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Adobe After Effects Level 1: Introduction


Adobe After Effects is the industry-standard tool for designing professional motion graphics and digital visual effects for use in film, television, and web video. Motion-graphics professionals, visual effects artists, and other professionals use animations and composites created in After Effects everywhere from your local news station to Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster films.

During this three-day training course, students will discover the tools and techniques necessary to create high-quality motion graphics in After Effects. We will start with the basics -- importing footage, adding effects, and animating a composition -- and then progress to creating a brand-new composition using content from Adobe Illustrator, built-in effects, layering, and transparency. The combination of animated text, layers, and custom shapes will soon coalesce into a full multimedia presentation – and perhaps a cornerstone of your professional portfolio.

Students will learn the secrets behind the movie magic of green screens and special effects -- how to utilize masks, keying effects and the Roto Brush tool to create these complex compositions. We will use the Roto Brush tool to isolate objects and either change the background or apply effects to the foreground. Our course concludes with lessons on color correction and 3D camera tracking.

Prerequisites: Some experience with Adobe Photoshop and/or Premiere Pro is beneficial but not required for success.

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    After completing this program, participants will be able to:
  • Navigate the After Effects interface and identify how the different tools are used in the workflow
  • Create basic animations and special effects using presets
  • Manipulate key frames and layers to add production value to a project
  • Add professional touches to projects by creating, importing, and animating text
  • Distinguish the impact between parenting layers versus nesting compositions
  • Generate composites using transparency, mattes, and other effects
  • Harness the power of motion tracking to create compositions with movement
  • Define transparency with keying to easily remove backgrounds
  • Clean up footage by removing unwanted elements and correcting colors
  • Enhance 2D footage with the 3D elements using the 3D camera tracker

Section: ADOBE-AE-LVL1 (20JUL17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 20, 2017 End Date: Jul 22, 2017 Tuition: $995.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Michael Snodgrass Register
Section: ADOBE-AE-LVL1 (30OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 30, 2017 End Date: Nov 01, 2017 Tuition: $995.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Michael Snodgrass Register

Adobe Captivate Level 1: Introduction

Adobe Captivate is the go-to tool for creating interactive eLearning content. If you are in education, you may be interested in using Captivate in your classroom to produce high-quality online learning tools for students to help them absorb and retain information from your courses. If you work in business or human resources, you can use Captivate to create engaging training modules that will help your company achieve its training and development goals. Students in this course will learn how to create soft-skills lessons, produce software demonstrations, and create interactive training simulations. You will also learn how to enhance the learner’s experience by adding interactive elements, test their learning with quizzes, and publish the project so learners can access it on virtually any device, including their mobile phones and tablets.

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After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Create both eLearning and mLearning projects from the ground up
  • Customize captions, styles and timing
  • Utilize images and smart shapes to enhance a project
  • Manipulate pointer paths and curser images
  • Utilize Buttons, click boxes and text entry boxes to enhance learner interaction
  • Create and enhance audio
  • Add video, animation and special effects to a Captivate project
  • Integrate existing Microsoft PowerPoint projects into Captivate
  • Create a simple quiz and deliver the results to an on-line server
  • Publish a completed project for use in a number of environments

Section: ADOBE-CP-LVL1 (02NOV17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 02, 2017 End Date: Nov 03, 2017 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Michael Snodgrass Register

Adobe Premiere Pro Level 1: Introduction


Adobe Premiere Pro is the industry-leading video editing application, utilized everywhere from major cable news networks to Academy Award-nominated films.

Throughout this two-day training course, students will discover the essential tools and techniques necessary to take a video project from planning to production. Participants will create a new Premiere Pro project from scratch by importing clips from various sources and adding content from other Adobe products including Illustrator and Photoshop.

Students will organize media assets including videos, images, and audio – and then use Premiere Pro’s tools to harness and assemble these raw elements into a video sequence by trimming clips, adding audio, and creating stylized transitions. Advanced editing techniques involving motion effects will also be covered in order to add professional touches to projects. Other topics include: editing multi-camera video shoots, creating title sequences, and publishing completed videos for (almost) all purposes and mediums.

