Summer Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

Technology is the new magicLearn something new this summer! Classes include Writing for the Web & Social Media and Telling an Impactful Story with Data!

Register online or email bcnm@rmu.edu if you have questions (or want to register 3 or more people for a discount).


Writing for the Web and Social Media
Wednesday, June 28 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 as well as readability and improve the effectiveness of your online communication channels.

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


Telling an Impactful Story with Data
Friday, June 30 from 9 a.m. – noon

Finding stories in data can be a challenge. Where should you turn for sources? How can you confidently report them? This workshop will introduce the typical kinds of stories that can be found in data, provide an introduction to economic impact and the types of data used in an analysis, and give you practice in finding your own data stories. You’ll feel more confident “reading” datasets to uncover the stories they contain. A great resource for grant writers, project evaluators, strategic planning, or anyone interested in learning more about the communities you serve.

Come and learn how to access and extract community data, hone your data-storytelling skills, and understand how economic impact
reporting can benefit your organization!

Instructor: David Primm, IMPLAN
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

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A sneak peak on fall classes

We’re gearing up for an amazing season of classes here at the Bayer Center. You can expect the brandy new catalog to hit digitally right before Labor Day, and in hard copy the second week of September.

This fall, we’ll be re-featuring many of our most popular classes such as “Writing for the Web and Social Media” (September 26); “HR Law: Staying Out of Court” (November 13); and “Presentation Day” (November 5) – and we’ve got a boatload of new classes that we’re extremely excited to debut!

Jeff Forster is upping the ante on storytelling in “Nonprofit Story Open Mic Workshop” on November 14. Whether a seasoned storyteller or a first-timer, you’ll have the opportunity to try out your story and your storytelling technique on a friendly audience in a low-stakes setting.

Along the same lines as “Bagels and Bytes” and “HR Roundtables,” we’ll be debuting a new morning convening called “Breakfast with Champions.” Once a month we’ll bring in a Pittsburgh innovator who will share their story and answer questions from successful Pittsburgh businesses and nonprofits such as Deep Local, Pop City, and Maya Design.

Finally, you want to mark your calendars NOW for one of the most exciting panel discussions we’ve ever had. Mayoral candidate Bill Peduto, State Representative Erin Molchany, and Buhl Foundation President Fred Thieman will be discussing possible threats to nonprofit status on the morning of December 6 – you don’t want to miss it!

Registration will open online on the day the digital catalog hits your inbox, so you’ll be able to sign up for classes right away, before the print catalog hits your desk.  We look forward to seeing you here at the Bayer Center!