Spring Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

Learn a new skill or brush up existing ones at a Bayer Center tech class this spring! Register online or by contacting Shelby Gracey at gracey@rmu.edu or 412-397-6000. 


Choosing or Changing Your Fundraising Software

Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Don’t make a mistake! Choose fundraising software that’s right for your organization. We help you figure out what you really need and what you can do without. Then we point you in a direction that won’t break the bank or your database.

Fee: $40 ($30 if paid online)
Instructor: Jeff Forster, Bayer Center

Introduction to Excel 2010
Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. – noon

Learn Excel basics in the morning session including worksheet creation; formula creation; cell formatting using “mouse pointers;” absolute cell references; printing your worksheet.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) per session OR $100 for the whole day (includes lunch)

Intermediate Excel 2010
Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Learn more about Excel in the afternoon including worksheet templates creation and use; using functions; creating links between worksheets; database features; chart creation and formatting.

Instructor: Jeff Forster, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) per session OR $100 for the whole day (includes lunch)

Website Planning for Nonprofits
Thursday, March 12 from 9 a.m. – noon

Planning a website starts before the first line of code is written. If you want a new site or to re-design your current site, it’s easier when you know website planning basics. Whether you are creating a DIY website in-house or hiring an outside designer, this class will help you refine your vision first. Topics include identifying and defining your target audience; selecting and refining website objectives; planning your site navigation and features; and choosing the right look and feel.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Advanced Excel
Tuesday, March 17 from 9 a.m. – noon

The deeper you go into Excel, the more directions your can pursue. By popular demand, we’ve added an Advanced Excel class to go beyond the typical functions and into more magic, time-saving techniques you may not have used before. We’ll cover creating links between sheets, text manipulation, pivot tables, advanced formulas and customizing charts beyond the wizard.

Instructor: Jeff Forster, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Writing for the Web and Social Media
Thursday, March 19 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Writing content for your website or social media is very different from writing for other types of communications because of the way people read and use the Web. Learn how to improve your written website and social media content, increase your site’s usability and readability and improve the effectiveness of your online communication channels.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online) and includes lunch

DIY Web Design with WordPress
Thursday, March 26 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Are you a website novice who needs to know how to design a basic website that works? WordPress is a website content management system that is great for building and managing websites, even for beginners. Nonprofit staff without previous web design experience and web design staff who want to learn WordPress are welcome.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online) and includes lunch

POWERPOINT DAY!

PowerPoint Skills and Secrets
Thursday, April 16 from 9 a.m. – noon

Get down to the nitty gritty of techniques for optimally using an existing PowerPoint presentation and how to create and edit PowerPoint files. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to add charts, graphics, photos and media clips in PowerPoint. You’ll also learn about formatting, using the different views available in PowerPoint and how to animate and transition between slides.

Advanced PowerPoint
Thursday, April 16 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Even if you have created PowerPoint presentations from scratch or enhanced the presentations others have made, you may want to deepen your skills. Maybe you see other people do things you want to know how to do in PowerPoint. Or maybe you just feel like you need some additional skills to punch up your presentation visuals. You’ll learn to hyperlink from PowerPoint to web content, add audio to a presentation, create custom shows, insert Action Buttons, manage slide formatting through the Slide Master and manage handout formatting through the Handout Master.

Instructor: Jeff Forster, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) OR $100 for both sessions (includes lunch)

Getting Started with Publisher 2010
Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn to use Microsoft Publisher 2010 to create your own publications such as flyers, posters, invitations and newsletters.We will start with the basics of the Publisher interface and work our way up to designing actual pieces for print. This class is for beginners or those who wish to refresh their skills.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online) and includes lunch

Adobe Photoshop Essentials
Thursday, May 14 from 9 a.m. – noon

Adobe Photoshop has so many features it can feel a little daunting to use. In this introductory class, we’ll explain the Photoshop interface and tool sets and cover the features most often used in daily work (e.g., cropping, re-sizing, re-coloring).We’ll also look at other useful features such as adding text, using layers and touching up photos.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

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