Personal Growth Courses

To check the dates, times, costs, and availability of these courses, check the Course Calendar Page. You can also sign up to receive email announcements from me or simply email your questions and suggestions! Not all courses are offered every semester! (Click the title of the course for additional information, including additional resources for students… note these pages are undergoing major revision this fall (2015). Sorry for any inconvenience!

Public Speaking for the Nervous and Frightened

Do you get sweaty palms and shaky knees when called upon to speak in front of a group? Public speaking doesn’t have to be scary! This brief course doesn’t promise to turn you into a great orator, but it will help you get the butterflies in your stomach to fly in formation when you stand in front of a group by having what is called an “enlarged conversation.” Come prepared to participate and have a lot of fun! Bring your butterflies!

teacher_colaberation_pc_400_clr_3388Substitute Teacher Training Course

This fun one-day program is designed to prepare people interested in serving as a substitute teacher or ed tech.  There will be plenty of “hands on learning” that will include important classroom management techniques and teaching strategies. We’ll also cover some legal aspects and help you develop your own “sub pack” of resources and an action plan that will get you started on the right foot! If you’ve been subbing, this is a great opportunity for a “refresher” and some new ideas. One student comments, “…very engaging with a lot of real life scenarios. I came away with new information even after subbing for a year.” The program is taught by Walter Boomsma, an experienced substitute teacher and adult educator.

Publicity for Non-Profits and Small Businesses

You may be making news, but is it news if nobody knows about it? This class will explore the basics of “getting the word out” through approaches that work for small businesses and non-profit organizations regardless of size. Participants will learn the mechanics of getting a story in print or on television and take home samples of formats as well as a number of tips for maximizing their business or organization’s exposure in the media. You’ll even learn why social media may not be the answer.


Is There a Book in You? Publish it!

Publishing technology and the industry has changed dramatically in recent years. It’s no longer impossible or expensive for new authors to get published thanks to “Indie Publishing” and POD (print on demand) technology. Join local author “Mr. Boomsma” to learn how he published and distributes his recent book “Small People — Big Brains” using readily available resources.

Your WordPress Website/Blog

WordPress is one of the most popular free and open source blogging and website publishing platforms available today. In this “user friendly” and hands-on course you’ll learn the basics of building a blog or website for your business or pleasure—in fact, you’ll have your site up and running by the end of the class. You should have some basic computer skills and a basic understanding of the Internet.  The class is not designed for advanced users! You will need to be able to access your email during the first session. (Class meets twice.)

 Cows Don’t Give Milk–You actually have to take it!

Do you need to be more persuasive?  The techniques you will learn have been applied in situations including advertising, public speaking, customer service and even parenting.  This is an action-packed and information-crammed program that’s fun to boot!  You’ll learn, for example, that cows don’t give milk; you actually have to take it!  Or at least you need to know some basic techniques for getting those cows to yield the precious fluid.  We won’t be milking cows, but we will be learning techniques to increase the returns from our sales and influencing efforts.

Brainpower–Discovering your mental abilities

Mental patterns and routines allow us to take in, categorize and handle great amounts of information, but they also account for most of our “stupid mistakes.” With awareness, we can manage the process and increase mental flexibility. After experiencing first-hand the flexibility and potential of the mind, participants learn how they can develop important mental skills such as fact-finding, problem-solving, and “happying.”

Ten Dating Rules to Help with Your Job Search–Desperation isn’t pretty!

The idea of having a new job is exciting. For most folks the idea of finding a new job is dreadful. This fun seminar will ask you to make your job search more fun by using a few basic marketing principles. You’ll learn how to turn your job search into a program and how a properly designed resume will help you answer tough interview questions. High school seniors are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

Myths, Magic, and Mayhem–Negotiating a difficult real estate market

If you’ve never  bought or sold real estate — or it’s been a while — this program will provide you with a  working familiarity of some of the principles and practices in today’s market. Using a workshop approach, the program will be tailored to the needs and interests of the participants and will include topics like the role of the various professionals involved in the process, the jargon of the industry, pitfalls to avoid, and consumer rights and responsibilities. (Note this is a consumer course and does not qualify for continuing education credit for real estate licensees.)

Solopreneuring—Got What It Takes?

Being your own boss can be a pain! Nearly everyone at some time enjoys the idea of “being their own boss.” The rewards may be great but so are the risks and requirements. This fast-paced workshop will challenge you to be honest with yourself and discover what sort of person you will be to work for.


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