General Interest Programs

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Fitness   Dog Obedience  Educational Financial Planning
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Dog Obedience

Basic Obedience

Develop a rewarding relationship with your dog! This course will guide you to establish clear communication with your canine companion. Obedience and manners will be introduced through a series of on-leash exercises. You will learn how to motivate and reward your dog to reinforce cooperation, as well as how to capture and nurture calmness. These techniques will boost your dog’s confidence and impulse control, and combined with structure and fulfillment at home, will help you to resolve or prevent problem behavior. Dogs should be at least 6 months of age to take the course. Class size is limited so early registration is recommended. Pit Bulls and Staff Terriers cannot be accepted in this class due to city ordinances. Participates are required to bring current rabies certificate the first day of class.  Once registered there will be an informational letter mailed explaining rules/expectations, supplies and directions to the class.

Mar 01 - Apr 05
North Ottumwa Campus
Sun, 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Rural Services Training Ctr
$80.00
W. Steingreaber

Mar 01 - Apr 05
North Ottumwa Campus
Sun, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Rural Services Training Ctr
$80.00
W. Steingreaber

Dog Training

Manners, Obedience, and Behavior Training 

Build a solid foundation of training, and develop a rewarding relationship with your dog! This course will help you establish clear communication with your canine companion. Through a series of on-leash exercises, you will guide your dog to more mindful behavior and an understanding of your rules, expectations, and boundaries. You will learn how to motivate and reward your dog to encourage effort, engagement, and cooperation - as well as how to shape and nurture calmness and patience. These techniques will boost your dog's confidence, and combined with daily fulfillment and structure in the home, will help you to resolve or prevent problem behaviors. Dogs should be at least 6 months of age to take the course. Class size is limited so early registration is recommended. Pit Bulls and Staff Terriers cannot be accepted in this class due to city ordinances. The first week is a handlers-only informational session held on the IHCC Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Room 111B. Participants are required to bring a current rabies certificate to this session. Regular classes - with dogs - will begin on the second week; these classes will rotate between Fairfield and Ottumwa based on weekly progress and course objectives. The instructor will direct you to the correct location each week.

Apr 15 - May 13
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111B - $80.00
W. Steingreaber

Jun 03 - Jul 15
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111B - $80.00
W. Steingreaber

Jun 07 - Jul 19
Ottumwa Campus
Sun, 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111B - $80.00
W. Steingreaber

Jun 07 - Jul 19
Ottumwa Campus
Sun, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111B - $80.00
W. Steingreaber

Aug 02 - Sep 13
Ottumwa Campus
Sun, 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111B - $80.00
W. Steingreaber

Aug 02 - Sep 13
Ottumwa Campus
Sun, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111B - $80.00
W. Steingreaber

Aug 05 - Sep 16
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111B - $80.00
W. Steingreaber

Educational  

Better COMMUNICATION in Social Media™ 

Better COMMUNICATION in Social Media™ is a 6-week practical online writing course that gives YOU a private community where you learn to think in different ways about the world surrounding you, as well as beyond your usual scope and reach. 

Featuring WORLD & LIFE TOPICS™ – you learn to use a private and secure writing system in order to effectively share your ideas. From the beginning, you receive feedback from highly-trained evaluation and assessment specialists, in addition to points and scores for what you successfully produce.

With an emphasis on consistent production, accuracy, and interaction – you improve your writing skills by taking this course while enjoying the process and journey of lifelong learning.

New 6-week courses begin the first day of each month. 

For more information please visit: worlitop.com/BCISM 

Nov 21- Aug 25
20/YR*VOC*4036*101
Online
$145.00
S. Doran

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Oils of the Bible 

What the Bible says sets a biblical foundation for the use of modern day essential oils. We will explore the uses in the Old and New Testaments to uncover where the oils came from, how they were made and how they were used in biblical times. We will reveal the oils and spices most commonly mentioned in the Bible. Learn their origins, histories, significance and how they can be used today to help our bodies heal. 

