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Hawkeye Business and Community Education provides professional skill development for individuals and businesses. Cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers . Browse a complete list of our courses or course series and if you do not see the type of course you are looking for suggest a course or contact us to learn more about designing customized training for your workforce.

 
American Sign Language (ASL) is the visual-gesture language used primarily among the American deaf communities. Using the immersion method, all teaching is done exclusively in ASL. You will acquire basic vocabulary and grammar by using ASL receptive and expressive skills in class. No prior knowledge of ASL is needed to join! Youth 15+ may register.  

Start date: 05/07/18

End date: 06/25/18

Tuition $99.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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This class is a continuation of the first American Sign Language course introducing more vocabulary and moving along with sentence structure.  The first session or two will be a refresher of content learned previously then adding new content from that point expanding your American Sign Language abilities. Youth 15+ may register.

Start date: 03/24/18

End date: 05/12/18

Tuition $99.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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Have you always wanted to be a writer? Do you have creative ideas for a blog, essays, or articles? Do you dream of seeing your name on the spine of a book? Widely published author and blogger, Mary Potter Kenyon, will jumpstart your writing career with this three-hour course that teaches the basics of successfully writing for publication. Topics include breaking into the market by writing shorter pieces, writing for anthologies, and the importance of social media. With concrete examples and ideas for common markets, you'll leave this class motivated to submit your work for publication or begin a blog. If desired, students have the option of submitting up to two, double-spaced pages of their writing for critique, at least one week prior to class.  

Start date: 08/21/18

End date: 08/21/18

Tuition $39.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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Learn practical and common phrases that will make your trip to the many French-speaking regions of the world more enjoyable. Practice and learn both sides of the conversation as you work on proper pronunciation. Discover cultural tips to assist you in your travels and communication. Textbook included.

Start date: 03/01/18

End date: 04/05/18

Tuition $89.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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Would you like to provide better customer service to the Hispanic population in your workplace? If so, conversational Spanish will enable you to learn key phrases so you can communicate on a basic level with Spanish-speaking customers. This minimal grammar class concentrates on conversational techniques and basic word phrases. Emphasis is on pronunciation and oral exercises in a learner-friendly environment. Improve your Spanish and reduce communication barriers! Textbook is included.

Start date: 05/16/18

End date: 06/13/18

Tuition $89.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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Experience nature afresh and explore plants, animals, minerals, and the great outdoors as a way to reconnect with your creative inner self. This mini retreat is held at the Cedar Valley Arboretum and includes guided writing and journaling, walking exercises, and time for reflection and sharing. A nature journal will be provided.   

Start date: 07/10/18

End date: 07/10/18

Tuition $39.00

Location : Cedar Valley Arboretum Location : 
  Cedar Valley Arboretum.

Room :  Cedar Valley Arboretum



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Expressive writing can be an effective form of therapy when utilized correctly. This class will delve into the research that demonstrates the emotional and physical health benefits of journaling and other forms of expressive writing, and you don't have to be a writer to benefit. Anyone can take an active role in working through loss, grief, divorce, or unemployment through writing. Whether you are looking for a way to incorporate journaling into your life or seeking publication of your writing in order to help others, this class is a step-by-step guide to utilizing writing for healing. The instructor is an author and certified grief specialist who has journaled her way through her husband's cancer, the deaths of three close family members, and a difficult job situation.   

Start date: 03/27/18

End date: 03/27/18

Tuition $25.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  111



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Would you like to create an ancestor chart or compile a family history booklet for your children? Finding your ancestors and sharing with your loved ones is the ultimate family legacy creation. Certified Genealogist Lyle Potter will get you started on your journey. You will learn where to find information, types of records to research, what Census records can reveal, and how history affected our ancestor’s lives. You will have computer time in class to search the internet with guidance.  

Start date: 08/07/18

End date: 08/21/18

Tuition $59.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  114-Computer Lab



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Whether you want to learn how to write songs, or write better songs, or would simply would like to understand how to appreciate songs, this class will benefit you. You will learn the structure of a popular song and the elements of a hit song along with the hook and how it works. Different songwriting techniques will be discussed, along with the tricks of the trade. Plus, the instructor will also give you insight about the music business and how to get your song heard. Youth 15+ may register.

Start date: 05/17/18

End date: 05/31/18

Tuition $59.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  111 / 113



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Take your songwriting to the next level! This class will be approached as a songwriting workshop with everyone contributing ideas and learning from each other. Guidance from the teacher will include song structure (lyrics, melody, rhythm, and chord patterns) and various songwriting techniques, aimed at approaching songwriting from different starting points, will be provided. Consider signing up for Level 1 or both. Youth 15+ may register.  

Start date: 04/09/18

End date: 04/30/18

Tuition $69.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  111 / 113



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Do you have a great idea for a children's book but unsure how to get started? Or maybe you have a finished manuscript but don’t know how to get it published? Writing for children is a different world than writing for adults. Local author of 35 published children’s books will share her firsthand knowledge and industry insight to help you along your journey. You will learn about idea generation, manuscript creation, children’s book formats, potential markets, and what to expect should a publisher accept your manuscript.  

Start date: 08/07/18

End date: 08/07/18

Tuition $39.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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Spanish Fundamentals is a self-paced, online Spanish conversation course that seeks to bridge the communication gap between English and Spanish-speakers. Details

Start Date: upon registration

Tuition $165.00

Location : Online

More information online at:  http://protrainedu.org/Lumens/Spanish-Fundamentals/1123



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