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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 (14APR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 14, 2018 End Date: Apr 28, 2018 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 (03MAY18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 3, 2018 End Date: May 4, 2018 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 (03MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 3, 2018 End Date: Mar 10, 2018 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Michael Snodgrass Register

Artistic Landscape Enhancements

Everyone appreciates a beautiful landscape. For weekend gardeners and landscape professionals, this course will teach the principles and elements of stunning, artistic landscapes. By developing a firm understanding of these concepts, participants in this highly interactive course will be able to approach dated landscapes and easily identify enhancements to maximize their home’s curb appeal.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Describe what makes a landscape beautiful.
  • Explain what steps can leverage this knowledge to enhance dated sites.
  • Map and manage the impact of shade in the landscape.
  • Apply landscape industry best practices for installing enhancements.
  • Manage drainage and rectify erosion issues.
Section: ARTISTICLAND (03MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 3, 2018 End Date: Mar 3, 2018 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Christopher Williams Register

Decoding Millennials: People, Employees, Consumers

More than 83 million millennials born between 1980 and 1996 now represent both the largest -- as well as the least understood – American generation. Research reveals that this group shares many defining characteristics; examining these commonalities can help us better understand millennials as people and as employees. Through the lens of economic impact, we’ll also identify how and why this critical analysis carries substantial weight.

After completing this program, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the distinct characteristics of millennials separate from other generations based on research and analytics.
  • Discover how to recruit, retain, and offer employee engagement to millennials based on their characteristics.
  • Explain what millennials want most in an ideal work environment to unlock an organization’s performance potential.
Section: MILLENNIALS (22MAY18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 22, 2018 End Date: May 22, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Adriane Wilson Massey Register

Film and Video Lighting on a Budget

Apply the ‘Hollywood Look’ to your podcast videos, vlogs, advertising, YouTube content, and other broadcasts – at just a fraction of the cost of those mega-blockbuster productions. Join us to maximize the impact of lighting in your videos on a shoe-string budget using inexpensive materials from local hardware stores. Our hands-on, practical course allows students the opportunity to actively participate in various lighting scenarios in order to learn basic tricks and techniques to enhance video compositions.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Apply basic lighting techniques used in film and television to their own productions
  • Use appropriate terminology to describe the lighting process
  • Demonstrate the placement and treatment of lighting fixtures and accessories to achieve a desired result
  • Describe the options for adding basic effects to enhance the look of the video after it is shot
  • Explain how to maintain the integrity of the media record as it is transferred to the internet
Section: FILM&VIDLIGHT (31JAN18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jan 31, 2018 End Date: Feb 28, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Ly Bolia Register

Foundations of Graphic Design


In the world of graphic design, good looks are everything….and so many websites, posters, greeting cards and more need your help ASAP. Fortunately, creating professional content – whether for your job, church, family, or yourself – is made easier by understanding the fundamental concepts of graphic design.

Included in this course will be the identification of multiple visual communications principles and elements within good design: color theory, composition, typography and more. We’ll also demonstrate how these artistic decisions can create cohesive, expressive branding through the use of templates and style guides.

Come explore the graphic designer’s role -- as well as techniques for creative thinking and problem solving – as we study and discover effective visual communication strategies. Class discussions regarding variances between new digital media and traditional print design will also help budding designers eliminate anxieties about the unknown.

Through a series of lectures and project-based homework assignments, this course will demystify the graphic design profession for students who are:
  • new to working in design roles;
  • considering switching to a design career;
  • self-taught and struggle to find fundamental solutions; or
  • seasoned designers needing a refresher and introduction to emerging tools, techniques, and technologies.

ECE recommends completing this course as the first in the Fundamentals of Graphic Design Certificate, but it can be taken at any time during the program. Students will complete three assignments related to visual communication principles, creative briefs, and brand design. Experience with Adobe software is welcomed but not required for success.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the role of color, composition, and typography in visual communication
  • Explain the various roles and duties of a graphic design professional
  • Develop a roadmap to guide design projects from conception to completion
  • Choose the right hardware, software, and file types for each project
  • Make informed decisions about their projected career path

Section: FOUNDGRAPHIC (06FEB18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 6, 2018 End Date: Feb 27, 2018 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Christopher Brown Register
Section: FOUNDGRAPHIC (16JUN18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 16, 2018 End Date: Jul 7, 2018 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Christopher Brown Register

Introduction to Event Planning


Successful events require a tremendous amount of knowledge, resources, and behind-the-scenes production. Our engaging exercises will provide expert event planning tips and techniques from conception to execution – learn how to plan and manage logistics, catering, audio-visual elements and more. Discover how to proactively take control of event details in order to create memorable and worthwhile experiences for your attendees as your stakeholders applaud your impeccable leadership.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Develop effective event objectives and build a project timeline, budget and program to meet those goals
  • Define and explain important terminology for catering, audio-visual and event logistics in order to effectively manage those areas and work with the relevant suppliers
  • Create appropriate food and beverage menus while both maximizing the impact of your budget and understanding the basics of today’s common, but complex, food and beverage issues
  • Select appropriate venues and suppliers, and negotiate the basics of effective contracts
  • Organize logistics with simple tools such as Microsoft Excel, and be pro-active in pre-planning to effectively manage details and mitigate on-site problems
  • Describe the application of basic audio-visual equipment (such as sound and video equipment) in order to serve specific purposes in an event setting.
  • Communicate effectively with guests and attendees to both provide and collect important event information.

Section: INTROEVENT (22FEB18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 22, 2018 End Date: Feb 23, 2018 Tuition: $795.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Christina Robertson Whitehead Register
Section: INTROEVENT (17MAY18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 17, 2018 End Date: May 18, 2018 Tuition: $795.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Christina Robertson Whitehead Register

Introduction to Fundraising


Modern philanthropy and fundraising concepts have evolved dramatically over the years. Our hands-on introductory course -- designed for nonprofit staff and/or board members -- provides critical insights and a practical guide to maximizing fundraising efforts. Included in the coursework will be tips and techniques to successfully identify industry trends, perform basic research functions, tailor fundraising approaches based on a multitude of factors, and effectively track campaign results.

After completing this class, participants will:
  • Be able to distinguish among current nonprofit and fundraising trends
  • Describe a successful fundraising cycle
  • Explain how to do basic research on donors and foundations
  • Differentiate your fundraising approaches based on the amount you need to raise and the purpose of your campaign

Section: INTROFUND (09FEB18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 9, 2018 End Date: Feb 9, 2018 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Christina E Lennon 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 you will 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 7, 2018 End Date: Mar 28, 2018 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Lee Anne Culpepper Register
Section: KITCHENDESIGN (06JUN18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 6, 2018 End Date: Jun 27, 2018 Tuition: $175.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Lee Anne Culpepper Register

Marriage and Money: What Changes When You Say “I Do”

Marriage is an exciting time in life -- and also a major financial milestone! Here’s advice for couples planning for the future—consider how marriage will impact your financial future as well as your budgeting methods. These changes are likely to be significant. Our course will describe exactly what to expect during various marriage-related circumstances so that you can plan the best approach to successfully manage your money -- both jointly and individually.
After this class, you will be able to:

  • Describe the three primary planning areas in which you need to merge your finances effectively as a married couple: net worth, cash flow, and taxes
  • Assess your personal money management style so you can work with your spouse to meet your financial goals as a married couple
  • Explain how to protect your personal assets from being accessed by your spouse and avoid liability for debts incurred by your spouse
Section: MARRIAGEMONEY (06MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 6, 2018 End Date: Mar 6, 2018 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Helen Ngo Register

Mystery Writing


Cozies. Police procedurals. Lone-wolf private eyes. The mystery genre takes on many forms -- all of which sell briskly in the marketplace and retain long shelf-lives. No mystery about that! The human race (nosy by nature) wants to know whodunit and why -- with shivers and a few laughs along the way. Class will focus on planting clues, fishing for red herrings, hanging from cliffs, the ‘reveal’ and other elements of the mystery novel. Examples from masters of the genre -- as well as exercises and assignments -- help students uncover vital secrets of writing a mystery story that will keep readers awake and turning pages all night.

After completing this program, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize the characteristics of and practice developing a sleuth character
  • Practice creating tension within stories
  • Experiment with mood and setting
  • Utilize current or historical events
  • Select and plant clues -- without spoiling the surprise
Section: MYSTERY (05FEB18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 5, 2018 End Date: Mar 12, 2018 Tuition: $425.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Linda E Clopton 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.
  • Bring presentations to life using multiple methodologies including analogies and metaphors, live surveys, video, and on-the-spot adaptation
  • Produce visual aids that add significant value to a presentation.
  • Report and interpret data effectively.
  • Replicate the methods from this course each time they design a presentation in the future.
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

Social Media Analytics


Social media can be essential to growing your business, but properly understanding and analyzing the relevant data is absolutely critical.

While working at Facebook, instructor Jessica Ludolph partnered with clients ranging from small businesses all the way up to larger companies including The Home Depot, Chick-Fil-a, Burger King and more. Her input not only helped shape Facebook’s own advertising platform, but her focus on strategy and execution delivered amazing results for her clients. Join us to discover how these analytics can help guide your organization’s marketing strategy.

Simply having a presence on social media is hardly enough; a successful approach must include continuous testing, monitoring and optimization to achieve goals. Who’s interacting with your content? What should your goals be? How do you establish Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and, more importantly, measure and track your results against those metrics by utilizing reporting tools?

The need to evaluate the results of your published content and paid advertising campaigns to help improve future marketing efforts cannot be overstated. We’ll cover the fundamentals and insider techniques of social media analytics for both beginners as well as seasoned digital marketers looking to understand how to better analyze data, take action, and get results.

