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.

Investment Costs: Learning What and How You Pay (8/27/19)

Discover your investment cost savings options at all levels of investing and learn how to minimize the cost of investing no matter where you invest. Let Laura Holder and Bud Welch walk you through the many different investment options that are available. This class is educational in nature - no specific products will be discussed.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, August 27 - August 27

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Laura Holder and Bud Welch | Wells Fargo Advisors

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Disability Seminar

You will learn about disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration: Social Disability and Supplemental Security Income. Throughout the course you will compare these two programs by discussing the technical qualifications of each. You will review the medical qualifications, the application process, Medicare and Medicaid as it pertains to each program and Social Security's online services.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, September 5 - September 5

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Phylis Dills

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Retirement Seminar

During this course, you will discover how to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits, the difference between reduced, full and delayed retirement, how Social Security benefits are calculated and more. You will also learn about the other types of insurance available through Social Security, the taxation of benefits and Medicare - including enrollment periods.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, September 5 - September 5

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Phylis Dills

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Estates, Wills, & Trusts

Learn the basics of estate planning such as wills, trusts and powers of attorney. Local attorney Frank Dudeck 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, September 10 - September 10

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Frank Dudeck | Dudeck Law Firm

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Know Before You Go: Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay, Part 1 – The Basics

Those who fund scholarships want to feel comfortable about awarding these funds each year, and they view the essay portion as the best representation of each applicant. Let Donna Hill show you the basics concerning the framing of an eloquent and thorough essay that will allow your best qualities to shine through.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, September 14 - September 14

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Donna Hill

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Women’s Self-Defense Workshop

NOTE: THIS CLASS HAS BEEN MOVED TO SATURDAY, SEPT. 28th. During the Women's Self Defense Workshop, you will learn basic, effective "real life" self-defense tactics. Awareness to surroundings, most effective techniques, avoidance, etc. will also be discussed. The workshop is based on Street Smart Self Defense System which was developed by Master Brice Bishop several years ago. Master Bishop, who will be conducting the workshop, is an 8th degree black belt and is the owner of National Black Belt Academy here in Conway.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, September 28 - September 28

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CLASS WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 28th

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Balance: Body & Soul – A Movement Class

Balance, Body, & Soul is a movement class with the goal of helping you reconnect with your body and restore and improve balance and posture. If you live a sedentary lifestyle due to job demands, age or injury, you will find this course beneficial, or even if you're just looking to get yourself moving, you should discover ways of being that will promote a stronger, more nimble body. Each class will build on the previous week's work and will borrow techniques from Tai Chi, ballet, Thai bodywork and play.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, September 23 - October 28

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Leigh Ann Warriner, MMT, CMLDT

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How to Start a Small Business

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

Tues, September 24 - September 24

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Dr. Don Bradley

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For-profit / Nonprofit Collaborations through Service Learning & Social Entrepreneurship

Did you know that for-profits and nonprofits can collaborate for social causes? Did you know there’s profit for your passions as you make a difference in the lives of others? As you develop your service learning objectives for positive societal change, learn actual funding strategies that can effectively aid with 1) community engagement 2) sustainability for nonprofits and for-profits, and 3) generate certain economic growth for viable municipal initiatives.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, September 26 - September 26

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Workshop is part of the UCA & Hendrix Community Partner Summit

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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

Thurs, September 26 - September 26

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Dr. Don Bradley

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Life Restructuring 101

Fit is important, whether it's your clothes, your career or even your life. Do you see the empty-nester or even the retirement phase of your life on the horizon? If so, then come hear the team from Caring Transitions outline effective ways for you to reshape your life into one that exhibits efficiency and offers you peace of mind.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, October 1 - October 1

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Michael Kidd | Caring Transitions

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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 5 - October 5

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Know Before You Go: Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay, Part 2 – Editing the Essay

Writing is not a one-time thing - it's a process. Return for the second part of this workshop to allow Donna to constructively critique your essay generated form the previous workshop. Allow her to show you various methods of fine-tuning your essay, allowing you to be in the best position to receive a portion of the thousands of scholarship dollars that go unawarded every year.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, October 5 - October 5

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Donna Hill

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Financing a Home Loan

Financing a home loan is a big step, Learn the benefits to homeownership, followed by the different loan program options available. You'll uncover the biggest obstacles of homeownership 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 Newman will take you step-by-step through the application and loan process. Sign up today!

