Plymouth North High School – Non-credit Courses (Spring 2015)

Registration Opens Thursday November 20, 2014!

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Adobe Graphic Design & Digital Media Certificate (WIT098-75)
Thursdays 3/5/15–5/21/15, 6:00pm–9:00pm
Cost: $438

WERC's Adobe Series gives students the tools and techniques needed to enhance images and design professional print materials. Enroll in all three courses and save $69! All three courses must be completed to receive the certificate. 

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (WIT006-75)
Thursdays 3/5/15–3/26/15, 6:00pm–9:00pm
Cost: $169

This course covers Photoshop basics: image resolution, importing and editing digital photos, color correction, painting, masking, and much more. Prerequisites: Comfortable with the computer, email, and the Internet.

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator (WIT061-75)
Thursdays 4/2/15–4/23/15, 6:00pm–9:00pm
Cost: $169

Adobe Illustrator is the program of choice for designing logos and other graphics. Whether you are planning a career as a graphic designer or just want to learn how to create vector images, this class will give you the skills needed to use this powerful tool with confidence. Prerequisites: Comfortable with the computer, email, and the Internet.

Introduction to Adobe InDesign (WIT084-75)
Thursdays 4/30/15 - 5/21/15, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $169

Would you like to design professional print materials with sophisticated layouts and typography? Join the growing ranks of creative professionals discovering new levels of creative freedom and productivity using Adobe InDesign. Tightly integrated with the Adobe applications most used, InDesign delivers faster production workflows and a more fluid creative environment. Prerequisites: Comfortable with the computer, email, and the Internet.

Child Nutrition & Cooking (WHN098-75)
Mondays 3/23/15 - 4/13/15, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $99

Eating patterns that begin in childhood affect health and well-being across the lifespan. This course examines contemporary child nutrition and the impact of the individual decisions made by each family. The health risks associated with obesity in childhood are also discussed. Participants will learn what constitutes a healthy diet for children and adults and how to prepare simple, delicious foods aimed at inspiring a lifelong celebration of easy home-cooked meals. This course will help prepare participants to be the leading health providers, teachers and parents of the present and future.

Digital Photography - Intermediate (WIT116-75)
Tuesdays 2/3/15 - 2/24/15, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $119

This course was designed for DSLR camera users who have a basic understanding of the menus and buttons on their cameras and want to be more creative. Topics include: Depth of field, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual settings, understanding scene modes, composition, light modification and what to put in your gear bag. Bring your camera, freshly charges batters, memory card and manual to each class.

Home Health Aide Certificate (WHN038-65)
Saturdays 3/7/15 - 5/9/15, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. & Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(no class 3/21 & 4/4)
Registration Fee: $379 (includes textbook)
Location: Plymouth VNA, Plymouth (3 lab sessions will be located in West Barnstable)

Guaranteed job interview with Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod after successful completion of certificate program.

Home Health Aide Training prepares you to work as a personal care provider. If you are looking for a rewarding and growing career field with many opportunities, this is the one! In 7 weeks, you will complete the Home Health Aide Competency Exam and be ready to begin your new career. If you are preparing to care for a loved one, you will find critical information and skills that will enable you to provide quality care at home.

In addition to the hands-on skills such as bathing and self-care, our program focuses on providing concerned individualized care that adheres to the five principles of care: Safety, Privacy, Dignity, Communication and Independence. Students will benefit from a small class size with caring, well-trained teachers and receive hands-on experience in our Nursing and Allied Health labs.

Introduction to the Internet & Google Drive (WIT110-75)
Wednesday 5/27/15, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $79

Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Google docs are just some of the features covered in this course. Learn how to surf the web utilizing search engines. Save websites as files or as bookmarks and favorites. Students will also create a Google Docs account.

Introduction to Microsoft Word (WIT042-75)
Tuesdays 2/3/15 - 2/24/15, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $135

Learn how to create, add, move through, and edit text; move words from one part of your document to another; work on two or more documents simultaneously; change the size or appearance of text; change margins and tab settings; automatically center, right align, justify, and indent text; run the integrated grammar and spelling checker; use the thesaurus; and save, retrieve, copy, organize, and print your documents.

Intermediate Microsoft Word (WIT039-75)
Tuesdays 3/3/15 - 3/24/15, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $135

Add to your basic Microsoft Word skills. Learn how to use mail merge; add section breaks and clip art to create professional newsletters and manuals; add headers and footers; work with templates; and create promotional brochures. Students should be comfortable creating and formatting Word documents or have completed an introductory Word course.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel (WIT034-75)
Wednesdays 2/11/15 - 3/4/15, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $145

Learn the basics of creating and using spreadsheets to increase your workplace productivity. This course will include an overview of the ribbon bar, commonly used commands, and basic formulas used to automate one's work.

