You don't have to live in a major metropolis or a university town to learn a new skill or to further develop an interest or hobby. A number of brands and chains offer courses related to their businesses.
Fees range from free clinics and workshops to international learning excursions in the thousands of dollars. Of course, even when the classes are free, it's usually mutually beneficial.
While class supplies are often provided for participants, these classes can serve to foster brand advocacy among students and generate sales for the businesses.
Click ahead to see a sample of brands offering classes to customers.
—By Colleen Kane, special to CNBC
Posted 13 Sept. 2014