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  • Support Infinite Possibilities in the District 196 Community

    Your donation to Community Education will help an individual in need to participate in a quality learning activity. Select the denomination of your choice. You will receive an email confirmation upon completion of the donation. Thank you for your support of learning in District 196.
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    Certificate in Mastering Excel

    Do not register here. Please click Register now! A must-have skill to succeed in business, whether an entrepreneur or a valued employee, is the ability to create, edit and manage spreadsheets. Microsoft Excel is the most used spreadsheet tool in the world. Begin with learning how an Excel worksheet is constructed, populated with content, and edited for delivery. Discover how various menu items, commands, settings and processes affects the look of your Excel worksheets and workbooks. Then, increase your efficiency by learning how to organize, display and calculate your data into useful information. Identify different types of data and how data can be best visually represented or formatted, by using different data tool techniques. Finally, you’ll learn a variety of Excel’s most powerful features to analyze data quickly and easily. This Certificate will help you discover how to attractively visualize your data into meaningful information with confidence. Register now! Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and a very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. After you register, you will be given a web address with easy-to-follow instructions to go to get into your virtual classroom. You may participate any time of day or evening with online reading, listen and see presentations, and complete self-quizzes. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun. Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/International Learning Units (ILUs) 4.8 Length 48 Hours Price $495.00 Register now!
  • Social Media For Business Certificate

    Do not register here. Please click Register now! Get in on this exciting and growing way to communicate, market and serve your customers and clients. For businesses, nonprofits, government, and other organizations. From Facebook to Twitter, blogging, YouTube, LinkedIn, and more, discover the new principles of communication that apply across all networks and how these specific social networks work and the possible uses for your organization. Learn how social networks are used to develop a two-way communication and marketing strategy for your organization. Then find out what you can be doing, what you should be doing, and take back a plan to integrate social networks into your communication and marketing. Whether you are new to social networks or already involved, you will come away with both an understanding of social networks and practical, how-to techniques to integrate social networks into your organization or business. Your instructors are outstanding practitioners who also speak, write, and train others on social networks. Register Now! Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and a very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. After you register, you will be given a web address with easy-to-follow instructions to go to get into your virtual classroom. You may participate any time of day or evening with online reading, listen and see presentations, and complete self-quizzes. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun. Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/International Learning Units (ILUs) 4.8 Length 48 Hours Price $495.00 Register Now!
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    Bookkeeping Certificate

    Do not register here. Please click Register now! How do you manage the finances of a business? Whether you are an entrepreneur, running a family business, or just looking to advance your career and add to your skill set, this Bookkeeping Certificate will provide you with the knowledge needed to measure, and manage, the financial health of your business. This program focuses on cash basis accounting. No one will care more about the financial health of your business than you! It’s imperative that you understand how the process works and are able to complete the accounting cycle accurately and in a timely fashion. Even if you plan to outsource your bookkeeping needs, you should still understand how the process works. No one should be clueless when it comes to the finances of their business. Register now! Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and a very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. After you register, you will be given a web address with easy-to-follow instructions to go to get into your virtual classroom. You may participate any time of day or evening with online reading, listen and see presentations, and complete self-quizzes. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun. Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/International Learning Units (ILUs) 4.8 Length 48 Hours Price $495.00 Register now!
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    Certificate in Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers

    Do not register here. Please click Register now! Every successful person in the workplace utilizes financial information to aid effective decision making. The Certificate in Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers explains the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses and will provide practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and career. First, get a foundation to understand the seven steps in the accounting cycle and use financial information in decision making. Come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance. Then find out what you need to know about cash. Cash is the non-financial manager who really makes a difference in the day-to-day cash activities. Discover how to maximize cash flow, learn the importance of cash and find out your role in cash flow success. Finally, acquire advanced knowledge on the financial information that drives your organization. See how business reports are assessed and analyzed. An understanding of this information will help you make smart decisions when it comes to budgeting, setting goals, and assessing performance within your own area of influence. Register now! Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and a very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. After you register, you will be given a web address with easy-to-follow instructions to go to get into your virtual classroom. You may participate any time of day or evening with online reading, listen and see presentations, and complete self-quizzes. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun. Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/International Learning Units (ILUs) 4.8 Length 48 Hours Price $495.00 Register now!
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    Certificate in Data Analysis

    Do not register here. Please click Register now! Data Analysis is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after skills in the workplace. Companies have vast amounts of data, but it is rare to have someone with the ability to analyze that data to see trends and make predictions. Add a whole new skill set to your portfolio, and make a big difference in the success of your organization by acquiring data analysis skills. Begin with getting a basic understanding of how to analyze data in a business setting. Then learn how many of your business decisions involve comparing groups for differences. Discover the statistics behind these group differences and relationships. Finally, find out how to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization, and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Whether your business is home-based or a large company, this certificate will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned. Register now! Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and a very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. After you register, you will be given a web address with easy-to-follow instructions to go to get into your virtual classroom. You may participate any time of day or evening with online reading, listen and see presentations, and complete self-quizzes. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun. Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/International Learning Units (ILUs) 4.8 Length 48 Hours Price $495.00 Register now!
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    Certificate in Leadership Development

