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    Learn Microsoft Office 2016 in classroom lab and Hybrid Learning locations. This course is designed to create a learning pathway for deeper knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite with the goal of achieving Microsoft Office Certifications. Call 805-289-1744 to reserve a seat. Click to get details on the MS-Intro class!
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Accounting Classes

Accounting Fundamentals and QuickBooks Pro

Upgrade your accounting skills, whether for home or business. Accounting is a precise discipline that requires knowledge of both basic concepts as well as computer applications. Learn to apply concepts using QuickBooks Pro. These subjects are taught as a series of individualized, self-paced courses.

Courses include:
• Accounting Concepts and Principles
• Service Business, Merchandising Business
• Proprietorship, Partnership, and Corporation
• Financial Statements
• Full Charge Bookkeeper
• QuickBooks Pro (Prerequisite: Acctg 1)

Each subject is a separate course that may take more than one 10-week session to complete.

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Mondays

Session 1: Jul 9 - Sep 17, 2018
Session 2: Sep 24 - Dec 17, 2018
Session 3: Jan 7 - Mar 25, 2019
Session 4: Apr 8 - Jun 17, 2019

Wednesdays

Session 1: Jul 11 - Sep 12, 2018
Session 2: Sep 26 - Dec 12, 2018
Session 3: Jan 9 - Mar 13, 2019
Session 4: Apr 10 - Jun 12, 2019

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Messier 5200 Valentine Road 207 M 6:00-pm-9:00 pm
Messier 5200 Valentine Road 207 W 6:00-pm-9:00 pm


AutoCAD Classes

AutoCAD Basics

Become a CAD drafter or upgrade your design skills. Learn professional quality drafting in two important areas: CAD 2D design and 3D solid models. Unleash your design creativity by building your computer skills in industrial design. These classes are imperative for dedicated CAD professionals as well as those seeking to enter the industry.

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 12 - Sep 20, 2018
Session 2: Sep 27 - Dec 13, 2018
Session 3: Jan 10 - Mar 14, 2019
Session 4: Apr 11 - Jun 13, 2019

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Collins 5200 Valentine Road 204 Th 6:00 - 9:00 pm
AutoCAD Intermediate

Upgrade your CAD design skills. Continue to learn professional quality drafting in two important areas: CAD design software and solid modeling software. This course builds on the concepts learned in AutoCAD Basics.

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 12 - Sep 20, 2018
Session 2: Sep 27 - Dec 13, 2018
Session 3: Jan 10 - Mar 14, 2019
Session 4: Apr 11 - Jun 13, 2019

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Collins 5200 Valentine Road 204 Th 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Revit Architecture Basics

Built on the Revit platform for building information modeling (BIM), Autodesk Revit Architecture software is a building design and documentation system that supports all phases of design, construction documentation, and even fabrication.

From conceptual studies and analysis of a project’s development through the production of the most detailed construction drawings and schedules, Autodesk Revit Architecture helps deliver better coordination and quality across project phases and disciplines. Autodesk Revit Architecture contributes to better efficiency and higher profitability for architects, designers, and the rest of the building team.

This class will cover:
• Wall construction and styles
• Doors, windows, and roofs
• Component placement

Lab fee: $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 9 - Sep 17, 2018
Session 2: Sep 24 - Dec 17, 2018
Session 3: Jan 7 - Mar 25, 2019
Session 4: Apr 8 - Jun 17, 2019

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Collins 5200 Valentine Road 204 M 6:00 - 9:00 pm



SolidWorks Basics
Prerequisite: Basic AutoCAD or professional equivalent

Solid modeling will enhance and extend your industrial design capabilities. Learn the fundamentals of Solid Works drawing commands involving 3-D solid modeling to produce high-end industrial models.

This class will cover:
• Solid Works fundamentals
• 3D solid modeling
• Assemblies, production drawings, and industrial applications

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 10 - Sep 11, 2018
Session 2: Sep 25 - Dec 11, 2018
Session 3: Jan 8 - Mar 12, 2019
Session 4: Apr 9 - Jun 11, 2019

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Collins 5200 Valentine Road 204 T 6:00 - 9:00 pm



Business and Computer Classes

Computer and Business Enrichment

Now is the time to upgrade your business skills and learn new computer programs. Whether you use computers for your personal enjoyment, projects at home, or business applications, we have training opportunities for you. Choose from a variety of applications in an individualized instructional program in our business and computer training classroom. 289-7925

Computer Subjects
Microsoft Windows–Beginning with an overview of computer hardware and software, the course also demonstrates running application programs, moving and sizing program windows, saving and printing. Windows online Help and file maintenance are also covered.
Microsoft Office, A Basic Introduction–An easy, fun way to learn the basics of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation techniques with hands-on projects that fit your daily life.
Microsoft Access, Beginning through Intermediate–The skills learned in this course include modifying and building tables, viewing and organizing information, using Access tools, building and modifying forms, planning and designing databases, producing reports and integrating with other applications.
Microsoft Excel, Beginning through Advanced–Learn to work with spreadsheets and workbooks, create formulas, use charts and other objects to enhance a spreadsheet, integrate data with other applications, and much more.
Microsoft Word, Beginning through Advanced–Begin by learning basic techniques for working with documents, paragraphs, pictures and charts. Progress to learning advanced features such as macros and creating forms, creating tables, using mail merge and collaborating with workgroups.
Microsoft Power Point–The skills taught include creating and customizing a presentation, working with visual and sound elements, text editing, managing files, delivering and modifying presentations.
Keyboarding–Develop touch-typing accuracy and speed.

