Workshops and Continuing Education

Celebrate Learning as a Life-Long Adventure!

Sierra Nevada University’s Continuing Education courses and workshops serve the Lake Tahoe communities with opportunities for lifelong learning.  CE classes serve a variety of ages; some offer the option of receiving college credit.


Sierra Nevada University 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 SNU Chorus. We are a high-level performing group made up of community members as well as SNU 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 SNU 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: TCES (Tahoe Center for Environmental Science) rm. 106
  • Registration: $50
For more information
Donna Axton
Program Chair, Music Program

Fine Arts

Adult Ceramic Studio

Instructor: Anthony Marrone

Spring 2020

Tuesday Evenings, 8 Week Sessions

  • Session 1: January 21 – March 10
  • Session 2: March 17 – May 5
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Location: Holman Arts & Media Center #103
  • Fee: $225 (includes clay, glazes, and firing)

Email Sheri Leigh O’Connor at to be placed on the waitlist, and for more information about future classes.

Summer Art Workshops

SNU 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 2020. Come back next year!

Instructor: Rosie Hackett

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.

This course meets both in the classroom and in the field. Students should be prepared with equipment to travel in the backcountry, i.e. split board/skins or skis/skins. Students must be able to safely and confidently descend black diamond terrain in variable snow conditions.

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 not miss anything!

2020 Schedule
  • Session 1: January 17 – 20, 2020 (Friday – Monday) FULL
  • Session 2: February 14 – 17, 2020 (Friday – Monday) FULL
  • Schedule: 8am – 4pm daily
  • Location: TCES (Tahoe Center for Environmental Science) Rm 215
  • Fee: $325

Wilderness First Responder Training
WFR is full for January 2020. Come back next year!

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.

2020 Schedule

Wilderness First Responder
Email to be placed on the mailing list.

  • Dates: January 7 – 16, 2020 FULL
  • Schedule: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Location: TCES (Tahoe Center for Environmental Science)
  • Fee: $735.00 (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.

WFR Recertification

  • Dates: January 18 – 19, 2020

WFR Recertification registration is now being handled directly by NOLS. Please register and pay WMI directly.

Teacher Education

Sierra Nevada University 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 SNU 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 $66 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: