Personal Enrichment

Personal Enrichment

The Community Programs Continuing Education department has a long tradition of providing learning opportunities in the community. Personal Enrichment courses include dance, music, drawing, painting, language, health/fitness, and other special-interest courses. In addition, a multitude of online course offerings are available.


New Office Location

Cogdell Learning Center

201 W. Florida
Midland, TX 79701



Two Ways to Register

1 - Online

Register online by clicking the "View Course Dates & Registration" button listed with your course and logging in to the CE portal. Please read the MC Continuing Education Portal Instructions first.

MC Continuing Education Portal Instructions (pdf)

2 - By phone

(432) 685-4518 NOTE:Credit/debit cards are not accepted over the phone

Payment Options

  • Credit/Debit Card payments must be made online (Visa, MasterCard and Discover)
  • Cash, Checks, Money Orders, Traveler’s Checks, are accepted

New Students

Providing your SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER is Important

A social security number is required to identify student's permanent records. The Midland College registration system automatically encrypts a student’s social security number into a student identification number. The student ID is used for all internal printed material and provides additional protection of a students’ privacy. 

Students are urged to become familiar with the student ID number and to use it when communication with College offices. Students are requested to provide their social security number to the College for maintenance of their student records; it also allows the College to meet federal and state-reporting requirements.


Course Offerings

Click links below for details

The following credit courses can be taken as a Continuing Education student:


  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Watercolor


  • Choir
  • Private Guitar
  • Private Piano
  • Voice and
  • Jazz Band Ensemble

For details, contact (432) 685-4518 or

Class is for beginners which teaches how to handle handgun’s safely, how to operate, stance, sight alignment and much more. A great class and important for beginners.

Dates for future classes


Creative Writing – Short Fiction

In this course, students study published short fiction and discussions focus on how to create complex characters, vivid settings, interesting dialogue, and compelling plots. Students will generate three of their own short stories and learn how to revise their work through instructor feedback and a positive and collaborative workshop environment. We will discuss submission strategies for short fiction, and if there is student interest, we can touch on genres like screenwriting and long form fiction (novellas/novels) as well as strategies for querying agents. Students should be prepared to write 15-30 pages of original fiction over the course of the semester, as well as complete readings and participate in discussions and writing exercises. There will be writing time during class, but students will also receive guidance about establishing a regular writing practice

Instructor: Stacy Egan
Location: Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 102

Mondays & Wednesdays, January 18 – May 10
9:30 – 10:50 am

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Instructor Bio: Stacy Austin Egan was born and raised in Austin, TX. Her short book of fiction, You Could Stop It Here, was published by PANK books in 2018 and was a 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Awards honorable mention. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in American Short Fiction, The Hunger, december magazine and others. She is a recipient of a 2021 Tin House residency. In 2022, she was a Sewanee Writers' Conference Tennessee Williams Scholar and was named a finalist for a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant. She has completed a YA novel and is at work on a novel for adults. Stacy holds an M.F.A in fiction from McNeese State University and a B.A. in writing from New York University.

This 5-week course is an introduction to the basics of Adobe Lightroom software, and its use for organizing, sorting, and editing digital photographs. Integration from desktop to remote editing, to phone editing will be explored. Editing will be discussed for portrait, landscape, indoor, low light, creative imaging, and more! All levels of photographers are welcome.

Students will be responsible for a subscription to Adobe Lightroom and will be encouraged to bring their own photographs and work alongside the instructor in adjusting images. Students who have a laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom installed are welcome to bring their own computer, though computers at the school are available as well. The course will focus on both the CC and Classic application of Lightroom.

Instructor: Mary Kathryn Wimberly, MFA, Artist, Photographer, and Instructor
Location: Allison Fine Arts (AFA) Building, Room 195

Tuesdays, January 31 – March 7
7 – 9 pm

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All instructor-facilitated online courses run for six weeks (with a 10-day grace period at the end). Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links, and more. Students can complete any of these courses entirely from their home or office and at any time of the day or night. Course such as these:

  • Lose Weight and Keep it Off
  • Helping Elderly Parents
  • Mastering Digital Photography: Photographing People
  • SAT/ACT Pre-Courses
  • LSAT Preparation
  • GMAT Preparation
  • Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals
  • Discover Sign Language and so much more!

Get started today!

  1. Visit our Online Instruction Center:
  2. Click the Courses link, choose the department and course title you are interested in and select the Enroll Now button. Follow the instructions to enroll and pay for your course.
  3. Choose a username and password that grants access to the Classroom.
  4. When the course starts, return to our Online Instruction Center and click the Classroom link. To begin your studies, simply login with the username and password you selected during enrollment. 


