INA, Ill. (Feb. 7, 2020) — From test prep to computer classes to wildlife cooking, Rend Lake College’s Community and Corporate Education has a wide variety of classes scheduled for March.
Here is what is coming in March:
SAT Prep: High school juniors (or anyone else) won’t have to fret over this exam. SAT Prep teaches reading, English, science and math skills needed for those taking Illinois’ college entrance/assessment exam. Students must purchase Barron’s SAT textbook, which will be available at the first session. The course costs $60 plus an additional $21.34 for the textbook. Instructors are Kathy Patterson and Ryan Bruns. The class will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays between March 3 and March 31 at the Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus, Room 102.
Wildlife Cooking — Small Game: Want to make the most out of your hunting harvest? Wildlife Cooking — Small Game will focus on how to prepare rabbit, quail and fish in a class taught by former culinary student Sawyer Nichols and RLC’s Chef Jeff Fairbanks. The class will be 5-9 p.m. Friday, March 6 in the RLC Student Center, Room 103. The class costs $20 plus a $35 supply fee to the instructor.
Stencil and Paint Workshop: Learn the skills needed to create your own home décor. The Stencil and Paint Workshop shares techniques for custom pieces, using a selection of timeless paint colors, finishing techniques and materials. Participants can create items such as wood signs, pillowcases, wall hangings, porch signs, doormats, table placemats and zipper pouches among many more. No experience is needed (ages 10 and up are welcome) and supplies are provided. Sharon Corn will be the instructor for the class, which costs $15 plus a $10 supply fee per session. The class is 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Rend Lake College’s Learning Resource Center, Room 103.
Hunter Safety: Born after 1979? If so, Illinois state law requires you to take this course when applying for a hunting license. The course includes instruction on wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques and regulations. Preregistration is required due to limited space. Students are asked to bring a pen or pencil. The first class will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 13 and the second will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 14. The classes will take place at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon, Room 345 A/B. Both sessions must be attended for course completion. The cost is free.
Beginning MS Word will take place 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 17 and March 24. In the class, participants will learn how to use the menu system and toolbars; open, reopen, print, save and close documents; insert and delete text; reverse an edit; apply font attributes and move text blocks; use the spelling and grammar checker, thesaurus and the help menu; and how to customize the AutoCorrect Dictionary. The class, taught by Zach Rounds, costs $25 and will take place in the Academic Building, Room 215.
CCL Renewal: Firearm owners can renew their Illinois Concealed Carry License through classroom instruction and live fire testing during this course. The class requires participants to bring a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card and Concealed Carry License (it is suggested permit holders successfully complete this renewal course and apply for renewal 120 days before their previous permit expires). Students will also need a handgun and two boxes of unopened ammunition. Handguns will be inspected by instructors and must be approved prior to use. The course, taught by Ron Meek, will be 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 21 at RLC’s Applied Science Center, Room 102. Participants will need to attend the entire four hours of training to complete the course. No exemptions will be given. The course costs $50.
Principles of Street Rodding: Learn how to build a safe street rod and all the other components that come with it. Principles of Street Rodding teaches how to select the right project (what to look for and what to avoid); how to navigate paperwork including taxes, titles and certificates of origin; chassis and suspension options; engine and transmission choices; tire and brake combination selections; and hands-on body mechanics instruction. A 1939 Chevy Coupe will be used for demonstration and RideTech will perform a demonstration of their suspension parts. Participants are asked to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and should bring safety glasses and welding glasses or hood. The class is designed for those 16 and older, and participants under 16-years-old must be accompanied by an adult. The course, taught by Jody Martin, runs 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays from March 24 to April 28 in the Vocational Building, Room 125. The course costs $90.
Stars and Constellations: See all the wonders of the night sky in this course taught by RLC instructor Greg Hollmann. He will point out different stars and constellations while sharing the stories, mythology and modern science behind them. The entire family is welcome to come for the night of stargazing, which will take place 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 at the Mt. Vernon Airport. If bad weather threatens, the instructor will choose an alternative date. The class is free and preregistration is required.
Beginning MS Excel takes place on Mondays, March 30 and April 6 from 6-8 p.m. in the Academic Building, Room 215. In the class, taught by Zach Rounds, students will learn the fundamental operations of spreadsheets, including: how to use the menu system and toolbars; opening, printing and closing workbooks; entering labels; adding values and formulas to worksheets; formatting; using borders and shading; and changing the page setup. The course costs $25.