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Digital communication requires communication technology. We offer both beginner and intermediate/advanced level courses on a variety of computer software programs, including Microsoft® Word, Outlook®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Office® for Mac; FileMaker® Pro; Adobe® Photoshop®; and more. Through several online partners we also offer software certification programs. Some of these classes are listed below, but others are available through our partners’ online portals.

Course and Registration Information

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Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office 2013 Master
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: ed2go Instructor
CRN: ED2GO216.842
Fee: $1,995
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
Microsoft Office 2013 skills are important to have in any profession or workplace. Being able to work with Office programs is essential to today's workplace whether you are preparing for an entry-level or an advanced position. Developing skills and experience working with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook will allow you to work independently and problem solve in your job. This program will help you develop verbal and written communication skills to effectively communicate with your coworkers and superiors. You will also explore technology basics like working with computers and other office tools and devices. Learn record keeping and financial management essentials in order to comfortably take on responsibilities like budgeting or handling invoices. Gain knowledge of event planning basics, so you can organize office meetings and special events. Learn travel basics such as how to create itineraries for other employees and how to book travel. Also, gain career advancement training and job searching skills.

CompTIA Security+ Certification Training
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: Tracey Rossi
CRN: ED2GO.904
Fee: $1,495
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
Gain the skills you need to be a security professional and prepare yourself to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exam as you master the basics of system security, network infrastructure, access control, and organizational security. Once you complete this program, you'll be proficient in basic security concepts such as attacks and mitigation, security applications, risk assessment, disaster recovery and incident reporting, and vulnerability assessment.

Intermediate Video Game Design
Course Offerings (1)
July 3, 2017 through July 28, 2017
Instructor: LERN Instructor
CRN: LRN317.63
Fee: $245
Online. Offered through our partnership with LERN.
Description
Worldwide, video game sales including consoles, and online and mobile games are projected to exceed 100 billion dollars this year. Mobile games are the fastest-growing segment of the market as more and more people play casual games. PwC predicts that by 2019 social and casual game sales will exceed traditional game sales. In this intermediate introductory course you will learn the basics of video game design process, learn about the main video game genres, and use a game development application to begin your journey of making games.

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: Beverly Richards Schulz
CRN: ED2GO316.06
Fee: $95
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
Learn to use digital editing techniques to show off your photos and memorabilia in Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking! Using Photoshop Elements 11, 12, or 13, this course will teach you how to make the most of your scrapbooking talents and artistic ideas when you combine traditional and digital scrapbooking.

Introduction to InDesign
Course Offerings (1)
Tuesday, July 25, 2017; 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
CRN: TEC317.12
Fee: $210
Description
Adobe InDesign is a software program able to create and deliver eye-catching printed documents. This course is intended for anyone who wants to explore the basic tools and features of InDesign for creating professional page layout and designs. Before taking this course, you should be familiar with the basic functions of your computer's operating system, such as creating folders, launching programs, and working with windows. You should also have command of the basic Windows application skills, such as copying and pasting objects, formatting text, and saving files.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel
Course Offerings (1)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017; 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
CRN: TEC317.05
Fee: $210
Description
Knowing Microsoft Excel is a must in today's business world. Even if you've been in Excel for a while, this class will teach you the 'you don't know it's there if you don't know it's there' skills. We will cover entering and editing data and formulas, formatting spreadsheets, creating charts, and working with multiple worksheets in a workbook. Learn page setup, previewing, and printing documents.

LERN Certificate in Basic Game Design
Course Offerings (1)
June 5, 2017 through July 28, 2017
Instructor: LERN Instructor
CRN: LRN317.19C
Fee: $395
Online. Offered through our partnership with LERN.
Description
Games are increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond entertainment. This Certificate provides you with 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. In the first course, you will discover resources for developing game design, identify the mechanics and verbs used in different games. You will come away knowing the different activities that are part of game design, being able to flesh out a game idea in order to increase the chances to having a successful game design experience, and having a basic understanding of how to work with game developers. In the second course, you will you will learn the basics of video game design process, learn about the main video game genres, and use a game development application to begin your journey of making games. By successfully completing this Certificate in Basic Game Design, you will have taken the first steps into understanding game design, and being able to create your own games. This course includes two classes: Introduction to Game Design and Intermediate Video Game Design.

LERN Product Prototyping on a Budget Certificate
Course Offerings (1)
June 5, 2017 through September 1, 2017
Instructor: LERN Instructor
CRN: LRN317.20C
Fee: $395
Online. Offered through our partnership with LERN.
Description
Creating a prototype of a product used to be a very expensive proposition. Now, however, with the availability of consumer-level 3D printers and relatively easy-to-program custom electronics controlled by processors like the Arduino, it is possible to prototype many types of products yourself. This certificate consists of two classes; either one can be taken first. 3D printing can be used to create product mockups quickly, and is particularly useful for things like seeing how something feels to a user, seeing how a piece will fit with other existing pieces, and the like. It is still very difficult to scan an existing object and create a copy, and the class will talk about where the technologies stand for the areas that are not easy (yet). 'Maker' electronics include microprocessors like the Arduino, which have a free and open source ecosystem of software and compatible sensors that will allow you to create interactive prototypes that can detect motion, sound, and light, and control moving parts. There are even versions of these processors that can be integrated into garments or other fabric products. Taken together, these two classes will give you the skills to get started with these two aspects of low-cost prototyping, and give you an idea of what is possible and where to learn even more skills going forward. This course included two classes: Introduction to 3D Printing and Prototyping with Maker Electronics.

Prototyping with Maker Electronics
Course Offerings (1)
August 7, 2017 through September 1, 2017
Instructor: LERN Instructor
CRN: LRN317.44
Fee: $245
Online. Offered through our partnership with LERN.
Description
Arduino. 3D printing. Wearable tech. Your students or your kids may be talking about these things, but what is all this stuff, and how can you keep up and try to get ahead of them? This class will survey the core technologies found in makerspaces and give you a start in understanding what you will need to learn to create awesome technology projects. You will also learn how to find and sort through the many free resources online. Recommended optional e-book: Horvath and Cameron, The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino and Wearable Tech (Apress: 2015).

Search Engine Marketing
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: ed2go Instructor
CRN: ED2GO216.213
Fee: $1,895
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
All courses in the Search Engine Marketing Program are tutor-supervised with a tutor assigned to guide students through the lesson material and review their assignments. The program has been designed specifically to prepare students for immediate employment in the search industry. Employers and supervisors can verify a student¿s level of proficiency via their Certification Status page. Job candidates who are certified in search engine marketing may well have an edge over their fellow applicants. This program will walk students through the step-by-step process of setting up new Google AdWords and Bing Ads advertising accounts and assist them in structuring their campaigns to achieve their maximum conversion potential across the Google, Yahoo, and Bing networks. This program will provide students with $75 Google AdWords advertising credit and $100 Bing Ads advertising credit. The credit will help students launch search marketing campaigns for their websites and / or companies. The ability to work on a live advertising campaign will enhance each student's experience and provide a useful testing ground for growing a business.

Search Engine Optimization
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: ed2go Instructor
CRN: ED2GO216.214
Fee: $1,495
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
All courses in the Search Engine Optimization Program are tutor-supervised with a tutor assigned to guide students through the lesson material and review their assignments. The program has been designed specifically to prepare students for immediate employment in the search industry. Employers and supervisors can verify a student¿s level of proficiency via their Certification Status page. Job candidates who are certified in search engine marketing may well have an edge over their fellow applicants. This program will provide students with $75 Google AdWords advertising credit and $100 Bing Ads advertising credit. The credit will help students launch search marketing campaigns for their websites and / or companies. The ability to work on a live advertising campaign will enhance each student's experience and provide a useful testing ground for growing a business.

Video Game Design and Development
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: ed2go Instructor
CRN: ED2GO216.605
Fee: $1,995
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
Using a comprehensive and analytical approach to game engine architectures, this program offers you the opportunity to learn how to effectively implement game ideas. The curriculum is divided into eight modules covering five major areas of study: programming languages, mathematics skills, 3D graphics pipeline programming, real-time game engine architectures, and artificial intelligence algorithms. Developing and managing the complex environments for games and related visualization applications is a challenging task, but with the right training and professional guidance, the challenge becomes much less daunting.

White Hat - Ethical Hacker Series Certificate
Course Offerings (1)
June 12, 2017 through August 28, 2017
Mondays: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: ISS Staff
CRN: TEC317.01
Fee: $1,349
Description
This course combines all three of the White Hat Ethical Hacker Series courses: Introduction to Ethical Hacking, Introduction to Ethical Hacking tools, and Introduction to the Metasploit Framework. This series offers working knowledge of the requisite background information and relevant hacking topics such as the history of hacking, computer system fundamentals, gaining access to systems, network scanning, and how to find vulnerabilities.

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