Plymouth North High School

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Visit www.capecod.edu/WERC for more information on Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College. Please read our registration and refund policy before registering for classes.
 


Introduction to PC Security (WIT011-74)

Mondays 10/20 and 10/27, 6:00-9:00pm, Room 227
Cost: $89

What you don't know about PC security really can hurt you! Learn why you're at risk and what you can do to protect your precious personal and business data from the outside world. This course, taught by a security expert, will quickly bring you up to speed on the fundamentals of PC and network security. You'll be taught the nature of the threats you face, how to assess your vulnerability, how to identify the weak links in your system, and how you can implement simple solutions to minimize your risks.


Computer File Management (WIT100-74)

Tuesday 10/28, 6:00-8:00pm, Room 123
Cost: $69

Are you the person who creates a file and can't find it once you have saved it? Do you not know the difference between a thumb drive and a hard drive? Do you want to be able to create, edit and save files without asking someone else to do it for you? Well, if so, this course is for you. Students will create, name, copy, move, and delete files. Become acquainted with Windows Explorer. Utilize the Help feature and control panel for Windows 7. This short course is packed with valuable information you will use whenever you are working on documents.


Introduction to the Internet & Google Drive (WIT110-74)

Tuesday 11/4, 6:00-8:00pm, Room 123
Cost: $69

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.

 

Fiction Writing & Publication (WED085-74)
Thursdays 9/25-10/30, 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: $129

Kathryn Knight, a bestselling paranormal romance author traditionally published with The Wild Rose Press, will teach the elements of successful fiction writing and outline the various options in the rapidly changing publishing industry. Key concepts such as voice, POV, the hook, Goal-motivation-conflict, and character development will be discussed. Query letters, common pitfalls, and idea inspiration will also be covered. Finally, avenues to publication—from self-publishing to small and digital presses to seeking agent representation—will be explored. 


Introduction to Microsoft Excel (WIT034-74)

Wednesdays 9/10-10/1, 6:00-9:00pm, Room 123
Cost: $125

This beginner level course will introduce students to the Excel environment. Students will learn to create, edit, format, save and name spreadsheets. Students will apply formulas and functions including AutoSum, Average, MAX and MIN. Students will also learn how to utilize the Range Finder to verify formulas. Formatting of spreadsheets will include applying themes, font and number styles, conditional formatting, adjusting column and row widths, inserting headers and footers, renaming sheet tabs, utilizing file proprieties and spell check.

Once these techniques are mastered, the course will advance to applying What-If Analysis, creating and editing charts, and working with large worksheets. Students will learn the difference between absolute and relative referencing when copying formulas. Applying the If Function for decision making will also be taught.

This course is perfect for those students who have never used Excel as well as those who have always wanted to know the secrets of making Excel work easier for them.


Intermediate/Advanced Microsoft Excel (WIT033-74)

Wednesdays 10/8-10/29, 6:00-9:00pm, Room 123
Cost: $125

Students enrolling in this class should have prior fundamental knowledge of creating Excel spreadsheets using formulas, as well as creating and editing charts. This advanced course will enable students to use financial functions such as the Payment function. Students will also create data tables and use table features to sort, filter and query records. Multiple worksheets will be consolidated using 3-d reference. Pivot table creations and template files will be utilized. Students will import data such as text files, database tables, and web pages into an Excel file.

Additional formatting features of SmartArt, textboxes, hyperlinks, clipart and photos will be inserted into the spreadsheet. This course is designed to take Excel features to the next level.


Introduction to Microsoft Access (WIT031-74)

Tuesdays 9/30-10/14, 6:00-9:00pm, Room 123
Cost: $99

Utilizing MS Office Access software, students will learn to create and edit databases. Creating multiple tables and relating them to create queries. Creation of forms for data entry as well as reports will also be covered. 


Introduction to Photography (WIT044-74)

Tuesdays 9/30-10/21, 5:30-7:30pm, Room 333
Cost: $119

This course is designed for new digital camera owners and prospective owners who wish to gain a better understanding of their camera and its capabilities. The 4-week course will focus on the operation and understanding of your digital camera and the variety of controls on the camera. The course covers various principles of digital photography such as proper exposure, white balance, ISO settings, aperture, shutter speed and lighting. We will then apply these principles to helping you take better photographs. Additional topics include techniques for moving your images from the camera onto the computer, basic image editing and printing. Students should bring their camera and user manual to class.

About the instructor: Jen Osojnicki is a lifestyle and wedding photographer serving Boston, Southeastern MA, Newport, Rhode Island, and surrounding areas. Photographing local and destination weddings, Jen brings creativity and fun to all her subjects by noticing the little things that tell a story in exquisite detail. Jen works to develop a relationship of total comfort and trust with her clients, resulting in amazing pictures from weddings, engagements, family portraits and more.


Photo Organizing Workshop (WED084-74)

Wednesdays 10/29-11/19, 6:00-8:00pm, Room 107
Cost: $89

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.


Power Point/Oral Presentation Skills (WIT111-74)

Tuesdays, 9/9-9/23, 6:00-9:00pm, Room 123
Cost: $99
This course is two-fold and will cover both the communication and the technological aspects of oral presentations. Students will learn to analyze the audience to determine the role the audience plays in different speech formats focusing on informational, persuasive and entertainment style speeches. Develop, organize and deliver professional public presentations. Using Microsoft PowerPoint, a presentation graphics software program, students will learn how to create and edit a presentation; add and modify text and graphics, add and customize medial such as sound and video. These skills will be applied in conjunction with the oral component to deliver oral presentations.