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After completing this program, participants will be able to:
  • Navigate the Premiere Pro interface and identify its many elements and tools
  • Create an effective, customized editing interface using workspaces
  • Develop dynamic title sequences to add production value to a project
  • Add, move, trim, and edit video and audio clips in the video timeline
  • Create a cuts-only video without relying on optical effects
  • Employ motion effects to scale, rotate, and reposition clips
  • Assemble a video using storyboard edits to quickly assemble clips
  • Dramatize clips using both subtle and stylize video transitions
  • Explain the export options in Premiere Pro and their most common uses
  • Use and give examples of high-speed editing techniques to optimize workflow

Prerequisites: Students must possess basic computer skills. Some experience with other Adobe software will be beneficial, but it is not required.

Section: ADOBE-PR-LVL1 (12OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 12, 2017 End Date: Oct 13, 2017 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Michael Snodgrass Register

Introduction to Home Staging

Home staging is perfecting the art of creating an environment that will draw positive attention to a home for sale. Students will be able to identify both exterior and interior problems areas of a home and will learn professional staging tips and techniques resulting in a "show ready" home.  This course will emphasize professional staging arrangement, showcasing and display solutions to get your home sold.  Whether you are an individual who has a home to sell or someone who is interested in the business of professional home staging, this introductory course will provide you with a foundation for the home staging industry.

After this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify design themes that will sell a home
  • Be able to describe packaging and positioning solutions for  staging a home
  • Identify the three stages of buying/selling a home
  • Apply practical and professional staging tips and techniques to showcase a home for sale
Section: HOMESTAGE (04NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 04, 2017 End Date: Nov 04, 2017 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Melanie Serra Register
Section: HOMESTAGE (10MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 10, 2018 End Date: Mar 10, 2018 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Melanie Serra Register

Kitchen Design and Décor


Experts say even minor kitchen remodels return more value than any other project on the list--about 81 percent, nationally. Whether you're building or remodeling a kitchen, the process doesn't have to be stressful. Find the inspiration and courage to begin your project with the expertise of noted Interior Design Expert, Lee Anne Culpepper. Explore your style and how will you achieve it. Choices for cabinets, floors, countertops and lighting can be overwhelming – receive the information you need to make the job much easier!
Section: KITCHENDESIGN (07MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 07, 2018 End Date: Mar 28, 2018 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Lee Anne Culpepper Register

Powerful Presentations: Create, Design, Succeed

To exceed audience expectations and succeed in your presentation goals, you need both inspiring delivery and compelling content. In this interactive class you will design a captivating presentation using the Powerful Presentation Design method, a proven process that starts with creativity and ends with a finished (and polished) product. Simplify and energize your PowerPoint slide shows and capture your audience’s attention with relevant messages. Learn how to avoid “Eyes-Glazed-Over-Syndrome” by reporting data in ways that bring life to your presentations. Take this method to your workplace and replicate it! Join us to refine your skills and make your presentations soar.

After this class, participants will be able to:
  • Design an authentic, memorable, and impactful presentation from start to finish using the Powerful Presentation Design method.
  • Produce visual aids that add significant value to a presentation.
  • Report and interpret data effectively and with excitement.
  • Replicate the methods from this course each time they design a presentation in the future.
Section: PRESENTDESIGN (24AUG17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Aug 24, 2017 End Date: Aug 24, 2017 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Vicki Flier Hudson Register
Section: PRESENTDESIGN (25JAN18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jan 25, 2018 End Date: Jan 25, 2018 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Vicki Flier Hudson Register

Powerful Presentations: Deliver, Persuade, Inspire

A persuasive presentation requires more than standing on a stage with prepared notes. Whether in a meeting, on the phone, or in front of a crowd of hundreds, we must communicate effectively for our ideas to inspire. Compelling presentation skills earn respect and can take you to new heights in your professional and personal life. In this course, we explore “whole-level” presentations: making use of voice, body language and intellect to persuade your audience and maximize your potential. Rise above the rest with the power of presentation!

