Community Ed announces new classes for spring

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
Photo of older students ready for class.

The spring 2022 semester for community education at Casper College will offer a variety of new classes and popular classes from the past.

New classes to be offered include Baking with Beth: Scones, Cookies, and Breads; A box of Treasures; Staring Adversity in the Face; Ballet; and Start an Investment Club with Friends. Taught by community members and Casper College instructors, four of these classes begin in January, and one begins in February.

“We are excited to be bringing these new diverse and interesting classes to the Casper community,” said Zhanna Gallegos, community education coordinator.

Professional baker Beth Hansen will provide a three-week baking “adventure” as she teaches students how to make scones, chocolate chip cookies, and quick breads. In addition, Hansen will cover how to use substitutions in this hands-on baking class. The class will run Friday nights from 5:30-8 Jan. 14, 21, and 28.

Two classes will be starting Jan. 24. Woodworker Nick Carter will teach a Box of Treasures. He has taught multiple workshops at Ghirardelli Square and the Redwoods in California and is a regular participant at wood and leather crafting workshops in Wyoming and Texas. According to Carter, students will create a standard jewelry box or toolbox using the basics of woodworking. “We’ll cover terminology that simplifies woodworking processes and techniques, sharpen and prepare tools, and everyone will leave with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation,” said Carter. The class will run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday and Wednesday from Jan. 24 to March 2.

The other class set to begin Jan. 24 is Start an Investment Club with Friends, taught by Pete Van Houten. According to Van Houten, an investment club is a great way to better understand stocks and bonds while planning for your retirement. “I’ve been part of a profitable local club since 1999,” said Van Houten. He will provide participants with an overview of how to start a club with their friends or family so that gatherings are fun and the investments are sound. The class will be held Monday, Jan. 24 and 31, from 1:30-3 p.m.

Casper College dance instructor and dance program coordinator Jodi Youmans-Jones will teach Ballet Tuesday, Jan. 25 to March 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. Students will learn to improve their balance, coordination, and footwork while learning ballet. “Ballet not only helps you to correct your posture, but it also stretches muscles and improves your concentration skills,” said Youman-Jones.

Registration for all community education classes is now open. To register or for more information, go to or call 307-268-3401.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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