UNM Los Alamos

Community Education

Community Education

For nearly 26 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! 


Summer 2016 Community Education Schedule


Register for Community Education Classes     Click here to see Registration Information for registration in person or by mail

Jump to Summer Program for Youth (SPY)


Adult Enrichment Classes

Health and Wellness Classes | Class Descriptions | Register

  • Yoga (Beginning Iyengar) | Jun 9 - Jul 28 | TH 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | Laurel Connor| $80
  • Yoga (Intermediate Iyengar) | Jun 7 - Jul 26 | TUE 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM | Laurel Connor | $80
  • Strength and Core Conditioning | Jun 6- Jul 27 | MON & WED 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Laura Kelly | $100
  • Introduction to Kundalini Yoga | Jun 7 - Jul 26 | TUE 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM | Tera K. Khalsa | $100
  • Country Western Line Dance | Jun 7 - Jul 26 | TUE 6:15 PM - 7:10 PM | Eliana Drew | $80
  • Solo Salsa | Jun 7 - Jul 26 | TUE 7:15 PM - 8:10 PM | Eliana Drew | $80
  • Wisdom Healing (Zhineng) QigongTM (Introductory Preliminary Practices) | Jun 9 - Jul 28 |TH 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM | Jeraldine Peterson-Mark | $80

Arts and Crafts  | Class Descriptions | Register

  • Basic Jewelry Making | Jun 8 - Jun 29 | WED 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Eliana Drew | $70
  • Jewelry Art Adventure | Jul 13 | WED 5:15 PM - 8:15 PM | Eliana Drew | $50
  • Knitting in the Round 1: Sampler and Skills Development | Jun 6 - Jun 27 | MON 5:30 pm - 7:00 PM | Barbara Cohen | $90
  • Knitting in the Round 2: Your First Project | Jul 11 - Jul 25 | MON 5:30 pm - 7:00 PM | Barbara Cohen | $80
  • Painting with Palette Knife | Jun 7 - Jun 28 | TUE 5:30 pm - 7:00 PM | Don Cavness | $75

Experience New Mexico | Class Descriptions | Register

  • Landscape Photography Workshop | Jun 18 | SAT 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Jim Caffrey | $80
  • Mushroom Hike Excursion | Aug 13 |SAT 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM | Thomas Peña | $80
  • Rio Costilla Fish Fishing Excursion | Thomas Peña | $125
  • Jul 9 | SAT 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | 610
  • Jul 16 | SAT 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | At Site
  • Jul 17 | SUN 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM | At Site

Interior Decorating | Class Descriptions | Register

  • Take your Home from Drab to Fab | Jun 18 | SAT 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Alana Light | $50
  • Your Own Designer | Jul 23 | SAT 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Alana Light | $50

Personal Finance | Class Descriptions | Register

  • Understanding Your Social Security & Medicare OptionsJun 18 | SAT 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Peter Murphy | $60
  • Retirement Income: Make Your Money Last | July 7 | TH 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Peter Murphy | $50
  • Individual Retirement Account (IRA) PlanningJul 26 | TUE 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Peter Murphy | $50

Writing | Class Descriptions | Register

  • Creative Writing | Jun 7 - Jul 26 | TUE 5:00 PM - 8:15 PM | Catherine Hardy | $175 | Also available as a 2-credit course English 298

Our Spring 2016 Instructors

UNM-LA Community Education classes are taught by some of the area’s most talented academic scholars and practicing professionals, giving you an exceptional value for your community education dollar.

View our instructor bios here.


Summer Program for Youth (SPY)

Class Descriptions  | Registration

Children’s College / Entering Grades 1 - 3

  • Adventures at the University | Jul 18 - Jul 22 | MON – FRI 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | $150         
  • Afternoon Adventures for Grades 1-3| Jul 18 - Jul 22 | MON – FRI 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | $150

Youth College / Entering Grades 4 - 6

  •  Awesome Astrophysics  | Jul 18 - Jul 22 | MON – FRI 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | $150
  •  Chemistry in the Kitchen | Jul 18 - Jul 22 | MON – FRI 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | $150
  •  Robotics | Jul 18 - Jul 22 | MON – FRI 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | $150
  •  University Explorations | Jul 18 - Jul 22 | MON – FRI 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | $150

Teen College / Entering Grades 7 – 10

  • Cybersecurity | Jul 25 - Jul 29 | MON – FRI 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | $150
  • Digital Movie Making | Jul 25 - Jul 29 | MON – FRI 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | $150
  • Engineering | Jul 25 - Jul 29 | MON – FRI 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | $150
  • Forensics | Jul 25 - Jul 29 | MON – FRI 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | $150
  • Game Design | Jul 25 - Jul 29 | MON – FRI 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | $150
  • Teen Theater | Jul 25 - Jul 29 | MON – FRI 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | $150

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

Online Registration Now Open

You may register online here to pay by credit card.

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

Phone: (505) 662-0346
Email: commed@unm.edu