snowshoeing classContinuing & Community Education at CCEast

Learn a new skill. Get to know your computer. Dance. Get fit. Stretch yourself. Do it all without leaving East Lewis County.

Community Education

Adult Special Interest classes are designed for learning new skills and information in a non-credit, non-graded, relaxed setting. Tuition is offered at a reduced rate.


701 Airport Way
PO Box 87
Morton, WA 98356
360-496-5022 / 360-623-8925


 3110ASI       063R               1-1:50pm          Th          MOR 101     Schinnell

The Lyceum Lecture Series consists of weekly from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays throughout fall quarter at CCEast.

You may register for the credit-bearing class or sign up for the non-credit section and attend the lectures for your own learning and enjoyment. (The class fee is $25.) Or, if you only plan on attending one or two of the lectures, simply drop in and enjoy! For more information or to register, call 360-496-5022.

  • Sept. 26 - Indian Himalayas: Wildlife & Culture with Tom Kogut, Photographer & Wildlife Biologist
  • Oct. 3 - Getting Started in Beekeeping with Susanne Weil & Peter Glover, Lewis County Beekeepers’ Association
  • Oct. 10 - Local History: Taytnapam in the Upper Cowlitz Basin with Rick McClure, Archeologist & Historian
  • Oct. 17 - People & Culture of Nepal: A Mountain Guide’s Perspective with Charlotte Austin, International Mountain Guide/Adventure Writer
  • Oct. 24 - Talking Trash and Recycling Responsibly with Melanie Case, Lewis County Solid Waste Recycling Program
  • Oct. 31 - Striving Toward Zero Waste Everyday with the WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composters 
  • Nov. 7 - Rafting the Grand Canyon with Steve Caskey, Local Adventurer 
  • Nov. 14 - Civil Conversations in an Angry Age with David Smith, Humanities Washington 
  • Nov. 21 - Hospice: Debunking the Myths with Patti Craig, Nurse Liaison, Assured Hospice


The following lectures, sponsored by Centralia College East and the Centralia College Foundation, have been scheduled at the Roxy Theater in Morton and are free and open to the public. (Donations will be accepted, to be shared between the Roxy Theater and Friends of Centralia College East Scholarships.) No registration is needed. Come join us!

7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 - Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mount Adams wtih Author Darryl Lloyd 

What binds a person’s soul to a mountain? Growing up on a ranch at the base of Mount Adams, Darryl Lloyd devoted his life to learning the mountain, observing the ebb and flow of its glaciers, photographing the play of light, wandering through meadows and old-growth forests, hiking boulder strewn slopes and scaling ice falls… showing the way to those who have followed. Come hear his stories and see the photos that span seven decades. Lloyd will have copies of his book available for purchase and signing following the lecture.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 - Climbing Mount Everest: Behind the Scenes of the World’s Tallest Mountain with Charlotte Austin, International Mountain Guide 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand on the summit of the world’s tallest mountain? Charlotte Austin, International Mountain Guide who has guided more than a dozen Himalayan expeditions, returned to Nepal to summit Mount Everest in May of this year! Come witness her experience through her first-hand stories and photographs.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 - Civil Conversations in an Angry Age with David E. Smith, Humanities Washington 

At what point does a conversation become a battle? Why do some opinions inflame our emotions, leading to anger, fights, and even the end of relationships with family and friends? Smith takes a deep look at those moments when civility breaks down and explores how we can have meaningful, respectful conversations on difficult topics like politics, religion, and morality.


5102   ASI       012R               9am-4pm    Saturday          MOR 108      Johnson

A fitness program which uses snowshoeing to develop cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and body composition emphasizing aerobic activities. Previous snowshoeing experience is not required but students must be able to hike/snowshoe a minimum of 3 miles on uneven terrain and must have appropriate clothing for winter conditions. Students may bring their own snowshoes or rent them for an additional fee. Transportation is provided via college vans with pickup points in both Centralia and Morton. Students must attend one of the following hour-long orientations beginning at 5:15pm: Jan. 7 in Centralia or Jan. 8 in Morton. Class meets 1/11, 1/25, 2/8. Class fee $50.

Middle Eastern Dance

5103    ASI       014R               6:30-7:30pm    Tuesdays            Tiller Art Center, Morton                Nixon

Learn and practice dance postures, flexibility, and dance movements traditional to Middle Eastern cultures. Discover rich and varied music and movement inherent in Middle Eastern dance. Dress for exercise. The class meets at the Tiller Art Center in Morton. Class fee $30.

Better Bones & Balance

5104    ASI       015R               9:30-10:30am  Tuesdays & Thursdays        MOR 101          Jones

OSU Bone Research studies have shown this exercise program can significantly slow loss of bone density in adults of all ages as well as improve balance, flexibility, coordination, muscle tone, and overall body fitness. Class fee $35. Class meets Jan. 7- March 12.

Creative Writing Workshop (Nonfiction)

6712    CS     178R4       10am-4pm          Saturdays (Jan 25 & Feb. 29)       MOR 101            Austin

Students will gather for a six-hour Saturday workshop that will cover writing techniques and the development of the writer’s unique voice. A writing assignment will be given, which will be submitted to the instructor online. The instructor will edit each student’s original work and return it online to the student. The student will make revisions and resubmit their manuscript, with one more round of feedback provided by the instructor. The class will end with a second six-hour workshop, where the instructor will address common mistakes and weaknesses in the class writing as a whole, as well as strengths and successes with the overall participant submissions. Information will also be provided on publication options and processes. Charlotte Austin is a writer, editor and mountain guide living in Seattle.  Class meets Jan. 25 and Feb. 29. Class fee $165

Introduction to Theatre

6202    ASI    054R3       10am-12:20pm     Tuesdays & Thursdays     MOR 108               Hartman

Overview of theatre as an art form with emphasis on the play in production and the roles of various theatre artists. This non-credit section is part of the 5-credit DRMA 101 class. Students are expected to attend two plays during the quarter at their own expense. Class fee $45.