Friday, March 24, 2017

Discover the basics of kayaking, both in class and on the water. Learn the different types of kayaking, equipment, safety and the rules and regulations.

Learn to Kayak, starting March 29 through April 1, register now!

Everyone will learn how to paddle properly and have the opportunity to learn and practice proper maneuvering techniques.

The last class takes place at All Wet Sports, 8550 Beach Blvd., and includes 90 minutes of paddling on the water

Note: Minimum age of 10 accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Through instruction and examples, you can take wonderful photos at the zoo without looking like you're at the zoo!

Register now for our Mastering Zoo Photography course, starting March 30!

Understand depth of field: how using it makes fences and glass enclosures disappear.

Learn how to use the equipment you have for the best results possible!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Self-Defense Weapons Training - March 27

Beyond owning a gun that you can't always take with you everywhere you go, there's a wide variety of nonlethal but effective (and legal) weapons you can carry for self-defense purposes.

Register now for our "Self-Defense Weapons Training" starting March 27!

Your instructor, a lifetime martial artist who trains with SWAT & Homeland Security, will educate and train you on what's available to the public (e.g. pepper sprays, stun guns, batons, saps, kubotans, and tactical pens) as well as what you can turn into a weapon from everyday common items you own (e.g. shoes, belt, glasses, umbrella, cane, flashlight, newspaper, wasp spray, etc.).

Learn how to protect yourself more fully by understanding what's available to leverage and use.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

PMP® Certification Preparation Course

Our PMP® Certification Preparation Course starts March 18, register now!

PMP certification is becoming required by many employers and desired by most; you become much more marketable and can, generally, obtain a higher salary according to the PMI Project Management Salary Survey.

This five-day intensive course prepares participants to apply, study and take the PMP® exams. This course provides PMI®’s required training hours, a solid understanding of the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK®), mini bench mark tests, and highly effective exam taking tips.

This course takes you step-by-step to gaining a professional certification that will clearly differentiate you in today’s highly competitive market.

It is a globally recognized industry certification for project managers demonstrating that you have the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Testimonial Tuesday - Level III Photography!

This #TestimonialTuesday, Go deeper into previous topics and cover new photography ground in our "Level III Photography: In-Depth Topics and Application Learned" course, starting March 20! 
In greater detail explore depth of field, metering (including differences in the various shooting modes), sharp images and focus, dust and sensor cleaning, lenses and how to use the manual shooting mode.

This course goes deeper into previous topics and also covers new ground.

Manual Mode: for the most control possible
Flash: both built-in on camera and external flash guns
Lenses: everything you need to know about lenses for informed buying including characteristics, cost, and which lenses are best for you.
Other: filters and other lens attachments, dust and sensor cleaning, introduction to HDR photography, RAW vs. .jpg file formats and camera care.

We conclude with the class participating in analyzing photos provided on screen and commenting on settings used, examples of what went right or wrong, as the instructor provides answers as needed.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Construction Quality Management for Contractors (CQM-C) course, starting March 14, describes QC/QA system successfully used by Corps of Engineers and NAVFAC.

CQM-C course was developed by US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Associated General Contractors (AGC).

University of North Florida (UNF) and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NAVFAC SE) have partnered to offer several sessions during the upcoming year.

Concepts are increasingly being adopted by state agencies, public authorities and other local public sector owners. It details planning concepts, which are prevention-oriented to reduce tear-out, improve quality and improve schedule.

The course uses DVD, class instruction, workbook exercises with discussion and case study exercises. Students will be provided with a student study guide and No. 2 pencils. To successfully complete the course, the student must be present for all sessions and achieve a passing grade of 70 on the final exam. Upon satisfactory completion, a five-year certificate will be issued to students.

Monday, March 6, 2017

UNF Logistics and Supply Chain Certificate

The UNF Logistics and Supply Chain Certificate, starting March 9, is a comprehensive program designed for today’s logistics and supply chain professionals.

Our instructor led program is taught by highly regarded industry leaders with more than 60
combined years of hands on experience.

Students will learn to identify best practices in costing and pricing, how to reduce costs, apply strategies that will increase productivity, network with other industry professionals, make lifelong connections that may be utilized down your career path and much, much more.

