class will prepare the student to take the FAA Written Knowledge Test which is a requirement of the FAA. The Written Test can be taken at Eagle Aircraft when the class is completed and the instructor signs the student off to take the written test. This course meets twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday and requires dedicated home study as well as classroom attendance.

DATES: Sept 14-Nov 4 Tuesdays and Thursdays
TIMES: 6pm
INSTRUCTOR: Eagle Air Valpo
PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL

This private pilot ground school meets the requirement of the FAA to have 25 hrs. of ground training to be able to get a Private Pilot License. The class will prepare the student to take the FAA Written Knowledge Test which is a requirement of the FAA. The Written Test can be taken at Eagle Aircraft when the class is completed and the instructor signs the student off to take the written test. This course meets twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday and requires dedicated home study as well as classroom attendance.

DATES: Sept 14-Dec 7 Tuesdays and Thursdays
TIMES: 6pm
INSTRUCTOR: Region Flyers
RAISE A GLASS TO TABLE DECOR

Turn a classic or vintage bottle stopper on the lathe. Show your cordial side by making a beautiful, turned wine stopper.

DATES: Sept 15-Nov 17 Wednesdays
TIMES: 8am - 5:30pm
INSTRUCTOR: Don Trinidad
BUILD A PORCH SWING STAND

Build an attractive porch swing stand that will look great on a garden, yard, or on a deck.

DATES: Sept 15-Nov 17 Wednesdays
TIMES: 8am - 5:30pm
INSTRUCTOR: Don Trinidad
WOODWORKING LATHE SPORTS PENS

If you are a football or baseball fan you can make a pen in your teams colors. Football pen has a top sculptured as a football stadium and the clip features a player in motion. Baseball pen features a baseball stadium on top and the clip is a bat in the hands of the batter.

DATES: Sept 16-Nov 18 Wednesdays
TIMES: 8am-6pm
INSTRUCTOR: John Malyj
WOODWORKING - FLOATING SHELVES

Floating shelves have a unique, modern look as they appear to have been pushed through your wall and have no visible mounting hardware. Students will finish 2 shelves to take home, and will learn how to install them.

DATES: Sept 16-Oct 7 Thursdays
TIMES: 8am or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Balina
FAA PART 141 INSTRUMENT GROUND SCHOOL

The goal of this class is to provide students with the basic knowledge of instrument flight regulations and procedures.

DATES: Sept 20-Nov 2 Mondays and Wednesdays
TIMES: 6pm
INSTRUCTOR: Eagle Aircraft
DIGITAL CAMERAS - SLR

Did you buy a digital camera and are still trying to figure out how to work it? Come to this class and learn all about these cameras.

DATES: Sept 20-Sept 27 Mondays
TIMES: Noon or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: CEI
WIRELESS SECURITY CAMERAS

Security is a big concern for most people these days, and technology is all over the place. You can spend $100 - $10,000 for a system. We will teach you how to set up an inexpensive system that you can monitor with your iPad, Smartphone or Tablet.

DATES: Sept 20-Sept 27 Mondays
TIMES: Noon or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: CEI
LAWN EQUIPMENT AND REPAIR

 Are you frustrated by the lawnmower that seems to start only when it wants to? How about the tractor that stops running after 20 minutes. The repairs necessary may involve a costly repair bill and several weeks without your equipment. Why not take charge and perform the repairs yourself. Class topics include; basic engine theory, maintenance, and troubleshooting for both two and four stroke engines.

DATES: Sept 24 - Dec 17 Fridays
TIMES: 8am or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Mike Daly
OPEN ELECTRONICS 3

Electronics is presented for anyone interested in the principles of electricity and electrical circuits. Working with electronic devices, motors and other rotating machinery is interesting and challenging, but these tasks also involve certain hazards if people are careless in their work habits. Those who work with electronic equipment must learn the basic principles of safety.

DATES: Sept 15-Dec 15 Wednesdays
TIMES: 8am or 3:30pm
INSTRUCTOR: Jimmy Morson
FLAT PANEL STAINED GLASS LAMP SHADE

This class is for the beginner or advanced student. You will be making a flat panel lamp shade to take home. There are several patterns to choose from.

