Personal Enrichment

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Personal Enrichment

The Community Programs Continuing Education department has a long tradition of providing learning opportunities in the community. Personal Enrichment courses include dance, music, drawing, painting, language, health/fitness, and other special-interest courses. In addition, a multitude of online course offerings are available.

 

Two Ways to Register

1 - Online

Register online by clicking the "View Course Dates & Registration" button listed with your course and logging in to the CE portal. Please read the MC Continuing Education Portal Instructions first.

MC Continuing Education Portal Instructions (pdf)

2 - By phone

(432) 685-4518 NOTE:Credit/debit cards are not accepted over the phone

Payment Options

  • Credit/Debit Card payments must be made online (Visa, MasterCard and Discover)
  • Cash, Checks, Money Orders, Traveler’s Checks, are accepted

New Students

Providing your SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER is Important

A social security number is required to identify student's permanent records. The Midland College registration system automatically encrypts a student’s social security number into a student identification number. The student ID is used for all internal printed material and provides additional protection of a students’ privacy. 

Students are urged to become familiar with the student ID number and to use it when communication with College offices. Students are requested to provide their social security number to the College for maintenance of their student records; it also allows the College to meet federal and state-reporting requirements.

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All instructor-facilitated online courses run for six weeks (with a 10-day grace period at the end). Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links, and more. You can complete any of these courses entirely from your home or office and at any time of the day or night. Course such as these:

  • Lose Weight and Keep it Off
  • Helping Elderly Parents
  • Mastering Digital Photography: Photographing People
  • SAT/ACT Pre-Courses
  • LSAT Preparation
  • GMAT Preparation
  • Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals
  • Discover Sign Language and so much more!

Get started today!

  1. Visit our Online Instruction Center:  https://www.ed2go.com/midlandcollege/.
  2. Click the Courses link, choose the department and course title you are interested in and select the Enroll Now button. Follow the instructions to enroll and pay for your course. Here you will choose a username and password that will grant you access to the Classroom.
  3. When your course starts, return to our Online Instruction Center and click the Classroom link. To begin your studies, simply log in with the username and password you selected during enrollment. 

MORE COURSES AVAILABLE AT OUR ONLINE INSTRUCTION CENTER

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Pilates/Yoga/Stretching

Participation in a series of exercises designed to incorporate a mind/body relationship to strengthen the body’s core along with the entire body.  Instructor: Marsha Barreraz. Located in PE building, Multi-Purpose Room

RECR9310.CP00211Q
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 14 – November 18, 12 – 1 pm
$60

More Information and Registration

Afro-Fusion Dance Class

This dance course is centered around building strength, endurance, confidence, self-awareness and appreciating works of art (dance/music) from various cultures! Class is located in the PE Building, Multi-Purpose Room.  Instructor: Beverly Amaka Okanome

RECR9318.CP00211Q
Wednesdays and Thursdays, October 6 – December 2,  6 – 7 pm
$50

More Information and Registration

Boot Camp 101

Variety of cardiovascular conditioning and strength training movements using a variety of body weighted exercises and equipment.

RECR9315.CP00211Q
Mondays and Wednesdays, September 13 – November 17,  12 – 1 pm
$60

More Information and Registration

Handgun for Beginners

This is a 3-hour handgun training session for beginners. This handgun class emphasizes learning about handgun safety, proper shooting fundamentals, and basic movements in a slow setting. We will cover Firearms Safety Rules, safe gun handling, the proper shooting fundamentals, and live practical fire exercises to create a solid foundation.

Materials required for the class: 

  • A reliable handgun (we have handguns, ammo with a holster for rent with prior arrangements for $20)
  • A holster is highly recommended but not required
  • A sturdy belt to support the holster
  • 100 rounds of ammunition (we have 9 mm for rent)
  • Eye and Hearing protection (we have available to loan. Prescription or sunglasses will work)
  • Weather appropriate attire for an outdoor range
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water to drink
  • A ball cap and sunblock is recommended

Course held by Guardian Training Agency

GUNN9253.CP00211Q
Saturday, September 18, 8:30 – 11:30 am
$100

GUNN9253.CP01211Q
Friday, September 24, 8:30 – 11:30 am
$100

 Register

Course for Motorcycle Riders ... Learn to Ride!

Motorcycle Training Center and Midland College presents the Course for Motorcycle Riders. The owners, managers and rider coaches at the Motorcycle Training Center Inc. are dedicated to providing the highest quality motorcycle operator safety courses in the State of Texas.

We provide the classes required to obtain your Texas Motorcycle License!

To register, visit www.texasmtc.com

Celtic Fiddle ‘Play by Ear’

This online course is self-automated which includes some ‘live’ instructor Q&A Sessions. These ‘live’ sessions will be eventually phased out and replaced with recorded compilations in this introduction course.