This course is designed for hunters, ages 9 years and above. Hunter Education certification is mandatory in Texas for hunters born after September 1, 1971. The course covers the core competencies of firearm and hunting safety, hunting ethics and wildlife conservation. All materials are provided. The Hunter Education Classroom Course lasts 6 hours of classroom instruction. This time does not include registration, breaks, test administration and certification card distribution. The fee for the certification is $15. Preregistration is required.

Course Steps

  1. Attend the entire course.
  2. Take the written exam and get at least 75% correct to pass.
  3. Upon successful completion, you may receive a temporary card from the instructor. You may legally hunt with a valid Texas hunting license and your temporary certification card. Your permanent Texas Hunter Education certification card will be available for downloading and printing from your Account Profile.

Dates for future classes


This Kickboxing class combines martial art techniques with fun cardio moves. It is high energy class, but can be performed either high or low impact. Beginners to advanced are welcome. Men or women are welcome also.

Dates for future classes


This class is specializes instruction and handgun safety for students to qualify and receive a License to Carry. This course is a basic course designed for the person who already owns a handgun and how to operate it.

Course Topics

  1. Laws relating to weapons
  2. Use of force
  3. Safe Storage
  4. Non-violent dispute resolution
  5. Handgun use and safety

Because of the limited timeframe the discussion does not go into heavy detail, but gives the student enough information to qualify for the license. The written exam is 25 multiple choice and true/false questions. A score of 70% is required to pass, but not a difficult exam. The range qualification also requires a score of at least 70%. The student must pass both in order to qualify for the LTC. This course is about 6 hours in total.

Spanish LTC, same as above.


  1. A driver’s license or ID (If you happen to be out of state resident that’s fine you can still apply)
  2. A handgun and minimum of 50 rounds of ammunition. (If you don’t already own a gun, I do rent one for you to qualify. The cost is only $30.00 and that includes the ammunition).
  3. Safety gear, ear & eye protection, a hat and high collar shirt (protects from hot brass).

'License to Carry' Classes plus Range Time

    • Class Time
      Classes will be from 9 am to 3:30 pm and include class time, written test, and shooting proficiency test

    • Classroom Location
      208 S. Marienfeld Street
      Midland, Texas

    • Range Location
      Midland Shooter’s Association
      4108 E. County Road 160
      Midland, Texas 79706

    • Website
      Learn more at

License to Carry Class Dates & Start Times

  • May 6 - 9 am
  • May 13 - 9 am
  • May 27 - 10 am

License to Carry Spanish

May 20 - 9 am

License to Carry: Basics of Pistol Shooting

  • May 14 - 2 pm
  • May 28 - 2 pm

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Course for Motorcycle Riders ... Learn to Ride!

Motorcycle Training Center and Midland College presents the Course for Motorcycle Riders. The owners, managers and rider coaches at the Motorcycle Training Center Inc. are dedicated to providing the highest quality motorcycle operator safety courses in the State of Texas.

We provide the classes required to obtain your Texas Motorcycle License!

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Celtic Fiddle ‘Play by Ear’ Courses


Imagine if you could play Celtic Fiddle with increased confidence. In this 6-week course, we cover techniques to help you develop the skills of playing Celtic fiddle tunes by ear. The course includes instructional videos, tunes to apply the techniques, three 'live' Q&A sessions, reviews and replays. Students can attend in their own time, and Q&A sessions are recorded. An introductory course for those new to the violin and have been playing, or for those who want to learn how to ‘play by ear’ instead of from sheet music. Classes are run online in small groups where students take turns at using their own violin. The technique lessons include variable speed tune recordings to get you match fit to join in a live Celtic music session with other Celtic musicians. This course is delivered via an online streaming platform and Zoom (or similar).

Don’t worry if you don’t think you have the skills; you can switch over to our free Absolute Beginners course to learn the basics (runs at the start of each term) and you can rejoin the Beginners class when you are ready.

January 21 – March 4, 2023
8 – 9:30 pm

March 18 – August 29, 2023
8 – 9:30 am

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Absolute Beginners

This class is offered free to any student who registers for the Beginners course.

January 22 – March 5, 2023
8 – 9:30 am

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This 6-week self-paced intermediate course with three Q&A sessions builds on the Beginners course and the focus, in this course, turns to shaping a player’s sound and building their playing confidence. In addition, the course starts to look at a wider range of rhythms of tunes and examines various ways to play these tunes with decorations. This course suits both students who have completed the Beginners course as well as established players.

March 19 – April 30, 2023
10 – 11:30 am

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Would you like to learn the basic skills of learning and playing the piano, or would you like to take voice lessons and learn to sing or sing better? Take individualized courses by Janice N. Archer. The instructor provides music or you can bring your own. Enjoy music from different genres such as spiritual, mariachi or rock and roll.

