Noncredit Course Descriptions


 

Photography

NOTE: All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of classno exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions.

 

CRE-349. Exploring Digital Photography
This course provides an introduction to the fascinating technology that catapulted the photographic world into the 21st century. We'll discuss the basics of digital photography, equipment, software, the digital darkroom, printing, Internet, and e-mail use, along with commercial and personal applications. You'll learn what you need, what you can do, and what fun you can have. Whether you're new to photography or a longtime professional making the change to the digital world, this class will provide an introduction to new opportunities. 12 sessions

 

Administrative Skills

NOTE: All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of classno exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions. 

 

OFC-346. Administrative Assistant Fundamentals
Rapid growth in the health, legal services, data processing, management, public relations, and other industries have created many new job opportunities for administrative assistants.  Discover and master the essentials of managerial and staff support, information and records management, communications technology, travel and meeting coordination, space planning, and office ergonomics.  You'll become an indispensable member of your team by identifying opportunities and implementing solutions to turn your office into a highly productive workplace.  12 sessions

 

Accounting

NOTE: All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions. 

 

OFC-350. Accounting Fundamentals
Demand for accounting professionals currently exceeds supply.  If you're interested in increasing your financial awareness and accountability while also gaining a marketable skill, this course is for you.  The basics of double-entry bookkeeping, analyzing and recording financial transactions, and preparing various financial reports at the end of the fiscal period will be covered.  Accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll procedures, sales taxes, and various common banking activities will be discussed.  We'll cover all the bases, from writing checks to preparing an income statement and closing out accounts at the end of each fiscal period.  12 sessions

 

OFC-354. Accounting Fundamentals II
This course will build on the knowledge gained in our Accounting Fundamentals course and will provide a solid understanding of corporate accounting practices.  You will analyze transactions and prepare various corporate financial reports.  Also, you’ll gain practical experience working with dividends, plant assets depreciation, accrued revenue and expenses, retained earnings, stockholders’ equity, and more.  12 sessions

 

Management

NOTE:  The following Management & Supervision Skills classes are offered concurrently with credit courses.  The coursework for these classes is located on Blackboard at http://pgcconline.blackboard.com.  Students enrolling in these courses must have an active Owl Link account.  All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail. 

 

MGT-582  Disaster Recovery and Risk Management          4.5 CEUs
This course provides individuals and organizations with tools to prepare for and recover from both natural and man-made disasters. Students will gain an understanding of risk and crisis management the need for business continuity and information assurance planning, as well as addressing the leadership, human organizational and public policy components of disasters. The final project will be a disaster recovery management plan. Prerequisite: Reading proficiency.  Meets concurrently with credit course MGT-2880.  Offered through www.pgcconline.com (Blackboard)11 sessions

MGT-584  Principles of Management 4.5 CEUs
The business organization, the functions of management and the role of the manager in the decision-making process will be addressed. Meets concurrently with credit course BMT-1600.  Offered through www.pgcconline.com (Blackboard)15 sessions

MGT-585  Introduction to Business 4.5 CEUs
Basic characteristics of the business enterprise, its organization and role in a free society will be addressed.  Prerequisite: Reading proficiency.  Meets concurrently with credit course MGT-1010.  Offered through www.pgcconline.com (Blackboard)

 

MGT-598  Managing in the Public Sector      4.5 CEUs
Introduction to the public sector.  Application of management principles to federal, state, and local governments.  Examine the role of management in government, public responsibility and trends in public management.  Meets concurrently with credit course MGT-1960.  Offered through www.pgcconline.com (Blackboard)15 sessions

 

MGT-617. Conflict Management
Powerful techniques for dealing effectively and confidently with difficult situations. Building and strengthening more cooperative and productive working relationships. Prerequiste: Reading Proficiency. Meets concurrently with credit course BMT-2660.  Offered through www.pgcconline.com (Blackboard).

 

MGT-618. Managing in the Public Sector
Introduction to the public sector. Application of management principles to federal, state, and local governments. Examine the role of management in government, public responbilility and trends in public management. Meets concurrently with credit course MGT-1960.  Offered through www.pgcconline.com (Blackboard).

 

MGT-620. Organizational Management
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the forces behind organizational development (OD), the managerial tools used to implement OD and the managerial skills that enable the manager to effectively introduce change into the organization. Meets concurrently with credit course BMT-1420.  Offered through www.pgcconline.com (Blackboard).

 

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NOTE:  The coursework for the Management & Supervision Skills classes listed below is located at www.Ed2Go.com/pgcc All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions. 

 

OFC-322. Fundamentals of Supervision and Management I
If you have recently been promoted to a supervisory or management position or want to know how to become a more effective manager, this course will help you master the basics of business by learning the language of management.  You will be introduced to the skills to make a successful transition from employee to manager, and you'll discover how to manage your time so that you can deal with the constant demands of a managerial job.  How to delegate responsibility, how to motivate employees, and how to influence and direct other people's performance will also be covered.  
12 sessions

 

OFC-323. Fundamentals of Supervision and Management II
This course covers what a supervisor or a manager needs to know.  Have you ever felt technically prepared for a supervisor’s role, yet defeated by all of the people issues that seem to arise?  You are not alone; many people feel the same way.  You will see why communication is essential in your quest to be a good manager or supervisor.  Also covered will be personality traits in yourself and others and how they impact the ability to get the job done.  You will also develop a plan to improve both your interpersonal skills and your work relationships. 

 

OFC-381. Achieving Success with Difficult People
Do you know people whose behavior makes completing even the simplest tasks difficult?  Would you like to learn how to have more successful relationships with difficult bosses, co-workers, students, neighbors, or family members?  Join this class and get helpful information for understanding yourself, solving people's problems, and improving your relationships and personal and professional productivity.   

OFC-382. Building Teams that Work
Teams are becoming a staple in today's workplace.  In this course, you'll learn the components of a successful team and the stages of its development.  You'll master the skills you'll need to effectively manage projects, make decisions, and solve problems in a team setting.  Plus, you'll have a chance to learn the pitfalls of unhealthy group interaction and minimize any of its effects on your team. 

OFC-358. Fundamentals of Technical Writing
This course is designed for the beginning technical writer who needs the skills to succeed in the well-paying field of technical writing.  You'll discover the secrets of successful technical writers, including technical writing conventions, interviewing skills, documentation management, publishing and formatting techniques, and how to get your first job as a technical writer. 

OFC-359. Writing Great Technical Documents
This course is designed for those who have some experience in crafting technical documents.  This course will show you how to write more effective technical documents, how to organize your document, choose a writing style, and how to get the results you want.  Also covered are the techniques for recognizing and overcoming common problems that undermine your technical documents and how to revise your writing so it has more power and clarity. 

MGT-489. Introduction to Business Analysis
Give yourself an employment advantage by developing analytical skills that are consistently in high demand.  This course will teach you powerful quantitative methods that will have you making better, more informed, and more effective business decisions.  The days of making critical business decisions by instinct or coin toss are long gone.  If you are planning a career in business, you cannot afford to miss this course! 

 

MGT-490. Communicating Like a Leader
How often have you found that what you knew mattered far less than what you said?  Your style of communication can make the difference between succeeding and failing in almost any endeavor.  If you want to improve your chances of achieving professional success, this provocative and practical course will have you communicating like a leader.  You'll learn to distill the communication process into four essential components.  You'll build up your listening skills, learn to read body language, become more artful at providing feedback, and more. 

 

MGT-491. Manufacturing Applications
Increase efficiencies and productivity by learning to apply the principles and concepts of manufacturing.  Explore the nature of planning and learn how to effectively use Gantt charts and the precedence diagram method.  Determine how purchasing, production and inventory control, and logistics support a manufacturing operation.  Discover the basics of lean manufacturing and see how capacity management converts production plans into concrete products. 

 

MGT-492. Employment Law
Learn the basics of employment law so you can legally hire, evaluate, and manage employees.  Learn the difference between an employee and an independent contractor; the basic types of employee benefits; effective hiring, evaluation, and termination procedures; methods to resolve employment disputes in and out of court; discrimination and union laws; and workplace safely rules.  This course is a must for anyone who is (or aspires to be) a supervisor, manager, or human resources professional. 

 

MGT-661. Professional Human Resource Management Certification Preparation
Utilizing the SHRM learning system, participants study six Human Resource areas of competency: strategic management, workforce planning and employment, human resource development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and occupational health, safety and security.  Key concepts are reinforced through real world case studies, class discussion, and the shared experiences of instructors who hold the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential.  ATTENDANCE POLICY: Participants must attend at least 80 percent of class meetings and complete all course assignments, including any tests by the instructor, with a grade of 70 percent or better to successfully complete the course.  This course does not guarantee success in the HRCI exam; however, participants must attend class and complete all readings and other assignments in order to achieve success.  Registration deadline is fourteen days (2 weeks) before the class starts.  12 sessions

 

Human Resources

 

Developing Competencies for HR Success
An essential course for anyone in public sector Human Resources (HR), this online course provides strategies as to how you can successfully transform yourself into being a strategic business partner, change agent and leader within your organization.  This comprehensive training course is the best way to become a strategic player within your organization and will help you and your staff shift from managing “people issues” to managing “people-related business issues.”  This course also prepares you to sit for the national exam. The coursework is accessed using Blackboard at www.pgcconline.comThis course is offered in partnership with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). For more information and to enroll, click on the IPMA-HR link.

 

Managing Employee Performance as a Human Resources Business Partner
This online course examines the methods needed to create strategic partnerships with human resource supervisors and managers to effectively manage employee performance. Participants will have an opportunity to develop their own action plans for partnering with management in their organizations.  Topics will include: defining performance management; understanding and assessing how performance management partnerships benefit an organization, understanding the variety of performance management systems available; how to select the performance management system appropriate for your organization; developing the competencies needed to be a business partner and how to apply them to your agency. The coursework is accessed using Blackboard at www.pgcconline.comThis course is offered in partnership with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). For more information and to enroll, click on the IPMA-HR link.

 

Paralegal

NOTE:  All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions. 

 

LAW-350. Paralegal Certificate Program I                                      
Prepare for a career as a paralegal by learning legal terminology, processes, ethics, and the basics of tort and contract Law.  12 sessions

 

Grant Writing

 

VOL-330. Take Action-Write Now: Researching, Developing and Writing a Grant Proposal
A proposal for grant funding is a resume, job application, interview, project and marketing plan - all wrapped up in one document.  Researching and writing a proposal is a job you can do.  This 15-hour online course will guide you in researching funders, developing and packaging a convincing proposal that sells your organization's capabilities and meets the needs of the potential funding organization.  Offered through www.pgcconline.com (Blackboard)  12 sessions

 

Small Business

NOTE: All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions. 