After this class, participants will be able to:
  • Identify limiting mindsets and explain the root causes of their fear of public speaking.
  • Build confidence in their presentation skills through their use of self-evaluation, feedback and practice exercises.
  • Enhance their presentation success by engaging in “whole-level” presentations using voice, body language, breathing exercises, imagination, stories and other tools.
  • Maximize the impact of their presentations through development of benefit-oriented content.
Section: PRESENT1 (21SEP17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Sep 21, 2017 End Date: Sep 21, 2017 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Vicki Flier Hudson Register
Section: PRESENT1 (07DEC17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Dec 07, 2017 End Date: Dec 07, 2017 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Vicki Flier Hudson Register

Project Management: Agile and Scrum Essentials

This course will prepare participants for a deeper understanding of Agile methodologies emphasizing real world usage, in addition participants will meet the education requirements to sit for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification exam (PMI-ACP). This course offers an in-depth look at agile project management through a PMI perspective. You will have hands-on practical exercises and real world scenarios so that you can apply your knowledge and prepare for the PMI-ACP exam and a career as an agile practitioner.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Understand the roots and philosophy behind Agile development
  • Recognize and explain various agile methodologies including Scrum and Extreme Programming
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively perform adaptive planning on projects
  • Generate continuous improvement on projects as well as throughout their organization
  • Effectively identify and deliver value to the customer using Agile techniques
  • Improve team leadership skills for Agile and traditional project management
  • Understand the need for stakeholder involvement and be able to effectively engage commitment for projects
  • Meet the education requirements to sit for the PMI-ACP exam
Section: PROJECTAGILE (05AUG17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Aug 05, 2017 End Date: Aug 19, 2017 Tuition: $1,295.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Margaret M May Register

Project Management: Human Resources Tools & Techniques

Managing the project team can be one of the more complex elements of ensuring successful completion of a project. In addition to individuals performing project work, it is important to recognize cultural differences and to be able to appropriately influence factors that impact the project. This begins at project initiation through project close and the Project Manager must successfully navigate any potential conflicts and promote teamwork.

In this course, the participants will learn how to gain insight into keeping the project team focused and providing direction to lead the project to a successful conclusion.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Define Roles and Responsibilities for project team members using common tools and techniques
  • Provide insight into the acquisition and creation of an appropriate team structure
  • Create a positive team environment and culture
  • Apply appropriate conflict resolution techniques and utilize motivation skills to achieve project results
Section: PROJECTHR (19SEP17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Sep 19, 2017 End Date: Sep 19, 2017 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Tim Peek Register

Project Management: Integration Tools & Techniques

Most project managers have to spend crucial time managing the day-to-day. It is a balancing act between your project’s cost, scope and schedule. One change will cascade across the project and impact many different areas. For example, a schedule slip will increase the project’s cost or a budget cut will decrease the project scope. Project integration attempts to unify all the project management processes and takes a holistic view of the overall project. Project integration is the “big picture” view and examines how all aspects of the project are interrelated.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Identify Project Basics
  • Explain How to Initiate a Project
  • Recognize and explain the Importance of Planning
  • Explain the Methods and Appropriate Techniques to Execute Project Work
  • Understand and Apply Tools and Techniques to Monitor and Control Project Progress
  • Describe the Steps to Close a Project

Section: PROJECTINTEGRATE (21OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 21, 2017 End Date: Oct 21, 2017 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Tim Peek Register

Project Management: Procurement Tools & Techniques

Buying or selling products and/or services to support project execution requires legal agreements to administrate and coordinate these transactions. The Project Manager is typically the point of contact to develop, manage and control these procurement processes. Without proper procurement management the project and organization could be vulnerable to legal action for any contractual obligations.

In this course, participants will learn how to properly manage the lifecycle of the legal agreement, understand the role of the buyer and seller and tools and techniques to ensure fair and equitable settlement of the agreement.