Janice N. Archer sets all dates and times. Cost is $22 for half-hour sessions. Short or long-term lessons available; any age is accepted and classes are taught in English or Spanish.

Call instructor at (432) 631-3966, or the Continuing Education office at (432) 685-4518 for further information.


This is not your high school band. There are no auditions, and it does not matter if it has been years since you last played. The group is geared toward those who played in high school or college. There are some school instruments available. This group performs two concerts per semester and occasionally performs in the community. Colby Swails, Instructor. Class is located at the Allison Fine Arts building, Room 126.

January 16 - July 3, 2023
7 pm

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Instant Guitar

Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time? In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away.

Since this class is being held online with ZOOM, you will be able to sit at home with your guitar and take this class without any pressure. Since the class includes an online book and online follow-up video lessons, you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own. An optional weekly online question and answer session is also included. Class limited to 15 students. For ages 13+.

Topics include:

  • How chords work in a song
  • How to form the three main types of chords
  • How to tune your guitar
  • Basic strumming patterns
  • How to buy a good guitar (things to avoid)
  • How to play along with simple tunes

May 2, 2023
6:30 – 9 pm

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Instant Piano

In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical
enjoyment. Learn to play piano the way professionals do-using chords. Since this class is
being held online with ZOOM you will be able to sit at your piano or keyboard at home and take this course with no pressure at all. Since this course includes an online book and online follow up video lessons, you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own. An optional weekly online question and answer session is also included. The course is partly lecture/demonstration and partly hand’s-on instruction.

May 1, 2023
6:30 – 9:30 pm

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Cost $59
Some music teachers may not want you to know this, but you don’t need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. And you can learn all the chords you’ll need to play any simple song in this one session.


Cost $59
Learn one of music’s deepest mysteries: how to play songs without relying on music. A very practical presentation of music theory that includes predicting chord progressions, learning from recordings, and transposing-all expressed in everyday language. This is an ideal follow-up to the Chords are Key for Piano class and is open to anyone who has a basic understanding of chords on any instrument. Expand your musical horizons, and free yourself from sheet-music dependence. Prior experience with chords recommended.


Cost $108
Take BOTH piano classes - Chords are Key for Piano AND Chords are Key for Piano by Ear - for a discounted price, only $108. This is $10 LESS than if you took both classes separately.


Cost $59
Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time? In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. You will need an acoustic or electric guitar to take the class. For ages 13+.

Opera 101

The opera class in the spring will study the following operas: Adriana Lecouvreur, Das Wunder die Heliane, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Hamlet, The Tsar's Bride, L'Etoile.

We will view excellent productions of these works from some of the world's great opera houses. The purpose of this course is to enhance the student's opera experience through education about the composer, history at the time of the composition, the opera libretto (story), drama, and music - vocal and instrumental. Opera is a story told through the unique union of signing, action and music - which together evoke varying emotions.

Thursdays, February 2 – March 30
6:30 – 9 pm

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Learn from Master Tailor and Designer, Eric W Stiles Sr., who has more than 40 years of
professional experience. Mr. Stiles was supervisor and head tailor for Brioni, Giorgio Armani, Polo Ralph Lauren, and external Master Tailor for Tom Ford. All skill levels are always welcome. You can begin these online instructional classes at any time and progress at your own pace. Learn in the comfort of your own home professional European and Domestic designer’s skills and techniques.

Classes are delivered in complete sets with notes, videos with their access passwords. You will receive detailed instructions in an easy-to-follow step-by-step format. You will have unlimited access to your class and will be able to view it anytime you want for as many times as you want for 3 long months. You can achieve your sewing and design goals in our exciting virtual classroom. Stop making those home-made-looking clothing and learn how to make them like the professionals! No sewing or pattern making experience is required. Supplies are not included in the price of the class.

You always have the option of continuing with more advanced classes, which will allow you to further enhance and develop your skills and techniques.