DATES: Sept 27 - Nov 5 Mondays or Fridays
TIMES: 8am or 1pm
INSTRUCTOR: Beth Harrigan
MICROSOFT EXCEL INTRODUCTION

This class introduces the skills necessary for productive development of workbooks. It includes tasks to explore Excel, create formulas, copy and move data, and print worksheets. The student will also learn how to work with ranges and use the Office assistant, basic workbook skills, and page setup. This class covers basic skills needed to prepare worksheets for publication. It includes tasks to format numbers, text, and cells.

DATES: Sept 29- Oct 20, Wednesdays
TIMES: 11:30am or 3:30pm
INSTRUCTOR: George Zahariadis
ENTREPRENEUR'S EDGE 101

Entrepreneur’s Edge is a class designed to help people that are interested in starting their own business understand the complexities and hurdles that accompany such a journey. This course will be a fully interactive presentation filled with real world stories and situations, presented as practical problem-solving exercises. Entrepreneur’s Edge is built upon 30+ years of business experience and real-world application. Students will not just learn about owning a business, rather they will be taught how to apply the lessons to their daily lives and help drive success. From filing state paperwork to formulating a business plan, it all starts here. This course is for anyone wanting to learn about the discipline, passion, and persistence it takes to run your own business and control your future.  

ONLINE ONLY
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Janicek

CLASSES FOR OCTOBER:- SEE WHAT’S COMING UP  

TECHNICAL COMPUTER LABS WITH SAM

Come to this lab and learn how to fix, update, upgrade your laptops, computers, etc. the lab is open from 8-4

DATES: Every Wednesday in October
TIMES: 8am til 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Sam Laker
VIRTUAL SIGN LANGUAGE 106-ADVANCED

This class is advanced American Sign Language development with a focus on English and ASL content and text analysis to increase student vocabulary and understanding of ASK syntactical patterns.

DATES: October 4 - November 15
TIMES: 11am - 7pm ONLINE ONLY
INSTRUCTOR: Rhoda Jenkins
SUBLIMATION - WHITE TONER

There is a new printer in town, and it can print white color on dark objects for sublimation. Come learn all about this new process.

DATES: October 6 - October 20, Wednesdays
TIMES: Noon or 4:00
INSTRUCTOR: Christopher Boyer
WORD CERTIFICATION

This class prepares the students to take the MOS Core certification exam. Students will learn the basics of Word along with formatting, tables, graphics, tabs, index, TOC, customizing Word, columns and other Word features.

DATES: October 7- November 18, Thursdays
TIMES: Noon or 4:00
INSTRUCTOR: CEI
FITNESS THRU SELF DEFENSE

Do you need to learn to defend yourself? Experience physical fitness through the art of self-defense.

DATES: October 7- December 2, Thursdays
TIMES: 6PM
INSTRUCTOR: Amy Messmer
2020 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE

This course covers the current National Electric Code and prepares participants for safe installation of electrical tasks. A person taking this course is better prepared to do safe electrical installations and has a better chance of scoring higher on electrical exams for contractors licensing.

DATES: October 19- December 14, Tuesdays
TIMES: 6PM
INSTRUCTOR: Amy Messmer
SUBLIMATION PRINTING

Sublimation printing is the method of applying an image and sayings to specially coated hard surfaces items such as ceramics, metals, fiber board, and polyester cloth using three main ingredients: Sublimation ink, heat and pressure.

DATES: October 27 - Nov 10, Wednesdays
TIMES: 11:30 or 3:30
INSTRUCTOR: George Zahariadis
LOCKSMITHING - BASIC & INTERMEDIATE

Topics covered in this 12 hour course are: Master Key topics, padlocks, making keys by code, impression keys, lock picking, levers and Mortise Case Locks.

DATES: October 28- Nov 18, Thursdays
TIMES: 8am or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Balina

CLASSES FOR NOVEMBER:- SEE WHAT’S COMING UP  

TECHNICAL COMPUTER LABS WITH SAM

Bring in your PC and we will help you diagnose your problem and teach you how to fix it. Here is a brief list of things we can help with: Fixing slow or broken PC;, upgrade software / transfer data, making sure your PC is protected, upgrade PC's, etc.

DATES: Every Wednesday
TIMES: 8am - 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Sam Laker
LOCATION: USS/ MWS
EXCEL 100 FUNCTIONS

In this class we will discuss and apply beginning to advanced Excel functions and features that will help you analyze and manage your data more efficiently. Excel has hundreds of built-in functions, and more are added with every upgrade. That is a huge number of functions to think about, even for advanced users. Thankfully, you do not need to learn all these functions to be productive in Excel. If you have a basic understanding of about one hundred key functions, you will be far ahead of the average user. This class will provide a brief overview of about 100 important Excel functions you should know

DATES: November 9 - December 7
TIMES: 11:30 or 3:30
INSTRUCTOR: George Zahariadis
LOCATION: USS/USW/LOCAL 1014
SUBLIMATION

Come learn what Sublimation is and how it works. We will also teach you the software package Picture It to design your custom creations. Whether it is a logo mug for your business or a photo box for a present, sublimation items are awesome. Week one we will learn the software and design travel mugs, week 2 will be photo boxes and week 3 will be slates

DATES: November 4 - November 11
TIMES: Noon or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: CEI
LOCATION: USS/ MWS
Sublimation Project
TABLETS / CHROMEBOOKS

Instead of buying a laptop or a computer for hundreds of dollars, have you thought about a tablet or chrome book? The kids in school are using them everyday, do you know how? Do you know the difference between tablets and chrome books? Technology is driving our everyday lives, so come learn how to stay up to date. Learn how to transfer music, pictures, and videos from your phone onto one of these devices. If you wish to purchase either a tablet or a chrome book, they can be purchased for $50 -$150 depending on which device you choose. Money is due the first week of class.


DATES: November 1 - November 8
TIMES: Noon or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: CEI
LOCATION: USS/ MWS
BASIC LAPTOPS

This class will help the students learn about the different types of Laptops that are available and what makes them have such a large price difference. Students will learn about Windows on the laptop and how to remove all of the “extra stuff” that comes with a laptop that just slows it down. Students will have the ability to purchase a laptop for $150+ if they are interested

DATES: November 15 - November 29
TIMES: Noon or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: CEI
LOCATION: USS/ MWS
SNAPMAKER - LASER

In this class, students will be utilizing the new Snapmaker and the “laser” tool to work on different materials. You will learn how to use the Snapmaker machine and the software that comes with it to create beautiful projects.

DATES: November 22- December 6
TIMES: Noon or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: CEI
LOCATION: USS/ MWS

CLASSES FOR DECEMBER:- SEE WHAT’S COMING UP  

TECHNICAL COMPUTER LABS WITH SAM

Bring in your PC and we will help you diagnose your problem and teach you how to fix it. Here is a brief list of things we can help with: Fixing slow or broken PC;, upgrade software / transfer data, making sure your PC is protected, upgrade PC's, etc.

DATES: Every Wednesday
TIMES: 8am - 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Sam Laker
LOCATION: USS/ MWS
BOND BUYING BY THE FED

Over the last 10 or so years, and increasingly so, the FED has been a buyer of its own bonds into the trillions of dollars. How long will this last and when will it end? This is important for markets because if not handled properly it could cause major disallocations. Let’s explore.

DATES: December 3 - January 21
TIMES: 8am or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Ed Guldenzopf
LOCATION: USS/ USW LOCAL 1014
PIANO/KEYBOARDING OPEN LAB

The purpose of this Open lab is to reacquaint students with the piano/keyboard by giving them the opportunity to ask questions and also address possible challenges they may be facing. The instructor will have extra materials and exercises available to help you focus on piano skills that need strengthening. This class is available to past piano/keyboarding students and is a great opportunity to prepare you for the next level of piano/keyboarding. Open to Retirees that have taken any level of Piano/Keyboarding in the past.

DATES: December 3, 16
TIMES: 8am or 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Frances Zahariadis
LOCATION: Leon Lynch Learning Center