Beginners

Imagine if you could play Celtic Fiddle with increased confidence. In this 6-week course, we cover techniques to help you develop the skills of playing Celtic fiddle tunes by ear. The course includes instructional videos, tunes to apply the techniques, three 'live' Q&A sessions, reviews and replays. Students can attend in their own time, and Q&A sessions are recorded. An introductory course for those new to the violin and have been playing, or for those who want to learn how to ‘play by ear’ instead of from sheet music. Classes are run online in small groups where students take turns at using their own violin. The technique lessons include variable speed tune recordings to get you match fit to join in a live Celtic music session with other Celtic musicians. This course is delivered via an online streaming platform and Zoom (or similar). 
 
Don’t worry if you don’t think you have the skills; you can switch over to our free Absolute Beginners course to learn the basics (runs at the start of each term) and you can rejoin the Beginners class when you are ready. 

MUSC9469.CP00211Q
Online
Saturdays, September 4 – October 9
$150

MUSC9469.CP01211Q
Online
Saturdays, October 23 – November 27
$150

Intermediate

This 6-week self-paced intermediate course with three Q&A sessions builds on the Beginners course and the focus, in this course, turns to shaping a player’s sound and building their playing confidence. In addition, the course starts to look at a wider range of rhythms of tunes and examines various ways to play these tunes with decorations. This course suits both students who have completed the Beginners course as well as established players.

MUSC9469.CP01204Q
Online
Saturdays, July 17 – August 21
$297

MUSC9469.CP02211Q
Online
Saturdays, October 30 – December 4
$297

Absolute Beginners

The Absolute Beginners course is offered FREE to any student who registers for the Beginners course. 

MUSC9469.CP03211Q
Saturdays, September 5 – October

Questions?

Community Programs Office
cecommunityprograms@midland.edu
(432) 685-4518 

LEARN TO PLAY THE PIANO or VOICE LESSONS

Would you like to learn the basic skills of learning and playing the piano, or would you like to take voice lessons and learn to sing or sing better? Take individualized courses by Janice N. Archer. The instructor provides music or you can bring your own. Enjoy music from different genres such as spiritual, mariachi or rock and roll.

Janice N. Archer sets all dates and times. Cost is $22 for half-hour sessions. Short or long-term lessons available; any age is accepted and classes are taught in English or Spanish.

Call instructor at (432) 631-3966, or the Continuing Education office at (432) 685-4518 for further information.

MIDLAND COMMUNITY BAND

This is not your high school band. There are no auditions, and it does not matter if it has been years since you last played. The group is geared toward those who played in high school or college. There are some school instruments available. This group performs two concerts per semester and occasionally performs in the community.  John Stacy, Instructor. Class is located at the Allison Fine Arts building, room 126.

MUSC9450.CP00211Q
Mondays,  August 16 – December 6, 7 – 9 pm
$55

More Information and Registration

ONLINE MUSIC CLASSES FOR BUSY PEOPLE
MUSC9465

Chords are Key offers crash courses in learning to play piano and guitar. Thousands of students have attended these classes at colleges from coast to coast. Now these quality classes are available online. To sign up, click the link below.

Fee includes the online book and online videos. Also, a weekly group question and answer session will be available using ZOOM.

CHORDS ARE KEY FOR PIANO

Cost $59
Some music teachers may not want you to know this, but you don’t need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. And you can learn all the chords you’ll need to play any simple song in this one session.

CHORDS ARE KEY FOR PLAYING PIANO BY EAR

Cost $59
Learn one of music’s deepest mysteries: how to play songs without relying on music. A very practical presentation of music theory that includes predicting chord progressions, learning from recordings, and transposing-all expressed in everyday language. This is an ideal follow-up to the Chords are Key for Piano class and is open to anyone who has a basic understanding of chords on any instrument. Expand your musical horizons, and free yourself from sheet-music dependence. Prior experience with chords recommended.

PIANO DISCOUNT SUPER COURSE

Cost $108
Take BOTH piano classes - Chords are Key for Piano AND Chords are Key for Piano by Ear - for a discounted price, only $108. This is $10 LESS than if you took both classes separately.

CHORDS ARE KEY FOR GUITAR

Cost $59
Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time? In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. You will need an acoustic or electric guitar to take the class. For ages 13+.

Opera 101

In this course we will study the operas to be presented by the Metropolitan Opera in their Live in HD transmissions to the local movie theaters in October, November and January. The operas are Anna Bolena, Thaïs, Tannhäuser, and Les Troyens.

The purpose of this course is to enhance the student's opera experience through education about the composer, history at the time of the composition, the opera libretto (story), drama, and music - vocal and instrumental. Opera is a story told through the unique union of signing, action and music - which together evoke varying emotions.

