Enroll in a Community Education Class

Whether your interests lie in foreign language or computers, our community education programs offer non-credit enrichment classes to the general public. Our participants select classes based on a desire for personal development either through learning Spanish or enhancing job opportunities with new or improved computer skills. We even offer customized trainings for businesses. Learn and socialize with other community members in a fun and stimulating environment. Call us today to hear more about our upcoming community education classes.

Summer 2020 Classes –

For Summer Fun!

Intro to Natural Light Portrait Photography
This course will provide an overview of how to capture incredible portraits using natural light for maximum beauty and impact. Learn the basics of theory and practice – and why natural light photography is ideal for those who wish to create dynamic photographs and impactful images!
Class Dates: Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, August 9, 10, 11, 7-8 PM
Cost: $35
Location: Zoom

Beginning Ukulele – Get Your Uke On! Introductory Beginning Ukulele Series
This is a six part introduction series. Groups may rent and/or purchase the official strumming tool – a ukulele – and will be introduced to the ukulele through a basic lessons in how to play a tune on this little 4-string instrument. Rocky Mountain UkeFest director, Denise Leslie will lead the group in a session of basic skills, chords and strums to raise one’s musical talent to “rock stardom”. Ukuleles are available through Denise’s studio – Hideaway Ukulele Studio – located at the Smiley Building in Suite #116.
Class Dates: Wednesday August 5 – Sept. 9, 12-1 pm,
Cost: $70 (introductory! Normally $90)
Location: Zoom – limited in-person available

Pranayama – The power of the breath
Through gentle practices and discussion, gain a basic understanding of the power and benefits of utilizing breath work. From the physical expansion of lung capacity to stress release and greater mental focus, the use of different breath techniques can help to achieve many outcomes. We will discuss the fascinating current scientific study from major medical schools regarding actual changes in our brains and physiology – proving out what ancient yogis have taught for centuries.
Class Dates: Wednesdays, August 5, 12 & 19, 7:15 – 8:15 pm,
Cost: $35
Location: Zoom – limited in-person available

For Business and School! 

Excel Basics! No fear computer basics!
Explore the basic building blocks and fundamentals of this powerful program while exploring the amazing possibilities that can be unlocked with even a little knowledge. Excel can be used for a wide variety of tasks from simple personal address books to detailed computations and manipulating complex data. No prior experience is necessary, as we will start and the very beginning!
Class Dates: Wednesday, August 5, 12 & 19, 5:45 – 6:45 PM
Cost: $35
Location: Zoom – or limited in-person seats

Nail It! Better Business Communication
What makes for a compelling cover letter? What makes your résumé stand out from all the others? Amidst these turbulent times, job application materials must hit the mark. Businesses are similarly pressured to maximize their messaging. Poor communication costs businesses and nonprofits billions every year. In a pandemic world, the costs can exceed the monetary. Now is not the time for ho-hum résumés and cover letters. Now is not the time to have customers and donors glaze over newsletters. Now is not the time for colleagues and employees to miss major updates and policy changes. This class will examine how to write effective résumés, cover letters, and other business content such as newsletters, brochures, emails, and more. We will highlight the most common bugaboos that result in dull, uninspiring, or downright confusing business communication. Targeted writing exercises will boost each participant’s ability to write powerful and gripping content. Small, effective, easy-to-use techniques can skyrocket your application materials to the top of the stack, inspire investors, and click with your clientele.
Class Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – Sept 1,2 &3 12-1 PM
Cost: $35
Location: Zoom

Unlocking Admissions: Write winning essays for college admissions, scholarships and internships
The admissions essay is a crucial component in the college admissions process. It is the drawbridge applicants need to enter a university or graduate school. Similar essays and personal statements are also essential for big scholarships and professional internships. All too often, these essays fall short. Myths and misconceptions about what the essay is and what it should contain lead many applicants astray. • Myth #1: A winning essay can be written in one shot—five minutes ought to do. • Myth #2: A winning essay must present the applicant as a perfect student who loves school—even if you’re the opposite kind of student. • Myth #3: A winning essay demands applicants to brag about themselves—go big or go home. This class will debunk those and many other myths while pivoting to explore what the essay is really all about. Students will learn to decode the essay prompts. What are admissions officials really looking for? The class will then dive into the essential elements that make an essay effective and effectively keep it out of the reject pile.
Class Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – August 11, 12 & 13 and August 18,19 & 20 12-1 PM
Cost: $70
Location: Zoom

How to Navigate the College Admissions Process in 2020
The course is designed to provide key strategies for high school students (and their parents/guardians) to successfully navigate the college admissions process. This year, we have witnessed unprecedented changes to undergraduate admissions policies, deadlines and requirements – and we will likely continue to experience these changes as we move into the fall. Take this course to stay up-to-date on all of the latest developments and learn about what colleges are really looking for in applications. In today’s competitive admissions landscape, it is more important than ever to stand out from the crowd!
Class Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, August 25, 26, 27 6:30 – 7:30  PM
Cost: $35
Location: Zoom

FAQ – You will receive and email to complete the registration and payment options.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for all community education classes. Refunds must be requested at least 2 days prior to the start of class. Minimum number of students is required for any class to start. Please do not expect to register the first day of class, as the class may have been cancelled due to lack of minimum students.

