Courses

Acupressure is an eastern healing technique that involves pressing or massaging key points on the body to stimulate energy flow through pathways called meridians. When the points that regulate metabolism, digestion and thyroid function are blocked or out of balance, losing weight will seem like an impossible task. In this virtual workshop, you will learn the main pressure points that help strengthen thyroid function, boost metabolism, control appetite, decrease food cravings, reduce stress-eating and strengthen the entire digestive system.


Tuesday, January 26, 2021, Online Only
Have you had enough of winter? Can't wait to get out of the house? Professional photographer Jay Grammond leads you on a journey of photographic possibilities to get you out of the house and into your own yard or local park this spring and summer.


Thursday, April 8, 2021, Online Only
April is National Grilled Cheese Month! Far from the traditional American cheese slices and white bread, Kerry's versions of the grilled cheese sandwich are not for the faint of heart! Who wouldn't want to try a sandwich called "The Devil Wears Gouda" or "The Blue Pig?" Kerry will demonstrate two or three and provide recipes for several more.


Thursday, April 15, 2021, Online Only
Explore the land of sky-blue waters with professional photographer Jay Grammond as he takes you on a virtual road trip around the state to learn about some of Minnesota's waterways. Come away with the seeds of your own road trip ideas planted and ready for Spring and Summer!


Thursday, February 18, 2021, Online Only
Thursday, May 20, 2021, Online Only
Do you wish your cakes looked like those in magazines or on TV? They can! You can do it! Nancy has taught thousands of students how to bake and decorate wonderful cakes. Get hands-on experience baking and decorating cakes with Nancy's famous cake and frosting recipes. Learn the tricks of the trade in this three-part class!


April 7-21, 2021, RM FACS Rm Door A
Learn easy steps and turns in popular ballroom dances, including waltz, foxtrot, swing, salsa, and more. Dance in sync, gain confidence, and have fun on the floor in a surprisingly short time!


February 22, 2021 to March 15, 2021, RM Commons Door A
April 8-29, 2021, RM Commons Door A
Minnesota is filled with countless numbers of barns, most from a bygone era. Professional photographer and amateur historian Jay Grammond has travelled the state capturing images of barns of all shapes, sizes, and conditions. All are visible from the roadways, making these architectural and artistic landmarks easy to spot and enjoy!


Thursday, March 11, 2021, Online Only
Do you have a special talent, skill, or passion that you would love to share with the community? Have you ever thought of becoming a Community Education instructor? Earn extra money doing something you love! Our instructors include art lovers, wellness coaches, fitness instructors, cooking enthusiasts, history buffs and more. If you can create a class, we would love to meet you! Attend our free class to get more information about teaching for Community Education. Pre-registration is required.


Monday, January 25, 2021, HC Rm 209 Door 5
Thursday, May 13, 2021, RM Media Door A
Would you like to speak Spanish? Practice the basic building blocks of the language and be able to ask and answer questions and hold simple conversations. You'll be speaking and reading Spanish in no time with this two-month online course.


February 1, 2021 to March 26, 2021, Online Only
Online blogging is a great way to promote yourself, your service, your product, or information you want to share! We'll take you step-by-step through the process of starting a FREE blog with WordPress, help you choose a blog template, emphasize your blog content with a creative name, show you how to use your unique voice to share your expertise, and connect your blog with your domain/website.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Online Only
Get ready for your New Year celebration with this short virtual course on brie, and discover what cheeses go with your favorite bubbly beverages, including wine, cider, and beer.


Thursday, December 10, 2020, Online Only
Are you a photographer who wants to take their images to the next level? Or maybe you are just getting started. Discover compositional basics, discuss concepts of building your photographic vision, and take away ideas and concepts that you can put into practice right away.


Thursday, February 11, 2021, Online Only
Thursday, May 6, 2021, Online Only
Whether starting a business or growing the one you have, a business plan serves as a roadmap and can help secure needed funding. In this course, you evaluate the many aspects and potential hurdles of the business and build the Business Plan one step at a time.
This course is included in the Entrepreneurship Certificate course.


March 1-26, 2021, Online Only
The ability to communicate in writing is a critical skill in any business or workplace. Understanding the basic principles and steps used in writing reports and proposals will set you on the path to crafting effective professional business documents. This course is included in the Certificate in Business Writing course.