    Do not register here. Please click Register now! Especially geared for future leaders in the Gen Y generation (born 1980-1999), the certificate provides how-to practical information on advancing your leadership potential and making a difference in both the workplace and in society. Find out what it takes to become an effective leader. Discover your style of leadership. Discuss task completion, building relationships with your subordinates, becoming socially perceptive to changes in the workplace, utilizing your emotions in a positive and effective manner, and addressing challenging goals. Then learn the unspoken secrets that leaders know and the strategies they employ/exhibit in for influencing others. Leadership skills are acquired and learned. You can become a leader if you know the do’s and don’ts; what to say, what not to say; what to do, what not to do. At the end of completing the three course certificate, you will come away with a new understanding, new toolbox of leadership skills, and the information to move your leadership development into high gear. Register now! Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and a very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. After you register, you will be given a web address with easy-to-follow instructions to go to get into your virtual classroom. You may participate any time of day or evening with online reading, listen and see presentations, and complete self-quizzes. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun. Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/International Learning Units (ILUs) 4.8 Length 48 Hours Price $395.00 Register now!
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    Digital Marketing Certificate

    Do not register here. Please click Register now! Get a fundamental yet advanced introduction to eMarketing, including improving email promotions, analyzing your website traffic, doing search engine optimization and how to successfully employ online advertising. Relevant for any type of organization, including businesses, companies, non-profits and government agencies. No eMarketing experience or expertise is necessary. If you are already at an advanced level, your instructors are experts and can provide the latest most advanced information and answer your toughest questions. Register now! Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and a very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. After you register, you will be given a web address with easy-to-follow instructions to go to get into your virtual classroom. You may participate any time of day or evening with online reading, listen and see presentations, and complete self-quizzes. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun. Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/International Learning Units (ILUs) 4.8 Length 48 Hours Price $495.00 Register Now!
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    Graphic Design Software Essentials Certificate

    Do not register here. Please click Register now! The Adobe software tools are the leading software for graphic design. Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard computer illustration software. Use Illustrator to draw shapes and design logos, flyers, posters, banners, business cards or any other vector graphics for print or web. Adobe InDesign is the industry standard page-layout program that works with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop seamlessly. InDesign allows you to create simple to complex multi-page documents such as brochures, flyers, books and magazines. Use Adobe Photoshop to effectively work with selection and editing tools, layers, and masks to edit, retouch and enhance existing images or create your own composite digital art work. Access to the Adobe software tools required. Register now! Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and a very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. After you register, you will be given a web address with easy-to-follow instructions to go to get into your virtual classroom. You may participate any time of day or evening with online reading, listen and see presentations, and complete self-quizzes. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun. Price $545.00 Register now!
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    Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate

    Do not register here. Please click Register Here! Six Sigma professionals are in strong demand by organizations around the world. On the front-lines of Six Sigma efforts are Green Belts. LERN’s Green Belt training teaches participants problem-solving skills, using the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) model. After completing this challenging course, Six Sigma Green Belts serve their organizations as a trained specialist able to work on Six Sigma projects that benefit the organization. Although not required, participants are strongly encouraged to have a project during the course. The instructors and mentors work closely with the class to not only teach the material, but to guide candidates as they work projects. Six Sigma professionals are in strong demand by organizations around the world. On the front-lines of Six Sigma efforts are Green Belts. LERN’s Green Belt training teaches participants problem-solving skills, using the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) model. After completing this challenging course, Six Sigma Green Belts serve their organizations as a trained specialist able to work on Six Sigma projects that benefit the organization. Although not required, participants are strongly encouraged to have a project during the course. The instructors and mentors work closely with the class to not only teach the material, but to guide candidates as they work projects. Register Here! Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and a very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. After you register, you will be given a web address with easy-to-follow instructions to go to get into your virtual classroom. You may participate any time of day or evening with online reading, listen and see presentations, and complete self-quizzes. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun. Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/International Learning Units (ILUs) 4.8 Length 48 Hours Price $495.00 Register now!
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    Supervisory and Leadership Certificate

    Do not register here. Please click Register now! Your employees are your most valuable resources. Ensuring the efficiency of your team is the key to your success and is your most important responsibility. Get practical, easy to understand, and insightful methods for new and even experienced supervisors and managers. Learn about effective delegation, performance management, and writing performance reviews. Discuss the specifics of the supervisor's role and responsibilities, and strategies for improving your overall effectiveness as a leader. Take home practical information along with tips and techniques that can be applied at your job immediately. Register now! Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and a very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. After you register, you will be given a web address with easy-to-follow instructions to go to get into your virtual classroom. You may participate any time of day or evening with online reading, listen and see presentations, and complete self-quizzes. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun. Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/International Learning Units (ILUs) 3.2 Length 32 Hours Price $395.00 Register now!
  • Great Decisions

