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Nicolet’s many non-credit classes give residents the opportunity to learn over a lifetime


April 8, 2013

Just about everyone knows Nicolet College is the place to go in the Northwoods to earn a college degree or diploma. But did you know Nicolet also offers hundreds of other non-credit classes that make it possible for residents and visitors to explore any number of areas of interest?

“We believe that learning spans a lifetime,” said Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster. “It is important for Nicolet to offer educational opportunities to every resident so they can advance professionally as well as personally.”


Outdoor Adventure Series

One of the more popular programs, especially spring through fall, is the college’s Outdoor Adventure Series.

supNow in its 16th year, the series is offering 65 different classes that will turn the rich natural environment of the Northwoods into an outdoor classroom.

“People just love it,” said Sandy Lotto, Nicolet Outdoor Adventure Series coordinator. “Whether it’s going on an easy-paced spring wildflower hike, learning how to run the rapids on a fast moving river, or touring Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands by sea kayak, people tell us they leave enriched by the experience.”

Along with many canoeing and sea kayaking classes on some of the most scenic lakes and rivers the Northwoods has to offer, the Outdoor Adventure Series also features courses in birding, natural history, birch bark canoe building, stand-up paddleboarding, fly fishing, and many others.

Click here to view the 2013 Outdoor Adventure Series catalog, which lists all classes available now through October. Information is also available by calling Nicolet at (715) 356-6753, 1-800-585-9304; TDD (715) 365-4448.


Community Education

Another avenue that is perfect for people to advance personal interests is through the college’s Community Education program. Hundreds of these easy-paced, non-credit classes are offered every year covering a wide variety of topics. These range from many different cooking classes, to understanding how to use an iPad and other computer technology, arts and crafts classes, and numerous courses that focus on health and well-being.

“What we’ve found is that once somebody takes a class they will typically come back and take more.” said Jodi Fox, Nicolet Community Education specialist. “People find that Community Education classes are a great way to stay engaged.  There are no test and no grades, just the opportunity to keep learning about subjects that are of interest to them.”

New classes coming up this summer include gluten-free cooking classes, computer classes that focus on new technology and the iPad, and several new classes in floral design.

Click here to view the current Community Education schedule. The new schedule for summer will be available at the end of April. Registration opens May 10.

Information is also available by calling Nicolet at (715) 365-4493, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4493; TDD (715) 365-4448.


Youth Classes

Increasingly over the past few years Nicolet has been adding more and more classes for young people. Many are now included in the new Summer Discovery Series, which includes the popular College Camp, Specialty Camps, and a mix of other classes.

College Camp offers students entering sixth through ninth grade the opportunity to spend half days on campus for a week developing skills and exploring careers in a wide variety of fields. A few of the classes that will be offered August 5 – 8 include Slightly Singed Science, Sports Medicine, Dramatic Arts, Welding, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Culinary Arts, CSI Criminal Justice, Cartooning, and Painting.

The Specialty Camps for students ages 3 to 17 will be held throughout the summer and cover Lego engineering, video game design, dance, and learning the German language. Other classes will cover culinary arts and kids kayaking. Click here to view the Youth Catalog.

For more information on College Camp, call Nicolet at (715) 365-4512, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4512. Information on the Specialty Camps and  other classes is available by calling the college at (715) 365-4544, 1-800-544-3039, ext.,these classes, call Nicolet at (715) 365-4544, 1-800-544-3039; TDD (715) 365-4448.