With this certificate program, companies and individuals can assure themselves of being prepared to compete in the international marketplace.

Modules Include:
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Transportation Management
  • International Transportation and Logistics
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Strategy

Upon the successful completion of the program, participants will earn their UNF Logistics and Supply Chain Certificate.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Learn How to Improve Your Memory!

Learn how to better use your brain and make your memory work for you in our "How to Improve Your Memory" course, starting March 6!

Using techniques such as creating pictures in your mind and implementing your senses, you will be amazed at how you can improve your everyday memory.

You'll begin with a short test, and by the end of the course, you’ll see the lasting benefits of memory improvement. Previous classes have boasted students achieving an 80 to 90 percent success rate in remembering facts and names.

Due to the specialized nature of this course, the class is limited to 12 students.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Testimonial Tuesday - How to Improve Your Memory!

#TestimonialTuesday on our How to Improve Your Memory #LEARN course!
The next course is March 6, so register now!
Looking to expand your options? We have hundreds of personal enrichment courses!
What course will you take?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Gardening in Northeast Florida, learn how!

Our "Gardening in Northeast Florida" course will be useful to both new and experienced gardeners who face the challenge of dealing with Northeast Florida's climate and soils.

The course begins Feb. 28, register now!

You will learn the basics of horticulture as it relates to our region. You will learn which plants are appropriate and how to start new plants by using seed cuttings and other means.

Overriding themes will include how to minimize maintenance, be environmentally responsible and where to find plants and seeds.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wine Essentials - Understanding Simplicity, Complexity and Evaluation

Learn what makes a good wine good, whether expensive or inexpensive, and how to order with ease at any restaurant, in our "Wine Essentials - Understanding Simplicity, Complexity and Evaluation" course!

The course is Feb. 27, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.! Register today!

The instructor will present additional criteria for understanding wine and will present a list of basic adjectives used in the sensory evaluation of wine.

While this class is indeed informative and fun, it will also prove to be enlightening. Six wines will be tasted and the cost of the wine is included.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Basic Quilt Making Skills course in 3 days!

Our Basic Quilt Making Skills course, starting Feb. 23, is the perfect way to introduce you to quilt terminology, basic cutting, piecing and quilt construction techniques.
The Attic Windows quilt is one of the most popular and best loved of all three dimensional quilt patterns. The pattern draws the eye into a shadow box effect.

This is an excellent way to showcase a favorite print or special blocks. You will construct a twin size quilt top.

Layering and quilting will not be included in class time. Options for finishing will be discussed. No experience necessary!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Practical Self-Defense and Awareness

The ability to defend yourself, develop strength and build confidence does not require years of training.

Learn Practical Self-Defense and Awareness on Feb. 20, register now!

Tim Robinson, a lifetime practitioner with black-belt certifications in five different martial arts, will teach you a system of practical, proven self-defense techniques and strategies for personal safety and awareness.

This system includes powerful street self-defense, unarmed weapons defense, defense from the ground, effective use of your environment and defense tools found in everyday life. Learn to protect yourself and your loved ones during this four-week course.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Testimonial Tuesday - Practical Self-Defense and Awareness!

This #TestimonialTuesday, Katie talks about our Practical Self-Defense and Awareness course! The next course begins Feb. 20!

This system includes powerful street self-defense, unarmed weapons defense, defense from the ground, effective use of your environment and defense tools found in everyday life. Learn to protect yourself and your loved ones during this four-week course.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Great Wines Regions of the World - Burgundy

Burgundy is the one of the most famous wine regions in the world.

Register now for our "Great Wines Regions of the World - Burgundy" on Feb. 16!

The white and red wines from this region of France can be hauntingly beautiful in their aromas and flavors. With hundreds of sub-regions and thousands of producers, Burgundy is also one of the most confusing wine regions in the world.

The instructor, a fine wine industry veteran for more than 35 years will share the “insider information” that is the key to understanding the intricacies of this fabled and extraordinary wine region.

Seven wines will be tasted and the cost of these world-class wines is included.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Meditation is safe, healthy, timely and regenerative.

Register now for our Beginning Meditation course at Brooks YMCA on Feb. 15 at 6:30p.m.!

Learn techniques to develop a meditation practice for your own peace and well-being. Practice proper breathing to optimize relaxation into the practice of meditation.

