Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.37
Liaison Benjamin Newton
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Central Community College
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.28 / 5.00
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Institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:

Beginning Beekeeping- Beekeeping is considered one of the most important components for agriculture. This hands-on class will introduce you to the skills needed to obtain optimum benefits for your hive. This 12-month class will meet the first Thursday of the month, starting November 7, 2019, and ending October 1, 2020. You will learn about the types of bees, bee behaviors and current and best practices based on colony habits, hive designs and the importance of queens and flowers in your area. This will be a mix of lecture and hands-on activities focused around your beehive. Students are responsible for the purchase of their equipment.

Advanced Beekeeping- Advanced beekeeping is for the beekeeper who has a basic understanding of apiary processes but would like to learn more. In this class, you’ll go further into the details of beginning beekeeping and begin to take on a more sustainable mindset. You’ll begin to work through educational and experience aspects of beekeeping, document your hive and discover marketing ideas for promoting the products of your hive. This is a yearlong class that will meet on the fourth Thursday of every month, depending on holidays. It will consist of six months of lecture and six months of hands-on activity in the field.

The Bones of the Garden: Shrubs and Trees- Learn where to place flowering shrubs, shrubs for birds, ornamental trees and new plants in your landscape. Pat will also show you how to trim during the season for the best flowering results and controlling the size and shape of the plant

Growing Pollinators for Summer- It’s Earl May’s 100th anniversary. Help them celebrate by attending this class with their very own Lindsey Sich. You will learn about pollinating insects, the types of flowers that can provide pollen and nectar during the summer heat, and which flowers and herbs the insects love the most. You will also learn best practices for providing protection for pollinating insects during the fall and winter.

Junk to Gems- Summer is a great time to discover the hidden gems in your local thrift store and remake them into treasures. Join our own eclectic designer Nikki Sanchez as she shows you how to turn your junk into treasure and transform a room into a fashionsavvy, organized and more functional space for the price of spare change. This class will be part field trip and part hands-on experience that will help you cultivate your trash-to-treasure eye so you see what is in front of you when you are on a garage sale or thrift store hunt this summer. Students are required to purchase their own supplies

Repurposing Old Jewelry- Learn how to repurpose your jewelry. You can call it steampunk fashion or maybe you have a memory attached to a certain piece of costume jewelry; either way, join us for a fun and creative night with Pat Anderson. She'll help you jump start your creative juices and transform a piece of jewelry hidden in a drawer to one you'll wear with your favorite outfit. Please bring your own needle-nose pliers and a 12-inch ruler. A $5 supply fee will be paid to the instructor the night of class

Repurposing Your Furniture- It’s that time of year when we're trying to figure out what to purge and what to keep. Before you begin tossing, why not think about changing up your furniture with a little bling and paint. This is a demonstration class with a follow up in April with field trips to the various thrift stores that will help you engage your creative brain for 2020

Planning Your Garden- The winter winds are still blowing but now is the time to start thinking about spring and planning your garden. This class is the first in a series to guide you through the process of planning, planting, caring for, harvesting and preserving your produce. In this first class, you will be given information and advice on planning and preparing your garden space. This includes seed and plant selection, space and location of your garden, soil preparation and more. Also included in this series is how to incorporate other plants and flowers with your vegetables to encourage beneficial bugs and pollinators to visit your garden. This is a beginning series of gardening classes that will be offered throughout 2020

How to Build a Wardrobe Capsule- Time to de-stress and cut down your wardrobe to a manageable level. A capsule wardrobe gives you the ability to interchange pieces of clothing so you can get ready quickly in the morning and gain extra time before work or for fun. Learn how to choose from your wardrobe the clothing you want to keep, donate or toss in the trash

Upcycle Your Holiday Leftovers- Are you already thinking about what to do with all that leftover turkey and mashed potatoes? Why not upcycle these ingredients and create a dish even more delicious than the original? Danielle Perry, your Grand Island Hy-Vee dietitian, will teach you creative and delicious ways to reuse your holiday leftovers and reduce food waste. Class held in the Hy-Vee Club Room, 115 Wilmar Ave.


T-Shirt Quilt: Join expert T-shirt quilter Cindy Wagner as she demonstrates step-by-step how to make a memory quilt from you collection. Even if you've never made a quilt before, if you can sew a straight line on a sewing machine, you can make a T-shirt quilt. You will be able to get started on the process under Cindy's guidance and be ready to complete the quilt on your own.

Creating Whimsical Organization for Home or Office: Boxes of all shapes and sizes from cereal, frozen food to snacks and crackers can be made into a cool, functioning organizational system for home or office. Debb Wolfe has created silverware trays, drawer dividers for cooking utensils, stacked trays, caddies, and files for magazines by recycling paper products.

Mini Album Make and Take: Are you wanting to capture special moments such as the arrival of a new baby, a birthday, anniversary, or wedding? We have the perfect way to gather all of those photos into a stylish mini album complete with embellishments, interactive features and attractive details.

Honoring a Veteran with a Memory T-shirt Quilt: T-shirt quilts stir an emotional reaction as they display a life story, one that has been cherished and loved. We would like to invite you to come and create a T-shirt quilt for a veteran, who may be a family member or a friend you have me ton your journey. Cindy Wagner will offer suggestions and guidance so that your quilt will compliment your vision.

