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Dordt College offering business classes to the community

December 6, 2012

Have you been thinking about enhancing your skills in QuickBooks or Excel? Maybe you are interested in learning more about the Lean Management movement or are looking for some ways to improve your own professional practices.

The Dordt College Department of Business has opened four of its one-credit courses to community members who are interested in developing their professional skills.

Courses are approximately one month long and most require an hour and 15 minutes twice a week in class. The cost is $75 for community members, and the classes are open based on space available. To register, contact the Dordt College Office of Admissions at 1-800-343-6738. Registration will stay open until the first day of class if there is still room available.

Course options include the following:

QuickBooks: Thursdays from February 21 to May 2. 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Instructor: Professor Shirley Folkerts. This course provides an introduction and overview of QuickBooks, a computerized accounting software package popular in small- and medium-sized businesses. A main component of the course will be hands-on practice, and students will obtain an understanding of what QuickBooks offers, will be familiar with the most common tasks, and will learn where to find information about advanced features of the program.

Lean Management: Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 19 to March 28. 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Instructor: Professor Kari Sandouka. Lean Management is a major movement in a variety of organizations today—including for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental. This course will examine the time-based methodology of Continuous Improvement that is often employed to implement and sustain a Lean environment.

Advanced Excel: Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 29 to February 28. 1:50 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. Instructor: Professor Tim Klein. This course will provide a development of skills needed to become more proficient in the use of spreadsheets. Students will use PivotTables, charts, and organizational tools while incorporating formulas to make their spreadsheets more productive.

Professional Practices: Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 15 for February 14. 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Instructor: Erica Vonk. In this course, students will polish the process of career preparation and formal etiquette useful in many areas of life. Students will learn to find and apply for jobs and will participate in hands-on learning in areas such as formal dining, professional interviewing, applying for graduate school, and other topics related to career preparation.

Questions? Please contact business department chair Art Attema at (712) 722-6353 or at


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