    Join an informative discussion on issues significant to American foreign policy. Each evening features a skilled presenter with expertise in the topic and time allowed for diverse viewpoints, comments and questions. You are encouraged to read, although not required, the Great Decisions briefing book prior to the meeting, available to check out at the Galaxie Library. Free! Open to adults of all ages in all communities! No registration needed but is encouraged. For more information visit www.district196.org/ce or call 651-423-7925.Great Decisions is sponsored locally by District 196 Community Education and Dakota County Library and is coordinated by Global Minnesota, www.globalminnesota.org. Location: Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley Dates: March 12, 26, April 9 and 23 Time: 6-7:30pm Topics Include (dates vary on speaker availability): Mideast Realignment Science Across Borders NATO's Future Understanding Indonesia
  • Yoga with Stacy

    Discover how to quiet the mind while increasing energy and concentration. Improve your overall sense of well-being by integrating your spirit, mind and body. Try basic yoga poses and learn safe strengthening and stretching exercises along with functional balance postures. Learn a contemporary approach to an age-old discipline. Intermediate participants receive instruction on how to move deeper into their practice. Options for all levels shown. No experience necessary; appropriate for all ages. Bring a yoga sticky mat and wear comfortable clothing. Class will also be offered via Zoom at the same time if you prefer to participate online.
  • QiVitality

    Wake up your body with gentle yoga stretches for flexibility, then flow into Qigong healing movements and deep breathing to increase circulation and improve health. End each class exploring a variety of meditation techniques to relax the mind, improve memory and mental focus, while rejuvenating the brain. Begin the day with QiVitality! New students please come to first class 10 minutes early for orientation. If the district cancels classes due to inclement weather, you will receive a Zoom link via email to attend class online.
  • Spring Forest Qigong Practice

    Practice Qigong healing movements and meditation techniques to increase vitality, improve health and well-being. Learn and practice a variety of Qigong, breathing, meditation, health and wellness techniques. Each class begins with gentle healing movements and breathing followed by meditation to relax the mind, improve memory and mental focus while rejuvenating the brain. New students please come to first class 10 minutes early for orientation. Sorry, no discounts apply. Attend class live and receive a playlist with all the class video recordings. Practice anytime as often as you like throughout the 5 week session.
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    Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

    Some music teachers may not want you to know this, but you don’t need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. Learn all the chords needed to play any song in this one session. Any song. Any style. Any key. If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop.
  • Simple Ethiopian/Eritrean Recipes

    Explore favorite recipes of foodies all over the world. Ethiopian food is light, healthy and flavorful ranging from very spicy to very mild. It can be addictive both in cooking it as much as eating it. Discover exotic spices and ways to easily pair them with your daily ingredients such as vegetables, beans, lentils and flax seed. For the non vegetarians, use different types of meat sauteed with flavored butter and healthy oils. Every step of the way is educational, informative and a dream-like trip into the food culture of historic countries. Demonstration and hands-on. Supply fee of $20 payable to instructor.
  • PiYo with Amanda

    Who says you have to jump, grunt, strain and punish your body to get amazing results from your workout? PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. And, we crank up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean and incredibly defined. PiYo isn't like standard Pilates and yoga classes that make you hold long, intense poses. PiYo speeds everything up—including your results—by introducing you to dynamic, flowing sequences that can burn serious calories at the same time as they lengthen and tone your muscles and increase your flexibility.
  • Zumba with Naseema

    Enjoy an energizing, uplifting workout using some dance moves that are easy to follow. Zumba is dynamic, exciting and an effective head to toe fitness system. It is excellent for the mind, body, spirit and overall wellness and a healthy support as we age. No prior dance experience required. Everyone is welcome.
  • Summer Snacks and Sippers

    Discover variety of recipes to brighten up your summer, including quick air fryer vegetable-forward seasonal snacks plus a Blueberry-Ginger Shrub and Rosemary Lemon Syrup to liven up your warm weather libations. Extensive handout with additional recipes included. Class is recorded so you can watch when you're able to or cook along at your convenience.
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    Knowing Your Muslim Neighbor

    Learn about basic beliefs and practices of community members who practice the religion of Islam. You'll also learn about the role of women and family, social justice, Shariah law and other topics. There is ample time for discussion and Q&A. Questions often come up due to the lifestyle of Muslims. There is curiosity, but no platform to ask and learn. This class strives to fill that gap. Class is interactive and there is time for Q/A.
  • Women, Weight and Hormones

    Finding additional weight around the mid-section even with healthy eating and exercise? Learn why weight gain may have more to do with hormones. Discover seven strategies for fighting fat and losing weight including hormone imbalances that may cause weight gain. Understand why hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills may cause weight gain, how to have your hormone levels checked reliably, what steps to take to break the cycle of hormone related weight gain and the latest research results for women 40+. Learn concrete solutions for controlling appetite and cravings, plus nine simple metabolism boosters.
  • Zumba with Naseema

    Enjoy an energizing, uplifting workout using some dance moves that are easy to follow. Zumba is dynamic, exciting and an effective head to toe fitness system. It is excellent for the mind, body, spirit and overall wellness and a healthy support as we age. No prior dance experience required. Everyone is welcome.
  • Joe Lewis (flickr) (CC BY 2.0)

    Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

    Some music teachers may not want you to know this, but you don’t need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. Learn all the chords needed to play any song in this one session. Any song. Any style. Any key. If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop.