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Online Professional Development

CSU Pueblo is excited to offer noncredit online professional development opportunities in a variety of topics in partnership with two education companies, MindEdge and QuickStart. Our adult and continuing education program offers various noncredit courses that fit your needs, schedule, and budget. Browse our course options below. You do not need to be a current student to register. 

Key features include: 

  • Expert-supported
  • Mobile-friendly
  • Accessible
  • Games and flashcards
  • Video content 
  • Real-world case studies
  • Audio-enabled
  • Continuing Education Units awarded 

MindEdge Courses and Certificates

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    Emergency Management in the U.S.

    Course Description: Emergency management is a critical and expanding field; climate change has increased the extent and frequency of natural disasters, and terrorism is a growing threat. Therefore, emergency managers play an increasingly vital role in protecting communities at the local, state, tribal, and national level. This course is designed for learners who are studying emergency management for the first time, preparing for a new career or job role in emergency management, or seeking to refresh their knowledge of foundational concepts.

    Investment: $199.00 

    CEUs: 1 (Contact Hours: 10)

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • Define emergency management, explain the principles of emergency management, and recognize the various roles and responsibilities of emergency managers
    • Identify the laws, authorities, and structures that shape and define emergency management in the U.S.
    • Explain the purpose of an emergency operations center (EOC) and describe how and when to activate the EOC
    • Recognize the components of a successful emergency management program, including financial planning, resource management, and exercise program management
    • Describe the components of a mitigation plan and recognize how mitigation actions can prevent emergencies or minimize the resulting damages
    • Identify the six steps of planning and outline an emergency operations plan
    • Distinguish between the various types of training and exercises
    • Recognize the key partners in response and their various roles and responsibilities, such as communicating with the public, saving lives, and clearing debris
    • Explain the purpose and goal of recovery and identify the short-term and long-term activities that facilitate recovery
    • Outline the steps in the Presidential Disaster Declaration process and identify the various kinds of assistance available to emergency managers

    Register Here for Emergency Management in the U.S.!

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    GED Exam Prep

    Program Description: GED® stands for General Education Development or General Education Diploma. The GED® is an internationally recognized test, which serves as a high school equivalency exam. With four distinct parts—Reasoning Through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math—the GED® exam is comprehensive and challenging. These courses are designed help learners identify gaps and focus on areas of weakness in preparation for the exam. The courses include exam-taking tips, a diagnostic test that doubles as a full-length practice exam, practice questions at the end of each module, and a second full-length practice exam at the end of the course. More than 200 practice questions address the content areas in the four sections of the GED® exam. 

    Courses Include:

    Mathematical Reasoning 

    • Investment: $29.00
    • CEUs: 8 (Contact Hours: 80) 

    Register Here for Math GED Prep!

     

    Reasoning through Language Arts 

    • Investment: $29.00
    • CEUs: 8 (Contact Hours: 80)

    Register Here for Language Arts GED Prep!

     

    Science 

    • Investment: $29.00
    • CEUs: 8 (Contact Hours: 80)

    Register Here for Science GED Prep!

     

    Social Studies 

    • Investment: $29.00
    • CEUs: 8 (Contact Hours: 80) 
    Register Here for Social Studies GED Prep!
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    Digital Marketing Strategy

    Course Description: As consumers increasingly turn to the digital marketplace of the Internet, organizations recognize that they can better reach and connect with their customers, clients, or prospects through digital marketing. There are many benefits to effective digital marketing including improved brand perception, more efficient lead generation, and better customer satisfaction levels. That can translate into the sale of more products and services. Creating a digital marketing strategy is crucial to meeting the marketing goals of the organization. This course offers a step-by-step introduction to the process of creating such a strategy, with an emphasis on key concepts, definitions, and metrics.

    Investment: $79.00

    CEUs: 0.3 (Contact Hours: 3)   

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • Explain the importance of creating a digital marketing strategy in meeting organizational marketing goals
    • Discuss the differences between an integrated and non-integrated digital marketing strategy
    • Describe the five stages of a digital marketing strategy (Research, Plan, Execute, Measure, Analyze and Adjust)
    • Explain how digital marketing elements can address strategic needs
    • Describe the customer journey and how it applies to digital marketing
    • Explore the use of a digital SWOT in assessing marketing efforts
    • Explain the use of SMART goals in the planning stage
    • Describe the use of the Plan, Do, Check, Act model in digital marketing
    • Explain how lessons learned are integrated into digital marketing
    • Describe the key ethical and legal issues in digital marketing
    • Discuss best practices in fashioning a digital marketing strategy

    Register Here for Digital Marketing Strategy!

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    Social Media Marketing

    Course Description: Using social media in marketing is practically a requirement in today's highly connected digital world. But it can be confusing and complex to dive into social media marketing without some foundation in the basics. This course focuses on teaching the principles, best practices, and strategies for incorporating social media into a marketing plan. The first module teaches the various ways that social media can be used for marketing, including defining a clear brand voice, improving reputation, and engaging with customers. The course then looks at the practical way marketers can incorporate social media activities into a focused marketing plan. Learners identify how to integrate their social media with mobile, a hub website, and email marketing and how to use strategic metrics for tracking success.

    Investment: $79.00

    CEUs: .35 (Contact Hours: 3.5)   

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • Define social media, name several platforms, and explain the benefits and drawbacks of using each platform.
    • Create a content marketing plan that addresses audience, tone, relevance, frequency, and quality of content.
    • List the spheres of reputation according to the Harris Poll and explain how social media can be used to manage each sphere of an organization's reputation.
    • Describe why and how a company should monitor social media.
    • Explain various strategies for engaging with audiences via social media, and the aims of each form of engagement.
    • Set social media marketing objectives that correlate to specific sales and growth goals.
    • Describe how to integrate social media with mobile, email, and a hub website, and describe the advantages of doing so.
    • Demonstrate the difference between organic and paid reach, and list the factors that influence reach on various social media platforms.
    • Explain how to reach influencers and name at least two relevant influencers in the learner's industry.
    • Quantify the time and human capital that will be devoted to the learner's social media marketing campaign based on his or her organization's size.

    Register Here for Social Media Marketing!

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    Nonprofit Management Certificate

    Whether you run a nonprofit and need staff training, or are building your own skills, MindEdge's certificate program and courses in nonprofit management offer a comprehensive training program in topics from volunteer development and grant writing to fundraising and budgeting. Do a better job of doing good, with a Nonprofit Certificate from MindEdge.

    Courses in this Certificate Program Include:

    Budgeting in a Nonprofit Organization 

    • Course Description: If you're involved in a nonprofit organization, you likely know all too well the importance of budgeting. In this course, you will gain an understanding of the uses and functions of budgets and the relationship between strategic budgeting and tactical budgeting. You will also learn about the organization-wide budget and different budget systems. After introducing the basics of budgeting in a nonprofit, the course continues on to slightly more advanced budgeting topics such as capital budgets, cash flow budgets, and opportunity budgets. You will also learn how nonprofit organizations are using different budgeting techniques to handle operating challenges.
    • Investment: $79.00
    • CEUs: .3 (Contact Hours: 3) 

    Register Here for Budgeting in Nonprofits!

     

    Capital Campaigns

    • Course Description: A capital campaign raises money that a nonprofit organization uses for any physical asset, such as purchasing or renovating a building. It's a critical part of managing in the nonprofit sector. This introductory-level course covers the key terminology and practices surrounding running a successful capital campaign within a nonprofit organization. You will learn about the phases of conducting a capital campaign—evaluation, feasibility study, organization, solicitation, and post-campaign activities—as well as how to avoid common pitfalls in capital campaigns.
    • Cost: $79.00
    • CEUs: .3 (Contact Hours: 3) 

    Register Here for Capital Campaigns! 

     

    Fundraising for a Nonprofit Organization 

    • Course Description: Fundraising is one of the central activities of a nonprofit organization and nonprofit management. To help finance operating budgets, nonprofits must raise money every year. In addition, special projects and improvements to facilities may be needed. In these situations, fundraisers will often launch large capital campaigns or apply for foundation grants. This course offers an introduction to fundraising for nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on the fundamental issues.
    • Investment: $150.00
    • CEUs: .4 (Contact Hours: 4) 

    Register Here for Fundraising!

     

    How to Read a Nonprofit Financial Statement 

    • Course Description: Understanding what the numbers say about the health of your nonprofit is critical to being able to manage the organization successfully. This course will develop your ability to appropriately interpret the major financial accounting statements that are used by nonprofit organizations. You will gain an understanding of the types of financial statements that are used by nonprofit organizations, and how they differ from for-profit financial reporting. Also, the course demonstrates the power and limitations of accounting information in assessing financial performance and decision-making. You will also learn the uses of financial statement analysis, or ratio analysis for nonprofit organizations.
    • Investment: $79.00
    • CEUs: .3 (Contact Hours: 3)

    Register Here for Financial Statements!

     

    Introduction to Grant Writing 

    • Course Description: Writing grants is often a critical part of gaining funding for any nonprofit organization's mission. Strategic grant writing aligns the needs of a nonprofit with funding sources, whether foundations, government agencies, corporations, or individuals. This introductory-level course offers a guide to the basics of grant writing. The course explores the relationship between grant writing and an organization's strategy for fundraising. It also outlines the six stages of grant writing and highlights grant writing best practices.
    • Investment: $150.00
    • CEUs: .5 (Contact Hours: 5) 

    Register Here for Grant Writing! 

