A excellent selection of Community Education courses at Rend Lake College is now more accessible to the public than ever. Scores of classes can now be taken on-line, fitting in with the need for flexible scheduling in today’s world.
Offered in six-week sessions, students will attend two on-line classes at their convenience each week. All course work, tests and instructor feedback will be via the Internet and/or e-mail. All that is required of the student is Internet access and an e-mail address.
The six-week sessions are staggered, with new sessions beginning Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15 April 19 and May 17. The courses are available to the general public.
According to Community Education Director Dawn Gibson, once people discover that these courses are available on-line, “they take them repetitively.” Some potential students are hesitant to enroll “because they think it will be difficult, and yet the process is really simple,” Gibson said.
She said students enrolled in these on-line courses can e-mail their instructors with questions anytime. While it may be convenient for one student to sit down at the computer for a lesson at noon, another may choose to begin a session at midnight. It works anytime, Gibson said.
“These subjects are the things that feed your soul. They’re the things that let you wind down. They’re things that you’ve always wanted to learn about but never really had the time,” said Gibson.
Course offerings are grouped into several categories:
• Art and History – Enjoying European Art Online, and History of Women Writers;
• Business – Building an Ethical Business, Hire Smart, Managing Technical Professionals, Managing Technology, Principles of Sales Management, and Understanding the Human Resources Function;
• Basic Computer Literacy – 101 Tips and Tricks for the Macintosh, Computer Skills for the Workplace, Introduction to Outlook Express, Introduction to PC Security, Keyboarding, Using AppleWorks, and Working With Your Macintosh;
• Career Development – High-Powered Communication, Individual Excellence: Secrets of Career Success, Leadership, Listen to Your Heart and Success Will Follow, and Merrill Ream Speed Reading;
• Career Ideas – Caring for Children, Fundamentals of Technical Writing, Get Paid to Travel, Introduction to the Game Industry, and Theme Park Engineering;
• Computer Applications – Design Projects for Adobe Illustrator, Introduction to PrintShop Deluxe, Introduction to QuarkXPress for Windows, and Photoshop for the Absolute Beginner;
• Computer Programming – Introduction to the Game Industry;
• Digital Photography – Discover Digital Photography, Mastering Digital Photography: Photographing People, Photoshop Elements for the Digital Photographer, and Secrets of Better Photography;
• Entertainment – Drawing for the Absolute Beginner, Marketing Tools for Actors, Music Made Easy, Songwriting Success, and Your Screenwriting Career;
• Family and Friends – Assisting Aging Parents; Creating a Healthier Home; Enhancing Language Development in Childhood; Genealogy Basics; Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals; Parenting: The First Five Years; Solving Discipline Problems at Home; Understanding Adolescents; and Wine Appreciation for Beginners;
• Grant Writing / Nonprofits – A to Z Grantwriting, Advanced Grant Proposal Writing, Becoming a Grant Writing Consultant, Get Grants, Introduction to Nonprofit Management, Marketing Your Nonprofit, Research Methods for Writers, and Writing Effective Grant Proposals;
• Health Care – Food and Fitness to Fight Cancer, and Introduction to Natural Health and Healing;
• Languages – Beginning Braille, Beginning Conversational French, and Speed Spanish;
• Law and Legal Careers – Criminal Procedure: From Arrest to Appeal, Demystifying Forensic Science: A Writer’s Guide, and LSAT Preparation Part 1;
• Networking / Troubleshooting – Introduction to PC Security, and Introduction to PC Troubleshooting;
• Personal Enrichment – Achieving Success with Difficult People, Conquer Your Stress, Get Assertive!, Get Funny!, Goodbye to Shy, Handling Medical Emergencies, Keys to Effective Communication, Magic of Hypnosis, and Outdoor Survival Techniques.
• Personal Finance – Analysis and Valuation of Stocks; Build Your Mutual Fund for Pennies; Debt Elimination Techniques That Work; Introduction to Stock Options; Listen to Your Heart and Success Will Follow; Personal Finance; Stocks, Bonds and Investing: Oh, My!; and Where Does All My Money Go?;
• Start Your Own Business – Growing Plants for Fun and Profit, Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay, Publish It Yourself: How to Start and Operate Your Own Publishing Business, Secrets of the Caterer, Start Your Own Consulting Practice, and Wow, What a Great Event!;
• Teaching (completion worth 24 CPDUs) – Big Ideas in Little Books; The Classroom Computer; Correcting Oral and Written Errors; Creating Web Pages; Enhancing Language Development in Childhood; PowerPoint in the Classroom; Ready, Set, Read!; Solving Classroom Discipline Problems; and Using the Internet in the Classroom;
• Test Prep – GMAT Preparation, GRE Preparation Parts 1 and 2, LSAT Preparation Parts 1 and 2, and SAT Preparation Parts 1 and 2;
• Web Design – Achieving Top Search Engine Positions, Creating Web Graphics with Paint Shop Pro, Creating Web Pages, Designing Effecting Web Sites, Drawing for the Absolute Beginner, and Introduction to Flash;
• Web Programming – Creating User Requirements Documents, Introduction to Director, Managing Technical Professionals, and Project Management @ eSpeed;
• Writing Classes – Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published, Business Marketing Writing, The Craft of Magazine Writing, Creating a Sense of Place, Demystifying Forensic Science: A Writer’s Guide, Effective Business Writing, Fundamentals of Technical Writing, Grammar Refresher, Introduction to Internet Writing Markets, Introduction to Journaling, Keys to Effective Editing, Pleasures of Poetry, Research Methods for Writers, Travel Writing, Write Like a Pro, Write Your Life Story, Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers, and Your Screenwriting Career;
• Coming Soon – Building Wealth, Instant Italian, and Writing for Children.
“Americans are working longer hours today. The more demands these types of things make on people’s time, the more difficult it is for them,” Gibson said. Therefore, it is beneficial to the students to have the flexibility to learn from their own homes at times which are convenient for them.