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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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3D Printed Science and Math
Course Offerings (1)
October 2, 2017 through October 27, 2017
Instructor: LRN Staff
CRN: LRN118.91
Fee: $195
Online. Offered through our partnership with LERN.
Description
A 3D printer can be used to teach science and math in two ways: when a teacher creates an accurate 3D model of a concept for students to handle, or designs a 'starter set' model that students can then alter and use as the basis for explorations. The instructors will impart ideas for developing appropriate content of concepts ranging from kindergarten to grad school and will teach participants to use the free and open-source 3D modeling program OpenSCAD. The class assumes participants already know the basics of using a 3D printer, from the UGotClass 'Intro to 3D Printing' or equivalent experience.

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.

Getting More from Microsoft Access
Course Offerings (1)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017; 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
CRN: TEC118.10
Fee: $250
Date revised to current schedule (8/23).
Description
If you've been using Microsoft Access and want to create more powerful databases, this class will show you the way. This class improves the way you create forms and reports, enhances your work with relationships, and provides better queries to save you time. Course fee includes workbook. This course is for users with some Access experience.

Getting More from Microsoft Excel
Course Offerings (1)
Tuesday, October 3, 2017; 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
CRN: TEC118.14
Fee: $210
Description
Most of us use Excel, but we're not getting enough power from it: we only use a small portion of what Excel can do. This class will give you the tools to create and edit information in your workbooks to produce strong presentations and calculations of your data. This course will review the fundamentals of creating formulas and functions, and move on to customizing your worksheets and the advanced capabilities of Microsoft Excel. Some of the areas covered include Matching Values, Solver, Goal Seeker, Scenarios, and Pivot Tables. Users should be familiar with the Microsoft Excel environment and be able to create simple formulas and formatting. A list of skills will be provided ahead of time, so please make sure you are able to perform most of these introductory-level skills before registering.

Getting More from Photoshop
Course Offerings (1)
Tuesday, November 7, 2017; 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
CRN: TEC118.11
Fee: $250
Description
Photoshop is for casual users just playing around as well as professional graphic designers creating polished materials - it has something for everyone! This course is designed to provide users with the tools to get more out of the program. Students who have taken Introduction to Photoshop or have experience with Photoshop enough to know how to select tools and be familiar with the Photoshop interface will learn to use more of the features of the program. This class will cover text, layers, channels, brushes and selections. Students should already be familiar with navigating in Photoshop and Windows, and will be provided with a desktop reference book to take home.

Intermediate Video Game Design
Course Offerings (1)
October 2, 2017 through October 27, 2017
Instructor: LRN Staff
CRN: LRN118.63
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 3-D Printing
Course Offerings (1)
September 5, 2017 through September 29, 2017
Instructor: LRN Staff
CRN: LRN118.42
Fee: $195
Online. Offered through our partnership with LERN.
Description
3D printing has been hailed as the solution to all manufacturing problems. Obviously that is exaggerated, but what is it good for, and when is traditional manufacturing still the better choice? In this course you will learn how to separate the real promise of the technology from the hype, and understand the workflow for a consumer-level 3D printer. You will become familiar with some typical online databases of objects available to print, and get a bit of experience with free or open-source software for all stages of the process. This class will be primarily focused to introduce you to the tools of the open 3D printer ecosystem, but the principles will apply to consumer 3D printers in general.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Course Offerings (1)
Tuesday, October 24, 2017; 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
CRN: TEC118.08
Fee: $210
Description
Adobe Photoshop has been an indispensable image-editing software application for many years. As even an amateur graphic designer, you should familiarize yourself with design creation and image editing using this software. Understanding the different tools and features available in Photoshop will help you maximize your creative potential. In this course you will use the various tools and features of Photoshop to work with images.

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 Game Design
Course Offerings (1)
September 5, 2017 through September 29, 2017
Instructor: LRN Staff
CRN: LRN118.62
Fee: $245
Online. Offered through our partnership with LERN.
Description
Gaming is increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond mere entertainment. This course provides 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. By completing this course, you can take the first steps into understanding game design, and how it may be applied in your field.

Introduction to InDesign
Course Offerings (1)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017; 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
CRN: TEC118.12
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, September 19, 2017; 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
CRN: TEC118.05
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 3D Printing for Educators
Course Offerings (1)
September 5, 2017 through October 27, 2017
Instructor: LRN Staff
CRN: LRN118.22C
Fee: $345
Online. Offered through our partnership with LERN.
Description
There has been a lot of excitement about the use of 3D printers in education, but educators can have trouble both getting started with the technology and figuring out what to do with it. This two-class certificate covers both aspects, starting with how the technology works and then moving on to how to use it effectively. If participants already have 3D printers, the instructors will customize the class as much as possible so participants can follow along on the hardware they have. If a participant does not yet have access to a 3D printer, the instructors can help with helping participants define criteria to make decisions about appropriate hardware to buy. The intro class (recommended to be taken first) covers the entire 3D printing workflow with a focus on open-source and free software. There are not a lot of standards in the industry yet, but the instructors will guide participants through what the options are and where to learn the details of operation of their particular existing or planned hardware. The second class then builds on this knowledge to think about how to help students create their own exploratory models, or how to create models to help students visualize an abstract concept. Participants will use some of the software covered in the Intro to 3D Printing class to create several different types of 3D printable models, and will discuss the details of how to print their design on the 3D printer they already have or plan to acquire in the future. The two classes are Introduction to 3D Printing and 3D Printed Science and Math: Visualizations and Experiments.

LERN Certificate in Basic Game Design
Course Offerings (1)
September 5, 2017 through October 27, 2017
Instructor: LRN Staff
CRN: LRN118.19C
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 with knowing the different activities that are part of game design, become able to flesh out a game idea in order to increase the chances to having a successful game design experience, and have 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.

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.

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