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.

AAUW Interest Meeting

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Conway chapter is looking to revitalize its membership. We are hosting an interest meeting for all women in Conway. AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Membership with AAUW means you’re part of a community dedicated to changing the climate for women and girls. Join us for this important meeting. We need your input!

Regular Fee: FREE

Wed, February 21 -

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Refreshments will be served

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Maria Jones, AAUW State President

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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
This class is currently full - a wait list is available. Please call 501-450-3118.

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Conway Conversations: Book Discussion

In this lunch & learn event, participants will join one of three book discussion groups on a topic related to community and identity. Book options will include Braving the Wilderness (Brene’ Brown), Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates), and Everyone Communicates, Few Connect (John Maxwell). Lunch will be provided, but space is limited! RSVP to reserve your spot today. Participants are asked to do their best to read the book before the discussion, but please feel free to attend even if you haven't finished the book!

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, March 1 - March 1

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Lesley Graybeal, Wendy Holbrook, and Steven Shook

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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 Downtown

Instructor: Lt. Brad Moore

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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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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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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 more for the newborn up to age 4.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, March 10 -

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
One-Day Class

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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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Networking and Business Development

Business development strategies and tactics have changed dramatically in the past decade. Today, successful business development is contingent upon building trusted relationships and leveraging those relationships to meet new prospects. It is vital that you continuously grow and nurture these relationships. Come learn the art of networking and ways to build and leverage your business network.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, April 12 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sponsored by Old Chicago

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Small Business Loans – RESCHEDULED

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

Thurs, March 8 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One day class. This class has been RESCHEDULED from 2/20/18 to 3/8/18. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please email communityed@uca.edu or call 501-450-3118 with questions or concerns. Thank you

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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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Women’s Business Showcase

Calling all women! You're invited to attend the Women's Business Showcase hosted by the UCA Women's Leadership Network. This networking event is for those women who are just beginning their entrepreneurial journey, those who are just bumping along or those who have crossed the finish line. All women with a desire for business should attend this event. Topics include a history of women in labor markets, doing what you do best, making money while creating value, the status of women-owned businesses in Arkansas and much more... Local women-owned businesses will be exhibiting, so come out and support them! Hors d'oeuvres will be served. All events are FREE and open to all women.

Regular Fee: FREE

Wed, February 28 -

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Women’s History Month

Betsy Greer, author, designer and founder of Craftivism will join us for Women's History Month as our guest lecturer on craftivism and how we can use creativity to make the world a better place. Greer is the Norb and Carol Schedler Scholar in Residence. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Learn more about Betsy Greer by visiting craftivism.com. Sponsored by the UCA Philosophy and Religion, College of Liberal Arts, Gender Studies, Outreach and Community Engagement and Women's Leadership Network.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, March 12 -

6:00 pm -
Refreshments will be served

Location: McCastlain Ballroom UCA

Instructor: Honors College