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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: 09/11/18

End date: 10/02/18

Tuition $99.00

Location : Main Campus - Buchanan Hall Location : 
  Main Campus - Buchanan Hall.

Room :  102



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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: 07/09/18

End date: 08/20/18

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: 10/09/18

End date: 10/30/18

Tuition $99.00

Location : Main Campus - Buchanan Hall Location : 
  Main Campus - Buchanan Hall.

Room :  102



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This class is for those who've taken American Sign Language Level 1 and 2 and would like to become more proficent. In this class you will further develop your vocabulary and sentence structure. The first session will be a refresher of content learned previously then adding new content to expand your American Sign Language abilities. Youth 15+ may register.

Start date: 11/06/18

End date: 11/29/18

Tuition $99.00

Location : Main Campus - Buchanan Hall Location : 
  Main Campus - Buchanan Hall.

Room :  102



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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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Leave a legacy of memorable life experiences for your loved ones by writing your life story or memoir. Learn the foundation of autobiographical writing and receive the guidance and inspiration to get started. Topics include discovering your story, using dialogue, developing characters, creating scenes, weaving history into your story, using imagination to fill in the gaps, and discovering the universal “take away.”  

Start date: 10/18/18

End date: 10/25/18

Tuition $39.00

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: 10/01/18

End date: 10/29/18

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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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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Many of us long to find words to describe our experiences, express our inner thoughts and bring clarity to our lives. Learn how to listen to your inner voice and express your thoughts through reflective writing. Practice journaling techniques through writing exercises followed by discussion. Whether you are a writer or non-writer, discover how journaling acts as a gentle guide for articulating and exploring the difficulties and joys in our lives. A journal is included in the tuition.  

Start date: 09/24/18

End date: 09/24/18

Tuition $29.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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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: 07/23/18

End date: 08/13/18

Tuition $69.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  146



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Effective blogging is an essential part of a digital marketing strategy. It can drive traffic to your website, generate and nurture new leads, and give insight into your customer base. Learn the technical aspects of setting up a blog as well as the best practices for maintaining it. Discover how to write high-quality content, which is important for attracting followers and sustaining your blog. Learn how to plan an editorial calendar and structure posts in the blog platform. This is a hands-on class in a computer lab and you will leave with a ready-to-use blog.  

Start date: 12/03/18

End date: 12/17/18

Tuition $89.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  114-Computer Lab



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