Courses

Are you an experienced woodworker looking to expand and practice your skills? In this class, students will learn and practice various types of joinery including dadoes, rabbets, shiplap, dovetails, and mortise and tenon. Don't miss out on this opportunity to work in a generously equipped woodshop alongside an instructor who has extensive experience and the tool collection of a professional furniture maker. Experienced woodworkers only. Materials not included.


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Interested in going 'on-air'? In this hands-on course, learn the fundamentals of radio programming, including running the mixer and mics, planning for music/talk shows and developing your own style. All students must attend the common lecture first class Saturday from 9:00AM-11:30AM at COCC, followed by two studio sessions at KPOV.


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Learn the captivating movements, isolations and shimmies of Egyptian belly dance! This class introduces and reviews all the basic moves, then gently leads into combinations and short choreographies. Belly dance boosts mood, builds core strength and flexibility, and is a great way to release the stresses of everyday life. No previous dance or performance experience required.


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Experience the superb birding opportunities that the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and fields around Burns, Oregon, offer in the spring. Known for concentrations of waterfowl, sandhill cranes and raptors, the area also offers great opportunities to view and photograph owls, shorebirds and songbirds. In mid-May, the area hosts a songbird migration with warblers, vireos, tanagers, and orioles. Transportation, instruction, guiding and picnic lunches included.


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Utilizing the book Waking Up White: Finding Myself in the Story of Race, this four-week book study explores how we as community members can start talking about race. We are exposed to a national climate that is often polarized around racial issues. This is an opportunity to start talking about race, what it means to grow up white in America, and learn skills and strategies to be good allies and support people of color. Book included.


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If a roller coaster went straight and level, it would just be a quick train ride. In this two-day workshop, you'll learn how to make your stories, fictional and nonfictional, interesting and exciting by exploring a variety of craft methods to hook, engage, and hold your readers, even after they've finished reading. Discover how to take your readers on an exciting ride!


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Scenes are the building blocks of our writing. In this workshop, we'll learn the elements of scene-building that effectively move the plot, tell a story, and develop characters.


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In this writing workshop, we'll learn the difference between the character, the narrator, and the writer, and discover how to find our writing voice to be a more effective storyteller (fiction or nonfiction). Understand the key questions we should ask ourselves when writing: Who is actually telling the story and to whom? Why and how are they telling it?


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Spring clean your digital photo collection from home with professional organizer and photo coach Debbie Bauman. In this interactive online class, you will learn how to identify your own personal strategy for managing your photos and techniques to create a beautiful collection of memories that your family will enjoy for generations.


April 27, 2020 to May 4, 2020, ZOOM
Do you have digital photos stored in multiple locations or printed photos hidden away in boxes? If you are feeling overwhelmed by your photos and looking for a way to better organize and preserve your precious memories, this course is for you. Join professional organizer and photo coach Debbie Bauman to identify your own personal strategy for managing your photos and techniques to create a beautiful collection of memories that your family will enjoy for generations.


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Take the confusion and risk out of DIY electrical projects. Get a solid grounding in how wiring works, what tools you need, how to make connections, how to work with wire and cable and how to avoid the most common errors and, most importantly, how to be safe around electricity.


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Become the DIY Interior Designer you've been striving to be! Learn the essentials of Interior Design for your creative endeavors. Learn to make informed and professional design decisions to create or enhance spaces that you and others will love. This course is fun, engaging and full of great information you can use in your home. Materials are required for this course.


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Learn how to see the world from your dog's perspective. Understand what causes anxiety, fear and behavioral issues and how you may be contributing to behavioral issues without realizing it. Please leave pets at home.


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This course is an introduction to the modern history, politics and society of France through viewing and analyzing movies. Examines in particular the following themes: WWII, colonialism, immigration, education, love relationships, homosexuality and cultural diversity. No background in French language is required. This class is a college-level French language class. As such, you will be enrolled with degree seeking student taking the class for credit.


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Sharpen your woodworking skills. This class is designed for the beginning woodworking student. Learn universal woodworking basics including shop safety, sharpening, tool use and maintenance, wood selection, and more.


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Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "Making it New," we will look at creative ways to employ revision to re-think and re-see our writing.