After completing this program, participants will be able to:
  • Develop clear procedures on conducting Procurements
  • Recognize the various Contract Types and when to apply them
  • Apply techniques to negotiate a valid legal Agreement
  • Use the appropriate tools to control Procurements throughout the project lifecycle
Section: PROJECTPROCURE (10OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 10, 2017 End Date: Oct 10, 2017 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Tim Peek Register

Project Management: Quality Tools & Techniques

Project Quality includes both project management deliverables and project deliverables from the beginning to the end of the project. Most successful projects begin planning for quality early and then monitor and measure it throughout the project’s execution. Quality management includes all of the processes needed to assure and control all deliverables meet quality standards and is based on proper quality planning at the project inception.

In this course, participants will learn many of the industry accepted tools and techniques (e.g. Cost of Quality, Statistical Sampling, Control Charts) and various quality models and approaches.

After completing this program, participants will be able to:
  • Develop a plan to manage the processes and activities to produce project deliverables
  • Assess the application of quality processes on a project to assure the level of quality produced by the project team meets customer requirements and expectations
  • Utilize quality tools and techniques to measure the project results to verify they satisfy the project scope and requirements
Section: PROJECTQUALITY (24OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 24, 2017 End Date: Oct 24, 2017 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Tim Peek Register

Project Management: Stakeholder Tools & Techniques

Stakeholders are any individuals, groups and organizations that have a vested interest in the project and its products, services or results. They also can impact the project positively and negatively and it is imperative for a Project Manager to be able to set and maintain proper expectations. Although it is not possible to manage all stakeholders, the Project Manager is expected to manage their expectations.

In this course, participants will learn tools and techniques to identify project stakeholders and their potential impact on the project. Through these tools and techniques, be able to analyze and develop strategies to appropriately manage them throughout the project lifecycle.

After completing this program, participants will be able to:
  • Utilize Tools and Techniques to Identify and Analyze project Stakeholders
  • Create a plan to manage Stakeholder engagement throughout the project
  • Apply the Stakeholder Management Plan to effectively manage Stakeholder expectations
  • Communicate pertinent work performance information throughout the project
Section: PROJECTSTAKE (26SEP17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Sep 26, 2017 End Date: Sep 26, 2017 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Tim Peek Register

Supper Club for Adventurous Diners

Enjoy the wonderful cuisine of other cultures in this Supper Club dining group. Meet others that like to experience a variety of taste sensations. Supper Club offers the opportunity to meet new people and establish potential business contacts and/or long-term friendships. This group will explore some of the many varieties of cuisines offered in Atlanta, such as Ethiopian, Indian, Vietnamese. Warning: this class includes flavor and spice! This is a wonderful way to bring people together for evenings of fun, good food, and interesting conversation.
Section: ADVENTSUPPERCLUB (09OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 09, 2017 End Date: Oct 30, 2017 Tuition: $215.00
Campus: Off Campus Instructor: Barbara Alfano Register

The Business of Writing

Writing is a tough business with daunting odds. Yet in this digital age, when leveraged well, a writer has never had more power and opportunity. The Business of Writing shows you how to identify your brand and build your platform, as well as to evaluate the commercial potential of your work and understand the paths toward monetizing your writing. Investing the time and work to make it as good as it can be, committing to the process, and persevering during the inevitable rejection you will encounter along the path are all crucial for success. So, too, is learning not to be defensive when criticized for the work into which you've poured your heart and soul.

This workshop will also cover traditional publishing vs. self-publishing and all the stops in between, including agents and query letters, rights and legal issues including copyright, tenacity vs. talent, formatting, content creation, social networking, writers conferences, author websites, blogging, the best ways to connect with other writers to create a support group, and embracing the writing life.

