Community Education

Community Education has been a main staple of Outreach for over 40 years. So whether you're looking for something new and fun to do or want to gain a new skill, Community Education has something for everyone--even the little ones. Browse the list below and register online for your favorite class. Discounts are available on select Community Education classes. Register Today!

Administrative Assistant Fundamentals

Discover how time management, accounting, business law, organizational behavior and management affect administrative assistant responsibilities and activities. This course will prepare you for the Certified Administrative Professional exam.

Regular Fee: $115

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Becky and Tony Swaim | ed2go

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Advanced Fiction Writing

In Advanced Fiction Writing, you'll explore the essential techniques that are often overlooked by other writing classes and textbooks. And you'll explore them in a clear, step-by-step fashion that will make it easy for you to turn your story idea into a published book.

Regular Fee: $115

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Steve Alcorn | ed2go

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Art Journaling Session 1

Art journaling has become very popular over the past few years and is a therapeutic way to explore your creativity, record your life and practice techniques like drawing and painting. This class covers choosing or creating your own journal, using basic mixed media materials, putting together a mixed media kit, different styles of art journaling, where to find prompts and a variety of mixed media techniques. At the end of this class, you will have all of the knowledge necessary to create your own art journals.

Regular Fee: $25

Sat, February 3 -

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
One-Day Class. $10 material fee. This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Jessica Lane Massingill | Messy Jessy Creates Art

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Art Journaling Session 2

Art journaling has become very popular over the past few years and is a therapeutic way to explore your creativity, record your life and practice techniques like drawing and painting. This class covers choosing or creating your own journal, using basic mixed media art materials, putting together a mixed media kit, different styles of art journaling, where to find prompts and a variety of mixed media techniques. At the end of this class, you will have all of the knowledge necessary to create your own art journals.

Regular Fee: $25

Sat, April 21 -

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
One-Day Class. $10 material fee. This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Jessica Lane Massingill | Messy Jessy Creates Art

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Automotive Care 101

This is one of our most popular classes. Automotive Care 101 will teach you about safety, checking fluid levels, changing the oil, maintaining your cooling system, winterizing your vehicle, changing a flat tire and much more.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, March 31 -

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Broadway Bound

Broadway musical theater offers a history of American popular musical styles as well as a forum to debate such vital social issues as racism, antisemitism, and gender inequality. There is no more enjoyable a way to trace the evolution of American social consciousness from 1900 through the present day than through the Broadway musical.

Regular Fee: $45

Tues, January 23 - February 6

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
This class is not eligible for the customary Community Education discount.

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Dr. Raymond-Jean Frontain | UCA English Department

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Business Protocol

First impressions count in business. This seminar will teach you proper business protocol and practical skills from handshaking and proper introductions to dining etiquette procedures such as passing food, buttering bread, addressing dining mistakes and more.

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, April 14 -

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
One-Day Class. Optional $10 material fee for workbook. This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members.

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Camera Crash Course

You’ve just bought a new camera, and you have no idea how to use it. So many buttons, settings and accessories - where do you start? Professional photographer Mike Kemp is here to help in this one-day course to get photography enthusiasts familiar with their cameras. It will touch on camera settings, composition and making the most of situations that might arise while taking photos.

Regular Fee: $80

Sat, February 10 -

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
One-Day Class. This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members.

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Couponing for Real Life

This beginners course will teach you to use coupons to maximize savings at grocery stores, retail outlets and restaurants. You will learn coupon lingo, policies, tips and tools to use in the “real world.” Sign up for this class and start saving money!

Regular Fee: $20

Tues, January 23 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members.

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Dance the Next Level Waltz/Foxtrot II

Taught by ballroom and “round dancing” experts Cathy and Fred Fisher, this course will continue the learning process begun in the previous Intro to Foxtrot and Waltz course and is intended for those that took the intro course in the fall or for those confident in their ballroom basics.

Regular Fee: $125 per couple

Tues, January 30 - April 3

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members. Optional Practice CD Fee: $5

Location: Farris Center

Instructor: Cathy & Fred Fisher

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Estates, Wills, Trusts… Oh My!

