New choices for community education

WILLISTON – Williston State College Community Education programs will run January through March.

Classes are geared towards personal and professional enrichment for adults and children. New sections of classes are offered quarterly.

The spring portion of classes have already been planned are open for registration. There are nearly 40 classes, in a variety of interest areas, mostly meeting during the evenings or Saturdays. Offerings for this quarter will begin in January and run through March, with a few ending in April.

“We try to offer a variety of classes that span all ages and interests,” said Kim Wenko, community education specialist, in a press release. “This spring we have a lot of options. Some are repeat favorites while others are new to our schedule.”

Another class is QuickBooks, which will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 22 and March 1.

The executive chef from the Williston will be teaching a knife skills and tapas class from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 29. According to the Community Education brochure, those participating will learn hands-on on how to keep your knives sharp and make yummy appetizers.

“I’ve had quite a few phone calls on that class already,” Wenko said. “There are several small business owners who want to learn QuickBooks so we’re happy to be able to offer this class.”

“We are offering new leadership and management training classes as well,” Wenko said. The first class, Communicating for Leadership Success, will be offered Feb. 20 from 1 to 5 p.m.

A dog obedience training class will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 12 through Feb. 17.

An English language proficiency class will be offered in February.

An acrylic painting class will be offered Jan. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. The class is geared to the beginning and intermediate painter.

There are many other classes to choose from, including Mexican cooking, intro to computers, toddler/parent art classes, Beginning Word, Beginning and Intermediate Excel classes, jewelry making classes, Spanish classes, The Purple school language classes for kids, couponing, financial planning classes and a couple of wine classes.

Community Education also offers about 300 online classes. “They start every six weeks and run year-round,” Wenko said. “There are classes in accounting and finance, business, computer applications, design and composition, health care and medical, language and arts, law and legal, and many more.”

She added that most classes do require participants to register at least two weeks in advance.

A digital version of the schedule book can be found posted on the Williston State College website and the TrainND website. Previous class participants will also receive a booklet via direct mail.

To view the digital booklets, visit ( If there are additional questions or needs, contact Wenko at 774-6236. For other information about Williston State College, visit (, call 774-4200, or stop by 1410 University Ave. in Williston.