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, October 18, 2022, Online Only
Have you always dreamed of learning Spanish or want to refresh your high school Spanish? Start here! The primary focus of this class will be on building conversational tools in Spanish through interactive practice and exercises. Learn how to carry on short conversations. Each class will include interesting cultural anecdotes, including Spanish word origin, dialect differences, and names in Spanish.


October 17, 2022 to November 21, 2022, Online Only
October 18, 2022 to November 22, 2022, Online Only
Learning a language is a lifelong journey, and now you are on your way! Keep up the momentum in Beginner Spanish Part 2. Continue with practical conversational components and builder phrases in Spanish that will enable you to hold short conversations related to giving and asking for directions and restaurant communication. Cultural discussions include the importance of food, family, and friendships in Spanish-speaking countries. This class is designed for new students and those who have completed the Conversational Spanish Beginner Part 1 course.


February 20, 2023 to March 27, 2023, Online Only
February 21, 2023 to March 28, 2023, Online Only
Hablas un poquito Español? Intermediate Spanish is specifically designed for the adult learner who has taken some Spanish in the past and would like to improve their conversational skills. Practice conversation skills such as learning how to make plans and discussing preferences. Cultural discussions will cover holiday traditions and celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries. This online class is for new students and previous Conversational Spanish Beginner Part 1 and 2 participants.


October 19, 2022 to November 30, 2022, Online Only
Quieres hablar más Español? Continue building on previous Spanish skills to further develop your conversational abilities, including expressing recommendations and comparisons. Delve into more complex grammatical instruction and vocabulary to create full sentences in Spanish. Exciting cultural discussions are related to music, dance, and famous people in Spanish-speaking countries. Students who have completed Conversational Spanish Intermediate Part 1 or Conversational Spanish Beginner Part 2 will find the most success in this online class.


February 22, 2023 to March 29, 2023, Online Only
Quieres mejorar tu Español? Advanced Spanish is for students who have had previous Spanish classes and are looking to broaden their conversational skills. You will focus on the past tense (preterite and imperfect tenses) and more complex grammatical aspects of conversation. Learn to express in Spanish things you've done in the past. You should have completed Conversational Spanish Intermediate 1 and 2 or have several years of Spanish language to enroll in this online class.


October 20, 2022 to December 1, 2022, Online Only
¿Quieres ampliar tu Español? Then this is the course for you! Expand your skills by learning new complex grammatical concepts and sentence structures. Build your language expertise with an overview of the Spanish subjunctive. You must have completed Advanced Spanish Part I or had more than two years of the Spanish language to be successful in this online class.


February 23, 2023 to March 30, 2023, Online Only
How is teaching online different from teaching in-person? What are the advantages to you as an instructor? Discover how to engage your audience, create content and assessment, how to avoid the biggest mistakes, and so much more!


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Forget the fads and dump the buzz words. Take your knowledge of marketing to a new level. These advanced marketing concepts will enable you to develop more effective marketing campaigns and results. This course is included in the Integrated Marketing Certificate course.


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There are tremendous opportunities for teaching online. Discover how to plan, develop and teach an online course. Learn how to create online audio lectures with slide shows, and find out how self-quizzes enhance learning. This class is included in the Certificate in Online Teaching course.


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Minnesota is home to a fantastic variety of Veteran memorials -- everything from street names to granite monuments to statues. Join our instructor as he shares his travels around the state to discover some of the ways Minnesota honors its Veterans.


Wednesday, December 7, 2022, Online Only
Thursday, May 11, 2023, Online Only
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, October 13, 2022, Online Only
Thursday, February 2, 2023, 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.


Thursday, November 10, 2022, HC Rm 111 Door 5
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.


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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.


Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 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.


October 3-28, 2022, 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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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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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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Good grammar doesn't make good writing, but good writing demands good grammar. Put an end to grammar mistakes that detract from your work. Everything you learn will elevate your communication skills and help you present polished, professional writing every time.


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Especially geared for future leaders in the Gen Y generation (born 1980-1999), this certificate course provides practical information on advancing your leadership potential and making a difference in both the workplace and in society.
Registering for this certificate program will automatically enroll you in the three required courses: Leadership Principles, Developing Your Leadership Skills, and Developing Your Professional Career.


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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: Developing the Socialization Skills of Students with ASD in the Inclusive Classroom, Gender Matters: Gender in the Classroom, and Generational Learning Styles.


October 3, 2022 to December 2, 2022, Online Only
Whether you are new to teaching online or already doing it, this program will give you the fundamentals of teaching online as well as the most advanced tips and techniques in the business. Registering for this certificate program will automatically enroll you in the three required courses: Advanced Teaching Online, Designing Online Instruction, and Fostering Online Discussion.