To register: Fill out and submit this form on-line,  or
Print, fill out and mail the class registration form to: 701 Camino Del Rio, Ste. 301 Durango, CO 81301

Mail your check to: Durango Adult Education Center, 701 Camino del Rio, Suite 301, Durango, CO 81301 or PAY ONLINE

Community Education - on Zoom! (some in-person available on request)

    If you don't have access to internet or just really need to be in-person, limited spaces are available for several classes. Let us know here and we will let you know your options.
    Please check any class that you wish to register for.
  • Price: $35.00 Quantity:
    Wednesdays, August 5, 12 & 19, 5:45 - 6:45 PM Excel can be an amazing tool - or a frustration, or something in between! Learn the basics and start to fully utilize this powerful tool successfully! Small in-house class for up to 4 individuals, or on-line live.
  • Price: $35.00 Quantity:
    Three-part series, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, August 9,10 & 11, 7-8 PM This course will provide an overview of how to capture incredible portraits using natural light for maximum beauty and impact. Learn the basics of theory and practice - and why natural light photography is ideal for those who wish to create dynamic photographs and impactful images!
  • Price: $70.00 Quantity:
    Wednesdays, August 5 - Sept. 9, 12:00 -1:00 pm This is a six part introduction series. Groups may rent and/or purchase the official strumming tool - a ukulele - and will be introduced to the ukulele through a basic lessons in how to play a tune on this little 4-string instrument. Rocky Mountain UkeFest director, Denise Leslie will lead the group in a session of basic skills, chords and strums to raise one’s musical talent to “rock stardom”. Ukuleles are available through Denise’s studio - Hideaway Ukulele Studio - located at the Smiley Building in Suite #116.
  • Price: $35.00 Quantity:
    Wednesdays, 7:15 - 8:15 pm, August 5, 12 & 19 Through gentle practices and discussion, gain a basic understanding of the power and benefits of utilizing breath work. From the physical expansion of lung capacity to stress release and greater mental focus, the use of different breath techniques can help to achieve many outcomes. We will discuss the fascinating current scientific study from major medical schools regarding actual changes in our brains and physiology – proving out what ancient yogis have taught for centuries.
  • Price: $35.00 Quantity:
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - Sept 1,2 & 3, 12:00 -1:00 PM What makes for a compelling cover letter? What makes your résumé stand out from all the others? Amidst these turbulent times, job application materials must hit the mark. Businesses are similarly pressured to maximize their messaging. Poor communication costs businesses and nonprofits billions every year. In a pandemic world, the costs can exceed the monetary. Now is not the time for ho-hum résumés and cover letters. Now is not the time to have customers and donors glaze over newsletters. Now is not the time for colleagues and employees to miss major updates and policy changes. This class will examine how to write effective résumés, cover letters, and other business content such as newsletters, brochures, emails, and more. We will highlight the most common bugaboos that result in dull, uninspiring, or downright confusing business communication. Targeted writing exercises will boost each participant’s ability to write powerful and gripping content. Small, effective, easy-to-use techniques can skyrocket your application materials to the top of the stack, inspire investors, and click with your clientele.
  • Price: $70.00 Quantity:
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - August 11, 12 & 13 and August 18,19 & 20 12:00 -1:00 PM The admissions essay is a crucial component in the college admissions process. It is the drawbridge applicants need to enter a university or graduate school. Similar essays and personal statements are also essential for big scholarships and professional internships. All too often, these essays fall short. Myths and misconceptions about what the essay is and what it should contain lead many applicants astray. • Myth #1: A winning essay can be written in one shot—five minutes ought to do. • Myth #2: A winning essay must present the applicant as a perfect student who loves school—even if you’re the opposite kind of student. • Myth #3: A winning essay demands applicants to brag about themselves—go big or go home. This class will debunk those and many other myths while pivoting to explore what the essay is really all about. Students will learn to decode the essay prompts. What are admissions officials really looking for? The class will then dive into the essential elements that make an essay effective and effectively keep it out of the reject pile.
  • Price: $35.00 Quantity:
    Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, August 25, 26, 27, 6:30 - 7:30 PM The course is designed to provide key strategies for high school students (and their parents/guardians) to successfully navigate the college admissions process. This year, we have witnessed unprecedented changes to undergraduate admissions policies, deadlines and requirements - and we will likely continue to experience these changes as we move into the fall. Take this course to stay up-to-date on all of the latest developments and learn about what colleges are really looking for in applications. In today's competitive admissions landscape, it is more important than ever to stand out from the crowd!

CLASS TIMES

Registering at least one week in advance is recommended. Before starting, all new ESL and High School Equivalency students are assessed for class placement.

High School Equivalency (GED & HiSET)
  • Monday – Thursday
    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
    5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Monday/Lunes – Thursday/Jueves
    9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
  • Monday/Lunes – Thursday/Jueves
    5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
High School Equivalency (GED & HiSET) – Cortez 
  • Monday – Thursday
    9:00 am to 3:00 p.m.
English as a Second Language (ESL) – Cortez
  • Monday/Lunes – Thursday/Jueves
    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
Community Education

Please contact us for dates and times of our upcoming classes.

Winter Closures

Durango

Please note that the DAEC closes during winter weather when the Durango School District  closes. Check ahead of time to make sure we are open in severe winter weather.

Cortez 

Please note that the CAEC closes during winter weather when the Montezuma-Cortez School District  closes. Check ahead of time to make sure we are open in severe winter weather.