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Customer service is an essential part of any business or organization. As the use of technology increases, human interaction with customers becomes even more important. You can become an excellent service provider through this two-part online program.
Registering for this certificate program will automatically enroll you in the two required courses: Extraordinary Customer Service and Keys to Customer Service.


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Successful communicators in the workplace move forward, others move back. Enhance your career by improving this critical communication skill.
Registering for this certificate program will automatically enroll you in the three required courses: Business Writing, Effective Copywriting, and Writing News and Press Releases.


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New research and information comes out frequently about how your learners - and you - learn. Everyone learns differently. This course brings you the most advanced information about three of the most prevalent student characteristics you face in teaching: generation, gender, and the autism spectrum.
Registering for this certificate program will automatically enroll you in the three required courses: Students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), Gender in the Classroom, and Generational Learning Styles.


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Every business or organization needs project management. A good project manager can detect problems early for quick resolution, which can improve employee, customer and public confidence and attitude. Registering for this certificate program will automatically enroll you in the three required courses: Introduction to Project Management, Project Management Knowledge Areas, and Project Management Processes.


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This is your invitation to teach others in-person and join in one of the more important functions in life -- passing on knowledge and skills to others.


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Communication in the workplace is more important than ever and critical to your career advancement and success. Discover skills and techniques you can study over the weekend and put to use on Monday morning!
Registration for this certificate program will automatically enroll you in the three required courses: Conflict Management, Negotiation: Get What You Want, and Using Personality Profiles for Better Work Performance.


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It is cold outside! We need to nourish our bodies and souls. Enjoy a comfy date night at home and cook along with Kerry as she creates a traditional fondue with more than just the usual gruyere. Nothing says lovin' like something from the oven -- or stovetop!


Thursday, January 21, 2021, Online Only
An average manager can spend more than 20 percent of their day engaged in or reacting to a conflict situation. No matter what your position, conflict management skills can positively correlate to higher earnings and promotion. This course is included in the Workplace Conflict Solutions Certificate course, and the Certificate in Workplace Communication course.



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According to the Medscape Coronavirus Resource Center, at least 44 states and the District of Columbia have begun expanding their contract tracing workforce. To help meet the need for training for contact tracers, we are offering this course, based on CDC and public health guidelines.


January 4-29, 2021, Online Only
February 1-26, 2021, Online Only
March 1-26, 2021, Online Only
April 5-30, 2021, Online Only
May 3-28, 2021, Online Only
Discover how social change happens, and doesn't, and how you can influence it. This course is included in the Managing Social Change Certificate.


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Dealing with difficult personalities and challenging subjects in the workplace takes skill, tact, and confidence. Effective communication is a key component in managing conflict and making your day-to-day interactions run smoothly. Find your voice in this online course. This course is included in the Workplace Conflict Solutions Certificate course.


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Whether you and your child are looking to make a few minor design changes or are ready for a complete bedroom makeover, during this virtual class we will combine your ideas and turn their room into a dream come true! We will look at furniture, colors, accents, organized spaces and everything in between!


Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Online Only
Have you ever wanted to develop your natural intuition? Who are your Spirit Guides and how do you communicate with them? Are you already connected to Spirit and wondering how to make sense of all of it? This course offers a series of Intuitive Development classes to help you develop or work with the gifts we all have at some level.


April 29, 2021 to May 20, 2021, HC Rm 209 Door 5
Especially for future and emerging leaders in Gen Y, come discover the key concepts of being a leader and the best strategies for developing your leadership skills and influence. Learn the unspoken secrets that leaders know and the strategies they employ/exhibit for influencing others.


March 1-26, 2021, Online Only
Learn the basics of on-leash obedience, including commands such as heel, sit, down, come, stand and stay.


February 1-22, 2021, HC Cafeteria Door 5
April 12, 2021 to May 3, 2021, HC Cafeteria Door 5
Whether you are sending out a press release, communicating internally with a memo, or promoting your skills online or in a letter, strong writing skills are the key to success. Learn how to avoid the common writing mistakes that can hold you back.
This course is included in the Certificate in Business Writing course.