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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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Partake in the wonders of the medieval Market Square alive with Christmas and Santa Claus. Visit the open-air cloth market filled with wondrous gifts. During this virtual excursion, view a 1,100-year-old church that has sunk up to the second floor and the Church of the Virgin Mary. No visit to Krakow would be complete without a visit to Wawel Castle where we will encounter the fire-breathing statue of Smok, the Polish dragon who lived in a cave underneath the castle.


Monday, December 12, 2022, Online Only
Whether you need to make a dull work presentation more lively, mix laughter with learning in the classroom, or ultimately want to write for print/production or perform your own stand-up routine, this fast-paced session will show you how to apply humor to all aspects of your life. You will learn the anatomy of a joke, how to use your powers of observation to sharpen your wit, how to write different types of jokes, and how to use humor to entertain and influence people.


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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 Certificate in Workplace Communication course.


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Educators and psychologists know that learning is significantly affected by factors such as stress, anxiety, self-image, cultural expectations and societal expectations. In this course, you will examine the factors that come together to create unique challenges to black students in the classroom, and explore ways in which teachers can minimize those challenges and support school success for all students.


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Learn about the online instructional environment, envisioning your online course, developing a web course, phases of design and development, design guidelines, and more. This class is included in the Certificate in Online Teaching course.


October 3-28, 2022, Online Only
Today, every school in America has students who have been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) -- a neurological disorder on the autism spectrum. Examine strategies for working effectively with ASD students and parents to create the most positive learning environments for children and teens with ASD. This class is included in the Certificate in Learning Styles course.


October 3-28, 2022, Online Only
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. This course is included in the Certificate in Leadership Development course.


October 3-28, 2022, Online Only
Explore the world of digital court reporting in courtroom and freelance settings. Find out about court proceedings, professional integrity, terminology, equipment, online research and more!


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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.


October 3-28, 2022, Online Only
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.


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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.


November 7, 2022 to December 2, 2022, 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.


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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.


October 3-28, 2022, Online Only
Do you remember seeing those old painted ads on the sides of buildings for Coca-Cola, Grain Belt Beer, grocery stores, and warehouses? Join Jay as he takes you on a virtual walk around the Twin Cities to view this sort of "Art Gallery" that surrounds us. You will also learn a bit about the history of some of these companies that date back into the 1800s.


Thursday, March 30, 2023, Online Only
Learn the art of fashion illustration, from stylized faces to over-the-top clothes and accessories! Our instructor Zanielle will start the class by discussing and demonstrating the basics; you'll spend the remaining class time practicing and mastering the art of fashion illustration.


Thursday, December 8, 2022, HC Blesener Cmty Rm Door 5
Being engaged with your online learners throughout the course is one of the three biggest ways to make it a superior learning experience for your students. Experience how to do it from the creator of the concept and practice of 'continual engagement' in teaching. This class is included in the Certificate in Online Teaching course.


November 7, 2022 to December 2, 2022, 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.


October 3-28, 2022, Online Only
Have you wanted to research your family history, but you're not sure how to start? Or maybe you are fairly new to genealogy and would appreciate some pointers. In this presentation, certified genealogist Elizabeth Williams Gomoll will show you how to get started right and avoid making some of the mistakes she made as a beginning genealogist.


Tuesday, October 25, 2022, Online Only
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.


November 7, 2022 to December 2, 2022, Online Only
Through the magic of online classes, your tour guide will take you on a virtual trip through forgotten Anoka to hear the stories of the people who once lived there and, according to some, are still hanging around! During this presentation, June will tell you of a long-ago Anoka, the Jackson Hotel (now Billy's), the old Post Office, Colonial Hall, the Masonic Lodge, and some infamous residences.


Monday, October 24, 2022, Online Only
Join author June Gossler Anderson as she shares stories of her travels to Ireland to explore its ghostly residents. Ireland's history has been recorded in its abbeys and churches, forts and castles, jails and graveyards by those who lived during those turbulent times and often perished because of them. Their ghosts are eyewitnesses to this history. Sometimes, they are the history.


Monday, October 17, 2022, Online Only
Thursday, March 16, 2023, Online Only
Romance is the #1 selling fiction genre. Whether you're a new or experienced writer, this comprehensive session will help you sharpen your skills with practical step-by-step advice. You will discover the different romance sub-genres and understand the proven romance formula. You will also learn to create a unique setting, introduce your protagonist (lead character), percolate friction, and write relatable dialogue.


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Many people take a DNA test to learn their ethnic heritage, but when the results come back, they don't know what to do next! Discover what's behind DNA results and matches. Come away with basic and practical suggestions for getting the most out of your DNA results.


