Continuing Education Classes

Non-Credit Programs

Continuing Education offerings include traditional on-campus classes as well as online courses. Courses are added to the schedule throughout the year. As opportunities to serve the community through non-credit/continuing education arise, on-demand courses will be added to the schedule. It is our goal to serve the needs of the community through meaningful, personal, and professional enrichment courses and  we welcome your suggestions. Please feel free to contact this office:
Gina Akins

Registration Information

Class Locations/Room Changes

Classes are held on the Cleveland State campus unless otherwise indicated. Occasionally, campus room assignments must be changed to accommodate specific course needs. In cases where room changes have been made, an email will be sent to registrants and a notice will be posted.

Contact Information for Registration

Gina Akins


FALL 2014 Non-Credit Classes


Sewing for Beginners
In this 4 week hands-on course students will learn basic sewing skills and machine know-how. During the first session, students will learn how to wind a bobbin, thread a machine and gain a basic understanding of how a sewing machine works. The class will focus on easy sewing projects for beginners, including a scarf, pillow, potholder, apron or child’s pillowcase dress. No experience necessary. Plan to bring your own sewing machine, black and white thread, fabric scissors and a sense of humor! Class is limited to 12 participants, so register early. Dates: September 15, 22, 29 & October 6. 6:00-8:00pm. Class location: Student center conference room. Fee: $60

T-Shirt Quilt Making
This 4 week session is an incredible way to preserve memories of all the sentimental t-shirts you’ve saved by turning them into a keepsake quilt. This course will cover everything you need to know to create a t-shirt quilt from start to finish. For the 1st session bring at least 6 t-shirts for a lap quilt, (or up to 16 for a full size quilt) iron-on fusible interfacing, scissors, 16 x 16 piece of cardboard.  No experience necessary.  Class is limited to 12 participants, so register early.  Dates: October 20-November 10, 6:00-8:00 pm. Class location: Student center conference room. Fee: $60.

Basic Alterations
In this four-week class you will learn to perform simple alterations on your clothes, such as hemming, taking in or letting out seams, etc. You will use a sewing machine and sew by hand in this course. Basic sewing knowledge is desired. Four week class begins Tuesday, November 4. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Class location: student center conference room. Fee: $50. (materials list provided at registration)

Beginning Drawing
Always wanted to learn to draw? This is the class for you! The class will be working from life and photographs, drawing portraits in pencil with emphasis on proportions, perspective, texture, shading and contrast. At the completion of the course the student will have a basic understanding of the tools used to create a realistic portrait. Six week class on Tuesdays:  September 16 – October 21.  6:00 – 8:00 pm. Class location:  Gym, Room 115. Fee: $60.

Beginning Furniture Chalk Painting
You won’t want to miss this fun, unique and informative workshop. You will learn how to transform a small piece of furniture into your very own masterpiece! Participants will learn basic chalk paint application, wax application methods (clear & dark waxes) and furniture distressing techniques. Bring a small piece of furniture (small side table, night stand, large decorative frame, etc.) and wear your paint clothes. Two nights only- November 10 & 11.  6:00-8:00 pm. Class location:  Johnson Building, J 113-114.  Fee: $75 (all supplies included in fee)

Holiday Floral Design
Get a jump on the holidays! Learn how to make beautiful wreaths and arrangements for your home. Two week class on Thursdays, October 23 & 30. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Class location: Johnson Building, J-113. Fee: $50. (Supply list will be provided at registration.)



Easy Holiday Appetizers
Learn to make easy, delectable appetizers for the holiday season and other occasions – includes some make-ahead delights and last minute concoctions. Space is limited so register early. Tuesday, November 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Location: Student Center conference room. Fee: $65. (all supplies included in fee)

Holiday Cupcake & Cookie Decorating
Don’t miss this hands-on holiday cupcake & cookie decorating class.  Learn techniques for making beautiful creations sure to impress family and friends. Cookies & cupcakes will be provided.  A limit of 12 students per class. One night only! Thursday, November 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Class location: Student Center conference room. Fee: $40. (supply list will be provided at registration)


Beginning Spanish
Learn to converse in Spanish using basic grammar and conversational phrases. This class is ideal for people who are new to the language and want to learn for business or personal use.   8 week class on Thursdays, September 18 - November 6. 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Location: Humanities Building, room 125. Fee: $80

Beginning Sign Language
Have you tried in the past to learn sign language from a book or a class? Do you want to learn the language used by both deaf and hearing people without the voice to communicate? We’re offering a class full of creative instruction methods to teach you to use your hands to communicate when faced with a situation involving the need for sign language. Six week class on Tuesdays, September 9 –October 14. 6:00-8:00 pm. Location: Humanities Bldg., room 125.  Fee: $50.


