Free Classes

We have partnered with businesses and organizations from the community to offer you a variety of no cost classes that will help get you started on a variety of projects or get involved in the community. Browse the list below and register today! Need help, contact us at 501.450.3118 or outreach@uca.edu.

Arkansas Preschool Plus Summit

This summit is a professional development opportunity for preschool and day care providers to gain information on various topics and concerns that caregivers currently face. Participants will choose between various breakout sessions including Child Abuse Prevention presented by Leia Smith of Children’s Advocacy Alliance and a Make-and-Take workshop led by Carol Crockett of Child Care Aware. UCA’s First Lady, Jenny Davis, will speak at the luncheon. Jamie Ward, owner of Curricula Concepts, will conduct the afternoon session on Caring Conversations Cafe. Attendees will receive up to 5.5 professional development units for attending this summit.

Regular Fee: FREE (Lunch Included)

Sat, September 8 -

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: BHCC

Instructor: Varies | Arkansas Preschool Plus

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Reflecting Together on Curriculum, Student Engagement, and Resiliency

Educators that have had the opportunity to honestly reflect upon and discuss their professional growth, effectiveness, and goals together in a community of other educators at varying stages of their profession have great potential for improving their practice for student achievement. The artworks on display at UCA Downtown are visual metaphors of Dr. Kuster’s lifelong career as a teacher. These will provide unique gateways for perspectives and interactions and collective commitments toward participants’ professional growth. The hands-on art-making response activities will offer participants new ideas for future lesson planning in their K-12 classrooms. This workshop is most relevant for K-12 Art, Language Arts, GT, and Special Ed instructors. Choose between the 9am - 12pm class and/or the 1pm - 4pm class for three (3) PD credits, or select the full-day option (9am - 4pm with a one-hour lunch) for six (6) PD credits. The professional development workshop will be followed by an exhibition reception in the UCA Downtown gallery from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. celebrating the current art exhibit, The Makings of a Teacher: Textile Art by Deborah Kuster.

Regular Fee: FREE

Fri, September 21 -

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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, September 25 -

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Don Bradley | Little Rock Score

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Board Development Workshop: Donor Communication & Stewardship (Part 1)

In the first session of this two-part series, Lea Whitlock (Director of Communications for the Arkansas Community Foundation) and Joan Shofner (Executive Director of Advancement Services, UCA) will help nonprofit leaders and board members consider the importance of transparency to donors, explore why and how donors give, and develop a donor stewardship plan. In the second session, students in the UCA Public Relations Student Society of America will work hands-on with nonprofit leaders and board members to develop a communications deliverable (such as a social media post or infographic).

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, October 4 - October 4

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Lea Whitlock, Joan Shofner

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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 low 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, October 4 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Ashley Newman

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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, veterans 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

Tues, October 9 -

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Frank Dudeck | Dudeck Law Firm

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Business Protocol

Set yourself and your business apart with these practical ways to show respect and professionalism in the workplace. Save yourself potential embarrassment by learning the proper technique and etiquette for networking, handshakes, the art of conversation and even passing out your business card. You will also learn "techno-etiquette" for phone calls and emails to keep you current on all of the latest protocols for today's technology-infused business climate.

Regular Fee: FREE

Fri, October 12 -

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Elianna Temple

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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, October 13 -

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Robin Fletcher | The Hatcher Agency

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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). A lunch break will be provided.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, October 13 -

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: April Smith & Elizabeth Wilson | Universal Housing Development Corporation

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Stewards of Children – Child Abuse Prevention Training

The Stewards of Children® training is engaging and thought provoking. This session includes a two-part DVD presentation with commentary from sexual abuse survivors, experts in the field and concerned adults. The discussion will emphasize important issues in prevention within the community and organizations that serve children and youth. An interactive workbook will guide discussion, reinforce key concepts, and serve as a resource and personal action plan for resolving child sexual abuse. The Stewards of Children® training is free to all trainees and a certificate and 2 professional development units will be awarded following completion of training.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, October 15 - October 15

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: BHCC

Instructor: Leia Smith | Children's Advocacy Alliance

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Charity Tracker Training

Come learn how to use this online tool (available through United Way of Central Arkansas) for collaborating with other nonprofits on case management, resource development, strategic planning, measuring outcomes, and much more! Maximize your impact by working more efficiently to share needs and resources with others in your community.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, October 16 - October 16

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor:

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Board Development Workshop: Donor Communication & Stewardship (Part 2)

In the first session of this two-part series, Lea Whitlock (Director of Communications for the Arkansas Community Foundation) and Joan Shofner (Executive Director of Advancement Services, UCA) will help nonprofit leaders and board members consider the importance of transparency to donors, explore why and how donors give, and develop a donor stewardship plan. In the second session, students in the UCA Public Relations Student Society of America will work hands-on with nonprofit leaders and board members to develop a communications deliverable (such as a social media post or infographic).

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, October 18 - October 18

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor:

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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. This course is great for college students!

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, October 27 -

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Hines Service Center

Instructor: Brian Armstrong

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Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World

Captain Patrishia Knott, local Corps Officer for the Salvation Army, is a Certified Getting Ahead Facilitator. She will be sharing an overview of the material, focusing on the mental models, driving forces, and different perspectives across economic classes that result in misconceptions and disconnects.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, November 1 - November 1

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Patrishia Knott

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Smart Recycling

Join the Department of Sanitation for this free “Smart Recycling” presentation, and learn the ins and outs of the industry and Conway’s recycling program. Conway’s recycling educator will discuss acceptable items, current trade news and answer your sanitation questions. This course will culminate with a class tour of Conway’s Material Recovery Facility. Students must provide own transportation.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, Fri, November 15 - November 16

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Whitney Reuschling

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