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, October 8 - October 8

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Ashley Newman

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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 12 - October 12

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Robin Fletcher | Hatcher Agency

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Productive Conflict for Organizations and Communities: Critical Thinking and Listening in Conversation about Poverty

This workshop teaches participants how to communicate effectively, listen critically, and, most importantly, create space for disagreement. Community and organizational leaders who embrace disagreement and regard differences of opinion as opportunities for growth and increased understanding will find their teams more resilient and prepared to meet challenges head-on. We will examine productive conflict in the context of conversations about poverty—an issue facing our community and at the center of many organizational missions. Participants will learn to think about this pressing social issue in new and complex ways. Using productive conflict, participants will consider methods of combating poverty that differ from those they have embraced previously; they will explore diverse perspectives and learn the value of weighing the advantages and disadvantages of various proposals. As participants truly engage, listen to, and learn from one another, they will come away with a more nuanced understanding of the issue at hand. They will also take away a flexible, repeatable process for engaging in productive conflict that they can use in their professional and personal lives.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, October 14 - October 14

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Know Before You Go: The Costs of College Workshop (10/22/19)

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

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, October 22 - October 22

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Donna Hill

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“These Kids Are Driving Me Crazy” – Classroom Management Techniques for Better Relationships

This high-impact session offers K-8 teachers and administrators two distinct techniques from the book "Success Favors Well-Prepared Teachers." This session will also feature strategies to manage student behavior, cultivate healthy relationships and support social and emotional recovery. Each strategy is based on principles of restorative justice and positive behavior guidance. Participants will engage in small and whole group activities along with interactive, situational role plays to support the authentic delivery of each strategy across any K-8 classroom. This will not be a typical "sit and get" professional development workshop. This session is designed to be fun, engaging and energetic. It will definitely keep participants moving! You will receive 2 professional development units.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, October 31 - October 31

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Candice Barnes & Todd Parker | Parker Education & Development, LLC

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Know Before You Go: The Costs of College Workshop (11/2/19)

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, November 2 - November 2

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Donna Hill

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Investment Costs: Learning What and How You Pay (11/7/19)

Discover your investment cost savings options at all levels of investing, and learn how to minimize the cost of investing no matter where you invest. Let Laura Holder and Bud Welch walk you through the many different investment options that are available. This class is educational in nature- no specific, products will be discussed.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, November 7 - November 7

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Laura Holder and Bud Welch | Wells Fargo Advisors

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Connecting increases your influence in every situation. Learn how to identify with people and relate to others in a way that increases your influence with them. To be a successful leader, you need to learn to communicate in a way that connects with others. If you can connect with others—one-on-one, in groups, and with an audience—your sense of community improves, your ability to create teamwork increases, and your influence skyrockets. People who connect with others have better relationships, experience less conflict, and get more things done than those who cannot connect. Leaders who have learned the art of connection are able to communicate their ideas persuasively, establishing buy-in and attracting followers.

Regular Fee: FREE

Wed, February 5 - February 5

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Fredierick Smith

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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. School groups only, no individuals. Please call Paula Myers at 501-450-5261 for more details and scheduling questions.

Regular Fee: FREE

August 22 - December 6

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Old Main

Instructor: Various Instructors

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Effective Time Prioritization

Nonprofit leaders have to wear many hats; this workshop teaches the skills necessary to improve time management, prioritization and organization of tasks, better workflow, and increase productivity.

Regular Fee: FREE

Wed, November 13 - November 13

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Sharon Lanier

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