Illustrator CS4 Online Career Training Introduction Course

November 6th, 2010

By Sam Moore

Department:  Graphic and Multimedia Desighn
Instructor: Sherry London

For more information or to enroll on this course, please click here.

If you’re planning a career as a graphic artist, mastering Adobe Illustrator is a must. In this online course, you’ll see how easy it is to create amazing art using this powerful software tool.   

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard for creating vector images—graphics you can resize to fit on anything from a dome to a billboard. And if you think of vector graphics as hard-edged and sharp, think again—because you can now create stunning blends and shading effects. 

In addition, Illustrator is the program of choice for drawing logos and designing type effects. It’s also an outstanding companion tool to Adobe Photoshop, and it’s perfect for creating graphics for Flash sites.  

In this online course, you’ll learn how to use a wide range of tools in Adobe Illustrator CS4. For instance, you’ll explore the enhanced Recolor Artwork feature, which helps you choose a harmonious color scheme for your image and completely alter the color palette of any image without individually selecting each object. You’ll also see how the redesigned Gradient tool makes it easier to adjust colors directly on an image.  

In addition, you’ll learn how to draw and trace with the Pen tool and how to fine-tune the contours of any line. You’ll also discover how to work with color, use shortcuts for applying color to images, and add special effects such as 3D to your drawings. 

This online course is designed to let you work at your own level, whether you’re just starting out or looking to refresh your Illustrator skills. By the end of these lessons, you’ll be a master at using this elegant tool to further your career and express your own creativity.

Effective Business Writing – Online Course

October 25th, 2010

By Sam Moore

Department:  Business Writing
Instructor: Ann Linquist

Do you have a nagging suspicion that a small improvement in your writing skills might also improve your career prospects? Don’t let small gaps in your business writing skills prevent you from reaching your full potential! It doesn’t matter whether you’re a clerical worker, an engineer, or an executive. If you communicate with others in writing, you need this online course to help you identify and eliminate problem areas and improve your writing skills. By the end of this online course, you’ll know the secret to developing powerful written documents that immediately draw readers in and keep them motivated to continue until your very last, well-chosen word.

A new section of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You will have access to all the released lessons until the course ends.

You do not have to be present when lessons are released. An interactive discussion area accompanies each lesson and automatically closes two weeks after the lesson is released.

The final exam is released the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you have two weeks to complete all course work, including the final exam. A 10 day extension is available if you fall behind.

For more information about this course, please click here.

Pharmacy Technician Online Course: Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician

September 28th, 2010

By Sam Moore

Department: Health and Wellness
Instructor: Lorraine Zentz

Master the skills in this online course that will prepare you for an entry-level career position as a pharmacy tech or clerk, and discover the steps you can take to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

Health care is a booming field these days, and pharmacy technicians are in high demand. In this course, you’ll take a look at the many job settings and career paths open to you if you become a pharmacy technician. In addition, you’ll master the skills you need to get an entry-level position as a pharmacy tech or clerk.  

You’ll start by learning basic terms for medical conditions and anatomy, gaining the skills you’ll need to read prescriptions and patient records easily. In addition, you’ll find out how common classes of drugs are made and how they work. 

Next, you’ll master the simple math that every pharmacy tech needs to know. You’ll learn how to calculate dosages accurately, practice using simple formulas and math tools, and find out how to translate metric measurements into familiar household measures like teaspoons and tablespoons. Turning to the business side, you’ll look at sales and find out how prescription pricing works. 

In addition, you’ll learn about the important laws and regulations that govern pharmacies. You’ll also hone your communication skills, learning how to handle customers courteously and efficiently. And finally, you’ll explore the steps you can take to enhance your career prospects becoming a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). By the time you’re done, you’ll be prepared to start your career in this popular and rapidly-growing field.

For more information about this course, please click here.

Beginning Writer’s Workshop – Online Course

August 31st, 2010

By Sam Moore

Department: Creative Writing
Instructor: Ann Linquist

If you’ve always wanted to write but have no idea where to start, this online writing course will demystify the process for you. You’ll get a taste of the writing life, improve your writing skills, and develop new ways to stretch your creative muscles.

This exciting, hands-on course for the creative writing novice is filled with challenging exercises, expert advice, and plenty of direct support and encouragement. As you work your way through the lessons, you’ll develop your own short, creative fiction or nonfiction piece.

Our emphasis in this course is on developing your skills through practice, so you’ll spend more time writing than reading. You’ll master important concepts by completing enjoyable writing exercises and assignments, and you’ll discover a variety of strategies and techniques the pros use to develop characters, create a compelling point of view, build interest through dialogue, and add meaning to your stories.

