All Classes

Scroll through the list of all classes that are listed in the Outreach Catalog for this semester. All classes are listed in alphabetical order and you can register online for one or more classes. If you have questions or need help, please contact us at 501.450.3118 or outreach@uca.edu.

Know Before You Go: Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay

Now that you've learned about the many different places to look for scholarships, it's time to learn how to close the deal! Donna Hill, instructor of the "Show Me the Money!" workshop, returns to show you how to put together an essay that will put you in the best position to GET the money! Donna will provide you with valuable tips regarding the structure, tone and content of your application essay. Those who give out scholarship monies want to feel comfortable about whom these monies are given to each year, and they view the essay portion as the best representation of each applicant. Let Donna show you eloquent and effective ways to frame an essay that will allow your best qualities to shine through.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, April 2 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Donna Hill

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There’s A Grant for That!

The Minority Vendor Partnership initiative at UCA is pleased to provide a grant writing workshop "There's A Grant for That!" led by the incomparable Sherita Herring-Oglesby. Sherita Herring has raised over 30 million dollars and has helped to form over 600 businesses and nonprofit organizations that operate worldwide. In this easy-to-follow, comprehensive workshop, Sherita will provide you with a different set of eyes and ears to give you an entirely different perspective when viewing the community and businesses around you . . . GUARANTEED! You will leave with more knowledge than you ever thought about how to submit grant proposals. This workshop is ideal for minorities working for nonprofit organizations and/or for-profit businesses and companies or aspiring entrepreneurs. BONUS *Learn more about how to do business with UCA through our procurement office.

Regular Fee: FREE

Wed, April 17 -

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lunch will be provided

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Culinary Team Building Challenge

Get out of the office and into the kitchen with a unique and fun team-building opportunity through UCA Outreach! The secret ingredients to a highly effective team are cooperation, communication and creativity. UCA Outreach will work with your organization to customize a program and menu that accomplishes your team building goals. This culinary challenge allows organizations to take team building to a new level! The culinary exercises allow groups to explore their creative side by making delicious dishes, but most of all teams will (1) enhance communication, (2) increase creative thinking, (3) improve time management and productivity, (4) build teamwork and trust and (5) strengthen collaboration and planning skills. Re-energize your team today! Click the register button to fill out the Culinary Team Building Challenge Interest Form.

Regular Fee: Customized Training Service - cost to be determined

February 4 - August 2

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Call 501-450-5275 or email ecooper1@uca.edu for more details.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Emily Cooper/Dr. Shaneil Ealy

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Bears on Campus – A STEM Experience

A unique field trip experience for students in grades 8-10 to connect with college life and STEM at the University of Central Arkansas. Students will engage in an action-packed day of touring the beautiful campus of UCA, learning about the history and culture of the local campus and engaging in STEM events with university faculty and students. Limited dates are available - sign up today! For more information, please contact Paula Myers at 501-450-5261 or paulam@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Fri, February 22 -

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Old Main

Instructor: Various Instructors

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Cake Decorating Phase 2

Students will learn skills to make simple, pretty flowers, enhance piping skills, learn new borders and work with royal icing. Other skills include Basic Principles of Cake Design, Floral Cake Design, Reverse Shell and the Rose. Students will need basic cake decorating tools, which can be purchased at local hobby or craft stores. Supply list will be provided.

Regular Fee: $59

Mon, March 4 - April 1

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Excludes March 18

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Marieda Priest

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ACT Prep Course II

This course is designed for high school students (10th grade and above) who have previously scored between 17-25 on the ACT or for high schoolers who have yet to take the test. Three UCA faculty, experienced in leading ACT Prep courses, will review subject material and offer test-taking tips to help students progress through the exam in a more reasonable and timely manner. Class sizes are kept fairly small to maximize learning.

Regular Fee: $100

Mon, Wed, Fri, March 25 - April 10

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Laura Bowles, Lisa Christman, Leah Horton and Carl Olds

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NEW! A Weigh to Lose: Making Lifestyle Changes

Former yo-yo dieter Kim McPherson is ready to point you toward the path of permanent weight loss. From her years of losing and gaining weight and then finally shedding extra pounds for good, she is ready to share her expertise from three different aspects of the weight-loss spectrum: food addiction, lifestyle changes and motivation. Take advantage of one or all three of these free sessions to stop the weight fluctuation and frustration and start weight regulation and reduction!

