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Employers:
Cabrillo Extension can create an account for your company that allows your employees to register for our classes pending your approval. With the company account we can then invoice you when your employees register for a Cabrillo Extension class. A company account will allow you to review your company information, approve any registration requests made by your employees, review your student-employees and print their transactions.

Follow this link to submit information that will allow us to establish a company account for your business.

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Email Etiquette

In today’s world, we communicate constantly: email, text, Facebook, tweets- the list goes on. But in this busy world, the quality of our communication makes a difference. For better or worse, people make judgments about our competence and credibility based on our written and oral communication. In this course you will…

  • Learn and practice essential skills for effectively using email
  • Write attention-getting subject lines
  • Draft a short but powerful email message that meets your audience’s needs
  • Review common email mistakes and ways to ensure that you don’t make them!
  • Exercise "Netiquette"

 

 

Wed., Oct. 26
9 am - 12 Noon
Room: 1522

Register by Sept. 12: $52
Register after Sept. 12: $58

 
register online

Dianthe Skurko - see bio

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Business Writing Basics

Employees often devote up to three hours each day struggling to express their thoughts and recommendations in writing, which is time wasted if their emails, memos, reports, and other documents are misinterpreted or even ignored. With awkward sentence structure, poor organization, and murky language, most written communication drops off the radar due to information clutter. Learn to cut through the clutter and communicate clearly–without leaving anything open to misinterpretation or misunderstanding. In this course you will…

  • Learn techniques to quickly organize your thoughts and translate them into writing
  • Practice writing a powerful thesis statement
  • Practice writing with purpose, and writing for your specific audience’s needs
  • Learn common grammatical and word choice errors and receive a cheat sheet to improve your writing
  • Analyze style and learn how to make your writing more powerful and captivating

 

 

Wed., Nov. 2
9 am - 12 Noon
Room: 1522

Register by Sept. 12: $52
Register after Sept. 12: $58

 
register online

Dianthe Skurko - see bio

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Report Writing

Reports are far more than just documents that need to get written, they’re a cornerstone of everything your team does and if their reports are poorly written, your team’s work is ignored or poorly recorded. Whatever problems your team is facing, reports shouldn’t have to be a burden for them and your readers. Learn to produce readable, focused reports that truly do your team justice. In this course you will…

  • How to plan your business report
  • 3 standard ways to structure your business report
  • Tips and tricks to accelerate the writing of your business report.

 

 

Wed., Nov. 9
9 am - 12 Noon
Room: 1522

Register by Sept. 12: $52
Register after Sept. 12: $58

 
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Dianthe Skurko specializes in communication strategies and execution, including messaging and content creation, project management, partner and strategic alliance relationship management, and team building for cultural and behavior change.

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Become a Notary Public

Establishing yourself as a Notary Public, earn additional income and provide a service to your community. It’s not just a clerk’s job anymore. Successful notaries provide a valuable service to their company, friends and private clients. Ambitious Notaries gain the skills it takes to become a Loan Signing Agent making $200 to $400 per signing.

Our 6-hour state approved seminar gives you the knowledge to pass the exam and practice as an effective Notary. You’ll receive 2 practice tests and you’ll take the official Notary exam directly following the seminar.

Must be 18 years of age. Serious conviction may disqualify applicant.

Register for the exam from 4 – 4:30 pm. Exam is from 4:45 – 6 pm. For the exam, bring a $40 check payable to Secretary of State, current driver’s license or state-issued ID (you must be a legal resident of California), a 2 x 2 passport color photo, and a few #2 pencils. LiveScan fingerprints required after you pass the exam.

There will be a short break for lunch. It is suggested that you bring your lunch, as there is no Saturday food service on campus.

Please arrive early. Due to State Regulation, no one will be admitted after the class begins. You must also be on time when returning after the break. No refunds for late arrivals.

Sat., August 6
8 am - 6 pm
Room: 454

Register by June 6: $95
Register after June 6: $110
plus $30 text payable at class

 

register online


Sat., October 22
8 am - 6 pm
Room: 454

Register by Sept. 12: $95
Register after Sept. 12: $110
plus $30 text payable at class

 

register online


Carrie Christensen - See bio below

 

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Renew Your Notary Commission

Need to renew your notary commission? A three hour refresher course is required. You must also be livescanned and pass the official Notary exam again. We’ll feature the new state laws passed this year and give you a brush- up on general law to make sure you haven’t fallen into any bad habits.

