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    MCC celebrates community college month with free classes

    Margaret Stadtwald
    Margaret Stadtwaldhttps://discovermuscatine.com
    Margaret Stadtwald works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

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    MUSCATINE, Iowa–Each semester, Muscatine Community College offers a wide array of courses beyond the typical introductory academic classes you might expect. This April, in honor of National Community College Month, they welcome the community to explore some of their most unique virtual offerings for free.

    For several years, Muscatine Community College offered free classes to the general public as part of their National Community College Month celebrations. Just as they planned to roll out their 2020 courses, the school made the decision to remain virtual for the rest of the year, taking their original plans for free in person classes off the table.

    Looking ahead to 2021, the college knew it wanted to make sure it shared this learning opportunity in a way that kept it viable, even as the pandemic continues. This led them, and the wider Eastern Iowa Community College system, to offer a selection of free classes online. As Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development Paula Arends explained it, “not only is it safe for everyone, but it can be accessed anywhere just by logging into Zoom.”

    This year’s offerings cover a wide variety of topics, including professional development, personal interests, and college preparedness. Whether you would like to get pointers on how to do basic car repairs, learn sign language, find out how to successfully apply to and pay for college, cut food like a professional chief, or delve into information technology or cyber security, Muscatine Community College has a free course available for you. By exposing residents to the huge number of classes offered through Muscatine Community College and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Arends hopes they will come away, “with an awareness of everything available.”

    Whether you would like to sharpen your professional skills or just find out a little more about a topic that appeals to you, Arends encourages you to register for one of MCC’s free online classes by calling 563-441-4100. Anyone may register for any class up until the day it starts. Once registered, participants will receive an email with a Zoom link that will guide them through the process of downloading the software (if they have not already) and signing into the password protected class.

    As National Community College Month nears, Arends would like to see many Muscatine County residents enroll in Muscatine Community College’s free online offerings to allow the school to, “give back to the community that supports our school and students.”

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