So Many Pumpkins, Where Do I Begin: Plush velvet, designer fabric, thrift store cozy sweaters, playful socks, all used to make the most adorable pumpkins ever. Come learn the process and create all season long. All supplies provided for making three fabric pumpkins of various sizes.

Vintage Earrings to One Spectacular Bracelet: Whether you have a pair of vintage earrings found at a thrift store or a sentimental pair from grandma, we will show you how to create a spectacular, one-of-a-kind bracelet using the earrings. Come learn the design techniques and then create to your heart's content. Please bring at least one pair of earrings to the class; all other supplies will be provided.

An Adorable Lazy Susan: Tracy Kindler, owner of Prairie Health Art Studio, Fremont, Nebraska, will be teaching this delightful lazy Susan class. The 19-inch lazy Susan has a one-of-a-kind hand painted design with "Love Makes The World Go Round" scrolled along the edge. All supplies are included in this fun workshop.

A Colorful and Fun Birdhouse: Are you ready for spring? This stately birdhouse will certainly bring thoughts of warmer temperatures and spring flowers. All supplies are included in this workshop.

A Spirit Gift Bag: A popular gift bag for a bottle of wine or other imaginative gift giving. Students will create two gift bags in class. Please bring half yard of fabric for one bag and a man's plaid long-sleeved shirt that will be repurposed into the second bag. Intrigued?

The Art of Weaving, Rolling and Folding Green Foliage in a Floral Arrangement: Woudl you like to learn how to add a whimsical touch to a floral arrangement? Tammy Hempstead, floral designer, will provide tips, secrets and a ful hands-on experience on the art of working with green foliage and flowers. Each student will create an arrangement to take home.

Pickled Vegetables: Pickling vegetables is a quick and easy method that extends the summer flavors that we all crave. Cucumbers, green beans, peppers, radishes, beets, tomatoes, onions: the selection is almost endless. Marilyn Schmit, Master Gardener, will discuss flavors, pairing of the brines, methods and, of course, ways to enjoy the pickled vegetables as a pizza topping, nestled in wraps, with humus, and so on.

The Dynamic Duo: Some things are just meant to be together, like the ever-popular peony and the stately iris. Learn tips on planting, general care, the best time to divide, varieties and other important information to help your garden flourish.

Pruning 101: Students will meet on the Columbus campus for a hands-on demonstration of proper pruning techniques, which is important to unsure new growth. Discussion will also include how to divide hostas, daylilies, peopnies, and other perennials. Bring you Questions.

The Trending Terrarium: Terrariums are a popular home decor item as well as a great oxygen booster! Students will create a terrarium in class while they discuss soil requirements, water and sunlight needs, new and recycled container possibilities, and over-all requirements for plants.

Butterflies, Bees, and Beetles, Oh My!: Blooming plants from perennials to trees, shrubs and bulbs can be planted to attract pollinators to ouryards and acreages. Pollinators include butterflies, bees, beetles and more. Join us in this class to learn a little about pollinators and a lot about creating backyard pollinator habitats with blooming plants perfect for growing in Nebraska. Weather permitting, we will tour CCC's pollinator garden too.

Herb Topiaries: Trained an trimmed into decorative shapes, lavender, myrtle, rosemary, to name a few have grown in popularity as a home decor item, a windowsill ornament and yes, even a culinary benefit. Students will create a topiary in class while discussing care requirements, training the plant to maintain desired shape and the secrets to a thriving topiary.

LEX ELS: Fall plant prep and Yard Clean Up:
Educational event focused on fall gardening. Topics include what plants to clean-off, trim, or divide in the fall, and what plants should wait until spring.

LEX ELS: Pawnee Seed Preservation:
Ronnie O’Brien, Hospitality Management Instructor from the Hastings Campus, gave a presentation about the Pawnee Seed Preservation Project. She has been working with a Pawnee tribe in Oklahoma to help preserve seeds such as corn.

HAS ELS: Rewiring Old Table and Floor Lamps with Clint Hansen: Giving old table and floor lamps new life. This class offers suggestions on approaching the project. Participants will be given information to be able to do the project on their own by the end of the two night class.

HAS ELS: Pollinator/flower gardens: Learning techniques of planting a carefree, beautiful floral garden that attracts pollinators.

HAS ELS: Flower Pot Design: Learning plant combinations for a sunny, shady, partial shade drought resistant pot.

HAS ELS: Seed and Plant Propagation: The class was focused on starting plants from plant cuttings and stems on your own.

HAS ELS: Perennial Gardening and Exchange: offered teaching on how to plant, separate and expand your perennial gardens.

HAS ELS: Bones of the Garden Shrubs/ Trees: Learn where to place flowering shrubs, shrubs for birds, and new plants in your landscape.

HAS ELS: Edible mushrooms. A presentation giving detailed descriptions and photographs to help the experienced and novice mushroom hunter identify four of the most easily identifiable edible mushrooms and their habitat.

HOL ELS: How to make Plarn. Repurpose the plastic shopping bags into yarn.

HOL ELS: Grow Your Own Garden. Enrich your life and diet by growing your own backyard garden.

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Does the institution have at least one sustainability-focused certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

A brief description of the certificate program(s):

In partnership with the Hall County Emergency Management Director, Central Community College hosted a 24-hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced. The training was offered in 4 sessions for 6 hours in July and August 2019.

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