Life & Leisure

Life & Leisure

Have you ever found yourself at a loss when someone asks you, what you do in your free time? Leisure education is a transformative process that encourages us to explore our attitudes, motivators, and interests. It empowers us to develop a meaningful lifestyle by discovering potential opportunities and resources.

Some of the classes at Iowa Western Continuing Education include:

  • Cooking & Culinary
  • Cosmetology
  • Music (Piano & Guitar)
  • Professional Dog Grooming
  • Veteran Hiring Best Practices

Available Courses

   08/07/24 - Harlan

Join Golden Hills and Shelby County Conservation on Wednesday, August 7, 2024, for a free, family-friendly walk to learn about edible & medicinal plants at the Nishna Bend Recreation Area. 

Meet at the Nature Center – 514 Maple Rd, Harlan, IA. 

Start Date: 08/07/24
End Date: 08/07/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $0
Location: Harlan
   09/05/24 - Council Bluffs

The Professional Dog Grooming certificate equips students with the essential skills for a successful career in the grooming industry. The completion of this course prepares you for the eligibility to sit for the AKC-PGC Exam and earn your industry credential. This course will involve numerous Zoom sessions and extensive self-paced learning to cover all the necessary material to ensure thorough understanding and preparation before working hands-on in the grooming salon. *Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes. 

Start Date: 09/05/24
End Date: 12/05/24
Seats Available: 8
Cost: $4500
Location: Council Bluffs
   09/10/24 - Council Bluffs

This class meets every Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Zumba makes your workout feel like a dance party! This 45 minute class is suitable for all fitness levels, and our certified fitness instructor can tailor moves to accommodate all fitness levels. Dance and move those hips in a fun, supportive atmosphere at the Marshall Wellness Center.  

Start Date: 09/10/24
End Date: 10/15/24
Seats Available: 19
Cost: $30
Location: Council Bluffs
   09/10/24 - Council Bluffs

This class meets every Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Enjoy this relaxing, beginner friendly yoga class. This 45 minute class will refresh you and lead to reduced stress and enhanced flexibility. The Marshall Wellness Center will have yoga mats, straps, blocks and bolsters available, but please feel free to bring your own.  

Start Date: 09/10/24
End Date: 10/15/24
Seats Available: 19
Cost: $30
Location: Council Bluffs
   09/10/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

September 10 & 12 from 6:30pm-8:30pm 

In this course, you will learn about: 

  • Estimating your retirement fund requirements 
  • Grasping the effects of inflation on retirement strategies 
  • Choosing the most suitable retirement plan distribution option 
  • Mapping out Retirement income to maintain a comfortable lifestyle 
  • Mitigating financial risks pre-and-post retirement 
  • Minimizing taxes, costs, delays and legal hurdles through estate planning 
Start Date: 09/10/24
End Date: 09/12/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $50
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   09/11/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

September 11th, 2024  from 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Learn how to make your favorite chocolate candy at home-nut butter cups, caramel shortbread bars, and chocolate pecan praline. You and your budding chocolatier will practice chocolate tempering, caramel-making, and chocolate dipping. We'll prepare an assortment of layers and fillings-like praline, shortbread, and caramel before assembling everything into delicious homemade versions of these popular candies. 

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Chocolate Nut Butter Cups 

Chocolate-Covered Caramel Shortbread Bars 

Chocolate Pecan Praline 

Class will be held in the Student Center building on Council Bluffs Campus. 

Start Date: 09/11/24
End Date: 09/11/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $30
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   09/18/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

September 18th, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:30pm 

We will create delicious Gluten Free sweets! If you have never had a homemade pop tart, you have no idea what you are missing. We will make gluten free chocolate donuts, adorned with a luscious chocolate glaze. Whether you're a devoted chocolate lover or simply seeking a delectable indulgence, baked gluten free chocolate donuts are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. Finally we will make Italian Lemon Drop cookies. These Gluten Free Italian Lemon Cookies have a pillowy soft texture that melts in your mouth. Coated in a bright lemon icing with just enough tang, they will quickly become a favorite for anyone who likes lemon desserts. 

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Gluten Free Pop Tarts 

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Donuts

Gluten Free Italian Lemon Drop Cookies 

Start Date: 09/18/24
End Date: 09/18/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $35
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   09/20/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

September 20, 2024 from 5:30pm-8:30pm 

This is the best time of year to hit the farmers market and see how to use all the brilliantly-colored produce that abounds this season. Enjoy the seasonal ingredients and enhance your culinary skills. Our classes are hands-on, coupled with demonstration-style teaching. Best part of the class….you get to take home the entire family meal and share your culinary journey with your loved ones! 

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Pear-Cranberry Compote 

Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto 

Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Warm Shallot Vinaigrette 

Cardamon Apple Crisp with Creme Fraiche 

Start Date: 09/20/24
End Date: 09/20/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $45
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   09/27/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

September 27th, 2024 from 5:30pm-8:00pm 

Join our Chili Cooking Class and learn how to make delicious chilis from different regions! Our class will teach you essential techniques and recipes that will elevate your cooking skills. Impress your family and friends with hearty, homemade chilis that are sure to warm the soul! 

