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A to Z Grant Writing (online)
Instructor:Linda Vallejo

A to Z Grant Writing is an invigorating and informative course that will equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter the exciting field of grant writing! You'll learn how to raise needed funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders who are a good match for your organization. You'll also learn how to network and develop true partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant writing campaign, and how to put together a complete proposal package.

This course speaks mainly to nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions, and municipalities seeking grants from foundation, corporate, government, and individual donors. But many of the elements easily translate to the for-profit field and to individual artists, and material specifically designed for businesses and individuals is also included. No matter who you are or what level of experience you have, you'll find the A to Z of writing and submitting successful proposals here!

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Location: http://www.ed2go.com/mcneese
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Achieving Top Search Engine Positions (online)
Instructor:Robert Viers

Learn how to achieve top search engine positioning in this highly-interactive, six-week course. Discover how search engines work and how important events have shaped the entire Search Engine Optimization (SEO) industry. Learn which search engines are used the most frequently, and which ones you must absolutely get your site listed in. Master important HTML tags and understand how to use them effectively and ethically. Explore exciting and free online tools that can help you choose the most popular keywords related to the topic of your Web site. Domain, folder, and file naming conventions are discussed along with content layout and its effect on search engine positions. The entire SEO cycle is covered in detail, from primary keyword selection through the post-submission analysis. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and the know-how to achieve top search engine positions!

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Administrative Assistant Fundamentals (online)
Instructor:Becky and Tony Swaim

Rapid growth in the health, legal services, data processing, management, public relations, and other industries have created many new job opportunities for administrative assistants. This course will help you discover and master the essentials of managerial and staff support, information and records management, communications technology, travel and meeting coordination, space planning, and office ergonomics. You'll become an indispensable member of your team by identifying opportunities and implementing solutions to turn your office into a high productivity machine.

This course and its followup (Administrative Assistant Applications may help you prepare for the internationally-recognized Certified Professional Secretary® (CPS®) and the Certified Administrative Professional® (CAP®) exam offered by the International Association of Administrative Professionals® (IAAP®).

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Assisting Aging Parents (online)
Instructor:Marsiea Warren

Are your parents in their golden years? Learning how to help parents or other loved ones through their transition can prepare us for our own. This compassionate and comprehensive class will give you the tools, techniques, and insights for this passage. Growing older is a part of life. Some aspects are joyful, some bittersweet, some frustrating, some frightening. You will learn what to expect, what to watch for, how to deal with physical and emotional challenges, and where to find resources to help. You'll understand the impact of retirement, learn how to choose a nursing home, and be prepared to deal with death. You'll learn about financial and legal considerations, health issues, and family interpersonal relationships. You'll be introduced to special communication skills, observation methods, and coping mechanisms to ease the burden for everyone involved. You'll learn to handle most of the challenges you will face while coming to appreciate and cherish the privilege of the journey.

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Get Assertive! (online)
Instructor:Vivian Harte

Are you tired of being intimidated and treated badly by others? Get the assertiveness training you need in order to be more confident and powerful with family members, friends, bosses, co-workers, professionals, service people, and even total strangers. Discover how you lose your power when you talk and what you can do to get it back. Learn how to deal with anger and criticism effectively. It's your turn to speak out!

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Home School with Success (online)
Instructor:Craig Power

Homeschooling can be a bit of a mystery if you're new to the topic. In this course, we'll start at the beginning, delving into the history of homeschooling and examining its status today in all 50 states. You'll see how to find the laws and regulations that govern your community--and you might be surprised to learn that homeschooling is legal and growing all around you. As you discover what you need to know to homeschool your children, you'll also become familiar with the terminology the homeschool community uses.

To ensure you're well prepared to meet your children's needs, we'll discuss learning styles and how they affect homeschooling. You'll learn how to take your children out of school and make their transition to homeschooling both fun and effective. We'll talk about children that need extra attention, both special needs and gifted, and a variety of types of homeschooling so you can choose the one that best fits your family's lifestyle.

You'll see how homeschooling gives you the opportunity to socialize your children as well as build long-lasting and productive relationships with peers and adults. We'll also explore homeschool support groups, which provide resources for teaching your children and can be a source of friends, emotional support, and lots of fun activities with like-minded families.

You'll also find out how homeschooling gives you unique opportunities to teach valuable life skills. From manners to money management, you can be sure your children master subjects that don't make it into most textbooks. We'll also talk about full-time homeschooling for travelers and how it can fit into their adventurous lives.