Enter the world of guided imagery meditation and sound and vibration relaxation therapy, along with others to choose from.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Need help with the SAT? We have just the SAT® Preparation Course you need!

Need help with the SAT? We have just the SAT® Preparation Course and tools you need!

The new SAT includes a reading test, writing and language test, and a math test. The SAT has an optional essay component, required by some colleges.

Our SAT Prep course begins Feb. 11! Sign up today!

Begin the course by taking an official full-length retired SAT test (remember to bring two #2 pencils!). At the end of the course, you will take another full-length retired SAT exam. Post-test data scores will be emailed to you after completion of the course.

Our expert instructors use your pre-test results to guide you through each section of the Revised SAT exam and provide personal attention in and out of the classroom. Whether you need assistance with the reading, writing and language or math section of the SAT, this course will help you maximize your score. 

Our last SAT course participants had an average score increase of 73 points from Pre to Post test results! Wow!

Learn useful study and test-taking and time management strategies to reduce your anxiety and improve your scores.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Level II Photography - Starts Feb. 20!

In our Level II Photography: Taking Control, More Help in Refining Your Photos course, you will go beyond basics and learn what the camera is doing so more creative control can be applied.

Understand the traits of light and how the camera interprets them. Learn metering, metering modes and how the camera determines exposure. Topics include:

Lighting: recognizing the type of light present and using it properly, learning the qualities, traits & types of light, all about white balance for color control.

Other: key concept for exposure of neutral and learning to recognize it in a scene, how all the camera metering modes work & when to use each one, getting sharp images, controlling where you focus, tripod tips, sensor size and crop factor impact and the graduate course on depth of field for dramatic photos.

The course finishes with an introduction to flash and a wrap up with some image analysis.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Organic Vegetable Gardening - Feb. 8!

Grow delicious, nutrient-rich organic herbs and vegetables in your own backyard, with our Organic Vegetable Gardening course on Feb. 8! Register now!

Discover how to build, layer and create healthy soil without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Step-by-step techniques for planting and harvesting take the guesswork out of getting the most from your garden.

Month-by-month planning calendars keep your vegetables producing year round. Whether you are new to gardening or a seasoned gardener, expand your horticultural knowledge in organic fertilization and pest management.

Pick up tricks and tips for creating a robust garden that thrives rather than just survives.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Testimonial Tuesday - Creative Mosaic Workshop!

#TestimonialTuesday Ashley Mann commented on our Creative Mosaic Workshop course! The next class is Feb. 9!
What course will you take?

Explore the fun and creative possibilities of mosaics. Projects you can choose from include sea turtle, starfish, mirror, butterfly and more.

You will learn the basics of mosaics using the direct method. Supplies such as glass tiles, adhesive and grout will be provided, and the use of tools, such as tile nippers, will be shown. 

A grouting demonstration will be provided, and each student will get a grouting kit to take home. At the end of the evening, you will have created your own indoor only mosaic art. No prior mosaic or art experience is necessary.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Our Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate course content is based on the American Society for Quality (ASQ) published guidelines, and incorporates meaningful individual and group exercises based on a case study. Register now for our next course starting Feb. 6!
An Excel spreadsheet with templates and custom calculators is incorporated into the training. In addition, there is extensive use of Minitab software for statistical analysis and presentation.

Green Belts who wish to increase their skill sets so that they can solve more challenging problems and deliver greater benefit to their organizations should attend.

Monday, January 23, 2017

CFP Program Starts Jan. 27!

Our 273-hour Certified Financial Planner Certificate Program has been established to meet the need of professionals who are able to plan, assess and evaluate a client's financial future through the development of a comprehensive financial plan. Our courses are taught by financial services professionals who will provide current information in a variety of financial planning areas.

Our CFP Program begins Jan. 27, so sign up now before it's too late!

The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certificate Program at University of North Florida is registered with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Successful completion of our program meets the education requirement, making you eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. 

The demand for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals is expected to grow by 32% in the next decade.* Employers in the financial planning industry are seeking talent now to support this industry growth.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Learn all blogging basics with "Blogging for Business and Pleasure" on Jan. 21!

Do you have a passion that you are eager to broadcast to the world? Do you have a
business that would benefit from Internet marketing?

