Business & Leadership

  • Accounting with Excel Suite

    Master the skills and develop the knowledge you need to increase your financial awareness, while enhancing your Excel skills by adding time-saving functions to your repertoire.

    Suite includes:

    Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016

    Do you work with numbers? Then you need to master Microsoft Excel 2016 (now available through Office 365)—and this is the place to do it. In this comprehensive online course, you’ll discover dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently. You’ll learn the secrets behind writing powerful formulas, using functions, sorting and analyzing data, designing custom charts and graphs, creating three-dimensional workbooks, building links, and creating macros and custom toolbar buttons. This informative course covers Quick Analysis, Flash Fill, and powerful charting capabilities available in Excel 2016.  By the time you’re done, you’ll be using Excel like a professional.

    Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2016

    Take your Excel skills to the next level! In these hands-on lessons, you’ll learn how to create informative, eye-catching charts and graphs, and master charting, PivotTables, Slicers, Sparklines, and other advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2016. Harness the power of Excel’s data analysis tools and AutoFilter commands, and see how easy it is to create macros that eliminate repetitive tasks. Set yourself apart from the casual Excel user by adding VLOOKUP, INDEX & MATCH, and Excel’s other time-saving functions to your repertoire. So get ready for six action-packed weeks that will make you an Excel expert!

    Accounting Fundamentals

    Demand for accounting professionals currently exceeds supply. If you’re interested in increasing your financial awareness and accountability while also gaining a marketable skill, this course is for you. You’ll learn the basics of double-entry bookkeeping, while also learning how to analyze and record financial transactions, as well as prepare various financial reports at the end of the fiscal period. Accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll procedures, sales taxes, and various common banking activities will be discussed. We’ll cover all the bases, from writing checks to preparing an income statement and closing out accounts at the end of each fiscal period.

    Accounting Fundamentals II

    While it is true that accounting professionals are scarce, those with corporate accounting experience are even more rare. This course will build on the knowledge you gained in our Accounting Fundamentals course to provide you with a solid understanding of corporate accounting practices. You’ll be able to analyze transactions and prepare various corporate financial reports. You’ll also gain practical experience working with dividends, plant assets, depreciation, accrued revenue and expenses, retained earnings, stockholders’ equity, and more.

    $395
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  • Achieving Success with Difficult People

    Do you know people whose behavior makes completing even the simplest tasks difficult? Would you like to learn how to have more successful relationships with difficult bosses, co-workers, students, neighbors or family members? Join this class and get helpful information for understanding yourself, solving people problems, and improving your relationships and personal and professional productivity.

    $122
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  • Customer Service Fundamentals

    As someone who participates in delivering high levels of customer service, you’re an important ambassador for your organization. But do you truly feel empowered and capable of delivering top-notch customer service?  In this course, you’ll discover a number of dynamite methods to bring out your best and also do the same for the people you work with. You’ll learn how to measure customer service—from your company’s point of view and from the customers—and discover how to anticipate the needs of your customers. As an added bonus, you’ll unlock the power of leading by example and setting new trends for customer service in your business.

    You may already understand that top-notch customer service begins with knowing your customers and their needs, but do you know how to evaluate those customers, or better yet, what to do with the data once you have it? We’ll take a look at that, as well as identify how your customer service stacks up right now, and how you can build on even the sharpest of service policies. Plus, you’ll learn how to communicate, resolve complaints, and build long-lasting customer service programs.

    $122
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  • Grammar Refresher Series

    These courses will help you gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, grammatically correct work. 

    Series includes:

    Grammar Refresher

    The key to effective writing and speaking is English grammar.  Whether you are just now learning the basics of grammar or if you need a refresher, this course will help you develop the foundational skills you need.  In this course, you’ll explore the eight parts of speech, punctuation and mechanics, foundational sentence construction, and we’ll even get into the details of phrases, clauses, problem words, common grammar mistakes, and much more! An instructor will guide you every step of the way as you learn grammar through hands-on, practical exercises.  You’ll also learn through short videos, examples, and even fun games.  Take your writing and speaking to the next level of excellence!

    Grammar Refresher II

    Take your grammar and writing skills to the next level! In this course, you’ll review the foundational elements of grammar, including the parts of speech, and master the basics of punctuation and mechanics.

    Next, you’ll explore sentence structure, nouns and pronouns, and you’ll work with the different kinds of verb tenses. You’ll also explore adjective and adverb use and be introduced to some “best practices” for using these parts of speech effectively in your writing.

    Then, you’ll take a look at phrases and clauses, as well as parallelism, coordination, and subordination.  You’ll see how different phrases and clauses fit together in sentences so that your writing is clear, concise, and meaningful.

