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.

Fall Prevention and Home Safety

The Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) will present a free educational program to learn about how to identify and prevent the risk of falls, physical and mental consequences of falling, resources for safety checks and exercises for fall prevention.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, February 9 - February 9

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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Financing a Home Loan

Financing a home is a big step. Learn the benefits to homeownership as well as the different loan program options available. Find out what the biggest obstacles are toward home ownership and how to overcome them. 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 is ready to take you step-by-step through the application and loan process. Sign up today!

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, April 8 - April 8

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Instructor: ASHLEY NEWMAN, MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR, CENTENNIAL MORTGAGE NMLS#1268524

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Gettin’ Dirty with an Arkansas Archaeologist (Virtual)

Within the boundaries that define the state of Arkansas is a region filled with a long history of occupations, first by Native peoples and later by settlers in the early 19th century. The region is a wealth of historical and archaeological resources that document several thousand years of people utilizing, living, and thriving on the land now known as Arkansas. These people left traces of their daily lives, various uses of the landscape, a long history of exchange and trade with neighboring peoples and cultures, and tangible examples of symbolic connectedness to the region. Explore the diversity of this rich heritage by “gettin’ dirty” with Dr. Duncan McKinnon, Director of the Jamie C. Brandon Center for Archaeological Research here at UCA. During a three-week period every March, journey into the past with Dr. McKinnon to explore a time long ago – but not forgotten.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, March 4 - March 18

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The First People: The Earliest Inhabitants of Arkansas March 4th: Migration Patterns of Early Inhabitants Have you ever wondered about the first people to live in this land that we now know as Arkansas? How long ago did people first roam the landscape of Arkansas and surrounding regions? Known to archaeologists as Paleoindians, these people were highly mobile as they roamed the land gathering wild foods and hunting “megafauna” using sophisticated stone tool technologies. Explore current evidence revealing their various paths of migration as they first occupied North America. March 11th: The Daily Life of Early Inhabitants What about the daily lives of the earliest inhabitants? Paleoindians were very resourceful during a time in which the climate was very different. What was necessary of them to survive? What kinds of stone tools did they create and use? What types of foods did they hunt and gather? Examine the evidence left behind that reveals the day-to-day activities that define lives of Paleoindian people in Arkansas and North America. March 18th: Symbolic and Ceremonial Expressions of Early Inhabitants In addition to evidence for daily activities, there are also examples left by early inhabitants that provide a glimpse into their symbolic and ceremonial expressions. Did you know that the earliest documented ceremonial burial ground in the Americas is right here in Arkansas? This site is known as the Sloan site and is located in the northeast corner of the state. Discover who these people were and how the Sloan cemetery offers a unique window into the symbolic and ceremonial expressions of hunter-gatherers who occupied Arkansas.

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Know Before You Go: College Planning – Getting Where You Want to Go

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Too many students wait until the summer before their senior year to start thinking about college. By that time, though, it may be too late to accomplish what their colleges expect from them. Grades and test scores are only part of the equation; extracurricular activities, much more may be part of the application, too. This workshop looks at the college planning process on a year-by-year basis, showing parents and students what needs to be done each year for students to look their best on college and scholarship applications.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, February 2 - February 2

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Instructor: Donna Hill | Class 101 - Central Arkansas

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Smart Money Habits (Virtual)

Being financially responsible involves control, planning and having a strategy in place to reach your financial goals. Learn how to establish reachable goals and develop new spending and saving habits that can help you increase your income and decrease spending. See tips on organization and record-keeping and regain control of your money to create stability in your financial future. This webinar will answer these big questions: What are the steps for setting financial goals? How can you track your daily spending habits? How can you prepare a personal saving and spending plan to estimate your monthly income and expenses? Are there tools to help you manage your cash flow? Are there ways to increase your income and decrease your spending? Smart money management can help you stay in control of your finances, especially when COVID-19 has made a huge impact on our daily lives. Join us for this webinar for advice on budgeting, saving and planning to fit your financial needs.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, January 26 - January 26

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: via Zoom

Instructor: Austin Norman

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Understanding Opioids & Non-Opioid Pain Management Alternatives

Opioids are highly addictive, and opioid abuse has become a national crisis in the United States. Join Leah Tobey of The Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) to learn about opioids and non-opioid pain management alternatives in the older population. You’ll discover how pain works, examples of opioids, non-opioid pain alternatives, state and local resources, and for attending, you’ll be mailed a comprehensive take-home book after the seminar.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, March 30 - March 30

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Book Discussion: Difficult Conversations about Racial Equity and Inclusion – CANCELLED

Book Discussion meets February 11, March 10, and April 7 from 3-5 pm on UCA Campus. Race is one of the most contentious topics across our social and cultural diaspora. That contentiousness is partly why we need to understand and learn how to facilitate conversations and engage in dialogue until race no longer becomes such a divisive topic. To help achieve that goal, Conway Conversations has organized a series, Difficult Conversations about Racial Equity and Inclusion. The series kicked off with a webinar on micro-and macro-aggressions. A study with the book, Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race, will serve as an opportunity to learn how to engage in meaningful conversations about race and how to approach these conversations from a place of humility. The series is designed to value, validate, and learn together how we can better live together. It will culminate with an interactive discussion to move from awareness to action. A copy of the book will be provided, but registration is limited to 30 participants.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, February 11 - April 7

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Books will be provided to the first 30 registrants

Location: UCA Student Health Center Room 307

Instructor: Dr. Candice Barnes