The Easiest Way to Explore Your Interests

Even after you’ve graduated high school or college, it’s important to maintain a lifelong relationship with learning. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 87% of people who pursued personal learning opportunities say their activities helped them feel more capable and well rounded, 69% said their learning helped them make new friends, and 58% said it made them feel more connected to their local community. Whether you’re going for a promotion at work, looking to change careers, or just want to add a new skill to your repertoire, this type of ongoing education can often be the key to taking the next step in your life.

Nearby McHenry County College (MCC) offers hundreds of noncredit classes in personal development, career training, and workforce and small business development. The College also hosts a retired adult program that offers intellectually stimulating classes for people ages 50 and up.

“No matter what you’re interested in, you can find something at MCC,” said Dori Sullens, Director of Community Education at MCC. “We have classes in art, languages, photography, history, computer skills, and much more. We also offer career training programs for emergency dispatchers, veterinary assistants, phlebotomy, and CDL to name a few.”

To showcase some of their available noncredit programs, the College is inviting members of the community to attend a virtual Noncredit Premiere Day on Saturday, April 17 from 9–11 a.m. The event will be held online via Zoom.

“This event is ideal for both professionals in need of additional skills training or individuals who want to take enrichment classes,” said Sullens. “It’s free to attend and is a great opportunity to chat with some of our instructors and get an overview of what these programs look like before enrolling.”

Attendees can choose from breakout sessions on personal development, career training, workforce development, starting a small business, or the retired adult program.

Participants will also receive 10% off their total class fee(s) when they register during the event.

Register to reserve your spot at