 

BUS-355. Start and Operate Your Own Home-based Business
Home-based businesses are the hottest business trend of the decade!  Learn how to develop the entrepreneurial qualitiesmotivation, discipline, creativitythat you will need to succeed!  This class is a great way to start your own business or enhance the one you already have.  12 sessions

 

BUS-438. Starting a Consulting Practice
Do you have training or knowledge that could be useful to others?  Have you ever considered becoming a consultant?  This course is designed to help those who wish to set up a consulting practice get started.  Topics will include skills assessments, pricing policies, contracting, marketing, and more.  12 sessions

 

BUS-456. Building a Mail Order Business
This course is designed for students who want to learn how to run a mail order (direct marketing) business from home.  Mail order firms span everything from the sale of how-to-book, to catalogs containing specialty food products, to selling clothing over the Internet.  It is a business that can easily be started on a shoestring from your kitchen table, but can also grow into a full-time occupation.  In this course, students will be shown how to choose profitable products, locate suppliers, create advertising that attracts buyers, and fulfill orders quickly and easily. 12 sessions

 

Computer Network

 

DPR-591. Intermediate Networking
Almost every aspect of networking technology is covered in this class including "hot topics" such as: virtual private networks, security and internet connectivity. Completion of this course and its prerequisite should serve as an educational base on which to complete the additional training needed to take the A+ or similar certification. Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, Microsoft Internet or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins which can be obtained free from www.adobe.com/downloads (click on "Get Adobe Flash Player" and "Get Adobe Reader"), MS-Windows '95 or higher and completion of Introduction to Networking. 12 sessions

 

DPR-671. Advanced PC Security
When is hacking legal? When you use it to secure your own network. This new method of hacking, called ethical hacking or white-hat hacking, uses common and readily available hacking tools and techniques to audit your network so you can locate and close security holes. Whether you're running a small home network or you're an enterprise network administrator, this course will teach you how to better protect your system against those who wish to gain unauthorized access. Sooner or later, you know that somebody is going to try and break into your network. Why not learn how hackers think so you can harden your defenses against them?

 

Computer Training

NOTE: All online course students must provide their own computer and Internet connections including e-mail, and must have basic knowledge of the Internet.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the first week of class.  No exceptions.  Online classes require a two-step registration.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions.

 

DPR-609. Introduction to Dreamweaver 8
Learn to harness the power of this industry standard Web design program from a Silicon Valley veteran. Master the basics of document creation and how to insert formal text, images, hyperlinks, tables, multimedia files, and other types of Web page content.

Requirements: Adobe/ Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 or Adobe Macromedia Studio 8 (installed on your computer before the class begins); Microsoft Windows XP or 2000 or Macintosh OS X; at least one year of experience using a computer; the ability to install programs on your computer and work
with files; Internet access and e-mail.
12 sessions

 

DPR-431. Introduction to Networking
Gain an organized approach to networking your hardware.  This is a great class for those who want an overall introduction prior to taking the A+, Computer Service Technician or similar programs.  No text required.  Prerequisite:  Basic knowledge of the PC and Windows, Internet access.  12 sessions

 

DPR-517. Introduction to the Internet
Master the "ins and outs" of the Internet with this informative behind-the-scenes look at the Web, search engines, e-mail, and more.  Requirement:  Internet Access. 

 

DPR-450. Introduction to Windows XP
Learn how Windows XP makes it easy to work with text, pictures, audio, video, and more.   Requirement:  Windows software. 

 

DPR-415. Introduction to Windows Vista
Windows Vista is a radical departure from the Windows of yesteryear.  Whether you're a beginner or an experienced Windows user, you won't want to miss out on everything this powerful new version has to offer.  In this course, specifically designed for beginners and casual users, you'll learn to use Vista's best and most important features.   Requirements:  Internet access and Windows Vista. 

 

DPR-514. Introduction to Linux
Learn how to navigate through the world of desktop Linux, and use the free office productivity, multimedia, and Internet software packages included with Linux.  Also learn how to use your Linux desktop to access the Internet to browse Web sites, download files, chat with friends, and work with e-mail.  Requirements:  This course requires that you have a basic knowledge of using Windows or Macintosh, and are comfortable with working in a graphical PC environment.  You must have a PC available to run the Simply MRPIS version 6.5 Linux operating system, either from the hard disk or from a live CD.  That PC must meet the minimum requirements for the Simply MRPIS version 6.5 Linux distribution:  A PC with an Intel Pentium or equivalent processor, a bootable CD-ROM drive, at least 2 GB hard drive, and at least 54 MB of RAM.  If you have a dial-up Internet connection, you can order the Simply MRPIS version 6.5 CD for a minimal cost—approximately $15.  You will receive further instructions when your class begins.  To access your lessons, you will need Internet access e-mail, and either Internet Explorer, Netscape, or Firefox Web browser. 

 

DPR-451. Computer Skills for the Workplace
Gain a working knowledge of the computer skills you'll need to succeed in today's job market. 

 

DPR-424. 101 Tips and Tricks for the iMac and Macintosh
An experienced instructor shows you how to become a more productive Mac user. 

 

OFC-351. Introduction to Microsoft Word:  Version 2003
Create and modify documents in Word, the strongest and most popular word-processing program available.  Requirements: Knowledge of the Internet and must have access to MS-Word Software. 


OFC-352. Intermediate Microsoft Word  Version 2003
Take advantage of Word’s publishing capabilities to easily create flyers, newsletters, brochures, and other heavily formatted documents. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS-Word and the MS-Word Software.  

OFC-353. Advanced Microsoft Word:  Version 2003
Build time-saving macros, customize your toolbars, create shortcut keys, crank out form letters and mailing labels, perform queries, and much more.  Prerequisite: Intermediate MS-Word and the MS-Word Software.  

 

DPR-530. Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007
Learn how to create and modify documents in Word 2007, the most popular word-processing program available.  Requirements: Microsoft Windows Vista or XP, Microsoft Word 2007 or Microsoft Word Home and Student Edition 2007; Internet access, e-mail, and the Netscape or Firefox or Internet Explorer Web browser. 

 

DPR-342. Introduction to MS-Excel: Version 2003
Discover dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently.  Learn the secrets behind writing powerful formulas, using functions, sorting and analyzing data, creating custom charts, creating 3-dimensional workbooks, building links, and creating macros and custom toolbar buttons.  Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP or 2000, Microsoft Excel 2003 or Microsoft Office 2003 (Students and Teacher Edition, Standard Edition, Small Business Edition, or Professional Edition are all acceptable), Internet access, e-mail, and Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browser. 

DPR-421. Intermediate MS-Excel: Version 2003
Learn how to work faster and more productively by using many of Excel 2003's powerful features, such as the PivotTable, Solver, and AutoFilter.  Build worksheets with decision-making capabilities, and learn to use advanced graphing techniques.  Requirements: Completion of Craig Power's online Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2003 course (or equivalent experience), Microsoft Windows XP or 2000, Microsoft Excel 2003 or Microsoft Office 2003 (Student and Teacher Edition, Standard Edition, Small Business Edition, or Professional Edition are all acceptable), Internet access, e-mail, and Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browser. 

DPR-532. Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007
Discover dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently.  Learn the secrets behind writing powerful formulas, using functions, sorting and analyzing data, creating custom charts, creating 3-dimensional workbooks, building links, and creating macros and custom toolbar buttons.  Requirements: Microsoft Windows Vista or XP, Microsoft Excel 2007 or Microsoft Excel Home and Student 2007 or Microsoft Office 2007 (the Home and Student Edition, Standard Edition, Small Business Edition, or Professional Edition of Microsoft Office 2007 are all acceptable).  Please be sure to install the software on your computer before the course begins.  Internet access, e-mail, and the Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser.  This course is not suitable for Macintosh users; not for users of older versions of Microsoft Excel. 


DPR-422. Introduction to MS-Access: Version 2003
Learn how to use this powerful and award-winning database to store, locate, print, and automate access to just about any type of important information.  Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP or 2000, Microsoft Access 2003 or Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003, Internet access, e-mail, and Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browser. 


NOTE: Microsoft Word 2003 or Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 will also be required for Lesson 12.

 

DPR-437. Intermediate MS-Access: Version 2003
Learn how to create real-world business databases using Microsoft Access 2003.  Master the secrets of making the computer—not people—do all the work.  Create tables, queries, forms, reports, and macros for managing contracts, products, orders, invoices, and receipts.  Pull all the pieces together with a single, easy-to-use switchboard.  Requirements:  Microsoft Windows XP or 2000; Microsoft Access 2003 or Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003; completion of Introduction to Microsoft Access 2003 (or equivalent experience creating basic tables, queries, forms, and reports); Internet access; e-mail; and the Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser. 

 

DPR-447. Microsoft Publisher 2003
See how to create brochures, newsletters, and Web sites with ease using this powerful tool.  Requirement: Internet access, e-mail, Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browser, and MS-Publisher 2003 software.  Prerequisite: Windows or equivalent experience and MS-Publisher software. 

 

DPR-449. Introduction to QuickBooks 2007
Learn how QuickBooks makes it easy to set up a chart of accounts; reconcile your checking account; create and print invoices, receipts, and statements; track your payables, inventory, and receivables; create estimates; and generate reports.  Requirements: Internet access and QuickBooks 2007 software. 

 

DPR-597. QuickBooks 2008
See how QuickBooks makes it possible to set up a chart of accounts, reconcile checking accounts, create and print invoices, receipts and statements, track payables, inventory, and receivables, create estimates and generate reports. Requirements: QuickBooks Pro 2008 or QuickBooks Premier Edition 2008. This course is not suitable for Macintosh users, or for users of QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks SimpleStart, Internet access and basic PC knowledge. 12 sessions

 

DPR-492. Introduction Crystal Reports: Version 10
Learn how to use Crystal Reports to convert raw database or accounting data into meaningful and readable reports.  Impress your peers, clients, and superiors by discovering new ways to convey information.  By the time you finish this course, you’ll be able to create a wide variety of handsome and sophisticated reports that communicate more—much more—than mere facts.  You’ll also be able to use charts and maps to present information visually, and cross-tabs to show correlations between loosely related data items.  You’ll even find out how to save yourself time and effort by creating a library of custom functions you can use over and over in report after reports.  Requirements: Crystal Report 10 software, Microsoft Windows, Internet access, e-mail, and the Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser. 

 

DPR-462. Introduction to Database Development
An experienced professional guides you through a structured approach to database design and development.  Prerequisite: Thorough understanding of the Internet and Windows software, Microsoft Access software. 

 

DPR-463. Introduction to SQL
Gain a solid working knowledge of the most powerful and widely used database programming language.  Prerequisite: DPR462.  Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox browser, any type of computer, and any desktop (standalone, not required to run over a server) Database Management System (DBMS) that supports the execution of Structured Query Language (SQL).  Examples include Microsoft Access, SQL Server 2000 Personal Edition 2, SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE).  SQL Server 2000 Evaluation Edition and Developer Edition, Oracle8i Personal Edition.  Or any client/server (required to run over a server) database management system that is connected to a server and supports the execution of Structured Query Language.  Examples include MySQL, Sybase, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server 6 or 7, SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition. 

 

DPR-461. Introduction to Oracle
See how to use the Oracle database management system to plan, organize, and manage your data. Requirements: Installed copy of Oracle (v. 7, 8, or 9).  Prerequisite: DPR463. 

 

DPR-434. Intermediate Oracle
Gain hands-on experience with Oracle’s PL/SQL programming language, with expert assistance from an IT veteran.  PL/SQL is Oracle’s procedural language extension to Structured Query Language (SQL).  This course will show you the skills you need to write powerful and flexible programs using the language.  You’ll be taught the building blocks and core features of PL/SQL, and you’ll begin building fully functional PL/SQL programs with procedures, packages, debugging routines, database structures, triggers, and cursor processing.  Prerequisite: DPR461 and installed copy of Oracle software. 