Intermediate Microsoft Excel (WIT033-75)
Wednesdays 3/11/15 - 4/1/15, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $145

In this course students will learn the advanced features of Excel, including charting, and will discover how this powerful program can boost their productivity. Students will also learn how to use formulas and functions across multiple worksheets and workbooks, and create outlines and subtotals. In this practical, hands-on course, students will learn how to create informative and eye-catching charts, as well as how to harness the power of Excel filtering techniques.

Introduction to Power Point (WIT037-75)
Wednesdays 4/29/15 - 5/20/15, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $135

Take your PowerPoint presentations from ordinary to extraordinary! In this course, you will learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to create professional-quality slide presentations that grab and hold your audience's attention from start to finish. You will see how to plan a presentation for your audience, format it with themes and color, and use slide and layout masters to make global changes. You'll embellish your slides with text and objects, including pictures, shapes, WordArt, and SmartArt.

Personal Fitness Trainer Certification (WHF002-75)
Tues. & Thurs. 3/24/15 - 5/21/15, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $699

Would you consider a career with a nationwide median salary of $49,900 and a projected growth of 27% over the next ten years? As more organizations develop employee wellness programs and fit-conscious baby boomers seek professionals to help with their workouts, the demand for personal trainers is increasing. Our 62-hour personal trainer certification program includes 16 hours of lecture, 16 hours of practical training and a 30-hour internship. High school diploma or GED is required. Students must obtain Adult CPR & AED certification in order to receive certification. Attendance is mandatory. Students must attend all sessions in order to qualify to take the national exam. The national exam is held on the 9th week of the course.

Note: The cost of the course textbook is not included in the registration fee. Please call (888) 330-9487 to order the text for this class. Also, please keep in mind that students must complete reading chapters 1, 2, 6, & 27 PRIOR to the first day of class.

Photo Organizing Workshop (WED084-75)
Wed. 3/18/15 - 4/1/15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $69

The goal of this class is to introduce through actual application the tools that can be used as a guide to sort, organize, preserve and share printed photos. During the class we will work with printed photos that are in boxes, albums or envelopes. By the end of the class each participant will be able to sort, organize, preserve, throw out and share old photos.

40 Hour Real Estate Pre-license (WRE038-75)
Tues. & Thurs. 3/10/15 - 3/24/15, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $499
Location: Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 134 Court Street, Plymouth. 

MA requires 40 hours of pre-license training prior to the real estate salesperson exam. This course will prepare students for the license exam. It is approved by the MA Board of Registration for fulfilling its licensing requirements. Fee includes textbook and other materials.

Social Media Certificate (WIT088-75)
Tuesdays 4/14/15 - 6/2/15, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $234

This program will provide a comprehensive introduction for how to effectively utilize social media to market your organization and build loyalty. The series will cover strategies and trends, blogging, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, search engine optimization (SEO), and how to create a social media strategy. The program will also look at emerging networks which are giving businesses alternatives for reaching their target audience. Students will develop strategies for online engagement, build an editorial content calendar and learn how to create and implement an effective social media marketing plan. Must be comfortable with PCs, email, and the Internet. Must have social media networks in place prior to the start of this course. Enroll in the full certificate and save $39 or courses listed below can be purchased separately.

Social Media Tips and Trends for 2015 (WIT089-75)
Tuesday 4/14/15, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $39

There are many social networks available to promote your business. Whether you are B2B or B2C, there are certain networks which you should be engaging in and others that may not reach the audience you are looking for. We will explore the top social networks: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and add Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram. And then look at emerging networks that are giving businesses alternatives for reaching their target audience.

Optimizing your LinkedIn Profile and Company Page (WIT091-75)
Tuesday 4/28/15, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $39

According to LinkedIn, there are well over 250 million professionals using LinkedIn and this number continues to rise rapidly. How we network is changing. Whether your goal is to build your network, brand your skills, find a job, or promote your business, LinkedIn can help. Many people are on LinkedIn but not really linked in; failing to effectively and successfully use this comprehensive networking tool to its full potential. You will learn how build and optimize your online presence on LinkedIn by effectively creating an "all-star" profile showcasing your skills and attributes. This course will also cover LinkedIn company pages.

Twitter Launch for Individuals & Small Businesses (WIT114-75)
Tuesday 5/5/15, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $39

This course teaches the basics of Twitter and how businesses and individuals can engage with prospective and existing clients. What is a tweet and why should your customers care? Learn the secrets of engaging with your prospects and existing clients in 140 characters or less. The 5 essential best practices for Twitter use for small and growing businesses will be included.

