Leisure Course Schedule & Registration Information

Leisure College courses are held at various locations throughout the district and include non-credit general interest classes for personal growth and enjoyment. Our day trips offer unique travel locations and discoveries you will be discussing long after your arrive home.

We always welcome new class or educational day trip ideas! Contact the Corporate & Leisure College at 309.341.5330 or by email: community@sandburg.edu



Educational Day Trips


Sorry - the day trip to Rockford is full.

Rockford, Illinois - Friday, October 27

Returning by popular demand! Join us for one of our favorite destination spots - Anderson Japanese Gardens. We last visited the Gardens during springtime. This day trip gives us the opportunity to see what fall brings to one of America’s most authentic Japanese gardens. Built in 1978, the Gardens contain 12 acres of beautiful landscape featuring waterfalls and lush foliage. An Anderson staff guide will lead you through the peaceful pathways where you will be inspired by calmness and feel rejuvenated. After our tour, we will dine on property at Fresco at the Gardens. You may order from their breakfast or lunch menu. Enjoy food that is fresh, organic and locally grown. We will then tour Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens - one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in America. A stop at Curran’s Orchard concludes the day. For this educational day trip, we will be walking long distances and some of the terrain is uneven. Please wear comfortable walking shoes with good tread. Lunch and shopping expenses are at your own cost. Planned arrival time is 10:30 a.m., we will depart at 4:00 p.m. Space is limited, minimum of 10 required. Registration required by Tuesday, October 17. No cancellations past 10/17/17 however, a substitute can attend. Shuttle bus departs from Carl Sandburg College’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg.

F, 10/27/17

Time 7:30 a.m. - 6:45 p.m. (sunrise 7:27 a.m.; sunset 6:03 p.m.)

$85, CST C01 601


Bloomington, Illinois - Saturday, November 11

This day trip starts with a tour of the David Davis Mansion, completed in 1872, and later donated to the state of Illinois. Davis was Abraham Lincoln’s campaign manager and was appointed to the United States Supreme Court by President Lincoln. The 36-room home is where Davis resided for 14 years. Today, the home operates as a state historic site and contains many of the original elegant architectural details. Following our tour, we will browse through a few downtown Bloomington shops. Lunch will consist of your choice of salads, burgers or additional sandwiches. Our lunch destination, Rosie’s Restaurant, is located at the historic site of Abraham Lincoln’s Bloomington law office. After eating, we head to the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66: Bloomington-Normal Visitors Center. Learn about the history of Route 66 through an interpretative exhibit, as well as seeing souvenirs and publications unique to the area. You can also explore more about Abraham Lincoln’s life and local McLean County history in the museum located upstairs from the Visitors Center. A stop at famed Carl’s Ice Cream completes our day trip adventure. Cost includes transportation and admission to attractions. Lunch and shopping expenses are at your own cost. Planned arrival time is 9:00 a.m., we will depart at 3:00 p.m. Space is limited, minimum of 10 required. Registration required by Wednesday, November 1. No cancellations past 11/01/17; however, a substitute can attend. Shuttle bus departs from Carl Sandburg College’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg.

Sa, 11/11/17

Time 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (sunrise 6:44 a.m., sunset 4:46 p.m.)

$55, CST C01 602


Sneak Peek - 2018 SPRING DAY TRIP

Pella, Iowa - Saturday, April 28, 2018

Spend the day in beautiful Pella, Iowa - the city known for their Dutch heritage and picturesque tulip gardens! We will arrive at 10:00 a.m. and watch a brief film about Pella’s history. Following the film, there will be a 45-minute tour of the tallest working windmill in the United States. Vermeer Mill is a functioning 1850s-style windmill that grinds wheat into flour. We then tour the historical village including the boyhood home of Wyatt Earp, the Werkplaats, Van Spanckeren’s General Store, Scholte Church, and more. After the tour, we will visit Scholte Gardens featuring two life-sized bronze statues and 35,000 tulips. If time permits, there may be a tour of the Scholte House Museum (the original home of Dominie H.P. Scholte, the founder of Pella). Stop for lunch at Opa’s Deli serving sandwiches, wraps, and soups. It’s then time to head to the many shops and bakeries to discover items unique to Pella. Cost includes transportation and admission to attractions. Lunch and shopping expenses are at your own cost. Planned arrival time is 10:00 a.m., we will depart around 4:00 p.m. Space is limited, minimum of 10 required. Registration required by Wednesday, April 18, 2018. No cancellations past 04/18/18; however, a substitute can attend. Shuttle bus departs form Carl Sandburg College’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg.

