MCC Classes

I am the beekeeping instructor at Metro Community College in Omaha, NE.  Most of the classes are held at the DoSpace campus on 72& Dodge St.  All beekeeping classes I teach at MCC are part of a non-credit “personal enrichment” effort to provide ongoing education and training to potential and existing beekeepers seeking to improve their personal skill set.

A list of current quarter classes being offered is here.  You are encouraged to register to take any of the classes offered that are listed in the current catalog.  If there is enough demand, it’s possible another offering of a particular class may be made available off-schedule.

Please register for these classes at:

Register: mccneb.edu/ce • 531-MCC-5231

2017 Beekeeping

Beekeeping: Applied Skills  This 3 hour class is taught by Tony Sandoval, professional apiarist, BBE-Tech Master Apiarist.  The class offers hands-on activity in an apiary with live bee hives.  Participants will learn useful methods and techniques of using various tools and equipment and will participate in a hive inspection, conditions permitting.  *IMPORTANT*  If participants experience anaphylaxis as an allergic response or do not know if they might be so affected, it is the participant’s responsibility to check with their physician before participating in this class.  A liability waiver will need to be signed for each participant before the class begins. (one session)

    Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort Streets.

  • Spring 2017
    • ANIM-262N-80  SA  01:00pm-04:00pm  03/18  $30.00
    • ANIM-262N-81  SA  01:00pm-04:00pm  05/20  $30.00

Beekeeping: An Introduction  This 3 hour class is taught by Tony Sandoval, professional apiarist, BBE-Tech Master Apiarist.  An overview ill be provided of what goes on in the first two years of beekeeping and how to prepare to become a successful beekeeper.  Participants learn basic concepts, terminology and examples of what types of hives and methods that work best for their beekeeping efforts. (one session)

    MCC @ DoSpace, 7205 Dodge St.

  • Spring 2017
    • ANIM-257N-50  M  05:30P-08:30P 03/27  $34

Beekeeping: Biology  This 3 hour class is taught by Tony Sandoval, professional apiarist, BBE-Tech Master Apiarist.  This class covers the anatomy and physiology of honey bees.  Participants will know what the internal and external parts of the honey bee are and how they work.  (one session)

    MCC @ DoSpace, 7205 Dodge St.

  • Spring 2017
    • ANIM-258N-50  M  05:30P-08:30P 04/03  $25

Beekeeping: Colony Organization and Behavior   This 3 hour class is taught by Tony Sandoval, professional apiarist, BBE-Tech Master Apiarist.  This class teaches participants about the honey bee colony as a super organism and the behavior of bees individually and as a colony.  (one session)

    MCC @ DoSpace, 7205 Dodge St.

  • Spring 2017
    • ANIM-259N-50  M  05:30P-08:30P 04/10  $25

Beekeeping: Hive Management   This 3 hour class is taught by Tony Sandoval, professional apiarist, BBE-Tech Master Apiarist.  This class teaches participants about the parts of the most conventional hive system in use, the Langstroth hive, and how they come together as one hive system.  Participants also learn about conventional hive management methods over the beekeepers year. (one session)

    MCC @ DoSpace, 7205 Dodge St.

  • Spring 2017
    • ANIM-260N-50  M  05:30P-08:30P 04/17  $25

Beekeeping: IPM and Pests   This 3 hour class is taught by Tony Sandoval, professional apiarist, BBE-Tech Master Apiarist.  This class teaches participants about the major parasites, predators, pathogens and poisons/pesticides that affect honey bee colonies.  We will also cover Integrated Pest Management approaches to knowing what to do when these pests are present. (one session)

    MCC @ DoSpace, 7205 Dodge St.

  • Spring 2017
    • ANIM-261N-50  M  05:30P-08:30P 04/24  $25

Assembling Langstroth Hives This class will teach participants how to assemble all of the primary parts of a Langstroth Hive. Participants will be guided in using air nailers/staplers, exterior wood glue, drill/power screwdriver and screws, hammers and nails. The use of jigs to facilitate rapid and multiple parts will be covered as well. (one session)

    MCC @ DoSpace, 7205 Dodge St.
  • Winter 2017
    • ANIM-058N-50 M 05:30P-08:30P 02/20-02/20 $34
  • Spring 2017
    • ANIM-058N-53 M 05:30P-08:30P 03/20  $34
    • ANIM-058N-54 M 05:30P-08:30P 05/15  $34

Garden and Crop Pollination The class teaches participants about why honey bee pollination is so important to American agriculture and gardening. It presents information on how to prepare hives to be placed for pollination and which plants most common in our region best benefit from honey bee pollination services. This class is taught by Tony Sandoval, professional apiarist. (one session)

    MCC @ DoSpace, 7205 Dodge St.

Not Scheduled at MCC in Spring.  Call to arrange private class.

Honey Production, Selling and Use Participants will learn ways to increase honey production from their hives, how to filter and prepare honey to be bottled and information about proper labelling of honey jars. The class also discusses various ways honey can be used as food and medicinally. This class is taught by Tony Sandoval, professional apiarist. (one session)

    MCC @ DoSpace, 7205 Dodge St.

Not Scheduled at MCC in Spring.  Call to arrange private class.

Organic Beekeeping This class is taught by Tony Sandoval, professional apiarist. Participants will learn about beekeeping from a scientifically organic approach. The class covers terminology, hives, methods and equipment that best facilitate organic beekeeping. (one session)

    MCC @ DoSpace, 7205 Dodge St.
  • Spring 2017
    • ANIM-256-50  M  5:30 to 8:30 p,m  03/13/17  $25.00 
    • ANIM-256-51  M  5:30 to 8:30 p,m  05/08/17  $25.00

2017 Beeswax Crafts

Beeswax Skin Cream This class teaches participants how to make beeswax based skin cream that help to heal and protect dry skin from cleaned beeswax. Recipes for alternatives will be available. Each student will make a container of beeswax skin lotion. (one session)

    MCC @ DoSpace, 7205 Dodge St.

Not Scheduled at MCC in Spring.  Call to arrange private class.

Beeswax Candles This class teaches participants how to make beeswax candles from cleaned wax into poured molds. The class covers plain candles, adding scents and colors to candles and the environmental benefits of beeswax candles. (one session)

    MCC @ DoSpace, 7205 Dodge St.

Not Scheduled at MCC in Spring.  Call to arrange private class.

Beeswax Lip Balm This class teaches participants how to make beeswax-based lip balms that help to heal and protect dry and chapped lips using clean beeswax. Recipes for alternatives will be available. Each student will make a tube of beeswax lip balm to keep. (one session)

    MCC @ DoSpace, 7205 Dodge St.

Not Scheduled at MCC in Spring.  Call to arrange private class.