A blog is a free, easy do-it-yourself website where you may write about anything you please.

UNF Continuing Education's course, "Blogging for Business and Pleasure", is a one-day course on Jan. 21, 9a.m. to 5p.m. at UNF Herbert University Center!

Learn all the blogging basics: choosing subjects, locating the best website host, finding readers, and adding an Amazon store to sell cool stuff. Incorporate YouTube videos and other sites, using the best keywords to attract readers and maintaining a vibrant schedule of posts.

Your blogging possibilities are endless.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The General Test for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE®) measures verbal, quantitative, and analytical abilities related to success in graduate school.

Our next GRE Test Preparation course begins Jan. 28, sign up today!

This review and preparation course is designed to familiarize you with the various aspects of the recently revised exam and present an overview of the structure of the latest version of the test. It focuses on successful techniques for both the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam.

You'll prepare for the GRE general test through content area review and practice, as well as test-taking and stress-management tips.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Testimonial Tuesday - Beginning Creative Watercolor

#TestimonialTuesday on our Beginning Creative Watercolor course!
The next Beginning Creative Watercolor course is Jan. 24. Register now!
Meganne took this course; what course will you take?

OLLI Volunteers! Live Well. Learn Forever.

Our Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members are currently tabling at UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center! Start your new year right by enrolling in OLLI at UNFCE!

OLLI at UNF is self-organized members working together to create and deliver educational, cultural and social opportunities for lifelong learners aged 50 and better.

Discover 80 new programs and many others that will be new to you!

Thanks to your generous OLLI at UNF program volunteers you will be spoiled for choice with a diverse schedule of classes and ED-ventures. Start planning your schedule today.  

Live Well. Learn Forever.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Register now - Level I Photography: Digital Photo Basics and Photography Fundamentals - Starts. Jan. 23!

Our beginning "Level I Photography: Digital Photo Basics and Photography Fundamentals" course is for those wishing to use more than the auto shooting mode. The course starts Jan. 23!
It begins with basics on exposure, aperture and depth of field before moving into shooting modes, shutter speed exposure, compensation and more.

It is strongly recommended that you take the Pre-Level I Photography Workshop first unless you are familiar with your camera controls.

This course teaches how to use the controls and includes but is not limited to the following topics:

Basics: exposure triangle, aperture and depth of field, shutter speed and motion, ISO & noise and exposure compensation

The rest: using the histogram to ensure good exposures, how the various shooting modes work and when to use which one, how the camera sets the exposure and compensating what to do when it gets it wrong.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

ACT Test Prep Course begins Jan. 14!

Raise your ACT score with the most comprehensive method of preparing for high-stakes standardized tests with us at UNFCE today!

The next ACT Test Preparation Course begins THIS Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9:00 a.m.! Sign up NOW!

Our expert instructors will teach you how to complete test problems based on question frequency, difficulty, substantive knowledge, curriculum, alternative test-taking strategies and how to maximize your score in the allotted time.

Our expert instructors use your pre-test results to guide you through each section of the ACT exam and provide personal attention in and out of the classroom.

Our ACT Test Preparation Course is from Jan. 14 to Feb. 4, Sa (4 sessions), 9:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

UNF Executive News Brief - Leadership Development

Great Leadership is the Only Sustainable
Competitive Advantage're not a leader if no one is compelled to follow you.

