Nicolet?s non-credit classes let residents learn over a lifetime
Many people know that Nicolet College is the place to go in the Northwoods to earn a college degree or diploma. But Nicolet also offers hundreds of other non-credit classes that make it possible for residents and visitors to explore any number of interests.
“We believe that learning spans a lifetime,” said Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster. “It is important for Nicolet to offer educational opportunities to every resident so they can advance professionally as well as personally.”
Outdoor Adventure Series
One of the more popular programs, especially spring through fall, is the college’s Outdoor Adventure Series.
Now in its 16th year, the series is offering 65 different classes that will turn the rich natural environment of the Northwoods into an outdoor classroom.
“People just love it,” said Sandy Lotto, Nicolet Outdoor Adventure Series coordinator. “Whether it’s going on an easy-paced spring wildflower hike, learning how to run the rapids on a fast-moving river, or touring Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands by sea kayak, people tell us they leave enriched by the experience.”
Along with many canoeing and sea kayaking classes on some of the most scenic lakes and rivers the Northwoods has to offer, the Outdoor Adventure Series also features courses in birding, natural history, birch bark canoe building, stand-up paddle boarding, fly fishing and many others.
To view the 2013 Outdoor Adventure Series catalog, click here.
The catalog lists all classes available now through October. Information is also available by calling Nicolet at (715) 356-6753 or (800) 585-9304; TDD (715) 365-4448.
Another avenue that allows people to advance personal interests is the college’s Community Education program. Hundreds of these easy-paced, non-credit classes are offered every year and cover a wide variety of topics. These range from many different cooking classes to understanding how to use an iPad and other computer technology, arts and crafts classes, and numerous courses that focus on health and well-being.
“What we’ve found is that once somebody takes a class, they will typically come back and take more,” said Jodi Fox, Nicolet Community Education specialist. “People find that Community Education classes are a great way to stay engaged. There are no tests and no grades, just the opportunity to keep learning about subjects that are of interest to them.”
New classes coming up this summer include gluten-free cooking classes, computer classes that focus on new technology and the iPad, and several new classes in floral design.
The current Community Education schedule is available at nicoletcollege.edu. Once there, click on the Continuing Education link at the top right of the page and then the Community Education link. The new schedule for summer will be available at the end of April. Registration opens May 10.
Information is also available by calling Nicolet at (715) 365-4493 or (800) 544-3039, ext. 4493; TDD (715) 365-4448.
Increasingly over the past few years, Nicolet has been adding more and more classes for young people. Many are now included in the new Summer Discovery Series, which includes the popular College Camp, specialty camps and a mix of other classes.
College Camp offers students entering 6th through 8th grades the opportunity to spend half days on campus for four days, developing skills and exploring careers in a wide variety of fields. A few of the classes that will be offered Aug. 5-8 include Slightly Singed Science, sports medicine, dramatic arts, welding, wildlife rehabilitation, world foods, CSI criminal justice, cartooning and painting.
The specialty camps for students ages 3 to 17 will be held throughout the summer and cover Lego engineering, video game design, dance and learning the German language. Other classes will cover culinary arts and kids kayaking.
Information about youth classes is also available on the Community Education page at nicoletcollege.edu. Information on College Camp is available by calling (715) 365-4512 or (800) 544-3039, ext. 4512. Information on the specialty camps and other classes is available by calling the college at (715) 365-4544 or (800) 544-3039, ext., 4544; TDD (715) 365-4448.