This Course Will be Facilitated by Ann Linquist.
Ann Linquist is a popular continuing education instructor on college campuses, at corporations, and with non-profit organizations. She has helped thousands of adults learn to tackle their writing tasks with enthusiasm. Having written everything from novels to newsletters, articles to ad copy, and poetry to proposals, Linquist is able to address the writing needs of each individual. The breadth of her background ensures a powerful, involving learning experience that builds on the strengths of each participant. For more information about this course, please click here.

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University of Montpellier doctors display us how depressive disorder is linked to cholesterol and gender

August 26th, 2010

By  Betty Doyle

Do you know the Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and College of Montpellier funded professionals indicated that controlling ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol levels can help prevent mental disorders among aging seniors?

In a newly released issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry (http://www.biologicalpsychiatryjournal.com) released in July 2010, leading researcher Dr. Marie-Laure Ancelin of INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (http://www.inserm.fr) described that gender specific regulation of cholesterol may help avoid depression in the seniors.

French doctors followed a large number of men and women aged 65 and older for 7 years.

They determined that depressive disorder in women was linked with lower levels of “good” high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), which puts them at higher risk for coronary disease, including stroke.

In contrast, depressive disorder in men was related to low levels of “bad” low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). This association was strongest in men with a hereditary vulnerability to depression related to a serotonin transporter gene.

Therefore, proper regulation of HDL-C and LDL-C levels can help avoid depression in the seniors, the researchers concluded.

The study appeared in the July 15 issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry (Reference: http://www.biologicalpsychiatryjournal.com/article/S0006-3223(10)00393-8/abstract).

Major dietary sources of cholesterol include cheese, egg yolks, beef, pork, poultry, and shrimp. Plant products such as flax seeds and peanuts contain cholesterol-like substances known as phytosterols.

Total cholesterol is described as the sum of HDL (High-density lipoprotein), LDL (Low-density lipoprotein), and VLDL (Very-low-density lipoprotein). Usually, only the total, HDL, and triglycerides are tested.

It is strongly recommended to have cholesterol tested more often than 5 years if someone has total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or more, or if a man over age 45 or a woman over age fifty has HDL (good) cholesterol lower than 40 mg/dL, or exist other risk elements for heart problems and stroke.

So…exactly what can you do to rise your HDL (good) and decrease your LDL (bad) levels?
1. Physical exercise can substantially raise HDL cholesterol while lowering LDL cholesterol.
2. Smoking has been shown to lower HDL while raising LDL cholesterol.
3. Processed, trans fats at the same time raise LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol.
4. Monounsaturated fats such as those found in olive oil and avocados increase HDL and reduce LDL.
5. Fatty fish like sardines and salmon contain omega-3 fats that raise HDL and lower LDL.
6. Whole, intact grains contain soluble fiber and niacin, both of which raise HDL and may lower LDL.

Now it’s all to you…

About the writer Betty Doyle shares knowledge for the depression pills effects blog. It’s a non profit web site dedicated to her personal depression journey. The blog is targeted on giving energy and hope to any person who is suffering from depressive disorder and supports those individuals to find the energy to fight back against the effects of depression. In this manner she would like to support alleviate some of the stigma mental illness depression can cause and help the general public perception of mood problems.

Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals – Online Course

February 5th, 2010

By Sam Moore

Department: Health and Wellness
Instructor: Donna Acosta

Have you ever wished you had a personal chef preparing luscious, low-fat meals for you? This online course is the next best thing! You’ll learn how to ferret out fat in recipes, and discover how to reduce fat without sacrificing flavor or texture. Explore how to use flavor profiling to expand your culinary horizons. Learn how to prepare casseroles, crock-pot dishes, vegan dishes, oven-fried foods, meat-based meals, and many other entrees that are both nutritious and delicious!

You’ll discover in this online course how to get in and out of the kitchen faster, including tips for grocery shopping, menu planning, food preparation, and quicker cooking. You’ll also learn a dietitian’s tricks of the trade for encouraging reluctant family members to eat more healthfully. You’ll have the chance to try out over 50 exciting and easy lowered-fat recipes for tasty entrees, side dishes, desserts, and garnishes, with each recipe demonstrating a topic that’s covered in the lessons. For more information about this course, please click here.  

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Photoshop Elements 8 for the Digital Photographer – Online Course

January 27th, 2010

By Sam Moore

Department: Computer Applications
Instructor: Beverly Schulz

Bring out the best in your digital photos and images with Adobe Photoshop Elements 8. An award-winning package designed for photo enthusiasts, Adobe’s Photoshop Elements provides the tools for making quick fixes as well as detailed improvements. This online course is designed both for those with no previous image editing experience and those upgrading to Elements 8 from an earlier version of the program.