     

    Introduction to Nonprofit Management 

    • Course Description: There are many differences between nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations. Before delving into the details of nonprofit management, this course serves as a critical introduction to the fundamentals of nonprofit organizations. You will gain an understanding of the nonprofit sector and the issues that leaders face in this exciting and growing field. You will also be exposed to the major areas of responsibility for nonprofit leaders, including strategy, managing employees and volunteers, fundraising, grant writing, board governance, marketing, innovation, and social media.
    • Investment: $99.00
    • CEUs: .5 (Contact Hours: 5) 

    Register Here for Nonprofit Management! 

     

    Leadership in a Nonprofit Organization 

    • Course Description: The success of any nonprofit organization can rely on the quality of its leadership. You know a good leader when you see one, but how can you become one? This course begins by examining leadership theories as well as key qualities and ethics within leadership. After establishing this foundation, the course focuses on leadership in the nonprofit sector, including the leadership shortage and possible solutions.
    • Investment: $99.00
    • CEUs: .3 (Contact Hours: 3) 

    Register Here for Nonprofit Leadership! 

     

    Leading the Courtney Museum Simulation 

    • Course Description: Whether you have years of experience in the nonprofit sector, or you're considering a possible career shift, this simulation is designed to challenge and engage participants while exploring key real-world leadership issues confronted by nonprofit managers. The learner assumes the role of executive director of the troubled Courtney Museum, and deals with a series of personnel, marketing, financial, and board and community relations issues. As the learner makes tough decisions, an adaptive scoreboard reflects the impact of those choices on the museum's prospects. Video commentary from experienced nonprofit leaders provides qualitative context and explores the consequences of choosing different paths for reviving the museum.
    • Investment: $399.00
    • CEUs: 1 (Contact Hours: 10) 

    Register Here for the Simulation!

     

    Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Development 

    • Course Description: Volunteers are the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations. And board members are a special type of volunteer, helping to guide the direction of a nonprofit, promote the organization in the community, and ensure that the nonprofit's mission is fulfilled. Learning how best to manage the board and other volunteers is a critical part of nonprofit management. This course covers the fundamentals of board and volunteer development as well as recruiting, effective communication, and retention.
    • Investment: $150.00
    • CEUs: .5 (Contact Hours: 5) 

    Register Here for Board and Volunteer Development! 

     

    Principles of Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations 

    • Course Description: When we think of marketing, we typically think of the activities that a for-profit company engages in. However, marketing is an important function for nonprofit organizations as well. Effective marketing is how nonprofit organizations determine the needs of their clients and their donors. As in the for-profit world, nonprofit marketing includes advertising, promotion, public relations, and customer relationship management. This course examines how nonprofits use marketing to publicize their mission and to gather contributions of time and money. The course also discusses marketing planning in the nonprofit organization.
    • Investment: $79.00
    • CEUs: .3 (Contact Hours: 3) 

    Register Here for Nonprofit Marketing!

     

    Social Media for Nonprofits 

    • Course Description: Effective use of social media as a marketing tool is often essential for nonprofits to get attention in this digital world. This course introduces learners to the use of social media in communicating, marketing, public relations, and fundraising for nonprofits. It explores the major social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest) as vehicles for nonprofits to reach their members, volunteers, and donors.
    • Investment: $79.00
    • CEUs: .5 (Contact Hours: 5) 

    Register Here for Nonprofit Social Media! 

     

    Starting Your Own Nonprofit Organization 

    • Course Description: This course is a how-to guide for anyone who's got a great idea about how to give back to the community—but doesn't know how to turn that idea into a reality. The course begins by considering a fundamental question: Is starting a nonprofit the best way to achieve your philanthropic goals? For those who answer "Yes," the course then discusses the key steps in getting a nonprofit off the ground, including incorporating your organization; applying for tax-exempt status; drafting a business plan; choosing a board of directors and writing bylaws for the organization; recruiting employees and managing volunteers; and addressing the crucial issue of fundraising. Rich with videos and interactive content, this course provides a detailed and highly practical introduction to the fast-growing world of nonprofits.
    • Investment: $79.00
    • CEUs: .4 (Contact Hours: 4) 

    Register Here for Starting Your Own Nonprofit! 

     

    Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations 

    • Course Description: We hear a lot about successful for-profit companies and the successful strategies they have developed. Even though nonprofit organizations are not concerned with profit maximization, they too can benefit from following a strategy. A nonprofit's strategy constitutes its decisions about what it will do and how it will do it. Nonprofit managers are critical to successfully implementing strategy since they are responsible for carrying out the actions that will support it. By understanding a nonprofit's strategy and how it helps the organization fulfill its mission, a manager can do a better job implementing the strategy.
    • Investment: $79.00
    • CEUs: .5 (Contact Hours: 5) 
    Register Here for Nonprofit Strategy! 

