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)
  • Veteran Hiring Best Practices

Available Courses

   05/08/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

May 8th, 2024 5:30pm-7:00pm 

Churros are one of my FAVORITE desserts! Warm, fried, crispy dough with a light melt-in-your-mouth inside rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with a super easy chocolate dipping sauce. Made with simple pantry ingredients and impossible to resist! 

Start Date: 05/08/24
End Date: 05/08/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $30
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   04/24/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

April 24th, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Who doesn't love waking to the smell of delicious homemade cinnamon and pecan rolls? Join Chef Tasos in learning to create his signature breakfast yeast dough that is easy to make with a few secret tips. No doubt you will find the recipe easy to adapt to special flavors and additions such as pecans and caramel and even hot cross buns! Bring a container to take home your rising yeast that you can freeze or make into rolls the following day. 

Start Date: 04/24/24
End Date: 04/24/24
Seats Available: 17
Cost: $35
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   05/15/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

May 15th, 2024 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Tasty and full of honey, these Greek-style dumplings are an amazing sweet delicacy! A simple recipe for you, your family & friends in order to combine beautiful moments with incredible tastes. 

Start Date: 05/15/24
End Date: 05/15/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $30
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   05/17/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

May 17th, 2024 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Hand-pulled noodles are so much fun and they are much easier to make than you would think. In this interactive class, you will learn 2 different techniques to pull noodles. We will make 2 types of hand-pulled noodles: Biang Biang and Lamian noodles. We'll turn Biang Biang noodles into a noodle salad with hot oil chili sauce. We'll turn Lamian noodles into miso noodle soup. 

Start Date: 05/17/24
End Date: 05/17/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $30
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   05/24/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

May 24th, 2024 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Chef Tasos has a fantastic moussake recipe using baked vegetables instead of fried to make this classic Greek dish a little lighter. Delicious layers of potato, eggplant, zucchini and beef, all topped of with a creamy bechamel sauce and a handful of parmesan. 

Start Date: 05/24/24
End Date: 05/24/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $35
Location: Council Bluffs Campus

May 10th, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Sauce always makes it better and compliments any protein it's paired with! Sauce Bearnaise derives from the Mother Sauce, Hollandaise, and is a perfect pairing for seared steak. Served with Yukon Gold potatoes, and you have a quick and elegant meal any day of the week. Please bring an apron.  

Start Date: 05/10/24
End Date: 05/10/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $40
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   06/05/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

June 5th, 2024 5:30pm-7:30pm 

In this fun-filled and hands on class, recreate the classic known for its diverse flavor profile of sweet, salty, sour and spicy. Learn to properly build the flavor profile of an authentic Pad Thai Sauce. Please bring an apron. 

Start Date: 06/05/24
End Date: 06/05/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $25
Location: Council Bluffs Campus

May 3rd, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:30pm 


Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Sage and Parmesan with Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

Join us for a night of gnocchi-making! Learn how to craft two types of gnocchi each paired with a delectable sauce. 

Start Date: 05/03/24
End Date: 05/03/24
Seats Available: 15
Cost: $40
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   04/26/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

April 26th, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:30pm 

Spring Soups 

Creamy Asparagus, Shrimp and Corn Chowder, and Fresh Dinner Rolls 

Don't let rising temperature deter you from a suppertime standby-soup!! These easy, one-pot recipes come together quickly on busy weeknights. In this class we will prepare two delicious soups and make homemade dinner rolls!! 

Start Date: 04/26/24
End Date: 04/26/24
Seats Available: 19
Cost: $30
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

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.