With this online course, you’ll experience editing images on your computer, correcting flaws, enhancing the final product, creating simple art projects, preparing images for e-mail and the Web, and more. You’ll achieve high-quality results with your images without having to learn complex professional techniques. And you’ll see how Photoshop Elements 8 gives you room to grow while making it easy to achieve amazing results even in the early stages of your learning.

So get ready to unlock the mysteries of Photoshop Elements 8. The hands-on, easy-to-follow exercises in this course will leave you with a great feeling of accomplishment! For more information about this course, please click here.  

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10 foods you should eat every day

December 30th, 2009

 

Blueberries

Blueberries have more antioxidants—those magical molecules that can help prevent a host of maladies—than 40 other common fruits and vegetables tested.

The antioxidant plant pigments that make blueberries blue guard against heart disease, cancer and age-related blindness and memory loss. They’re also tops when it comes to preventing urinary tract infections, thanks to antioxidant epicatechins, which keep bacteria from sticking to bladder walls.

How much? 1/2 cup (125 mL) of blueberries equals one fruit and vegetable serving per day.

Tip: Sprinkle blueberries on your pancakes at the last minute—cooking the berries destroys valuable vitamin C.

Garlic

Garlic has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Most of its disease-fighting potential comes from its sulfur compounds, which act as antioxidants, providing many of its cardiovascular benefits. Just six or more cloves of garlic a week can slash your risk of colorectal, stomach and prostate cancer in half compared to eating one clove a week or less.

How much? Incorporate at least one garlic clove into your diet every day.

Tip: Chop or crush your garlic, then let it stand for 10 minutes to fully release its healing potential.

Olive oil

Pres an olive and you get one of the healthiest fats in the world. The main benefit of olive oil is that it lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and raises “good” HDL cholesterol, thanks to its monosaturated fats. Olive oil is also packed with antioxidants called phenols, which may protect artery walls from cholesterol buildup.

How much? Include up to 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of olive oil in your diet every day.

Tip: Look for “virgin,” “extra virgin” or “cold-pressed” oils, which are extracted by pressing alone. Solvents and heat used to produce “light or “extra-light” oils destroy antioxidants.

Broccoli

Consider broccoli your number one cancer fighter, thants to its sulfur compounds, such as sulforaphane, which you can smell as broccoli cooks. These compounds signal our genes to boost production of enzymes that detoxify potentially cancer-causing compounds. Eat more broccoli and you could slash your risk of everything from breast and lung cancer to stomach and colon cancer.

How much? 125 mL (1/2 cup) of cooked broccoli is one fruit and vegetable serving.

Tip: Steam broccoli for 3 to 4 minutes until it’s crisp-tender to free up more of its sulforaphane. 

Yogurt

Yogurt is a great source of bone-building calcium, but its real strength lies in live beneficial bacteria, know as probiotics, that keep down the growth of harmful bacteria in your gut. Eating more yogurt could help with inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, urinary tract infections and vaginal yeast infections.

How much? ¾ of a cup (175 mL) of low-fat or fat-free yogurt with live cultures is one serving of milk/dairy products.

Tip: When coating chicken, pork or fish with bread crumbs, replace the eggs used to moisten the meat with plain yogurt.

Oats

Oats’ cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering powers come from beta-glucan, a type of soluble fibre. One cup (250 mL) a day of cooked oat bran, 1 ½ cups (375 mL) of cooked oatmeal or thee packets of instant oatmeal provide enough beta-glucan to lower blood cholesterol by about five percent and heart attack risk by about 10 percent.

How much? Aim for 10 grams of soluble fibre each day. Cooked oats contain 2 to 3 grams per serving.

Tip: Buy the type of oatmeal you’ll eat. It doesn’t matter if it’s steel-cut or instant.

Flaxseeds

A tablespoon of ground flaxseed sprinkled over cereal or yogurt provides an easy 2.3 grams of fiber, often more than what’s in the cereal itself. But flaxseed is most revered for its lingans. These act like estrogen in the body, blocking estrogen receptors on cells and contributing to reduced rates of certain hormone-related cancers, such as breast cancer. Their anti-inflammatory power may also help keep conditions from acne to asthma at bay.

How much? Sneak 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 25 mL) of ground flaxseed into your diet daily.