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, March 25 -

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Kim McPherson | A Weigh to Lose

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NEW! Spice (and Herb) it Up!

cooking class

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, upgrade your spice rack to something divine. Allow Chef Brandon to show you how to stock your kitchen with mind blowing flavor. With his help, you will create your own unique blend of herbs and spices that could potentially rival a famous Colonel’s recipe. So long to bland chicken, fish, steak and veggies.

Regular Fee: $49

Tues, March 26 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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NEW! Fashion Freestyle

Be free to express your fashion personality in this course. With your acquaintance of elementary sewing skills, veteran seamstress Birder Harris will guide you through your dream sewing project! You will begin the course by working through the basics. Then, bring a pattern of your choosing and finish it with one-on-one assistance and instruction from Birder. With an experienced instructor at your side, you'll reach new fashion heights! Make sure to bring your sewing machine and all the necessary materials to complete your design.

Regular Fee: $80

Thurs, March 28 - April 18

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Birder Harris

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NEW! Inspired Vegan Creations (FULL)

vegan cooking

Michael Qandah, aka Happy Bear Cooking, got his culinary start in his family's BBQ joint, expanded his culinary career to other restaurants and even spent seven years as a butcher. Then, he fell in love with a vegan and decided to take a different approach to his cooking. Happy Bear Cooking aims to bridge the gap between meat-eaters and vegans. Join Michael in the preparation of vegan carbonara, lasagna and a variety of other tasty vegan dishes. It's time to shatter your expectations of plant-based food! This class is currently at capacity. If you would like to join the wait list, hit the registration button below.

Regular Fee: $49

Sat, March 30 -

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hands on class

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Serving Latinx Communities

This workshop will help leaders of nonprofit organizations identify the challenges of reaching the Latinx community and equip nonprofits to find and create ways to overcome these barriers, concluding with a fun introduction to conversational Spanish.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, April 4 - April 4

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Nonprofit Workshop Series

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Ericka Gutierrez

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NEW! Smartphone Photography (FULL)

You take photos with your camera phone every day, but do you really know how to use it to its full potential? Let smartphone expert Tommy Wallace equip you with the skills to create beautiful photos with your camera phone. Not only will you discover what makes a great photo by using photographic principles and techniques, but you will put them into practice as well! No need to buy a professional camera and equipment - capture life's every moment in stunning detail with the technology right at your fingertips!

Regular Fee: $40

Tues, April 2 - April 9

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tommy Wallace

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Cake Decorating Phase 3

Students will learn advanced skills like tiered cakes, Gum Paste and Fondant 101, Bow Loops, Basic Principles of Floral Cake Design and more. Students will need basic fondant/cake decorating tools, which can be purchased at local hobby and craft stores. Supply list will be provided.

Regular Fee: $59

Mon, April 8 - April 29

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Marieda Priest

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NEW! A Weigh to Lose: Staying Motivated

Former yo-yo dieter Kim McPherson is ready to point you toward the path of permanent weight loss. From her years of losing and gaining weight and then finally shedding extra pounds for good, she is ready to share her expertise from three different aspects of the weight-loss spectrum: food addiction, lifestyle changes and motivation. Take advantage of one or all three of these free sessions to stop the weight fluctuation and frustration and start weight regulation and reduction!

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, April 9 -

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Kim McPherson | A Weigh to Lose

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Bunny Hop Brunch III

kids cooking classes

Back again! In this class, your youngster will create a brunch menu that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Young chefs will cook a main dish and a special dessert. Don’t be surprised when they come home ready to showcase their cooking skills to family and friends. Hop on down for a good time!

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, April 13 -

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hands-on class, ages 7-12

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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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, April 13 -

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, April 22 -

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Whitney Reuschling

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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, April 22 - April 22

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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NEW! Raise the Steaks!

Have you ever had a steak so tender it cuts like “butta”? Spend the evening with our expert, Chef Brandon Douglas, to learn how to find the best cut of meat and how to properly baste a steak. Of course, the perfect steak dinner is not complete without the perfect potatoes. You may arrive as an amateur, but you will leave as a master of steak.

Regular Fee: $49

Tues, April 23 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Bears on Campus – A STEM Experience

A unique field trip experience for students in grades 8-10 to connect with college life and STEM at the University of Central Arkansas. Students will engage in an action-packed day of touring the beautiful campus of UCA, learning about the history and culture of the local campus and engaging in STEM events with university faculty and students. Limited dates are available - sign up today! For more information, please contact Paula Myers at 501-450-5261 or paulam@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Fri, May 3 -

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Old Main

Instructor: Various Instructors

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Mother’s Day Cookies!

