State Fair Community College’s The LearningForce will offer these professional and enrichment courses in December, January and February.

• Yoga classes will meet from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Dec. 5 for five sessions in Hopkins Student Center, Room 714. Eight sessions from 4-5 p.m. will start Jan. 4 in the same location. Students should wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or rug. Cost is $24 for five sessions and $39 for eight; Irene Renauld is the instructor.

• Yogalates, a fusion of yoga and Pilates, will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for five sessions beginning Dec. 5 in Hopkins Student Center, Room 714. Eight sessions from 5:30-6:30 p.m. will start Jan. 4 in the same location. This class offers stretching and strengthening of all major muscles and calms the mind and spirit. Students should wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat. Cost is $24 for five sessions and $39 for eight sessions; Sue Guffin is the instructor.

• PIYO, a combination of Pilates, yoga and nonstop movement, will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays starting Jan. 8 for eight sessions in Hopkins Student Center, Room 714. This low-impact, music-driven, body-sculpting workout strengthens muscles, increases flexibility and improves balance and mobility. Cost is $39; Kim Windle is the instructor.

A 15 percent discount is applied if enrolling in three or more yoga, Yogalates or PIYO sessions at the same time prior to the start of class.

• Commercial Driver License (CDL) Class A Truck Driving Academy is a four-week program designed to train new truck drivers how to drive, the rules and regulations of the road and how to keep driving logs. It includes about 40 hours of classroom time and 160 hours of driving time. Students must have a CDL permit and pass drug and health screenings before starting. Programs begin monthly; the next one begins Jan. 2 in Fielding Technical Center, Room 245. Upon completion, students will be prepared to earn a Class A CDL. Go to for details and application. Gary Willis is the instructor. The next class starts Feb. 5.

• Hobby Welding class will meet from 6-9 p.m. from Jan. 8-12 in Fielding Technical Center. This class offers hands-on, individual instruction that includes safety, set-up and basic welding applications. Students should be able to implement weld techniques for building, repair and artistic exploration. Cost is $199; Carl Mounce is the instructor.

• Community Health Worker (CHW) is an online course conducted from Jan. 16 through May 11 for anyone interested in learning about the role of a CHW and for medical assistants, service coordinators and agency staff serving clients who need access to health care. A CHW conducts outreach services for organizations that promote individual and community health.

Topics covered include how to motivate clients and families to set and reach health goals; how to assess clients’ eligibility for services; and how to assist with completing applications and registration forms. Students will learn about available community resources and how to work with medical providers to ensure client care is comprehensive and coordinated.

Tuition is free and funded by the Community Health Worker grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. However, a $75 book rental fee is required but can be refunded when course is completed and if the book is in good condition. Lisa Montgomery, BSN, RN, Health Occupations instructor for the State Fair Career and Technology Center, is the instructor. To enroll, participants must be over 18 years old.

• Crappie University will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. for four nights, Feb. 7, 13, 21 and 28 in Thompson Conference Center in Heckart Science and Allied Health Center. Students will learn cutting-edge techniques used by top crappie pros and guides. Cost is $89.

For more information and to register online go to, call (660) 530-5822 or email Gift certificates are available for any course. Early enrollment helps to ensure classes will be held.

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