Knowledge is power, which is why most home appliances can function on a rich diet of Trivial Pursuit cards in the case of a blackout. Power up with today's Groupon: for $50, you get $100 worth of continuing-education classes at Colorado Free University. Click here for a list of sample classes.
Colorado Free University harnesses the expertise of local teachers to inscribe information and experience onto the crania of adult students in an eclectic range of subjects, from foreign languages to dancing. Interactive classes engage pupils of all levels and interests, and the grade-free setting allows scholars to relinquish repressed memories of harshly graded kindergarten dissertations. Students can learn how to build their own cabinets ($61) during a hands-on afternoon session or learn how to sell them with newfound entrepreneurial and moneymaking skills gleaned in a QuickBooks 102 class ($61). Language teacher Frank Sitchler leads students in dialogues during Continuing German, and a Voice-Over session ($46) prepares aspiring voice actors to record commercials or actively narrate their dog's hectic social schedule. Colorado Free University also offers classes that help students of all ages prepare for the holidays by making holiday wreaths and centerpieces ($51), make friends by attending singles game night ($20), or make the perfect coupling with wine and food pairing classes ($51).
Colorado Free University
John Hand had a theory: for any problem a person might have, someone in their local community has a solution. To that end, he founded Colorado Free University, continuing a tradition that began with the Denver Free University of the 1970s and early '80s. Whereas the Denver Free University was created as a political move to make education more accessible, the Colorado incarnation sets its sights on simple personal betterment, becoming more of a learning network than a school. All of its teachers are independent contractors culled from the local community, and together they helm skill-based and enrichment classes for adults, spanning a range of artistic, humanitarian, and business disciplines.
Students can receive training in foreign languages or ASL, business or digital marketing, or acting, visual arts, or woodworking. The school's facilities also accommodate CompuSkills computer-training classes, which progress from basic sessions in computer operation to advanced sessions in photoshopping a ghost out of a family portrait. There are cooking classes, foreign language courses, and style classes, all of which turn out well-rounded pupils. The campus's 89-seat John Hand Theater, meanwhile, hosts intimate performances from local Firehouse Theater Company and Spotlight Theatre Company.