Personal Development

  • Drawing for the Absolute Beginner

    Have you always been interested in drawing, but never really knew how to get started? If so, then this is definitely the course for you! Gain a solid foundation and understanding of the basics to drawing and become the artist you’ve always dreamed you could be!

    You’ll gain a solid understanding of the many tools of the trade. You’ll become intimately familiar with paper types, drawing styles, rendering techniques, and the basic principal of perspective, layout, design, lighting, volume, and space. You’ll even discover how best to get in touch with your right brain.

    If you have an interest in learning what it’s like to draw or would love to increase your current knowledge in the field of art and illustrating, then this course aims to fulfill all of your needs.

    $110
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  • Genealogy Basics

    Tracing your family’s history is a fascinating journey. Who will you discover? Genealogy Basics will help you understand the genealogy research process and the way we interpret the information we find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several subscription-based Web sites, which you can access while you’re enrolled in the class. Along the way, you’ll learn through hands-on examples that help you dig deeper into your family’s past. You’ll develop a strategy to accomplish your objectives, evaluate the results, and share that information with others. You’ll discover, in simple terms, where to look, who to contact, and how to make your family history come alive. Was it truth or goof? Where’s the proof? Find out why close counts not only in horseshoes, but also in hunting your heritage.

    $110
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  • 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!

    $110
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  • Introduction to Screenwriting

    There’s never been a better time to start a career as a screenwriter. With technological breakthroughs bringing the cost of making and distributing movies down to almost nothing, there’s going to be a huge demand for great scripts—and for people who can write them.

    Whether you want to write micro-budget indie films or Hollywood blockbusters, this course will teach you everything you need to know to create a script that can sell. You’ll start with the fundamentals of stories—why audiences need them, what they expect from them, and what kinds of stories work time after time. Then you’ll learn how to write your own. You’ll see how to come up with an idea, how to develop that tiny spark into a story, and finally how to structure it into a screenplay.

    But story and structure are only the beginning. You’ll learn how to create characters audiences will believe and how to write dialogue that will bring them to life. You’ll discover the secrets of constructing scenes that audiences won’t be able to stop watching and how to make every moment of your screenplay count. And you’ll see how to take your good first draft and turn it into something great.

    Along the way, you’ll get hands-on experience through a series of short—and fun!—writing assignments that will have you working like a pro from the very beginning of the course.

    Finally, you’ll get an inside look into the business of selling your script and building your career as a writer. You’ll find out about agents and producers, contests and consultants, studios and scam artists. When you finish the course, you’ll be ready to start writing your own script, and you’ll know how to sell it once it’s done!

    $122
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  • Keys to Successful Money Management

    If you’re interested in discovering how most wealthy people amassed their fortunes, this is the course for you. Contrary to popular opinion, most of us don’t achieve true wealth through luck or an accident of fate. Just about anybody can build wealth. All it takes is organization, discipline, and a firm knowledge of how to proceed. If you’re serious about accumulating a sizable nest egg and living the life of your dreams, this course will supply you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed.

    You’ve probably heard amazing stories of people amassing untold fortunes with seemingly little effort, finding financial freedom through the magic of day trading, shorting stocks, buying and selling commodities, playing the slots, flipping real estate, or some other fad of the moment. These stories sound too good to be true, and that’s because they are. All of those get-rich-quick schemes have three things in common: they’re unsafe, they’re unpredictable, and they tend to produce far more losers than they do winners.

    The truly wealthy do not rely on risky games of chance and raw luck to build their fortunes–they focus on creating wealth out of what they already have. If you’re serious about living a better life by tapping into your unfulfilled potential, we’ll show you the way.

    In this course, a certified financial planner will walk you through the steps you need to take in order to achieve true financial success. You’ll become comfortable with the broad array of investment choices available to you right now, and you’ll discover the best ways to acquire and accumulate both cash and real property. We’ll also discuss the tax implications of your investment decisions, along with steps you can take to protect any wealth you acquire.

    $110
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  • Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay

    Online auctions match buyers with sellers in a global marketplace for almost any item. If you’ve ever dreamed of working from home or just earning extra income by buying and selling goods online, our experienced instructors will guide you every step of the way. You’ll learn how to create titles that get noticed, how to craft advertising copy that sells items quickly and for top dollar, and how to create and upload photos of the items you are selling. You’ll also learn how to safely conduct financial transactions, how to accept credit card payments, and how to pack and ship any item hassle-free. If you’re a buyer, you’ll learn how to value almost any item up for auction, how to get the best possible price, how to protect yourself against fraud, and how to compete effectively against other bidders.

    $110
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  • Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals

    Have you ever wished you had a personal chef preparing luscious, low-fat meals for you? This course is the next best thing! You’ll learn how to reduce fat in recipes without sacrificing flavor or texture. Explore how to use flavor profiling to expand your culinary horizons. Learn how to prepare casseroles, crock-pot dishes, vegan dishes, oven-fried foods, meat-based meals, and many other entrees that are both nutritious and delicious!

    You’ll discover how to get in and out of the kitchen faster, including tips for grocery shopping, menu planning, food preparation, and quicker cooking. You’ll also learn a dietitian’s tricks of the trade for encouraging reluctant family members to eat more healthfully. You’ll have the chance to try out over 50 exciting and easy lowered-fat recipes for tasty entrees, side dishes, desserts, and garnishes, with each recipe demonstrating a topic that’s covered in the lessons.

    $110
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  • Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera

    Get control of your digital SLR camera!  In this course, you’ll break through the technology barrier and learn how to use your DSLR to take beautiful photos.

    You’ll start out by learning about the many features and controls of your DSLR and look at the lenses you need for the kind of photography you enjoy. Next, we’ll explore exposure controls.  You’ll learn about metering, exposure compensation, managing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  You’ll find out how to use these features to get the right exposure for every shot.

    Then we’ll turn our attention to flash photography, managing camera controls, photo files, and even working in manual mode.  With these skills, you’ll be able to take your photography to the next level. Finally, the course explores high dynamic range photos and how to master those difficult and tricky exposure situations.

    By the end of this course, you’ll truly be a DSLR master, and most of all, you’ll be able to use your camera to take the photos you’ve always dreamed of.

    $110
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  • Merrill Ream Speed Reading

    Are you struggling to keep up with a flood of email, articles, reports, and books? Save yourself hours of time and increase your productivity by learning to read faster and with better comprehension. Taught by acclaimed speed reading expert Dr. Merrill Ream, this course is a complete speed reading experience. Topics are presented in a logical progression with plenty of time to help you master the skills and techniques you’ll need for lasting proficiency as a speed reader.

    $110
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  • Skills for Making Great Decisions

    Learn how to make excellent everyday decisions from an experienced counselor and life coach. In this six-week online course, you’ll learn about some wonderful abilities we’re born with for figuring things out and making good decisions. You’ll also see why our instincts and intuition sometimes deceive us and how self-knowledge can help us guard against becoming overly confident. You’ll discover the steps necessary to achieve your goals, as well as the power that ordinary, everyday decisions can have over the quality of your life.

    You’ll learn how to deal effectively with crisis, how to use your emotions as decision-making tools, and how to work with others to make good decisions. You’ll develop some important guidelines for when to take risks, when to trust your luck, and what to do if you make a mistake. The goal of this course is to give you the power to live the best life you can and make the very most of every opportunity.

    $122
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  • Where Does All My Money Go?

    Ever get frustrated that you never seem to get ahead? Are you and your family constantly arguing about money? Do you ever wonder where your money went last month? Do you have trouble saving money? Do you wish you had financial security? Want to work on paying down your debt but don’t know where to find the money?

    This course will teach you the very basics of how to get control of your finances rather than letting them control you. It is the help you need before learning about investing, debt elimination, retirement or college planning. There aren’t many places that you can go to learn these principles, so take advantage of this opportunity to learn online.

    Start to make conscious decisions about spending and saving. Find out where your money goes. Make your own informed choices about where you want it to go. Learn how to fund your dreams and how to save money for everything from emergencies to vacations. If you have ever felt lost about where to start working on your finances, this course is for you.

    You can’t afford not to take this course and change your habits. This course is an investment in your future and you will save the cost of the course many times over by applying what you learn.

    $110
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