New courses offered this fall at Moraine Valley Community College provide insight into Bitcoin, modern vinyl resurgence trends, how annuities can supplement retirement income, or ways to write and deliver jokes in stand-up routines.

These courses are a sampling of the many new noncredit classes offered through Corporate, Community and Continuing Education at Moraine Valley, 9000 W. College Parkway, that can help class-goers hone career skills, plan more responsibly for retirement, learn a new hobby, pursue a passion, or increase knowledge of a topic of interest.

Those getting ready to leave the workforce can learn more about financial strategies and annuities. The “Financial Strategies for Retirement” class explains the potential healthcare costs in retirement, the best time to begin collecting Social Security, and required minimum distribution strategies. The three-week course is offered on Thursdays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., on the college’s main campus, Building M, Room M208. The course code is IM4-109-200. Cost is $36.

The “Annuity Basics” class explains annuities and how they can provide supplemental income, and examines critical features of immediate vs. deferred annuities and fixed vs. variable annuities. The course is offered Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Palos Hills campus, Building M, Room M208. The course code is IM4-111-200. The cost is $10.

Curiosity about bitcoin, a digital and global monetary currency system, can be satisfied in the “Bitcoin and Block Chain Overview” class. Those in the class will learn how bitcoin is used, if it’s legal tender, how to buy and mine bitcoin, and about bitcoin addresses and wallets. Students also will learn what a blockchain is and the possibilities of permission-less technology. The class is offered Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., in Room 213, at the Southwest Education Center, 17100 S. 94th Ave., Tinley Park. The course code is NT4-101-592. The course also is offered Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the main campus in Palos Hills, Building T, Room T002. The course code is NT4-101-200. Cost is $49 for each class.

In addition to writing jokes and learning skills to create a performance at a showcase or open mic night, the “Introduction to Stand-Up Comedy” class can help students improve public speaking skills and feel comfortable performing in front of an audience. The six-week class will be held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 6 through Nov. 10, in Building T, Room T002. The course code is HB4-367-270. Cost is $125.

The rebirth of vinyl is making many inquisitive about the value of their collections. Enrollees in the “What’s My Vinyl Music Record Worth?” class are asked to bring in their vinyl LP records for assessment. There also will be discussion on record collecting as a hobby with insight into modern vinyl resurgence trends. The class will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Building T, Room T910. The course code is HB4-125-200. The cost is $20.

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