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Personal Development

The courses listed below represent a small sample of available online courses. Click here to view additional offerings.

  • Achieving Success with Difficult People

    This course will teach you how to see things from others’ viewpoints based on their needs, values, beliefs, experiences, skills, knowledge, and self-interests. You will learn to approach difficult situations by answering the questions: who? what? where? when? how? and why? And by answering these questions, you will understand who your difficult people are, what they’re like, how you react to them, and their response to your actions.

    You will also practice analyzing your interactions with those you share space with. By observing others closely, you will learn to read their identifying characteristics. Once you can identify which type of person you’re dealing with, you will be able to choose appropriate reactions to their behaviors.

    By the time you finish this course, you will understand that assertiveness involves taking responsibility when meeting your needs in a way that preserves the dignity and rights of others.

    $122
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  • Beginner's Guide to Getting Published

    Do you know the five most common reasons why manuscripts are instantly rejected? If your goal is to become a published freelance writer of fiction or nonfiction for books or magazines, this comprehensive course will help you guide your work directly into the hands of an editor and onto the shelves of your favorite stores.

    Your success in the writing game will be determined by the amount of credibility publishers attach to you and your work. This course will teach you how to give yourself the kind of credibility you need to succeed. This course will provide you with instant access to critical information most other writers don’t discover for years and will walk you through every step of the publishing process. If you really want to be a writer, this course will give you all the tools you need to get published. 

    $122
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  • Genealogy Basics

    Tracing your family’s history is a fascinating journey. Genealogy Basics will help you understand the genealogy research process and how to interpret the information you find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several subscription-based web sites, which you can access while enrolled in this class.

    You will learn through hands-on examples that help you dig deeper into your family’s past. You will develop a strategy to accomplish your objectives, evaluate the results, and share that information with others. You will discover where to look, who to contact, and how to make your family history come alive!

    $110
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  • Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

    Learn to use digital editing techniques to show off your photos and memorabilia in Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking! Using Photoshop Elements 11, 12, or 13, this course will teach you how to make the most of your scrapbooking talents and artistic ideas when you combine traditional and digital scrapbooking.

    Starting with simple projects, you’ll quickly learn how to build pages, use artistic journaling, and produce sophisticated illusions. Photoshop Elements lets you build your own clip art, create frames, and develop multi-layer pages with an endless array of layouts and designs. You’ll see how to draw and create your own art, build collages and scrapbooks to share, and work with both color and black and white. If you need to restore or age images—the tools are all available to you. Come take your scrapbooking to a new level!

    $110
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  • Introduction to Guitar

    Learn to play guitar and become the musician you’ve always wanted to be! In these fun and informative lessons, you’ll build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed illustrations.

    The classical guitar skills you’ll master in this course will allow you to play any style of music, from hard rock to country-and-western. And that’s not all! Good guitar players know that the secret to making beautiful music is to practice, practice, practice—so that’s what you’ll do. You’ll make rapid progress as you follow a carefully planned practice schedule that reinforces each new skill you learn. Whether you’re a beginner or an intermediate student, this course will take your musical talent to the next level. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a skilled guitar player.

    $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, this course will guide you every step of the way!

    In this course, you will gain all of the knowledge necessary for success in the online marketplace. 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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  • Lose Weight and Keep It Off

    Do you want to lose weight and keep it off? Now you can! In this comprehensive course, you’ll discover how to establish a healthy approach to weight loss and weight maintenance. You’ll master how to set and achieve weight-loss and weight-maintenance goals that make sense for you.

    By the end of this course, you’ll know how to set appropriate and effective goals for eating, exercise, and many other elements that affect your weight. You’ll have the skills you need to lose weight and keep it off for a lifetime!

    $110
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  • Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera

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

    You will 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, you will learn about metering, exposure compensation, managing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. You will find out how to use these features to get the right exposure for every shot. Then turn your attention to flash photography, managing camera controls, photo files, and even working in manual mode. With these skills, you will be able to take your photography to the next level.

    By the end of this course, you will truly be a DSLR master, and most of all, you will 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. 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 will need for lasting proficiency as a speed-reader.

    $110
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  • Personal Finance

    Do you have clear financial goals? Are you confident you will be able to retire someday? How can be sure you are making the right investments? Do you know how to change your credit report to reduce your expenses and increase your financial security? Do you know how to keep good financial records?

    This course will prepare you for a lifetime of worthwhile personal financial planning. The tools you will learn are useful, realistic, and easy to work into your regular routine. They will help you gain control over the financial impact of the choices you make. You will learn to create and use a budget, borrow and invest wisely, make intelligent decisions about insurance, and plan for your financial future. You will develop a retirement savings plan, and you will be better prepared to make large purchases and plan for taxes. You will learn the essentials of household bookkeeping, record-keeping requirements, and much, much more.

    $122
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