 

DPR-479. C++ for the Absolute Beginner
Learn how to program in C++, even if you have no prior programming experience!  Create programs for Microsoft Windows using Borland C++ Builder.  Learn Object-Oriented techniques, how to create windows and forms, and how to program in a step-by-step nature.  Requirements: Microsoft Windows, Borland C++Builder (Standard Edition 5.0 or better is preferred), Internet access, e-mail, and Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browsers.  

 

DPR-435. Introduction to C# Programming
Learn the fundamentals of computer programming with the hot new C# programming language.  You’ll begin with an exploration of input/output operations, decision making, looping, and object oriented programming principles.  Then you’ll gain hands-on experience using sequential data files, and you’ll build your very own Graphical User Interface (GUI) application.  Learn to program the right way: by using a state-of-the-art language to build impressive and professional-looking applications on your schedule and on your very own computer.  Requirement: MS-Visual C#.Net Standard 2003 and basic computer knowledge. 

 

DPR-585. Introduction to Python Programming
Learn the fundamentals of computer programming in Python to create basic programming structures like decisions and loops. You’ll then move on more advanced topics such as object-oriented programming with classes and exceptions, and later unique Python data structures such as tuples and dictionaries. You’ll even be shown how to create Python programs with graphical elements that range from simple circles and squares to graphical user interface objects like buttons and labels. Whether you’re interested in writing simple scripts, full programs, or graphical user interfaces in Python, this course will give you the foundation you need. 

 

DPR-485. Creating Web Pages
Create and post your very own Web site on the Internet in this extensive, hands-on, six-week workshop.  First, you will be taught about the capabilities of the World Wide Web and the fundamentals of Web design.  Then, with your instructor’s patient guidance, you’ll plan the content, structure, and layout of your Web site, create pages full of neatly formatted text, build links between the pages to the outside world, and add color, backgrounds, graphics, tables, hot buttons, and animation.  You’ll be taught critical and timely information on securing the best possible location in search engine listings, and powerful no-cost or low-cost Web marketing strategies.  Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser, completion of Craig Power’s Introduction to the Internet course (or equivalent experience), and a computer of any type. 

 

DPR-469. Creating Web Pages, Part 2
Are you using HTML to its fullest potential?  In this hands-on course, you’ll become adept at using color, tables, and frames to give your Web pages a more polished and professional look, improved navigation, and more organization.  Beef up the fun factor with audio and interactive forms, and learn how to save hours of time and effort with Cascading Style Sheets.  Requirements: Completion of Craig Power’s Creating Web Pages online course (or equivalent HTML experience).  Internet access, e-mail, Netscape or Firefox or Internet Explorer Web browser, and a computer of any type. 

 

CRE-375. Creating Web Graphics W/Photoshop CS3
Learn how to use Photoshop to create and save graphics for the Web. You'll create these graphics for a Web site of your choice as you develop a Web page lesson-by-lesson, from idea to Internet. Course 

 

DPR-409. Achieving Top Search Engine Positions for Your Web Site
An estimated 140 million people use search engines to find products and services every day.  The single most important thing you can do to increase your Website’s traffic is to increase your engine ranking.  Requirements: Creating a Web Page or equivalent HTML experience or HTML editing software such as FrontPage or Pagemill. 

 

DPR-310. Introduction to Dreamweaver MX 2004
If you want to be a Web designer, you need to know Dreamweaver MX 2004.  In this highly interactive, project-oriented course, a Web pro will help you harness the full potential of this industry-standard development tool!  You'll find out how to create, arrange and format text, images, hyperlinks, tables, and various other media types.  You'll also examine intelligent page design—with an emphasis on avoiding common layout errors.   Requirements: Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 or Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 Upgrade; Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, or 98 or Macintosh OS 10.2.6 (or better); at least one year of experience using a computer; the ability to install programs on your computer and work with files; Internet access, e-mail, and the Internet Explorer or Firefox or Netscape Web browser. 

 

DPR-473. Introduction to MS-Front Page 2003
Learn the essentials of Microsoft’s popular Web site-building software.  You’ll begin with an introduction to basic Web design principles, and you’ll explore the interface and features of the FrontPage program.  Then you will be taught how to manipulate words and images to create a site worthy of publishing to the Internet.  By the end of the course, you’ll be armed with all the knowledge you need to create an attractive, well-designed, and functional Web site.  Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP or 2000, Microsoft FrontPage 2003 or Microsoft FrontPage 2003  Upgrade, Internet access, e-mail, and the Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser.  Image editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements or Jasc Paint Shop Pro is recommended, but not required. 

 

DPR-403. Introduction to Flash 8
In this six-week online course, you will be shown how to use Flash 8 to create dynamic, entertaining, and interactive Web sites and other projects.  You'll discover the basic tools and techniques for making a Flash movie.  You'll use Flash to create and modify graphics and text, build simple animations, and design Web site navigation buttons.  Before you know it, you'll have a solid understanding of Flash and how best to make it work for you.  Requirements: Macromedia Flash 8 (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins).  Windows XP or Windows 2000 or better, Internet access, e-mail, and Internet Explorer or Firefox or Netscape Web browser.  This course is also suitable for Macintosh users with the proper version of Flash installed. 

 

DPR-329. Java for the Absolute Beginner
An experienced Java programmer introduces important Java topics with clear, step-by-step instructions.  Prerequisite: Internet and Windows knowledge and sun’s Java Development Kit. 

 

DPR-540. Introduction  to PHP and MySQL
Learn how to create an interactive Web site, allowing visitors to post and retrieve information provided by you or your site's visitors.  You'll see how to use the PHP programming language to generate dynamic Web sites that automatically change as your data changes.  You will be shown how to use the popular MySQL database server with PHP to store and retrieve data over the Web.  Requirements:  A PHP and MySQL development environment.  During the first lesson in the course, you will be walked through the process of installing WAMP5 software, which provides a full PHP and MySQL development environment.  You can download WAMP5 for free from http://www.wampserver.com/en/.  You will also need Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista (WAMP5 does not support either Windows 98 or Windows Me); Internet Access; e-mail; and the Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser.  NOTE:  Macintosh users will not be able to use the WAMP5 software, and must provide their own PHP and MySQL development environment.  Prior HTML coding experience is helpful, but not required. 

 

DPR-583. Intermediate PHP and MySQL
Learn how to create an interactive online store complete with an online catalog of products, allowing customers to browse the catalog to select items, place them in a shopping cart, and complete an order. You’ll see how to use the popular MySQL database server to store product information (including images) and track customer orders. You’ll also learn how to use the PHP programming language to display product images in your online store, allow customers to shop online using a shopping cart in their browser, and provide an administrative section to manage the store. Requirements: Internet access and MySQL database server. 12 sessions

 

 

DPR-383. Introduction  to ASP.NET
Learn how to create exciting, interactive, and professional Web sites with ASP.NET.  In this hands-on course, you'll begin by adding the power of interactive controls to your Web pages, and you'll discover how you can use style sheets to give every Web page you create the same clean and consistent look and feel.  You'll find out how to connect to a database and put the information it contains on public display.  Then, you'll develop a true community-based Web site that allows users to register, log in, create and update profiles, and post messages to a forum.  You'll also explore the issue of Web security, and learn some simple things you can do to secure your site against some common attacks.  Requirements:  Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 or better and Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition, both available from http://asp.net (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins); Windows 2000 (with Service Pack 4), Windows XP (with service Pack 2), or Windows Vista; 192 MB RAM or more, 500 Mbytes Free Disk Space (full installation requires 1.3 GByte free disk space); Internet Access; e-mail; and the Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser.  Note: This course is not suitable for Macintosh users. 

 

DPR-464. Introduction to Perl Programming
Learn a programming skill that will make you a more valuable Web developer or system administrator.  Prerequisite: Prior programming experience. 

 

DPR-489. Introduction to the Game Industry
Leading game designer prepares you for a career in game development, design, and production.  Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, and Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browser. Prerequisite: Computerized graphic design knowledge. 

 

DPR-544. Introduction  to Visual Basic .NET
Visual Basic .NET is most widely used programming language and development tool for creating Windows applications.  The Visual Basic .NET programming language is very easy to learn, and the Visual Basic .NET development environment enables you rapidly to build Windows applications with little more than a few clicks of your mouse.  By the end of this course, you will be writing your own sophisticated Windows applications.  You'll also understand event-driven and object-oriented programming concepts that will help you master both Visual Basic .NET and other programming languages.   Requirements:  Visual Basic .NET (Standard or Professional Edition), Microsoft Windows, Internet Access, e-mail, and the Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser. 

 

DPR-549. Intermediate Visual Basic .NET
Gain in-demand skills writing sophisticated Windows programs that access and modify business databases and implement Structured Query Language.  This course will be ideal if you are a Visual Basic .NET programmer and you want to upgrade your programming skills and prepare yourself for a new and exciting line of work.   Requirements:  Completion of Introduction to Visual Basic .NET (or equivalent experience); Microsoft Windows XP or 2000; An installed copy of Visual Basic .NET Standard, Professional, Enterprise Architect, or  Enterprise Developer Edition; Internet Access; e-mail, and the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox or Netscape Navigator browser.   Microsoft Access 2000 or XP is recommended, but not required. 

 

DPR-339. JavaScript Programming for the Web
Want to spiff up your Web pages with animated buttons, flashy rollovers, scrolling marquees, interactive forms, cookies, and awe-inspiring graphic effects?  JavaScript is an easy-to-use HTML programming tool that enables you to add dynamic elements to your HTML code.  Prerequisite: "DPR485, Creating Web Pages" or "DPR386, Web Design with XHTML, Part I," Internet proficiency, and some knowledge of HTML code. 

 

DPR-520. Introduction to JSP Programming
Become proficient in the programming language that powers many of today's Web sites.  Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, and the Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser.  Completion of "Creating Web Pages" (or equivalent HTML experience).  You should also have experience with at least one high-level programming language such as JAVA, C++, or Visual Basic, as JSP makes use of many of the same concepts of these languages.  You'll also need a computer running Linux or Windows 95 or greater in order to download and execute the Tomcat JSP engine used to run the sample programs in this course. 


DPR-366. Introduction to FrontPage 2003
Learn the essentials of Microsoft's Web site-building software.  You'll begin with an introduction to basic Web design principles, and you'll explore the interface and features of the FrontPage program.  Then, you will be shown how to manipulate words and images to create a site worthy of publishing to the Internet.  By the end of the course, you'll be armed with all the knowledge you need to create an attractive, well-designed, and functional Web site.  Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP or 2000, Microsoft FrontPage 2003 Upgrade, Internet access, e-mail, and the Internet Explorer or Firefox or Netscape Web browser.  Image editing software, such as Adobe PhotoShop Elements or Jasc Paint Shop Pro is recommended, but not required. 


DPR-560. Introduction to Freehand: Version MX
Harness the power of Freehand MX to create stunning logos, brochures, book covers, flyers, Web graphics, and more!  Gain and understanding of the dramatic differences between creating designs for onscreen viewing and creating images for printing.  Quickly convert your printable artwork into Web-compatible designs.  Integrate Freehand with Fireworks, Flash, and Dreamweaver for a total Web development solution.  Learn how to publish your illustrations in a variety of formats, including print Web, Adobe PDF, Macromedia Flash.  Requirements: Students must own a copy of the Freehand Software to take this class. 