    Finally, you’ll put your skills to work as you explore some different kinds of business writing, paragraph writing, and even formal essay writing. By the time you’re done with the course, you’ll not only have the advanced grammar skills you need, you’ll also understand how to use those skills in practical ways.

    $199
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  • Grant Writing Suite

    Learn everything you need to know to start writing grant proposals and consult or volunteer for non-profit, public foundations.

    Suite includes:

    A to Z Grant Writing

    A to Z Grant Writing is an invigorating and informative course that will teach you how to raise needed funds. This course speaks mainly to nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions, and municipalities seeking grants from foundation, corporate, government, and individual donors. It’s also an excellent primer for individuals wishing to become grant writing consultants or community grant writing volunteers.

    No matter who you are or what level of experience you have, you’ll find the A to Z of writing and submitting successful proposals here!

    Advanced Grant Proposal Writing

    Do you know the best way to present information in a grant proposal? In this course, an experienced grant writer will show you how to research and write winning proposals that get funded. You’ll become proficient in the proposal format used by the vast majority of public foundations. And you’ll gain a full understanding of the criteria funders use to determine whether your grant proposal gets funded or rejected.

    Becoming a Grant Writing Consultant

    Good grant writing consultants are always in demand. Learn how you can use a basic knowledge of grant or proposal writing to become an expert in the red-hot grant consulting field.

    Your instructor, a national grant consulting veteran, will provide you with easy-to-follow instructions that you can use to start your own home-based business. You’ll learn what services to offer, how to find clients, and how to set your fees. Enter a field where your creative writing skills can touch thousands of people and make a real difference.

    $299
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  • High Performance Organization

    A key ingredient to the longevity of a company, is the performance and implementation to function as a High-Performance Organization (HPO). A High Performance Organization doesn’t evolve naturally it takes a proper foundation and resources. Any type of business from production to service based, would benefit from becoming a HPO. Benefits include increased profits, a high rate of success, and a desirable workplace. Competition is everywhere and may range from large and small organizations on a domestic and international level. An organization is better suited for long-term success if they build an initial foundation as a High Performance Organization.

    This program will provide you with the information needed to help your organization with its efforts to become a High Performance Organization (HPO). We’ll begin discussing the four principles of a HPO: Egalitarianism and Engagement, Shared Information and Trust, Knowledge Development and Performance Reward Linkage and how to link those principles with organizational activities to be a HPO to implementation of the principles. You’ll also discuss leadership and how the organization’s culture can help or hinder your efforts to become a HPO.

    $122
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  • Nonprofit Management and Grant Writing Suite

    Develop the skills and strategies you need to become an integral part of one of America’s fastest growing service sectors. Further the ideals and goals of your nonprofit by learning to compete more effectively for members, media attention, donors, clients, and volunteers. Learn to prepare grant proposals that get solid results for your favorite organization or charity.

    Suite includes:

    Introduction to Nonprofit Management

    Develop the skills and strategies you need to become an integral part of one of America’s fastest growing service sectors. In this course, a twelve-year veteran in the nonprofit management field will show you how to transform your good intentions into a professional plan of action. You’ll understand the unique characteristics of nonprofit organizations while mastering the core knowledge necessary to become an effective leader in the nonprofit arena.

    In this course, you will learn skills and develop strategies that will take your organization to new heights of prosperity and productivity. You’ll gain a full understanding of the role of the executive director and the board of directors, special event and meeting management, public relation strategies, and how to find a position in this fascinating and rewarding field of work.

    Marketing Your Nonprofit

    Under pressure to increase membership, expand program value, attract media, entice donors, and develop volunteers, all while keeping an eye on the bottom line? In the face of stiff competition, more worthwhile causes, more regulations, more watchdog agencies, and fewer funding opportunities, you need to work smarter—not longer.

    This course will show you how to use powerful marketing techniques to compete more effectively for customers, donors, members, and volunteers. You’ll also learn how to persuade the media to communicate your organization’s message and further its ideals and goals. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to improve your market share by learning to evaluate and implement effective promotions, advertising campaigns, and communication techniques. If your organization relies on a diverse mix of fees, events, and/or contributions for support, you’re sure to find this information-packed course indispensable.

    Writing Effective Grant Proposals

    Preparing successful grant proposals to receive funding from corporations or foundations requires careful research, meticulous preparation, and graceful writing. Grant administrators tell us that many grant requestors have no real understanding of the proposal writing process and as a result, their worthy causes lose out. If you learn how to avoid the errors that lead to the rejection of your proposal, you will be better prepared to help the causes you most admire. This course will walk you through all of the essential steps–including an important discussion of what you must do when the grant arrives!

    In this course, you’ll learn how to become fully familiar with the institution or project for which you are requesting support. You’ll get valuable guidance in preparing a background statement and a brief financial statement to support your request. You’ll also research some charitable foundation and corporate giving sources. Then, you’ll learn how to put everything together so you can assemble, write, and submit complete grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and wealthy individuals for any number of your pet projects.