Real Estate Open House Information Session (WRE039-74)

Thursday 9/25, 6:00-7:30pm, Room 107
Cost: FREE

If you are unsure about whether or not a career in Real Estate is right for you, then join us for an open house where you will learn about the industry, have the opportunity to ask questions and meet with professionals in the field. This is a great opportunity for you to learn what becoming a Real Estate Professional is all about so you can make an informed decision. 


40 Hour Real Estate Pre-License (WRE038-74)

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10/7-11/6, 5:30-9:30pm, Room 107
Cost: $499

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.

 

Sales Building in 2014 (WPG137-74)
Wednesdays 10/1-10/15, 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: $119

Consumers today are doing their homework. 78-95% of people looking to buy products and services begin the process online. They aren’t just looking at price and quality. They are checking out what people are saying about you and your company. They don’t want to buy from just anyone. In this three part series participants will learn how to network to initiate the conversation with potential customers, how to engage with them online and to effectively respond to different behavioral styles while in the sales process. 

About the instructor: Jen Vondenbrink is a national business consultant, educator and professional speaker with over 25 years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience. She uses her expertise to facilitate simple, effective behavior-based solutions for businesses and individuals creating tactical plans for growth.


Social Media Certificate (WIT088-74)

Tuesdays 10/28-12/16, 5:30-7:30pm (no class 11/11) Room 333
Cost: $199

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 the following topics:
 

  • Social Media Strategies & Trends: 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 four social networks: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and add Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Foursquare. And then look at emerging networks, such as Alignable, that are giving businesses alternatives for reaching their target audience.
  • Top 10 Business Strategies for Social Media: Discover the 10 strategies that you can implement to help with social engagement and optimization for your business.
  • Diving into Business Blogging: Do you have a blog? Do you need a blog? Are you looking for strategies to get your information out to different channels? In this course, we will be searching effective ways to get consistent and referral traffic for your posts. This course will also help you with blog distribution and tips for online engagement.
     
  • 12 Tips to Grow Your Fan Base on Facebook: 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 12 tips for growing your fan base on Facebook. We will also discuss brand messaging, post frequency, post content, engagement and advertising options available.
  • LinkedIn for the Business Professional: LinkedIn is the number ONE Social Media network for businesses and professionals. There are more than 120 Million professionals worldwide who are on LinkedIn, 36% are key decision makers. This course will cover: profile building and guidelines; best practices for maximum results; company pages, groups and applications; targeting and approaching prospects and building your network. It is preferred that attendees without a LinkedIn account, sign up for one in advance of this course.
  • 10 Tips for using Twitter like a Pro!: Twitter is an incredibly easy tool to use and with a little forward planning can be a great way to spend some of your marketing time. Using 140 characters you can market yourself, build relationships with the Twitterati and drive traffic to your site. What’s not to love? This course will help you understand how you can use Twitter as an effective marketing tool for your business.
  • Google+ and Pinterest: Google+ is not just another social network. It is redefining how we search for products and services. In this course, we will talk about the free Google tools available to help your business succeed. We will also touch upon Pinterest and learn how this network can have a significant impact on your online success.
  • 10 Basic Tips for SEO: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a shifting landscape and as search engines have evolved over the past few years, greater emphasis has been placed on the actual content, versus the quantity of text. There is no silver bullet solution for SEO success and a lot of complex information out there to make sense of – but we will focus on 10 very simple tips that could certainly help improve your SEO efforts.
  • Social Media Time Management Tips: Having a strong social media presence requires consistency and very few small business owners have time to be on a multitude of social networks all day. Have you ever wondered how people who run a business find time to be constantly posting to their social networks? These social media time management tips will show you how to manage your social media efforts and reduce your time expense while increasing the quality of your content and follower count. By the end of the series you will be able to put together a social media management plan designed for your schedule, objectives and lifestyle.

*Prerequisite: Students must have social networks setup prior to the start of this course.

About the instructor: Tammi Jacobsen is an online marketing strategist and social media manager assisting small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout New England. She offers valuable tips for creating an effective and efficient social media strategy. Tammi also advises on the importance of having an integrated marketing plan to include traditional marketing strategies along with social media. 


Social Media Clinic (offered monthly)

Fee: Free

Entrepreneurs and small business owners can meet one-on-one for 30 minutes to discuss general social media questions related to Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Basic SEO, Blogging, and social media time management. You will be able to schedule a 30-minute meeting with Tammi Jacobsen, Program Coordinator for Workforce Education at Cape Cod Community College, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. by calling MSBDC’s office at 508-673-9783 x10.

Additional dates and locations:
September 11, 2014
Location: Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 134 Court Street, Plymouth, MA

October 9, 2014
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis, MA

November 13, 2014
Location: Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 134 Court Street, Plymouth, MA

December 11, 2014
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis, MA

Cosponsored by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC)

Individuals and small businesses are eligible to attend one 30 minute Social Media Clinic and one 30 minute Wordpress Clinic. Each of the clinics are free of charge and available only once per individual or small business. If you have any questions, please contact Tammi Jacobsen at the Workforce Education Resource Center at Cape Cod Community College at 508-375-5010. 


Wordpress Clinic (offered monthly)

Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis, MA
Fee: Free

Entrepreneurs and small business owners can meet one-on-one for 30 minutes to discuss general questions and learn tips and tricks for creating and maintaining a Wordpress blog or website. You will be able to schedule a 30-minute meeting with Sheila Crowley, Wordpress Trainer and Web Designer, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. by calling MSBDC’s office at 508-673-9783 x10.

Additional dates:
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 

Cosponsored by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC)


Introduction to Wordpress (WIT099-74)

Wednesdays 10/15-11/5, 6:00-9:00pm, Room 333
Cost: $149

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 (WIT095-74)

Wednesdays 11/12-12/10, 6:00-9:00pm (no class 11/26) Room 123
Cost: $149

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.


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