Workshops and Continuing Education

Celebrate Learning as a Life-Long Adventure!

Continuing Education and Community Programs (CE) is a division of Sierra Nevada College created to serve the local and regional communities, and to promote lifelong learning.  CE classes serve a variety of ages; some offer the option of receiving college credit.

Open Access Classes & Workshops

Sierra Nevada College and Community Chorus

Choir Director: Donna Axton

Do you love to sing? Would you enjoy singing great music with a group of fellow music-lovers who are serious about music and about having fun at the same time?

Join the SNC Chorus. We are a high-level performing group made up of community members as well as SNC undergraduate students. We perform 3 concerts: a Winter Concert in early December; A Spring Concert in April; and a “Broadway” Concert in mid –May, on the Wednesday before the college’s graduation.

We meet Monday evenings during the SNC semester. Fall semester rehearsals start the Monday after Labor Day and Spring semester rehearsals start the Monday after Martin Luther King Day.

  • Schedule: Mondays, 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Location: David Hall rm. 103
  • Registration: $50
For more information

Donna Axton
Music Program Chair


Instructor: Shawnie Personius

Tap into your creativity! Come take a fun class in ceramics and work in clay at the Holman Arts & Media Center. You’ll learn how to throw pots on the wheel, other clay building techniques, and how to glaze and fire your pieces, then take home your finished, fired ceramic creations. All levels of experience welcome.

  • Session 1: Jan 20th – March 9th
    Session 2: March 23rd – May 11th
  • Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm
  • Location: Holman Arts & Media Center, 1st floor ceramics studio
  • Fee: $225. Includes clay, glazes, and firings
For More Information:

Sheri Leigh O'Connor
Chair, Department of Fine Arts
775-831-1314 x7588

Summer Art Workshops

SNC offers a variety of summer workshops given by nationally known ceramists, glass artists, painters, sculptors, printmakers, digital artists, musicians, photographers, paper makers, jewelers, and more.

On Tuesday night at 7pm, each week during the workshops, we’ll host our “Meet the Artist” lecture in the Prim Library, which will be immediately followed by an informal reception in the Tahoe Gallery.

AIARE Level 1 – Intro to Winter Backcountry Skills

Instructor: TBD

This class includes the nationally recognized AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1 curriculum. Learn to recognize and assess avalanche hazardous conditions, choose appropriate terrain and safe travel techniques, and perform avalanche rescues. The course provides a framework for decision-making and risk management in avalanche terrain through both classroom instruction and field experience. Successful students will receive an AIARE L1 certificate.

The class meets for four full classroom/field days. The course is fast paced and the material builds on itself, so it’s important to attend all of every session. Due to popular demand there will be two sessions offered this winter

  • Session 1: Jan 13th – Jan 16th, 2017 (Friday – Monday)
    Session 2: Friday Feb 17th – Monday Feb 20th, 2017
  • Schedule: 8am – 4pm
  • Location: TCES (Tahoe Center for Environmental Science)
  • Fee: $295

Wilderness First Responder Training

Instructor: Rosie Hackett

For anyone who spends significant time in remote places, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses will prepare you to manage medical emergencies for multiple days. Learn the current techniques, protocols and controversies in wilderness medicine through both classroom training and realistic outdoor scenarios. Recognized by the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI). Includes WMI Adult and Child CPR & Airway Management certification.

Wilderness First Responder

  • Dates: January 2 – 11, 2017
  • Schedule: 8am – 5pm
  • Location: TCES (Tahoe Center for Environmental Science)
  • Fee: $710.00 (tuition only)

Intensive 80-hour curriculum includes a full-scale night mock rescue. Covers topics including long-term patient care, wound management, straightening angulated fractures, reducing dislocations, litter packaging and administering medications.

Wilderness First Responder Recertification

  • Dates: January 13 – 15, 2017 (Friday – Sunday)
  • Schedule: 8am – 5pm
  • Location: TCES (Tahoe Center for Environmental Science)
  • Fee: $310.00 (tuition only)

Join the leader in wilderness medicine for a three-day scenario-based course to review and practice evacuation and decision making guidelines. Ideal for current Wilderness First Responders and Wilderness EMTs. Pre-approved for 18 hours of EMT CEUs by CECBEMS.

Note: All students are required to submit a photocopy of their WFR certification card and complete a WRITTEN EXAM on the first day of the course.

Expand Your Horizons – College Classes for All

Take classes from talented faculty who have distinguished careers in their field. Anyone 14 years of age and older can enroll to audit undergraduate SNC classes for up to 6 credits per semester, subject to space availability and instructor approval. Registration opens the Friday before the semester start. The cost is $60 per credit plus course fees and books.


Due to time constraints, the best way to register to audit classes is in person in the Registrar’s Office, David Hall Rm. 208, Monday – Friday 9am – 4:30pm. If you cannot come in in person, or need additional information, contact the office at 775-881-7551.

To expedite your registration, please complete the following before contacting the Registrar’s Office: