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Communication and writing effectively are important skills to have both personally and professionally. A wide variety of course will help you master the essentials of writing, learn how to develop powerful written documents, and improve your communication techniques.

Hawkeye Business and Community Education provides professional skill development for individuals and businesses. Cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers . Browse a complete list of our courses or course series and if you do not see the type of course you are looking for suggest a course or contact us to learn more about designing customized training for your workforce.

 
Have you always wanted to be a writer? Do you have creative ideas for a blog, essays, or articles? Do you dream of seeing your name on the spine of a book? Widely published author and blogger, Mary Potter Kenyon, will jumpstart your writing career with this three-hour course that teaches the basics of successfully writing for publication. Topics include breaking into the market by writing shorter pieces, writing for anthologies, and the importance of social media. With concrete examples and ideas for common markets, you'll leave this class motivated to submit your work for publication or begin a blog. If desired, students have the option of submitting up to two, double-spaced pages of their writing for critique, at least one week prior to class.  

Start date: 08/21/18

End date: 08/21/18

Tuition $39.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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Writing well is one of the most important skills you can learn for success in the business world. Knowing how to write well allows you to deliver your ideas with professionalism in order to meet your objective. In this course, you will master simple and effective skills that drive all successful business writing and help you polish your letters, emails, and business reports. Learn how to create impactful documents to show case your ideas and professionalism to your audience. Textbook is included.  

Start date: 04/17/18

End date: 04/19/18

Tuition $149.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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Would you like to provide better customer service to the Hispanic population in your workplace? If so, conversational Spanish will enable you to learn key phrases so you can communicate on a basic level with Spanish-speaking customers. This minimal grammar class concentrates on conversational techniques and basic word phrases. Emphasis is on pronunciation and oral exercises in a learner-friendly environment. Improve your Spanish and reduce communication barriers! Textbook is included.

Start date: 05/16/18

End date: 06/13/18

Tuition $89.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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Whether to share memorable life experiences with your children and grandchildren, or to seek publication of short life story pieces that will inspire others, there are many reasons to write memoir. Author Mary Potter Kenyon will share tips and writing exercises to get you started writing about your life. This class meets at the Cedar Falls Senior Center and is intended for those 60+.  

Start date: 04/19/18

End date: 04/19/18

Tuition $10.00

Location : Cedar Falls Community Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Community Center.

Room :  Cedar Falls Senior Center Room



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Do you have a great idea for a children's book but unsure how to get started? Or maybe you have a finished manuscript but don’t know how to get it published? Writing for children is a different world than writing for adults. Local author of 35 published children’s books will share her firsthand knowledge and industry insight to help you along your journey. You will learn about idea generation, manuscript creation, children’s book formats, potential markets, and what to expect should a publisher accept your manuscript.  

Start date: 08/07/18

End date: 08/07/18

Tuition $39.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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Take away the key practices you need to develop and hone your business writing communication effectively and successfully. Get the best practices for crafting effective, professional business documents. Find out how to avoid grammatical pitfalls. Acquire business writing principles that will be good for years to come. Agenda Unit 1 Writing as a Process - Audience, Purpose, and Medium -Outlining for Successful Writing -Organization Models (Choosing a Model that Works) - Principles of Business Communication Unit 2 Written Communication in the Workplace -Writing Reports (formal and informal) -Drafting and Revision -Writing the First Draft -Constructing Openings and Closings that Work Unit 3 Writing a Proposal -Writing for Your Readers -Writing Effective Content - Safeguarding Users -Ethical Considerations Unit 4 Collaborative Writing and Research -Research and Team Writing -Collaborating Across Departments -Working Through Conflict

Start date: 06/04/18

End date: 06/29/18

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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You will learn strategies to write documents faster and better. You will learn how to customize your documents for a specific reader and to accomplish your writing purpose. You will discover ways to create documents when time is limited. You will also master models to organize and format letters, emails, and reports in order to make them clear, direct, and reader friendly. Conversational writing style and parallel structure will also be covered. One of the keys to success in any business is good communication skills and one of the most common ways to communicate in business is through writing. In the second half of the course, we look at the importance of grammar and tone to good writing and approaches to rewriting. We will also look at specific types of documents we might create. Details