By Rusty Bozman

Throughout my career I've read many books and articles written by smart people who all tried to define what great leadership is. The very fact that there are so many different opinions on how best to define leadership suggests that "leadership" can be a relative attribute and express itself in many forms. For example, Mike Kryzewski, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and Bill Gates are all examples of great leaders, and yet they each lead very differently. Regardless of how one defines great leadership, a universal truth remains for all leaders - you are not a leader if no one is compelled to follow you
During my twenty-five years of human resources leadership, I found most people want three basic things from their job: a purpose, the ability to master challenging work, and an appropriate level of input, recognition and autonomy (aka respect). These elements are a direct result of great leadership. I've seen employees turn down competing job offers for more money if their current workplace offered these three elements. While great leaders may come in many different styles, backgrounds and personalities, I've noticed people tend to follow leaders who:
Set a compelling vision:  Great leaders set a vision that inspires many people to achieve more together than they could ever achieve alone. They paint a picture of a desired future state that points the way forward. Visions must be shared and understood by everyone, yet research tells us they are almost always under-communicated by a factor of ten. Some leaders only share their vision with a select few while others mistakenly assume their vision is effectively cascading down to all employees through their management teams. This compromises performance because widespread understanding of a leader's vision provides employees with a purpose, a cohesive culture and serves to align their behavior, effort and action. 
Connect with the people they lead. Great leaders have high emotional intelligence and know they need others to accomplish anything. Without followers, a leader is just a person with a good idea. Consider the best leaders you chose to follow in your own life and career. It's likely that all of them cared about your well-being and success. They earned your respect by respecting you first, and earned your trust by acting with integrity, fairness and leading by example, consistently over time. They appreciated your contributions and demonstrated their gratitude by serving as your advocate, always putting the interests of the team before their own. Great leaders understand leadership is not about them.
Develop expertise and management skill. Human beings want to learn. Great leaders work to gain a personal understanding of their business, their function within the business and develop an expertise within that function or area. Then they teach others what they know (ideally this includes teaching others how to lead). Skills in areas such as problem-solving, decision-making, negotiation, communication, conflict management, goal setting, and the use of the most appropriate leadership style for each situation enable leaders to fully leverage their organizational impact and the impact of their teams.
Are competent and effective. Great leaders are accountable and are trusted to reliably deliver positive results. They must be personally organized. Effective leaders plan, schedule and control their own time and the time of their key people so that everyone is optimizing the best use of his or her time*. Effective leaders are also transparent communicators who share information, organizational results, changes and even challenges as appropriate. They are effective budget managers and ensure their teams have the tools and support they need to be successful.
Are confident and positive. People naturally follow competence. The greatest leaders are comfortable with who they are - leveraging their strengths while understanding and accepting their own shortcomings. Great leaders are confident enough to hire team members who complement their own deficiencies and ensure the capacity and competence of the group is always better than that of the best individual in the group. Great leaders can give honest feedback without creating an emotional charge in themselves or their employees because they have the employee's growth at heart. They are also able to receive criticism in the same way. Great leaders have the confidence to accept the brutal truth about a situation and remain positive and optimistic for those around them. Joe Badaracco, a professor at Harvard Business School, wrote, "If leaders disclosed all their concerns and doubts, stock prices would plummet, their competitors would be all over them, and employees would be jumping ship."
There is a difference between doing, managing and leading. At each stage the focus shifts from the task to the people completing the tasks. There is a significant chasm in learning between doing and leading, just as there is a significant chasm between being a leader and a great leader. May you lead greatly.

*Steven Covey developed one of the most effective models for personal organization through his four-quadrant urgency versus important dimensions and is taught in our Leadership Development Program. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Our Project Management Certificate course begins Jan. 26! Sign up NOW!

Project Management is one of the most rapidly growing professions in America. Certified project management skills are now required by many employers and preferred by most.

Our 35-hour certificate course prepares you to be an effective member of a company’s project management team. It covers the processes and best practices for the 10 knowledge domains of project management.

Whether you are trying to enter the workforce with competitive project management skills or you are seeking to strengthen your business acumen and professional gravitas, this course is for you!

Additionally, if you are planning to take PMI®’s CAPM® or PMP® Exams, this course provides the education hours you need to qualify for the exam.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

FREE CFP Info Session - Jan. 11!

Attend our FREE CFP® information session Jan. 11 (W) 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn more about our Certified Financial Planner program! Meet the instructors and have your questions answered by experts in the field.


The demand for CFP professionals is expected to grow by 32% in the next decade, according to CNN and Payscale. Employers in the financial industry are seeking talent to support this industry certification.

Our certificate program will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to help clients meet their financial objectives.

UNFCE is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to provide the certified financial planning program.

Successful completion of our program meets the education requirement, making you eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Testimonial Tuesday - 1min. Guide to Stock Management!

#TestimonialTuesday on The Professor's One Minute Guide to Stock Management course!
Interested? The next #StockManagement course begins Jan. 11; 📈 sign up now here!
Looking for other business or personal enrichment courses? The possibilities are endless here at UNFCE! What course will you take?