As I look at our winter offerings, I’m reminded that now is the time for New Year’s resolutions, and I have a plan to achieve mine in 2014. I want to increase my balance and flexibility, take up a new hobby, and sign up for quarterly professional development courses.
If your goal is a more fulfilling career, you can show your resolve by taking business courses. Seek better compensation with help from our new course on Effective Negotiations taught by Intel Strategic Relationship Manager Chirag Shah. Click on the Business Management header in the drop-down menu under Business Classes for details.
Plan your dream business in our new one-day class, So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Know What It Takes to Start Your Own Business, taught by Lara Merriam-Smith, entrepreneurship educator and mentor for Ferndale-based Brilliance Enterprises. Click on the Entrepreneurship & Small Business header in the drop-down menu under Business Classes for details.
Develop some global skills via one of our new courses in cross-cultural competency and communications. Click on the Communication Skills header in the drop-down menu under Business Classes for details.
Enhance your tech skills with our suite of programming courses, including our new F# offering taught by popular tech blogger Ted Neward. Click on the Programming header in the drop-down menu under Technology Classes for details.
Seeking a career change? We offer 14 certificate programs in business and technology to help you chart a new path. Programs that are new or revamped include:
• Business Management
• Project Management
• IT Project Management
• Software Test Engineer.
Click on the Certificate Programs header on our home page for more details.
When you’re ready to act on your career goals, consider taking advantage of Bellevue College’s Center for Career Connections, which provides comprehensive services including help with career planning, job seeking, and networking. The center is located on the second floor of the B Building on Bellevue College’s Main Campus. Call (425) 564-2279 for more information.
Set on developing your artistic side, perhaps with a technical twist? To learn how far your design skills can take you, see our profile of digital media strategist Robin Avni under Latest News and Trends. Robin got the confidence to enter the new world of high-tech media after taking one of our courses. Click on the Graphic Design and Web Design headers in the drop-down menu under Technology Classes for current course details.
If photography is your art, consider our new course in iPhone and iPad photography or our new certificate program in photography launching early next year. For details on our photography courses, click on the Photography header in the drop-down menu under Art & Design Classes.
Do you have travel plans for the New Year? Consider preparing in advance with our language and travel courses.
• We offer several short courses in basic Italian and Spanish for travelers.
• Our popular class, Italy: Up Close and Personal, orients travelers to Italian culture.
• For Francophiles, we offer two popular back-to-back Saturday seminars: Survival French for the Traveler and When in Paris, Do as the Parisians Do.
• Click on the French, Italian, Spanish, and Travel Seminars headers in the drop-down menu under Language Classes for more details.
Whatever your goals for 2014, follow my lead, make a plan, and look to Bellevue College Continuing Education to help you achieve them.