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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.

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American Sign Language (ASL) is the visual-gesture language used primarily among the American deaf communities. Using the immersion method, all teaching is done exclusively in ASL. You will acquire basic vocabulary and grammar by using ASL receptive and expressive skills in class. No prior knowledge of ASL is needed to join!  

Start date: 06/06/17

End date: 07/25/17

Tuition: $99.00



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This class is a continuation of the first American Sign Language course introducing more vocabulary and moving along with sentence structure.  The first session or two will be a refresher of content learned previously then adding new content from that point expanding your American Sign Language abilities.

Start date: 03/25/17

End date: 05/20/17

Tuition: $99.00



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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: 06/27/17

End date: 06/27/17

Tuition: $39.00



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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: 02/06/17

End date: 03/03/17

Tuition: $195.00

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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: 06/05/17

End date: 06/30/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Hybrid, or blended courses have been found to be superior in student learning to both the traditional classroom and totally online courses. All face-to-face courses should and will be blended. Blended gives students a better learning experience. It gives you as teacher the ability to make better use of you valuable time. With our Certificate in Blended Instruction, you will find out the keys to developing a hybrid or blended course. Take away the essentials of creating an online classroom experience and online options for enhancing your in-person class meetings. Then explore the concept and practice of The Flipped Classroom and how to maximize your teaching time to maximize student learning. Three one-month courses.

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $495.00

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Hybrid, or blended courses have been found to be superior in student learning to both the traditional classroom and totally online courses. All face-to-face courses should and will be blended. Blended gives students a better learning experience. It gives you as teacher the ability to make better use of you valuable time. With our Certificate in Blended Instruction, you will find out the keys to developing a hybrid or blended course. Take away the essentials of creating an online classroom experience and online options for enhancing your in-person class meetings. Then explore the concept and practice of The Flipped Classroom and how to maximize your teaching time to maximize student learning. Three one-month courses.

Start date: 06/05/17

End date: 09/01/17

Tuition: $495.00



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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: 02/06/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $495.00

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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: 06/05/17

End date: 09/01/17

Tuition: $495.00



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Presentation media are key to communication, sales, speeches and any other effective presentation today. Whether your presentation is online or in-person, presentation media not only enhance your message but often make your message successful. Find out how to use Prezi, the new slide software that goes beyond one-dimensional presentations, and the finer points of Photoshop for presentations. Then discover the design elements to creating visual presentations for success using any media. Take away critical skills for both training yourself and others in your organization. You will come away with the latest, most advanced practical design knowledge in presentation media. Three one-month courses.

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $495.00

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Presentation media are key to communication, sales, speeches and any other effective presentation today. Whether your presentation is online or in-person, presentation media not only enhance your message but often make your message successful. Find out how to use Prezi, the new slide software that goes beyond one-dimensional presentations, and the finer points of Photoshop for presentations. Then discover the design elements to creating visual presentations for success using any media. Take away critical skills for both training yourself and others in your organization. You will come away with the latest, most advanced practical design knowledge in presentation media. Three one-month courses.

Start date: 06/05/17

End date: 09/01/17

Tuition: $495.00



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A publication or book can help you expand your business in a way no form of advertising can. Whether you are with a small or large organization this practical certificate is designed to help entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations self-publish non-fiction to promote and enhance your core business goals such as customer retention and building your brand. Get unique insights into finding your niche and developing customer oriented information that build customer relationships. Find out about self-publishing print publications and books. Then discover how to go about creating, formatting and publishing an eBook. Finally acquire the keys to marketing your print hard copy publication, book or eBook. Most importantly, you will create a marketing plan so you can map out your marketing steps from start to finish.

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $495.00

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