Mar 31 - Mar 31
20/YR*NON*1327*105
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
T. Reck 

Raising Backyard Chickens

Raising chickens for fun and food is both easy and inexpensive.  Learn about chickens, selecting the best type, stages of development, and basic care, feed, and housing, from chick to adult. Learn how to raise your own hens, and have both fun and fresh eggs every day.

Mar 12 - Mar 12
20/YR*NON*1645*104
Ottumwa Campus
Thurs, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
C. Goodwin

Apr 18 - Apr 18
20/YR*NON*1645*105
Ottumwa Campus
Sat, 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
C. Goodwin

May 04 - May 04
20/YR*NON*1645*106
Sigourney Campus
Mon, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Keokuk County Service Center
$20.00
C. Goodwin

Genealogy- Learning Your Ancestry 

Trace your family’s lineage and history using multiple resources including the Internet.  Learn how to effectively research historical records that include census data, church records, marriage and death notifications.

Apr 16 - Apr 30
20/YR*NON*1103*101
Ottumwa Campus
Thur, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $50.00
M. Lawson

Discovery Flight - Red Bird Simulator

This course is geared for the student who has never flown before or for a pilot who just wants to experience the thrill of flying a full motion simulator.  Participants will meet and get a short orientation to the Redbird Flight Simulator and then discuss the purpose of the course.  Participants will have an hour in the Redbird Simulator to discover the sensation of flight without having to leave the ground. 

You can register for the class below beginning now through Aug 13.

20/yr VOC 3285 102
North Ottumwa Campus
Aviation Bldg
Rm: 51 - $82.00
B. Hammack

Once you have registered and paid online you will be contacted by the IHCC Aviation Department to schedule a time for your lesson. 

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Financial Planning

Retirement! It’s almost here…

Retirement is on the horizon, you can see it coming… but are you really ready for it? We look forward to retirement with much anticipation, but have we anticipated the resources we’ll need to support that life change? This course helps define evaluation steps necessary in support of your new role. You will receive information on income planning, insurance reviews, evaluation of assets, important documents such as wills, POA, or Trust documents, and beyond. Join us to understand what you can do to plan for retirement.

Mar 18 - Mar 18
20/YR*ELI*1123*109
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Smith

I’m Retired! Now What?

Congratulations! You’re retired. You’ve planned well and have the necessary resources to celebrate this achievement. But have you thought beyond the goal of retirement? Considered how technology is changing our lives, how we’re living longer? This course looks at ways to potentially extend your resources or consider other options to help maintain your desired lifestyle.

Apr 14 - Apr 14
20/YR*ELI*1123*113
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Smith

Legacy Planning: Sharing the Wealth

This course focuses on Legacy planning and discusses ways to help assure your intentions are met. We’ll discuss the transfer of assets over generations and steps that can be pursued to provide specific instruction for the disbursement of assets to loved ones, charities, and endowments.

Mar 10 - Mar 10
20/YR*ELI*1123*110
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Smith

Apr 22 - Apr 22
20/YR*ELI*1123*111
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Smith

Social Security for You

Navigating and interpreting the options available in Social Security can be a challenge. One size does not fit all. Do you want to retire early? Do you plan to work longer? Are health issues a pressing concern? Your unique situation is a major consideration in determining when to take Social Security benefits. This class is designed to provide you with knowledge surrounding current rules and options that may be available so you can make an informed decision regarding your retirement planning.

Mar 17 - Mar 17
20/YR*ELI*1222*109
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Kramer

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Nutrition

Nutritional classes are offered by Heather Larsen of Eating for PR’s, LLC.

Run Coaching Program 

Got some big running goals? Whether you're looking to run your first race or you're trying to qualify for Boston, having a coach to help you design your training plan and provide ongoing feedback is one of the best ways to reach your goal. Athletes receive custom training plans accessible through Training Peaks, weekly feedback on workouts, and unlimited email correspondence. Let's chase down those goals together!

