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.


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

Fine Arts

Ceramic Studio

Adult Ceramics

Instructor: Shawnie Personius

Wednesday Evenings

  • Session 1: August 31 – October 12 2016 (7 weeks)
    Session 2: October 19 – December 14 2016 (8 weeks)
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
  • Location: Holman Arts & Media Center #103
  • Fee: Session 1: $200; Session 2: $225

Weekend Workshops

Unlocking Your Creative Genius

Instructor: Jhana Bowen

Essentially we’re all creative regardless of our job or joblessness. After childhood, remaining creative for many is left to the so called ‘gifted’. This workshop is an invitation, to awaken the inspired authentic artist within, to stoke the fires of your creative genius, to dance, stretch, still the mind, reconnect with nature and unearth the art your soul truly desires to express.

  • Date: August 20 – 21, 2016
  • Time: 10am – 6pm
  • Location: Holman Arts & Media Center
  • Fee: $200

Japanese Spoon Carving

Instructor: Mary Kenny

Using traditional Japanese you will learn how to design and carve a wooden spoon. It’s a fun class and easy for anyone to learn. The best part is you get to leave the class with your very own custom creation.

  • Session 1: September 10, 2016
    Session 2: November 12, 2016
  • Time: 10am – 2pm
  • Location: Holman Arts & Media Center
  • Fee: $50

This workshop is ideal for adults and also appropriate for kids (10+) when accompanied by their parent.

Printing Pattern

Instructor: Mary Kenny

Using hand carved blocks to create motifs, you will make richly patterned and highly decorative tea towels as well as explore other surfaces to print on.

  • Date: September 17, 2016
  • Time: 10am – 2pm
  • Location: Holman Arts & Media Center
  • Fee: $30

This workshop is ideal for adults and also appropriate for kids (10+) when accompanied by their parent.

Encaustic Mixed Media

Instructor: Jesse Weems

No medium is more versatile or addictive than encaustic. Hot wax plays nicely with a range of other mediums to provide stunning outcomes. This class will include a brief overview of the basic encaustic skills and then dive deeper into exploring the best ways to marry various mediums and collage with wax. Come and learn how inks, pigments, watercolor, oils, pastels, and collage can combine with wax underneath, in the middle of, and on top of a piece. Students will complete 3-4 small pieces.

  • Date: October 15, 2016
  • Time: 10am – 3pm
  • Location: Holman Arts & Media Center
  • Fee: $70

Shibori Dying

Instructor: Mary Kenny

Explore patterns on fabric by learning Shibori resist and indigo dyeing techniques. Students will experience the Itajime Shibori technique of folding & clamping to create indigo blue colors on fabric. Instructor will present instructions and samples, and briefly cover some of the history of the techniques.

  • Date: October 22, 2016
  • Time: 10am – 1pm
  • Location: Holman Arts & Media Center
  • Fee: $45

This workshop is ideal for adults and also appropriate for kids (10+) when accompanied by their parent.

Holiday Cards

Instructor: Mary Kenny

Join us for a holiday card making class. This workshop will incorporate printing, collage and envelope making to create special cards and messages for those you love.

  • Date: November 19, 2016
  • Time: 10am – 2pm
  • Location: Holman Arts & Media Center
  • Fee: $30

This workshop is ideal for adults and also appropriate for kids (10+) when accompanied by their parent.

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.

For More Information:

Sheri Leigh O'Connor
Chair, Department of Fine Arts


AIARE Level 1 – Intro to Winter Backcountry Skills
AIARE is full for January 2017. Come back next year!

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) FULL
    Session 2: Friday Feb 17th – Monday Feb 20th, 2017 FULL
  • 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

WFR is full for January 2017. Come back next year!

Email to be placed on the mailing list.

  • 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.

Teacher Education

Sierra Nevada College offers a variety of individual courses for educators to complete licensing and professional development requirements.

Expand Your Horizons – College Classes for All

High School Dual Enrollment

Qualified students at Incline High School may enroll in college-level courses and receive college credit.

Audit Classes

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: