Continuing Education Winter 2023 Catalog

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Did you know that Bismarck State College is home to the Southwest Region of the TrainND workforce training program? TrainND is the state’s most comprehensive and inclusive workforce training network in North Dakota. Designed with the goal to expand opportunities by training employees to achieve more for themselves and their employers, TrainND serves the state through four service regions managed by local colleges in the North Dakota University System. Together the four regions of TrainND work to reduce barriers to workforce training by connecting local and statewide business and industry, as well as government and nonprofit organizations, with innovative and relevant training curriculum and instructors.

TrainND Southwest is powered by the staff and faculty of Bismarck State College, serving both large and small communities in and around the Bismarck, Mandan, and Dickinson regions. The Southwest region provides custom, contract training for organizations seeking to upskill or reskill employees to meet an ever-changing economy through corporate, industry, and career pathway training programs. Our programs cover areas such as commercial class A driving, manager and leadership development, and healthcarerelated career training. TrainND Southwest also offers individual training opportunities through open enrollment professional development classes and online self-paced courses available on demand. TrainND Southwest is workforce development DONE RIGHT.


We are always looking for new ideas for classes to offer our community. If you have an idea for a class and are interested in teaching, please visit or email

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• Classes require a minimum enrollment before they can run. If a class is canceled, participants will be notified the week before class is scheduled to begin. • We encourage you to register early so that your favorite class isn’t canceled! If


3D-Printing Basics

Welcome to the world of 3D printing, where designs on your computer become physical objects. In this handson course, you’ll learn how to design for and use a 3D printer—and leave with a few custom items to show for it. Plus, you’ll get familiar with the different types of plastic and printers to learn what will fit your needs best. A supply fee of $30 is payable at the time of registration.

2/21 - 2/28 (2xs)

Tue 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 104

Instructor: Tempe O’Kun Fee: $69 Course ID: 9200095

Cryptocurrency 1.0

What is cryptocurrency and how does it work? What is blockchain? If you are interested in learning about cryptocurrency but aren’t sure where to start, this class is for you. Led by a crypto expert, you will gain a basic understanding of blockchain and cryptocurrency.


Tue 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 103

Instructor: Dorman Bazzell Fee: $79 Course ID: 9200098

NEW! Cryptocurrency: An In-depth Tour

This class will provide a detailed view of what blockchain technology is and how cryptocurrency works on the blockchain. Participants will gain an understanding of the inner workings of blockchain technologies and how to invest in cryptocurrency.

3/29 - 4/5 (2xs)

Wed 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 101

Instructor: Dorman Bazzell Fee: $99 Course ID: 9200099

NEW! Digital Accessibility


Making your organization’s online material available to people with disabilities is as important as ensuring they can access your building physically. But the world of digital accessibility gets complicated fast with an array of terminology and standards. In this class, we will talk about how assistive

technology (like text-to-speech apps) interacts with documents and websites, then work our way up to the nuts and bolts of ensuring accessibility. You will also receive materials to reference later, the next time an issue arises at your work.


Tue 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 101

Instructor: Tempe O’Kun Fee: $59 Course ID: 9200100

Practical Computer Skills: Level 1 (An Introduction to Computers)

Did you know that you can’t break a computer (unless you drop it)? Also, that surfing the internet requires no coordination skills? If you are new to computers, join us for this twopart class. We will explore computer functions, keyboarding, parts of the computer, and internet navigation. There will be time for questions and lots of hands-on learning! No previous computer experience is required.

4/17 - 4/24 (2xs)

Mon 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 104

Instructor: Debbie Mantz Fee: $79 Course ID: 9200080

Practical Computer Skills: Level 2 (The Basics)

Computers, and the skills needed to run them, now rule the world. This class is designed to provide you with the skills you need to make computers work for you! From file management to getting started in Microsoft Office’s Word and Excel, you will acquire the basic tools to get ahead. This class will cover the very basics that you need to know to increase your employability in today’s workforce. Some familiarity with computers is recommended.

5/1 - 5/8 (2xs)

Mon 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 104

Instructor: Debbie Mantz Fee: $79 Course ID: 9200081

Practical Computer Skills: Level 3 (Microsoft Office)

Employment in most office settings depends on a certain skill set, and most often, that skill set requires familiarity with Microsoft Office. From Word (documents and letters) to Excel (spreadsheets) and Outlook (email, calendar and contacts), the

MS Office suite has all of the tools to help you succeed. Join us for a handson experience and learn computer skills that will help you get hired! Some familiarity with computers is strongly recommended.


Wed 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

BSC NECE, Room 104

Instructor: Debbie Mantz Fee: $79 Course ID: 9200082


Beginner Woodcarving

Learn the basics of woodcarving, and carving-knife safety with members of the Flickertail Woodcarvers carving club. These classes will teach specific techniques to get you started on your journey of carving. Whether you are interested in pursuing chip carving, relief work, caricature, or realism – it all starts here. Practice your push cuts, sweep cuts, and v-cuts. Observe grain directions and learn about different types of wood used in carving. Be inspired by historical or modern designs, to carve your own creations! A supply fee of $65 is payable at the time of registration and includes all materials you need to get started.

3/11 - 3/25 (3xs)

Sat 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

BSC Werner Hall, Room 140 Instructor: Becky Barnes Fee: $49 Course ID: 9100244

Crochet 101

It is time to discover crochet! In this class, you will learn the foundation of crochet from the chain to the double crochet stitch. Participants will learn how to chain, the single, half-double, and double crochet stitches by creating motifs that can be used as coasters or blanket squares. No prior crochet experience is needed - just patience and determination to have fun while learning! Participants will need the following supplies for class: 1 skein of Paton’s classic wool (or any worsted weight wool), one H or I crochet hook (5mm or 5.5mm), scissors, tape measure, and a blunt tip needle with a large eye (tapestry needle).

2/21 - 2/28 (2xs)

Tue 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

BSC NECE, Room 101

Instructor: Larissa Harrison Fee: $69 Course ID: 9100174


NEW! Crochet a Baby Octopus

Learn the basics of amigurumi crochet and how to crochet in a spiral using just one stitch. You will create a tactile toy, an octopus, the perfect gift or donation to a local hospital NICU. For this class, it would be helpful to be familiar with the single crochet stitch and chain stitch but it is not required as the instructor will guide participants in both types. The following supplies will be needed for class: a safety pin or stitch marker, scissors, tape measure, yarn needle, and a small amount of poly-fil or polyester stuffing – about 2-3 hands full. If you are making a NICU donation, you will need a 3.25 mm OR 2.75 mm crochet hook, 1 skein of or worsted weight cotton (recommend Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton). If you are making it for a gift, you will need a 4 mm to 6 mm size crochet hook and at least 4-8 oz worsted weight cotton or acrylic yarn.

3/14 - 3/21 (2xs)

Tue 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

BSC NECE, Room 101

Instructor: Larissa Harrison

Fee: $69 Course ID: 9100243

Getting Published

Ever wonder what it takes to get a book published? Author and instructor Tempe O’Kun has worked in the publishing industry for over a decade and is ready to help you take a personalized look at the best way to get your book into print. Whether you are working on fiction, non-fiction, or just starting, this class will give you an overview of the various avenues the modern publishing industry has to offer.

4/17 - 4/24 (2xs)

Mon 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 101

Instructor: Tempe O’Kun

Fee: $79 Course ID: 9650032

Polymer Clay Earrings for


In this fun hands-on class learn to make your own light-weight polymer clay earrings. There has been an explosion of interest in the space with hundreds of makers on social media and you can make these beautiful creations from the comfort of your own home too. Learn how to work with the clay, cutters, and popular earring shapes, how to add texture and detail to your designs, and how to correctly bake and finish your clay creations. Unique, handcrafted earrings you can wear made by you! A supply fee of $20 is payable at the time of registration.

3/7 - 3/14 (2xs)

Tue 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

BSC Werner Hall, Room 140

Instructor: Jasmine Tosseth-Smith Fee: $69 Course ID: 9100247

Write Your Novel

Whether you are just getting started or already halfway through, this class is designed to help you get organized and get writing. We will talk about how to find and work with proofreaders, what specialized writing software is available, and how to get the most out of your writing time.

3/13 - 3/20 (2xs)

Mon 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 101

Instructor: Tempe O’Kun Fee: $79 Course ID: 9100240

Pysanky-Amazing Ukrainian Eggs

Are you ready to take your Easteregg decoration to the next level? This all-ages class teaches the basics of coloring Ukrainian pysanka eggs. The process uses melted wax to control which areas of the egg are dyed, allowing for complex patterns and intricate drawings. We will use a variety of traditional methods and materials, including homemade dyes. This class is a great way for grown-ups to bring home a new activity for kids—just in time for Easter! A supply fee of $20 is payable at the time of class registration. Class registration closes 10 days before the class to allow for supplies to be purchased.


Mon 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

BSC Werner Hall, Room 140

Instructor: Tempe O’Kun Fee: $49 Course ID: 9100193


Cooking African Cuisine

This class will take you on a culinary journey across the rich continent of Africa. Learn about African spices and flavors and how to prepare easy everyday meals with them. Learn facts about traditional African cooking methods, the development of African food culture in the US and abroad, and of course, eat the delicious food you prepare in class with enough leftovers to take home for later. Bring an apron and container to take leftovers home. A supply fee of $15 is payable at the time of registration. Class registration closes 4 days before the class to allow for supplies to be purchased.

4/4 - 4/18 (3xs)

Tue 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

CHS, Room E100

Instructor: Jasmine Tosseth-Smith Fee: $79 Course ID: 9960028

Love Your Buns

Need buns for a birthday party, family dinner, or other special occasions? Here is your opportunity to learn to make your own. You will make a batch of buns and then be able to take them all home with you at the end of the evening. Come and have fun! Participants should bring an apron and a container to take buns home. A supply fee of $15 is payable at the time of registration.


