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.

Engaging the Eight Sectors of Your Community

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement partners with United Way of Central Arkansas to offer a series of professional development workshops for nonprofits. All workshops are FREE and open to government and nonprofit professionals. If you have questions about the series, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Program Director, at 501-852-7416 or email her at lgraybeal@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, October 3 - October 3

9:00 am - 11:00 am
This class is open to staff of nonprofit and government agencies only.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Karen Walker

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Arkansas IPSE Summit

The movement toward inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) programs is growing on over 250 campuses across the nation. Learn about the IPSE concepts and how it can be an asset on your campus. University of Memphis Institute on Disability, University of Central Arkansas Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, and University of Central Arkansas College of Education have partnered to bring the Interdisciplinary Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) summit for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to UCA.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, Fri, November 2 - November 3

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Arkansas Preschool Plus Summit

This summit is a professional development opportunity for preschool and day care providers to gain information on autism, nutrition and Itty Bitty Economics. The day includes an opening keynote presentation, three breakout sessions, panel discussion and an interactive poverty simulation. You will receive 5.5 units of professional development credit for attending this summit.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, September 9 -

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: BHCC

Instructor: | Arkansas Preschool Plus

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, October 21 -

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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De-Escalation Training

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement partners with United Way of Central Arkansas to offer a series of professional development workshops for nonprofits. All workshops are FREE and open to government and nonprofit professionals. If you have questions about the series, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Program Director, at 501-852-7416 or email her at lgraybeal@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, March 6 - March 6

9:00 am - 11:00 am
This class is open to staff of nonprofit and government agencies only.

Location: UCA PD Outreach Center

Instructor: Lt. Brad Moore

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DIY Interior Paint and Drywall Repair

Whether you color inside the lines or think outside the box, painting is an easy way to update a room. Master a few simple painting techniques to transform your home with color. Once you learn the skills to repair damaged drywall, prep the walls, and smooth on the perfect shade, you’ll be on a roll.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, September 9 -

10:00 am - 11:00 am
One-Day Class

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Event Planning Tips and Tricks

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement partners with United Way of Central Arkansas to offer a series of professional development workshops for nonprofits. All workshops are FREE and open to government and nonprofit professionals. If you have questions about the series, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Program Director, at 501-852-7416 or email her at lgraybeal@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, November 7 - November 7

9:00 am - 11:00 am
This class is open to staff of nonprofit and government agencies only.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Melanie Watson

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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, September 16 -

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

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Kimberly Miller

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Fundraising Pyramid 101

This pre-series workshop for the four-week ARCF/UCA Nonprofit Board Development Workshop Series is FREE of charge and will provide participants with a basic understanding of the fundraising pyramid in preparation for a more in-depth exploration of fundraising, capital campaigns, and planned giving in the full Board Development Workshop Series. This pre-series workshop is open to any nonprofit staff and board members. If you are interested in attending the full series, registration for a team of up to four board members and staff is $50 and can be completed at https://www.regonline.com/BDWS2017. Please contact Lesley Graybeal at 501-852-7416 or lgraybeal@uca.edu with questions.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, September 12 - September 12

9:00 am - 11:00 am
This class is open to nonprofit staff and board members only.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor:

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Getting Out of the Boxes: Racing toward communication, connection and community

In this event, participants will come together to talk with one another and raise awareness about how race affects the economic, political, and social well-being of the entire Conway community. Refreshments will be provided and an optional service project will be available following the program.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, November 14 - November 14

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Faulkner County Library

Instructor:

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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, September 11 - October 9

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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How to Install a Faucet

Upgrading or installing a new faucet in your home is a small change that can make a big difference! Along with updating the aesthetic of your home, knowing how to install a faucet is a practical skill that can improve water efficiency, saving energy and money.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, October 14 -

10:00 am - 11:00 am
One-Day Class

Location: The Home Depot

Instructor: Mike Myers

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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, October 16 - October 16

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

Mon, October 30 -

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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Know Before You Go: The Costs of College Workshop

Designed for the parents of high school students, participants will learn about the different types of financial aid, how to calculate the costs of college, and how to make a plan to afford the college of your choice.

Regular Fee: FREE

Fri, October 13 -

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: BHCC 111/113

Instructor: UCA Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, University College and UCA Family Network

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Know Before You Go: The Costs of College Workshop

Designed for the parents of high school students, participants will learn about the different types of financial aid, how to calculate the costs of college, and how to make a plan to afford the college of your choice.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, September 16 -

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: UCA Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, University College UCA Family Network

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 7 -

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Robin Fletcher | The Hatcher Agency

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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, September 5 - September 12

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Must attend both sessions.

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Teach Civility

Participants will be guided through interactive activities and discussions designed to integrate civility into the core academic and community programming. This event is geared toward educators, parents, children and youth community organization leaders. K-12 educators receive 2 professional development units for attending.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, August 29 - August 29

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Volunteer Management

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement partners with United Way of Central Arkansas to offer a series of professional development workshops for nonprofits. All workshops are FREE and open to government and nonprofit professionals. If you have questions about the series, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Program Director, at 501-852-7416 or email her at lgraybeal@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, February 6 - February 6

9:00 am - 11:00 am
This class is open to staff of nonprofit and government agencies only.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Ellen Brown

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Women’s Leadership Network Reception

UCA is kicking off its new Women’s Leadership Network with a reception hosted by UCA's First Lady Jenny Davis. Providing plentiful opportunities to meet other women from various backgrounds in Conway, this network also encourages mentorship and empowerment of women. To serve as a mentor or sign up to be mentored (or both!), please register online and join us for food and fellowship while we learn about the exciting events to come.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, September 11 -

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Open to women in Conway.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Various