Youth Classes - Black Hawk College

Youth Classes

Program Description

In-person vs. virtual classroom vs. online?

  • An in-person class provides the traditional on-site instruction.
  • A virtual classroom provides real-time, online instruction. A student is responsible for the technology needed to attend the class.


Cemetery Oddities: Surprising Finds in Cemeteries   NEW

Instructor: M. Powers-Douglas

(Ages 11 – 15) Do you think old cemeteries are fascinating? If you don’t, you should! Travel back in time as we visit cemeteries around the world in search of strange and unusual gravestones. You’ll learn what the meanings are behind the symbols found in cemeteries as well as fun facts about local cemeteries. After this class, you will want to go out and explore your local cemeteries to discover their interesting history.

2 Tuesdays       June 15 – June 22          9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Virtual Classroom CRN  50170         Fee $29


Clay on the Potter’s Wheel            

Instructor: D. McMullen

(Ages 8 – 14)  Have fun learning basic wheel-throwing techniques. Work on the potter’s wheel and create projects using low-fire clay and stoneware clay. Projects will be finished with acrylic paints and a glaze. A $20 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first session.

6 Wednesdays  June 9 – July 14         5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Bldg. 3 – Rm. 102                                 Fee $85

In-person CRN 50171


Babysitting Clinic 

Instructor: K. Snider

(Ages 11 – 16) This clinic will teach students the responsibilities of a babysitter, what parents expect, how to handle emergencies, caring for and handling infants and young children, feeding techniques and diapering, age-appropriate toys and activities, tips for bedtime issues and much more! Students will learn basic first aid and how to handle emergencies that arise such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents. As babysitting will be many students’ first job, interviewing also will be reviewed. Certificate will be mailed upon completion.

1 Saturday                   Apr. 10             9:00 a.m. – Noon

Virtual classroom CRN 10955                     Fee $45


1 Saturday                   May 22             9:00 a.m. – Noon

Virtual classroom CRN 50172                     Fee $45


Cooking for Kids 

Instructor: Karen Carlson

(Grades 6-10)  Do you like cooking and want to learn new and easy recipes from the comfort of your own kitchen? Join our experienced cooking instructor and fellow students as we prepare meals together. You will learn how to complete prep work, apply cooking techniques, use the stove/oven and how to follow a recipe. Parents/guardians will need to provide the ingredients for each class. A grocery list will be emailed to you after registering.


Give your parents the night off by making brown sugar ham & mac-n-cheese with us!

1 Saturday                   Apr. 10              4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Virtual Classroom CRN 10958              Fee $10


We will be making dinner and dessert with a family favorite of pork chops & Texas sheet cake.

1 Saturday                   May 15             4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Virtual Classroom CRN 10959          Fee $10


Cocinado con la Senora Zamora – Cooking with Mrs. Zamora    NEW

Instructor: J. Zamora

(Ages 11-15) Join our Spanish instructor, who happens to be an excellent cook, for an evening of fun in the kitchen! Although the class is online, we’ll interact with each other as if we were together. During this hands-on-experience in your home, you will cook and we will instruct you step by step, doing it simultaneously with you. You’ll learn new Mexican recipes as well as some Spanish words! Parents/guardians will need to provide the ingredients for the class. A grocery list will be emailed to you after registering.

1 Tuesday            June 8                  5:30-6:30pm

Virtual Classroom CRN 50173                         Fee $10


Lego Stop Motion Animation      NEW      
Instructor: S. Horst-Sommer
(Grades 4-6) Join us to learn the steps involved in creating a short movie one frame at a time. From writing scripts and story boards, to creating back drops and props, we will work together to create short, animated movies. Grab some Lego Minifigures your imagination and get ready to create. Download the free Stop Motion Studio app onto an Apple iPhone/iPad or Android phone/tablet. You will also need another device such as a laptop or chromebook to participate in the class with the instructor.  Have some Lego pieces, minifigures or something similar in order to make your characters move.

Mon. – Thur.     June 21 – June 24     9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  

Virtual Classroom CRN 50174                         Fee $39

Digital Escape Room      NEW        
Instructor: S. Horst-Sommer  
(Grades 6-8) Escape rooms are fun puzzles to solve! Learn the necessary steps to create a digital escape room game for friends or family. Select a theme and generate a story line with clues to unlock passages. Learn how to set up different digital locks! You will need a computer with access to Google forms and Google slides. Bring your imagination to design your own digital escape room.

Tues./Wed.          July 13- July 14     9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  
Virtual Classroom CRN 50175                         Fee $29