 

DPR-446. Imaging for the Web Using Fireworks:  Version MX
Master the art of creating dynamic Web pages with rollovers, image swaps, animations, and more.  Prerequisite: "DPR485, Creating a Web Page" or "DPR386, Web Design with XHTML, Part I."  Requirement:  Fireworks software, version MX. 

 

DPR-541. Introduction to Fireworks: Version 2004 MX
Tap into the power of Fireworks MX2004 to create dynamic Web graphics, including logos, buttons, rollovers, image swaps, animation, and more.  Learn to use Fireworks alone to produce interactive Web pages without writing any code, or integrate your creations with Dreamweaver or Flash for a truly remarkable total Web solution.  Requirements: Macromedia Fireworks MX2004; Windows 98 or better or Macintosh OS X or better; Internet access, e-mail, and Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser. 


DPR-365. Introduction to Flash MX 2004
In the six-week online course, you will be shown how to use Flash MX 2004 to create dynamic, entertaining, and interactive Web sites and other projects.  You'll discover the basic tools and techniques for making a Flash movie.  You'll use Flash to create and modify graphics and text, build simple animations, and design Web site navigation buttons.  Before you know it, you'll have a solid understanding of Flash and how best to make it work for you.  Requirements: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins).  Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 or better, Internet access, e-mail, and Internet Explorer or Firefox or Netscape Web browser.  This course is also suitable for Macintosh users with the proper version of Flash installed.  Users of Flash 8 will also be supported in the Discussion Areas. 

 

DPR-497. Introduction to MacRomedia Flash, Version MX 2004
Master the world’s leading multimedia production tool and gain skills that are in high demand.  Learn how to create high-impact applications for distribution on CE-ROMs and the Web.  Combine text, graphics, audio, video, and animated elements to create dazzling interactive presentations, even if you’re completely new to the world of multimedia and animation.  Requirements: No special requirements are required for this course.  No previous knowledge of Director is required, nor is it expected that you have any graphic, animation, or programming experience.  All you need are basic computer skills such as saving files, using a mouse, and starting and closing applications.  Required software: Macromedia Director MX 2004 or Macromedia Director MX 2004 Upgrade, Internet access, e-mail, and the Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web Browser. 

 

DPR-460. Windows File and Disk Management
Learn how to find missing files, delete, copy and move files, work with the recycle bin, organize, maintain and troubleshoot your hard disk, and more.  Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browser, Windows 95 or 98 or ME.

DPR-476. Navigating Your Palm Pilot
An experienced professional shows you how to use this popular organizer to its fullest potential.

DPR-410. Introduction to Outlook 2002
Learn how to create contact lists, schedule appointments, track projects, and organize your email. Note: Outlook Express is not the same as Outlook 2002 Prerequisite: If you are not sure if your Internet Service Provider will let you use the email program of your choice, please call and ask them before enrolling in this class. Prerequisite: Introduction to the Internet or equivalent experience. Requirement: Outlook 2002 software

DPR-448. Introduction to Microsoft Works - The Word Processor
See how to create, modify, and format documents of all types with Microsoft's powerful home and small business tool. Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, Netscape or Internet Explorer web browser, and Microsoft Works 4, 4.5 (2000) or 6 (2000).

DPR-406. Introduction to QuickBooks
See how to quickly and efficiently gain control over the financial aspects of your business.  Requirement:  Your own copy of the software which may be version '99, 2000-2003 or Quickbooks Pro versions '99 or 2000-2002.

 

DPR-352. Introduction to QuickBooks 2005
Learn how QuickBooks makes it easy to set up a chart of accounts; reconcile your checking account; create and print invoices, receipts, and statements; track your payables, inventory, and receivables; create estimates; and generate reports.  Instructor Craig Power is a UCLA graduate who created a commercial software application for a nationwide real estate chain; developed accounting software for a number of government agencies; and developed an online course delivery, marketing, and registration platform used by over 1,000 colleges and universities around the world.  Requirements: QuickBooks 2005 Software. 

 

DPR-475. Introduction to Peachtree First Accounting
See how to work with the "ins and outs" of this popular small business accounting and record keeping software program. Requirement: Peachtree software.

DPR-425. Introduction to Dreamweaver MX
Master the best and most-widely-used Web design tool available.  You'll find out how to create and format text, images, hyperlinks, tables, and various other media types.  You'll also examine page design—with an emphasis on avoiding common layout errors.  Requirements: Macromedia Dreamweaver Version MX, and a solid understanding of the personal computer, its file system, and how to create folders and files. 

 

DPR-452. Computer Graphics Programming with OpenGL and C++ Tools
Create amazing graphic effects for games, movies, television, and the Web using OpenGL and C++. OpenGL is the most widely used computer graphics toolset in the programming industry. In this highly interactive hands-on class, you'll be shown how to create points, lines, polygons, curves, 3D objects, color, surfaces, textures, light sources, shading, perspective, transformations, and more.
Prepare for a career developing games, movies special effects, illustrations, and advertisements.
Requirements: Knowledge of C++ programming and basic trigonometry, a C++ compiler, Microsoft Windows, internet access, e-mail and Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browser.

DPR-408. Creating Web Graphics with Paint Shop Pro 8
Learn to use Paint Shop Pro to create, edit, and optimize stunning Web images, icons, logos, backgrounds, animations, and more. Prerequisite: Creating Web Pages or Introduction to XHTML, Part I.

DPR-304. Introduction to Java II Programming
if you are ready to add animated presentations, interactive tutorials, computer-based simulations or games to your Website, then Web programming with Java is for you. Prerequisite: Internet proficiency and some knowledge of HTML programming or DPR485 Creating Web Pages or DPR386 Web Design with XHTML, Part I. Any Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 or XP version only and Sun's Java Development Kit, Linux or Unix.

DPR-318. Java II Programming for the Web
If you are ready to add animated presentations, interactive tutorials, computer-based simulations or games to your web site, then web programming with Java is for you. Prerequisite: Internet proficiency and some knowledge of HTML programming or DPR485, Creating Web Pages or DPR386, Web Design with XHTML, Part I. Any Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 or XP version only and Sun's Java Development Kit.

DPR-453. Intermediate Java II Programming
See how to write Java programs and gain a fuller understanding of the concepts behind object-oriented programming. Prerequisite: DPR318, Java II Programming for the Web or equivalent experience.

DPR-340. CGI Programming for the Web
With CGI your website becomes fun, interactive, and informative. Know CGI and the Perl programming language to work with cookies and forms, and you'll get to build your own searchable database. Prerequisite: HTML experience or DPR485, Creating Web Pages or DPR386, Web Design with XHTML, Part I. You will also be asked to set up a web hosting account.

DPR-490. Creating Multimedia for the Web
Award-winning multimedia expert teaches you how to create exciting and innovative motion graphics on the Web using Flash. Requirements: Macromedia Flash MX and current versions of the following plug-ins: QuickTime 5.0 (or better) and Flash Player 6 (or better). Internet access, email, and Netscape or Internet Explorer web browser. Prerequisite: DPR 485, Creating Web Pages or equivalent HTML experience. Completion of DPR 408, Creating Web Graphics or DPR 373, Web Graphics with Photoshop or equivalent experience with any graphics program strongly recommended.

DPR-491. Web Programming with ColdFusion
This course will show you how to quickly begin building dynamic, interactive, data-driven Web applications with powerful capabilities- even if you have no prior programming experience. Requirements: Macromedia ColdFusion and Microsoft Access. Prerequisite: Completion of DPR 358, Web Design with JavaScript, Part III, DPR 376, Introduction to Microsoft Access, and DPR 460, Windows File and Disk Management (or equivalent experience), Internet access, e-mail, and Netscape or Internet Explorer web browser.

DPR-569. Introduction to Visual Basic (2.4 CEUs)
Discover the time-saving power of document automation.  Cut through the mystery of object-oriented programming, the Word object model, and the logical structure of the Visual Basic for Applications language by developing a customized document automation program, lesson by lesson.  Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser, Microsoft Windows 98 or better, and Microsoft Office 2000 or XP Professional.  Completion of Advanced Microsoft Word (or equivalent experience) is strongly recommended.  You should be comfortable using most aspects of Microsoft Word, including bookmarking, creating and using templates, and recording macros.  No prior programming experience is required. 

 

DPR-650. Introduction to Java Programming: an Online Class (2.4 CEUs)

This class requires no prior computer programming experience. Java is one of the more widely used computer languages . Topics inculde: the basics of program design, writing programs, integrating input and output, calculations, decision making, and loops. Class includes examples and skill-building exercises. Prerequisite: Basic pc or macintosh knowledge. Requirements: Microsoft Windows 98 or better, or Macintosh OS X or better, or Linux; Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader). You will also need a working copy of the most recent versions of the Java Development Kit (JDK) and BlueJ (free downloads). Download and installation instructions are available in Lesson 4. 12 sessions

 

DPR-639. Introduction to Access 2007 (2.4 CEUs)

Learn how Microsoft's Access database software can help you store, manage, search, analyze and display important business, personal or scientific data. Topics covered include: tables, relationships, data entry forms, queries, mailing labels, and macros. Class not suitable for Mac users. Prerequisite: Basic pc skills and knowledge of Windows. Requirements: Windows Vista or XP, Access 2007 software or MS Office Professional (installed on your pc before the start of the class) and Internet access. 12 sessions

 

DPR-640. Introduction to Ruby Programming (2.4 CEUs)

See how to create an interactive Web blog that allows visitors to register and post articles and comments. See how the popular Ruby on Rails framework environment creates much of the code, and how to use the Ruby programming language to modify the code to customize a Website. In the class, the blog the student is shown how to create, will also use the MySQL database server to store the blog data that appears on the site and students can work with providing a search feature to allow the Website visitors to easily search past blog entries. Requirements: Prior HTML coding experience is helpful but not required. A Ruby on Rails software development environment is required for this class. The first lesson walks the student through the installation process of the InstantRails software package which fills the sofware requirements for this class: Ruby on Rails development environment, Apache Web server and MySQL database server for the Windows platform. InstantRails can be downloaded from www.instantrails.rubyforge.org. You must have Windows NT, 2000, XP or Vista for the download to operate. Other versions of Windows will not work for this class. The course software is also available in a Macintosh platform format. Use the default Ruby environment included on MAC OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or 10.5 (Leopard.) Consult the Apple website for further instructions on how to update this software to the most current Ruby on Rails version available. Also needed for all students: MS-Internet or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins, free from www.adobe.com/downloads. 12 sessions

 

DPR-641. Intermediate MS-Excel 2007 (2.4 CEUs)

See how to use the advanced features of the Microsoft Excel version 2007 software. Topics covered include: macros, PivotTables and charting. The general emphasis of this class is on increasing productivity as an Excel user. Requirements: MS-Internet or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins, free from www.adobe.com/downloads. This course is not suitable for MAC users or for older versions of the Excel software. 12 sessions

 

DPR-642. Intermediate MS-Access 2007 (2.4 CEUs)

See how to expand your Microsoft Access version 2007 skills to build more user-friendly Access databases. Requirement: MS-Internet or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins, free from www.adobe.com/downloads. This course is not suitable for MAC users or for older versions of the Access software. Students must have MS-Access 2007 for this class. 12 sessions

 

DPR-611. Introduction to PC Troubleshooting

This course takes you step by step through the typical hardware and operating system problems encountered by technicians, and teaches you troubleshooting techniques to decipher any problem and gives you the skills you need to solve them. Once you've mastered the basics, the course launches into some of the more advanced and nasty problems that sometimes crop up in the PC, teaching you how to diagnose and fix those problems.