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Starting a business is something that all of us have thought about at one time or another. Everyone wants to be their own boss. Yet statistics show that most businesses fail within the first five years. This course provides insight into the characteristics, knowledge and skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur.
This course is included in the Entrepreneurship Certificate course.


February 1-26, 2021, Online Only
To succeed in today's marketplace, entrepreneurs must know how to effectively market their product or service. This course offers you a step-by-step approach to attract and keep customers, all within a realistic budget.
This course is included in the Entrepreneurship Certificate course.


April 5-30, 2021, Online Only
Boost your chances of success for your new or small business and reduce your risks. Get the latest on planning your business, brainstorming business ideas, and a checklist for going into business.
Registering for this certificate program will automatically enroll you in the three required courses: Entrepreneur Boot Camp, The Business Plan, and Entrepreneurial Marketing.


February 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021, Online Only
We all know good customer service is important, but what makes it truly extraordinary? Discover how easy it is to tweak ordinary customer service into an experience that will keep customers coming back. This course is included in the Certificate in Customer Service course.


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Do you see beauty in the colors and styles of the latest design trends, but feel like they just might not be right for you? From simple details such as paint, hardware, and lighting to more elaborate features such as fireplaces, countertops and flooring, we'll explore the most popular trends and timeless classics to see which are right for you and your home!


Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Online Only
There are differences in how the genders learn. Discover techniques and activities to help them be successful in the classroom and the workplace. This course is included in the Certificate in Learning Styles course.


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Students learn in a variety of ways, and generational characteristics can influence learning styles. Explore fascinating information on the brain and how each generation has responded to their unique "cohort experience." This course is included in the Certificate in Learning Styles course.


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Good grammar doesn't make good writing, but good writing demands good grammar. Whether you're a student or a professional, a career changer or a job seeker, this comprehensive program will guide you through the linguistic twists and turns of English grammar and equip you to write more effectively from day one.
Registration in this course will automatically enroll you in the three required courses: Word Level Grammar, Sentence Level Grammar, and Refining Your Writing.


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Gather your family for this fun online holiday cookie decorating class! Learn the basics for decorating cookies at home with Royal Icing. You will receive an email with recipes for cookies to bake ahead of time so class can focus on decorating.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020, Online Only
Interior design and decorating can feel very daunting, especially when you don't know where to begin. Look at whether small changes with simple decor will capture the look you're going for, or if bigger changes and additions are what it will take to satisfy your desire for a new and improved living space. Join this virtual design class from your home and show interior design expert Jody your space for personalized suggestions!


Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Online Only
Cable or satellite television is the single most expensive utility for many households. Discover the multitude of viewing options that are free or at a much lower cost than cable.


Thursday, March 11, 2021, RM Media Door A
It has been said that everyone has a book in them. Do you? Designed specifically for those with little to no fiction-writing experience, this online course will help you find your path toward your fiction-writing goals.


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Having good project management skills is one of the fastest paths to promotion in many organizations. Go through the basics of creating a project in this online course. This course is included in the Certificate in Project Management course.


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Are you finding yourself with extra time on your hands? A representative from RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) will help you explore possibilities for volunteer service, including positions with a limited or flexible time commitment.


Wednesday, April 7, 2021, RM Media Door A
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, HC Rm 209 Door 5
Saturday, April 17, 2021, ZH Media Door 1
Even the best workplace can have an occasional problem. Examine the internal investigation process, anti-harassment laws and EEOC requirements, and discover the skills and methods that can help you better handle employee-related issues before they become serious formal complaints.


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Good customer service skills can have a powerful impact on your life as well as your career. Discover how to avoid customer turnoffs and what it takes to consistently deliver great customer service. This course is included in the Certificate in Customer Service course.


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Where do you begin and what's most important when you remodel your kitchen or bathroom? During this online virtual design class, we will discuss how changing just a few areas can have a big impact on the look of a kitchen or bathroom. Show interior designer Jody your space to get personalized recommendations!


Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Online Only
Does the thought of working in a legal office intrigue you? Acquire the knowledge and skills you need to become an effective and efficient administrative member of any legal office team!


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A growing number of employees are working remotely, including from home, requiring organizations to move from measuring time to measuring productivity and outcomes. Take a look at four new management systems to measure your own productivity, as well as that of others. This course is included in the Productivity and Time Management Certificate course.


