Go back to Community College
Want to learn something new? Take better photos? Make tapas? Why not give your local community college a try. Offering evening and weekend classes through their adult learning programs, the colleges provide low cost, informational and fun courses of every stripe.
For example, here's a synopsis of one particular course a Boom This! reader enjoyed recently.
L. Bowman writes:
"If I wanted to win a battle", the teacher said, "Robert E. Lee would be the Civil War general I'd choose. But, if I wanted to pick a general to win the war, I'd take Ulysses S. Grant." With those controversial words, Community College of Allegheny County Pennsylvania (CCAC) instructor Kristopher White opened the first lecture of his adult non-credit course called, Grant v. Lee: The Overland Campaign of 1864.
Although we are by no means Civil War buffs, the course was a fascinating trip through Civil War ravaged Virginia. Starting in early May, 1864 at the Wilderness, where armies commanded by Grant and Lee first met, the lectures traced two months of nearly constant fighting (Spotsylvania, North Anna River and Cold Harbor) to Petersburg, just south of Richmond. In less than two months, after terrible losses for each side, Grant was able to pin down Lee's famed Army of Northern Virginia in a siege of Petersburg, for what essentially amounted to the rest of the war.
More important, the course was a great reminder of the wonderful, but sometimes overlooked, offerings available to adults who want to learn something new, and at a very reasonable price, at a community college. The course catalogs normally have an amazing array of interesting subjects from arts and crafts to writing to languages to gardening and more.
Contact the community college near you and check out their non-credit courses.