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Leisure Learning

Leisure Learning Classes

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 Michelle Robinson, Development Officer by phone at 
 740.753.7132 or by email at  leisurelearning@hocking.edu.

Calendar of Events

Spring 2018 Classes

RefromationThe English Reformation

  • Wednesday, March 21 • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 28 • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 4 • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 11 • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 18 • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25 • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2 • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 9 • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Hocking College, 3301 Hocking ParkwayNelsonville, OH 45764
Cost: $65
Instructor: Kathy Simcox
Description: Author and Historian Kathy Simcox takes students through the history of the English Reformation from the War of the Roses and Early Tudor Dynasty through Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. All eight classes and materials are included.

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American Red Cross Lifeguard Training*

  • Sunday, April 15 • 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Entry Test/Assessment)
  • Monday, April 16 • 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 18 • 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22 • 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Monday, April 23 • 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25 • 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Lifeguard and CPR performance tests)
  • Monday, April 30 • 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (Written test)

Location: Hocking College Student Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Cost: $235 per class
Instructor: Leslie Yinger
Description: 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.

*Must be at least 15 years of age to participate.

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stained glassStained Glass With Bonnie Proudfoot*

  • Thursday, March 22
  • Thursday, March 29
  • Thursday, April 5
  • Thursday, April 12
  • Thursday, April 19
  • Thursday, April 26

Location: Hocking College Visual Arts Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Cost: $150 (includes 6 classes, plus materials and supplies)
Instructor: Bonnie Proudfoot
Description: In this six part class, students will learn the basics of working with stained glass from glass work expert Bonnie Proudfoot. Topics include cutting copper, foiling, and soldering. By the end of the class, students will possess the necessary skills to continue creating stained glass works on their very own. Materials and equipment use are included in the price and all students will take home their very own stained glass panel or sun catcher!

*All equipment will be provided. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and bring safety glasses if available.

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HotCrossBunsEaster Holiday Breads

  • Saturday, March 24 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: The Lodge at Hocking College, 15770 OH-691, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Cost: $75
Instructor: Chef Alfonso Contrisciani
Description: Following in the traditions of Holiday Bread making, Master Chef Alfonso Contrisciani presents Easter Breads, an exploration of popular sweet breads made 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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4-26-2013-rad-s_1363280950Annual R.A.D Basic Physical Defense For Women*

  • Thursday, March 29 • 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 5 • 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 12 • 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Cost: $25
Description: To develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.” – Lawrence Nadeau, R.A.D. Systems Founder.

*Class sizes are limited; participants must be committed to attending all 3 classes.

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sarah-boyle-90071-unsplashHomemade Light Spring Pasta

  • Saturday, April 21 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: The Lodge at Hocking College, 15770 OH-691, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Instructor: Chef Alfonso Contrisciani
Chef Alfonso Contrisciani will help ring in spring with a Light Spring Pasta class. Students will make a homemade pasta with seasonal vegetables along with appetizers using fish, chicken, ramps and morels.

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hammerFrom Tree To House — Log Cabin Building Techniques

  • Friday, April 27
  • Saturday, April 28
  • Sunday, April 29

Location: Robins Crossing, 3301 Hocking ParkwaysNelsonville, OH 45763
Cost: $175
Description: Join us at Hocking College for a 3-part workshop covering the techniques used to build a traditional Appalachian Log Home. The first class of the series focuses on the selection of timber and proper tree felling techniques. In this first class, participants will learn winter identification of trees, and how to properly select and cut a tree for use in a log home. During the second and third sessions, join a master traditional craftsman with 70,000 YouTube followers, Mr. Chickadee (Josh Stevens) as he leads this hands-on workshop. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the traditional techniques used to hand-hew a log for construction.

The goal of this series of classes is to prepare logs for the restoration of the Robbins Crossing, located on the Hocking College campus. This learning opportunity for the community serves to pass along knowledge of a traditional Appalachian craft.

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Registering For Classes

Four Ways to Register

Registering is quick and easy with four registering options to choose from so as not to interrupt your busy life! You may register for a course up to five days prior to that course’s start date. This gives us time to prepare for your class and ensures all supplies and materials are ready and available at class time.  

1) Online

To register for a class, click the 'Registration Form' button above. You may select additional classes once inside the registration portal. Register online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a major credit card. All transactions are secure and your receipt will be sent to you. 

2) By Phone

To register by phone simply call the Michelle Robinson at  740.753.7132 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Phone registration requires the use of major credit card – Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. 

3) In Person

Visit the Cashier’s Office in the Student Services Concourse on the first floor of Light Hall on Hocking College’s Main Campus. You may register in person between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

If registering in person, payment is required by cash, check, money order, or a major credit card – Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. 

4) By Mail

Complete the Leisure Learning form and mail it to: 

Hocking College — Cashier’s Office
ATTN: Michelle Robinson
3301 Hocking Parkway,
Nelsonville, OH 45764

Registration Form

Leisure Learning Policies


Hocking College reserves the right to repeal, change or amend rules, regulations and fees; to withdraw, add to or modify courses listed within; and to change instructor assignments. Registration for every class will close five days prior to that class’s start date in order for the instructor to prepare material for students. Each class has a minimum (floor) and maximum (ceiling) capacity of participants. If the minimum is not reached, the College has the right to cancel the class. If the decision is made to cancel, a full refund will be issued to those who have registered. If maximum is reached, registrants exceeding the maximum capacity will be offered to be placed on a wait list and will be contacted upon an opening. If a student is placed on a wait list, no money is due until the space is available.

Cancellation Policy

  • In the event that Hocking College cancels class, a full refund will be issued to any participants registered for said class.
  • In order to cancel registration for a full refund, participants must withdraw from the class within five business days of the first day of class. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit of all fees paid relating to registration, materials, and instructor fees.
For additional information about Leisure Learning classes, please contact Michelle Robinson, Development Officer by phone at
740.753.7132 or by email at  leisurelearning@hocking.edu.

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