Mon 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

CHS, Room E100

Instructor: Karen Hook Fee: $59 Course ID: 9960024

NEW! Mediterranean Cooking

Evidence shows that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk for chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s and helps with weight loss. The Mediterranean diet is inspired by the eating habits of people who live near the Mediterranean Sea with plantbased foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, and oils being the foundation. Join Registered Dietitian Rachel Iverson to learn how you can incorporate these foods into your diet and even try some new recipes. A

OLLI Members will receive a 10% discount on classes listed on pages 3-7!
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supply fee of $15 is payable at the time of class registration. Class registration closes 4 days before the class to allow for supplies to be purchased.

3/15 - 3/22 (2xs)

Wed 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

CHS, Room E100

Instructor: Rachel Iverson Fee: $69 Course ID: 9960029


Break It Down Fitness

This quick total-body workout is short but intense, fitting both cardio and strength into one session. You’ll feel like you got in a full-length workout in a fraction of the time. We leave no major muscle group untouched. You’ll be pushing, pulling, squatting, and supporting your own bodyweight. The last 15 minutes of this class will focus on stretching the entire body so you can remain flexible and willing to adapt to whatever schedule and lifestyle changes come your way.

Class Dates (Choose One)

1/2 - 1/25 (8xs) or 1/30 - 2/22 (8xs) or 2/27 - 3/22 (8xs) or 4/10 - 5/3 (8xs)

Mon, Wed 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM

BSC Armory, Room 157

Instructor: Loretta Benedict Fee: $89 Course ID: 9400150

NEW! Easy Menu Planning

Who knew the hardest part about being an adult would be deciding what to have for dinner every night? Learn proven hacks and create an individualized menu planning system that works for you. Waste less food, do fewer dishes, and order less takeout with a menu planning system literally built for you. This class is taught by a registered dietitian so you will learn how to put together meals that make you look and feel great, without sacrificing flavor.

2/16 - 2/23 (2xs)

Thu 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

BSC NECE, Room 119

Instructor: Rachel Iverson Fee: $79 Course ID: 9400155

NEW! Facial Yoga

Everyday life is full of stress. All of that stress shows on your face. Your lifestyle and environment can make your skin appear saggy and tired. As people age, the skin starts to show the effects of time, but there is a natural way to help you look younger again! Just like you have muscles on your legs and arms, you have muscles on your face. Face Yoga is not only about working on facial muscles, but also about releasing tension, self-acceptance and self-love!

4/6 - 4/27 (4xs)

Thu 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 101

Instructor: Agata Zidon Fee: $160 Course ID: 9400153

Flex, Stretch & Breath

Get the physical benefits from 3 different 15-minute exercises all in one class. These exercises can help you stay on track with your goals, improve your conditioning, and even make you stronger. Use every 15-minute exercise to focus on movement patterns that will make the most of improving your flexibility and stretching your muscle with cardio movements to build strength. You will end your workout with controlled breathing exercises to keep your mind and body in shape, help lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and promote feelings of calm and relaxation.

Class Dates (Choose One)

1/3 - 1/26 (8xs) or 1/31 - 2/23 (8xs) or 2/28 - 3/23 (8xs) or 4/11 - 5/4 (8xs)

Tue, Thu 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM BSC Armory, Room 157

Instructor: Loretta Benedict Fee: $89 Course ID: 9400151

Nutrition for Athletes

Learn about human metabolism as it relates to endurance, strength, and power. We will discuss tactics for fueling during training, competition, and recovery. Optimize your nutrition to meet any athletic goal and learn evidence-based strategies from a sports dietitian. This class is beneficial to recreational and competitive athletes, as well as parents of athletes, in addition to tactical (police/soldier/ firefighters) professionals.

4/12 - 4/19 (2xs)

Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 101

Instructor: Rachel Iverson Fee: $79 Course ID: 9400142

T’ai Chi: An Introduction

T’ai Chi is a centuries old Chinese martial art that promotes calming, centering, and self-control. A combination of meditation and physical exercise, T’ai Chi can increase energy, flexibility, balance, muscle, strength and reduce stress. While learning about the twenty-four forms of Yang Style, you will experience meditation in motion. This is a beginner class, no experience necessary! Please wear comfortable clothing to class.

2/14 - 3/16 (10xs)

Tue, Thu 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM BSC Armory, Room 157

Instructor: Craig Triplett Fee: $99 Course ID: 9400109

NEW! The Power of Self-Healing

Discover tools to help with your anxiety, stress, tension and fear. Learn how using mindfulness techniques such as journaling and meditation can help you find freedom and invite more calm and peace into your daily life. Walk away feeling lighter, happier, more calm and strong, knowing you have the tools you need to deal with life when it gets a little messy, chaotic, and stressful setting yourself up for success!

2/15 - 3/8 (4xs)

Wed 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 103

Instructor: Keri Vammer Fee: $99 Course ID: 9400154


Make Your Memories

Last Forever

You will learn the importance of digitizing photographs, videos, and important documents for longevity in this class. The presentation will include ways to save, organize and share your memories using the Forever digitization platform. Bring pictures to scan if you would like to start using the free Forever platform. Join us today to keep your memories forever!