This workshop will cover the basics on estate planning such as wills, trusts and powers of attorney. Frank will discuss state benefits, veteran's benefits and asset protection law, as to how individuals and families reaching the retirement planning phase can plan ahead to protect assets from nursing home and long-term care expenses, and how families in nursing home crisis situations can protect their assets!

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, March 1 -

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members.

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Family Lego Day at UCA

This is our most popular class for kids! Kids build cars, trucks, landmarks and unique creations with Lego. Kids will receive tips for future Lego builds, learn Lego trivia and have a chance to win Lego prizes! They will also learn the basic steps in making a Lego movie using licensed Lego software. Parents or guardians must be present. Kids will receive a Lego kit and minifigure.

Regular Fee: $65

Sat, April 14 -

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members. AGES 5+

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Financing a Home Loan

Financing a home is a big step. Learn the benefits to homeownership, followed by the different loan program options available. You’ll uncover the biggest obstacles of home ownership and how to overcome those difficulties. You’ll also learn the mechanics of credit scores, what they mean, how to improve lower scores and what options are available to buyers. Ashley will take you step-by-step through the application and loan process. Sign up today!

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, March 29 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One-Day Class

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First Time Homebuyer

Planning for your future as a first time homeowner is the focus of this course. Upon completion, you will be issued an Arkansas Department of Finance Authority certificate that is a prerequisite for assistance toward a down payment or closing costs on a new home. Anyone who will be on the mortgage loan must attend this class (e.g., both husband and wife). Bring a lunch.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, May 5 -

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
One-Day Class

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Kimberly Miller

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GED Prep

If you're comfortable reading a high school textbook, doing basic math operations like fractions and decimals without a calculator and writing a short letter in English, you're ready to get started! This course will help you analyze your strengths and weaknesses so you can focus your studying on the areas that you need most. You'll get the basics of what you need to know to succeed on the four GED® test modules: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematical Reasoning. After completion of this course, you should be well-equipped to take—and pass—the GED® test!

Regular Fee: $100

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Barbara Rolston | ed2go

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GED Math Test Prep

Master the skills required to pass the Mathematical Reasoning module in the GED® test series. You'll start off with a review of math basics and begin building the foundation you'll need to solve the types of math problems commonly found on the test. In the process, you'll develop hands-on experience with percentages, proportions, statistics, algebra, geometry and more. Each lesson gives you a chance to apply your knowledge by practicing with the same kind of questions you may find on the GED® test. By the time you finish this course, you'll be much more comfortable with your math skills, and you'll know how, when, and why to use each math concept you learn.

Regular Fee: $100

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Barbara Rolston | ed2go

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GMAT Prep

This prep class will provide you with test-taking techniques and methods for improving your score and saving time on all GMAT question types. You'll review the more familiar questions and learn how to approach question types that may be new to you, like critical reasoning and data sufficiency.

Regular Fee: $100

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Benjamin N. Gialloreto | ed2go

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GRE Prep – Part 1 (Verbal and Analytical)

If you're planning to apply to graduate school, you'll likely have to take the GRE. This course is here to help! Part 1 takes you through all the question types on the verbal reasoning and analytical writing sections, including reading comprehension, text completion, sentence equivalence questions, and both essay tasks. You'll also gain pointers on time management, anxiety relief, scoring, and general standardized test-taking. Be prepared to excel on exam day to achieve your best potential score!

Regular Fee: $100

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Laura Davis | ed2go

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GRE Prep – Part 2 (Quantitative)

Part 2 features a math review and techniques for tackling the quantitative comparison, data interpretation, and standard math questions that make up the quantitative reasoning sections, as well as how to tackle the GRE's unique new question formats. You'll find pointers on time management, anxiety relief, scoring and general standardized test-taking, too. Be prepared to excel on exam day and to achieve your best potential score!

