Hocking College offers a variety of leisure learning classes that are focused on creating a rich, creative environment that inspires life-long learning. Classes are hands-on, fun and educational! Whether you are continuing your education, learning a new skill, or investigating a new hobby, Leisure Learning offers something for everyone!

These affordable non-credit classes are held in various locations both on the Hocking College campus and in the surrounding community. Anyone is welcome — you do not have to be a Hocking College student or employee to participate.

Are you interested in teaching a leisure learning class? We are always looking for new classes. If you have a skill or knowledge you would like to share, contact Sean Terrell, Director of Special Programs by phone at 740.753.7132 or by email at terrells@hocking.edu.

How to Register

Leisure Learning Policies and Registration Form

To register for a class, please click the "Register Here" link below the class for which you would like to register. If you would like to register for multiple classes, you may do so through the registration portal. Registration for each class will close five days prior to the class meeting date. Please read the policy statement regarding cancelations and refunds.

You can also register for a class by downloading the registration form. To register for a class using the registration form, complete the form and return to Hocking College:

  • Call: Sean Terrell, Director of Special Programs at 740.753.7132
  • Mail:

    Hocking College
    Attn: Sean Terrell
    3301 Hocking Parkway
    Nelsonville, OH 45764

  • In Person:

    Sean Terrell, Director of Special Programs
    3301 Hocking Parkway
    Nelsonville, OH 45764

Class fees must be paid at time of registration by cash, money order, check or credit card. For questions, contact Sean Terrell, Director of Special Programs, by phone at 740.753.7132 or by email at terrells@hocking.edu.

Winter/Spring 2017 Leisure Learning Classes

American Sign Language
Instructor: Benny Myers
Two Class Times to Chose From: Tuesday Evenings, February 21st - April 18th, 6pm - 8pm
Saturdays, February 18th - April 29th, 11 AM - 1 PM
Location: Hocking College, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Room: JL 242
Cost: $100 includes 8 classes and materials
This 8 week ASL class is designed to provide an opportunity for individuals to improve their communication abilities with co-workers, clients, family members, and friends who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and to educate those who may be losing their hearing, those incorporating signs in communicating with their hearing children, and those who simply have an interest in American Sign Language. With this class, participants will learn the basic foundation of ASL. Participants will be able to sign and understand communicating with sign language by the end of the 8 week class.

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Cooking Classes


Easter Breads
Instructor: Alfonso Contrisciani
Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Lodge at Hocking College, 15770 OH-691, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Cost: $50
Following in the traditions of Holiday Bread making, Master Chef Alfonso Contrisciani presents Easter Breads, an exploration of popular sweet breads you can make to adorn your holiday table. Recipes include Hot Cross Buns, Sweet Polenta Bread, and Panettone. Participants will leave with plenty of bread to enjoy with family. You won't want to miss this one!

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Morel and Ramp Foray & Cooking Class
Instructors: Homer Elliott, Chef Vincenzo "Enzo" Sclama
Date: Saturday, April 22th, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Lodge at Hocking College, 15770 OH-691, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Cost: $65

Did you know there are more than 2,000 kinds of wild mushrooms that grow in Ohio? Of these, the morel is one of the first collected in spring, and most abundant from the first of April to the first of May. Equally as abundant is the ramp, also known as the spring onion or wild leek. Both the morel and r amp are edible and can make a variety of your spring dishes come to life!

For this class, biologist and ecologist Homer Elliott will guide participants on a foray through the foothills of Appalachia in search of the morel and ramp. Homer will guide you through the forest discussing the fundamentals of edible mushrooms and wild onions. You will learn about the ecosystem, terrain and other clues to increase the likelihood of finding edibles.

After working up an appetite from the forest tromp, participants will gather for a cooking demonstration by Master Chef Vincenzo Sclama at the Lodge at Hocking College. Chef Sclama will share delicious recipes that incorporate the morel and ramp and include proper handling, storing and cooking edibles. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience!


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Viticulture Classes

Choose from any of the classes listed below or register for all four and complete the viticulture program at a discounted price!

Establishing a Vineyard
Instructor: Blaine Davidson
Date: Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Hocking Hills Winery
Cost: $50
Hocking Hills Winery owner and resident wine guru, Blaine Davidson, shows you how to successfully cultivate a commercial vineyard from site selection to harvest. Topics will include location, varietal options, planting methods, vine training, pest and weed control, pruning and planning. A portion of the class will be held in the vineyard and will include hands-on planting and training techniques. The class will end with a wine tasting at the winery.

