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UNM Continuing Education offers computer courses for all levels of computer users. Learn basic computer skills, understand Windows, or gain the information needed for a certification. Scheduled classes are held in our on-site computer labs. Custom classes can be scheduled at your workplace or ours.

As a Microsoft IT Academy and a CompTIA Academy partner, we provide professional experienced instructors, current software, and computer labs with limited seating that enhance learning. Courses are offered in a time frame that works for you. Custom classes are tailored to specific employer needs and can be held at your workplace or ours.


Technology - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

IT professionals are constantly challenged to keep up with the increasing security threats we are all facing. There are lots of courses that teach defense in various forms, but few that show you what the hackers are really doing. People who learn ethical hacking are called ''security testers'' or ''penetration testers'' (or, more commonly, ''pen testers''). Very large enterprises employ outside pen testers to attempt to crack their systems, and there is a growing demand for dedicated pros. But the pen testing skills are also valuable for IT staff in smaller operations because they can get most of the benefits at a much lower cost in‐house. This class takes you beyond certificates like Network+ and Security+ and teaches you the current, real tools and techniques that hackers and social engineers are using against you and the people you support. This is the first course of two. Prerequisites: A minimum of two years of advanced technical support, or recent completion of the Network+ and Security+ or similar. Students must be comfortable working in a Linux environment, have a strong knowledge of networking and good diagnostic skills. Experience with coding is strongly recommended, while competent typing and computer usage skills are mandatory.

Section Spring 1

63135
$1,295
4/7/20 - 4/30/20
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 5:30 PM
Glenn Norman
CE Online

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WHY WOULD YOU BENEFIT FROM NETWORK+? CompTIA Network+ helps develop a career in IT infrastructure, covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks.

Section Spring 1

63312
$1,250
4/13/20 - 4/29/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 2:00 PM ‐ 5:30 PM
Glenn Norman
CE Online

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Move beyond the basics of QGIS and learn how to use Plugins, add basemaps to QGIS Desktop. Create joins, work with selections, develop new attribute columns, create and populate a SpatiaLite and GeoPackage databases, georeference imagery, edit vector data, and use the Processing Toolbox to geoprocess data. Geoprocessing tools to be introduced include clip, dissolve, buffer, hillshade, slope and aspect. QGIS certification included in registration fee. Prerequisite: QGIS: Beginning. Required Text: Discover QGIS 3.x ‐ https://locatepress.com/dq3

Section Spring 1

69322
$425
4/14/20 - 4/23/20
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Kurt Menke
CE South Building

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Explore design ideas using basic drawing techniques and the latest digital software ‐ with a primary focus on the creation of computer‐modeled 3D objects within a 2D display environment! Learn how to integrate various software packages with Sketch Up, and create 3 dimensional geometry using the 2‐dimensional surfaces of lines, circles, polygons, arcs and freehand curves. Note: The texbook is included in the cost of this class. Prerequisites: a basic working knowledge of computers and the Windows operating environment. Knowledge of any .DWG compatible CAD software program will be helpful during some classes.

Section Spring 1

69116
$895
4/15/20 - 5/6/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Gathen Garcia
CE South Building

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Learn advanced hands?on techniques in GIS. Topics include working with extensions such as Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst. Learn how to work with raster data and work with ArcScene to build 3D scenes. Batch process data in ArcToolBox, create your own toolboxes, and automate workflows by building a model in Model Builder. Prerequisite: 69306

Section Spring 1

69307
$525
4/16/20 - 5/9/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM and Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM
Sandeep Talasila
CE South Building

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Learn the basic functions of the latest Windows operating system and how to customize its setup. Work with files and folders, shortcuts and properties. Resize windows, use the taskbar, start menu and recycle bin, and get an introduction to shortcuts. In addition, explore popular software and get started with launching programs. Note: See Course Skills Assessment. Prerequisite: 51010 or basic computer experience.

Section Spring 1

51101
$269
4/23/20 - 4/30/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Bryan O'Neill
CE South Building

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WHY IS IT DIFFERENT? No other certification that assesses baseline cybersecurity skills has performance‐based questions on the exam. Security+ emphasizes hands‐on practical skills, ensuring the security professional is better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of issues.

