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Bitterroot College Cont Ed Course Descriptions

Business Courses (BUS)

Basics of Business Law

This class covers several aspects of law including the legal business structures that small businesses assume, reasons why to select each one and what their advantages and disadvantages are. Negotiations, contracts, intellectual property and legal liabilities are explored. Most importantly, advice is given as to where to get legal information and help.

Instructor: Richard A. Weber, PC with extensive experience in small business law

Financial Management

Learn the basics of creating and using Profit and Loss, Cash Flow, and Balance Sheet statements. Also includes how to create financial projections and financial management best practices for small business.

Instructor: Lisa Glenn, Galusha, Higgins & Galusha

Hiring and Firing

Save your business legal headaches and bills as well as lost productivity time - learn the basic rules of sound Human Resource Management. Course covers frequent problem areas in Human Resources: Wage and Hour Laws, Hiring Processes, Progressive Discipline, Benefits of Contractor vs. Employee, Tax Credits when hiring, On-the-Job Training, Incumbent Worker Training, Wrongful Termination, required Employer Posters, and more!

Instructor: Bitterroot Job Service

Internet Sales: Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is a performance-based, online marketing tool used to connect businesses with customers via an affiliate website. Businesses reward the affiliate website for customers generated. Affiliate Marketing provides a pathway for online income generation.

Instructor: Annette O'Leary-Coggins. Annette O'Leary-Coggins is an internet marketing expert in lead generation sites focusing on Direct Response e-Mail Campaigns. She has worked with large internet based companies such as Budget Blinds and Artesian Spas writing Sales Copy and SEO Content. Annette currently owns Web Consulting Depot, working with small local businesses advising them on how to improve their own marketing strategies via direct response internet marketing. In addition, Annette has a successful online business with her children's books and has created a beginners e-course on to how to self-publish e-books, and turn them into an online business via a lead generation site.

Introduction to Small Business Planning

Arguably every business needs a business plan, but who has time? This FREE workshop is designed to get you over the hurdle of getting started on the critical ongoing planning that is essential to business success, without fixating on the creation of a formal document. There will also be a short presentation on how to get some helpful market size information from free government websites.

Instructor: John Schneeberger, Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA)


Learn the marketing basics. How to think about your brand, components of marketing and how they relate, traditional and digital advertising, how to set a budget and get the most out of your advertising dollar.

Instructor: Cynthia Rademacher, CMR Marketing Strategies

Building High Performing Businesses

Topics covered 1) Strategic and tactical planning for small businesses, 2) Developing frontline, measurable goals and quick, effective performance reviews, 3) Hiring talent, not credentials or skills, 4) Confronting marginal performances in family and small businesses, 5) 12 hurdles to effective leadership, and 6) Overall blueprint/recipe for building high performing, small business organizations.

Instructor: Ken Riemer, Riemer & Associates

Graphic Design for Business

Learn the basic principles and elements of graphic design, and how to use them when creating marketing and promotional materials such as brochures, business cards, web sites, and more!

Instructor: KJ Kahnle, Beyond the Image Graphic Design

Social Media for Business

Course examines strategies for creating a social media business and/or organizational presence. Topics will include creating a social media strategy, branding with social media, and engaging versus sales using social media. Prerequisite: all students have an established social media account (ex.: Facebook or LinkedIn) and have prior experience with social media.

Instructor: TBA

QuickBooks Basics

A complete overview for setting up your business - chart of accounts, accounts receivable, accounts payable, bank reconciliation, memorizing reports/transactions, and setting up inventory basics. Will be taught on QuickBooks 2012 (QB 2012), but content applies to earlier versions; instructor can speak on any version. First class will be a primer on essential bookkeeping concepts and terminology along with setting up your business in QB 2012. Prerequisite: basic computer knowledge.