Sewing/Tailoring #101-A1 and #101-A2

Fee: $15.43

Topics Covered:

  • Threading your computerized and manual machines
  • Your correct sitting posture
  • Correctly sewing techniques
  • How to sew very straight lines
  • 4 different sewing practice stitch drills
  • Square, Circle, Zigzag & Loop

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Sewing/Tailoring #101-B

Fee: $15.43

Supplies needed for this and the following classes:

  • All purpose navy or black thread
  • 1-yard medium weight non-stretch denim
  • 1-yard unbleached muslin
  • Tailor white wax chalk

Topics Covered:

  • Correctly using the tailor’s wax chalk
  • Measuring, marking and cutting the denim needed 3x18 inch pieces
  • 4 Types of seam construction:
  • Plain seam, lapped seam, double stitched seam and French seam

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Sewing/Tailoring #101-C

Fee: $15.43

Topics Covered:

  • Your First Pocket
  • The WATCH Pocket
  • How to measure and mark out the needed pieces of denim
  • How to measure and mark out the needed pieces of muslin
  • Construction of the watch pockets
  • Expertly sewing and making the pockets
  • Professionally finishing and pressing the 4 pockets

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Skirt Front Pattern Making #201-A & #201-B
In the Quarter Scale

Fee: $30.86
The SKIRT pattern is the first pattern to be made.

Topics Covered:

  • Learn how to take proper measurements
  • Learn what supplies are needed to draft
  • Start by drafting the FRONT PATTERN in the quarter scale
  • Learn how to use the quarter size square
  • Learn how to use the ruler and the French curve to draft your patterns
  • Start and complete the skirt pattern

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Pant Front Pattern Making #301-A1 through #301-A4
In the Quarter Scale

Fee: $47.24

Topics Covered:

  • Learn how to take proper measurements
  • Learn what supplies are needed to draft
  • Start by drafting the front pattern in the quarter scale
  • Continue by drafting the back pattern in the quarter scale
  • Continue using the ruler and the French curve to finish the patterns
  • Complete the pant pattern

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Shirt Pattern Making #401-A1 through #401-A6
In the Quarter Scale

Fee $47.24

Topics Covered:

  • Learn how to take proper measurements
  • Learn what supplies are needed to draft
  • Start by drafting the back, front, pocket, yoke and sleeve patterns in the quarter scale
  • Continue using the ruler and the French curve to finish the pattern
  • Complete the shirt pattern

    Registration Link

In this course, students learn how to: manage investment risks, use new tax laws to your advantage, make informed decisions about your company retirement plan, adjust your estate plan to function properly under the new laws, and get your questions answered regarding current markets.

However, money is only one aspect of retirement planning. This course blends financial education with life planning to help you build wealth, align your money with your values, and achieve your retirement lifestyle goals. Attendees will have the option to receive a complimentary comprehensive financial/retirement plan if they choose to take advantage of the service.

This course includes a 225-page illustrated textbook. Couples may attend together for a single registration fee. Class sizes are limited so register today.

Class Location: Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 101

Thursdays, March 23 & 30
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Tuesdays, March 28 & April 4
6:30 – 9:30 pm

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Voices for All - Voice Acting Education ... Redefined

An Introduction to Voiceovers

Do you have a passion for voiceovers? Want to earn income using your talents from the comfort of your home? Explore the fun, rewarding possibilities of the growing remote voiceover industry!

Discover the current trends in the industry and how easy and affordable it can be to learn, set up and work from home. You’ll learn about different types of voiceovers and tools you’ll need to find success. Your instructor, a professional voice actor from Voices For All, will take notes as you read a real script in this one-on-one video chat setting, and offer some coaching to improve your delivery.

Students receive a professional voiceover evaluation later in a follow up call. One-time, 90-minute, introductory class.

18 and over. Upon registration you will be contacted by VFA to schedule your class for a day and time of your convenience.

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Additional Information & Policies


Tuition and fees must be paid in full by 12:00 pm (noon) two business days prior to the first class day. Some departments may require payment earlier, students need to verify, at time of registration, when their payment will be due. Students will only be contacted if a course is cancelled or if any changes are made to the course information originally published in the CE schedule. Tuition and fees are based on the number of course hours, instruction costs, and equipment and building use.


Courses that lack sufficient enrollment will be cancelled by 12:00 pm one-business days prior to the first class day. If a course is cancelled, the continuing education department makes every effort to notify all registered students promptly. Students will only be contacted if a course is cancelled or if any changes are made to the course information originally published in the CE schedule.

Each Continuing Education class has a minimum student enrollment requirement that has to be met in order for the class to make. Paid students that are enrolled in a cancelled course will automatically be issued a refund from our accounting department. No cash refunds will be issued.

Students will receive 100% refund (less a $10 processing fee) if they drop prior to the first class day; they will receive an 80% refund (less $10) if they drop before the second class day. With the exception of extenuating circumstances, students will not receive a refund for a one-day class if they drop on the day of the class. No refunds will be given after the second class day. It is the student's responsibility to cancel their registration. Allow 30 days for a refund.


Students enrolled in CE courses at MC Main Campus will receive a parking permit the first day of class.

Need Assistance?

Contact the Community Programs Office

(432) 685-4518

Cogdell Learning Center

201 W. Florida
Midland, TX 79701