Tip: Make sure your flax is ground; otherwise, the seeds will come out the same way they went in (whole), and you won’t reap the health benefits.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the most powerful healing spices. It’s become most famous for its ability to improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes. The apple pie spice can help prevent blood clots and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to conquer E. coli, among other types of bacteria.

How much? As little as ¼ to ½ teaspoon of (1 to 2 mL) a day could cut triglycerides and total cholesterol by 12 to 30 percent.

Tip: Sprinkle some cinnamon on your daily coffee to reap the benefits of this super-spice.

Tea

Tea is one of the most potent sources of antioxidants in nature (more potent than any fruit or vegetable).

Tea’s antioxidants offer protection from heart disease, stroke and cancer. They appear to protect against heart disease by slowing the breakdown of “bad” LDL cholesterol, preventing blood clots and improving blood vessel function. People who drink a cup or two of tea a day have a 46 percent lower risk of developing narrowed arteries.

How much? Brew up two to five cups daily.

Tip: Drink most of your tea between meals since the tannins interfere with the absorption of iron from food.

Beans

Beans are in fact good for your heart, thanks in large part to their soluble fibre, which soaks up cholesterol so the body can dispose of if before it can stick to artery walls. Studies find that diets high in soluble fibre can cut total cholesterol by 10 to 15 percent. A recent study also ranked beans among the top antioxidant foods.

How much? ¾ cup (175 mL) of beans equals one serving of meat and alternatives.

Tip: Beans contain more protein than any other plant food, but the protein is incomplete. Eat a grain such as rice at any time of the day to “complete” the protein.

Article adapted from best health magazine canada

Introduction to Adobe Acrobat 9

December 14th, 2009

By Sam Moore

Department: Computer Applications
Instructor:     Donna Baker

Everybody knows what a PDF document is, right? It’s a file that you print. If that’s all you’ve seen Acrobat do, you’re in for a huge surprise! In this course, you’ll discover how to bring together a wide range of content from dozens of programs that you can reuse and customize in Acrobat 9 Pro. Need to change some text? No problem. Create a new file? That’s easy. Add a page from this file and an image from that file? Not a big deal. This software allows you to do all that and more!
Bringing together content is just the beginning. You’ll work with many features, such as backgrounds and bookmarks, to help unify your documents and add navigation to guide your users. You’ll see how to protect your work using password security. For the grand finale, you’ll discover how to wrap a set of PDF files (and other documents, too) into a PDF Portfolio, complete with a Flash interface and display features.
Have you ever sent a document to a few people for feedback and then had to wait for replies? You probably had to send reminders, and maybe you even missed a deadline. If so, you’ll be amazed at how the collaboration tools in Acrobat help you conduct, control, and manage the document review process. You’ll even find out how to work in real-time using a chat window in Acrobat 9 Pro or online using a free Web conferencing room.

This course will also give you a taste of how Acrobat 9 Pro uses artificial intelligence to automatically find and configure fields on a page to convert to a form. It may sound complicated, but you’ll be surprised at how simple it is! Then you can use form tracking features to send your form to others to fill in and send back to you, collect the data automatically, and zero in on results using filters and sorts. You can even send the results to a spreadsheet if you like.

Throughout the lessons, you’ll see why Adobe Acrobat has become the best-selling Adobe software of all time. You won’t find instructions that show you how to complete meaningless exercises. Instead, each lesson works with an important Acrobat 9 Pro feature or process. Along with guidance for using the features, you’ll learn how to use the program for your own work and communication needs, and you’ll discover just how much you can do with PDF documents!

For more information about this course, please click here.  

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Introduction to Dreamweaver CS4 – New Instructor-Facilitated Online Course

October 14th, 2009

By Sam Moore

Department: Web Page Design
Instructor: Robert Fuller

Would you like to learn to use Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 to design, create, and maintain user-friendly Web sites that are full of professional-quality Web pages? If so, then this is the class for you! You won’t need any prior Web design skills or knowledge of code. We’ll start at the beginning, and through engaging lessons and hands-on exercises, we’ll build a sample site from the ground up.In the process, we’ll explore the program’s interface and how to set up Dreamweaver for building as many sites as you like with a minimum of effort and repeated tasks. You’ll find out how to insert and format text, work with image files, and see exactly how hyperlinks work. We’ll also take a short tour of Dreamweaver’s Flash tools, work with tabular data, and get a handle on frames—getting clear on when to use them and when not to.As we build a site together, you’ll master the basics of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and even pick up a little HTML. By the end of the course, you’ll be well-prepared to learn more about HTML or CSS if you want to take your skills to the next level. So get ready for a great adventure that will show you just how simple and fun Web design can be! For more information about this course, please click here.  

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