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Adult Education

Business and Computer Courses

BUSINESS AND COMPUTER COURSES

  • Digital Media/Social Networking
  • Entrepreneurship - Preparation, Planning, Profit & Production
  • Fundamentals of Proposal Writing and Stewardship
  • Introduction to Word - Microsoft Word 2013
  • Introduction to Excel - Microsoft Excel 2013
  • Professional Skills for Climbing the Corporate Ladder

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Business and Computer Courses

DIGITAL MEDIA/SOCIAL NETWORKING

This course will teach the fundamentals of Digital Media/Social Networking (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, You Tube) and will illustrate how new media can be used most effectively and successfully.  Business professionals will learn how to use and take advantage of these digital media resources to grow, enhance and improve their business profitability and productivity.  Personal users of Digital Media/Social Networking will also gain valuable information, knowledge and insight.  The structure for the course is as follows:  Facebook (week 1); Twitter and Instagram (week 2); LinkedIn and You Tube (week 3); Summary/recap and class discussion about specific questions, challenges and issues (week 4).

Instructor – Chelsea Whittington:  Chelsea Whittington has been a communications professional in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland for more than 20 years representing organizations that include United Way, Johnson Publishing Company, U.S. Cellular and the City of Gary. She has been an adjunct instructor at Indiana University Northwest for the past 14 years teaching courses in event planning, public relations and social networking.

Two (2) four-week sessions of this course will be offered during Fall 2015.

Fee:  $159 (per 4-week session)
Dates:  September 14 – October 5, 2015 (Session 1) and October 19 – November 9, 2015 (Session 2)
Day: Monday evenings
Times:  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Details: The duration of the course will be a total of 8 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and will run for four (4) consecutive weeks. 

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP - PREPARATION, PLANNING, PROFIT & PRODUCTION

This course will teach the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and will focus on the business plan, moving from ideas to realization, understanding the process, research and market analysis, increasing efficiency, creating the perfect “elevator pitch,” and more.  Whether you are still in the conceptual stage or already in the process of establishing a new business, this course will provide knowledge, insight and creative components to help make your business a success.  Students should come prepared to write, read, research and realize their dream.

Instructor – Dr. Desire’e Simpson:  Dr. Desire’e Simpson is an artist, designer and educator. She is founder and executive director of LiveArts Studio, a non-profit, community-based art program located in Gary, IN.  She has over 20 years teaching experience in K-16 institutions and is a licensed art educator. She has served as adjunct faculty at several universities and is a retired Sergeant Major from the U.S. Army Reserves.

Fee:  $199 (optional textbook not included)
Dates:  September 14 – October 12, 2015
Day:   Monday evenings
Times:  6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Details:  The duration of the course will be a total of 12.5 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and will run for five (5) consecutive weeks. 

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FUNDAMENTALS OF PROPOSAL WRITING AND STEWARDSHIP

This course will provide the information, skills and tools needed to write successful grant proposals.  Participants will learn how and where to find potential funders and new funding sources that will be the best fit for your organization.  The course will also address networking strategies with funders, how to organize a successful grant writing campaign, how to create a complete proposal package, and how to manage the grants when they arrive. 

Fee:  $159
Dates:   October 28 – November 18, 2015
Day:   Wednesday evenings
Times:   6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Details:   The duration of the course will be a total of 10 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and will run for four (4) consecutive weeks. 

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INTRODUCTION TO WORD – MICROSOFT WORD 2013

This course will serve as an introduction to Microsoft Word 2013, and it is designed for students who are new to working with Microsoft Word in Windows.  It will teach the core functions of Microsoft Word such as creating, editing, formatting and printing letters and reports; copying and pasting; printing and saving files; adjusting margins; formatting text; paragraph indents, tabs  and line spacing; and much more.  Students will also learn how to create tables, insert headers and footers, and insert pictures and graphics. 

Fee:  $199 (includes textbook)
Dates:   October 12 – October 26, 2015
Day:  Monday evenings
Times:  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Details:  The duration of the course will be a total of 7.5 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and will run for three (3) consecutive weeks.

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INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL - MICROSOFT EXCEL 2013

This course will serve as an introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013, and it is designed for students who are new to working with spreadsheets.   Students will learn how to navigate Excel to accomplish tasks such as creating and editing basic spreadsheets; working with formulas and functions; creating and formatting charts and graphs; and more.  Students will become comfortable with Excel’s capabilities and will gain the necessary skills to create, edit, format, and print basic Microsoft Excel 2013 spreadsheets.

Fee:  $199 (includes textbook)
Dates:  November 2 – November 16, 2015
Day:  Monday evenings
Times:   6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Details:  The duration of the course will be a total of 7.5 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and will run for three (3) consecutive weeks.

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PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR CLIMBING THE CORPORATE LADDER

This course is designed for everyone who is looking to make a positive and lasting impression during the job search process.  Young graduates just entering the workforce and seasoned professionals looking for an exciting new opportunity will equally benefit from the knowledge, insight and guidance provided through this course.  The course will be divided into three sections:  1) Resume writing - how to write an impressive, professional resume and have it stand out to potential employers;   2) Digital media – how to effectively use digital media such as LinkedIn, Monster, Career Builder and other resources to land your dream job; and 3) Interviewing skills– how to successfully prepare for and master the art of interviewing (including phone, Skype and in-person interviews). 

Instructors – Chelsea Whittington and Terrell Whittington:  Chelsea Whittington has been a communications professional in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland for more than 20 years representing organizations that include United Way, Johnson Publishing Company, U.S. Cellular and the City of Gary. She has been an adjunct instructor at Indiana University Northwest for the past 14 years teaching courses in event planning, public relations and social networking.  Terrell Whittington is a human resources professional whose specialty is career services. He has worked for various organizations including WorkOne and CareerBuilder. Currently, Terrell is a Career Services Advisor at The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago where he assists graduates in securing employment through resume development and interview preparation. 

Fee:   $150
Dates:   November 7, November 14 and November 21, 2015
Day:   Saturday mornings
Times:   9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Details:  The duration of the course will be a total of 7.5 hours.  Classes will be held on the campus of IU Northwest on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and will run for three (3) consecutive Saturdays.

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