 

DPR-659. Introduction to Flash CS4

Begin your career as a Flash designer! You'll learn the basics of developing Flash movies, such as getting around in the Flash workspace, creating text and graphics, and animating objects on the Flash movie stage. You'll master making interactive buttons with ActionScript 3.0, Flash's powerful programming language. We'll also cover how to use sound and digital video in your Flash movies, as well as create and animate 3-D objects. We'll explore syncing sounds with animations, inserting special effects, and publishing your Flash movies to the Internet. By the end of the course, you'll know how to use the Flash software to create and publish movies and applications, and you'll be well on your way to becoming a whiz with Flash.

 

DPR-596. Introduction to MS Publisher: 2007

This is a hands-on, project-oriented class for beginners. Students will be shown how to design, create and publish brochures, newsletters and flyers using Microsoft Publisher 2007. Publishing to the World Wide Web is also covered. Requirements: MS-Publisher 2007 or MS Office 2007 software (earlier versions of the software are not supported in this class); Windows Vista or XP; Internet access, e-mail and a Web browser such as MS Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox; Two Adobe plug-ins: Flash and PDF available at www.adobe.com/downloads (free) by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader. Prerequisite: Basic PC knowledge.
Note: This course not suitable for MAC users.

 

DPR-655. Intermediate Word 2007

In this course, you'll see demonstrated Microsoft Word's more advanced features. Topics covered include: how to create an index, a list of figures, tables of contents; how to perform desktop publishing, a mail merge, and use macros. Requirements: Microsoft Word 2007 or Microsoft Office 2007 (any edition) are all acceptable (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins); Microsoft Windows XP or Vista; Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).
Note: This course is not suitable for Macintosh users.

 

DPR-631. Quickbooks 2009

See how to set up a chart of accounts; reconcile your checking account; create and print invoices, receipts and statements; track your payables, inventory and receivables; and create estimates and generate reports with QuickBooks Pro 2009 or QuickBooks Premiere Edition 2009. The software must be installed on your computer before the class starts. Requirements: QuickBooks Software, MS-Windows Vista or XP, access to the Internet with e-mail account and MS-Internet Explorer or Mozilla Foxfire Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (free downloads from http://www.adobe.com/downloads). No text required.
Note: This course is not suitable for Macintosh users or users of QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks Simple Start.

 

DPR-651. Intermediate Java Programming

Build upon skills introduced in Introduction to Java Programming and see how to: read and write data files, organize information with multiple classes in Java's class hierarchy, and create GUI applications using tools like windows, menus, buttons, text boxes, check boxes, scrolling, and more. Requirements: Completion of Introduction to Java Programming (or equivalent experience); Java SE (Standard Edition) Development Kit (JDK) Version 5 or later, from Sun Microsystems (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins); Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X, or Linux;Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).

 

DPR-672. Introduction to CSS & XHTML

Learn how to create state-of-the-art Web sites using modern CSS and XHTML techniques. Take your existing HTML skills to the next level and start building sites like the pros.

 

DPR-673. Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint 2007

Learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 to create impressive slide presentations filled with formatted text, images, video, audio, animation, charts, and hyperlinks. Find out how to save your presentations so you can share them with others over the Web or on CDs.

 

DPR-690. Introduction to Dreamweaver CS5

If you want to design professional-quality Web sites, this is the class for you! In these step-by-step lessons, you'll build an in-class Web site using Adobe Dreamweaver CS5—and in the process, you’ll discover how to plan a Web site from the ground up. 

As you create your site, you'll explore the Dreamweaver interface and find out how to make it work for you. You'll discover how to use Dreamweaver's What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG, or “wizzy-wig”) features to eliminate the drudgery of hand-coding, while learning how to quickly access your code when you want to.  

You'll work alongside an industry professional as you master skills ranging from using Cascading Style Sheets to creating standards-compliant pages. You’ll examine site planning strategies, learn principles of good Web design, and explore Dreamweaver's best practices for maintaining Web sites once they're online. By the time you’re done, you’ll be using this powerful software tool with skill and confidence.

 

DPR-696. Introduction to PC Troubleshooting

Don't spend your hard-earned cash on expensive PC repairs! The vast majority of the problems people experience with their computers are completely avoidable, and most can be solved with nothing more than a few minutes of your time. Intro to PC Troubleshooting takes you step by step through the typical hardware and operating system problems encountered by technicians, teaching troubleshooting techniques to decipher any problem, and giving you the skills you need to solve them. Once you've mastered the basics, the course launches into some of the more advanced and nasty problems that crop up in the PC, teaching you how to diagnose and fix those problems as well! Finally, Intro to PC Troubleshooting shows you how to maintain and optimize a Windows PC. So what are you waiting for? Let's troubleshoot - and fix - some PCs!

 

DPR-699. Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010

Learn how to create and modify documents in Word 2010, the world?s most popular word processing program. With the help of step-by-step instructions and hands-on activities, you'll quickly master every basic feature of Word and be able to use this program confidently at home or on the job.


DPR-710. Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010

Do you work with numbers? Then you need to master Microsoft Excel 2010 and this is the place to do it. In this easy online course, you'll discover dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently. You'll learn the secrets behind writing powerful formulas, using functions, sorting and analyzing data, designing custom charts, creating three-dimensional workbooks, building links, working with templates, and creating macros and custom toolbar buttons. By the time you're done, you'll be using Excel like a professional.


Green/Energy Training

In addition to the "Green/Energy Training" courses listed below,
there are many more courses to choose from.
 
To view the complete listing of "Green/Renewable Energy Training" courses,
visit the http://www.theknowledgebase.org/pgcc Web site and click on "Programs and Courses." 
For additional information on Green Training, please call 301-546-0120.

 

CIE-300. The Certified Indoor Environmentalist
Course Online is an in-depth program teaching you the core skills needed to perform indoor environmental assessments of all building types.  The course not only provides the fundamentals of indoor air quality, it teaches more advanced topics that will educate even seasoned veterans in the field.  32 hours, 3-months access.  Instructor supported.  Certificate upon successful completion.  Web site: http://www.theknowledgebase.org/pgcc  

 

CIE-301. Fundamentals of Solar Water Heating
This online certificate course concentrates on the basics of installing code compliant solar hot water systems.  This course will be useful for people who currently work in or plan to be employed in the solar hot water industry.  Student technicians will learn practical design criteria, installation guidelines, safety issues, maintenance, and legal considerations of solar hot water heating systems.  Instructor mentored.  Certificate upon successful completion. 

 

CIE-302. Landfill Operations
Using the Internet, those taking this course will gain a vast array of knowledge concerning the many aspects of landfill operations.  This 25-hour course provides eight foundation blocks for the operator with units on waste decomposition, geology and hydrology, engineering, surveying, landfill design, landfill construction, landfill operations and regulations.  This class will meet or exceed most state requirements for the educational components of certification and/or licensing required for solid waste professionals. 

 

CIE-303. Composting Operations
Composting is the controlled process of organic degradation or waste decomposition.  This 25-hour Web-based course will provide those taking the class with knowledge in the process of waste decomposition.  In the truest sense, solid waste composting is actually microbe farming, and like any type of farming, success has a lot to do with the farmer knowing how to make what he is raising thrive and grow.  This class will meet or exceed most state requirements for the educational components of certification and/or licensing required for solid waste professionals. Prerequisite:  CIE-302: Landfill Operations

 

CIE-304. Household Hazardous Waste
This is a Moderate Risk awareness course for those in the solid waste field at landfills, recycling centers, and household hazardous waste facilities.  Eighteen hours of the course are delivered over the Internet and can be taken anytime, anywhere.  The course includes online text, interactive exercises, Web links, self-grading quizzes, final exam and job-specific hands-on training. Prerequisite: CIE-303:  Composting Operations

 

CIE-305. Wastewater Treatment II
Students will focus on issues of concern to wastewater treatment facilities.  The topics of this course include activated sludge process control, sludge digestion and solids handling, nitrogen and phosphorous removal, and odor control.  Along with reading assignments from the text, the course is augmented with audio, photographs, interactive exercises and online links.  Prerequisite: CIE-304: Household Hazardous Waste.  24 sessions

 

CIE-306. Photovoltaic System Design & Installation
This online course will provide the student technician with the fundamental knowledge of photovoltaic system design and installation. This course will be suitable for a supervised, entry level position with a dealer/installer or other photovoltaic industry company. Student technicians will learn the practical design criteria, installation guidelines, safety issues, maintenance, and legal considerations of photovoltaic systems. This Renewable Energy Technician course is designed to follow the Task Analyses developed by commitees of subject matter experts and adopted by North American Board of Energy Practictioners and in accordance with Interstate Renewable Energy Council. Instructor-led. 85 hours/4 months

 

CIE-307. Home Energy Analyst (HERS)
RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) Rater: This course is specifically designed to train a person to conduct energy ratings on new homes or audits on existing homes and to help prepare for the RESNET written and field exams or the BPI written and field exams. If you are interested in working as an energy rater or auditor for helping weatherize homes, use our materials to get the training to help prepare you for working as an auditor/rater. Learn how a house is tested for leakiness. Learn about energy in the home and where to look for reducing energy bills. This program also includes a valuable residential basic training package (8 DVD’s and a manual) to help you understand how the components in a house work and what they actually look like with over a thousand real life scenes from actual homes. Some additional field work/training is required before the RESNET certification can be obtained. Some additional field work/training is extremely helpful but not required before the BPI certification can be obtained. Self-Paced Open Enrollment - 60 hours

 

CIE-308. Energy Auditing Software Training
Students learn to calculate and complete a heat load; and Audit short-cuts for quick load calculations; and techniques for using the software as a sales tool. Students, working with an instructor, will have the opportunity to take building specifications and complete a load calculation on several rooms using the software. This will help students not only how to complete a heat load, but also the information they need to prepare an accurate heat load. ------ Included: - Energy Audit Software CD-ROM - Unlimited expert training support but only requires between 2 to 3 hours

 

GRN-316. Going Green At the Workplace
Learn how to position your business as a responsible environmental leader in a world of green consumers and carbon-conscious regulators. Explore ways to save energy, save money, and save the environment by making your building's lighting, HVAC, and information systems more efficient. In addition, discover simple and cost-effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint by conserving water, using alternative transportation fuels and vehicles, and generating your own renewable energy on-site.

 

GRN-317. Going Green At Home
Step into a green lifestyle! In this course, you'll discover simple, cost-effective ways to make your home green and keep your community healthy. From shopping and cooking to decorating and cleaning, you'll find hundreds of eco-friendly ideas you can put to work instantly.

 

Landscaping and Grounds Keeping

NOTE: All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions.

