The Ottumwa Courier


December 16, 2013

Learning never ends


Next are those based on interest expressed by community members; Sprouse said if enough people want to learn about a subject, like wine appreciation, Indian Hills will find an instructor and make the class happen. Or an instructor finds Allison or fellow educator Peggy Thie, tells them of their idea for a class, and it gets into the catalog.

There are also instances where college leadership feels a class could be of value, so they’ll put it in the catalog and see what happens. That’s why there can be a few class descriptions stating if too few people sign up, the class will not be held.

Which means that some classes are more popular than others. Technology is near the top right now, Sprouse said. But, Allison added, that doesn’t mean someone’s going to become a computer programmer.

“There are those of us who become comfortable only with what we know [so to help people branch out], we’ve had classes on how to use a Smartphone or an iPad.”

Cooking, genealogy and line dancing have had good responses, as had obedience class for dogs.

“I believe that our purpose is to offer learning of any kind as close to people as we can,” said Sprouse. “We raise the education level of everyone we come in contact with, even if it’s just to improve learning as a human being.”

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