After this class, participants will be able to:

  • Identify their author platform and take the first steps toward building it.
  • Explain the differences between the various routes to publication.
  • Recognize pitfalls and scams associated with publication.
  • Access and use writing tools and resources, including blog and website-building, formatting and content creation tools.
  • Create a list of potential literary agents.
  • Write a polished query letter ready to be customized for each literary agent.
  • Build a support and/or critique group and learn how best to connect with the larger writing community.
Section: BUSOFWRITE (05AUG17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Aug 05, 2017 End Date: Aug 12, 2017 Tuition: $425.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Claire Cook Register
Section: BUSOFWRITE (02DEC17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Dec 02, 2017 End Date: Dec 09, 2017 Tuition: $425.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Claire Cook Register

Transformational Leadership - Inspiring Your Team

Transformational leadership techniques encourage leaders to achieve excellence by successfully engaging and motivating people. While other management theories rely on “telling” others what to do, the transformational methodology taps into amazing sources of drive and commitment by selling employees on both the vision and value of individual roles. Our interactive course examines how and when to utilize this approach for maximum leadership effectiveness, thereby generating significant buy-in and workforce ownership.

Class begins with a comparison of common leadership styles; we’ll then utilize tools and techniques to help you develop and implement a transformational leadership plan in your own workplace.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast common leadership styles
  • Define transformational leadership
  • Use tools and techniques to implement the four components of transformational leadership:
    • Intellectual stimulation
    • Individualized consideration
    • Inspirational motivation
    • Idealized influence
  • Develop a plan to implement transformational leadership
Section: LEADERTRANSFORM (21JUL17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 21, 2017 End Date: Jul 21, 2017 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Green Register

Winning Documents with Word: Word for Business


Chances are that you have used Microsoft Word at work to write reports and letters, but you might be missing out on skills that can improve your workflow. You’ve probably created tables before, but did you know that you can create tables from text and text from tables while also integrating Excel formulas like SUM and AVERAGE? If you ever get tired of changing the font and margins in a document, you will love learning how to create a new document with everything just the way you like it so you can start working without fiddling with those options. You may have used Mail Merge once or twice, but did you know it allows you to quickly create personalized letters, mailing labels, and certificates with just a couple of clicks? Finally, you’ll learn to build, edit, and secure a Word form for others to complete and save data.

Audience: This course is designed for those who are current users of Word who want to learn to perform more complex tasks and functions. It is not an introductory course and is for intermediate/advanced users of Word. This course builds on “Winning Documents with Word: Word for Writers.”

Software: The material in this course will apply to Word 2007/2010/2013/2016 with a concentration on Word 2010/2013/2016. It is not designed to apply to Word for Mac.

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  1. Create and edit Word tables for databases and forms
  2. Effectively using and modifying tabs
  3. Save and reuse documents as a template
  4. Using Mail Merge for letters, agreements, and labels
  5. Creating and editing Word forms
Section: MS-WORD-BUSINESS (27OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 27, 2017 End Date: Oct 27, 2017 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register

Winning Documents with Word: Word for Writers


Most people have used Word to write letters or reports, but few people know all of the time-saving shortcuts that you will learn in this course. If you are a technical writer, novelist, or anyone responsible for creating or maintaining large documents like orientation manuals or policies and procedures, your job might get a lot easier. This course will teach you how to customize virtually every element of a Word document from the title page to the index and every header, footer, and photo in between.

Audience: This course is designed for those who are current users of Word who want to learn to perform more complex tasks and functions. It is not an introductory course and is meant for intermediate users.

Software: The material in this course will apply to Word 2007/2010/2013/2016 with a concentration on Word 2010/2013/2016. It is not designed to apply to Word for Mac.

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  1. Customize options in Word and the Quick Access Toolbar
  2. Increase productivity with shortcuts, tips, and tricks
  3. Apply best practices for creating/maintaining large documents
  4. Create and edit Word themes, colors, and fonts
  5. Save time and typing with custom AutoCorrect and AutoText entries
  6. Use Styles and headings to create the outline and structure of a large manual
  7. Insert and modify a Title Page, Table of Contents, Index, Headers/Footers, and other elements
Section: MS-WORD-WRITER (24OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 24, 2017 End Date: Oct 24, 2017 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register