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

However...you'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?