    Advanced Grant Proposal Writing

    Do you know the best way to present information in a grant proposal? In this course, an experienced grant writer will show you how to research and write winning proposals that get funded. You’ll become proficient in the proposal format used by the vast majority of public foundations. Learn what to do–and, more importantly what not to do–on your cover sheet, narrative, background page, and your stakeholder and third-party evaluation plan.

    You’ll also discover the quickest and most efficient ways to gather the information you’ll need to develop your proposal’s attachments, including information on your organization’s structure, administration, and finances.

    And you’ll gain a full understanding of the criteria funders use to determine whether your grant proposal gets funded or rejected. You’ll become expert at ferreting out corporate, foundation, and government grantmakers, and you’ll know how to tailor your responses to information found in the peer review criteria.

    Before the course is over, you will have discovered a number of significant finishing touches that can give your project the edge over others. You’ll know the best type of paper to use, which buzzwords to include, which fonts work best, which types of graphics to include, and a variety of formatting techniques that will make your proposal more competitive. You’ll also learn about the importance of obtaining community and political support before submitting a proposal to any government agency.

    $395
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  • Project Management Suite

    In this suite, you will discover the essentials of project management as you learn to plan, implement, control, and close any type of project along with essential quantitative and qualitative project management applications.

    Suite includes:

    Project Management Fundamentals

    There are more projects occurring today than at any time in history. Organizations initiate projects to create new computer applications, erect bridges and buildings, improve processes, develop new products, and reorganize company operations. Unfortunately, most organizations do not manage projects well, creating an unprecedented demand for project management practitioners.

    If you’re organized, perceptive, detail-oriented, and an excellent communicator, you just might have what it takes to succeed in the fast-growing field of project management.

    In this course, an experienced Project Management Professional will help you master the essentials of project management. You’ll become an indispensable member of your project team by discovering and mastering the critical concepts you need to plan, implement, control and close any type of project.

    Project Management Applications

    Increase your value to your employer by discovering and mastering essential quantitative and qualitative project management applications.

    A successful project begins with process definition, data collection, and the scoping of project requirements. Every project ends with a motivated project team able to accomplish objectives on time and within budget. Winning projects rely on accurate cost and time estimates, identification of the critical path, and use of tracking and control tools.

    In this course, an experienced Project Management Professional will teach you the same powerful tools and techniques that experienced project management professionals rely on every day.

    High Speed Project Management

    With accelerated schedules driving many technology projects today, the smart project manager must rapidly retool their skill set. This course offers a breakthrough model for dealing with the realities of managing projects at supersonic speeds. Learn to meet and win the challenges of truncated timelines, short-staffed project teams, skimpy budgets and crippling risks.

    $299
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  • Supervision and Management Series

    Whether you’re new to managing employees or are a seasoned pro, these courses will help you brush up on your leadership and interpersonal communication skills, to help you lead your team to success.

    Series includes:

    Fundamentals of Supervision and Management I

    If you have recently been promoted to a supervisory or management position or want to learn how to become a more effective manager, this course will help you master the basics of business by learning the language of management.

    You will learn how to make a successful transition from employee to manager and you’ll learn the skills required to delegate responsibility and motivate your employees. Finally, you will learn how to solve problems and resolve conflicts so you can accomplish your job more effectively.

    Fundamentals of Supervision and Management II

    In this course, you will learn how to be a more effective manager or supervisor. We will discuss how you can develop your interpersonal skills, by understanding and dealing with the various people issues that arise at work. We are going to show you how you can understand various personality traits–in yourself and in others–and how they impact the ability to get the job done. These traits include emotional intelligence, the need for power, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and more.

    $199
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  • Using Social Media in Business

    One of the biggest challenges for most business owners is to find a continuous supply of new customers. Over the past decade, some have differentiated themselves by leveraging the Internet and social media to do just that. Whether you consider yourself a social media novice or a seasoned veteran, this course will give you a solid foundation and thorough understanding of what social media is and how you can use it to grow your business.

    As you progress through the course, you’ll master a simple process for making social media work for you. You’ll learn about the five most popular social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+—and study secrets for using them and other social media platforms to promote your business. You’ll also see how you can build a social media team and automate your social media activities so that you can leverage the power of social media without adding another full-time job to your plate. And finally, you’ll gain techniques for measuring and tracking your social media success.

    In today’s fast-paced and globally connected environment, social media is a game changer for businesses and business owners who use this powerful medium in the right way. So whether you’re looking for a new way to market your business or simply hoping to gain a better understanding about the excitement that surrounds social media, this course will empower you.

    $122
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