Facebook: How to Build Relationships & Create Shareable Content (WIT081-75)
Tuesday 5/12/15, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $39

Are you having trouble growing your Facebook page? Have you defined your target audience on Facebook? Now is a good time to examine your Facebook activities, cutting out what isn’t working and expanding what works. We will offer tips for growing and engaging with your fan base on Facebook. We will also discuss brand messaging, post frequency, post content, engagement, the importance of visual graphics, and advertising options available.

Google+, Pinterest and More! (WIT113-75)
Tuesday 5/19/15, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $39

Google+ is not just another social network. It is redefining how we search for products and services. In this course, we will talk about setting up a Google Plus profile and the free Google tools available to help your business succeed. We will also look at Pinterest and learn how this network can have a significant impact on your online success.

Create Content & Optimize Your Blog Posts for Maximum Exposure (WIT082-75)
Tuesday 5/26/15, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $39

In this course, you will discover ways to find the ideas your followers and fans want to discuss and share. Learn tips for writing “shareable” blog posts and how to take time to understand what your audience really wants from you. This course will also cover the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) and offer 10 simple techniques that can improve your SEO efforts for your website and blog.

8 Steps to Creating an Effective Social Media Strategy (WIT092-75)
Tuesday 6/2/15, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $39

It’s undeniable that the new world of social media can have a dramatic impact on your organization. All it takes is a quick scan of today’s headlines to learn the effects of successful – and not so successful – social media campaigns. While it seems that social media presents an endless amount of opportunities to build awareness, it also presents risk, which means that creating an effective strategy isn’t just nice to have – it’s an absolute must. Learn how to create an effective social media strategy that focusses on your industry and target market.

So You Want to be a Wedding Photographer? (WIT117-75)
Tuesday 3/17/15 - 4/6/15, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $119

Weddings are fun and beautiful and a great way to make a living but there is so much to learn before jumping in. Jen Has been a wedding photographer for 24 years and has photographed over 1000 weddings. She will help you understand how to make a wedding day successful for both you and the couple. Some of the areas that will be covered:

  • Equipment
  • Lighting
  • Wedding etiquette
  • Developing a timeline
  • Working with other wedding vendors
  • How to make the couple your biggest fans
  • Working with assistants and second shooters
  • Treating your business as a business and not a hobby

Introduction to Wordpress (WIT099-75)
Wednesdays 4/1/15 - 4/29/15, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (no class 4/22)
Cost: $169

Create your own website without using any programming languages with Wordpress, the most popular content management system in use today. There is an ease of use to Wordpress and at the end of this course students will be well on their way to creating a well-designed website or blog. This course will provide the basic skills needed to generate professional results. The basics include installation, setting pages, plugins, widgets and posts. Time will be spent reviewing themes and installation. A review of image management and use for SEO is also included.

Intermediate Wordpress (WIT095-75)
Wednesdays 5/6/15 - 5/27/15, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $169

This course will use premium or advanced themes to take the student to the next level. Custom CSS, Child Themes and Keywords for SEO will be discussed along with a touch of Google Analytics. CSS will be reviewed to provide a basic understanding of how themes can be changed. A deeper review of plugins including Social Media, SEO and backups will end with an upload of sitemaps to Google. Students will have an in depth knowledge of Wordpress upon completion of this course.

Workshop Facilitator Certificate (WGB079-75)
Wednesdays 4/1/15 - 4/29/15, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (no class 4/22)
Cost: $179

This series of courses will provide participants with all the skills they need to effectively conduct workshop and presentations.

Creating A Learning Environment (2 hours)
In this workshop you’ll learn the difference between Facilitating and Lecturing, how people learn, characteristics of an adult learner and how to tap into different learning styles to maximize your participant’s experience.

Foundations for Conducting a Workshop (2 hours)
In this workshop you will learn all aspects you will need to conduct an effective workshop such as the different roles a facilitator can take, how to conduct activities, how to develop participation, how to give feedback and how to ask questions that inspire discussion.

Advanced Facilitating Techniques (2 hours)
In this workshop you will learn specifically how to address challenging or disengaged participants, what to do with an overly aggressive or assertive participant, how to use stories to illustration points and the importance of linking concepts.

Facilitator Certification Coachbacks (2 hours)
For the last session in the series, you will be asked to conduct a short facilitation. You will be given the material ahead of time to prepare. This practical application will allow you to put what you’ve learned to work.

To register call: (508) 375-4012
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