We’re inviting your kiddos to get OUR kitchen messy and bake treats for Mom! Bring your young chefs to UCA Downtown to learn how to bake and decorate delicious cookies. Kids will work together and learn to make cookie dough, royal icing and construct creative confections exclusively for Moms to enjoy!

Regular Fee: $35

Fri, May 10 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hands-on class, ages 7-12

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Jacquelyn Wilbanks

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NEW! Cubs in the Kitchen: Summertime Snacks!

Afternoon park trips, expeditions to the swimming pool, awesome water parks, looooong car rides ... the season will be here before you know it! Big bears and lil' bears will work together to cook delicious treats and leave with great snack ideas for these special summer moments. Yay for summer!

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, May 18 -

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hands-on class, ages 3-6 with adult

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Summer Reading Institute

Since 2015, UCA Outreach and Community Engagement has offered reading programs designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. The Institute of Reading Development has taught valuable reading skills to more than two million students across the United States since 1970. Like many other colleges and universities nationwide, UCA Outreach is proud to bring the Institute’s programs and instructors to families in our community. These customized programs help students become better readers at every age and inspire a love of books and reading. In the programs for children (4-year-olds through 5th grade), students have fun while learning phonics and word-attack skills, building fluency and comprehension, and becoming confident readers. Your child will be excited about books and reading and get off to a great start in the upcoming school year. In the programs for adolescents (6th grade and up), students improve comprehension in both fiction and non-fiction while doubling their reading speed. Students get better grades in school by learning the best way to read and study textbooks, take notes, and study for tests. The Summer Reading Institute meets May - June 29 at UCA.

Regular Fee: Varies

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Reading programs for all ages

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Citizens Academy

The UCA Citizens Academy is a 13-week program emphasizing civic engagement at the local and regional level. Meeting one evening per week during the 2019 fall semester, sessions include presentations on many of the units and services of local and regional government with special attention on how citizens can become more involved. Unlike many other citizen academies, the UCA Citizens Academy addresses a wide array of issues. Space is limited and applications will be accepted on a competitive basis. Applications Due April 1, 2019! Questions? Contact Dr. Clay Arnold at (501) 450-3412 or carnold@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: $50

Tues, September 3 - December 3

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: UCA Campus

Instructor: Various

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Accounting Fundamentals Series

If you’re a sole proprietor looking to manage your business finances or you simply want to gain an understanding of accounting basics for career advancement or for personal use, these courses will give you a solid foundation in financial matters. Level up with this course!

Regular Fee: $174

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Begins Monthly - Options are January 16; February 13; March 13; April 17

Location: Online

Instructor: Charlene Messier | Ed2Go

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Grant Writing Suite

Get three courses in one bundle! A to Z Grant Writing, Advanced Grant Proposal Writing and Becoming a Grant Writing Consultant. Learn how to research and write winning proposals that get funded, become proficient in the proposal format used by the vast majority of public foundations and learn to become a grant writing consultant.

Regular Fee: $261

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Begins Monthly - Options are January 16; February 13; March 13; April 17

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Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016

Become proficient in using Microsoft Excel 2016 (now available through Office 365) and discover how to create worksheets, workbooks, charts and graphs quickly and efficiently.

Regular Fee: $129

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Begins Monthly - Options are January 16; February 13; March 13; April 17

Location: Online

Instructor: Chad Wambolt | Ed2Go

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SQL Series

Learn the basic structure of relational databases and how to read and write simple and complex SQL statements and advanced data manipulation techniques. By the end of this course, you’ll have a solid working knowledge of SQL. You will feel confident in your ability to write SQL queries to create tables; retrieve data from single or multiple tables; delete, insert and update data in a database and gather significant statistics from data stored in a database.

Regular Fee: $174

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Begins Monthly - Options are January 16; February 13; March 13; April 17

Location: Online

Instructor: Dr. Cecelia Allison | Ed2Go

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Summer Camps

Each year, the University of Central Arkansas offers an array of summer learning opportunities for youth. We are proud to offer summer enrichment programs in reading, writing, health, foreign language, sports and a variety of other educational topics designed especially for youth grades pre-K through 12. These summer programs have been developed by UCA Sports and academic departments. Please take time to browse the entire list of offerings and sign your student up for one or more summer programs.

Regular Fee: Varies

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat,

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Programs are offered at various campus locations.

Location: UCA Campus

Instructor: Various | UCA Summer Camps Website