Lifelong Learning Opportunities at UCSO | Ardmore, OK

UC Campus Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm

Lifelong Learning

Community Courses

Lifelong Learning is about exploring your interests and passions. Instructors do not keep attendance or assign grades. Work assigned in the courses is always optional and meant to help you better understand and retain knowledge.

Professionals and passionate amateurs from the Ardmore area teach the classes, displaying the wealth of talent in our community. Most are taught as an individual class or series of classes that may or may not be linked.

All classes meet at the University Center Math & Health Sciences Building (new campus) 2901 Mt. Washington Road, Ardmore, OK 73401

Classes coming this fall

So You Want To Grow Fruit

September 10, 2020

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

There is a growing demand for locally grown fruit, both small fruit and tree fruit. Due to their perennial nature, fruit crops present special management challenges.
 
During this course, you will learn about the many factors involved in the enterprise decision-making process. By the end of the program, you will have an understanding of the basic practices utilized in the production of fruit crops. Recommended but not required that participants attend all sessions as later classes building on earlier discussions.
 
What You Will Learn:
  • Various practices involved in growing fruit crops
  • Specific types of equipment necessary for fruit production
  • The foundational knowledge you will need to determine if fruit production is for you 
Pricing: $20 per class
 

So You Want To Grow Vegetables

September 17, 2020

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The adage “practice makes perfect” is important to the success of any endeavor, including growing vegetables. Join Steve Upson, Noble Research Institute senior soils and crops consultant, as he reviews the various practices that growers need to master to be successful in growing vegetable crops.

During this course, you will learn about the many factors involved in the enterprise decision-making process. By the end of the program, you will have an understanding of the basic practices utilized in the production of vegetable crops.

What You Will Learn

  • Various practices involved in growing vegetable crops
  • Specific types of equipment necessary for vegetable production
  • Required management skills
  • The foundational knowledge you will need to determine if vegetable production is for you
Pricing: $20 per class
 

Beginning Sewing

  • Scheduling TBA

Session 1:  Review parts of the sewing machine, basic knowledge of sewing equipment, practice stitching, seam finishing & learning about fabric

Session 2: Sewing on a project

Session 3:  Understanding pattern symbols, pinning and cutting, marking fabric & sewing on a project

Format: Presentation & Discussion
 
Recommended but not required that participants attend all sessions as later classes building on earlier discussions.
 
 
Instructor: Jovita Black
Jovita has been sewing since she was 7 years old and making her own Barbie doll clothes. She worked 10 years in the pants factory in Madill sewing for a company that produced men’s slacks. She then went to work for Uniroyal for the next 30 years. Now she is retired and has her own sewing building. She is a master volunteer for Family Consumer Sciences through OSU. She is also project leader for a sewing group called Sew It Seams, which is a group of 4-H students learning to sew and as a sewing volunteer at the library in Healdton. She has won numerous awards, including grand champion the last 2 years at the Carter County Fair.
 
 
Pricing: $20 per class or $50 for entire series.
Seniors (over 65) and current students – $15 per class.
 
 
Additional Supplies Needed: Sewing scissors, seam ripper, tape measure, pin cushion with straight pins, and a sewing machine if you have one. If you don’t own a machine, one can be rented at class for $5.

The Civil War: The Sectional Crisis that Planted the Seeds of America's Greatest Conflict

Session 1:  Slavery and the New States – 1787-1803

Session 2:  Louisiana Purchase to the Missouri Compromise – 1803-1820

Session 3:  More Compromises? – 1820-1850

Session 4:  The Compromise of 1850 – Fort Sumter

During these 4 sessions students will explore the causes and effects of this sectional crisis, beginning in the late 1780’s and moving forward to the beginning of the Civil War.

Format: Lecture and Discussion
Recommended but not required that participants attend all sessions as later classes building on earlier discussions.

 
Instructor: TJ McCrite
TJ McCrite is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he received a degree in history with in-depth study of The American Civil War History. After graduation he became an adjunct professor of history at Murray State College teaching early American history with The Civil War as a major part of his class. For over 20 years, Professor McCrite’s dedication and passion for this subject is evident in his “What Happened Today in Civil War History” daily posts that many users follow and enjoy.
 
 
Pricing: $20 per class or $70 for entire series.
Seniors (over 65) and current students – $15 per class.
 

Stargazing

  • Scheduling TBA

Session 1: Introduction and Slideshow Presentation

Session 2: How to Find the Constellations

Session 3: Outside Viewing with Telescopes

Format: Question & Answer
Recommended but not required that participants attend all sessions as later classes building on earlier discussions.

Instructor: Randy Black
Randy Black has been interested in astronomy since a very young age. He has been a member of Arbuckle Astronomy Society for several years. He was an assistant to the professor of Astronomy at Murray State College between the years of 1994-2005. During these years, he also taught junior and senior high school students hands on telescope usage and how to navigate the sky with their telescopes. He also taught theory and audio visual teachings.
Mr. Black also taught observing sessions including the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, Texas and the George Observatory outside of Houston. Mr. Black has built his own observatory in his backyard and has made several telescope mirrors. He still volunteers and share his knowledge with local middle school classes upon request of the teachers. In his own right, he has been observing and collecting data on quasars and turning the data into the American Association of Variable Star Observers.

Pricing: $20 per class or $50 for entire series.
Senior (over 65) and current students – $15 per class

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ACT Prep Classes

The ACT exam is an important tool many universities use in their admissions process. Whether you are looking to improve your score or lessen anxiety through preparation, we can help! Experienced instructors who can tailor the class to maximize each student’s experience teach our ACT prep course.

Whether you take it once or multiple times, we are sure you will be happy you took the step in improving your future!

9AM-12:30PM Math Prep

1:30PM-3:30PM General Prep (English, Reading, Science)

Check back soon for fall class dates!

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