Four new online classes launched in October


2EducateYou is so pleased to announce the launch of four new instructor-facilitated, six-week online classes:

Introduction to Peachtree Accounting 2012

Handle accounting tasks quickly and easily with Peachtree Accounting 2012! With the help of hands-on activities and step-by-step instructions, you’ll quickly master all the skills you need to handle your routine accounting needs. If you find day-to-day accounting a struggle, Peachtree is the perfect solution for you. With the power of this software on your side, you’ll breeze through those routine accounting chores you used to dread!

Introduction to Microsoft Outlook 2010

Are you overwhelmed by emails, meetings, and to-do lists? Harness the power of Microsoft Outlook 2010, and you’ll instantly enhance your efficiency and productivity. In this course, you’ll learn your way around the new ribbon-based interface and get up and running quickly. Then you’ll focus on the core skills you really need in order to work smarter and faster. Whether you’re new to Outlook or you’ve been using it for years, you’re sure to learn something useful in every lesson. In just a few weeks, you’ll be a skilled and confident user of this time-saving tool—and you’ll never have to worry about missing a meeting, losing an email, or forgetting an important task again!

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 – I’m happy to say that I teach this class!

Take your PowerPoint presentations from “so-so” to sensational! In these lessons, you’ll learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 to create professional-quality slide presentations that grab and hold your audience’s attention from start to finish. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user, these lessons will teach you how to turn simple slides into a polished and exciting presentation that will make your message memorable. If you want to take your PowerPoint skills to a higher level, this is the course for you!

Intermediate Dreamweaver CS5

Take your web design skills to new heights as you master advanced Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 techniques! You’ll get hands-on practice in using pure CSS layout and discover how to incorporate multimedia elements such as Flash video and audio. In addition, you’ll explore the use of XML and XSL. Whether you’re planning a career in web design, designing a website for your business, or developing sites as a hobby, this course will give you the tools you need to look like a pro.

It’s not too late to enroll in the October 19 class. Other start dates this year are November 9 and December 14, 2011. Enroll today!



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What are you learning today?

I love being involved in education…learning and teaching. Every day I’m learning something new to expand my mind and pass on to others.

I haven’t taken marketing classes, so I decided to enroll in Marketing Your Business on the Interneticon. In this six-week online class, I will learn how to market my business on the Internet, even on a budget.

Now that I have a domain name and web host, I’m looking forward to learning more about establishing an Internet presence and building an online brand identity. I am sure I have made some mistakes up to this point! An important part of this is learning how search engine optimization (SEO) works and how to track my site’s performance using Web analytics.

I’m looking forward to expanding my knowledge of online advertising, email marketing, and social media from the instructor, who is a Web development expert specializing in marketing, user experience, and e-commerce. Hopefully, I’ll be passing on some tips to you!

Well that’s what I’ll be learning over the next six weeks. How about you?


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2EducateYou Introduces New Online Course: Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

2EducateYou has a program that makes it easy to take high-quality, noncredit online courses. 2EducateYou has partnered with ed2go to offer hundreds of online, instructor-led courses and is pleased to announce the launch of Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.

Participants in this course will learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 to create exciting slide presentations that include text, objects, SmartArt, multimedia, animation, sound, charts, clip art, and hyperlinks. With the help of hands-on activities and step-by-step instructions, even beginners will quickly be creating everything from professional-quality business presentations to PowerPoint photo albums.

This course is part of 2EducateYou’s growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

To learn more, visit the course website: Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

Kathy Van Pelt

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Create a Website-in-a-Day Class

In this one-day, hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the basic principles for creating a Web site. Students will learn how to:

  • Create HTML code
  • Use an HTML editor to create HTML code
  • Use an HTML template to create web pages
  • Choose a host and domain name
  • Create a Web site with a homepage
  • Create links
  • Create and insert Web-formatted photos
  • Upload to a Web server
  • The difference between and

Come with an idea of how you would like your Website to look, the content you would like to include, and any Web-ready photos that have been re-sized for Web pages.

Students may bring a USB drive.