Tuesday, November 1, 2022, Online Only
Discover the emerging field of integrated marketing. What is its purpose? What makes it unique? What are "the hot 5" digital marketing methods, and why do they work? What methods will work best for you? This course is included in the Integrated Marketing Certificate course.


November 7, 2022 to December 2, 2022, Online Only
Discover the growing field that integrates traditional print marketing with digital marketing for even greater marketing success. Understand how digital marketing and print complement and enhance each other, and how to integrate both kinds of marketing for even greater overall effectiveness. Registration for this certificate program will automatically enroll you in the three required courses: Advanced Marketing Concepts, Successful Print Marketing, and Integrated Marketing Best Practices.


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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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Explore the craft of voiceovers! Discover current trends, opportunities, and tools you need to find success in the growing remote-working industry. Read a real script and receive coaching from your instructor, a professional voice actor, to improve your delivery. One-time, 90-minute, one-on-one video chat class! Learn more at http://www.voicesforall.com/ooo.


September 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022, Online Only
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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Find out what it takes to become an effective leader. Discover your style of leadership. Discuss task completion, building relationships with your subordinates, becoming socially perceptive to changes in the workplace, and addressing challenging goals. This course is included in the Certificate in Leadership Development course.


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Adults of all ages are welcome to participate in this 2,500-year-old practice that helps us overcome self-dislike and builds proper self-love and self-acceptance. Meditation also helps us act more gently and lovingly toward others and live without fear or hatred. This practice improves good relationships and helps heal problem ones. It also teaches compassion, balance in relationships, and appreciating the good fortune of others.


November 10-17, 2022, Online Only
March 9-16, 2023, Online Only
Adults of all ages are welcome to join Mindfulness Meditation - the ancient method of self-understanding and self-management. Meditation is widely used for handling pain and stress, habit control, and dealing with painful emotions and disturbing thoughts. It leads to deep self-knowledge and self-management skills that make life richer. The content of the practice is simply our own experiences of body and mind with no ideology.


January 12, 2023 to February 16, 2023, Online Only
June Gossler Anderson was one of 27 women chosen to write the biographies of the 72 Minnesota men who have received the Medal of Honor. During her presentation honoring the heroes, you will meet a host of brave men who fought and died for their country including the 14-year-old orphan who displayed his heroism during the Civil War, and the Commander of the USS Arizona who went down with his ship at Pearl Harbor.


Friday, November 11, 2022, 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.


October 3-28, 2022, Online Only
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, November 3, 2022, Online Only
Thursday, May 11, 2023, Online Only
Join us for more Veteran stories! 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 continue to tell you about the participants 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, November 10, 2022, Online Only
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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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.


November 7, 2022 to December 2, 2022, Online Only
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.


October 3-28, 2022, Online Only
Are you a recent RV/travel-trailer camper or thinking about becoming a snowbird and traveling the United States in your home-on-wheels? During this presentation, discover how to use online tools to make RV/Camper ownership and travel planning easier and less stressful. We'll share information about website links and apps, useful memberships, and how to troubleshoot issues that may come up while on the road.


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If you've ever felt yourself in a situation that made you feel physically unsafe, having reassurance about your next steps can make all the difference. Through lecture, discussion, skill demonstrations and practice, you will leave this class feeling more confident about how to handle yourself in a variety of potentially dangerous situations. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes.


Thursday, November 10, 2022, RH Wrestling Room Door 10
Print promotion is not extinct! Discover the secrets to success in the almost forgotten but still remarkably effective area of print, including catalogs, direct mail letters, and postcards. This course is included in the Integrated Marketing Certificate course.


October 3-28, 2022, Online Only
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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Published in 1897, Bram Stoker's Gothic novel, Dracula, launched an entire genre of literature and film about vampires. From the stone-cold crypt beneath St. Michan's Church in Dublin to the magnificent ruin of Whitby Abbey in England to the storied castles of Romania, June Gossler Anderson traces the stories and the influences that led to the creation of Bram Stoker's timeless masterpiece.


Monday, October 10, 2022, 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.


November 7, 2022 to December 2, 2022, Online Only
Often family researchers know only the country from which their ancestor emigrated. This presentation offers examples of American records that can answer the question, "But, exactly where were they from?" Finding an ancestor's specific place of origin in the old country can open doors to foreign records that can grow one's family tree back for generations. A handout lists sources and websites that can help with your search for that important ancestral location. You may even be able to stand where they once stood.


Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Online Only
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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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.


November 7, 2022 to December 2, 2022, Online Only
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.


October 3-28, 2022, Online Only