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Advanced to Data Analysis (June)
with Jeff Kritzer
After taking this course, you will be able to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Take the guesswork out of important company decisions and make decisions based on the statistically significant information. Whether your business is home-based or a large company, this class will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned.
Jeff Kritzer has studied applied statistics at the graduate level and has attended the Summer Program in Quantitative Research at the University of Michigan. He has been published in several international and national journals and has developed unique methods for presenting his research. He has a Ph.D. in Education.
Advanced Web Design (June)
with Tonya Wright / Marcus Lander
Responsive Web design enables Web designers and developers to build and maintain a single website to serve all kinds of device sizes: smartphones, tablets, laptops and more.
Tonya Wright is an accomplished web designer and programmer with 15 years of experience in web design and leading teams developing new media marketing. She served as senior graphic designer for Habitat for Humanity International, and is currently Manager of Digital Development Services for Columbus State University.
Marcus Lander has been building web applications since 1996 and has been a technical trainer since 1999.
Closing Procedures and Financial Statements (June)
with Sharon deFonteny
This course shows you how to create a worksheet used to adjust the account balances and prepare the financial statements. Use your financial statements to measure performance, make improvements and set goals. The final step covered in this course is closing your books and preparing them for the next accounting period; this is done by journalizing and posting closing entries.
Sharon deFonteny has a degree in Business Education with a concentration in Accounting and spent many years in corporate America working in accounting and finance. For the past 5 years, she has created and taught online business courses. Her experience in business, as well as experience in teaching, has allowed her to help people understand the accounting and finance process.
CSS Fundamentals (June)
with Andy Helmi
In this introductory course, you will learn how to style web pages using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) coding language. Topics include using inline, internal, and external CSS, web typography, formatting text, working with web colors, using Google fonts, working with id and class selectors, working with elements, creating page layouts using elements, and CSS box model.
Andy Helmi is a graphic and website designer, technical consultant and an online marketing specialist. His education background includes over ten years of academic training in electronic/computer engineering, graphic and web design, music and digital photography. Andy’s professional experience in digital media started in 1996.
Financial Analysis and Planning for Non-Financial Managers (June)
with Jodie Trana
With the demands of daily operations, non-financial managers may put financial reports on the shelf. But take a look at some of the most admired companies like Apple, Google, and Berkshire Hathaway. Sure, they are evaluated by their products, innovation, and culture but they wouldn’t be in the limelight without profits. Money matters! This course will help you build on your understanding of financial concepts and help you establish your role in the financial success of your organization.
Designed for non-financial managers, business owners, entrepreneurs, and other decision-makers, this advanced course will take the mystery out of money matters. Throughout this course, financial information that drives your organization, as seen on the business’s reports, will be assessed and analyzed to understand it. An understanding of this information will help you make smart decisions when it comes to budgeting, setting goals, and assessing performance within your own area of influence.
Jodie Trana has had a career in business consulting and financial management. She then started a consulting and training organization offering educational consulting services to organizations such as the Kauffman Foundation. Her background includes business and financial management in consulting, construction, non-profit, healthcare, and retail industries.
Integrating Social Media in Your Organization (June)
with Dr. Jennifer Selke
Take away a practical strategy and techniques for implementing a social strategy for your organization or business. Learn the top five considerations when starting a social network as well as tips to manage an online community. Discover how to create your own private social network using the Ning platform. Discuss the top tools to use to manage your social media life and build integration into your website. See how Google Docs and Calendars work and how to use online video to further your business goals.
Hear about mobile check-in applications and how companies are using coupon and deal sites. Get your company listed properly on local search engines so more customers can find you. Discuss how web design has changed and get feedback on your website while discovering usability testing and user interface design. Finally, learn how to manage this influx of information created by the new media revolution. Develop a manageable workflow and get productivity tips to be more efficient. Learn what you might be doing wrong in social media as well as essential policies to have in place for your employees and company. See what trends are on the horizon and where your goals fit with those new trends.
Dr. Jennifer Selke is fueled by her drive to connect people with meaningful work, and is dedicated to building bridges between millennials—individuals born in the 80s and 90s—and employers. Her consulting firm, WorkStrengths, provides career coaching services for 20-somethings, recent graduates, and new hires.
Project Management Knowledge Areas (June)
with Andy Stanhope
Through continuous monitoring, early detection of variations to plan, schedule, and budget can be communicated to stakeholders for quick resolution, including project cancelation. The Project Management Professional community does this through the five (5) Project Management Processes supported by the ten (10) Project Management Knowledge Areas.
This course introduces the student to the ten (10) Project Management Knowledge Areas and their support role and relationships to the five (5) Project Management Processes.
Andy Stanhope has a Master’s of Business Administration, a Master’s of Science in Computer Systems and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 25 years’ experience managing projects within medium and large companies, domestically and internationally.
Writing News and Press Releases (June)
with William A. Draves
Being able to write a good news story, press release or publicity notice is a skill that can set you apart in the workplace. Getting the word out is an essential activity for every organization. Acquire the skills good journalists have and learn how to craft a news story, press release or publicity notice that will get attention.
William A. Draves is one of the foremost authorities in the world on teaching online. More than 6,000 faculty and teachers have taken this course. He did his graduate work in education, with an emphasis on adult education, from George Washington University in Washington DC.
Draves has taught for over thirty years, including teaching at the graduate level. His books include “How to Teach Adults,” the most popular book ever written on the subject, “Energizing the Learning Environment,” and “Advanced Teaching Online,” which is used as the text book for this course.