UNM Los Alamos

Community Education

Community Education

For nearly 30 years, UNM-LA has been providing Los Alamos and surrounding areas with personal enrichment and professional development classes for every member of our diverse community. Community Education is the perfect opportunity to try something new or rekindle your desire for learning. Who knows, you might discover a hidden talent you never knew you had! 

Adult Enrichment Classes Summer 2019


Home and Garden / Creative Arts |  Register

Water Color Painting
In this 2-session workshop, create a summer bouquet in a mason jar and a flower garden. Your choice of bright and bold flowers or soft pastels. Learn a variety of watercolor painting techniques while creating your masterpieces.
July 9 and 16 | T | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Susanne Harrison | Rm 517 | $50

Creative Digital Photography
In this course, students will learn the basics of photographic composition and lighting, the fundamentals of a digital camera and the basics of preparing a digital darkroom. A student with little to no experience in photography or camera use may take the course. Basic photographic composition, fundamental tools for image processing, modern lighting techniques, photographic software, basic landscape photography and more will be some of the topics covered.
July 10, 17, and 24 | W | 6:00 to 7:30 PM | Rm 638 Mac Lab | Samantha D'Anna | $65

Instructor Training  Register

Lifeguard Instructors Renewal Training Course
This course reviews and recertifies current lifeguards who have taught a course. Those who qualify and complete course will be recertified for two more years. American Red Cross review training for lifeguard instructors 2019.
Aug 9 | TH | 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Rm 610 | Leeanne Sanchez | $275

Professional and Personal Development  |  Register

Empowered Self-Awareness

This course is an overview concerning many proven successful concepts that can help you move from the feeling of surviving to thriving in life’s challenges. It can lead you to certifications like Family Law Mediator, Professional Coach, Trauma Coach, and others. The program directs one into making empowered choices and a better understanding of how your perceptions and attitude affect you and the people around you. “Are you ready to invest in yourself and generate a positive difference in your life?”
June 25 | 6 to 8:00 PM | T | Rm 606 | Susan Williams | $45

Human Impact on the Caldera
A historical look at the impact that human activity has had on the Valles Caldera. We will be learning about the long-lasting effects ranching, sheepherding, mining and wildlife management, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory have had on this historically unique region. Two hikes, parts off-trail, are planned for this extraordinary learning experience. The Valles Caldera has many restrictions, e.g., no pets – dogs, that are not allowed, which will be outlined in class before we go to the preserve. Class size is limited.
June 27/28 and July 11/12 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM Class | 9:00 - 3:00 PM Hikes | Rm B 11 | Bob Dryja | $80 

Personal Finance & Lifestyle Planning |  Register

Biking for Fun and Health

A course to give you the basics of biking, road and mountain. The different types of bikes and basic care and maintenance.
July 16 | T | 6:00 to 8:00 PM | Rm B 11 | Staff | $45

Exam Preparation

The Center for Legal Studies

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education continues to provide expanded offerings from the nationally recognized and acclaimed Center for Legal Studies. Courses are offered fully online and generally run for seven weeks each. Start times are spaced throughout the calendar year and most classes are offered six times per year.

View course listings and descriptions.

Register for Legal Studies

For more information, including registration, visit www.legalstudies.com or contact the Center for Legal Studies at 1.800.522.7737. For additional assistance, please contact UNM-Los Alamos Community Education at 505.662.0346.

Customized Training

The Customized Training Program at UNM–Los Alamos works with area businesses, organizations, and agencies to design low-cost, specialized training that meets employers’ needs and fits work schedules. Utilizing local, state and national resources, UNM–Los Alamos can design, develop and deliver classes and certificate programs for the unique training needs of businesses, non-profits, or government agencies, on-site or on campus. Specialized training is a cost-effective way to target and increase organizational effectiveness and to enhance job skills and performance. For more information please contact 505.662.0346 or email commed@unm.edu.

Register for Customized Training 

Registration Information

Register in person

You may register in person using a paper registration form. To do so, download, print, and complete the registration form, or pick one up at the Community Education office.

Submit completed forms to:

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education
4000 University Drive
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office: Building 7, Lower Level
Office hours: 7:30 – 4:00, M-F

If you register in person, please make your payment with cash or check.

Register by mail

You may register by mail using a paper registration form.  To do so, download, print, and complete the registration form, or pick one up at the Community Education office. Mail completed forms, together with payment (check only), to our office:

Make checks payable to UNM-LA Community Education.

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education
4000 University Drive
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office: Building 7, Lower Level
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F

CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS AND WITHDRAWALS You will receive a full refund if a class is cancelled by UNM-LA. You will be notified by email or phone.
If you withdraw in writing up to five working days before a class begins, you will receive a full refund less a $15 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after this deadline.
Withdrawal request should be delivered in writing to the UNM-LA Community Education Office at commed@unm.edu or UNM-Los Alamos Community Education, 4000 University Drive, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

Contact Information

Mike Katko, Program Coordinator
Phone: (505) 662-0346
Email: commed@unm.edu