Element K Improves Workplace Skills Through Online Courses
South Florida Community College (SFCC) offers a series of online courses through Element K that help residents of Highlands, Hardee, and DeSoto counties upgrade skills and for personal interest. These self-paced, non-credit courses, presented through the college’s Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) Department can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the SFCC Web site. “Element K courses are constantly updated and provide state-of-the-art training on current skills,” said Kevin Brown, dean, applied sciences and technologies. To participate in Element K courses, no credentials, test scores, or diplomas are required.
Some of the courses cover word processing, spreadsheets, databases, web page design, project management, workplace safety, and business management skills. Those interested in network and operating systems can take courses, such as A+ Certification, Network+ Certification, Certified Novell Engineer, and CISCO Certified Network Administrator. Lorrie Key, coordinator, corporate and continuing education, said that SFCC is expanding their online courses into the Allied Health field to include courses such as HIPAA and Blood Borne Pathogens.
Many of the courses are also accredited for continuing education purposes. “They provide access training 24/7 at the student’s convenience, giving them more time for the course and giving them the opportunity to do it according to their schedule,” Key said.
These courses are great for employee training in any work environment. Callie Johnson, community relations assistant, a new employee at SFCC, and recent Element K student said, “The opportunity to take Element K classes was an extremely beneficial experience. Starting this position and having no formal education using the Adobe Creative Suite for graphic design, Element K was a great learning tool.” Johnson’s job at SFCC focuses on graphic design, photography, and creating publications. “Element K helped me become a lot more confident with the Adobe Creative Suite and helped prepare me for what I will encounter at my new job,” said Johnson. Brown agrees that it is an excellent way for employers to train employees on the job during downtime.
A variety of Element K courses can be taken for personal interest, such as the living language courses to learn Spanish, Italian, German, or French before going on a trip abroad; or inspirational courses such as Weathering the Perfect Storm. These are just a few online courses that might interest anyone.
Thinking about enrolling in a course? Access the SFCC Web site at www.southflorida.edu, click the Element K logo near the bottom of the Web site’s homepage. On the Element K Web page, you can browse the course catalog and choose the course you wish to enroll in. During the online enrollment process, fill out the required information and follow the instructions to submit a payment. Once payment is verified, you will receive an access key via e-mail. Element K study courses can be taken as individual courses or in bundles. Course bundles are a collection of courses specific to an area of interest, such as the Web Design and Media bundle that includes course topics in Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Students have access to an individual course for up to 12 weeks, and up to 12 months for course bundles.
SFCC’s CCE Department provides courses to assist students who are currently employed, but wish to upgrade their skills. Its ongoing workshops and seminars can help you sharpen your job skills or earn the continuing education units (CEUs) you need to maintain your professional license. For more information about Element K or CCE, contact Key at 863-784-7033.