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.


Monday, February 27, 2023, 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.


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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
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 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 1 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
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.


February 6, 2023 to March 3, 2023, Online Only
April 3-28, 2023, Online Only
June 5-30, 2023, Online Only
September 5-29, 2023, Online Only
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.


February 6, 2023 to March 3, 2023, Online Only
April 3-28, 2023, Online Only
June 5-30, 2023, Online Only
September 5-29, 2023, Online Only
Minnesota is privileged to have several Barn Quilt Trails. These pieces of art that adorn the sides of barns and buildings throughout the state are set up to not only pay homage to heritage or interests but to bring people into an area. Instructor Jay Grammond will lead you around the state to give you a sampling of what is out there in hopes that you will make your own road trip!


Thursday, April 20, 2023, 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 16, 2023, Online Only
Thursday, March 30, 2023, Online Only
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.


Thursday, April 20, 2023, Online Only
Thursday, May 11, 2023, Online Only
Is your goal to become a published freelance writer by selling a magazine article, short story, poem, or even a novel to a traditional publisher? This comprehensive workshop will guide you to, then past the editor's desk.


Tuesday, March 7, 2023, Online Only
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 6, 2023 to March 31, 2023, Online Only
April 3, 2023 to May 26, 2023, Online Only
June 5, 2023 to July 28, 2023, Online Only
September 5, 2023 to October 27, 2023, 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, March 2, 2023, 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 6-31, 2023, Online Only
May 1-26, 2023, 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.


February 6, 2023 to March 3, 2023, Online Only
April 3-28, 2023, Online Only
June 5-30, 2023, Online Only
September 5-29, 2023, Online Only
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.


February 6, 2023 to April 28, 2023, Online Only
April 3, 2023 to June 30, 2023, Online Only
June 5, 2023 to September 1, 2023, Online Only
September 5, 2023 to December 1, 2023, Online Only
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.


February 6, 2023 to March 31, 2023, Online Only
April 3, 2023 to May 26, 2023, Online Only
June 5, 2023 to July 28, 2023, Online Only
September 5, 2023 to October 27, 2023, Online Only
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.


February 6, 2023 to March 31, 2023, Online Only
April 3, 2023 to May 26, 2023, Online Only
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.


February 6, 2023 to April 28, 2023, Online Only
April 3, 2023 to June 30, 2023, Online Only
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.


March 6, 2023 to April 28, 2023, 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.


February 6, 2023 to April 28, 2023, Online Only
April 3, 2023 to June 30, 2023, Online Only
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.


February 6, 2023 to April 28, 2023, Online Only
April 3, 2023 to June 30, 2023, Online Only
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.


February 6, 2023 to April 28, 2023, Online Only
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.


February 6, 2023 to April 28, 2023, Online Only
April 3, 2023 to June 30, 2023, 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.


Saturday, March 4, 2023, 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 Certificate in Workplace Communication course.


February 6, 2023 to March 3, 2023, Online Only
April 3-28, 2023, Online Only
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.


February 6, 2023 to March 3, 2023, Online Only
April 3-28, 2023, Online Only
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.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Only
May 1-26, 2023, 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.


March 6-31, 2023, 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.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Only
May 1-26, 2023, Online Only
Learn the basics of on-leash obedience, including commands such as heel, sit, down, come, stand and stay.


March 6-27, 2023, 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.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Only
May 1-26, 2023, 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.


February 6, 2023 to March 3, 2023, Online Only
April 3-28, 2023, 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 3-28, 2023, 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 6, 2023 to April 28, 2023, Online Only
April 3, 2023 to June 30, 2023, Online Only
Self-publishing is all the rage, but is it the best option for YOU? You will discover the pros and cons of all the self-publishing options, including print-on-demand and e-book publishing, as well as Amazon options. You will leave with a rated description of 50 self-publishing companies. Participants must attend "Beginner's Guide to Getting Published" before attending this class.


Tuesday, March 7, 2023, Online Only
If you love to travel and love to write, this is for you! We will discuss how to use all your senses in a new destination to create more detailed and in-depth descriptions that capture and maintain readers' interest, and whether or not you need to include photos with your work. You will also learn how to find and submit your finished product to print and online markets, the business side of travel writing (how to take travel tax deductions), and how to avoid worn-out travel-writing cliches.


Saturday, March 4, 2023, Online Only
Saturday, July 8, 2023, 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.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Only
May 1-26, 2023, 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
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.