Section Spring 1

63511
$1,250
4/24/20 - 5/11/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 2:00 PM ‐ 5:30 PM
Glenn Norman
CE South Building

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Building on the skills learned in part 1, this course studies tools further and adds an increasing emphasis on studying for the Certified Ethical Hacker test. Sample tests, questions and materials both from our textbook and from online sources will help you measure your abilities. Students will practice using live tools against live targets to learn exactly what you see when you're hacking, and how to find vulnerabilities and exploits. Both online and physical materials are free for students to continue using, and students are welcome to join a hacking and learning community. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Ethical Hacking Part 1 (63135), with demonstrated ability in using basic hacking tools. Students must display competent basic hacking skills.

Section Spring 1

63136
$1,295
5/5/20 - 5/26/20
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 6:00 PM
Glenn Norman
CE Online

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Learn advanced data visualization techniques only available in QGIS such as Blending Modes, Live Layer Effects, working with the Time Manager, Geometry generators, implementing expression based symbology and working with Mesh data. Learn how features such as Editing in Place and Editing widgets can lead to more efficient workflows. Create animations in the new 3D environment. Learn how to use the Processing Modeler to automate workflows. Work with linear networks to find the shortest route. Process raster data and work with hydrologic modeling tools. QGIS certification included in registration fee. Prerequisite: QGIS: Intermediate. Required Text: Discover QGIS 3.x ‐ https://locatepress.com/dq3

Section Spring 1

69323
$425
5/14/20 - 5/26/20
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Kurt Menke
CE South Building

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In AutoCAD 1, you will learn to navigate the AutoCAD user interface and utilize the fundamental features of AutoCAD. You will learn the essential drafting tools to develop accurate technical drawings and discover ways to present drawings that are detailed and technically accurate. •

Section Summer 1

69111
$895
6/1/20 - 6/22/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Gathen Garcia
CE South Building

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Essentials of Hardware and Operating Systems This CompTIA course is the first of two courses designed to prepare you for A+ certification. Successful completion of the course validates knowledge of basic computer hardware and operating systems, including how to install, build, upgrade, repair, configure, troubleshoot, optimize, diagnose and perform preventive maintenance. Customer service and security skills are also covered. Notes: The textbook and one exam voucher are included in the cost of this class. Both A+ vouchers will be issued upon request after completion of course 63134. These vouchers may be requested up to six months after completing both courses 63131 and 63134. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience.

Section Summer1

63131
$1,250
6/15/20 - 7/8/20
Mon, Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Glenn Norman
CE South Building

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Learn the basic functions of the latest Windows operating system and how to customize its setup. Work with files and folders, shortcuts and properties. Resize windows, use the taskbar, start menu and recycle bin, and get an introduction to shortcuts. In addition, explore popular software and get started with launching programs. Note: See Course Skills Assessment. Prerequisite: 51010 or basic computer experience.

Section Summer1

51101
$269
6/22/20 - 6/26/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Bryan O'Neill
CE South Building

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Designed to build on the skills acquired in the AutoCAD Level I class, this course introduces the student to both basic and advanced dimensioning and dynamic block techniques with AutoCAD. The AutoCAD topics covered in this Level II course include using the geometry calculator and selection filters; drawing and editing polylines, multilines, and splines; inserting fields and tables, dimensioning techniques; assigning block attributes, using externally referenced drawings, and creating sheet sets.

Section Summer1

69112
$895
7/6/20 - 7/27/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Gathen Garcia
CE South Building

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This CompTIA course is the second of two courses for the A+ certification. Learn to troubleshoot and repair the systems studied in the first A+ course. Problem‐solving scenarios help students learn basic networking and OS management while preparing them to succeed on the certification exam. Notes: The textbook and one exam voucher are included in the cost of this class. Both A+ vouchers will be issued upon request after completion of course 63134. These vouchers may be requested up to six months after completing both courses 63131 and 63134. Prerequisite: 63131 or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

63134
$1,250
7/13/20 - 7/29/20
Mon, Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Glenn Norman
CE South Building

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WHY WOULD YOU BENEFIT FROM NETWORK+? CompTIA Network+ helps develop a career in IT infrastructure, covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks.