 

CST-362. Growing Plants for Fun and Profit
Turn your love of plants into an enjoyable and profitable home business.  Learn how to grow and market plants on a small scale without major capital investment.  In an area as small as 1000 sq. ft., you can generate thousands of dollar's worth of plant material in a single growing season.  This course is your practical guide to licensing, site preparation, equipment, how and where to find supplies, how to select and produce plants appropriate to your climate zone, how to produce quality material, and, most importantly, how to market your product.  12 sessions

Child Care

 

DCR-303. Child Growth and Development: 45 Hours (4.5 CEUs) 
Study the growth and development of children from birth to adolescence.  This course will satisfy one half of the requirement for 90 hours of classroom training for directors and senior staff in child care centers.  If taking the online course, the final assessment will be done in the testing center.  Full participation is required for the online course.  Text required at first class.  Note: Students must take DCR-303 before DCR-304.  You may skip DCR-303 and go straight to DCR-304 if you have taken Child Growth and Development for credit or you have been granted a waiver from the Office of Child Care (301-333-6940) for a psychology course you took for credit.  See the eLearning section of the PGCC schedule booklet for orientation information.  This course uses Blackboard. 

 

DCR-304. Curriculum/Activities: 45 Hours (4.5 CEUs) 
This course introduces the basic concepts of curriculum for planning for children birth through age 6.  This course will satisfy one half of the requirement for 90 hours of classroom training for directors and senior staff in group child care centers.  Full attendance required.  Text required at first class.  If taking this course online, the final assessment will be given in the testing center.  Prerequisites: DCR-303: Child Growth and Development: 45 Hours or waiver from the Office of Child Care that you have met the first half of the 90 hours.  See the eLearning section of the PGCC schedule booklet for orientation information.  This course uses Blackboard. 

 

DCR-310. Child Care: 90 Hours (9.0 CEUs) 
This certificate course is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education to satisfy the requirement of 90 hours of classroom training for directors and senior staff to work with children birth to age six in group child care centers.  In addition, the first half of our 90-hour course covers child growth and development from birth to adolescence and will satisfy the first half of the 90-hour requirement for directors and child care teachers in school-age before/after care group centers.  This course may also be used in place of the pre-service family child care modules.  Full attendance is required.  Text required at first class:  Working with Young Children, Spring 08 edition (only textbook for online course).  Note:  Full participation is required for the online course.  See the eLearning section of the PGCC schedule booklet for orientation information. This course uses Blackboard.

 

DCR-315. Infant and Toddler: 45 Hours (4.5 CEUs) 
This course introduces the philosophy of infant and toddler education with basic child development theory focusing on how very young (birth to age 3) children grow physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Also included is material on Sudden Infant Death and Shaken Baby Syndrome. It is designed for the provider of infant and toddler care in a group setting or in the home. Approaches in curriculum planning, goal setting, and selection of age appropriate materials and methods by which education objectives are obtained are stressed. Text required at first class. It can be used to fulfill the 26-hour infant bridge for people who took the 64-hour training and covers the two hour SIDS training. Note:  Full participation is required for the online course.  See the eLearning section of the PGCC schedule booklet for orientation information. This course uses Blackboard.

 

DCR-328. Enhancing Language Development in Childhood (Content Area:  D) (2.4 CEUs)
This is a user-friendly course for parents, teachers, and caregivers.  You will discover how children learn to process language and how they become proficient speakers and thinkers.  This course will help you enrich your child’s life by stimulating their continued speech, brain, and language development in an enjoyable, age-appropriate, and natural way.  All classes are 12 sessions

 

DCR-455 Communication Skills for Child Care Professionals 0.9 CEUs
This is an introduction to the basic concepts of developing strong communication skills when working in a child care center.  It is recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) as an approved pre-service training module for child care professionals.  Note:  Full participation is required for the online course.  See the eLearning section of the PGCC schedule booklet for orientation information.  This course uses Blackboard.     
Note: PGCC plans to offer a 9-hour communication skills class in an online format in partnership with the Prince George's Child Resource Center.  For more information, please call PGCC at 301-546-0158, or PGCRC at 301-772-8420.

 

DCR-456. School-Age Curriculum Development: 45 Hours (4.5 CEUs) 
This certificate course has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education to satisfy the curriculum portion (second half of the 90 hours) required for child care teachers, group leaders and directors/coordinators in before/after care group centers and home centers to work with children 5–13 years of age.  Text required at first class.  Prerequisite: DCR-303: Child Care Certification: Growth and Development (for children birth to 13) unless you have been granted a waiver from the Office of Child Care.  Note: New regulations for school-age child care teachers and directors/coordinators: for the first part of the 90 hours for child care teachers, please see DCR-303: Child Care Certification: Growth and Development or call 301-546-7545 about taking the first half of any of the Child Care: 90 Hours courses.  See the eLearning section of the PGCC schedule booklet for orientation information.  This course uses Blackboard. 

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NOTE (for the Child Care classes listed below):  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions.  If you see an online class you would like to take, a class can be added every month.
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DCR-453. Solving Classroom Discipline Problem (Content Area:  D) (2.4 CEUs)
Why do some teachers enjoy peaceful, orderly classrooms while other teachers face daily discipline battles? The answer is that many teachers have not been taught the secrets to solving discipline problems. This course reveals those secrets and presents a step-by-step approach to effective, positive classroom discipline. Teachers continually rate this course one of the most valuable they have ever taken.  All classes are 12 sessions

 

DCR-452. Ready, Set, Read! (Content Area:  D) (2.4 CEUs)
This course will help you investigate what a child's growing mind must do to make sense of the written word and create writing.  From there, you'll discover the development of reading and writing from infancy to the early school years.  You'll know what problems to look for and how to assist a struggling reader.  You will see how you can boost literacy growth during daily routines and child's play.  This course will give you confidence in your ability to guide a child's literacy development, and take pleasure in seeing how even the smallest events can be really big steps in reading and writing success.  All classes are 12 sessions

 

DCR-466. Child Care Administration for Directors
This course is designed to meet all the new Maryland State Department of Education administrative requirements for center directors. Topics will include: program design and management, budget, daily operations, staff management, and curriculum/activities. Text required at first class. Note:  Full participation is required for the online course.  See the eLearning section of the PGCC schedule booklet for orientation information. This course uses Blackboard.

 

Teacher Training

NOTE: See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions.  If you see an online class you would like to take, a class can be added every month. Call 301-546-7545 for more information. 

 

SKB-422. Guided Reading and Writing Strategies for Maximum Student Achievement (2.4 CEUs)
Get the professional development training you need to improve student literacy as an accomplished teacher shares the secrets of turning guided reading strategies into opportunities for teaching writing. Find out how to harness the power of the total literacy framework. The road to literacy is also the road to ingenuity, invention, and imagination, and you’ll soon learn how to take your students from groans to grins with creative lesson plans that really work!

 

SKB-412. Teaching Math:  Grades 4-6
Reinvent math instruction for grades 4-6 by bringing hands-on learning, inexpensive manipulative, and real-world connections into the classroom.  Whether a new teacher or a seasoned pro, this course will help get the students excited about math!  12 sessions

 

SKB-415. Teaching Science:  Grades 4-6
This course is for teachers who want to maximize their abilities in teaching science.  Covered will be foundation content in physical, life, and earth science, and ways to teach that content to the students.  Discover specific teaching methods and science process skills, and see how to improve the emotional climate in the classroom.  Included will be many examples and worksheets that can be used in the classroom.  There is a big emphasis on the scientific method, and there is even an entire lesson on science fairs. 12 sessions

 

SKB-416. Survival Kit for New Teachers
This course is for teachers who are new, already teaching, newly credentialed graduates, or substitutes looking to transition to full time.  Topics will include time-tested tools, tips, and tricks to make the beginning years in the classroom a breeze.  Teaching is a balancing act, and it requires a blend of subject expertise and classroom skills to reach the diversity of learners.  Also covered will be the particulars of running a motivational classroom. 

 

SKB-417. The Creative Classroom
This course will cover creativity in the classroom and ways to use it to teach reading, writing, visual arts, performing arts, social studies, science, mathematics, and physical and health education.  Topics will include creative new approaches to field trips, learning labs, activities, exercises, assignments, evaluation methods, and ways to think beyond the textbook and tap into the hidden talents of the students.   

 

SKB-425. Integrating Technology in the Classroom
In this professional development course for teachers, discover the secrets of technology integration in the classroom and gain the skills educators need to use tools such as wikis, podcasts, and blogs effectively.  The course will cover grades K-12.  Explore quick-and-easy, standards-based solutions for more interactive lesson plans, exciting WebQuests, and challenging assignments.  All classes are 12 sessions

 

SKB-431. Teaching Students with Autism: Strategies for Success
Just twenty years ago, we did not see students with autism in our classrooms.  Today, we teach children with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome right alongside their neuron-typical peers.  Reaching and teaching these students requires a delicate balancing act: understanding how their brains are wired, helping them turn challenges into opportunities, and learning to enjoy the rich perspective they bring to the classroom.  12 sessions

 

SKB-432. Teaching Writing: Grades 4–6
This teacher-training course will show how to motivate and assist developing writers.  This course will identify strategies for teaching the writing process and how to develop engaging lessons for different writing applications.  The course will also explore the benefits of writing across the curriculum, examine ways to organize the writing instruction, and uncover the secrets of effective assessment.  12 sessions

 

SKB-475. Creating the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Success
This course will cover the skills needed to reach the diverse mix of students you face every day—learning proven strategies that turn diversity into opportunity.  With students who have learning disabilities, neurobiological disorders, and physical challenges, the modern classroom requires an efficient and effective teacher who can prioritize under tight deadlines and be creative on demand.  Also covered is how to be the kind of super teacher who can guide every student toward academic success.  12 sessions

 

SKB-476. Solving Classroom Discipline Problems
Why do some teachers enjoy peaceful, orderly classrooms while other teachers face daily discipline battles?  The answer is that many teachers have not been taught the secrets to solving discipline problems.  This course reveals those secrets and presents a step-by-step approach to effective, positive classroom discipline.  Teachers continually rate this course one of the most valuable they have ever taken.  12 sessions

 

SKB-477. Solving Classroom Discipline Problems 2
This course covers skills for teachers to deal effectively with serious discipline problems and help even the most challenging students make more responsible choices.  How to use a new research-based, six-step approach to solve severe and chronic discipline problems such as bullying, fighting, using abusive language, stealing, and refusing to work will be covered.  Real-life examples for elementary, middle, and high school classroom situations will be demonstrated so that teachers will see how to put the ideas into action.  12 sessions

 

SKB-399. Working Successfully with Learning Disabled Students
This course will cover how to successfully meet the diverse needs of the learning disabled students in your classroom from an experienced special educator. We’ll dissect the whole special education process,, from working with individualized education programs (IEPs) to helping students struggling with reading comprehension, math skills, and creative strategies that you can use to help your struggling students to find their light bulb moments!  All classes are 12 sessions

 

SKB-388. Using the Internet in the Classroom
Harness the power of the Internet to make your textbook and lessons come alive.  Teach your students how to locate and evaluate Internet resources.  Improve the caliber and amount of discussion through the use of e-mail and discussions boards.  The Internet can make teaching easier—this course will show you how.  12 sessions


SKB-354. Integrating Technology in the K-5 Classroom
Join us for an exciting and fun-filled tour of the technology-friendly classroom.  Educational technology is advancing at an astounding rate, offering today's busy teacher quick and easy solutions for more interactive lesson plans, exciting WebQuests, and challenging assignments.  Discover the power and creativity that the technology can bring to your classroom as we look at basic integration, subject-specific activities, and smart ways to make your integration seamless.  Take your teaching to another level with these fun new ways to incorporate technology into your lesson plans.  12 sessions

 

SKB-433. Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies That Work
This course will cover intervention strategies for struggling readers in the classroom.  Helping them with phonics, fluency, vocabulary mastery, comprehension, and writing, these intervention strategies tackle the toughest literacy problems with flexibility and creativity.  12 sessions

 

SKB-443. Praxis I Preparation

Are you a prospective teacher who needs to pass the Praxis I Exam? If so, this is the course for you! This course will develop all the skills needed as you review and prepare for everything the test includes. Improve your reading, writing, and math skills in preparation for all three parts of the Praxis I exam. The course will cover useful test-taking strategies and plenty of practice test questions. Also included will be the opportunity to take full-length practice tests.


