What’s all the buzz about beekeeping anyway? Find out in a hands-on class at SCC, Beekeeping for Beginners.

You’ll learn about the mysterious world of bees and what it takes to create a colony in your own backyard.

 Instructor and entomologist, “Buzz” Vance, has more than 35 years of experience as a beekeeper. He will teach you the ins and outs of honey farming in Nebraska.

The class will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will run from Oct. 4, 2017 through Sept. 5, 2018.

You can register for this class online at http://bit.ly/RegisterCE. Use the keyword "beekeeping" or call the Continuing Education office at 402-437-2700.

During this year-long class, students will be able to establish and manage their own hive of bees through one production cycle. Find out how the queen, male drones and female worker bees coexist in a honeybee colony and learn about developing eggs, larvae and pupae. Vance will also explain why bees get an undeserved bad rap.

Vance has been stung more times than he can count, but says like anything else, you get used to it. He cares for more than 50 beehives, with about 50,000 bees per hive. He sells his honey, “Buzz’s Bees,” at local farmer’s markets.

“It’s a lot like working with dogs,” Vance said. “Most of them are going to be great to work with. Most bees are not aggressive, but they will defend themselves if they have to.”

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