Tue 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 104

Instructor: Karen Nathe Fee: $59 Course ID: 9450120

Parents Learn Hair

Parents, bring your daughters to learn how to style their hair in braids, buns, and the latest up-do’s! Learn the techniques and how to use the tools necessary for each task and practice your newly acquired skills on your lovely daughter. Hair should be freshly washed and can be damp or dry. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to help your daughter get her hair ready for school, play, or special occasions! Suitable for daughters ages 6-11. A supply fee of $15 is payable at the time of registration. Class registration closes a week before the class to allow for supplies to be purchased.


Thu 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 103

Instructor: Heidi Amsterberg Fee: $69 Course ID: 9450119


Proof of vaccination by a licensed veterinarian is required for all dog obedience classes.

Pawsitively Obediencefor Puppies

Puppies do a lot of learning in their early months. Join Betsy in this four-week session geared toward puppies six months and younger. Behavior training tasks that will be covered are: engagement, biting, chewing, jumping, digging, barking, and more! Obedience training tasks that will be introduced in a puppy style will be sit, down, come when called, controlled leash walk, wait, stay, and how to greet people. Equipment and requirements to attend this class are: VACCINATION RECORD ADMINISTERED BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN ONLY (to include Distemper/Parvo series, Rabies if the puppy is old enough and Bordetella), a collar (prefer no harnesses), a stationary leash (no flexi, chain or expandable leashes), soft training treats, a small squeaker toy, a notebook if you want to write down the lessons, and most of all come enjoy the training journey with your new canine family member. Any attendant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Class Dates (Choose One):

Mondays 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 1/23 - 2/13 (4xs) or 3/27 - 4/24 (4xs)

Wednesdays 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 4/12 - 5/1 (4xs) (please note that the last session of this class 5/1 is on a Monday)

BPS Career Academy, 200A

Instructor: Betsy Hamkens Fee: $99 Course ID: 9450006

Pawsitively Obedient

We will be building on the exercises learned in the puppy class; however, if your dog has not attended a puppy class and is not seriously aggressive towards other dogs, this class would be an option for you and your dog six months of age or older. If your dog has issues that prevent participation in this class, Betsy is willing to make other arrangements to work with you and your canine. Tasks taught using more structured techniques are sit, down, come when called, controlled walk, wait, stay, and much more including some Rally and Canine Good Citizen exercises. Equipment and requirements to attend this class are: VACCINATION RECORD ADMINISTERED BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN ONLY (to include Distemper/Parvo series, Rabies and Bordetella), a collar (prefer no harnesses), a stationary leash (no flexi, chain or expandable leashes), soft training treats, a notebook if you want to write down the lessons, and most of all come enjoy the training journey with your canine family member. Any attendant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Class Dates (Choose One)

Wed 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 1/11 - 2/15 (4xs) or 3/8 - 4/5 (4xs)

BPS Career Academy, Room 200A

Instructor: Betsy Hamkens Fee: $99 Course ID: 9450001



Picture Your Prosperity

Everyone has a unique vision of a prosperous and secure future. What is yours? Now is a great time to learn how smart money moves can turn your vision into reality. In this class, you learn a series of financial steps that will turn that idea, dream, or vision into an action plan. You will learn how the market and diversification can help play a part in your vision. Join us to learn how budget planning and retirement are achievable and take away valuable tools for your future! The fee includes extensive class materials.


Wed 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 101

Instructor: Vanessa Martell Fee: $39 Course ID: 9600053

Retirement Planning Today

It takes more than money to live a rich life. This course blends financial education with life planning to help you build wealth, align your money with your values, and achieve your retirement lifestyle goals. Discover what they didn’t teach you in school including: 5 strategies to manage investment risk, 11 ways to save money on this year’s taxes, important questions to ask before buying insurance, how to invest in and take money out of your company’s retirement plan, and determine the savings needed to retire. Participants may bring a spouse or guest at no additional charge. A $30 materials fee is payable at the time of registration. Couples may share a workbook. Class registration closes a few days before the class to allow for supplies to be purchased.

Class Dates (Choose One)

1/24 - 1/31 (2xs) or 2/2 - 2/9 (2xs)

Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 101

Instructor: Russ Arman

Fee: $54 Course ID: 9600010


NEW Applied Private Guitar Lessons

Starting a new hobby or wanting to improve your skills? These guitar lessons are available for all levels of instruction, beginning through advanced. If you have never played before or would like to advance your current level of playing, these one-on-one lessons will help you reach your potential. Students will need their own guitar. Students will work with the instructor to schedule 10 weekly lessons, daytime or evening lesson times. Please note: classes must be complete by April 26. Participants must have Mel Bay Guitar Tablature (ISBN-13: 978-0871667687) prior to the first scheduled lesson with the instructor. Class registration will close on 2/28 to allow time to complete lessons.

In-Person (10xs)

Instructor: Douglas Klein Fee: $209 Course ID: 9650134

Beginning Guitar

Now offering a beginner guitar class!