Your commission must be current to be eligible for a renewing seminar.

Must be 18 years of age. Serious conviction may disqualify applicant.

Register for the exam from 4 – 4:30 pm. Exam is from 4:45 – 6 pm. For the exam, bring a $40 check payable to Secretary of State, current driver’s license or state-issued ID (you must be a legal resident of California), a 2 x 2 passport color photo, and a few #2 pencils. LiveScan fingerprints required after you pass the exam.

There will be a short break for lunch. It is suggested that you bring your lunch, as there is no Saturday food service on campus.

Please arrive early. Due to State Regulation, no one will be admitted after the class begins. You must also be on time when returning after the break. No refunds for late arrivals.

Sat., August 6
12:45 - 6 pm
Room: 454

Register by June 6: $50
Register after June 6: $58
plus $30 text payable at class

 

register online

Sat., October 22
12:45 - 6 pm
Room: 454

Register by Sept. 12: $50
Register after Sept. 12: $58
plus $30 text payable at class

 

register online

Carrie Christensen is the Director of Notary Public Seminars, Inc., a leading notary public course provider for more than 15 years. She teaches the course at colleges, universities and vocational schools throughout California.

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How to Become a Loan Signing Agent

Already a Notary? NOW WHAT? Learn how you can easily turn being a Notary into a “flexible” part time or full-time career! A Loan Document Signing Agent is a Notary with expertise in signing and notarizing of loan documents within the real estate community. Because you are a Notary, you are halfway there! You can earn $50 to $300 per signing. Great News! Why? It takes about an hour or less to complete a signing. Enroll to learn how you can use your Notary skills to maximize your income. You will learn: the duties/limitations of the Loan Signing Agent, industry terms, step-by-step procedures for completing a loan signing, job expectations, what notary skills are needed and how to market yourself to secure clientele.

It is recommended that you bring a highlighter pen and a sack lunch.

COMING SOON
9 am - 4 pm
Room: 454

Register by Sept. 12: $95
Register after Sept. 12: $110
plus $60 text payable at class

 

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Carrie Christensen is the Director of Notary Public Seminars, Inc., a leading notary public course provider for more than 15 years. She teaches the course at colleges, universities and vocational schools throughout California.

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Starting Your Own Nonprofit

If you are thinking of starting a nonprofit business this class will demystify and explain the nonprofit start-up process for you. After learning the advantages and restrictions of running a nonprofit you will be able to decide if a nonprofit start-up is the best choice for you. You'll learn about the privileges and restrictions nonprofits face, how to deal with government agencies, alternatives to a nonprofit and an understanding of the application and approval process.

Instructions on the new streamlined IRS exemption process will be included.

Sat., Nov. 5
10 am - 1 pm
Room: 432

Register by Sept. 12: $62
Register after Sept. 12: $74

Class fee includes workbook

 

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Josh Wagner runs the Santa Cruz consulting firm PlanRight, which provides a user-friendly approach to nonprofit start-up. PlanRight serves hundreds of client organizations around the country.

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Record Keeping for Small Business

Every small business owner needs to understand the numbers! This class will teach the basics of good recordkeeping. We will cover: the bookkeeping cycle, accrual vs. cash vs. tax accounting, the chart of accounts, journals and general ledger, and double entry and single entry bookkeeping.

This class will provide an introduction to helping you maintain your accounting records either manually or using computerized systems.

FAQ's for Recordkeeping for Small Business

Sat., July 30
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Room: 314

Fee: $35

register online

 

Sat., Sept. 10
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Room: 315

Fee: $35

register online

 

Cathy Van Loon, MA, is an Intuit Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor and has been teaching QuickBook at Cabrillo since 2003 and other accounting courses since 1985.

 

 

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Quickbooks Pro for the Small Business Owner

QuickBooks Pro is one of the most widely used accounting programs for small businesses. This class will lead you through the set-up and use of the software for basic accounting functions including writing and printing checks, tracking income and expenses, generating financial statements, accounts payable and receivable, invoicing and more.

The class is taught in a computer lab so that students may gain hands-on experience with the software. Purchase of QuickBooks Pro 2010 is not required, but purchasing "QuickBooks Pro for Dummies" is recommended for those who do not own the software.

Students without bookkeeping experience are recommended to take the Recordkeeping for Small Business class.

