Taking a class is a really fun way to learn more about something you're interested in, take up a new hobby, and make some new friends. Most of the post-secondary institutions around town offer adult continuing education classes that are designed for adults that want to learn more about a certain topic. There are course offerings in computer programs, business, languages, art, fitness, cooking, gardening, and so much in between - basically anything you can think of. These courses are open to the general public. You don't need to be a student at a certain school to benefit from their instruction. Timing can range from one weekend up to a couple nights per week for a few months. Many of the courses start in September, so now is a good time to secure your spot! Here's a list of a few places to look, with a couple of unique course offerings we stumbled upon.
- Metro Continuing Education – Amongst the hundreds of personal and professional development courses, some unique offerings include genealogy, star gazing, feng shui for your space, and stand up comedy.
- University of Alberta – Tons of classes that can be taken alone or put towards certificates for business, interior design, leadership, etc. Something out of the ordinary to learn about: Greek mythology!
- If you love to cook, you should take full advantage of NAIT’s course offerings. They extend their renowned culinary arts program into some night classes. Some fun looking ones include pasta making, beginner sushi, and cupcake making fundamentals!
- MacEwan has a long list of options (skip to page 7) for everything from computer programs to art to fitness. An interesting pairing of art and technology: Art and the iPad.
There are a few other places to look for enlightenment. Take hosting to a new level with a bartending course. Some restaurants around town offer cooking classes (Sorrentino’s, for example), and most local craft/scrapbooking stores offer weekly classes, including card making which is especially popular around any holiday. Now get out there, feed your mind!
*photo spotted here