You will have fun while learning all the basics during this 12-week class designed for the beginning student. It is not necessary to have any previous music experience. We will learn individual notes to a variety of chords and songs in different keys. From notation to tablature and from chord diagrams to chord charts you will have a solid understanding of the guitar.

You will need your own playable guitar with nylon or steel strings. Please, no electric guitars or bass guitars. We have limited enrollment, so sign up today! Participants must be at least 12 years old. A supply fee of $10 is payable at the time of registration. Please note: class will not meet on March 15th.

2/1 - 4/26 (12xs)

Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

BSC Leach Music Center, Room 177

Instructor: Douglas Klein Fee: $199 Course ID: 9650135

DSLR Photography Bootcamp

If you want an intensive introduction to your DSLR camera or would just like a refresher on topics like controlling exposure, focus, white balance, and using JPEG vs. RAW, then this is the class for you. We will be doing a lot of practice with the various settings on

your camera to capture fast-moving and slow-moving objects, creating a photo with a soft blurred background, and understanding how lenses affect your images. Please come to class with your camera and a fully-charged battery.

2/23 - 3/9 (3xs)

Thu 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 101

Instructor: Brian Matthews Fee: $89 Course ID: 9650069

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People (Virtual)

In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. Learn to play piano the way professionals do by using chords. The chord method is LOTS of fun and dramatically easier to learn than reading notes. The fee includes the online book, online follow-up lessons, a recording of the class, and also an optional periodic question and answer session. Class is held online using Zoom and is partly hands-on instruction and partly lecture demonstration. Class Registration closes 3 days prior to class start.

3/27 Mon 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Online Instructor: Craig Coffman Fee: $89 Course ID: 9650130


Introduction to Voiceovers (Virtual)

Explore the craft of voiceovers! This class will provide an overview of the voiceover industry, explains the different types of voiceovers, and discuss the tools needed to find success in the growing remote work industry as a voice actor. Also discussed will be current trends and opportunities. You will read a real script and receive coaching from your instructor, a professional voice actor, to improve your delivery. This class is a one-time, 90-minute, one-on-one, video chat class! Upon registration, you will be contacted by VFA to schedule your class for a day and time of your convenience.

Online Instructor: Alicia Midgey Fee: $49 Course ID: 9750026


OLLI at BSC is a community of inquiring adults, exploring new areas of knowledge through courses, lectures, and community and campus events. We offer adults non-credit humanities classes, learning opportunities, and events that build a sense of community and camaraderie among our members. There are no tests and no grades. It is learning solely for the joy of learning. Discover new friends, new knowledge, and new ways to bring enjoyment to life! Your annual membership fee is $40, good through June 30, 2023. Now through the end of June, save $20 on an annual membership!

Annual membership includes the following benefits:

• Access to activities in the community and on campus

• Special pricing on campus and community events

• Free activities and events

• Humanities courses and lectures

• Exclusive access to OLLI offerings in this catalog

• Traveling opportunities

• Waived processing fees on OLLI offerings

• Campus and community discounts include:

- 20% off a monthly membership at the Touchmark Health & Fitness club

- Dakota Zoo - 1 free train ticket

- Bismarck/Mandan Symphony - special OLLI Member Pricing

- BSC Theater Productions - special OLLI Member Pricing

- 10% off all Enrichment classes

- 20% off at the BSC bookstore

- $1.00 off specialty drinks at any Mystic Java location



OLLI has partnered with the Bismarck Historical Society to fulfill their Mission “to learn, preserve and share the history of Bismarck.” Enjoy one free program each month. No registration required for theses events.

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Stain Glass Windows

Father Ehli will discuss the beautiful stain glass windows in the church and will explain how each panel was chosen.

2/8, 5:15 PM

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, 508 Raymond Street

The Real Little Casino

Marilyn Snyder has discovered new information about a very colorful character from early Bismarck who was called “Little Casino.”

3/8, 6:30 PM

Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library, Meeting Room A

Postcards of Bismarck, North Dakota: A Visual Inventory of Bismarck’s History

Jason Tomanek will share with us postcards from his extensive collection. These are wonderful pieces of Bismarck history that Jason will use to tell stories and help us see how our town began and what it has become.

4/12, 6:30 PM

Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library, Meeting Room A

Complete History of Bismarck, ND Frontier to Metropolis

During this celebration of Bismarck’s Founders Day, Randy Hoffman, a fifth-generation Bismarck resident will share with us a little bit about his new book entitled, “Complete History of Bismarck, ND Frontier to Metropolis.”

5/10, 6:30 PM

Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library, Meeting Room A

Postcards from Vermont - Travel Presentation

Join OLLI and Collette Tours for a free virtual special travel presentation to learn about an upcoming travel opportunity. Collette Tours will lead a 7-day trip to Vermont during the height of fall colors in 2023. Discover the scenic fall colors of Vermont, winding roads, and cozy towns with eclectic, Yankee spirit. Experience the quintessential New England town of Woodstock, explore Burlington, view the fall scenery at its best from the vantage point of a cruise on Lake Champlain, taste fresh syrup at a family-owned maple sugar farm and so much more. Travel dates are October 2228, 2023. Participants will be sent a link prior to the class to join the presentation virtually.