Students must bring a USB Memory Disk of at least 1 GB of memory to class. Mac users are welcome to bring their own laptops with QuickBooks already installed.

4 Sat., Sept. 17 - Oct. 8
9 am - 1 pm
Room: 318

Register by Sept. 12: $195
Register after Sept. 12: $214

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Carol Jensen - see bio below

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Advanced QuickBooks

This advanced class is designed for those who are experienced with QuickBooks and who are looking for insight on how to deal with the more difficult issues that advanced users often face. Some of the topics covered are: inventory, accounting issues and solutions, tracking and managing sales tax, working with and resolving payroll issues, effective use of remote access, job costing, time tracking and much more.

The class is a hands-on course. Students must have previous experience with QuickBooks Pro software.

Sat., Oct. 22
9 am - 1 pm
Room: 318

Register by Sept. 12: $65
Register after Sept. 12: $76

 

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Carol Jensen specializes in financial aspects of start-up businesses and she is a Registered Tax Preparer (CTEC). Carol has taught QuickBooks and Real Estate at Cabrillo for many years.

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Fund Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations

This course introduces the basic concepts of recording and reporting financial information for nongovernmental non-profit organizations. Theatre companies, arts organizations, social service organizations, historical societies, and public benefit organization ( 501(c) 3) bookkeepers will all benefit from this workshop. Management reporting, tax reporting, grant reporting, and board reporting are also covered.

This is a particularly important class for nonprofit board treasurers who have been tasked with “keeping the books.”

Sat., Oct. 29
9 am - 1 pm
Room: 432

Register by Sept. 12: $65
Register after Sept. 12: $76

 

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Carol Jensen specializes in financial aspects of start-up businesses and she is a Registered Tax Preparer (CTEC). Carol has taught QuickBooks and Real Estate at Cabrillo for many years.

 

 

 

 

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The Basics of Selling on eBay

Learn the right way to sell on eBay with a class designed to enhance your sales success. Create and enhance listings with photo editing and attractive descriptions, open and use PayPal and set pricing to maximize profits.

Sat., August 13
9 am - 12 noon
Room: 507

Register by June 6: $24
Register after June 6: $28

 

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Sat., Nov. 5
9 am - 1 pm
Room: 507

Register by Sept. 12: $42
Register after Sept. 12: $48

 

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Carol Jensen specializes in financial aspects of start-up businesses and she is a Registered Tax Preparer (CTEC). Carol was adjunct faculty at Cabrillo College for many years.

 

 

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Landlording Made Easy

If you are a landlord, or are thinking about becoming one, this class will provide you with the basics of managing real estate. Learn how to legally advertise, screen applicants, develop procedures and build excellent tenant relationships.

We will cover the ins and outs of a proper lease, the necessary addendum, and what you can and can’t put into a lease. Know the documentation needed to protect you, the property and the tenant. We’ll go over basic Fair Housing laws and legal requirements with tips and tricks to lead to an easier land lording experience.

Bring your lunch if you want to participate in one-on-one Q & A time.

Sat., July 30 CLASS CANCELLED - please see dates below

Sat., August 13
9 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 432

Register by June 6: $90
Register after June 6: $98

plus $5 materials fee payable at class


register online

Sat., Nov. 5
9 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 432

Register by Sept. 12: $90
Register after Sept. 12: $98

plus $5 materials fee payable at class


register online

Kathleen Richards, MS, MPM, Broker/Owner of a local Property Management company. She has professionally managed real estate for 15 years and has served on local and state boards for property mgmt. trade associations. She published Property Management A-Z in 2015.

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How to Become a Mystery Shopper

Would you like to get paid to go shopping, eat out, play golf, plus more? Would you like to participate in programs that bring about improvements for both the company and the consumer? Learn how mystery shopping works, how to avoid the scams, what types of reports are used, the do’s and don’ts of getting hired and how you can get into the “shopper’s network.” You will leave the class fully prepared to begin your exciting new journey. Plus you will have the added advantage of learning from a hands-on shopper who can give you first-hand information and referrals.

Sat., Oct. 1
2:30 - 5:00 pm
Room: 429

Register by Sept. 12: $42
Register after Sept. 12: $48

$20 materials fee payable to instructor in class for a comprehensive book.

 

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Elaine Moran has been a mystery shopper for over 20 years. She currently gives classes and workshops at over 20 colleges and authored the book “How to Become a Mystery Shopper, Your Complete Guide to Secret Shopping.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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