QuickStart Online Bootcamps

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    Cybersecurity Bootcamp

    The noncredit program is designed to meet the ever-increasing demand for cybersecurity talent. The objective is to help students and professionals learn in-demand IT skills that allow them to embark upon more rewarding career paths.

    Duration: 24-48 weeks 

    Courses: 

    • Course 1: Hardware and Operating System Fundamentals
    • Course 2: Networking Fundamentals
    • Course 3: Security Fundamentals
    • Course 4: Python Programming: Introduction (LO-94010)
    • Course 5: Ethical Hacking
    • Option A: Course 6: CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)
    • Option B: Course 6: CompTIA PenTest+

    Certifications you'll be prepared for

    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Security+
    • CompTIA CYSA+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • Ethical Hacking
    • CompTIA Pentest+

    Register Here for the Cybersecurity Bootcamp! 

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    Full Stack Web Development Bootcamp

    Learn essential coding and user interface design skills to become a certified full-stack web developer. The bootcamp programs starts from professional orientation and introduction to web development, to getting you familiar with design tools, website frameworks and building prototypes with this noncredit bootcamp.

    Duration: 24-48 weeks

    Courses: 

    • Course 1: Professional Orientation
    • Course 2: Introduction to Python: Absolute Beginners
    • Course 3: Designing a Technical Solution
    • Course 4: Introduction to HTML, CSS & JavaScript
    • Course 5: Advanced CSS
    • Course 6: Introduction to Python: Fundamentals
    • Course 7: Introduction to Bootstrap (Labs Included)
    • Course 8: Introduction to jQuery (Labs Included)
    • Course 9: Angular Fundamentals (Labs Included)
    • Course 10: Introduction to React.JS
    • Course 11: Web Development
    • Course 12: React Router & Redux - Beginner
    • Course 13: MySQL
    • Course 14: React Router & Redux - Advanced
    • Course 15: Python Web Programming (Labs Included)
    • Course 16: Python Django (Labs Included)
    • Course 17: Data Analysis (Labs Included)
    • Course 18: Data Visualization (Labs Included)
    • Course 19: Node.JS (Labs Included)

    Get hands-on experience on the following tools to complete real-life projects

    • Core Concepts
    • HTML and CSS
    • JavaScript
    • GIT
    • JS
    • Query
    • Python
    • JS
    • Bootstrap
    • JS
    • MySQL

    Register Here for the Full Stack Web Development Bootcamp! 

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    Data Science Bootcamp

    The data science noncredit bootcamp prepares you for the in-demand jobs belonging to the data science industry. You will learn the necessary skills and earn the latest certifications that provide you with a competitive edge in the job market.

    Duration: 24-48 weeks 

    Courses: 

    • Course 1: Introduction to Data Science
    • Course 2: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Excel
    • Course 3: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI
    • Course 4: Analytics Storytelling for Impact
    • Course 5: Ethics and Law in Data and Analytics
    • Course 6: Querying Data with Transact SQL
    • Course 7: Introduction to Python for Data Science
    • Course 8: Data Science Research Methods: Python Edition
    • Course 9: Essential Math for Machine Learning: Python Edition
    • Course 10: Principles of Machine Learning: Python Edition
    • Course 11: Developing Big Data Solutions with Azure Machine Learning
    • Course 12: Analyzing Big Data with Microsoft R
    • Course 13: Implementing Predictive Analytics with Spark in Azure HDInsight

    Skills you will learn

    • Transact-SQL
    • Excel
    • Power BI
    • Data Visualization
    • R Programming
    • Machine Learning
    • Spark
    • Azure
    • HD Insights
    • Predictive Analysis
    • Python

    Register Here for the Data Science Bootcamp!

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    Data Analytics and Visualization Bootcamp

    The objective of this noncredit training is to prepare you for the in-demand data analytics jobs such as data analyst, financial analyst, marketing analyst, business analyst or business intelligence analyst, etc. Learn the fundamentals, data analytics tools, and the widely-used T-SQL programming language, from the industry's top experts.

    Duration: 24-48 weeks 

    Courses: 

    • Course 1: Data Analysis for Beginners
    • Course 2: Essential Data Analysis Math Using Excel
    • Course 3: Data Visualization for Beginners
    • Course 4: Introduction to Data Analysis Using Excel
    • Course 5: Querying Data with Transact-SQL
    • Course 6: Python - Absolute Beginner
    • Course 7: Python – Fundamentals
    • Course 8: Data Analytics with Python and Pandas
    • Course 9: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Excel
    • Course 10: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with power BI
    • Course 11: Analytics storytelling for Impact
    • Course 12: Applied Data Analysis Working in Organization and Industries

    You will get hands-on experience with the following tools:

    • Transact-SQL
    • Excel
    • Power BI
    • Data Visualization
    • Data Analysis
    • Descriptive Analytics

    Register Here for the Data Analytics Bootcamp!

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