Start Date: upon registration

Tuition $450.00

Location : Online

More information online at:  http://protrainedu.org/Lumens/Business-Writing-for-Busy-Professionals/1331



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Discover the keys to successful writing for the workplace. Whether you are writing a report, memo, letter or publicity notice, business writing has some defined characteristics for success. Successful communicators in the workplace move forward, others move back. Enhance your career by improving this critical communication skill. Begin with understanding the format, construction, and successful techniques of writing good business reports and proposals. Then improve your skills with editing and proofreading. Finally, discover what good journalists know. Learn how to write a news story, press release or other publicity notice that zings. Help your organization stand out with your new skills in business writing. This certificate will take you to the next level where business writing is a skill for personal and organizational success. Three one-month courses

Start date: 06/04/18

End date: 08/31/18

Tuition $495.00

Location : Online



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Good communication in the workplace is more important than ever. And critical to your career advancement and success. Come get a comprehensive and intensive preparation with skills and techniques you can put to use on Monday morning. Take back a workable conflict management model, along with successful and practical conflict management strategies. Then work with a pro to learn how to improve your negotiation skills for a win-win outcome, including helping others to get what they want, so you get what you want. Finally, find out more about yourself and others using personality profiles for better work performance. You will be learning from some of our more popular instructors, and taking away new how-to skills that work.

Start date: 06/04/18

End date: 08/31/18

Tuition $595.00

Location : Online



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Whether you are sending out a press release, communicating internally with a memo or promoting your own skills on LinkedIn, strong writing skills are the key to success. Come away with the tools and techniques you need to improve your copywriting skills and learn how to avoid the common writing mistakes that can hold you back. Agenda Unit 1 Copywriting Essentials How to tell the difference between bad copy and good copy The art of the perfect sentence Developing your message Crafting your document roadmap Adapting your style to the audience and message Unit 2 Getting to the Point Clarity and brevity: Less is more Active vs. Passive Voice Cutting the clutter Using concrete examples and avoiding unwarranted superlatives Unit 3 Self Editing Leaving yourself time for revisions Avoiding common grammar mistakes and punctuation pitfalls Subject, verb and object agreement Fact checking The benefits of having an in-house style guide Unit 4 Creating Attention-grabbing Press Releases Writing benefit-driven copy Setting the right tone Language to use and language to avoid Writing a great headline

Start date: 03/05/18

End date: 03/30/18

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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Whether you are sending out a press release, communicating internally with a memo or promoting your own skills on LinkedIn, strong writing skills are the key to success. Come away with the tools and techniques you need to improve your copywriting skills and learn how to avoid the common writing mistakes that can hold you back. Agenda Unit 1 Copywriting Essentials How to tell the difference between bad copy and good copy The art of the perfect sentence Developing your message Crafting your document roadmap Adapting your style to the audience and message Unit 2 Getting to the Point Clarity and brevity: Less is more Active vs. Passive Voice Cutting the clutter Using concrete examples and avoiding unwarranted superlatives Unit 3 Self Editing Leaving yourself time for revisions Avoiding common grammar mistakes and punctuation pitfalls Subject, verb and object agreement Fact checking The benefits of having an in-house style guide Unit 4 Creating Attention-grabbing Press Releases Writing benefit-driven copy Setting the right tone Language to use and language to avoid Writing a great headline

Start date: 05/07/18

End date: 06/01/18

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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Whether you are sending out a press release, communicating internally with a memo or promoting your own skills on LinkedIn, strong writing skills are the key to success. Come away with the tools and techniques you need to improve your copywriting skills and learn how to avoid the common writing mistakes that can hold you back. Agenda Unit 1 Copywriting Essentials How to tell the difference between bad copy and good copy The art of the perfect sentence Developing your message Crafting your document roadmap Adapting your style to the audience and message Unit 2 Getting to the Point Clarity and brevity: Less is more Active vs. Passive Voice Cutting the clutter Using concrete examples and avoiding unwarranted superlatives Unit 3 Self Editing Leaving yourself time for revisions Avoiding common grammar mistakes and punctuation pitfalls Subject, verb and object agreement Fact checking The benefits of having an in-house style guide Unit 4 Creating Attention-grabbing Press Releases Writing benefit-driven copy Setting the right tone Language to use and language to avoid Writing a great headline

Start date: 07/02/18

End date: 07/27/18

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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