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Caution! Lifelong learning may impact your future.

Ready to learn something new? Some of the personal enrichment courses available through continuing education at Southeast are Cookin’ for Canines, Jewelry Making, Zen Meditation, Belly Dancing 101, Sushi Made Simple. But personal enrichment represents only a portion of Continuing Education’s lifelong learning choices. Other options include professional development, youth programs, online career training programs, computer training and more.

Whether you’re new to the community or well acquainted, Southeast’s Continuing Education options offer the opportunity to strengthen community roots. Why? Local instructors and those who enroll tend to be neighbors. Besides fulfilling your objective of learning, you’ll be getting to know your neighbors!

Photo of Stacy Busch

Stacy Busch

For example, Stacy Busch, owner of Busch Pet Products in Cape Girardeau will teach the basics of pet nutrition and discuss the benefits of cooking your own quality pet food. You’ll learn about what ingredients to look for and stay away from in purchased pet food and even prepare an entrée for your dog.

With more than three decades of experience in the pet industry and the legacy of Busch’s Kennel of Cape Girardeau behind her, Busch’s commitment to keeping pets healthy and happy is genuine. In this three-hour workshop, students will also benefit from a question and answer format and receive handouts on recipes and information to bring home.

Photo of a pets birthday cookie

Happy Birthday Cookie for Your Pet!

You’ll understand more about how fillers in pet food may be affecting your pet’s health. Watch out. The impact of your new knowledge on nutrition may result in a more powerful kitchen!

Other potential lifelong learners who find preparing specialty cuisine for your favorite friends and family an attractive hobby, can enroll in Sushi Made Simple. Local restaurant owner, Su Hill of Saffron’s Restaurant, Cape Girardeau will teach sushi rice preparations, maki rolling and proper sushi presentation. Hill will also demonstrate fresh and roasted vegetable rolls, traditional California rolls and more.
One of Hill’s students, Suzanne VanderFeen, is the owner of Vines 2 Wines Excursions LLC of Cape Girardeau along with her husband, Tom. VanderFeen said, “I’m excited about making sushi and finding a wine to pare with it.” The VanderFeen’s have been in business for about two years offering winery excursions.

Tom & Suzanne VanderFeen

Tom & Suzanne VanderFeen

The idea for Vines 2 Wines Excursions LLC was inspired by VanderFeen’s involvement in Southeast’s Continuing Education courses. A woman who described herself as all about wine and food, she said, “I come from four generations of winemakers. It was all homemade.” A combination of VanderFeen’s family history and what she learned from courses on wine appreciation, -making , -tours; Pan Asian Cooking and others, VanderFeen applied what she learned to launch Vines 2 Wines Excursions LLC.

“A hobby gone wild,” is how VanderFeen described Vines 2 Wines Excursions LLC. The couple purchased a shuttle bus with their savings and despite the recession, grew the business to reflect everything they loved about wine. The tag line on their website, “Education is an important element in the wine making experience,” is one Not only do the VanderFeens love sharing what they know about making homemade wines, paring, grape growing and the insecticides and kits you can buy to get you started making wine, they are willing to help you find answers to any questions you might have on the subject.

By Chris Pagano of ILuvLocalPlaces


About Extended and Continuing Education

Formal education gives us a basis for learning throughout our lives. But lifelong learning is what continues to make our professional and personal lives relevant. Southeast is committed to both. On our web site, you’ll find varied and numerous ways to continue your learning for your profession, for your children, for your personal interests and growth. Enjoy your continuing journey to learning!


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