Fall 2019 Communication Courses

Learn a new language or discover the power of writing to tell your personal story with our communication courses.

A Cut Above the Rest: A Guide to Building a Great Resume
Are you having trouble starting your resume, or is it outdated and in need of a tune up? A well-crafted resume can set you apart from other candidates. Strong resumes do more than summarize your education and work history; they emphasize the results of your efforts and draw parallels between your skills and experience and an employer’s needs. In this workshop you’ll learn more about resume trends, formats, use of action words and cover letter writing. There will be a one-hour lecture and two hours of hands-on work your resume, with individual guidance provided. Please bring a flash drive with a copy of your current resume or a summary of your work and educational experience. Course fee includes a $3 computer fee.
Shawnna Case, Instructor

51222
$29
1 Session, BTC 205
Wed., 10/16, 6 - 9 p.m.

51223
$29
1 Session, BTC 205
Wed., 12/11, 6 - 9 p.m.

No Excuses! Writing and Selling Your Book
John Grisham scribbled notes on a legal pad between court sessions. Those notes eventually became his best-selling novel, “A Time to Kill.” Recollections of growing up in depression-era Ireland compelled Frank McCourt to write his best-selling memoir, “Angela’s Ashes.” Is a novel or nonfiction book burning inside you? Do you dream of being a published author? If so, learn the ins and outs of publishing from a pro who has helped dozens of students become authors.

Discover how the book publishing industry works, how to pitch your idea to publishers and agents and how to guide your book to publishing success. As a bonus, one-on-one consulting with the instructor about your project after the course eliminates any excuses preventing you from realizing your publishing dreams. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee.
Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information
51032
$65
1 Session, DCC B05
Sat., 9/28, 1 - 5 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor

Getting Paid to Talk: Voice-Overs as a Profession
Have you ever been told you have a great voice? From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice-over. Learn how to prepare and where to find work in your area. We’ll discuss industry pros and cons and play samples from working voice professionals. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to record a short professional script under the direction of our teacher. For more information, please visit https://voicecoaches.com.
50180
$19
1 Session, ADM 103
Mon., 11/25, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Creative Voice Development, Instructor

Preparing for the U.S. Naturalization Test
How do I prepare to take the U.S. Naturalization Test? What are the rights and responsibilities of a U.S. citizen? How can I improve my English speaking, reading, and writing skills? These questions will be answered in this course, which will teach you about American government, history, and culture as it prepares you for the U.S. Naturalization Test. Taught by an ESL instructor, this course will cover all the information you need to know to pass the written and interview sections of the test. All questions about the United States will be answered, and all study materials will be provided. Prerequisite: the ability to read and speak English at a high-intermediate level.
51189
$215
8 Sessions, ADM 104
Mon., 9/16 - 11/11, 5 - 8 p.m.
No class 10/14
Elaine Friedman, Instructor

Writing Your Life Story
Your personal and family stories are too good, too important, to lose. This course presents the step-by-step process that transforms memories into memoirs. Learn strategies for getting into the memoir mindset, stimulating memories and researching records, writing and revising a first draft memoir and sharing through publication the story of your life or your family. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee.
Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information
51191
$65
1 Session, DCC B05
Sat., 11/2, 1 - 5 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor

You Can Be a Freelance Writer
Freelance writing is a low-investment business you can run from home, allowing you to set your own schedule and earn a good living. Discover the step-by-step process for establishing yourself in this highly desirable field, including identifying markets for your writing, finding and approaching clients, delivering assignments and cultivating repeat business. You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of the business plus all the tricks of the trade so you can launch your own successful freelance writing business. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee.
Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information
51190
$65
1 Session, DCC B05
Sat., 10/19, 1 - 5 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor

Communications and Fundraising for Non-Profits
This course will provide an overview of the basic principles of communications and fundraising for not-for-profit organizations. It is intended as a primer for non-profit board members and staff. Topics to be covered include: messaging, audiences for communications, communications planning, types of communications and their purpose, the role of fundraising, types of fundraising (annual, major, planned giving, events, grants), and the role of the Board in communications and fundraising. Course fee includes a $3 materials fee.
Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information
51169
$19
2 Sessions, DCC 134
Tues., 9/17 - 9/24, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Janet Hiser, Instructor

A to Z Grant Writing
Do you love writing and building rewarding, long-lasting relationships? Do you have a passion for a cause? As a grant writer, you can help nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions and research organizations acquire the funds they need to operate and to thrive. In this class, you’ll learn how to put together a gold medal proposal package – one that will capture the attention, and the funds, of donors.

We offer one of the best online grant writing courses around, whether you’re already involved in a related position or are looking to take your first step into this rewarding career. This course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online Ed2go username and password within one week of registration.
51051
$115
Online Course, 10/16 - 12/6

German for Everyone - Intensive 2
This course follows the book “Willkommen German 1,” chapters six through 12. You will learn listening, reading, and speaking skills with lots of practice and review, though at a brisk pace. Good for those who have had some experience with German or have previously taken German for Everyone, Intensive 1. The book that will be used in the course is “Willkommen! 1 (Third Edition)” and is required for the first class session.
51224
$155
11 Sessions, ADM 101
Mon., 9/23 - 12/9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
No class 10/14
Lisa Jiardini, Instructor

LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE ONLINE

It is never too late to learn a new language. Whether you are planning a trip or just looking to obtain a new skill, take our online language courses. 

Beginning Conversational French
This course will teach you how to communicate easily and comfortably with those who speak French. You will learn practical, common phrases that will make your trips to the many French-speaking regions of the world more pleasant. You will learn dialogue specific to various settings, and you will be surprised how easy it can be to speak another language.
This course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online Ed2go username and password within one week of registration.
50729
$115
Online Course, 10/16 - 12/6

Discover Sign Language
It’s truly amazing that we can communicate just by using our hands and different facial expressions! In this course, you’ll discover how to use this graceful, expressive language to communicate with deaf people. Throughout the course, you’ll learn by watching videos that demonstrate how to make the signs and how to incorporate facial expressions to communicate. You’ll be immersed in silence during most of the course, so you’ll gain an understanding of the perspective of deaf people and sign language. You’ll also gain an introduction to the world of deaf culture and explore topics such as lip reading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting.
This course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online Ed2go username and password within one week of registration.
50872
$115
Online Course, 10/16 - 12/6

Instant Italian
This dynamic course will teach you how to express yourself comfortably in Italian. You’ll learn practical, everyday words. You’ll read, hear and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you’re likely to encounter if you plan to vacation in Italy. The dialogues and follow-up exercises of each lesson will teach you to communicate in Italian in a wide variety of settings. You’ll be surprised by how quickly and easily you can learn many useful expressions in Italian!
This course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online Ed2go username and password within one week of registration.
50727
$115
Online Course, 10/16 - 12/6

Conversational Japanese
Whether you want to learn conversational Japanese for travel or just for fun, this course makes it easy and enjoyable for beginners to master the essentials of the Japanese language. Guided by a native Japanese instructor, you’ll also gain cultural knowledge only an insider has.
This course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online Ed2go username and password within one week of registration.
50871
$115
Online Course, 10/16 - 12/6

Speed Spanish
Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can, with Speed Spanish! This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish, pronto. You’ll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you’ll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish. ¡Qué bueno!
This course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online Ed2go username and password within one week of registration.
50728
$115
Online Course, 10/16 - 12/6

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