Plus Fifty

 

Following are course descriptions. Check the Annual Schedule to plan your schedule.

 

PLUS 50 BUSINESS 100
Building Skills for Sales & Service Jobs +50 (1.1)

Learn the basic skills necessary to succeed in the sales and service industry. Discover how to build and improve your resume and where to look for employment. Students will learn to identify their own communication style and to work effectively with other styles. Mock interviewing will be done for industry specific jobs.

PLUS 50 BUSINESS 101
e-Bay-The Basics of Selling +50 (0.3)

Learn how to create an eBay Seller account, create successful eBay listings, load pictures and accept credit card payment with PayPal. Covers selling "Tips, Tricks and Traps", market analysis, determining shipping costs, where to get FREE shipping supplies, how to print shipping labels from your home computer and get FREE home pickup. Lecture.

PLUS 50 BUSINESS 104
Create a Profitable Pet Sitting Business +50 (0.7)

Stuck in the corporate doldrums? Laid off and dreaming of becoming your own boss? If you love animals and want to earn a good living following your passion, join us and see if pet sitting is the business for you. Pet owners no longer want the kid next door. They want licensed, insured professionals who they can count on to show up, handle home and pet emergencies, and provide custom care to their pets. This information-packed class gives you detailed instructions on how to launch your pet sitting business, avoid beginner's mistakes and protect you from liability. Special focus on effective, low-cost marketing to put You on a fast track to success.

PLUS 50 BUSINESS 109
Financial Management-Job or Career Change +50 (0.3)

Changing jobs or careers poses challenges to the management of one's finances. Making the proper choices and being aware of the various tax laws could spell the difference between a retirement of dependence or independence. If you are changing jobs or careers, and are concerned about your finances and general financial and retirement planning, this class is for you. We will focus on budgetary issues, examining where/how your monthly income is being allocated, debt issues and how to deal with excessive debt, and retirement plan roll over and distribution options that minimize tax ramifications, among other topics.

PLUS 50 BUSINESS 111
Are You Ready to Start Your OWN Business? +50 (0.3)

Get answers to your questions on how to successfully start your own business. Class includes a take home SBA Resource guide and covers personality traits, funding resources, legal requirements, risk assessment, and factors for failure and success.

PLUS 50 BUSINESS 181
Project Management-For the Rest of Your Life +50 (0.6)

You can use the same project management skills that businesses and various organizations use to successfully carry out ideas and goals. The same applies for work planning goals. You'll discuss and practice using the classic concepts of project management: defining the project,identifying who is involved and how, making a timeline, dealing with risk and uncertainty, and tracking progress to completion. You'll have plenty of time for discussion and for work based on needs and ideas you bring to the class. You do not need to know about Project Management or computers to take this class.

PLUS 50 CAREER 100
Transitions Tool Kit +50 (0.6)

Retirement isn't what it used to be. You might be looking for work, working longer, or have a changed financial situation. We'll cover tools and work-related skills for transition: choosing priorities, setting realistic goals, creating timelines, dealing with disruptions. You'll leave with plans you can apply now to your specific situation.

PLUS 50 CAREER 101
Navigate a Job Search in a Difficult Market +50 (2.3)

Learn the most effective ways to market your job skills and gain employment in a challenging market. Course covers: development of a professional network, how to search for jobs, resume preparation, interview techniques that emphasize the benefits of hiring mature workers and closing the deal to land the job.

PLUS 50 CAREER 106
Get Organized for Work +50 (0.3)

Are you ready to head back to work? In this 2 part class we'll explore how to maintain an organized desk and process paper and information. You'll learn tips on managing filing systems and email accounts. We'll cover the 4 key steps of organizing, as well as valuable time management skills. Now is the time to break old patterns, learn new skills, and create systems that put you back in charge. We'll touch on gathering information for your resume, and ways to keep track of the job hunt process. Overcome overwhelm with simple techniques that work for you and how you think. You will be able to take home new skills to explore and in the second session, we'll refine and tune them to your needs. One task at a time, you'll be prepared for that next big step!

PLUS 50 CAREER 112
Self-Advocacy in the Work Place +50 (0.6)

Interviews, networking, situations where you need to speak up for yourself - how do you know what to say? Learn what to say to make the most impact, help achieve your goals and lead to positive results. You will leave with several clear and persuasive statements about yourself that you can use in your job search and other life situations as well. Class will include time for practice and discussion.