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Texas Short Rib Chili 

Midwest Meat and Bean Chili 

White Chicken Chili 

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

Start Date: 09/27/24
End Date: 09/27/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $35
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   10/04/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

October 4th, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:30pm 

You will learn the basics of cheese selection, how to fold meat, make a meat rose, salami link and chain. You will learn about the different varieties of cheeses as well as pairings. You will be guided step by step as you create your own board to take home and enjoy. 

Charcuterie Board will be provided and you will be able to take them home. You will be tasting 4-5 different kinds of wine during this class as well. 

Start Date: 10/04/24
End Date: 10/04/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $45
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   10/09/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

October 9th, 2024  from 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Grab your favorite German beers and join us for a night of delicious German treats 

Skillet Beer Cheese with Soft Pretzel Bites 

Brats, Sauerkraut and Potato Bake 

German Chocolate Truffles 

Start Date: 10/09/24
End Date: 10/09/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $40
Location: Council Bluffs Campus

In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment.  Learn to play piano the way professionals do-using chords. The chord method is LOTS of fun and dramatically easier to learn than reading notes.   Fee includes the online book, online follow up lessons, a recording of the class and also an optional periodic question and answer session.   Class is held online using zoom and is partly hands on instruction and partly lecture demonstration.  Ages 13+

Start Date: 10/12/24
End Date: 10/12/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $69
Location: Online

In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it.  This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away.  Fee includes the online book, online follow up lessons, a recording of the class and also an optional periodic question and answer session.   Class is held online using zoom and is partly hands on instruction and partly lecture/demonstration.  For ages 13+.

 

Start Date: 10/12/24
End Date: 10/12/24
Seats Available: 25
Cost: $69
Location: Online
   10/16/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

October 16th, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:30pm 

There's nothing like fresh-baked bread, and it's even better when it's homemade! Chef Tasos will walk you through the process of making focaccia and Naan Bread; flavorful breads that are easy to make and endlessly versatile. The focaccia is pillowy soft on the inside, and crispy on the outside. You won't be able to stop eating it. Perfectly soft and chewy, this homemade Naan Bread recipe comes together quickly and easily. 

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Focaccia 

Tomato, Cheese, Herbs 

Olive-Rosemary 

Naan Bread 

Start Date: 10/16/24
End Date: 10/16/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $30
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   10/18/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

October 18th, 2024 from 5:30-7:30pm 

When fall rolls around, apple pie is an obvious dessert-----bursting with fresh, soft apples and a crispy crust. In this class we will showcase different ways we love to make the most of apple season. Best part of the class…you go home with baked goods! 

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Apple Pie 

Apple Crumble 

French Apple Cake

Start Date: 10/18/24
End Date: 10/18/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $30
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   10/22/24 - Council Bluffs

This class meets every Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Zumba makes your workout feel like a dance party! This 45 minute class is suitable for all fitness levels, and our certified fitness instructor can tailor moves to accommodate all fitness levels. Dance and move those hips in a fun, supportive atmosphere at the Marshall Wellness Center.  

Start Date: 10/22/24
End Date: 11/26/24
Seats Available: 19
Cost: $30
Location: Council Bluffs
   10/22/24 - Council Bluffs

This class meets every Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Enjoy this relaxing, beginner friendly yoga class. This 45 minute class will refresh you and lead to reduced stress and enhanced flexibility. The Marshall Wellness Center will have yoga mats, straps, blocks and bolsters available, but please feel free to bring your own.  

Start Date: 10/22/24
End Date: 11/26/24
Seats Available: 19
Cost: $30
Location: Council Bluffs
   10/25/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

October 25, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:30pm 

In this class we will learn to make fresh Raviolis. Furthermore, we are bringing you all the flavors of fall in this dish, and believe us, this is a to-die-for Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Cream Sauce! It is the perfect fall comfort food. 

 

Start Date: 10/25/24
End Date: 10/25/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $35
Location: Council Bluffs Campus


Refunds: You may cancel your registration 5 business days prior to the start of the class date and receive a 100% refund excluding the $50 non-refundable processing fee. If contacting outside Iowa Western Community College’s Continuing Education Department business hours, leave a voicemail and or send the department an email. Iowa Western’s Continuing Education is not responsible for refunds if contact is not pursued via voicemail and or email. In compliance with the IWCC policy, refunds will only be produced in the form of a check. A check will be issued within 14 business days after the refund is admitted to the customer. Refund will be sent to the customer’s address that is on file. Certain program restrictions may apply. Contact Continuing Education for more details at ce@iwcc.edu.

Cancellations: Iowa Western reserves the right to cancel any class where difficulties arise in staffing or scheduling or where a minimum enrollment is not achieved. A full refund will be issued for all canceled classes.

Transfers/Withdrawals: Transfers may be subject to $25.00 transfer fee. Non-attendance for a class does not constitute a withdrawal and refunds are not issued for non-attendance. Transfers may be made up to two full business days (unless otherwise noted in the class information) prior to the start date of the class. After that time, transfers will not be permitted and no refund will be issued.