Friday, September 23, 2011, 9:00 am – 3:30 p.m. or Friday, December 2, 2011, 9:00 am – 3:30 p.m.
Tuition: $80.00

Materials Cost: $10.00

Register: Online/ or by phone: 760-795-6820

MiraCosta College-San Elijo Campus
3333 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff, CA 92007

Directions: Take I-5 to Manchester Ave. exit. Go east on Manchester Ave. A free parking pass for your class or workshop can be obtained at the front desk of the Administration Building on campus.

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Where is the More button on the Microsoft Office 2007/2010 Ribbon?

A student asked me the other day where to find the WordArt More button on the PowerPoint 2007 Ribbon.

The More button certainly can be difficult to find if you’ve never used it. When you’re creating or editing a WordArt object in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010, you’ll find the More button on the WordArt Styles group (which is on the Drawing Tools Format contextual tab). Here’s an example of the WordArt Styles group on the PowerPoint 2010 Ribbon (with the default Office theme):


WordArt Styles group

WordArt Styles Group on the PowerPoint 2010 Ribbon

In this example, you can see three WordArt styles. Next to the three WordArt styles are three buttons which you may use to scroll through the various WordArt styles…one with an up arrow; one with a down arrow; and another with a down arrow with a horizontal line above it. I refer to the up arrow as the Previous Row button, the down arrow as the Next Row button, and the bottom button is the More button.

Clicking the Next Row button displays the next three WordArt styles available. Clicking Previous Row displays the three previous WordArt styles. And clicking More displays all the WordArt styles as shown below:


WordArt styles

All WordArt Styles

The PowerPoint theme determines the WordArt styles; so if you’re using a theme other than the default Office theme, your WordArt styles will look different from the above examples.

The More button is also found on the Microsoft Word Ribbon, always grouped with the Previous and Next Row buttons, when there are more styles to view. For example, here an example of the Styles group on the Home tab on the Word 2010 Ribbon:

Styles group on Word Ribbon

Styles group on Word 2010 Ribbon

In the example, you can see 8 of the 16 available styles. To see the next 8 styles, you’d click the Next Row button; and to see all the styles, you’d click the More button.  Here’s an example of all the Word styles available you’d see when clicking the More button in the Styles group:

All Word styles

All Styles available on the Styles Group

If you need further clarification, please let me know!


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Online Web Design Classes You’ll Love!

From simple Web site design to advanced programming classes, there’s something for everybody. All classes are six weeks long and offered monthly.

o    Web and Graphic Design Online Courses (Creating Web Pages, Introduction to CSS and XHTML, Introduction to Dreamweaver)

o    Web Development (Introduction to PHP and MySQL, Introduction to C++ Programming, etc.)

o    Web 2.0: Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts

o    Introduction to Creating WordPress Web Sites

o    Computers and Technology Courses (including Web and Computer Programming)

o    Intermediate CSS and XHTML (Graphic and Multimedia Design Courses)

o    Achieving Top Search Engine Positions

Keep on learning!


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New Keyboarding Class

ed2go is pleased to announce a major update to an instructor-led online course designed to help students improve their keyboarding speed and accuracy. This course is popular with students seeking careers in health care, office management, and related fields.

This course has been fully revised to allow students to use the latest keyboarding software, Keyboarding Pro 5. The title and price for this course will remain the same.


Instructor: Kathy Van Pelt

Description: Students will learn how to touch-type or improve their existing typing skills using Keyboarding Pro 5. By the end of the course, they will know how to touch-type the alphabetic, numeric, and symbol keys; create, save, and edit word processing documents; and successfully take a timed writing test during a job interview.

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April Web Site/WordPress Classes

Need help creating a Web site? Want to create one along with a blog with WordPress? Listed below are some good options. You can still enroll in these six-week classes that started Wednesday, April 20. The next session start Wednesday, May 18.

Have fun!



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Web Host Options

Looking for a Web host?

You have a few options. For a Web site and blog combo,  I suggest Network Solutions. If you want just a blog, they can host it without the Web site. In this case the blog will be your Web site, and you’ll pay less money for this option.

If you want a free blog, try or You don’t need a web host for or Blogger (owned by Google). I find Blogger easier to use than WordPress. For you ladies out there, check out Blog Her, whose mission is “to create opportunities for women who blog to gain exposure, education, community and economic empowerment.” (

Hope this helps!


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New PowerPoint Web Page

I’m so pleased with the Web page I created for my PowerPoint-in-a-Day class for tomorrow:

Many more to make with this format!

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