Personal Enrichment

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.

Course Offerings

Click Category links below for details

Digital Photo Editing - Lightroom Photo Software 

This 6 week course is an introduction to the basics of Adobe Lightroom software, and its use for organizing, sorting, and editing digital photographs. Integration from desktop, to remote editing, to phone editing will be explored. Editing will be discussed for portrait, landscape, indoor, low light, creative imaging, and more! All levels of photographer’s welcome.

Students will be responsible for a subscription to Adobe Lightroom and will be encouraged to bring their own photographs and work alongside the instructor in adjusting images. Students who have a laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom installed, are welcome to bring their own computer, though computers at the school are available as well. Students are encouraged to purchase, “Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Classroom in a Book” to reinforce instructional material. The course will focus on both the CC and Classic application of Lightroom.

RECR9485.CP00212Q 
Tuesdays, February 8 - March 22
7 – 9 pm
$75

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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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BOOT CAMP 101

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

RECR9315.CP01212Q
Mondays & Wednesdays, March 14 – May 11,  12 – 1 pm
$60

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EMPOWER

This 45-minute course is designed to get your heart rate up with Pilates-based cardio bursts. Empower will focus on high repetitions and isometric movements to continue building high muscular endurance. These dynamic Pilates moves and cardio bursts will get your heart pumping and challenge you as you continue through the entirety of the class. This class is great for those wanting to spice up or add to their usual workout routine. Equipment will be maximized in this class to elevate yourself to the next level while staying low impact. This class is safe and appropriate for all levels. 

RECR9321.CP00212Q
Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays, February 14 – March 31, 5:30 – 6:15 pm
$45

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FUSION FOUNDATION

This course is designed to give the beginner a firm foundation in mat Pilates as well as challenge the practicing Pilates student. In this class, a 30-minute full body Pilates sequence, you will learn where the core muscles are as well as how to properly engage them, correct breathing, and neutral spine. We will focus on controlled movements with body weight and resistance but other forms of equipment will also be available. Fusion is just that, we will be fusing other components (yoga and barre), into this class while still keeping the foundational work Pilates. In this progressive movement class, we will stretch, sculpt and lengthen your muscles. This class is safe and appropriate for all levels.

RECR9233.CP00212Q
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, February 14 – Apr 1, 11 – 11:30 am
$35

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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.

RECR9310.CP01212Q
Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 15 – May 12, 12 – 1 pm
$60 

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Hunter Education

This course is designed for hunters, ages 9 years and above. Hunter Education certification is mandatory in Texas for hunters born after September 1, 1971. The course covers the core competencies of firearm and hunting safety, hunting ethics and wildlife conservation. All materials are provided.

The Hunter Education Classroom Course lasts 6 hours of classroom instruction. This time does not include registration, breaks, test administration and certification card distribution. The fee for the certification is $15. Preregistration is required.

When you arrive at the course:

  1. Attend the entire course.
  2. Take the written exam and get at least 75% correct to pass.
  3. Upon successful completion, you may receive a temporary card from the instructor. You may legally hunt with a valid Texas hunting license and your temporary certification card. Your permanent Texas Hunter Education certification card will be available for downloading and printing from your Account Profile.

GUNN9252.CP00212Q
Tuesday and Thursday,  January 18 and 20
5:30 - 8:45 pm
$15.00

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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.CP00212Q 
Saturdays, January 15 – February 26
8 – 10 am (CDT)
$150

MUSC9469.CP02212Q
Wednesdays, January 19 – March 2
8 – 10 am (CDT)
$150

MUSC9469.CP01212Q
Saturdays, March 12 – April 23
8 – 10 am (CDT)
$150

MUSC9469.CP03212Q
Wednesdays, March 23 – May 4
8 – 10 am (CDT)
$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.CP04213Q
Saturdays, March 19 – April 30
8 – 10 am (CDT)
$297

MUSC9469.CP05213Q
Thursdays, March 24 – May 5
6 – 8 pm (CDT)
$297


Absolute Beginners

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

MUSC9469.CP06212Q
Sundays, January 16 – February 27
8 – 10 am (CDT)
$0

MUSC9469.CP07212Q
Thursdays, January 20 – March 3
6 – 8 pm (CDT)
$0

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

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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

The opera class in the spring will study the following operas: Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer, Puritani by Bellini, The Magic Flute by Mozart, Simon Boccanegra by Verdi, and The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. We will view excellent productions of these works from some of the world's great opera houses.

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. 

Classroom is located in the Marie Hall Academic Building, room 202.  Instructor is James Camp.

MUSC9452.CP01212Q
Thursdays,  February 3 – March 31, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
$55

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Beyond the Basics of Digital Photography

This 8-week course assumes prior experience with basic camera controls and a fundamental understanding of the exposure triangle. Students will need a digital camera capable of manual settings, preferably a DSLR or mirrorless, as well as battery, memory card(s), and tripod. (No cellphone cameras, please.)

We'll use a variety of weekly challenges to elevate your skills beyond "taking photographs" to "making [dramatic] photographs" while building confidence in the process. Exercises will include exploiting depth-of-field (both shallow and deep); action photography exploiting shutter speed (both fast and slow); exposure compensation and auto-bracketing; working with golden and blue hour light; properly exposed moon photography; low-light (raised ISO) photography; and dramatically capturing moving water.

The course will encompass topic lectures, outside assignments, in-class and in-field demonstrations, assignment reviews, and class discussion. A computer with post-processing software will be helpful, but not required. Weekly photo assignments may be submitted from your memory card.

Instructor: Ken Zoller

RECR9473.CP00212Q
Thursdays,  January 27 – April 7
(Missing following class days: March 10, 17 & 31)
7 – 9 pm

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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.

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. 

MISC9490.CP00212Q
Thursdays, January 20 & 27, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
$49

MISC9490.CP01212Q
Tuesdays, January 25 & February 1, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
$49

Information Inquiry 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

 

Voices for All - Voice Acting Education ... Redefined

An Introduction to Voiceovers

Do you have a passion for voiceovers? Want to earn income using your talents from the comfort of your home? Explore the fun, rewarding possibilities of the growing remote voiceover industry!

Discover the current trends in the industry and how easy and affordable it can be to learn, set up and work from home. You’ll learn about different types of voiceovers and tools you’ll need to find success. Your instructor, a professional voice actor from Voices For All, will take notes as you read a real script in this one-on-one video chat setting, and offer some coaching to improve your delivery.

You’ll receive a professional voiceover evaluation later in a follow up call. One-time, 90-minute, introductory class.

18 and over. Upon registration you will be contacted by VFA to schedule your class for a day and time of your convenience.

Learn more at www.voicesforall.com

Voices for All - Voice Acting Education ... Redefined

An Introduction to Voiceovers

Do you have a passion for voiceovers? Want to earn income using your talents from the comfort of your home? Explore the fun, rewarding possibilities of the growing remote voiceover industry!

Discover the current trends in the industry and how easy and affordable it can be to learn, set up and work from home. You’ll learn about different types of voiceovers and tools you’ll need to find success. Your instructor, a professional voice actor from Voices For All, will take notes as you read a real script in this one-on-one video chat setting, and offer some coaching to improve your delivery.

You’ll receive a professional voiceover evaluation later in a follow up call. One-time, 90-minute, introductory class.

18 and over. Upon registration you will be contacted by VFA to schedule your class for a day and time of your convenience.

Learn more at www.voicesforall.com

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.

 

Need assistance?

Contact the Community Programs Office
(432) 685-4518