Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.45
Liaison Benjamin Newton
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Central Community College
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.50 / 5.00
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Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:

Institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:

Course name/headcount
General Description of the course

Gardening in the Valley – 32
This event highlights local greenhouses and features gardening vendors and educational sessions.
Native Prairie Pollinators – 5
Discover the newest buzz about native pollinators.
Gardening Science – 1
Learn the science of your favorite gardening basics.
Garden Club - March Tea Garden – 7
Teaparty in the garden with your favorite garden pals.
Garden Club - Feb Seeds – 14
Seed sowing 101.
Garden Club - Jan. Cacti – 9
Growing succulents and cacti, an in-depth look at our favorite prickly plants.
Handmade Paper – 6
Tired of spending money on paper? Make your own handmade paper.
Backyard Birding – 0
Curious about native birds? Learn more with Backyard Birding.
Lavender Farm Tour – 19
Peace Love & Lavender is a business that was established in spring 2013. That year they planted 500 plants the size of a pinky finger. Half were “Angustifolia” varieties, which can be used for culinary purposes. The other half were “Intermedia,” a cross between varieties that are used to make essential oils and sachets. Many more have been planted since. Many plants have been lost and replaced over the years due to environmental conditions so it’s important to learn proper care for plants in our area. You’ll learn about what can and can’t grow, proper plant care, trimming in spring and harvesting in summer. You’ll see how a plant is dried, disbudded and sifted for culinary and sachet use and learn which type is best for dry arrangements. The still will be shown and so will the process of making the whole hydrosol for everything from calming bug bites, burns, shingles, and cuts to linen spray.
Oil & Gardening – 1
Learn to make oils from things you’re already growing at home.
Successful Beekeeping 101 – 15
Becoming a successful beekeeper, PART 1.
Successful Beekeeping 102 – 9
Part II of successful keeping program; keeping your bees happy.
Entomology – 0
Includes insect identification collection preservation and pinning.

Metal Detecting – 13
Metal detecting can be a very relaxing hobby while enjoying the peaceful tranquility of nature. Most beginners like the idea of searching for coins with their metal detector. It's simple and is almost always fruitful. Metal detecting is famous for being a family hobby. Kids and grandkids will be eager to join in on the fun and adventure. Local detectorist Grant Johnson will cover finding the right metal detector, using proper digging techniques, researching spots to detect, displaying finds and other topics related to metal detecting.
Orchid – 7
Become an orchid expert and share in the everlasting beauty of one of the world’s most prized flowers.
Cut Flower Garden – 5
Learn to tend to and grow a flourishing flower garden
Garden Pot – 0
Create your own garden pots.
Tomato Grower – 5
Learn to grow your favorite fruit from the pros.
Celebrate Spring Garden – 136
Please join other enthusiastic gardeners for a delightful experience. Choose three concurrent sessions to attend throughout the evening. Topics of interest are Building a Hobby Greenhouse; Drought-Resistant Perennials; The Many Faces of Begonia; Growing Cannas, Hibiscus and Other Tropicals in Nebraska; Creating and Growing in Raised Beds; and others. A Garden Marketplace provides the opportunity to purchase flowers and other garden items while enjoying the fun and relaxed atmosphere of the event.
Thrift Bus Trip – 12
Take a tour with your favorite thrift shoppers.
Beginning Beekeeping – 11
This hands-on class will introduce you to the skills needed to obtain optimum benefits for your hive. 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 on your beehive.

Advanced Beekeeping – 10
This class will go further into the details of beekeeping. You will begin to work through the educational and experience aspects of beekeeping. Learn to document your hive and discover marketing ideas that will help you promote hive-related products.

Concrete Garden Gnome – 5
Create a concrete garden sculpture.
Tshirt Quilt – 4
Recycle your favorite t-shirts into something you will keep forever.
Fall Nature Hike – 0
Hike in nature with new friends.
Garden Club Sep – 10
There is still time to plant and enjoy a fall crop with lettuce, kale, beets, and more.
Garden Club Oct – 6
Dividing and cutting back perennials and why some should be left untouched.
Garden Club Nov – 5
Creative ways to use squash in breads, casseroles and more.
Garden Club Dec – 10
Caring for winter birds.
Garden Club Aug – 6
Tips on caring for evergreens.
Fall Plant Prep and Yard Clean – 3
Tips on how to prep your spring garden in the fall.
ESL - 1,111
English as a second language course.
Healthy Cooking for Two - 5
Learn to cook for two without waste.

Planning Your Garden Spring is around the corner and it’s time to start planning your garden. You will receive information and advice on planning and preparing your garden space, including seed and plant selection, space and location of your garden and soil preparation. This is the first in a series of classes offered in 2021 to guide you through planning, planting, caring for, harvesting and preserving produce. Monday, February 8, 6-8 p.m., $26. Instr: Teresa Wayne. CODE: 5000 CGE34
Beginning Planting Your Garden Now that you have your garden spot selected and a plan in place, you can start preparing the soil and plant some cool season plants. Teresa will share what is safe to plant early and whether to choose plants or seeds. A review of proper gardening tools for planting and maintaining your garden also will be discussed. Monday, March 22, 6-7:30 p.m., $24. Instr: Teresa Wayne. CODE: 5000 CGE35
Late Spring Planting Harvest and Maintenance May is the ideal time to buy and plant warm season vegetables and flowers. We will go over what, where and when to plant them and whether to use plants or seeds. We will touch on protecting the plants from critters, harvesting early vegetables and maintaining the garden. Monday, May 3, 6-7:30 p.m., $24. Instr: Teresa Wayne. CODE: 5000 CGE36
Maintaining the Garden By now your garden is in full swing, including weeds and bugs. You may get frustrated, discouraged or overwhelmed, but don't give up! It happens to the best of us. A few helpful hints may be all you need to relieve your anxiety. Bring your questions to this session, where you’ll also learn about succession planting, mid-July planting and harvesting, and winter storage. Monday, June 21, 6-7:30 p.m., $24.

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

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. There are Continuing Professional Development opportunities in CERT every month sent out to all the completers of the CERT training.

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