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Touch typing, or keyboarding as it’s known today, is an essential computer skill. Keyboarding is used in many jobs today and is projected to be an even more crucial IT skill in the future. Imagine how efficient you could be if you didn’t have to think about each and every letter you type. If you have never developed beyond the hunt-and-peck technique this class is for you. In just a few weeks you will feel more confident in your keyboarding skills and be able to get more work done.

Start date: 03/06/17

End date: 04/10/17

Tuition: $59.00



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There is more horsepower with Google than just finding information on the Internet. Learn about the different FREE tools offered by Google. We will focus on using tools to send emails, manage a calendar, create a document PLUS give a brief overview of what all the other tools can offer.

Start date: 02/21/17

End date: 02/21/17

Tuition: $35.00



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There is more horsepower with Google than just finding information on the Internet. Learn about the different FREE tools offered by Google. We will focus on using tools to send emails, manage a calendar, create a document PLUS give a brief overview of what all the other tools can offer.

Start date: 04/25/17

End date: 04/25/17

Tuition: $35.00



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Google+ has surpassed Twitter to become the second largest social network next to Facebook. Discover the best ways to use this popular and emerging social media platform to raise your online profile, and connect with current and potential new contacts. You’ll learn the advantages of using Google+, how it can help your organization to engage existing users and grow your base, and techniques for using the platform to create relationships, and expand your reach and knowledge in particular subject matter areas. Agenda Unit 1 What makes Google+ Unique -Why Use Google +? What makes it unique -How to Use Google + -Creating Posts and Messages -Sharing, and Google+ integration with other social media Unit 2 Bringing More Traffic to your site -How Google + will bring more traffic to your site -Developing relationships in Google + -How to get your content posted and reshared -Tips and tricks Unit 3 Connecting with Communities -Using Google+ Communities to connect with focused organizations, and highly interested and engaged users -Contributing to Communities to offer resources -Learning from Communities to gain additional knowledge and skills Unit 4 Stars: Advanced Tips -Using Google + as a conversation tool -Using Hangouts to broadcast your message -How to use Google + for all of your social media -What to Avoid: Google Negatives.

Start date: 11/07/16

End date: 12/02/16

Tuition: $195.00



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Google+ has surpassed Twitter to become the second largest social network next to Facebook. Discover the best ways to use this popular and emerging social media platform to raise your online profile, and connect with current and potential new contacts. You’ll learn the advantages of using Google+, how it can help your organization to engage existing users and grow your base, and techniques for using the platform to create relationships, and expand your reach and knowledge in particular subject matter areas. Agenda Unit 1 What makes Google+ Unique -Why Use Google +? What makes it unique -How to Use Google + -Creating Posts and Messages -Sharing, and Google+ integration with other social media Unit 2 Bringing More Traffic to your site -How Google + will bring more traffic to your site -Developing relationships in Google + -How to get your content posted and reshared -Tips and tricks Unit 3 Connecting with Communities -Using Google+ Communities to connect with focused organizations, and highly interested and engaged users -Contributing to Communities to offer resources -Learning from Communities to gain additional knowledge and skills Unit 4 Stars: Advanced Tips -Using Google + as a conversation tool -Using Hangouts to broadcast your message -How to use Google + for all of your social media -What to Avoid: Google Negatives.

Start date: 04/03/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Learn about the cloud and how to use it. Expand your existing knowledge and get the most out of your iPad or tablet technology by learning some useful tips and tricks to make your life easier and even more enjoyable! Please bring your device to class.

Start date: 04/04/17

End date: 04/04/17

Tuition: $19.00



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Games are increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond entertainment. This course provides a general introduction to what goes into the design and development of both video and analog games, with a particular focus on the use of games outside of consumer entertainment. By completing this course, you can take the first steps into understanding game design, and how it can be applied in your field. Agenda Unit 1 What Makes a Game? - Practical Definition for Game -The Anatomy of a Game -Games and Play -Different Types of Games Unit 2 Essentials of Design -Getting Beyond a Game Idea -Game Verbs and Game Mechanics -Documentation -Test Early, Test Often Unit 3 Game Design: Solo and in Teams -Defining Development Needs -Roles in Game Design -Finding Design and Development Partners Unit 4 Serious Games & Gamification -Games Beyond Entertainment -Designing "Serious" Games -Gamification -Designing Gamification Systems

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 03/03/17

Tuition: $245.00



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Learn the basics and how to be more productive with your iPad. Find out about functional and fun applications available on the iPad as well as useful tips and tricks to get the most from your device. Please bring your device to class.   

Start date: 03/07/17

End date: 03/07/17

Tuition: $29.00



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Get more out of your iPad. Expand your existing knowledge and get the most out of the iPad's technology. Learn some useful tips and tricks to make your life easier and your iPad even more enjoyable! Please bring your device to class.

Start date: 12/12/16

End date: 12/12/16

Tuition: $29.00



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If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sounds and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we'll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for a $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. This camp is for students age 8 to 11 years old.  

Start date: 03/13/17

End date: 03/17/17

Tuition: $179.00



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If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one­of­a­kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sounds and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for a $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. This camp is for students age 12 to 14 years old.  

Start date: 03/13/17

End date: 03/17/17

Tuition: $179.00



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This class will give students an overview of the Microsoft Office applications and how they work together. Students will be able to create and edit Word documents that include outlines, tables, styles and sections. Students will be able to create and edit Excel spreadsheets that include charts and "what-if" analysis. Students will be able to create and edit PowerPoint presentations. Students will be able to create Access databases that include tables, forms, queries and reports. Students will need a basic understanding Windows to complete this class. Students will need a copy of Office. A 30-day trial version is available. Details

Start Date: upon registration

Tuition: $375.00



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