Sa, 04/28/18

Time 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (sunrise 6:04 a.m.; sunset 7:55 p.m.)

*Any educational day trip activities, days or times may change with little notice due to inclement weather or other  circumstances. A determination to cancel will be made as early as possible. The trip may be offered again dependent on other available travel dates. 

Fitness Center & Fitness Classes

Sandburg’s Fitness Center

Walking track, free weights area, training equipment. 

Main Campus, Galesburg

08/21/17 - 12/09/17; call regarding additional dates

Time M - Th 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; F 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.;

Sa 8:00 am. - 12:00 p.m.

$80, PED C06 600


Yoga - Instructor June Ziegler

Achieve flexibility, relaxation, and strength.

Main Campus, Galesburg

M-W-F, 08/21/17 - 10/13/17; Time 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

$70, PED C03 600 (2nd 8-wk available 10/16/17 - 12/08/17)


Muscle Conditioning - Instructor Joan Pacheco

Strengthen, tone, and stretch major muscle groups while improving flexibility and range of motion. Exercise utilizing light weights and resistance bands.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 08/22/17 - 10/10/17; Time 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

$25, PED C09 600 (2nd 8-wk available 10/17/17 - 12/05/17)


Yoga/Pilates - Instructors Roxie Leahy & Joan Pacheco

Use multiple muscles providing an all-inclusive workout to gain core strength as well as flexibility and balance.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Th, 08/24/17 - 10/12/17; Time 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

$25, PED C85 600 (2nd 8-wk available 10/19/17 - 12/7/17)


*Prior to beginning any fitness program, individuals should contact their physician for medical evaluation and clearance to participate.
The Hamilton Experience - Instructor Stacey Rucker

An overview of Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, and more. Plus, a discussion about traveling to Chicago to see the musical Hamilton.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 11/07/2017; Time 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

$10, HIS C01 600


Titanic’s Passengers - Instructor Stacey Rucker

Learn about the passengers aboard the ill-fated ocean liner including information regarding two Titanic survivors who resided in Galesburg. We will also discuss James Cameron’s Titanic - the film marks its 20th anniversary this December.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 12/05/17; Time 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

$10, CSC C73 600


Wine Club - in conjunction with HyVee Wine & Spirits

Representatives from vineyards and local distributors teach the basics of wine education. Registration is required by noon Thursday before Wine Club date. No cancellations; a substitute may attend.

Knight of Columbus, 1556 East Fremont Street, Galesburg

Th, 09/07/17, 10/05/17, 11/02/17; Time 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

$25 per class, CSL C09 601-603 or $69 for all 3 Wine Club classes, CSL C09 600


Miscellaneous, continued

Spirituals vs. Gospels - Instructor Beverly Whiteside

Are they the same or different? Do you really know their meaning? Hear examples in live performance as we take a look into this rich musical heritage.

Main Campus, Galesburg

Tu, 10/24/17; Time 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

$10, MUS C24 600


Branson, Missouri - Highway 76 & Beyond - Instructor Stacey Rucker

Learn why Branson’s shopping, shows, and attractions make it one of America’s top destination spots. A brief overview of Branson’s history will be provided, as well as a photo tour of locations on the famed Highway 76. We will also discuss planning your visit to Branson and the best travel shortcuts in town. The perfect class for those who wish to reminisce about their Branson travels or for those looking to plan a new adventure!

Main Campus, Galesburg

W, 11/8/17; Time 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

$10, LEI C16 603


Book Club - The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

Soon to be a TV movie! Read Baldacci’s book and travel by train to The Station House Restaurant, in Kewanee, for breakfast and a book discussion. Date TBD.

Time 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Phone for additional details.

$9, LEI C07 601

Carthage Classes

Carthage Campus Classes

Festive Wreaths - Instructor Linda Thomas

Take a moment to come and create a beautiful seasonal wreath to display.

Minimum of 6 students.

M, 09/11/17; Halloween Theme; M, 10/16/17; Thankful Theme

M, 11/13/17; Snowman Theme

Time 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

$45 for all classes ($20 for an individual class), LEI C82 650


Financial Planning: Living a Life by Design Series-Instructor Ryley Smith

This series will help provide you with the tools to take control of your personal finances, produce more wealth, and live a life by design. Minimum of 5 students.

M, 09/25/17, 10/23/17, 11/27/17; Time 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Registration deadline 09/11/17, at 4 p.m.

$30, BUS C08 650


Internet Fridays - Instructor Linda Thomas

Are you new to the world of Internet? Each session provide the opportunity to access the world-wide-web to browse various websites. Minimum of 5 students.