Individualized Coaching includes:
1) Weekly Personalized Training Plan Development
2) Weekly Workout Analysis, Check In and Feedback
3) Run-Fueling Guidance
4) Weekly Plan Modifications based on workout performance and circumstances
5) Unlimited Support via phone and/or email
6) Race Strategy Planning

Once you have registered and paid online Heather will contact you to get the challenge underway! Tuition $225   

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Nutrition Coaching 

Eating shouldn't be rigid, painful or tell you can't go out for pizza every once in a while! Let me help you find balance with nutrition by focusing on a non-diet approach to mindfully eating to nourish your body. We start with a goal setting session where we discuss your goals, and what you hope to gain from nutrition coaching. We explore your relationship with food, eating patterns and health habits to build a road map towards your nutrition goals, followed by weekly online support and customized meal planning services.

Once you have registered and paid online Heather will contact you to get the challenge underway! Tuition $99

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Crafts

Barn Quilt Painting

Do you have a barn, garage, wall, or fence that needs a little color added to it? These painted barn quilts can go inside your home or outside and they can be almost any color combination you desire! You choose from over twenty different patterns. We do all the prep work and bring the supplies to you. After three hours (or less) of painting you'll go home with a beautiful 20"x20" barn quilt to proudly display or gift to someone special. It's super easy and lots of fun!  Once you have registered for the class you will be contacted by the instructor for your barn quilt pattern, as well as payment for supplies.   Supply cost: $25.00

Barn QuiltJul 21 - Jul 21
20/YR*NON*1934*102
Ottumwa Campus
Tues, 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111B - $30.00
L. Hammes 

 

 

Welcome Mat

You've seen these super popular coir welcome mats online and in stores, but wouldn't you rather make your own?! These customizable doormats can range from sarcastic to sweet. You decide whether to greet your guests with a nice "Welcome to our home" sentiment or a sassy "Come back with tacos", or maybe simply a monogram or family name. We'll bring all the supplies - you bring your paint shirt!  Once you have registered for the class you will be contacted by the instructor for your welcome mat saying, as well as payment for supplies. Supply cost is $20.00.

Welcome MatMar 26 - Mar 26
20/YR*NON*1922*101
Ottumwa Campus
Thurs, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 116 - $20.00
L. Hammes

 

 

Chalk Couture - Crafting Made Easy

It was such a success that we're bringing it back!  If you missed our Chalk Couture workshop in December make sure you get signed up for this one.  Chalk Couture is a super easy craft that make it simple to transform your space and refresh your decor quickly.  We'll bring all the supplies needed for you to make something for yourself or a friend.  If you've been to a previous class and want to bring your own surface to chalk on - feel free!  Additional supply cost of $10-$50 paid to the instructor depending on size of sign &/or how many.

Chalk CoutureMay 06 - May 06
20/YR*NON*2062*104
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111B - $20.00
L. Hammes

 

 

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Food & Entertainment 

Baking 102

In this class we will dive deeper into how to start to build desserts.  We will have a few cakes already made and will make up and talk about different ways to fill them from frosting to mousse and custards.  Come ready to learn and have a cake to take home with you to share with the family at the end of the day.

Mar 21 - Mar 21
20/YR*NON*1266*103
Ottumwa Campus
Sat, 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Food Service Complex Bldg
Rm: Baking Lab - $30.00
J. Juran

Get Ready for BBQ Season

We will go over a few different types of marinades and BBQ sauces to make at home that are fast and great tasting.   Come ready to learn how to take your next gathering to the next level.  Cost of the class includes lunch that will be served at the conclusion of class, sampling meats and sauces that have been marinated and created during the class.  Participants are also allowed to bring their own beer to enjoy while grilling or with their lunch. 

Apr 11 - Apr 11
20/YR*NON*1253*102
Ottumwa Campus
Sat, 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Food Service Complex Bldg
Rm: Baking Lab - $35.00
J. Juran

Buttercream Decorating - Beyond the Basics

Create edible art that will elevate your creations.  Learn simple to elegant florals and succulents. 

Bring a double batch of Wilton buttercream icing (recipe available at Wilton.com - please do not bring purchased buttercream), few small styrofoam bowls, extra powdered sugar, flower nail, metal spatula, toothpicks, small pointed-tip scissors, parchment paper, decorating bags, couplers, tips # 2, 4, 8, 10, 12, 81, 102, 104, 124, 352 and 199, coloring - red, green, blue, brown, black, burgundy and yellow.

Apr 27 - Apr 27
20/YR*NON*1032*104
Ottumwa Campus
Mon, 6:00PM - 8:30PM
Food Service Complex Bldg
Rm: Baking Lab - $25.00
S. Harter

Panoramic Sugar Eggs 

Learn to make decorative sugar eggs   Supplies you will need to bring to class: bag of powdered sugar, 6 T Wilton meringue mix, food coloring, decorating bags, couplers, tips #2, 4, 104, 16, 21, metal spatula, container to transport eggs and Easter grass or other cushioning for eggs. $8 payable in class for eggs.

Sugar EggAug 11 - Aug 11
20/YR*NON*1835*101
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 6:00PM - 8:30PM
Food Service Complex Bldg
Rm: Baking Lab - $25.00
S. Harter

 

 

 

 

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Fitness

Zumba

Do you have an inner Jennifer Lopez longing to emerge?  Then, come on out and join this one-hour class that will have you moving to a combination of Latin and current Pop music.  Brandea McCann is a certified Zumba® instructor that will have you burning a ton of calories without even realizing it!  No dance experience is required and all fitness levels are welcome.  No class on April 7th.

May 26 - Jun 30
20/YR*NON*1020*105
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 5:15PM - 6:15PM
Hellyer Student Life Center
Dance Room - $25.00
B. McCann

Muscle Up! 

This class offers community, energy, and motivation to help deliver fitness results by developing strength and endurance in your major muscle groups.  We will be using high repetitions of light to moderate weight in this fun workout. This will be a 15 week program in a small group setting so sign up early as space is limited!  No Class April 6th & 8th.

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Yoga for the Mind & Body

Create balance by developing both strength and flexibility through yoga. Relieve stress, find focus and achieve peace of mind, body and spirit. This class will focus on breathing techniques, stretching, toning, balance and relaxation. Although Yoga is for everyBODY and EVERYbody, many of the yoga positions include floor exercises. If you have physical limitations or questions, please contact us. You will need to bring a yoga mat to class--Yoga blocks are not required but recommended. Class size is limited, therefore, participants must register and pay prior to the session to hold their place in the class. Please no ‘walk-ins’. Namaste!  No class April 8th.

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Insanity

Looking for INSANE results? INSANITY may be your answer. Jennifer Hess is certified in Shaun T's INSANITY workout. Insanity entails max interval training which includes cardio and plyometric drills with intervals of strength, power, resistance, and core training. The program involves long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises with short periods of rest so you can burn calories and sculpt muscles. The course will begin with 30 minute sessions and build up to 50 minutes. This class will push your limits but modifications are adaptable to any fitness level. No class April 6th & 8th.

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Disc Golf FUNdamentals

Join Disc Golf Hall of Fame member, Bob Kramer, to learn the basics of Frisbee golf, along with a few advanced tips and tricks to help you learn the game or up your game.   This course will help you get ready to enjoy your spring and summer play on the many local disc golf courses in the area and around the country.

Apr 21 - Apr 21
20/YR*NON*1011*103
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Advanced Tech Ctr
Rm: 111A - $20.00
B. Kramer

Golf For Everybody 

This class covers all of the basic skills needed to play golf.  Grip, stance, full swing, putting, chipping and pitching are covered as well as etiquette and rules.  Class will be held at Cedar Creek Golf Course.  If you are already a golfer wanting to improve your game or just starting out this class if for you. 

Jun 03 - Jul 08
20/YR*NON*1153*102
Cedar Creek Golf Course
13120 Angle Rd, Ottumwa
Wed, 5:30PM - 6:30PM
$60.00
M. Lawson

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Amy HammackAmy Hammack, Coordinator
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5216 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5216
Email: Amy.Hammack@indianhills.edu 

Continuing Education Course Refund Policy:

In order to qualify for a refund, you must cancel your registration at least 3 business days prior to course start.  If you have not prepaid for the class, charges will be assessed to your account if you do not cancel within the required timeframe or if you do not show up for the class you will be charged.  Exceptions will be made only in extreme circumstances.  To cancel a registration, call us at 1-800-346-4413.