Instructor: Alice Mariana, RCEDA Business Manager

QuickBooks - Payroll Basics

Learn to properly set up a payroll system in QuickBooks (QB 2012) - create paychecks, pay tax liabilities, and generate payroll forms and reports. Find out how to track employee time, create job cost data, and troubleshoot common problems and mistakes. Prerequisites: basic computer knowledge and basic QuickBooks knowledge.

Instructor: Alice Mariana, RCEDA Business Manager

Computer Courses (COMP)

Computer & Keyboarding Basics

What do you need to know about computers for your business, to get a job in today's world or to start college? What can a computer do for you at home? This class is a hands-on, very basic computer operations course covering: using a mouse, navigating through computer screens, creating and managing files, sending and receiving emails, attaching files to emails, and basic internet searching. Also covered are the fundamentals of computer keyboarding by touch with an emphasis on learning the keyboard and building keyboarding accuracy and speed.

Instructor: Lee Tickell, Bitterroot College Business Technology Adjunct Faculty and Certified Microsoft Trainer

MS Excel Basics

Explore the basics of spreadsheet functionsLearn short cuts to assist in data entry, how to create formulas and basic formatting. Learn how to print in Excel and how to manage an Excel workbook, cross sheet formulas and viewing multiple sheets. Prerequisite: basic computer knowledge.

Instructor: Lee Tickell, Bitterroot College Business Technology Adjunct Faculty and Certified Microsoft Trainer

MS Outlook Basics

Outlook 2010 includes new features and capabilities to help you stay connected with people and better manage your time and information. This class will cover all the features in Outlook 2010, including Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, Journal, and Folders. Class will focus on how to make Outlook 2010 your personal information manager for all your email accounts. Prerequisite: basic computer knowledge.

Instructor: Lee Tickell, Bitterroot College Business Technology Adjunct Faculty and Certified Microsoft Trainer

MS PowerPoint Basics

PowerPoint 2010 is a visual and graphical application, primarily used for creating presentations. With PowerPoint, you can create, view, and present slide shows that combine text, shapes, pictures, graphs, animation, charts, videos, and much more. This class will focus on the most common features used for creating presentations for your business, club, church, organization, or any group where you need to present information. You will learn how to create, manage, and collaborate with other people, enrich your presentations with video, picture, and animations, and deliver and share your presentations more effectively. Prerequisite: basic computer knowledge.

Instructor: Lee Tickell, Bitterroot College Business Technology Adjunct Faculty and Certified Microsoft Trainer

MS Word Basics

Learn the basics of how to create professional-looking Word documents. Topics include text and page formatting, bullet and table creation, and understanding the ribbon. Prerequisite: basic computer knowledge

Instructor: Lee Tickell, Bitterroot College Business Technology Adjunct Faculty and Certified Microsoft Trainer

Education Courses (ED)

Math Class Makeover

This course will help participants to gain an in-depth understanding of the Mathematical Practices in the Montana Common Core State Standards. The goal of these standards is to prepare students to have a deep understanding of mathematical ideas and the ability to apply this knowledge in a variety of situations. Teachers must also be able to adjust instructional practices to promote fluency of the mathematical practices outlined in the standards. This course will take teachers through the mathematical practice standards. Instructional strategies to be used in the math classroom will be presented and modeled. This course will be a blended learning opportunity with some class information presented using UMOnline Moodle.

Instructors: Kathleen Dent, M.Ed. & Education Consultant; Wendy Ihde, M.Ed. & Corvallis School District Curriculum Director

Substitute Teacher Training

Participants will explore the many aspects of substitute teaching in Ravalli County. Course topics include: 1) Substitute teacher requirements for all Valley school districts, 2) Professionalism, 3) Legal aspects and ethics, 4) Classroom management, 5) Instruction strategies, 6) Emergency preparedness, and 7) Tips & hints. Course recommended for anyone who is thinking about substitute teaching in Ravalli County or anyone who is currently a local substitute but wishes to enhance his/her knowledge base. Certificates of completion provided with successful conclusion of course. Renewal units offered for certified teachers. Download Substitute Teacher Training flyer.