Each subject is a separate course that may take more than one 10-week session to complete.

Lab fee $75 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Thursdays

Session 1: Jul 12 - Sep 20, 2018
Session 2: Sep 27 - Dec 13, 2018
Session 3: Jan 10 - Mar 14, 2019
Session 4: Apr 11 - Jun 13, 2019

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Schuette 5200 Valentine Road 207 Th 6:00 - 9:00 pm





Introduction to Microsoft Office 2016

Learners will be introduced to Microsoft Office 2016 in classroom lab and Hybrid Learning locations. Course will meet one night per week for ten (10) weeks at VACE with a Microsoft Certified Instructor. Learners will complete activities at their own pace at home or other location and submit their work to the Instructor. This course is designed to create a learning pathway for deeper knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite with the goal of achieving Microsoft Office Certifications. Microsoft Certifications provide proof for employers of the person’s mastery of Microsoft Office Applications.

No previous knowledge of Microsoft Office is necessary, however, learners should have access to a PC computer (not MAC), MS Office 2013 or 2016 installed, and previous Windows experience.

A Google G-mail account is necessary to download course materials and upload completed student work.

Lab fee $75 per 10-week session, plus $10 registration fee. Certificate upon completion.

Thursdays

Session 3: Jan 10 - Mar 14, 2019
Session 4: Apr 11 - Jun 13, 2019

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Amerikaner 5200 Valentine Road tbd Th 6:00 - 9:00 pm



Microsoft Office Boot Camp

Want to kick up your Office skills? Attend hour-long sessions in our Microsoft Office Boot Camp class presented by Susan Vinson. Sessions run every Thursday from 4 pm to 5 pm. FREE for VACE students, grads, and staff members! Not a VACE student, grad, or staff member? Join us for this FREE series of classes!

The sessions consist of lecture, practice, and slide shows on popular Office topics.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Vinson 5200 Valentine Road 202 Th 4:00 - 5:00 pm




Graphics Classes

Adobe Photoshop Basics

Learn to edit and manipulate computer graphic images for output to print, video, and the internet. This course will instruct students on the creation of images, the use of special effects and filters, and the basic animation of graphic images and video. Students will also learn importing and exporting files and programs, evaluating compatibility issues, and creating images using digital cameras, digital video and scanners. Basic computer operations will NOT be covered.

Topics include:
• Editing, manipulating, and repairing images and photos
• Layering and masking
• Tool palettes, filters, and special effects
• Using scanners, digital cameras and other input devices
• Renaming, resizing and cropping images

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Sep 27 - Dec 13, 2018
Session 2: Jan 10 - Mar 14, 2019
Session 3: Apr 11 - Jun 13, 2019

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Sigerist 5200 Valentine Road 106 Th 6:00 - 9:00 pm




Graphic Design Tips & Tricks for Beginners

Learn to design using the tips and tricks that seasoned professional graphic designers use. This class teaches using Quick Keys, understanding industry lingo, using filters and effects, seamless photo editing, and identifying photoshopped images. This is a lecture- and tutorial-based class. Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud is required. Basic computer operations are NOT covered.

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Sep 25 - Dec 11, 2018
Session 2: Jan 8 - Mar 12, 2019
Session 3: Apr 9 - Jun 11, 2019

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Roberts 5200 Valentine Road 106 T 6:00 - 9:00 pm








Medical Classes

Medical Office

Prepare for an exciting career in the medical industry. A wide range of class offerings opens opportunities to move into medical office work or to upgrade skills.

The following courses are available:
Medical Terminology–Learn to interpret medical terms (prefixes, suffixes and root words) and how the terms relate to different body systems as part of basic anatomy and physiology
Medical Insurance Billing (Prerequisite: Medical Terminology)–Learn the latest computerized billing methods
Medical Medical Coding (Prerequisites: Medical Terminology and Medical Insurance Billing)–Learn current industry-standard coding procedures
Medical Filing–Learn standard accepted practices in medical offices for maintaining records
Medical Law and Ethics–Learn expectations of the medical industry for proper procedures

Each subject is a separate course that may take more than one 10-week session to complete.

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 10 - Sep 11, 2018
Session 2: Sep 25 - Dec 11, 2018
Session 3: Jan 8 - Mar 12, 2019
Session 4: Apr 9 - Jun 11, 2019

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Hamilton 5200 Valentine Road 206B T 6:00 - 9:00 pm