Medical

 

HES-354. Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach
This course teaches medical terminology according to each body system.  Multiple graphics, animation and audio, study tips and unusual facts make for a most enjoyable course.  12 sessions

 

HES-545. HIPAA Compliance
This course focuses on the Administrative Simplification portion of HIPAA. Topics included are transactions, code sets, and identifiers; the Privacy Rule; and the Security Rule. This course includes the new 2010 ARRA/HITECH provisions, which include the use of new transactions and code sets, new standards for the electronic transmission of health insurance data, and updates to the breach notification rules.

 

HES-546. Spanish for Health Professionals
Learn medical Spanish and bridge the communication gap. Discover how to ask about pain, symptoms, medical histories, insurance and patients' feelings. You will also be taught how to talk about body parts, diets, and medical care and treatment.

 

HES-550. Explore a Career in Medical Transcription
Learn how to transcribe the medical reports most often used in heathcare today, and discover how to get started and advance as a medical transcriptionist. Prerequisites: HES-354 Medical Terminology A Word Association Approach or HES-357: Basic Medical Terminology and strong computer and word processing skills.

 

Pharmacy Technician

NOTE: This Pharmacy Technician Training program combines classroom meetings, online instruction and a clinical practicum.


HES-332. Pharmacy Technician Training

This hybrid program includes in-class instruction, online instruction and 160 clinical hours. This course is designed to provide the health care worker with information on the duties and responsibilities of a pharmacy technician in a variety of health care settings through lecture and on-site clinical experience. Topics will include universal precautions, computer
applications, aseptic techniques, drug pharmacology, patient education and interpersonal relationships. One hundred sixty (160) hours of clinical practice is required for certification. Students will be eligible to take the Maryland Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and/or the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCE) Exam Prerequisite: Prior to clinical a negative TB test must be provided. Students must take and successfully pass the math placement test. Pick up a Placement Test Referral Form from the Continuing Education Registration Desk in Bladen Hall, Room 126. Text required. Note: Students must also register for HES-529and HES-530 courses. 30 sessions


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For the following online courses, students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions.
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Physical Therapy

 

HES-492. Physical Therapy Aide

Prepare for a rewarding career as a valued member of the physical therapy team while learning all about the human body, specific disorders, and the way physical therapists treat these disorders.

We'll begin by exploring the history of physical therapy and the relationships between physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy aides. You'll get training on how to communicate effectively with other health care professionals and patients. You'll also come to understand the medical documentation that physical therapists use and principles of ethics and law that affect the PT aide.

Physical therapists often use words and terms that may be unfamiliar to you, so we'll devote some time to learning much of the language of PT. We'll then spend two lessons studying the body's 11 organ systems. You'll learn the names of the organs in each system, their main functions, and some common disorders.

Health care professionals must take extra care to avoid the spread of infection, so we'll go over that important subject. Along with infection control, you'll learn proper body mechanics and how to safely move patients. We'll also cover the normal gait cycle, and you'll learn how to help patients walk with assistive devices like walkers, crutches, and canes.

Physical therapists use physical agents like heat, cold, ultrasound, and electricity to treat many of their patients, so we'll explore these agents. You'll learn when PTs use them and important precautions. We'll move on to a discussion of exercise, and we'll spend a lesson studying the principles of strengthening, aerobic, and range-of-motion exercises.

We'll close with a study of balance and coordination disorders. You'll learn about the vestibular system—an important mechanism that helps you keep your balance. We'll also talk about treating children with developmental coordination disorder and developmental delays.

By the time you finish this six-week course, you'll have gained valuable knowledge and be well on your way to becoming an important member of the physical therapy team!

 

 

Hospitality Management

 

HSM-707. Supervision in the Hospitality Industry
This course is designed to provide students with the principles of supervision as they apply specifically to the hospitality industry. Meets concurrently with credit course HSM-2070. This course uses Blackboard. 15 sessions

 

Business Writing

NOTE: For the following online courses, students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions

 

OFC-347. Grammar Refresher
Gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, grammatically correct documents and speeches.  Through the use of definitions, examples, and many reinforcing exercises, Grammar Refresher will cover the basics of English grammar.  A patient instructor, memorable lessons, vivid examples, and interactive exercises will give you ample opportunity to put everything you learn into practice. 


OFC-349. Keys to Effective Communication
Lost for words?  Don't be.  This course will help you build rapport, trust, warmth, and respect through conversation.  You will work step by step through the process of becoming a great conversationalist.  Become more confident, create a great first impression, get along well with others, and create more and better personal and professional relationships.

OFC-321. Effective Business Writing
Do you have a nagging suspicion that a small improvement in your writing skills might also improve your career prospects?  Don't let small gaps in your business writing skills present you from reaching your full potential!  It doesn't matter whether you're a clerical worker, an engineer, or an executive.  If you communicate with others in writing, you need this course to help you identify and eliminate problem areas.  By the end of this course, you'll know the secret to developing powerful written documents that immediately draw readers in and keep them motivated to continue until your very last, well-chosen word.

 

Art

 

ART-345. Drawing for the Absolute Beginner
Have you always been interested in drawing, but never really knew how to get started?  If so, then this is definitely the course for you!  Gain a solid foundation and understanding of the basics to drawing and become the artist you've always dreamed you could be!  In this course, an expert instructor will guide you through an exciting and informative exploration of drawing materials, set up procedures, lighting and rendering techniques, design and layout methods, and more.  Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, and any type of computer.
NOTE: No tuition assistance is available for this course.

 

ART-388. Basic Watercolor Painting (online)
Join instructor Bobbi Dubins for this exciting look at the world of watercolors.  Even first time users will be able to gain brush control and produce a finished product.  Color theory also included.  Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser, basic Internet skills such as surfing the Internet and using e-mail, DVD player, speakers.  If students wish to submit their exercises/paintings to the instructor for feedback, they must have access to either a digital camera or a scanner to convert their paintings into electronic form. Information about reaching this online coursework will be provided after you register for the course. 6 sessions

 

Music

NOTE: All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of class.  No exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions.

 

MUS-339. Music Made Easy
As “Music Made Easy” instructor Marianne Murawski, Ph.D., says, “Anyone can learn to read music.  It's simply a matter of learning to match what you see on a sheet of music to keys on a keyboard.”  In her course, Murawski teaches students the basics of rhythm, how to read treble and bass clefs, build major scales, recognize different pitches, construct simple chords, and more.  “The course is designed for those with little or no experience in music,” Murawski said.  “However, those who have a musical background but want a better understanding of music theory are welcome, as well.” This course is geared toward those who have no musical background, those who play but do not read music, or anyone who is interested in understanding the fundamentals of music.  Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, Firefox or Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browser, and a computer equipped with speakers or headphones. 

 

MUS-330. Songwriting Success
A professional songwriter and recording artist teaches you how to generate extra income by selling the songs you write.  Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, and a Netscape or Internet Explorer Web Brower.  

 

ENR-407. Marketing Tools for Actors
You’ve taken acting classes, but do you know how to get a job?  Learn from a working casting director how to market yourself locally for film and television work.  Course covers training, headshots, resumes, agents, scams, getting on-camera experience, questions to ask (and never ask) a casting director, and more.  Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, and Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browser.  12 sessions

 

NOTE: For classes in writing screen plays, please see the “Creative Writing” heading.

 

Creative Writing

NOTE: All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the 2nd  week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions. 

 

SKB-367. Writing Your Life's Story
Writing the story of your life can heal, inspire, and entertain.  Only you can do it.  This course leads you quickly through the process from idea to complete manuscript, helping you write like a pro.  12 sessions

 

SKB-382. Introduction to Internet Writing Markets
A professional writer helps you discover a wide variety of new markets for your written work.  12 sessions

 

SKB-307. The Craft of Magazine Writing
Turn your dreams into bylines and help yourself to a bright future as a magazine writer.  If you're a determined new writer, this class will provide you with the skills you need to get published.  12 sessions

 

SKB-326. Write Fiction Like a Pro
Using the fundamental techniques of dramatic story structure, in this course you will practice how to turn a bare-boned story structure into a three-to-five-page story outline.  The principles of story structure will be useful to you for other types of writing as well, including term papers, dissertations, non-fiction, business reports, and even poetry and songwriting.  12 sessions

 

SKB-386. The Keys to Effective Editing
Any published writer will tell you that a good editor is not just helpful, but essential.  If you aspire to be an editor, this course will teach you the fundamentals of editing for both fiction and nonfiction.  If you're already working as an editor, you'll not only brush up on your skills, but will also learn about recent advances in your chosen profession.  Requirements:  Although this course will teach English grammar, punctuation, and style, the student must be fluent in English and have a better-than-average spelling ability.  12 sessions

 

SKB-393. Beginner's Guide to Getting Published
Your success in the writing game will be determined by the amount of credibility publishers attach to you and your work.  This course, taught by a published author, will help you gain that credibility.  You'll discover powerful shortcuts most other writers still haven't learned after many years of trying to get published.  If you really want to be a writer, this step-by-step course will give you all the tools you need to get published—again and again and again.  Requirement: Internet access, e-mail, and Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browser.  12 sessions

 

SKB-403. Travel Writing
Dream of traveling the world, writing about the places and people you meet?  For fiction writers who want to capture the landscape and feelings that are translated into novels or for the magazine writer who longs to write on travel, this class will show you how to translate what is seen, heard, tasted, touched, smelled and felt (intuitively and physically) into publishable articles and books and novels.  You’ll understand the writing styles and methods needed to sell material in today’s competitive market, including the how-to’s of technical aspects of lead paragraphs, descriptive passages, and the uses of interviews, quote, and facts.  Requirements:  Internet access, E-mail, Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser.  12 sessions

 

SKB-369. Your Screenwriting Career
See why the first 10 pages of your script are the most important pages you’ll ever write and, in the process, gain marketing skills and the confidence to pitch your project to people who can buy it. 12 sessions

SKB-385. eBook Publishing Essentials
Learn how to earn extra income by self-publishing and selling your own electronic books over the Internet. 12 sessions

 

SKB-448. Online Fiction Workshop
Veteran writer and successful ghost writer , Julie Mooney, will direct this online class. The orientation session will meet from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., one time only, at the Laurel College Center (312 Marshall Ave., Laurel, MD) on Saturday October 16 in Room 407. All remaining sessions will meet online using the Blackboard system. You will see how to construct fiction using the elements of character, motivation, conflict, structure, setting and scene-writing. Crafting dialogue is shown, the art of showing rather then telling, and commerical standards are disussed. This course uses Blackboard.

