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Available EDGE Courses


**NOTE:
  Enrollees must withdraw at least 72 hours prior to the class to avoid being charged.  Dakota County reserves the right to charge the cost of the class if an employee does not withdraw 72 hours prior to the class.
 
 

 General Courses

 
  • Course Name Date Time Location Fee Register
    Motivation and the TelephoneAugust 11, 20151 - 4 PMNSC 520$85 Register
    First Aid - Medical EmergenciesAugust 13, 20158:30 - 11:30 AMNSC 520$85 Register
    Professional Writing and EditingAugust 18, 20158:30 - 11:30 AMWSC L139$85 Register
    Adult, Child and Infant CPRJuly 30, 20158:30-11:30 AMNSC 110A$85 Register
    Managing Chaos: Set Priorities + Make DecisionsSeptember 15, 20158: 30 - 11:30 AMNSC 110A$85 Register
    Understanding Hmong CultureSeptember 22, 20158:30 - 11:30 AMWSC L139$85 Register
    Understanding Hispanic CultureSeptember 3, 20151-4 PMNSC 520$85 Register
 

 Technical Courses

 
  • Course Name Date Time Location Fee Register
    MS Access IntermediateAugust 4, 20158:30 AM - 12:30 PMNSC 120$85 Register
    MS Advanced Formulas + FunctionsJuly 29, 20158:30 AM - 12:30 PMNSC 120$85 Register
    MS Word AdvancedSeptember 1, 20158:30 AM - 12:30 PMNSC 120$85 Register
 

 General Course Descriptions

 
 
First-Aid
Participants will be instructed in the correct procedures in the administration of first-aid to the sick/injured.  Learn to identify and care for persons in shock, with fractures, and other injuries/conditions—including bleeding, strains, sprains, seizures, diabetes, etc.  A study book is included.  Following the class, a certificate of completion will be given to students.  Develop your confidence so you don’t panic and can be ready to help someone!
 
 
Adult, Child, and Infant CPR
Learn how to deal with a respiratory emergency and give first aid for a cardiac emergency!  This class focuses on injury prevention, recognizing an emergency and basic first aid.  Following discussion and demonstration, participants will perform CPR techniques on mannequins and learn FBAO removal (foreign body airway obstruction) for infant, child and adults.  Also, participants will learn how a defibrillator works and its importance in life threatening situations. Those successfully completing the course will receive certification in CPR.  This course is recommended for anyone who has never had CPR training or is looking to refresh his or her emergency skills.
 
Motivation and the Telephone
For many of us, the telephone is our most common communication tool. Large portions of our working days are spent saving time, money, and energy by using cell and land lines. However, without proper training, employees can become frustrated and stressed by the telephone. The Motivation and the Telephone session will help you develop the right skills to build confidence and keep customers calling.
 
This seminar equips participants with the skills they need to project a polished, professional image over the telephone. A fast-paced, three-hour presentation, the seminar can be delivered twice in one day to train your entire staff. 
 
Professional Writing & Editing
Do you feel like your e-mails don’t get results? Like your reports never get read? Not sure where to put that comma, apostrophe, or dash? Do you dread a blank page? Have no idea how to “snap” to your writing? If so, then this session is for you. To succeed today, you need to write clearly, concisely, and quickly – all things this learning lab will equip you to do. Topics:
 
·         Assessing your skills
·         Elements of good writing
·         Spelling secrets
·         Punctuation: Where do the commas go?
·         Grammar pitfalls
·         Tenses and parallel structure
·         Know your audience
·         Determine the purpose for the correspondence
·         Use an outline [3 outline suggestions]
·         Five rules to use when creating an outline
·         How to keep it simple
·         How to keep it short
·         Avoid jargon, bias, and clichés
 
Managing Chaos: Set Priorities and Make Decisions
Falling victim to chaos can rob your energy and hinder your ability to reason.  Instead of having a clear vision that is managed with purpose, you find yourself paralyzed by the stress of forging forward just to survive.  Learn how to take charge of the things you can control with techniques for problem solving, time management, and negotiation. You will learn:
 
·         To understand the reasons multitasking won’t help you.
·         To develop a strategy to get organized.
·         To engage in memory building activities.
·         To use a “diplomatic no.”
·         To minimize time wasters and maximize prioritization tools.
·         To apply the right decision-making model for each situation.
 
Understanding Hmong Culture
The goal of this workshop is to familiarize the participants with specific issues that can arise when dealing with Hmong immigrants that are related to the geography, history, mentality and culture of the people. The workshop will include pre- and post- self-assessments of the participants' knowledge on Hmong culture, a presentation, short video demonstration, small group activity, and a Q&A session.
 
Understanding Hispanic Culture
The goal of this workshop is to familiarize the participants with specific issues that can arise when dealing with Hispanic immigrants that are related to the geography, history, mentality and culture of the people. The workshop will include pre- and post- self-assessments of the participants' knowledge on Hispanic culture, a presentation, short video demonstration, small group activity, and a Q&A session.
 
 
 
 

 Technical Course Descriptions

 
 
 
MS Advanced Formulas & Functions
Prerequisite:  The student must have mastered the topics presented in the Excel Formulas, Functions, and Multiple Sheets Class or equivalent.
The objective of this course is to introduce you to several Excel features that will help you work more efficiently in your formula worksheets including:
 
·         Assigning meaningful names to cell and ranges using the Insert, Name command and the Name Box
·         Create formulas that include multiple functions
·          Create sophisticated conditional functions
·         Using Statistical functions to help you find the Median, Quartile, Percentile, and Frequency
·         Using Text Formulas to parse (break apart), concatenate (place together), test for number of characters, using the find and search functions, and substitution functions
·          Creating and using table formulas to analyze large lists
·          Creating and editing array formulas
·         Using Tools, Protection to prevent changes to data and window arrangement
·          Adding formulas to calculate across sheets
·          Create formulas to calculate across workbooks
·          Work with formula errors
·         Create Data Validation
 
MS Access Intermediate
Prerequisite:  The student must have mastered to the topics presented in the Access Introduction course or equivalent.
The objective of this course is to learn the features that will assist in creating queries:
 
·         Setup relationships between tables or queries
·         Design basic selection queries using comparison operators
·         Design queries that calculate on a record by record basis
·         Design queries that group data together and calculate subtotals
·          Design action queries that delete data, update data, or move data to another table
·         Design Not In queries
·         Export query data to Excel
 
MS Word Advanced
Prerequisite:  The student must have mastered the topics presented in the Intermediate Word Class or equivalent.
The objective of this course is to learn the features that help you use timesaving features in Word, including how to:
 
·         Use Quick Parts to reduce the repetitive typing necessary to create documents
·         Use section breaks effectively in your documents.
·         Add headers and footers in documents with multiple sections.
·         Use styles to format your documents quickly.
·         Edit styles
·         Create styles
·         Create a table of contents with no typing.
·         Add graphics and drawings to your documents
·         Use the Merge Feature to create form letters, envelopes, and labels for mailing lists using data documents from Word, Excel, Access, or Outlook
·         Use the Envelope and Label feature to create single envelopes and labels

Last updated: 8/24/2015 4:52 AM