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Ham Radio (amateur radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and understand the rules to operate legally. This class will help you prepare to pass the Ham Radio Licensed Technician test and obtain your license so you can begin your journey into ham radio. Bring a $15 check for cost of test. Students age 16 or older may register for this class but those under age 18 must attend with a paid parent or adult.


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Deepen your knowledge of the history of beer and beer styles. In this class, students will experience how a pint of beer encompasses thousands of years of history, distilled into the present moment. Students will taste a variety of regional styles of beer to deepen their knowledge and understanding of flavor profiles. Students must be 21 years of age or older and bring ID.


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Explore horse adventuring in Central Oregon. This short series focuses on safely accessing both front and backcountry trails on horseback including how and where to adventure as well as preparing for emergencies on the trail. Series includes guest appearances from local subject experts as well as hands-on activities and/or field sessions. No riding involved in this course.


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Whether you are new to horses, struggling with your own horse, or looking to tune up your handling and communication skills, this course will cover a wide range of skill building to suit each individual's needs. No riding involved and no experience required. Class held weather permitting. Will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Wear closed-toe leather shoes and wear layers.


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Discover how to get involved in various equestrian activities in Central Oregon. Students will learn about horse rescue, wild mustang herd management and the non-profit equine community. Series includes guest appearances from local subject experts as well as hands-on activities and/or field sessions. No riding involved in this course. Students are responsible for their own transportation to potential field sessions.


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Horses are unique in their ability to teach us about our body language, living in the moment with stress and vulnerability, and being in relationships. Students will learn about themselves through these unique interactions with horses. No riding involved and no experience required. Class held weather permitting. Will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Wear closed-toe leather shoes and wear layers.


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Join Renny Temple, master improviser and actor/director, in this interactive workshop of fun improv games and exercises for enjoyment, for stage and for life. Improv skills deliver a unique experience of on-your-feet enhanced decision-making, improved confidence, superior communication/listening skills, greater creativity and more.


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Learn the basics of bicycle maintenance and repair in this comprehensive eight-hour class designed for the beginner. Taught over two weekends, this course will take the mystery out of maintaining your bicycle and provide skills necessary to keep your bicycle running smoothly. This is a hands-on course and all tools and bicycles will be provided.


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This course is an in-depth look at the Cryptocurrency System, the financial system our world could be moving towards.  Learn what you need to know about how Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies work and the technology behind them. Gain a conceptual foundation to safely navigate and trade in these markets.


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Poems have the potential to provide fresh perspective, infuse our everyday language with music, and illuminate a path for self-expression and creativity - but where to begin? In this class, we will combine select readings with writing prompts to equip you with the tools to better appreciate the work of others and get a strong start, or re-boot, on your own poetry practice.


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The poem is an amazing and portable tool for getting closer to the world, to other people, and to yourself. The skills to write a poem are available to anyone. Join Irene Cooper and fellow poets as we read poems, write to prompts, and stock our toolboxes with the materials we need to express ourselves in a poem.


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Through a practical lens, students will learn about ancient practices of health and wellness for modern humans. From solstice celebrations and drum circles to ayahuasca ceremonies and herbalism, society is witnessing the resurgence of ancient earth-based and shamanistic practices. For thousands of years, peoples around the world have used this ancient wisdom for the health and wellness of the self, the community and the planet. Through readings and video, the class will study core shamanism, both cross-cultural and universal practices. We will integrate this knowledge with current science demonstrating that our bodies are hardwired for both mystery and healing.


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Smartphones can be used for so much more than making a call and sending a text message, they can revolutionize the way we live. In this class, learn how to navigate your phone with ease. Explore tips and tricks for using the built-in features, touchscreen, settings, shortcuts, applications, and more. Class will cover both Android and Apple phone features.


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If you've taken Introduction to Smartphones and still want to learn more, this class is for you! This class will cover Smartphone hardware, modes of communication, data transfer methods, connecting and navigating other smart devices, privacy, security and camera features.


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Looking for a new hobby or an opportunity to hone your welding skills? This introductory course will cover basic welding processes. It includes relevant safety topics and an introduction to shielded metal arc welding.