Mon 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Instructor: Katie Ganshert

Online Course ID: 7090019



OLLI movies have limited seating. Please plan on registering.

The Current War

The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas A. Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

Rated PG-13


Fri 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

BSC NECE Auditorium, Room 304 Course ID: 7090015

The Butler

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.

Rated PG-13


Fri 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

BSC NECE Auditorium, Room 304 Course ID: 7090016

The Journey

Ian Paisley, a staunch evangelical Protestant and advocate for Northern Ireland, and Martin McGuinness, a former leader of the IRA, are forced to ride in a car together. Will their proximity help in the quest for peace?

Rated PG-13


Fri 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

BSC NECE Auditorium, Room 304 Course ID: 7090017

The Greatest Showman

Growing up in the early 1800s, P.T. Barnum displays a natural talent for publicity and promotion. After trying his hands at various jobs, P.T. turns to show business to indulge his limitless imagination, rising from nothing to create the Barnum & Bailey circus. Barnum’s mesmerizing spectacle soon takes the world by storm to become the greatest show on Earth.

Rated PG


Fri 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

BSC NECE Auditorium, Room 304 Course ID: 7090018


OLLI Members can now take select semester-long credit classes as part of our new “OLLI in the Classroom” program. While there are no grades or tests for members who take these classes, participants are highly encouraged to participate in the discussions and activities of these classes.

Introduction to Poetry

This is a workshop-style writing class where students write and share their poems in an encouraging setting as they create a portfolio of original work. We will read and discuss contemporary poets and what is currently being published in journals today. Poets of note include Billy Collins, Ada Limon, Natalie Diaz, Tony Hoagland, and Nick Flynn.

1/9 – 5/12 (16 weeks, 3 credit hours)

Tues, Thurs 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

BSC LEA Hall, Room 209

Instructor: Michael Tomanek

Fee: $250 Course ID: 7040035

OLLI On-Demand

History 103 - United States to 1877

A survey of American History - political, social, economic, cultural - from the Colonial Period to the Civil War, with emphasis on the English Colonial Experience, the American Revolution, the establishment of the Union, early reform movements, slavery, and the coming of the Civil War.

2/6 – 5/12 (12 weeks, 3 credit hours)

Mon, Wed 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

BSC NECE, Room 317

Instructor: Joseph Camisa

Fee: $250 Course ID: 7040025

Watch recorded lectures anytime, anywhere, and on your own time. You must have access to email and a computer or mobile device with internet access. A link will be sent upon registration. View all available classes at

“The class was great! The teaching methods that were brought into the classroom enhanced the experience. He used audio and video clips as well as artifacts. A lot is different from when I was in school. All in all, it was really great.”

— Pat W., OLLI student of History 103



Lost Civilizations and Cities

This class will begin with discussing verified sunken continents and microcontinents, including Zealandia, Mauritia, and The Kerguelen Plateau. Some of the earliest lost locations will be discussed such as The Lost Empire of the Indus Valley, Gulf of Cambay, and Truk Island, Micronesia. Then, we will cover mythical, legendary, or fabled places such as Atlantis, El Dorado, and Pompeii/Herculaneum. Come along with me as we meet lost civilizations and ponder what the world would have been like had they survived.


Thu 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

BSC NECE Auditorium, Room 304 Instructor: Ann Vadnie Fee: $25 Course ID: 7070070

How We Got to the Moon: The Early Years

We all know Apollo 11 landed on the Moon in 1969. What decisions were made to get there by the end of the decade? How was the course of the American Space Program changed after the launch of Sputnik in 1957? We will discuss how space flight changed and accelerated after the end of World War II, from an engineering perspective and from political motivation.


Wed 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 101 Instructor: John Saiki Fee: $25 Course ID: 7070076

The Forgotten War: Korean War

Inscription on the Korean War Memorial: “Our Nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.” From

1950 until 1953, the U.S., South Korea, and UN allies fought against North Korea and Chinese Communists. The Korean War became the “Forgotten War” because it was overshadowed by WWII and Vietnam. This class will help us understand the history of the Korean War and to remember and honor its heroes.


Thu 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

BSC NECE Auditorium, Room 304

Instructor: Ann Vadnie Fee: $25 Course ID: 7070073

Memorable Bismarck Stories

There is no better way to study history than to hear stories about real people. Ann will share many stories about the individuals who shaped and molded Bismarck throughout its history. The stories are as varied as the people… but they are truthful and honest about how individuals in our town overcame adversity or others rose to become its leaders. We all love a “good story”… so come and join Ann as she delves into some of the greatest stories of Bismarck’s history.


Thu 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

BSC NECE Auditorium, Room 304

Instructor: Ann Vadnie Fee: $25 Course ID: 7070072

ND Heritage Center, Room

Instructor: Kim Jondahl

Fee: $20 Course ID: 7070004

The Greatest Show on Earth

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, have you ever wanted to know the history of the circus? This class will cover the nuts and bolts of the circus world. We will cover the development of this worldwide phenomenon as a means of entertaining children of all ages. Barnum & Bailey are recognized as the real innovators of this classic entertainment event. Pat will cover the who, what, where, when, and why of the circus industry and will also discuss the Circus World Museum which exists in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Come one, come all, to this exciting class that will both inform and entertain!


Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 103

Instructor: Pat Pins Fee: $25 Course ID: 7070074

Country Folk and City Slickers: The Virtuous and the Venal

In this behind-the-scenes tour at the ND Heritage Center & State Museum, you will get a first-person glimpse into the past. Specifically, we will learn about both paleontology and archaeology, and how these two closely related scientific fields of study have different and distinct goals, despite also having similarities. Join us to learn about how a paleontologist studies fossils to understand the forms of life that existed millions of years ago, and an archaeologist studies human artifacts and remains to understand human life and history. This tour has limited spots and will require walking and standing for the one and a half hour tour.


Thu 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Popular culture portrayals of the rural and the urban are often situated as “them vs. us.” In this session, we will discuss this binary of city and country, including some of the ways in which rural people are portrayed that make them look hopelessly backward yet virtuous and how urban people are portrayed in ways that make them look clever but somehow morally corrupt. The agrarian ideal of hard work and clean living is still alive and well in our culture, but it is often placed in direct contrast with the urban ideal of wealth and culture. The discussion will include video excerpts from popular television shows and films, along with material from critics and scholars who have weighed in on this “great divide” between the rural and the urban, especially in the US.


Wed 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 103

Instructor: Kim Crowley Fee: $25 Course ID: 7070075

What do you get when you cross an Archaeologist with a Paleontologist?
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The World of Torture

Various techniques have been developed over the centuries by leaders as well as followers who have used physical and mental cruelty as a means of forcing people to submit to the will of other individuals. Torture has been used by mankind from the beginning of our existence until our present-day world. Kings, Queens, Presidents, Dictators, Chieftains, and Generals have at one time or another contributed to the development and use of terror tactics to reach a level of control over individuals. Torture has been used during both times of war and times of peace and has become sophisticated over the ages. Not for the faint of heart, this topic may be painful, but the class won’t be.


Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 103

Instructor: Pat Pins Fee: $25 Course ID: 7070071

The Squeaky Wheel

Join historian Erik Holland for an investigation of various topics in the lands centered on the Red River in the 1800s. Topics include Red River trails, steamers, Hudson Bay Company, Red River Colony, treaty debacle with Ojibwe Westward expansion, and the connection to the US Dakota War of 1862.


Thu 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

BSC NECE, Room 103

Instructor: Erik Holland Fee: $25 Course ID: 7070077


The Fabulous Fifties: A Decade of Fun, Fads, and Fears

The Fabulous Fifties was a decade of fun, fads, fears, and fallout shelters. A decade filled with events that still shape America. A time of duck-andcover drills in case of an atomic attack and even fears of communists amongst us. Also, the decade that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and witnessed the beginning activism of a young Martin Luther King, Jr. leading the Birmingham bus boycott. America entered the space race after the launch of Sputnik in 1957, the first man-made object in space, a satellite launched by the Soviets. It was also the decade that brought us coonskins hats: the hula hoop, Barbie dolls, Tupperware, drive-in theaters, and I Love Lucy followed by the age of westerns. The fifties also witnessed the start of rock and roll, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and of course the king, Elvis Presley.

2/21 - 3/7 (3xs)

Tue 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

BSC NECE Auditorium, Room 304

Instructor: Perry Hornbacher Fee: $40 Course ID: 7040033

The Red Scare, a Time of Fear and Accusations

The Red Scare was a time of fear and hysteria; a time of accusations

and blacklisting. The second Red Scare ocurred after WWII — a time of fear-mongering that would shape politics and society. It brought to power politicians who made their reputation for being hard on communists, including Richard Nixon and Joe McCarthy, among others. The government used the House Un-American Activities Committee to question the loyalty of thousands of Americans, not only in Washington and Hollywood but in academia and everyday life. The Red Scare was brought into our homes, live on television, the charges that the Army itself harbored communists in the Army-McCarthy hearings.

3/28 - 4/11 (3xs)

Tue 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

BSC NECE Auditorium, Room 304

Instructor: Perry Hornbacher Fee: $40 Course ID: 7040032


Welcome to the world of 3D printing, where designs on your computer become physical objects. In this hands-on course, you’ll learn about 3D printing and how it works. You will learn how to design for and use a 3D printer—and leave with a few custom items to show for it.

3/29 - 4/5 (2xs)

Wed 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 104

Instructor: Tempe O’Kun Fee: $45 Course ID: 7040034

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Beginning Excel

Come and try the latest and most powerful spreadsheet application built for today’s workplace. Designed for beginners, you will discover how to build, edit and modify spreadsheets, design charts, and create basic formulas and functions. We will be working in Excel 2019; basic knowledge of Windows is recommended. Class fee includes course materials. Class registration closes two weeks before the class to allow for supplies to be purchased.


Tuesday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 104

Instructor: Debbie Mantz Fee: $219 Course ID: 9200097

Customer Service That Wows!