Regular Fee: $100

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Jessie Stellini | ed2go

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Health, Safety & Nutrition

Childcare providers of all kinds need to take this class. This class focuses on essential skills to keep children and their surroundings healthy and safe, such as preventing injuries and illness, basic first aid, reducing the spread of germs and properly handling and storing food. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate recognized by the Early Childhood Association as well as 15 professional development units.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, January 29 - February 26

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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How to Start a Small Business

Have you been dreaming about starting your own business but you’re not quite sure how to get started? This class provides you with the information you need to know to start your own business. You will learn from a veteran instructor who has all the resources you'll need to be on your way to owning the business of your dreams.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, February 13 -

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One-Day Class

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How to Write a Business Plan

If you are starting your own business, a business plan is a necessity. This course is designed to show the novice and seasoned business owner how to create a well-written business plan. Your business plan can mean the difference between profit and loss for your business. Business plan myths, outlines, details and information sources will be covered.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, February 27 -

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One-Day Class

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Infant and Toddler Safety

You can never be too safe when you have little ones around the house. This class will cover important safety issues such as safe newborn sleeping, child passenger safety restraint, choking prevention and basic CPR skills for the newborn up to age 4.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, September 16 -

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016

Do you work with numbers? Then you need to master Microsoft Excel 2016. Even "non-techie" beginners will find it easy to learn Excel in this fun, step-by-step online course. These lessons will teach you how to set up fully formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently. You'll learn the secrets behind writing powerful mathematical formulas and discover how to use the function wizard to quickly and automatically calculate statistics, loan payments, future value and more.

Regular Fee: $129

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Chad Wambolt | ed2go

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Introduction to Quickbooks 2017

Learn to manage the financial aspects of your small business quickly and efficiently with this powerful accounting software program. QuickBooks is designed especially for small business owners who need a fully functional accounting system that's also easy to use. Whether you're new to QuickBooks or have already used earlier versions of this accounting software program, this course will empower you to take control of the financial accounting for your business.

Regular Fee: $115

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Scott Paxton | ed2go

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Introduction to SQL

Learn key concepts of Structured Query Language (SQL), and gain a solid working knowledge of this powerful and universal database programming language. In this class, you'll learn about the basic structure of relational databases and how to read and write simple and complex SQL statements and advanced data manipulation techniques

Regular Fee: $115

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Dr. Cecelia Allison | ed2go

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Lose Weight and Keep It Off

In this comprehensive course, you'll discover how to establish a healthy approach to weight loss and weight maintenance with the help of a registered dietician.

Regular Fee: $115

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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LSAT Prep – Part 1

LSAT Prep Part 1 provides an overview of law school entrance procedures, a career in law and law school survival techniques. You will also participate in an intensive review of analytical reasoning questions, including techniques for drafting the three most helpful types of diagrams, and explanations for and interpretations of correct answer choices. You will also learn the outline format that law school admissions counselors favor for preparing the writing sample.

Regular Fee: $100

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Benjamin N. Gialloreto | ed2go

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LSAT Prep – Part 2

LSAT Prep Part 2 provides an intensive review of reading comprehension and logical reasoning questions, including techniques for quick elimination of incorrect answers, explanations and interpretations of correct answers, and proven approaches for selecting the correct answers.

Regular Fee: $100

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Benjamin N. Gialloreto | ed2go

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Medicare 101

Learn the key aspects of Medicare and the types of plans available to you and other Medicare beneficiaries. The course will cover the history of Medicare, Group vs Medicare, penalties, deferments and Medicare disability, supplements, Advantage Plans (Part C) and Prescription Drug Plans (Part D).

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, April 21 -

9:00 am - 11:00 am
One-Day Class

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MIPS

MIPS ON YOUR MIND? Join us for this free event! So what's a MIP? A MIP is a Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. If you know what a MIP is this FREE informational session is for you! Learn the ropes of the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) Review the MACRA Program specifically focusing on MIPS for eligible providers Dive deep into MIPS requirements: ACI, Quality, and IA What you MUST report to prevent penalties in 2019 and beyond Learn how to qualify for up to a 4% positive payment adjustment!

Regular Fee: FREE

Wed, January 24 - January 24

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

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Photoshop 101

If you’re looking to create flyers, social media graphics or print-ready projects, look no further than our Photoshop 101 course! In this four-part series, you will learn how to edit and manipulate photographs, choose the correct file type for your projects, make images for us on social media or the web, and create flyers and other print-ready projects.

Regular Fee: $149

Mon, February 12 - March 5

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Must bring laptop to class.

