Chances are, not many of the students in this college course will fall asleep during lectures. Not if those students are crappie fishermen, anyway.

The class is called Crappie University, a continuing education course at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.  The “professors” will be nationally known fishermen Barry Morrow (shown here), Terry Blankenship, Kevin Rogers and Jim Dant.

The crash course will consist of four two-hour night sessions. It will begin on Feb. 7, then continue on Feb. 13, 20 and 27. Class hours will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

“Crappie University is not a seminar, it’s an accelerated course in the strategies and techniques for becoming a better crappie angler,” said Gary White, founder of Crappie University. “Our instructors are the best of the best on their respective topics.”

Classes will include spider rigging, long lining, dock shooting, using crankbaits and other specialty techniques.

The enrollment cost is $89 for the eight-hour course. That will include all course materials plus samples of crappie lures and jigheads.

Because the instructors live in Missouri and fish such as reservoirs as Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake, they will provide tips that can be used in the Kansas City area to catch crappies.

To enroll, call Johnson County Community College at 913-469-2323. For more information, go to the website