Noncredit courses offer students a special opportunity to not only learn tuition-free, but to enjoy classes with no homework and no testing. Some of the free courses on offer also give students a chance to learn job skills.

College of the Siskiyous continues its free, noncredit course offerings this fall, with classes starting Monday, Aug. 26. Noncredit courses offer students a special opportunity to not only learn tuition-free, but to enjoy classes with no homework and no testing.

Some of the free courses on offer also give students a chance to learn job skills. Charlie Peckham will be teaching a basic construction skills class at the Yreka campus on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Four students who took the class previously have already been hired in the construction industry, according to COS Director of Noncredit Education Kim Freeze. Basic construction skills classes are also offered in Weed, where students will be working to replace a home that was lost in the Boles Fire.

The construction skills class at the Yreka campus will give students a chance to take part in completing the construction of a tiny house project that began in a prior class. Students who enroll in the construction class will learn everything, from top to bottom, Freeze said.

Other noncredit classes available for COS’s fall semester include, but are not limited to beginning computer skills, life story writing, stress management, mind body health, culinary and hospitality, art for older adults, senior theater for older adults and math within industry. A small business marketing, sales and social media class is also available, which includes use of the Yreka campus’s new makerspace.

The noncredit courses are part of COS’s emphasis on lifelong learning. These classes help people stay mentally and physically active, Freeze said. And, she added, “I haven’t had anyone take a noncredit class and tell me it wasn’t fun.”

COS is also offering new classes on the credit side. Students can enroll in introduction to computer aided design, introduction to manual machining, and advanced machining. Computer aided design will teach students orthographic projection, dimensioning, tolerancing, working drawings, free hand sketches, and industry drawing standards. The class will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Weed and Yreka campuses, starting Aug. 26.

Introduction to manual machining will cover basic setup and operation of machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines and drilling machines. Students will also learn basic manufacturing processes and techniques, precision measurement and proper use of metrology tools. The class will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Yreka, starting Aug. 27.

Sam Stewart, the instructor for both intro to manufacturing and advanced manufacturing is himself a COS success story, having earned a degree earlier this year in order to teach.