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You know making a meal would delight and surprise Mom, right? In this virtual cooking class, we are grilling cheese! Create fun dishes on the grill, designed to spoil and impress any mom on Mother's Day, or ANY day!


Thursday, May 6, 2021, Online Only
Negotiation and bargaining skills are useful in everyday life as well as in business and the workplace. Discover your natural bargaining style and learn how to balance firmness and flexibility to get the best outcome. This course is included in the Certificate in Workplace Communication course.


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How effectively you manage your time and productivity can affect your business and personal life in many ways. Learn the difference between being busy and being productive. This course is included in the Productivity and Time Management Certificate course.


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Members of the "Greatest Generation" are leaving us at an alarming rate. Photographer and amateur historian Jay Grammond planned and facilitated a WWII History Series in Elk River for 13 years, and got to know many people who shared their stories with us -- Holocaust and Japanese-American internment camp survivors, homefront workers, Allied POWs, veterans from all branches and theaters, and even a German soldier who fought the whole war on the Eastern Front. During this presentation, Jay will tell you about some of the people who participated in his History Series, and who are no longer here to tell their story themselves. Don't miss this unique insight into the lives of these amazing people!


Thursday, April 15, 2021, Online Only
Join Kerry for this virtual cooking class celebrating National Tortellini Day! The evening will start with making your own ricotta, which is so fun and easy! Use some of that amazing homemade ricotta to create a delicious tortellini dish, and spread the remaining ricotta on a baguette with a drizzle of EVOO and salt. Wine pairings will be suggested before the class. Put it all together for a perfect date night!


Saturday, February 13, 2021, Online Only
Learn the basics of paranormal investigating! You'll see evidence from actual investigations, discover what equipment works best, and learn investigation ethics and proper investigating techniques. What does it take to run an investigation? We'll cover what you need to know from start to finish. You'll even have a chance to get hands-on experience during a mini investigation in class!


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You've learned the basics in Paranormal Investigations 101, now let's put your skills to the test because this class is all investigating. Prerequisite: Paranormal Investigating 101


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Podcasts are like "on-demand radio," and cover all kinds of topics! Do you have a business, hobby or passion you'd like to share? Discover how to get started in podcasting and how you can reach your maximum audience.


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You may have heard that you need to replace flooring, countertops, light fixtures, and other big-ticket items before you list your home, but is it true? During this virtual design class, we will discuss whether or not these types of changes are necessary or if just a few minor cosmetic adjustments would do. Attend this virtual class and ask interior designer Jody questions specific to your home with the bonus of showing her the space in question!


Tuesday, May 11, 2021, Online Only
Boost your productivity by managing your time better! Discover new techniques and strategies, how to utilize technology, how to document your own productivity, and how to manage the productivity of others.
Registering for this certificate program will automatically enroll you in the three required courses: Managing Productivity, New 21st Century Strategies for Productivity and Time Management, and Productivity eTools: Be Organized and Get Stuff Done.


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Turbo-charge your work and simplify your life! Discover new apps, tools, and tricks each week that will help you work more efficiently. This course is included in the Productivity and Time Management Certificate course.



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The knowledge areas covered in this course support the Project Management Processes. Explore these areas including communication, cost, scope, quality, human resources, risk and procurement. This course is included in the Certificate of Project Management course.


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The basic information in this online course will assist you in learning the beginnings of Project Management, whether you are interested in a project management field or for use in your current line of work. Come away with a solid foundation of the five processes to use when any type of project occurs in your employment arena. This course is included in the Certificate in Project Management course.


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Minnesota has produced an abundance of authors in a variety of genres. We'll choose a Minnesota-authored book each month to read at leisure, then come together in an online ZOOM meeting for an evening of guided discussion and shared opinions. Beverages and snacks optional, but recommended!


Thursday, January 21, 2021, Online Only
Thursday, February 18, 2021, Online Only
Thursday, March 18, 2021, Online Only
Thursday, April 15, 2021, Online Only
Thursday, May 20, 2021, Online Only
Make your writing say exactly what you intend it to say. Explore errors in agreement, structural inconsistencies, and wordiness/concision. Learn to correct and reshape sentences that have gone wrong. This course is included in the Grammar Refresher Certificate course.