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Praxis Core Prep

Are you a prospective teacher who needs to pass the Praxis Core Exam? Have you already attempted the Praxis Core and not been successful? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this course is for you! You'll develop all the skills you need for the test as we review and prepare for everything it includes. You'll learn useful test-taking strategies and get plenty of practice questions that are similar to what you'll find on the exam.

Regular Fee: $100

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Kt Paxton | ed2go

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Sew Unique Beginners Sewing

Professional seamstress Birder Harris will show you how to get started sewing! You will learn about machine settings, needles, threads, bobbins and more. Later in the class, you'll create hems and install zippers. A supply list will be provided; you are required to bring a sewing machine.

Regular Fee: $100

Thurs, February 1 - February 22

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members.

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Sew Unique Intermediate Sewing

Go beyond zippers, buttons and stitches! You will learn about different types of fabrics, as well as how to read patterns and use them effectively. By the end of class, you will complete a shoulder bag and a lightweight jacket. A supply list will be provided; you are required to bring a sewing machine.

Regular Fee: $100

Thurs, March 8 - March 29

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members.

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Small Business Loans

Obtaining a small business loan can be a daunting task, but this course will prepare you for the loan application process. You will learn about various loan types, documentation associated with different business structures and the steps required to complete the loan process.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, February 20 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One day class

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Successful Product Launching: Skincare, Haircare and More

Do you dream of having your own skincare, cosmetic or hair care line but don’t know where to begin? Angela will teach you all the steps needed to launch a successful product line. You will start with your own ideas and by the conclusion of class, you will have a working knowledge of all the steps needed to launch your product. You will receive a workbook to guide you through every step needed once you are ready to begin.

Regular Fee: FREE | Required Material Fee: $25

Mon, June 11 -

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
One-Day Class. NO fees will be taken for registration purposes - Material Fees go directly to instructor.

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Swinging Into Jive

Looking for a date night? An answer to the empty nester syndrome? Round out your life with dance! This is a beginner course, no experience needed - just a willingness to learn and your favorite dance partner! Dance veterans Cathy and Fred Fisher are there to help you every step of the way with group lessons that also incorporate individual attention. The structured approach used allows new dancers to learn more quickly and easily.

Regular Fee: $125 per couple | Optional Practice CD: $5

Tues, January 30 - April 3

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members.

Location: Farris Center

Instructor: Cathy & Fred Fisher

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Teaching Preschool: A Year of Inspiring Lessons

If you've been teaching preschoolers or are in the process of becoming a preschool teacher, you know what short attention spans preschoolers have. You've probably wondered how to structure your days to make the most of the way they learn. In this class, you'll learn over 100 circle-discussion, art, literacy, fine and large motor skill, science and music activities that you can take into your classroom right away.

Regular Fee: $102

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Kt Paxton | ed2go

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Website Development 101

Want to learn how to personalize your website or change your template? Want to know more about HTML and CSS, but don’t know where to start? Join us for Website Development 101, a four-part series for beginners, business owners and developers alike! Learn how to manipulate your website template, change colors and texts, and make your website look custom built.

Regular Fee: $149 or $99 for UCA Affiliates

Thurs, March 1 - March 22

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Must bring own laptop.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: TBA

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Wedding Etiquette

Wedding etiquette can be overwhelming nowadays. With how to handle mixed families, who to invite, who is responsible for what and so on. This course will review invitation etiquette, gift etiquette, thank you notes, order of service, responsibilities of bridal party and family, toasting etiquette and much more. Walk through your wedding experience with ease and confidence.

Regular Fee: $15

Sat, February 24 -

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
One-Day Class

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Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers

Who doesn't know the fear of the blank page? How can we transform our visions into the written word? Is it really possible to become a terrific writer? You'll find the answer to these and more of your questions in Writeriffic. In this high-energy class you'll learn lots of tricks from the published writer's toolbox. Whether you're at work now or hoping to write a novel, a nonfiction book, a memoir, short stories or articles, Writeriffic liberates the imaginative, inventive bolts of genius that are inside everyone. If you've ever dreamed of hearing your writer's voice and writing what's in your heart and head, this class will make it happen.

Regular Fee: $115

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Eva Shaw, Ph.D. | ed2go

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