PLUS 50 CAREER 115
Explore a New Career: Skills Transfer +50 (1.1)

This short course will help you assess your skills and experience and find new ways to describe and talk about them to potential employers. This is often necessary when a person moves from one company to another or from one industry to another. It sounds like it should be easy to do on your own, but most people benefit from some guidance. This short course will help you make the transition to a new career.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 100
Quick Keyboarding +50 (0.9)

This course is designed for people who wish to learn to type by touch using all their fingers and/or increase their speed and accuracy. At the end of the first session, you will be able to type all the letters of the alphabet, the horizontal numbers, comma and period on the keyboard without looking at your fingers. After a week of practice in a scientifically designed book, you will return to learn new techniques to increase speed and improve accuracy. Homework is required. Bring book and materials to class.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 101
E-Mail-Outlook Basics +50 (1.1)

This is a great skill-building class to learn practical email basics for personal or business use. Topics: an overview of email components; an introduction to Outlook 2010; composing and organizing messages; setting up and managing contacts and to-do lists; scheduling appointments, and organizing meetings. No previous experience required.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 102
Getting Started with Computers +50 (1.4)

A beginning level class where you learn computer basics and practical applications for personal or business use. Build a solid foundation that will enable you to take advantage of the technology that can help with your home and business tasks. Topics include: overview of PC hardware and software concepts, purchasing a new computer, basic skills in Windows and an introduction to Windows 7, overview of word processing, spreadsheet, and database software use, printing, introduction to the Internet and e-mail use, and computer and Internet safety. No previous experience required.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 103
Create a Website for Fun, Profit & Business! +50 (0.5)

No programming required. Discover easy-to-use design tools that can build your personal or business website in 60 minutes. Then get traffic immediately using pay-per-click ads on Google, MSN, Yahoo and Facebook. Covers how to get ranked by the three major search engines (SEO), plus the does and don'ts, tips and traps of website design. Also discover Internet market research tools to determine what to sell, what to avoid, and how to create a money generating affiliate website with no products required. Lecture only.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 104
Quickbooks: A Serious Introduction +50 (1.1)

This hands-on class will give a quick start at using this valuable accounting software that is used by more than 80% of small to mid-sized businesses. You will learn the basics of how QuickBooks can aid you in performing daily through monthly bookkeeping and accounting operations for a business.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 105
Internet Basics +50 (0.8)

Learn how to use the internet efficiently to search for information and to help in your job search. Practice using tools such as favorites and tabs. Learn the difference between a web site, search engines, and web software (email, social networking, the cloud). Use Microsoft Internet Explorer to learn the software and tools available to you.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 110
Windows 7 +50 (0.8)

What is Windows? This class is the most basic computer class, starting with the parts of the screen (the Desktop), icons, the Taskbar and the Start Menu. Learn how to open, minimize, restore and move a Window. Practice how to work with multiple windows, software programs and window browsers. Learn how to save, store and search for files.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 113
PowerPoint Workshop +50 (0.8)

Seen a PowerPoint presentation before but not sure how to do it? Want to add more pizzazz to your presentations? Need to know how to use the program for work? In this class we'll create a PowerPoint presentation from the ground up, design, content, animation and presentation. Some PowerPoint experience helpful, computer comfort required.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 114
Integrated, Self-paced Computer Lab +50 (2.5)

Interested in developing your skills in, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint? Come to a self-paced laboratory environment to work at your own pace in the company of other job seekers. A coach will help you navigate the software and help menus. Come to the Job Connections Center Computer Lab in the basement of the 5000 Building.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 128
Word 2010 Level 1 +50 (0.6)

This introductory class will provide you with the basic concepts of creating electronic documents using Microsoft Word. You will learn basic desktop publishing skills such as how to add text, graphics, tables,formatting, borders,headers/footers and more. You'll learn how to use Microsoft Office Word Help and other built-in tools. Prerequisite; Familiarity with working in the Windows environment and with working with a mouse and keyboard.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 129
Working with Word 2010 Level 1 +50 (0.8)

Learn the basics and beyond of this robust word processing program. You will create, edit, and proofread documents, change the look of text and the document, present information in columns and tabs and work with graphics, symbols, and diagrams. Prerequisites: familiarity with the Windows environment and working with a mouse and keyboard.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 131
Working with Word 2010 Level 2 +50 (0.8)

