Winding river

Welcome to Bend in the River at Tunxis Community College. Bend in the River, a non-credit program of short courses and workshops, is for people who love to learn and experience new challenges. There are no exams to take or grades to worry about. Our courses are designed for intellectual stimulation and enrichment. For more information and to register, please call 860.314.4700.

The name, Tunxis, is loosely translated from the Native American Indian word meaning “the point where the river bends.” We hope that our program will inspire you to follow the river’s bend to new opportunities to learn and grow.

Introduction to the Four Agreements in the Workplace and Life,  March 20 (M), 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

As seen on Oprah and written by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements, uses an ancient Toltec wisdom to apply simple agreement in one’s life. 1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Don’t take anything personally. 3. Don’t make assumptions. 4. Always do your best. These agreements while on the surface seem simple, once practiced and applied change lives and behaviors that affect us personally and by extension professionally. By overcoming limiting beliefs, improving the way you use your language, improving relationship skills, understanding others, decreasing misunderstandings and disagreements, increasing clarity and always doing your best, you improve both your personal and professional lives! Learning Objective: To create a new understanding/perspective about what we can/cannot control in life and learning to reduce mind chaos, stress, fear and worry.
Fee:                       $90
Location:             [email protected], 430 North Main Street, Bristol, CT

Call 860-314-4700 to Register

PowerPoint: Presenting the Presentation, More than just Pictures June, 5 (M) 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free your audiences from the boredom and fatigue known as Death by PowerPoint! Creating a winning presentation doesn’t need to be a time consuming task. Today you’ll learn to plan effective slides using design principals and use sophisticated techniques to make your presentation look and feel like it came straight from a design studio. You’ll also see how to connect with your audience using sound, video and animation. Get ready to learn lots of fun tips and tricks to make you presentations pop! Course objectives: 1) Planning Effective Slides Using Design Principals: The Rule of 3; 2) PowerPoint Efficiency 3) Sophisticated Tools and Techniques That Make Your Job Easier 4) Customizing Your Presentation 5) Media Objects

Fee:              $95
Location:      [email protected] Campus, 430 North Main St. Bristol CT

To Register call 860-314-4700


The Grateful Dead and America Society, March 1 and 8 (W), 6-8:30pm

During these sessions you will learn about the power of the Grateful Dead music and the intense connection between the Grateful Dead fans and their music . You will examine ways the rock band represented and continues to represent a sense of freedom and release from the everyday world. No knowledge of the Grateful Dead music is necessary for the class, only an openness to freedom.

Fee: $35

Location: [email protected] Campus, 430 North Main St. Bristol CT

To Register call 860-314-4700

Steve Armstrong conducts workshops on music and history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the site of the original Woodstock music festival. He also is the social studies consultant for the Connecticut Department of Education and a history and social studies teacher at both the high school and college levels.