Section Summer 1

63312
$1,250
8/10/20 - 8/31/20
Mon, Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Glenn Norman
CE South Building

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Explore design ideas using basic drawing techniques and the latest digital software ‐ with a primary focus on the creation of computer‐modeled 3D objects within a 2D display environment! Learn how to integrate various software packages with Sketch Up, and create 3 dimensional geometry using the 2‐dimensional surfaces of lines, circles, polygons, arcs and freehand curves. Note: The texbook is included in the cost of this class. Prerequisites: a basic working knowledge of computers and the Windows operating environment. Knowledge of any .DWG compatible CAD software program will be helpful during some classes.

Section Summer1

69116
$895
8/10/20 - 8/31/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Gathen Garcia
CE South Building

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Microsoft Office - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

Move beyond the basics with Excel. Link multiple worksheets/workbooks, outline and consolidate data, and create and use cell names for greater understanding and ease. Learn to sort and filter data, convert data ranges to tables and work with table formulas. Use hyperlinks, explore auditing and workbook protection features, and apply and create templates. Use backstage tools to modify application settings. Prerequisite: Excel: Beginning or equivalent experience.

Section Spring 2

52162
$259
4/6/20 - 4/10/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Sonja Dewing
CE Online

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Start using the three basic applications for Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Topics include creating/revising documents, assembling and presenting slideshows, and building spreadsheets. Lessons are presented in bite‐sized modules so you can apply what you've learned right away. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience.

Section Spring 1

52030
$195
4/14/20 - 4/16/20
Tue, Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Rav Nicholson
CE Online

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Use Excel Pivot Tables to efficiently extract meaningful information from large tables of data. Understand pivot table requirements and capabilities. Extract custom data subsets, perform summary calculations, create interactive pivot charts, and format reports. Enhance your knowledge of chart types to create custom charts, applying advanced chart design techniques. Prerequisite: Intermediate Excel.

Section Spring 1

52166
$195
4/28/20 - 4/30/20
Tue, Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Rav Nicholson
CE South Building

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Learn the most effective methods to create, modify, format, and print Microsoft Excel worksheets. Enter and edit data and apply basic formulas and functions to summarize data. Explore custom formatting features, such as fonts and conditional formatting. Create and format charts, insert and modify graphics and set print options. Prerequisite: Windows: Beginning or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

52161
$259
6/23/20 - 6/30/20
Tue, Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Rav Nicholson
CE South Building

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Understand the basic concepts of database use and how to most effectively design your database using Microsoft Access. Design basic tables and add, edit, locate, sort, filter, and delete data. Set field properties, work with input masks, and set validation rules. Learn to design and apply queries and reports to make it easier to accomplish everyday database tasks. In addition, get an introduction to basic forms. Prerequisite: Windows: Beginning or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

52181
$259
7/13/20 - 7/17/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Rick Berg
CE South Building

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Go beyond the basics using queries to answer specific questions and develop summaries with Access. Create and enhance custom forms, a main form with sub‐forms, and custom reports. In addition, learn how to identify and create relationships. Prerequisite: Access: Beginning or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

52182
$259
7/20/20 - 7/24/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Rick Berg
CE South Building

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Move beyond the basics with Excel. Link multiple worksheets/workbooks, outline and consolidate data, and create and use cell names for greater understanding and ease. Learn to sort and filter data, convert data ranges to tables and work with table formulas. Use hyperlinks, explore auditing and workbook protection features, and apply and create templates. Use backstage tools to modify application settings. Prerequisite: Excel: Beginning or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

52162
$259
7/28/20 - 8/4/20
Tue, Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Rav Nicholson
CE South Building

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Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance may be available if you are unemployed, a veteran or veteran’s spouse, or a person with a disability. Other options include education loans. For more funding options, and contact information, please visit our Loans and Financial Aid page. UNM Staff, Faculty and Retirees: You may use your Tuition Remission for all Professional Development classes. Learn more about UNM Tuition Remission.