Have you thought about taking a non-credit college course just for fun? We're not talking about degrees, but rather a chance to learn something new. Here are five non-credit Western Colorado Community College courses you should consider for Fall 2020.

Wouldn't it be great to learn new skills simply for the sake of it? Western Colorado Community College offers an ample list of non-degree classes for this Fall. These range from stargazing to computers, all the way to concealed carry classes.

For some time now I've thought about taking one of these classes. I miss my college days... not a lot, but I do miss them. It's fun to learn new things. The part about pursuing a degree, that was a pain in the buns. Now I'm 50 years old and ready to learn a few new tricks.

Purely at random, here are five classes offered at Western Colorado Community College you might want to consider.


  • Stargazing 101

    September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 6:30-8pm

    This is the class that caught my eye. The instructor is an old classmate of mine from high school. He published a book on astronomy a few years ago and gave me an autographed copy. I didn't understand one word of it, but I do have the book.

    According to the syllabus, Stargazing 101 "This class teaches you everything you need to know to get started in the hobby of astronomy and start enjoying the clear, steady night skies of western Colorado."

  • Wine-Sensory Analysis

    September 17, 6-8pm

    Okay, I'm taking this one. Just last Saturday I mentioned to a friend how great it would be to have a better understanding of wine. As it stands, my knowledge is this: Red wine gives me a headache. Consequently, I drink white wines and Zinfandels, and for the most part, the cheaper the better.

    With that in mind, it's probably best I take this course. According to the syllabus, " In this class, students will learn about primary, secondary, and tertiary aromatics, and will have the opportunity to calibrate their nose through the use of aroma vial standards. This seminar includes the evaluation of several wines. Must be at least 21 years of age."

  • Basic Music Theory Level 1

    October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 5-7pm

    Everyone can use a deeper understanding of music theory. Trust me, theory can be very intimidating. Many experienced musicians lack an understanding of the principles of music theory.

    This course "takes students through the basics of reading and notating music through composing and harmonizing a melody. You do not need to play an instrument to benefit from this course."

  • American Sign Language

    October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 6-7:30pm

    Did you know District 51 high schools are now offering Sign Language as a foreign language? I just learned this the other day.

    Western Colorado Community College offers this introductory course for the Fall semester. According to the syllabus, "This course offers a beginning study of American Sign Language, emphasizing foundational knowledge of Deaf community, culture, and history, as well as basic vocabulary, beginner grammatical structure, and basic comprehension and conversational skills. This will be a fun and interactive class where you are exposed to a world of visual language."

  • Adobe Illustrator: Basics

    September 21, 23, 28, 30, 6-8pm

    My dad enjoyed taking classes such as this, well into his retirement years. The desire to learn never ends, and even well into his 70's, my dad became very proficient with computers.

    According to the WCCC syllabus, this course offers "a hands-on and detailed introduction to the basic tools, tricks, and aspects of Adobe Illustrator, a powerful and unique graphics program used for vector-based design. Learn how to apply a basic understanding of Illustrator to projects like logo design, illustrations, print pieces, graphic design, and more."

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