Instructor: Kathleen Dent, M.Ed. & Education Consultant

Health Care (HEALTH)

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Special (SPECIAL)

Explorations in Astronomy

Course provides a general description of astronomy, including the basics of the discipline and an exploration of the structure and evolution of the solar system (Sun and planets) and stars. Topics covered include planetary astronomy, stellar evolution, pulsars, quasars, "black holes," and cosmology. Contemporary topics in astronomy as found in newspapers, magazines, and other informative media such as the series “Through the Wormhole” will be discussed where appropriate. Course will include observation sessions using the Bitterroot College telescope (Bausch & Lomb 8001) when weather conditions permit.

Instructor: Thomas Engelmann, Ph.D. Physics (Carnegie Mellon), Bitterroot College Adjunct Faculty

Basic Electronics

Learn the fundamentals of electronics for job advancement - understand circuit operation, construction, and troubleshooting. Basic areas covered: AC/DC electronics, semiconductors, amplifiers, circuit construction, and test equipment use. Course is hands-on, with minimal theory and many construction projects. Take the opportunity to learn a new subject or start a new career in electronics. Download Basic Electronics flyer.

Instructor: Eric Gabriel, AAS in Electronics Technology (Missoula College), Diploma in Electronics Design (National Radio Institute), Certified Electronics Technician (ISCET), and current BS student in Information and Computer Science (Park University)

Courage to Teach

In this 1-day workshop based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Courage to Teach program of the Center for Courage and Renewal, participants will have the opportunity to strengthen the connection between who they are and the work they do as a teachers, supporting their journey toward wholeness. Participants will share stories of their teaching journeys as they reflect on insights from poets, storytellers, and diverse wisdom traditions. Through a combination of individual reflection and engaging conversation, participants will leave this workshop refreshed and inspired. In this carefully-crafted space, time slows down to a quieter pace. We turn off the buzz of machines and step back from incessant daily demands to focus on just one thing at a time. Participants are invited to speak honestly about their lives and work, to listen and respond to one another -- and to themselves --with encouragement and compassion. Ground rules encourage each individual to speak from his or her own experience, agreeing to check the desire to advise, fix, or correct anyone else. They also offer each participant the choice to refrain from speaking, since silence is an honored member of the circle. Through these touchstones, a circle of trust is created, offering a safe “container” for reflecting in solitude and sharing in community regarding our teaching journeys.

Instructor: Chris Love is a facilitator prepared by Parker J. Palmer and others at the Center for Courage and Renewal. She holds an MA in Humanities (University of Richmond) and an MS in Organization Development (American University). Chris taught English for seven years and now offers C&R retreats for educators, faith leaders and health professionals. She is also adjunct faculty at Bitterroot College UM. Chris lives in Corvallis.

Introduction to Bakken Oil and Gas Operations

Seminar topics: 1) state of the Bakken oil and gas industry, including rig counts, maps, wells, water, transport, jobs, and housing; 2) history of the Bakken area, including homesteaders use of coal, discovery of oil, recent horizontal drilling and fracking revolution; 3) overview of Bakken geology; 4) overview of oil well drilling process, including permitting, rig operations, and fracking process; 5) overview of oil and gas transportation; and 6) life of an oil well industrial site. Information presentation includes liberal use of diagrams, photographs, and videos to illustrate the evolution & occurrence, search, discovery, processing & production, and transportation of oil and gas.

Instructor: George Furniss, MS Geology, Bitterroot College Geosciences Adjunct Faculty

Montana Career Information System (MCIS) Career Planning Workshop

Workshop explores potential careers and college majors utilizing the Montana Career Information System (MCIS). Topics and activities include career assessments, personal inventories, occupation and employment information and outlook, education and training, and information about scholarships and financial aid. This workshop is a great place to start if you are currently seeking employment, considering changing employment, deciding on a college major, or just want to learn more about your options.

Instructor: Kathleen O'Leary, Bitterroot College Advising and Enrollment Services Coordinator

Veterans' Upward Bound (VUB)

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