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Learn about safety when working with horses, while exploring your own leadership skills. You will experience the language of horses, horse perspective and herd dynamics. No riding involved and no experience required. Class held weather permitting. Will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Wear closed-toe leather shoes and wear layers.


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Learn how natural soil processes work in Central Oregon and how to implement land management strategies that foster healthy soil biology for long term resilient landscapes, farms and gardens. Focus will be on life in the soil and important relationships affecting nutrient cycling, soil structure and successional cycles. Participants will apply what they learn to their own properties.


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Whether you're writing a book, writing an article, or developing a website - failing to establish your idea by creating a rock-solid outline is one of the biggest causes of time overruns and unsuitable results. The three sessions of this workshop will help you mold your ideas into a framework that leads directly to an effective, on-time completion. Bring a desire. Leave with a solid plan to accomplish it.


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In this workshop, students will gain inspiration from contemporary poets who embrace a variety of forms. Learn to follow prompts to see where they will lead you and feed your fertile imagination sufficiently to fill a new notebook or MacBook with fresh and nourishing poems.


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Do you get excited about an image or an event and start to write about it, only to run out of steam, or hit a dead end? In this four-hour class, students will learn techniques to give practice to their poetry writing. Irene Cooper will help you take those snippets, starts, and fragments and stretch your creative writing skills to shape a good idea into a complete poem.


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Join professional organizer and photo coach Debbie Bauman in this hands-on course focused on sorting and organizing printed photos. Students will learn how to identify their photo goals and develop a strategy to achieve those goals. This is a great course for those who are overwhelmed with how to start organizing their boxes, bins, and bags of printed photos and outdated media.


June 1-8, 2020, RTEC 124
Experience a uniquely dynamic, introspective, and transformative process that asks the most important life questions. This class will empower you to access your own inner wisdom, power and passion. You will be gently guided by a certified professional coach to clarify, align, and write your life vision and purpose statements based on your core values and guiding principles, and take actions that produce intentional results.


June 2-9, 2020, CHLAB 301
Redmond Community Choir provides an opportunity for amateur singers to participate in a fun choral singing experience. This non-auditioned ensemble will learn and perform a wide variety of musical styles and genres including classical, pop, sacred, jazz and spiritual. The course will culminate with a concert performance at the end of the term. All experience levels welcome. Bring $20 (cash or check) for music rental fee to the first class session.


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This final course of a three-course sequence in intermediate Mandarin Chinese language and culture course will focus on effective communication, emphasizing both the written and spoken language, as well as an understanding of the practices and products of Chinese culture. This class is a college-level language class. Although assignments, tests and quizzes are optional for Continuing Education students, you will be expected to fully participate. Some online participation is required. Textbook is required for this course. Prerequisite: CHN 202.


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Buddha taught that we all have a naturally conscious and loving presence. However, we get distracted by our reactions to life situations and develop habits of mind that overshadow our original nature. This class will explore how the Buddhist point of view guides the way to remembering the true heart/mind of compassion.


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Learn to employ the techniques of writing effective fiction and creative nonfiction, including story and plot, character development, narrative voice, scene and setting, beginnings and endings, and the use of symbols and metaphor. You will generate work through a series of exercises, prompt writing, and freewriting, and create the first draft of a story (fiction or nonfiction). Learn the principles of workshopping creative writing and share writing with one another.


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Discover how to simplify and organize your home using the KonMari Method, developed by Marie Kondo. Over the five-week course, students will learn the core principles of the KonMari Method and how to apply them. By the end of the course, you will have learned the life-changing magic of tidying up, and begin living a life that sparks joy.


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Join COCC Continuing Education on the second Tuesday of each month (October - June) for a presentation on topics that will expand your mind, ignite your creativity and broaden your horizons. Highlighting COCC faculty and Central Oregon experts, explore topics ranging from international culture to current events to emerging technologies and more.


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This introductory course will help you understand and operate an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Join an expert in the field as he covers the controversies and the role of UAS in society. Explore the ethics, rules and regulations needed to fly safely and within the law. The fundamentals of unmanned flight and proper maintenance of unmanned aerial systems will also be discussed. Each class has one-hour of hands-on flying.


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