Prerequisites: Participants in this course must:
  • possess basic computer, internet, and social media skills;
  • bring a notebook computer, tablet, or smartphone to follow along with in-class exercises;
  • have a Facebook Business Page created prior to the first class session; and
  • be prepared to invest a minimum of $20 in a paid social media campaign.

Who Should Attend: Aspiring and existing marketing specialists, business owners, and entrepreneurs looking to understand the social data available across various platforms and how that data can be used to measure business results.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Explain how social analytics are derived from both organic data and paid campaign data
  • Analyze Audience Insights to further identify who is interacting with your social content and how—and how to apply that information in a paid marketing strategy
  • Create attainable goals for social campaigns and establish realistic KPIs to determine effectiveness
  • Set up and track paid social campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn
  • Pull analytics reports and determine the metrics to focus on based on goals/KPIs
  • Optimize future social media marketing efforts and make informed, data backed decisions

Section: SOCIALANALYTICS (02FEB18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 2, 2018 End Date: Feb 9, 2018 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jessica Ludolph Register

Social Media for Business: Engaging and Selling


Approximately 81% of all Americans have a social media profile, spending an average of nearly two hours each day scrolling feeds and connecting with friends. Today's digital world requires successful integration of this everyday staple into your overall business strategy.

Entrepreneurs and marketing professionals can take advantage of this immense opportunity to reach and engage social media users in order to sell goods and services. We'll create content—a critical component of social media marketing—utilizing hands-on activities based on best practices for each platform. Subsequent coursework will cover targeting strategies and paid advertising formats to help engage with customers. Methodologies for effectively measuring campaign success via goal setting, reporting and measurement will round out your social media management skills acquisition.

Regardless of your skill level, join our interactive workshop to harness the power of social media in order to grow your business audience and your revenue.

Prerequisites: Participants should possess basic computer, internet, and social media skills. Please bring a notebook computer, tablet, or smartphone to follow along with the in-class exercises. If you are a business owner or manager of a business that has a social media presence, please have access to your current profiles on any social media platforms, as well.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Increase your business results by harnessing the power of social media
  • Determine the top social platforms for your business and the best type of content for each
  • Create content with powerful, relatable visuals that effectively communicates with your customers
  • Explain how to leverage customer-generated content and influencer communities
  • Identify the best audiences for your business and employ methodologies to reach them through paid social media
  • Establish achievable, business oriented social media goals
  • Measure the results of social media strategies and paid campaigns by comparing your goals to results in the available social reporting tools
Section: SOCIALMEDIABUS (08MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 8, 2018 End Date: Mar 9, 2018 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jessica Ludolph Register

Sustainable Landscapes: How far am I willing to go?

A sustainable landscape design supports the healthy growth of trees, plants and grasses while promoting a balance with nature. Design and maintain your landscape to thrive as you do your part to help protect the ecosystem. In this class, participants will learn how to choose the right plants for the right places and perform the best sustainable maintenance practices to minimize inefficiencies, decrease the need for excess water and added chemicals to the landscape.

After this class, students will be able to:
  • Explain and apply the concept of “Right Plant/Right Place” and describe its impact on sustainability.
  • Describe the impact of making sustainable decisions regarding planning and maintaining the landscape.
  • Return to their own landscapes and immediately redesign areas where participants can make an impact on their environments.
Section: SUSTAINLAND (03MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 3, 2018 End Date: Mar 3, 2018 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Terry Powell Register

The Power of Personal Brand

In this course you will learn what a personal brand is, what the benefits are in having a clearly defined brand, and how to build and manage your own. You will leave with a new understanding of yourself as an individual and as a business entity, a provider of business services. You will also gain an understanding of how to use your brand to promote yourself and/or services. This class discusses the power of having an outstanding brand, something that companies have known and used for years, and maps it onto the individual for increase effectiveness, success and personal power.
Section: PERSBRAND (06JUN18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 6, 2018 End Date: Jun 6, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Katie Karppala 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 (12FEB18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 12, 2018 End Date: Feb 12, 2018 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Green Register
Section: LEADERTRANSFORM (02MAY18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 2, 2018 End Date: May 2, 2018 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Green Register

Your Image is a Communication Tool

Your image communicates messages about who you are as perceived by others and even yourself. You want to ensure these messages are consistent with your character, values, and what you have to offer. In this workshop, you will review the basic ingredients of nonverbal communication, better understand your own “filters,” and learn how judgments are formulated from visual impressions. This powerful information equips you to better understand the messages that you are sending out, and more effectively interpret the nonverbal messages you are receiving.


After this class, you will be able to:

  • Identify the basic elements of non-verbal communication
  • Identify their own filter in communication
  • Know how to increase positive communications in different environments
  • Be able to use image to strengthen brand professionally and personally
  • Identify ways to create stronger connections in relationships through communication
  • Learn strategies to manage their image
Section: IMAGECOMM (06JUN18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 6, 2018 End Date: Jun 6, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Katie Karppala Register