When you finish this course, you'll have lots of information and guidance to plot your homeschooling course for years to come!

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Location: http://www.ed2go.com/mcneese
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Introduction to Natural Health and Healing (online)
Instructor:Theresa Snyder

Would you like to learn more about natural health but don't know where to start? If so, then this is the course for you! We'll discuss the various stages of health and illness, and you'll discover that true health means wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit. You'll start a personal health journal to evaluate your current lifestyle and observe how your behaviors can affect your health. We'll also explore naturopathy, which seeks ways for the body to heal itself. You'll find out about proper breathing techniques that enhance heath, and you'll learn the value of hydrotherapy, diet, biorhythms, and fasting. We'll also examine using the power of the mind for healing the body--discussing brain function tests, visualization, and relaxation therapies. You'll see the great power of belief. Then we'll delve into vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, free radicals, and the basic requirements that constitute a healthy diet. After our talk, you'll be able to develop menus that improve health. We'll also look at herbal healing, aromatherapy, body therapies, massage techniques, osteopathy, chiropractic, T'ai Chi, reflexology, yoga, Feng Shui, therapeutic touch, natural remedies for common emergencies, and much more. By the end of this course, you'll have begun taking charge of your own health and healing!

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Keyboarding (online)
Instructor:Kathy Pelt

Using the computer software program FasType for Windows, you will learn the basic skills of touch-typing. If you already know how to type, this course will help you improve your typing speed and accuracy. When you are finished with the course, continue to use FasType for Windows to improve your keyboarding skills with its intermediate and advanced lessons.

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Keys to Effective Editing (online)
Instructor:Jacquelyn Landis

Ask any published writer and you will hear that a good editor is not just helpful, but essential. If you aspire to be an editor, this course will teach you the fundamentals of top-notch editing for both fiction and nonfiction. If you're already working as an editor, you'll not only brush up on your skills, but will also learn about recent advances in your chosen profession. If you're a writer, you will learn essential self-editing tools to give your manuscripts the professional look that publishers like to see.

From the language of editing to grammar, punctuation, and syntax to the all-important relationships between editor, author, and publisher, every facet of editing will be explored. Online editing is gaining popularity; its complexities will be unraveled and its advantages and pitfalls explored. Can you make a living as an editor? Tips and resources for finding work will be addressed at length. When you finish with this course, you will feel confident enough to tackle even the most complex of manuscripts.

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Keys to Successful Money Management (online)
Instructor:Craig Power

If you're interested in discovering how most wealthy people amassed their fortunes, this is the course for you. Contrary to popular opinion, most of us don't achieve true wealth through luck or an accident of fate. Just about anybody can build wealth. All it takes is organization, discipline, and a firm knowledge of how to proceed. If you're serious about accumulating a sizable nest egg and living the life of your dreams, this course will supply you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to succeed.

You've probably heard amazing stories of people amassing untold fortunes with seemingly little effort, finding financial freedom through the magic of day trading, shorting stocks, buying and selling commodities, playing the slots, flipping real estate, or some other fad of the moment. These stories sound too good to be true, and that's because they are. All of those get-rich-quick schemes have three things in common: they're unsafe, they're unpredictable, and they tend to produce far more losers than they do winners.

The truly wealthy do not rely on risky games of chance and raw luck to build their fortunes--they focus on creating wealth out of what they already have. If you're serious about living a better life by tapping into your unfulfilled potential, we'll show you the way.

In this course, a certified financial planner will walk you through the steps you need to take in order to achieve true financial success. You'll become comfortable with the broad array of investment choices available to you right now, and you'll discover the best ways to acquire and accumulate both cash and real property. We'll also discuss the tax implications of your investment decisions, along with steps you can take to protect any wealth you acquire.

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Lose Weight and Keep it Off (online)
Instructor:Donna Acosta

Do you want to lose weight and keep it off? Now you can! In this comprehensive course, you'll discover how to establish a healthy approach to weight loss and weight maintenance. You'll master how to set and achieve weight-loss and weight-maintenance goals that make sense for you.

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Merrill Ream Speed Reading (online)
Instructor:Merrill Ream

Are you struggling to keep up with a flood of email, articles, reports, books, and other printed matter? Save yourself oodles of time by learning to read faster and with better comprehension from acclaimed speed reading expert Dr. Merrill Ream. This course is a complete speed reading experience. Topics are presented in a logical progression with plenty of time to help you master the skills and techniques you'll need for lasting proficiency as a speed reader.

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Ready, Set, Read!! (online)
Instructor:Kt Paxton

Take this opportunity to find out how children really learn to read and write. Explore current research that cuts through the media messages about reading wars and the right way to teach children. Learn by reading stories about children, doing interactive assignments, and exploring the latest in parent and childcare information. You will see everyday children’s play with a new eye as you understand how play can connect to literacy.

You'll learn how a child becomes literate from the moment of birth. First, you’ll investigate the many things a child’s growing mind must do to make sense of the written word and create writing. From there, you’ll explore the development of reading and writing from infancy to the early school years. You’ll know what problems to look for and how to assist a struggling reader. You will see how you can boost literacy growth during daily routines and child’s play.

Gain confidence in your ability to guide a child’s literacy development, and take pleasure in seeing how even the littlest events can lead to really big steps in reading and writing success.

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Singapore Math: Number Sense and Computational Strategies (online)
Instructor:Anni Stipek

Do your students cringe when it's time to pull out their math books? For many students, basic math is a struggle. But for students and teachers in Singapore, math is much more intuitive. And Singaporean students have been top mathematics performers for over a decade!

Using a layered curriculum founded on solid number sense and concrete, pictorial, and abstract computational strategies, Singaporean teachers make math purposeful, interesting, and relevant. Soon you'll learn their secrets and be able to have the same kind of meaningful math lessons in your classroom.

In this teacher training course, you'll learn over two dozen strategies to make math click for your students. We'll begin by exploring what Singapore Math is and how it has become such a powerful and highly regarded math curriculum. Then we'll talk about how number sense and place value instruction are the basis for all Singapore Math. From there, we'll learn a variety of computational strategies to make addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division a cinch.

You won't need a passport to discover the curriculum of the world's math leader!

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Solving Classroom Discipline Problems (online)
Instructor:James Thompson

Why do some teachers enjoy peaceful, orderly classrooms while others face daily discipline battles? The answer is that some teachers know the secrets to solving discipline problems. This course reveals those secrets and presents a step-by-step approach to effective, positive classroom discipline.

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Teaching Students with Autism: Strategies for Success (online)
Instructor:Ellen Arnold

Develop career-enhancing skills in a single course that covers twelve popular one-day seminar topics, including goal setting, time management, and personal organization. You'll learn how to improve your creative abilities, gain confidence with financial matters, and how to minimize conflict in your life. Develop a fulfilling career plan and improve relationships with co-workers, friends, and family.

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Understanding Adolescents (online)
Instructor:Sonya Jodoin

Yesterday, she was a sweet young girl. Today, you swear aliens have abducted her and put an evil twin in her place.

To know your kids is to love them. In this course, an experienced social worker will help you gain a deep understanding and appreciation of your adolescent's development and behavior. You'll uncover the secrets of the adolescent mind and gain valuable information on how they think, how they feel, and how their identities develop.

Parents, family members, child and youth workers, counselors and the like will all benefit from the information shared in this course.

You'll learn about the many physical, emotional, and cognitive changes that affect the teens in your life, and you'll understand the significance of these changes both for you and the adolescent. You'll look into relationships both in and outside of the home and the development of a teen's identity. You'll explore personality, moral development and the role of faith.

Finally, you'll gain an understanding as to how teens are affected by stress, including common defense mechanisms, coping techniques, and common mental health issues.

By the time you finish this course, you should be very well-prepared to understand, appreciate, and meet the needs of the teens in your life.

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

Wow, What a Great Event! (online)
Instructor:Cynthia Grzelak

Learn how to create and coordinate successful special events. Develop skills, find resources and gain confidence to plan and produce any size or type of event. This course reveals proven tips, tools, techniques, and procedures used by experts and master event planners to help you avoid embarrassing and costly planning errors or production mistakes.

You'll discover how to select the right suppliers for food, decorations, entertainment, and you'll learn how to effectively employ them within your own budgetary constraints. You'll get easy access to event industry information compiled by and for professional event planners. We'll even point you in the right direction to meet other event and meeting planners and to join a professional association or industry group. You'll be so excited with your newly gained confidence and expertise that you'll want to start planning your next event even before this course is over.

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Location: Instructor-facilitated online course
Date:See top of page for monthly start dates.
Time:Six-week course with a two-week grace period.
Assignments are posted twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cost:$99

 

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