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Discover traditional hands-on Japanese Usui Reiki -- what it is, how it heals, and how you can be a proper and effective channel for healing energy to flow. Level 1 Reiki connects you to the Reiki energy and combines teachings, discussion, attunements, meditations, and experiential practice in an organized and relaxed program. A class manual is included and, upon successful completion, a Level 1 practitioner certificate is awarded to each student.


Saturday, April 3, 2021, HC Blesener Cmty Rm Door 5
In Reiki Level II, specific sacred symbols are added to your energy field to enhance sessions. You will also learn how to direct this energy toward physical healing, mental/emotional healing, and distance or remote healing.


Saturday, May 1, 2021, HC Blesener Cmty Rm Door 5
Whether in speaking or writing, a poorly-composed sentence can make a negative impression on your audience. Discover how fixing common sentence grammar errors can help your communication become more polished and effective. This course is included in the Grammar Refresher Certificate course.


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What if you could find everything you need to make delicious, fresh, homemade spaghetti sauce right outside your door? You can! Our grab-and-go spaghetti garden planter pot kit will provide you with herbs, a tomato plant, a pot and soil to get you growing.


May 26, 2021 to June 4, 2021, HC Cafeteria Door 5
On May 4, 1977, the movie "Star Wars" debuted in theaters. This class is your chance to learn how the sci-fi adventure everyone underestimated took the world by storm. Join North Metro TV Studio Manager Eric Houston for this great one-hour look behind the scenes of the entire Star Wars saga. Climb aboard your favorite Corellian freighter, landspeeder, AT-AT, or tauntaun and join us for this can't-miss look at Jedi Knights, Sith Warriors, and the power of the Force!


Tuesday, May 4, 2021, HC Rm 209 Door 5
Stress isn't the enemy. Events happen every day. How we interpret those events can set the stage for how we feel and how we react to others. This course is included in the Workplace Conflict Solutions Certification course.


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Today, every school in America has students who have been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). It is important for every teacher to understand how to recognize behaviors that may indicate ASD, and how to work effectively with ASD students. This course is included in the Certificate in Learning Styles course.


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Your employees are your most valuable resources! Even experience supervisors and managers will discover something new and practical in this online course.


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If you currently take thyroid medication but are still gaining weight and still have a variety of symptoms, there's more you need to know. In this virtual workshop, we will discuss how thyroid function can make any illness worse; the 5 things that need to be measured, but usually aren't; why the #1 thyroid replacement may not be helping you; the connection between thyroid, fibromyalgia and arthritis; foods that help or hinder; commonly misunderstood rules of how and when to take thyroid meds; environmental triggers and info you need to discuss with your doctor.


Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Online Only
Understanding yourself and others increases your overall effectiveness at work, at home, and in all your relationships. Learn how to communicate effectively with all personality styles. This course is included in the Certificate in Workplace Communication course.


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Get reacquainted with the parts of speech. Learn how to choose the right word from pairs that sound alike, but have very different meanings. This course is included in the Grammar Refresher Certificate course.


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WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) for website and blog design. After successfully completing this course, you will know how to build a WordPress website or blog, customize and maintain it, and use search engine optimization to bring more visitors to your site.


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Today's employees are expected to have a solid set of interpersonal skills. Become an effective team member and leader in the workplace by learning how to navigate problematic interactions with ease. 
Registering for this certificate program will automatically enroll you in the three required courses: Conflict Management, Dealing with Difficult People in the Workplace, and Stress Management in the Workplace.


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You don't need a journalism degree or published articles to write for anyone's online blog, magazine or website. Some opportunities offer exposure, while many pay well -- $1 a word or more! In this fast-paced virtual course, you will learn how to find ideas, sources, and more than 1,000 opportunities that pay.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Online Only
Getting the word out is an essential activity for every business or organization. Being able to write a good news story, press release or publicity notice is a skill that can set you apart in the workplace!
This course is included in the Certificate in Business Writing course.


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Did you know YouTube is the second largest search engine? Discover the power of video for your organization, and how to use video as a marketing tool to reach and serve more people. This course is included in the Mastering Video Marketing Certificate.


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The term "zero waste" is heard more and more often, and many people are curious about the positive impact they can make on the environment. Join us for an informative discussion and learn how YOU can make a difference!


Thursday, April 22, 2021, HC Rm 111 Door 5