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A 3D printer can be used to teach science and math in two ways: when a teacher creates an accurate 3D model of a concept for students to handle, or to design a “starter set” model that students can then alter and use as the basis for explorations. The instructors will impart ideas for developing appropriate content of concepts ranging from kindergarten to grad school and will teach participants to use the free and open source 3D modeling program OpenSCAD. The class assumes participants already know the basics of using a 3D printer, from the UgotClass “Intro to 3D Printing” or equivalent experience. Recommended optional e-book: Horvath and Cameron, 3D Printed Science Projects (Apress, 2016).

4060023

Online 24/7; sessions starting 03/05/2018,ending 03/30/2018

Tuition: $195.00

Supply Fee: $0.00

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There has been a lot of excitement about the use of 3D printers in education, but educators can have trouble both getting started with the technology and figuring out what to do with it. This two-class certificate covers both aspects, starting with how the technology works and then moving on to how to use it effectively. If participants already have 3D printers, the instructors will customize the class as much as possible so participants can follow along on the hardware they have. If a participant does not yet have access to a 3D printer, the instructors can help with helping participants define criteria to make decisions about appropriate hardware to buy. The intro class (recommended to be taken first) covers the entire 3D printing workflow with a focus on open source and free software. The market is somewhat fractured and different 3D printers vary somewhat in their operations there are not a lot of standards in the industry yet, but the instructors will guide participants through what the options are and where to learn the details of operation of their particular existing or planned hardware. The second class then builds on this knowledge to think about how to help students create their own exploratory models, or how to create models that a teacher can create to help students visualize an abstract concept. Participants will use some of the software covered in the Intro to 3D Printing class to create several different types of 3D printable models, and will discuss the details of how to print their design on the 3D printer they already have or plan to acquire in the future.

4060022

Online 24/7; sessions starting 02/05/2018,ending 03/30/2018

Tuition: $345.00

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After taking this Advanced course in Data Analysis, you will be able to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization, and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Take the guesswork out of important company decisions and make decisions based on statistically significant information. Whether your business is home based or a large company, this class will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned. Agenda Unit 1 Developing a Survey -Purposes of surveys -Fundamentals of Survey Research -Ethical Considerations -Likert Scales Unit 2 Comparing Means -Chi-Square -Statistical Significance -Communicating Results Graphically and Textually -Practical Problems involving Means Comparisons Unit 3 Finding Differences between Groups -ANOVA -Post Hoc Comparisons -Communicating Results Graphically and Textually -Practical Problems Involving ANOVA Unit 4 Individual Research Inquiries -Developing Research Questions -Setting Up Study -Communicating Results Graphically and Textually

4060024

Online 24/7; sessions starting 04/02/2018,ending 04/27/2018

Tuition: $195.00

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Cash is arguably the most important factor in business success. Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) reports 90% of all small business failures are due to poor cash flow—more money gets paid out than collected. It is the non-financial manager who really makes a difference in the day-to-day cash activities. Discover how to maximize cash flow, learn the importance of cash and find out your role in cash flow success. Agenda Unit 1 Cash Flow Strategies Why cash is so important in business What are the cash-critical stages in business What internal sources of cash are possible What potential external sources of cash there are Unit 2 Reporting and Evaluating Cash Flow Review of the Cash Flow Statement Review of Projected Cash Flow Report What the Cash Cycle communicates What improvements can be made to shorten the cash cycle Calculating cash cycle Unit 3 Projecting Cash Needs How much cash the business needs When cash injections are needed Which cash needs will internal sources be able to cover Which cash needs must be met through external sources Making comparisons with other businesses in the same industry Unit 4 Funding Requests What debt sources of cash are possible What are the potential equity sources of cash What requirements different funding sources have Making a pitch to investors Approaching potential lenders for financing

4060027

Online 24/7; sessions starting 03/05/2018,ending 03/30/2018

Tuition: $195.00

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Data Analysis is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after skills in the workplace. Companies have vast amounts of data, but it is rare to have someone with the ability to analyze that data to see trends and make predictions. Add a whole new skill set to your portfolio, and make a big difference in the success of your organization by acquiring data analysis skills. Begin with getting a basic understanding of how to analyze data in a business setting. Then learn how many of your business decisions involve comparing groups for differences. You will know the statistics behind these group differences and relationships. Finally you will find out how to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization, and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Whether your business is home-based or a large company, this certificate will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned.

4060028

Online 24/7; sessions starting 02/05/2018,ending 04/27/2018

Tuition: $495.00

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Efficient office operations can mean the difference between success and not-so-much, between being in the black and being in the red. Moving from you and your employees working harder to working smarter, the strategies and benchmarks of office operations increases the productivity of every person in your organization. Position yourself in your organization as the one who knows what to get done, and how to get things done in office operations. Three one-month courses

4060004

Online 24/7; sessions starting 02/05/2018,ending 04/27/2018

Tuition: $495.00

Supply Fee: $0.00

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Social media and digital technologies, when understood and leveraged effectively, can enable you to find new clients and motivate these clients to take action in more efficient and strategic ways. Whether you are a beginner new to the sales process or a seasoned professional who loves selling, understanding the basic steps of sales and freeing your mind of negativity is the foundation to your business success. Gain a better understanding of the importance of the sales function and learn new skills in relationship management, prospecting, customer management, and delivering a compelling sales presentation. Move yourself or your sales team to increased success.

4060015

Online 24/7; sessions starting 02/05/2018,ending 04/27/2018

Tuition: $495.00

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Cyber security issues are all around us and reach nearly every part of our business and work, from online banking and education to Facebook and Wi-Fi. Finally, you can get up-to-date on cyber security basics and fundamentals. Designed for non-technical managers, directors and others in the workplace, you will find out about threats and vulnerabilities, safeguards, common attacks, viruses, malware and spyware, disaster recover planning, intrusion detection/prevention, basic security architecture, introductory forensics, and cyber terrorism. At the end of this course, you will have the knowledge needed to practice safer computing and safeguard your business and work information. Agenda Unit 1. Introduction to Cyber Security -What does "Cyber Security" mean? -Brief history and evolution -Commonly used Cyber Security terms and their meaning -Cyber terrorism Unit 2. Threats and Vulnerabilities -Viruses, malware and spyware -Vulnerability Management 101 -Detection and Remediation Unit 3. Information Assurance - Staying safe -Enterprise Risk Management -Common Attacks -Technical Controls -Firewalls and encryption Unit 4. Disaster recover planning -Intrusion Detection/Prevention -Basic security architecture -Introductory forensics -Recovering data

4060029

Online 24/7; sessions starting 03/05/2018,ending 03/30/2018

Tuition: $245.00

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It’s a smart business practice and the right thing to do. Find out how to implement sustainability solutions for your workplace. Gain practical information for yourself and your employees to begin on Monday morning. Brand your organization in the world of environmental stewardship. Your instructors will detail and deliver practical approaches and applications toward implementing sustainability with guidance in planning procedures. Take back practical tips on operating your indoor environments to consider air, water, lighting, fitness, nutrition, mind and comfort. For anyone pursuing a career in a company or in government where there is an effort to build awareness and to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of environmental stewardship and overall social responsibility. Agenda Unit 1 The Business Case for Sustainability -Concepts of Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, and Profit. -The Return on Investment ( ROI ) -Human Capital Indicators and Employee Engagement -Transparency for Stakeholders -Reducing Energy Use Saves on the Bottom Line Unit 2 An Internal Sustainability Plan -Initial Assessment of Current Business Model -An Office Task Force is Essential -Designing a Mission Statement -Basics on Environmental Accounting and Reporting -Monitoring and Evaluation Unit 3 Wellness in the Workplace -New Value Proposition for Well Offices -Wellness Concepts: Air, water, light, fitness, nutrition, comfort and mind -Risk vs Reward of Wellness Features -Sick Building Syndrome Unit 4 Inner Company Initiatives That Work -Office Procedural Strategies -A Strategy for Resource Management -Assessing Current Supply Chain and Purchasing Procedures -Tools to Track Sustainable Products and Verify Healthy Purchasing -Suggestions For Greening Your Office

4060005

Online 24/7; sessions starting 04/02/2018,ending 04/27/2018

Tuition: $195.00

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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. At the end of this course, you will be able to identify the abilities required of successful entrepreneurs and how to acquire them, develop goals to help establish your business, develop an outline for your plan, and take home techniques to successfully manage your new business. Agenda Unit 1 What is an Entrepreneur? Checklist For Going Into Business Are You A Potential Entrepreneur? Success, Self-Esteem and Goals Brainstorming Business Ideas Unit 2 As You Start Your Business Selecting A Legal Structure Licensing And Registrations Planning Your Business Unit 3 Using Technology The Essential Eleven Computer Skills Marketing Strategies Internet Opportunities Unit 4 Managing Your Business Financial Statements Record Keeping And Taxes Grants And Government Programs

4060030

Online 24/7; sessions starting 02/05/2018,ending 03/02/2018

Tuition: $195.00

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Finance is key to entrepreneurial success. The lack of financial knowledge about business and business start-ups is also one of the leading causes of failure for entrepreneurial ventures. As an entrepreneur, you have limited time, and you certainly have limited resources. So knowing where to put your valuable time, and your limited resources, is critical to the success of your new venture. You will start by gaining a deeper knowledge of the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses. You will take back practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and entrepreneurial success. And you will get an understanding of the seven steps in the accounting cycle and how to use financial information in decision making. You will come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance. Then discover the keys to managing cash. Cash is arguably the most important factor in new business success. Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) reports 90% of all small business failures are due to poor cash flow. As an entrepreneur, you will find out how to maximize cash flow, learn the importance of cash and find out your role in cash flow success. Finally, you will explore potential debt and equity sources of funds to help support your entrepreneurial work and create a financially successful venture. Find out where business start-up money comes from, and ways to get it. After successfully completing the Entrepreneurial Finance Certificate, you will have exponentially increased your knowledge about entrepreneurial finance, and how to maximize the chances of success and minimize the risks for your new venture. Three one-month online courses

4060007

Online 24/7; sessions starting 02/05/2018,ending 04/27/2018

Tuition: $495.00

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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. With an emphasis on customer-driven marketing decisions, you will learn how to build a strong brand, analyze which tactics to use, and implement your marketing plan. Whether you are starting a business or growing an existing one, you will take away practical marketing tips and tools that you can use to improve your marketing efforts. Agenda Unit 1 The Customer as the Driver - Marketing Decisions Framework - Positioning Your Product or Service - Marketing Strategies and Goals Unit 2 Communicating Value to Customers - Key Selling Messages - Creating Emotional Connections - Personal Selling - Networking: Your 30-Second Introduction Unit 3 Creating a Strong Brand - Managing the Marketing Mix - Marketing on a Shoestring Budget - Your Marketing Calendar - Implementing Your Plan Unit 4 Building Customer Relationships - Tools to Meet Your Strategic Goals - Online Opportunities and Social Media Checklist - Generating Buzz: Word-of-Mouth Marketing - Measuring Effectiveness

4060031

Online 24/7; sessions starting 04/02/2018,ending 04/27/2018

Tuition: $195.00

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