ACT Prep Review
This class is an overview of the ACT test, with emphasis on the following areas: test strategies, math, science reasoning and reading preparation. This course is a prep for the test. Cleveland State does not administer the test.
Session Fee: $105 – cost includes ACT workbooks. Please call for dates and times.



Passport to Retirement
In this class you will discover meaningful answers to your retirement planning questions. The seven content-rich sections serve as a passport to helping make financially sound decisions. Define & create your retirement plan, assess & reduce costs of retirement, evaluate sources of income including how to increase social security, mathematically tested strategies to help you invest for the future, practical knowledge to protect health & wealth, tax-advantaged ways to receive funds from retirement plans, proven methods to manage your estate distribution. The class is filled with compelling statistics and case studies, and the 134 page workbook includes a wealth of self-analysis quizzes & worksheets. Class dates: Tuesdays, September 30 & October 7. 6:00pm-8:00pm. Fee: $49. Class location: Library Building, Room 109.


Zumba Fitness
Back to school & back to the exercise routine. Join in on this fun class, where every session feels like a party! The best part is you don’t even need to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow the instructor’s lead. It’s that easy. You’ll have a blast and get a great workout at the same time! Six week class on Mondays & Wednesdays, August 25 – October 6.  5:15 – 6:15 pm. Class location: Gym, Room 118. Fee: $60.

Ballroom Dancing
This class is designed for the inexperienced dancer looking for a creative outlet and a way to get moving. Students will be learning the basic fundamental elements needed for ballroom dancing, e.g., walking, posture, dance frame, tempo & elemental dance steps.  It's relatively easy to pick up. If you can walk, you can dance.   Leather sole shoes required for men and women. Small heel on women’s shoes preferred. Four week class on Mondays & Wednesdays, October 6 – October 29.  Class location: Johnson Bldg, rooms 113-114.  Fee: $75


Women’s Self Defense for Beginners
This class is designed to help students learn simple, effective techniques to defend oneself. Topics addressed include: situational awareness, generic physical responses to the initiation of the attack, specific physical responses based on the type of attack, and addressing specific questions related to a participant’s personal fears or experiences. Be prepared to participate in physical activity. Wear comfortable clothing. Mats will be provided.Four week class on  Mondays & Wednesdays, beginning October 6. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Class location: Johnson Building Alcove. Fee: $50.

Understanding Social Media
Are you hesitant to join the social media craze because you’re a little unsure of how the whole thing works? Did you get a new smartphone recently and need to figure out how to use it? If so, this is the class for you. This one night class will cover the basics of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., as well as tips on using your smartphone.  Wednesday, October 15, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Class location: Library Building, Room 109. Fee: $40.


Digital Photography
Learn about your camera equipment while experimenting in creative photographic environments. This class will help you learn to get good exposure every time, what all those little symbols on your camera do and when to use them, how to handle everyday photography challenges like shooting indoors and in poorly lit areas. You will learn what you need to know about your own camera and get a chance to shoot a variety of photos in class. Bring your own camera and start taking better photos now! Six week class on Tuesdays: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and October 7. 6:30-8:00 pm. Class location:  Library Building, Room 120. Fee: $60.

Image Preservation & Restoration
Photographs are our window to the past, but often they suffer from being poorly stored or even from good intentions. If you have a collection of old photos you’d like to preserve for future generations, this class will teach you what you need to know about proper storage, how to undo some of the damage already done, and how to restore the images for use today.  Session 1 will focus on looking at various photos brought in by class members and the instructors and evaluating them for restoration. We will learn what caused the damage, how to prevent further damage, and how to determine if they can be restored. Sessions 2 and 3 will be devoted to restoration, both physical and digital. Students will learn how to properly clean an old photo (and when not to clean them!) as well as how to scan an old photo for the best results. We will also look at slides and negatives and the challenges specific to those mediums. Students are encouraged to bring in old photos in need of restoration and we will use these as examples as much as possible. Everyone will have the opportunity to scan and restore one image. Students who are able to bring a laptop will be able to work on their own images during class. Thursdays, September 25, October 2, October 9. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Class location: Library Building, Room 118. Fee: $50.



Do It Yourself for Homeowners
You don’t need to be a professional to fix most common household problems.  Learn how to do basic repairs from someone who has done them himself. So, before you call someone, save some money and cover the most basic repairs you can do yourself.  One night only. Tuesday, October 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Class location: Johnson Bldg., room 113 & 114. Fee: $45.


Take continuing education classes online that are instructor facilitated through Ed2Go. For more information and a complete list of online courses, visit the online instruction center at or call 423-473-2270.

Instructors wanted
Part-time instructors wanted! We are always looking for individuals who have teaching ability and are interested in sharing their expertise with others. Send your resume, along with any course/class ideas you have to A member of our team will contact you if there is a match between our needs and your qualifications.