April 3-28, 2023, 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.


March 6-31, 2023, 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.


April 3-28, 2023, 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.


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.


Saturday, March 4, 2023, Online Only
So, you've written a book. Now what? Whether you've written The Great American Novel and want to share it with the world or your memoirs to pass on to family and friends, this class is for you. This two-part class will show you how to prepare your manuscript for publishing and explain the business of selling your books.


March 30, 2023 to April 4, 2023, Online Only
In just a few hours, you can learn enough to delight in years of playing the piano. Learn to play the way professionals do -- using chords. With this online Zoom class, you can sit at your home piano or keyboard and learn without any pressure.


Saturday, February 25, 2023, 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.


April 3-28, 2023, 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.


February 6, 2023 to April 28, 2023, Online Only
April 3, 2023 to June 30, 2023, Online Only
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.


February 6, 2023 to March 3, 2023, Online Only
April 3-28, 2023, Online Only
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.


January 1, 2023 to May 31, 2023, 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.


February 6, 2023 to March 3, 2023, Online Only
April 3-28, 2023, Online Only
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.


February 6, 2023 to March 3, 2023, Online Only
April 3-28, 2023, Online Only
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.


March 9-16, 2023, Online Only
May 16-23, 2023, Online Only
Make the stars your old friends as we watch the great celestial show over Elk River and vicinity. Following a short orientation, you will enjoy quality time outside under the sky getting to know constellations such as The Big Bear, Orion the Hunter, Leo the Lion, and some of the great stories behind them. We will use large telescopes, among the largest mobile telescopes in Minnesota and Wisconsin, for close-up views of the moon, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and other wonders in the late winter and early spring skies.


Tuesday, April 11, 2023, SM Media Door S
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.


Monday, February 20, 2023, 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.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Only
May 1-26, 2023, 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, May 11, 2023, 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.


February 6, 2023 to March 3, 2023, Online Only
April 3-28, 2023, Online Only
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.


April 3-28, 2023, 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.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Only
May 1-26, 2023, Online Only
In this comprehensive session, you will learn about special screenwriting terms and formats for television and the big screen. You will also learn how to plot a story, develop characters, and execute your work in the proper screenwriting format. You will discover the difference between a Treatment, a Spec Script, and a Shooting Script and when to do each. Plus, you'll get an inside look into the business of selling your script to agents and producers.


Saturday, July 8, 2023, Online Only
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.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Only
May 1-26, 2023, Online Only
Do you love succulents but can't keep them alive? Or are you looking for a fun Mother's Day gift? Here is your chance to create a no-maintenance succulent garden! Choose from a variety of pots, sand, rocks, and an array of the best premium ARTIFICIAL succulents. Only you will know they are not real. All materials are included.


Sunday, May 7, 2023, Aegir Brewing Company
Your employees are your most valuable resources! Even experience supervisors and managers will discover something new and practical in this online course.


February 6, 2023 to March 31, 2023, Online Only
April 3, 2023 to May 26, 2023, Online Only
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.


Thursday, February 16, 2023, Online Only
If you can type, you can make money at home using your computer. You will discover how and where to find clients, 50 ways to advertise/market your services, effective home office equipment choices, and 100 ways to make money with a computer. There is a definite need for your services, so learn to be your own boss, set your own hours, and make more money. (Must have attended "Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas.")


Tuesday, July 11, 2023, 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.


April 3-28, 2023, Online Only
Become a mystery writer for fun or profit! You will discover the different sub-genres and three-act story structure of mystery writing and create an intriguing cast of characters. Learn how to research and pick your setting, make sure your opening grabs readers' attention, and use "red herrings" to misdirect your readers and create suspense until you're ready for the final reveal.


Saturday, March 4, 2023, Online Only
Saturday, July 8, 2023, 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.


February 6, 2023 to April 28, 2023, Online Only
April 3, 2023 to June 30, 2023, 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.


April 3-28, 2023, 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.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Only
May 1-26, 2023, Online Only
Turn your talents and hobbies into profits by starting a home business. Taught by a Chamber of Commerce Past President and award-winning business owner, this is probably the most comprehensive business start-up workshop you will ever find. You will discover more than 250 legitimate home business ideas, mandatory legal documentation, ways to market your product and services, and how to take tax deductions.


Wednesday, March 8, 2023, Online Only
Tuesday, July 11, 2023, Online Only