 

Test Prep

NOTE: All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refund will be given after the third week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions. 

 

SKB-357. GRE Preparation - Course I - Verbal
This course covers all question types on the verbal and analytical sections of the GRE. 12 sessions

 

SKB-358. GRE Preparation - Course II - Quantitative
This course features a math review and techniques for tackling the quantitative comparison, discrete quantitative, and data interpretation questions that make up the math section of the GRE.  12 sessions

 

SKB-361. LSAT Preparation - Course I
Law school entrance procedures, law school survival techniques, test-taking techniques, analytical reasoning, and drafting diagrams are discussed in Course 1 of this two-course series.  12 sessions

SKB-362. LSAT Preparation - Course II
Reading comprehension, logical reasoning, techniques for quick elimination of incorrect answers, explanations of correct answers, and proven approaches for selecting the correct answer are discussed in the second course of this two-course series. 12 sessions

 

SKB-406. SAT/ACT Preparation, Part I (Verbal/Writing/Science)
This course will prepare you to take the verbal question types on both the ACT and the SAT.  SAT/ACT Preparation Part I is designed to prepare you for the reading, English, and science sections of the ACT and the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT.  You’ll refresh your knowledge of verbal topics and learn techniques that can help you relieve test-taking anxiety.  

SKB-407. SAT/ACT Preparation, Part II (Math)
This course will prepare you for the math questions on both the ACT and the SAT.  You’ll refresh your knowledge of math subjects and learn techniques to help you move through the tests more quickly.  A review of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics as well as the Student Produced Response questions on the SAT.  You will practice techniques and approaches, using similar exam questions, which will assist you to interpret the correct and incorrect answers.  Taking Part I in addition to this course will prepare you for question types on each test using test-taking techniques.  

 

SKB-355. SAT/ACT Preparation - Verbal
You've decided you're going to college.  Now you have to sit through the entrance exams!  This course will prepare you to take the verbal question types on both the ACT and the new SAT 2005.  SAT/ACT Preparation Part I is designed to prepare you for the reading, English, and science sections of the ACT and the critical reading and writing sections of the new SAT 2005.  You'll refresh your knowledge of verbal topic and learn techniques that can help you relieve test-taking anxiety.  Texts are available from Amazon Books and should be purchased prior to the first class meeting. 12 sessions

SKB-356. SAT/ACT Preparation - Math
You've decided you're going to college.  Now you have to sit through the entrance exams!  This course will prepare you to fly through the math questions on both the ACT and the SAT.  You'll refresh your knowledge of math subjects and learn techniques to help you move through the tests more quickly.  We'll review arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics as well the Student Produced Response questions on the SAT.  We'll practice techniques and approaches using similar exam questions and fully explain and interpret the correct and incorrect answers.  Taking both courses in this two-part series will prepare you for question types on each test using test-taking techniques pioneered by Scott Hatch in 1980 and taught to thousands of college-bound students around the world.

12 sessions

SKB-392. Math Confidence Building (Ages 10-16)
This Course allows the student to explore their feelings about math and help them to develop strategies to overcome math phobia.  Emphasis will be placed on visual, numeric, and symbolic approaches to problem solving.  This course is open to students at all mathematical skill levels, whether preparing for a job, college level math courses, taking math tests, or living in a world where numbers matter.  This course meets concurrently with CAP 103. Text required. 

 

SKB-394. Preparing for the GED Language Arts, Writing Test
This in-depth course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to successfully prepare for the GED language Arts, Writing test.  Learn the basics of usage and mechanics so you can edit the passages on the multiple-choice part of the exam.  Then, you will be taught a step-by-step approach to writing that will give you the confidence you nee to write a winning GED essay!  Requirements: Ability to read and understand the English language at the high school level.  An elementary understanding of English grammar and mechanics will be useful.  12 sessions

 

SKB-395. Preparing for the GED Math Test
Master the skills required to successfully pass Test 5 in the GED test series.  Give yourself a strong foundation you’ll need to solve the types of math problems commonly found on the test.  Gain comfort with your math skills, and be able to recognize how, when, and why to apply each math concept you learn.  Requirements: Read and write the English language at a high school level.  Be able to subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers and an understanding of the English measurement system.  12 sessions

 

SKB-396. GED Preparation
Want to pass the GED? If you are comfortable reading newspapers and you can add, subtract, multiply, and divide without a calculator, you’re halfway there!  This course will help you develop the additional reading and thinking skills you’ll need to succeed in all five GED test areas: Writing Skills, Social Studies, Science, Literature, and Math.  After completion of this course, you should be well-equipped to take—and pass—the GED!  12 sessions

JCL-329. Twelve Steps to Successful Job Search
This course will cover how to get the job you want quickly and easily and in any economy.  You will identify the job that is best for your needs.  You’ll then be given complete step-by-step instructions on how to get that job, regardless of your level of expertise.  Also covered are ways to build a rapport with any interviewer, both verbally and nonverbally, and ways to master the six phases of a successful job interview.  12 sessions 

 

JCL-330. Personal Career Assessment
Begin planning your career or career change by identifying your unique career interests, values, and personality style.  You will take three assessments: the Strong Interest Inventory (SII), the Eureka Skills Inventory (ESI), and the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  A career counselor will meet with you individually to interpret your results and explain how to use this information in career planning.  You must first register for the course.  Contact the Career Assessment and Planning Center (M-2102) at 301-546-0831 or 301-546-0886 to reserve time on the computer for the assessments and to schedule time with your career counselor.

 

Lifestyles & Enrichment

NOTE: All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions.

 

DPR-394. Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay
Online auctions match buyers with sellers in a global marketplace for almost any item.  If you’ve ever dreamed of working from home or just earning extra income by buying and selling goods online, our experienced instructors will guide you every step of the way.  You’ll be shown how to create titles that get noticed, how to create and upload photos of the items you are selling.  You’ll also be taught how to safely conduct financial transactions, how to accept credit card payments, and how to pack and ship any items hassle-free.  If you’re a buyer, you’ll be taught how to value almost any item up for auction, how to get the best possible price, how to protect yourself against fraud, and how to compete effectively against other bidders.  Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browser, and a computer of any type. 12 sessions

 

CST-362. Growing Plants for Fun and Profit
Turn your love of plants into an enjoyable and profitable home business.  Learn how to grow and market plants on a small scale without major capital investment.  In an area as small as 1000 sq. ft., you can generate thousands of dollar's worth of plant material in a single growing season.  This course is your practical guide to licensing, site preparation, equipment, how and where to find supplies, how to select and produce plants appropriate to your climate zone, how to produce quality material, and, most importantly, how to market your product.  12 sessions

 

Notary

NOTE: All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions.

 

GEN-353. Advanced Notarial Procedures

Learn the process and techniques of handling advanced notarial procedures with confidence.Know how to respond to any notarial request presented to you for notarization including, but not limited to, notarizing documents to be sent out of the country (Apostilles), how to respond to the Protest and Medallion Signature requests, and notarizing for challenging signers. See the eLearning section of the PGCC schedule booklet for orientation information.  This course uses Blackboard.

 

GEN-363. Advanced Notarial Services

Use the process and techniques of handling advanced notarial procedures with confidence. Respond properly and accurately to any notarial request presented for notariation including but not limited to, the three most common notariazations, Apostilles, Protests, Medallion Signature requests and responding to challenging signers. See the eLearning section of the PGCC schedule booklet for orientation information.  This course uses Blackboard.

 

GEN-364. Acknowledgment Jurat (Oath & Affirmation), and Official Witness Expert

Develop skills to become an acknowledgment , jurat (Oath & Affirmation) and official witness expert in performing notarizations. Improve your notarial knowledge by understanding the purpose and meaning of notarial certificate wording. Notaries learn to confidently protect their nation by employing knowledge and skills that deter fraud. See the eLearning section of the PGCC schedule booklet for orientation information.  This course uses Blackboard.

 

Personal Finance

NOTE: All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions.


FIN-346. Personal Finance
Protect your assets and discover how best to achieve all your financial goals.  You will be taught how to create and use a budget, borrow and invest wisely, make intelligent decisions about insurance, and plan for your financial future.  You'll also be taught the essentials of household bookkeeping and recordkeeping requirements.  This course will help you discover the secret to understanding and controlling your credit rating to save money and increase your financial security.  12 sessions

FIN-345. Introduction to Stock Options
This course will teach you how to evaluate, buy, sell and profit with investment tools that were once thought to be only for the pros.  Protect your portfolio and profit in a down market, an up market, or even a flat market, and leverage your investment dollars for potential profits that surpass those possible with stocks.  12 sessions


FIN-344. Online Investing
This course will teach you how to open an online brokerage account and invest online.  You will also be taught how to use financial search engines, inspect stock exchanges, follow Wall Street regulators, browse company financial reports, perform financial analysis, conduct research, choose investments, and select a broker—all from the convenience of your home!  12 sessions

 

FIN-340. Keys to Successful Money Management
If you're interested in discovering how most wealthy people amassed their fortunes, this is the course for you. Contrary to popular opinion, most people don't achieve true wealth through luck or an accident of fate. Just about anybody can build wealth. All it takes is organization, discipline, and a firm knowledge of how to proceed. If you're serious about accumulating a sizable nest egg and living the life of your dreams, this course will supply you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to succeed.

 

Income Tax

NOTE: All online course students must have Internet access and e-mail.  Students must register for these classes no later than three days before the class start dates.  No refunds will be given after the third week of class—no exceptions.  See the PGCC schedule booklet for complete online course registration instructions.

 

FIN-364. Comprehensive Income Tax Preparation
This 20-lesson course will give you a solid foundation in individual tax preparation, enabling you to complete all of the standard returns. This course focuses on the majority of tax forms needed to complete tax returns for yourself and the general public. In the course you should acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to complete federal income tax returns and research tax issues. Because "Practice makes perfect", the course requires at least two tax returns prepared for most chapters. Books Included. 60 hours. Mentor Supported.

 

FIN-365. Advanced Income Tax Preparation
If you are an enrolled agent, accountant, lawyer, financial planner, business owner, experienced tax preparer, or just interested in increasing your tax knowledge, the Advanced Course will enable you to prepare more complex individual tax returns. This Course provides the critical education and knowledge that make the graduates more competent and successful than their competitors. Students normally enroll in this Course after completing the ten week Comprehensive Income Tax Class and working at least one season as a tax preparer. Books Included. 30 hours. Mentor Supported.

 

Real Estate

 

RES-325. Real Estate Investing
Do you want to invest in real estate but have no money and no idea where to start?  In this course you will explore how to find, finance, and negotiate a deal and how to invest in lease options, foreclosures, quick flips, rehabs, and mobile homes.  Most importantly, you will finish the course with a specific game plan tailored to your individual goals that will put you well on your way to finding your first (or next) deal.  12 sessions