F, 09/29/17, 10/27/17, 11/17/17; Time 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Registration deadline 09/15/17, at 4 p.m.; individual courses must be enrolled in two weeks prior to class date

$45 for all classes ($18 for an individual class), CSC C01 650


Travelogue: Cuba - Instructor Debra Wilson

Have you dreamed of traveling to Cuba? Come join us and hear about Debra Wilson’s journey through Cuba.

Tu, 10/10/17; Time 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registration deadline 09/29/17, at 4 p.m.

$7, LEI C03 650


Individual Charge-Ups - Instructor Linda Thomas

Do you feel your computer skills battery is running low? Are you having a hard time fitting courses in? Schedule a one-on-one training to learn new skills!

$15/hour for training


For questions or to register in Carthage classes, phone 217.357.3129

Class Registration Info

Corporate & Leisure College Registration Information


Register By Phone

Galesburg Main Campus,  309.345.3501

The Branch Campus, Carthage  217.357.3129, ext. 7241


Register in Person

Main Campus, Center for Manufacturing Excellence, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Blvd, Galesburg, IL 61401

The Branch Campus, 305 Sandburg Drive, Carthage, IL 62321

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday


Methods of payment include: Cash, Check (make payable to Carl Sandburg College), Debit/Credit Cards ( American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover)


Payment/Drop/Cancellation Policies

Payment Policies:

Payment in full is due at the time of registration for Leisure College classes.

Dropped Classes & Refunds:

Minimum class size requirements are set prior to the start of each class. Please provide as much advance notice as possible should you need to drop a Leisure College course. Per Carl Sandburg College policy for Corporate & Leisure College, classes dropped the day before a class start date can obtain a one hundred (100) percent refund. Dropping classes the day of class or thereafter will result in a zero (0) percent refund.

Please note that special cancellation dates may apply for educational day trips or other specific course offerings, as identified in the course schedule. For day trips and Wine Club only, you may call to register a substitute after the cancellation date. Refunds will not be provided.

Cancellation Policy:

Sandburg's Corporate & Leisure College reserves the right to cancel classes or educational day trips to low enrollment numbers or because of other unforeseen circumstances. If a class is cancelled, you will be notified and will receive a full refund from the business office. During weather related events, individuals may be prevented from entering campus or off-campus Sandburg facilities. Notice of a decision to close or delay opening Sandburg will be communicated as early as possible through local radio/TV stations, postings to the Sandburg website, and Facebook pages. After registering for a class, any changes to email addresses or phone numbers should be communicated to the Corporate & Leisure office for notification purposes.


Please phone 309.345.3501 with any questions about Corporate & Leisure College's payment, drop or cancellation polices.

Academic Support Services

Academic Support Services

In compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Disability Support at Carl Sandburg College seeks to make the classroom equally accessible to students with disabilities by providing students with tools and accommodations intended to remove barriers imposed by their unique disabilities. Documentation of the specific disability is required. If you are a student with a disability who would benefit from these services, contact the Coordinator of Academic Support, Main Campus in Galesburg, Room B68, 309.341.5262.

Non-Discrimination Notice

Non-Discrimination Notice

Carl Sandburg College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator, complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, Age Discrimination Act, and Title II of ADA. It is the policy of Carl Sandburg College that no person, on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (sex), sexual orientation, national orientation, age, disability, or veteran’s status, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state of local laws, shall be discriminated against in employment, in educational programs and activities, or in admissions. The College will direct individuals to resources for English language proficiency so that the lack of English proficiency will not be a barrier for future employment, admissions and participation in CTE programs. Career and technical education courses/program offerings and admission criteria are on our web site, Programs Degrees, or by calling 309.341.5234.

Title IX Coordinator: Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234

ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Rodney Blue, 309.341.5220 and Jake Runge, 309.341.5262

Teaching Opportunities

Sandburg's Leisure College offers classes at various locations throughout the district and include non-credit general interest classes intended for personal growth and enjoyment. Prospective instructors do not need teaching credentials, however, they should be driven to share their skills and be comfortable speaking to a group of students. Class lengths vary depending on the the content and instructor availability. Two class schedules are produced each year for Fall (August - December) and Spring/Summer (January - July). Class subjects could include the following:








Home Decor or Improvement







Car Care & Repair

Retirement Planning


College Savings Plans



Foreign Language

And More! Class ideas are always welcome.

For more information, send an email to srucker@sandburg.edu or phone 309.341.5330. Course proposals may be submitted to Carl Sandburg College, Center for Manufacturing Excellence, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg, IL 61401 or by email to srucker@sandburg.edu. Click on course proposal and fill in all information fields for review.