This class will help you go beyond the basics of word processing. You will learn how to enhance your documents with components like managing a list, customizing tables and charts, creating templates, automating mail merges, modifying pictures, and creating customized graphic elements. Prerequisite: Word 2010 Level I or equivalent.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 132
Working with Excel 2010 Level 1 +50 (0.8)

This class will provide you with the basic concepts of creating electronic spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel. During this course you will begin at the beginning (e.g. it's an introductory course), but you will go beyond the basics! You will explore the Excel 2010 environment, create, save, edit a basic worksheet, perform calculations, modify and format a worksheet, print workbook contents, filter and sort data, and work with charts. You'll learn how to use Microsoft Office Excel Help and other built-in tools. Prerequisites: Familiarity with working in the Windows environment and with working with a mouse and keyboard.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 149
Excel 2010 Level 1 +50 (0.6)

This introductory class will provide you with the basic concepts of creating electronic spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel. You'll learn basic skills such as creating a basic worksheet, performing calculations, modifying and formatting worksheets, printing workbook contents and managing large workbooks. You will learn how to use Microsoft Office Excel Help and other built-in tools. Prerequisite: Familiarity with working in the Windows environment and with working with a mouse and keyboard.

PLUS 50 COMPUTER 150
Working with Excel 2010 Level 2 +50 (0.8)

This class will help you go beyond the basics of electronic spreadsheets. You will learn how to enhance your Excel skills by calculating data with advanced formulas, organizing worksheet and table data, presenting data using charts, analyzing data using Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts. Prerequisite: Excel 2010 Level 1 or equivalent.

PLUS 50 SKILL 100
Writing Your Way to Business Success +50 (0.9)

Employers want good writing skills! Learn to write clear, effective, powerful business documents, e-mails, and letters quickly and easily. You'll learn to clarify your message, communicate complex information, edit and proofread your writing, and use proper grammar and punctuation--skills that will help you find a job or enhance your career.

PLUS 50 SKILL 105
Staying in Charge as We Age +50 (0.6)

We are often concerned about what will happen to us (or is already happening!) as we age. In this class, regardless of what age or stage of "elderhood" you've reached, you'll learn how to make specific decisions and plans, instead of waiting for things to happen to you. Class will include setting priorities, discussing what's important for you, developing alternatives, and how to talk with others about your plans. You'll work on sample plans for yourself, and we'll have ample time for discussion. These plans may include return to work plans. Please bring a notebook to class for writing.

PLUS 50 SKILL 107
Refresh Your Math Skills With NW Geology +50 (0.9)

In this course, we will use arithmetic, basic geometry, graphing and introductory statistics to study the earthquake (seismic) activity off our coastline. We live at the boundary of two moving plates of the earth's broken crust; see why, how, where and with what effects these plates interact. Specific topics include: earthquake speeds and depths,geological processes that occur as our two plates interact; and tsunami or seismic sea waves impacting our coasts.

PLUS 50 SKILL 108
Refresh Your Writing Skills With NW Geology +50 (0.9)

In this course, we will use good English grammar, spelling, and punctuation, to write a series of short essays that describe the cataclysmic Ice Age Flood events of thousands of years ago. Central Washington was both carved out and built up as a result of these enormous floods,and thus the region has the name Channeled Scablands. Specific topics to be discussed, and about which we will write include: the geological history and processes that occurred to produce the floods, contrasting normal river sediment features with Ice Age Floods features, and the Ice Age Floods driving tour.

PLUS 50 SKILL 116
Social Networking, the Internet, and You! +50 (1.1)

Learn how to use Internet Browser software; create bookmarks, home pages and print. Also learn to use some of the most popular web based software for Social Networking: LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter. This class will explore these software, how it works and help you discover what software will best benefit your needs for work and personal use.

PLUS 50 SKILL 130
Refresh Math/Writing Skills through Geology +50 (1.8)

In this course, we will update math and writing skills as we study the active geology of Washington! Our math refresher focuses on the current earthquake (seismic) activity off our coastline, where three tectonic plates interact. And our writing refresher focuses on the cataclysmic Ice Age (10,000+ years ago) flood events of Central Washington that both carved out and built up the landscape there.