Today’s consumers have high expectations. Are your employees able to meet them? Customer Service that Wows! is a session suited for owners, managers and employees. Course highlights include a conversation about what customers expect, a review of your organization’s customer touch points, identification of service hits and misses and recommendations on how to Wow! Come prepared to share stories about the best and worst customer experiences and walk away with tools, techniques and a newfound passion for service.


Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 103

Instructor: Dot Frank Fee: $149 Course ID: 5350351

Employee Engagement: The Supervisor’s Guide to Gaining and Sustaining Commitment

Employee Engagement can help produce more satisfied employees. This training course introduces leaders and managers to the tools and techniques for ensuring employees feel valued and supported in their day-today responsibilities. The program is organized into four distinct categories or strategies for employee engagement with self-assessments, interactive activities, and practical knowledge for becoming an effective and influential leader.


Thursday, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

BSC NECE, Room 103

Instructor: Mike Weisbeck Fee: $149 Course ID: 5350352


BSC offers a wide range of highly interactive courses you can take entirely over the internet. All courses are designed by expert instructors, many of whom are wellknown authors. Instructor led courses are designed for structured group learning and feature an instructormoderated discussion board to allow for interaction with session cohorts. Self-paced courses are designed for completely independent learning, without instructor moderation or group discussion.


To view and register for online Personal Enrichment and Skills Training classes please visit


These advanced courses offer a flexible way to learn and prepare for a new career or help you advance in your current job. Start anytime to learn new skills and prepare for nationally recognized certifications. Get support from a dedicated Student Advisor and access to a virtual career center. Topics include business, healthcare, technology, industry certifications, and more. To view and register for these courses, please visit bscceti

DDI’s online learning library is designed for learners to build skills on their own without the travel and administrative expenses of traditional workshops. Used as a standalone solution or to complement a leadership development program. Our online courses are based on the same research and competencies as the traditional classroom system. When supported with practice, reinforcement tools, and on-the-job application opportunities, you can get the same impact as other modalities. These are self-paced courses that can be completed in 2-3 hours. After passing the Mastery Test, you will receive a certificate of completion.

To view and register for these and many more DDI online classes please visit

Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC and Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Members receive classes marked with the symbols. To receive the discount code, members will need to log in to their member accounts on the organization’s website.


Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training

Bismarck State College’s Nursing Assistant Training Program students gain the knowledge and technical skills needed to secure a job as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in a skilled nursing facility, acute care, or home health care. The 76-hour program includes classroom instruction, supervised practical training and clinical practice, and can be taken for college credit or as non-credit training.

February 6 - March 2, 2023

March 6 - 30, 2023

April 3 - 27, 2023

BSC Donna S. Thigpen Center for Health Sciences

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Fee: $625 Course ID: 3100001

Certified Medication Assistant (CMA II)

A Certified Medication Assistant II is able to deliver routine, regularly scheduled medication for individuals or groups of individuals with stable conditions which are administered on a routine basis and do not require determination of need, drug calculation, or dosage conversion. A CMA II can be employed in a setting where the licensed nurse is either scheduled regularly or not regularly, including Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities and Basic Care Facilities. Class meets during the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visit for more information.

February 14 – April 16

BSC Technical Center

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Fee: $825 Course ID: 3200001

May 2 – July 7

BSC Technical Center

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Fee: $825 Course ID: 3200001

Commercial Driving (CDL)

BSC will provide you with a wellrounded education that prepares you for both parts of the commercial driver’s license exam. You will enter the program having obtained your Class A Commercial Driver’s License permit, including passing of the knowledge, airbrake, and combination tests. Our training course will start with coursework in truck driving safety, driving techniques, and North Dakota driving laws. Then, you will practice your truck driving skills under the watchful eye of a certified driving instructor.

3 Week Course

February 13 - March 6, 2023

March 13 - 31, 2023 April 10 - 28, 2023

BSC NECE, Room 102 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Fee: $5,795 Course ID: 5210001

2 Week Course

January 30 - February 10, 2023 February 13 - 27, 2023 March 6 - 17, 2023 March 20 - 31, 2023 April 5 - 19, 2023 April 24 - May 5, 2023

BSC NECE, Room 102

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fee: $5,795 Course ID: 5210001

CDL: Hazardous Material Endorsement Theory

Are you looking to receive your Hazmat endorsement? FMCSA requirements are met by enrolling in this online, self-paced course. Upon successful completion of all training modules and an 80% or better on assessments, you will be eligible to take the ND State Hazmat Knowledge Test at the ND Department of Transportation.


Fee: $300 Course ID: 5210002



Bismarck State College is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, information protected by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), marital status, disability, veteran’s status or any other status protected by law in its admissions, student aid, employment practices, education programs or other related activities.

Inquiries concerning Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination and Employment Act may be referred to the Chief Human Resources Officer, Bismarck State College, BSC Meadowlark Building, 1700 Schafer Street, Bismarck, ND 58501, (701) 224-5427, bsc. or to the Office for Civil Rights/Chicago, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661. Telephone: (312) 730-1560, Fax: (312) 730-1576, TDD: (800) 877-8339, email:, website:

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