The class will meet in MHAB 202. Instructor: James Camp

MUSC9452.CP00211Q
Thursdays,  September 30 – November  18, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
$55

More Information and Registration

Retirement Planning Today

In this course you’ll learn how to: manage investment risks, use new tax laws to your advantage, make informed decisions about your company retirement plan, and adjust your estate plan to function properly under the new laws.

However, money is only one aspect of retirement planning. This course blends financial education with life planning to help you build wealth, align your money with your values, and achieve your retirement lifestyle goals.

The instructor is William (Bill) Dendy, JD, MBA, CPA, CPF®, CLU, President of Elite Financial Management, Inc., and has 27 years of professional experience in investments and financial planning.

This course includes a 225-page illustrated textbook. Couples may attend together for a single registration fee. Class sizes are limited so register today.  Class is located in the Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 101. 

Dates/Times: TBA

For more information, visit the Elite Financial Management website.

Digital Photography Basics

This 8-week course will be an overview of the many facets of photography and is designed to help lovers of photography get the most out of their camera. Each student will use their own digital camera, preferably a DSLR, to learn camera controls and functions, as well as the basics of light, shadow, composition, and framing.

Designed for the beginner and enthusiast alike, this course is structured to enforce photography basics, as well as push each photographer in their own personal creativity and craft through lecture, discussion, in-class group exercises, and outside assignments.

RECR9472.CP00211Q
Tuesdays, September 14 – November 2
7 – 9 pm
$95
Instructor, Mary Kathryn Wimberly

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Scotland - Prehistory to Unification

A quick study of the geology, myth and facts of Scotland's people, kings and wars leading to the nation we know and revere today. Handouts and maps.

MISC9681.CP00211Q
Thursdays, September 21 – October 19
7 – 8:30 pm
$25
Instructor, Shirley Ayn Linder, BA, MA

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Voice-Overs ... NOW is YOUR Time (Online)

In what could be the one of most enlightening hours you’ve ever spent, this class will show you how YOU could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, videos and more! Most people go about it the wrong way. In this class, you will learn about a unique, outside-of-the-box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there!

This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with practically no overhead! And NOW is the best time to make this happen as new companies are looking for new voices like never before. This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you’ve been looking for! Participants will be provided with logon information after registering.

MISC9680.CP00211Q
Thursday, Oct0ber 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
$50

More Information and Registration

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All instructor-facilitated online courses run for six weeks (with a 10-day grace period at the end). Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links, and more. You can complete any of these courses entirely from your home or office and at any time of the day or night. Course such as these:

  • Lose Weight and Keep it Off
  • Helping Elderly Parents
  • Mastering Digital Photography: Photographing People
  • SAT/ACT Pre-Courses
  • LSAT Preparation
  • GMAT Preparation
  • Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals
  • Discover Sign Language and so much more!

Get started today!

  1. Visit our Online Instruction Center:  https://www.ed2go.com/midlandcollege/.
  2. Click the Courses link, choose the department and course title you are interested in and select the Enroll Now button. Follow the instructions to enroll and pay for your course. Here you will choose a username and password that will grant you access to the Classroom.
  3. When your course starts, return to our Online Instruction Center and click the Classroom link. To begin your studies, simply log in with the username and password you selected during enrollment. 

MORE COURSES AVAILABLE AT OUR ONLINE INSTRUCTION CENTER

ed2go.com/midlandcollege

Additional Information & Policies

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition and fees must be paid in full by 12:00 pm (noon) two business days prior to the first class day. Some departments may require payment earlier, students need to verify, at time of registration, when their payment will be due. Students will only be contacted if a course is cancelled or if any changes are made to the course information originally published in the CE schedule. Tuition and fees are based on the number of course hours, instruction costs, and equipment and building use.

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY

Courses that lack sufficient enrollment will be cancelled by 12:00 pm one-business days prior to the first class day. If a course is cancelled, the continuing education department makes every effort to notify all registered students promptly. Students will only be contacted if a course is cancelled or if any changes are made to the course information originally published in the CE schedule.

Each Continuing Education class has a minimum student enrollment requirement that has to be met in order for the class to make. Paid students that are enrolled in a cancelled course will automatically be issued a refund from our accounting department. No cash refunds will be issued.

Students will receive 100% refund (less a $10 processing fee) if they drop prior to the first class day; they will receive an 80% refund (less $10) if they drop before the second class day. With the exception of extenuating circumstances, students will not receive a refund for a one-day class if they drop on the day of the class. No refunds will be given after the second class day. It is the student's responsibility to cancel their registration. Allow 30 days for a refund.

PARKING PERMITS

Students enrolled in CE courses at MC Main Campus will receive a parking permit the first day of class.