COS offers abundance of free, non-credit classes

Danielle Jester
Kim Freeze, director of noncredit and community 
education at College of the Siskiyous, is pictured next to a 3-D printer in the new makers’ space at the COS Yreka campus. Registration is now open for a large variety of noncredit classes at COS.

Free, noncredit classes have begun at the College of the Siskiyous Weed and Yreka campuses, but anyone interested in taking a class is welcome to register any time as the classes are all open enrollment.

Noncredit course offerings for COS’ summer 2019 term include:

• Mind-body health

• Art for older adults

• Principles of balance

• Small business management, marketing and graphic design

• Life story writing

• Conflict and anger management

• Workforce readiness and construction skills

• Independent living

• Eating for a healthy life

• Stress management

• Brain fitness

• Intro to computers

• Body dynamics and the aging process

• Mathematics within industry

• Excellent customer service

The workforce readiness/construction classes will take place in Weed, where students will gain hands-on experience through working to replace a home that was lost in the Boles Fire. The class is put on in conjunction with Great Northern Services and has a tentative start date set for this week.

COS has also used funding it received from Proposition 39 – which provides funds to educational agencies to improve energy efficiency and create clean energy jobs ­– to create a makers’ space at the Yreka campus. The space includes a 3-D printer, a CAD machine and a hot press. A CAD course will be offered in the fall.

Yreka Knit and Sew Studio owner Janyce Hill will also be teaching sewing classes from her studio. Kim Freeze, Director of Noncredit and Community Education at COS, said she’s excited to have Hill on board because she has a wealth of knowledge and can help students create clothes to fit their own bodies.

“If you don’t take classes, you don’t know what strengths you possess,” Freeze said.