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Pruning
Instructor: Blaine Davidson
Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Hocking Hills Winery
Cost: $50
Explore pruning and training techniques as well as tool selection essential to successful growing and production. This class will give participants specialized, hands-on training in pruning grape vines. The class will end with a wine tasting at the winery

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Winemaking
Instructor: Blaine Davidson
Date: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hocking Hills Winery
Cost: $50
Hocking Hills Winery owner and resident wine guru, Blaine Davidson, gives students an overview of the wine making process. Topics will include wine making from fruit, juice and concentrate, as well as analysis and adjustments, fermentation, aging, fining/clarifying/filtering and bottling. A must-take for home wine makers! The cost of the class includes a bottle of wine from Hocking Hills Winery to take home!

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Bottling
Instructor: Blaine Davidson
Date: Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hocking Hills Winery
Cost: $50
Hocking Hills Winery owner and resident wine guru, Blaine Davidson gives students an overview of the bottling process. Explore bottling techniques and equipment and learn how to efficiently bottle your wine like a pro! Class includes a bottle of Hocking Hills Wine to take home!

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Arts Classes

Fused Glass Pendant Making - 3 Day Workshop
Instructor: Sharon Warren
Dates: Monday, April 24th
Wednesday, April 26th
Friday, April 28th
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Hocking College Visual Arts Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Cost: $135 (Includes all 3 class sessions, equipment and supplies)
Join us for our next class in the "make it and take it home" A Taste of Glass series. In this three day workshop, students will learn to make a fused glass pendant. Choose from a variety of translucent and opaque sheet glass colors. Plan and cut your own designs out of glass. Decide if you’d like it fully melted or barely rounded. Let your creations fuse in the kiln overnight. Silver plated bales and glue are included. Sign up now to reserve your glass time!

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Fused Glass Pendant Making - 1 Day Workshop
Instructor: Sharon Warren
Date: Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Hocking College Visual Arts Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Cost: $50 (Includes all 3 class sessions, equipment and supplies)
Join us for our next class in the "make it and take it home" A Taste of Glass series. In this one day workshop, students will learn to make a fused glass pendant. Choose from a variety of translucent and opaque sheet glass colors. Plan and cut your own designs out of glass. Decide if you’d like it fully melted or barely rounded. Let your creations fuse in the kiln overnight. Silver plated bales and glue are included. Sign up now to reserve your glass time!

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Glass Bead Making - 3 Day Workshop
Instructor: Sharon Warren
Dates: Monday, May 8th
Wednesday, May 10th
Friday, May 12th
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Hocking College Visual Arts Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Cost: $90 (Includes 3 classes, equipment, supplies)
Light the torch and play with our beautiful Moretti glass. Choose your own colors and have fun! With heat and gravity your glass will take form. On Monday, draw dots and squiggles with glass to design your very own bead. On Wednesday, make bi-cones and lentil shaped beads. On Friday, learn to magnify your designs by layering clear glass on top. All your creations will anneal in our kiln each night to strengthen the glass for long lasting wear. New beads are available for pick up the next day. Sign up now to reserve your torch time!

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Glass Bead Making - 1 Day Workshop
Instructor: Sharon Warren
Date: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Hocking College Visual Arts Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Cost: $40 (Includes class, equipment, supplies)
Light the torch and play with our beautiful Moretti glass. Choose your own colors and have fun! With heat and gravity your glass will take form. Draw dots and squiggles with glass to design your very own bead. Make bi-cones and lentil shaped beads. Learn to magnify your designs by layering clear glass on top. All your creations will anneal in our kiln to strengthen the glass for long lasting wear. New beads are available for pick up the next day. Sign up now to reserve your torch time!

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Lifeguard Training and Certification


American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Certification
25 Hour Course
Instructor: Leslie Yinger
Two Sets of Dates: Monday, April 17th - Monday, April 24th
(meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday)
OR
Wednesday, April 26th - Wednesday, May 3rd
(meets Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Times: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sundays: 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hocking College Student Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Cost: $235
Age: 15 and older
Hocking College and the American Red Cross are teaming up to offer lifeguarding certification training at the Hocking College Student Center, just in time to get you trained and ready for your summer job! This class provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.

Register For Monday, April 17th - April 24th
Register For Tuesday, April 25th - May 2nd
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