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Whether you're looking to train for a new career; advance in your current field; explore the wonders of our changing world; or connect with people who share your interests, UCR Extension offers you more than 90 certificate programs and enrichment courses online and in classroom settings to meet your educational, career and enrichment needs. Visit UCR Extension,  search for classes, or find out more about the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Project Management Essentials

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Meets 8:30 am to 3 pm, Saturdays, beginning April 4

This course provides you with tools, techniques, and strategies you can use immediately to ensure the success of any project in any type of organization. 

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Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

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Meets 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Tuesdays, starting April 21

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the five fundamental pillars of emotional intelligence, which include self-awareness, self-management, self-motivation, social awareness, and relationship management.

INTERIOR DESIGN

Materials and Resources for Interior Design

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Meets 6 pm to 9 pm, Tuesdays, beginning April 7

Learn the basics of locating and selecting components for interior design. Topics include elements of wearability, content of materials and furnishings, main resource centers for designers, and more.

INTERIOR DESIGN

History of Architectural Interiors I

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Meets 6 pm to 9 pm, Wednesdays, beginning April 8

Study furniture and decoration styles in historical interiors from antiquity through the 17th century. This course relates major developments in the decorative arts to the historical and social events of the period and emphasizes significant designers and their crafts. First of two courses. 

SUPERVISION, LEADERSHIP, AND TEAM EXCELLENCE

Motivating, Managing, and Developing Others

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Meets 5:30 pm to 9 pm, Thursdays, beginning April 16

A thorough introduction to the various methodologies, techniques, and strategies available to business leaders, managers and entrepreneur's seeking to improve their staff's capabilities, engagement, innovation and flexibility. You will also examine the attitudes and attributes successful coaches and mentors use to empower others.

SUPERVISION, LEADERSHIP, AND TEAM EXCELLENCE

Managing Through Workplace Inclusion

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Meets 5:30 to 9 pm, April 10; and 9 am to 3:30 pm April 11

This course examines the strategies and techniques supervisors can use to ensure organizational values, goals, and objectives are met. You will also explore the role of diversity in the workplace, and how to create an environment in which men and women of different cultural, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic backgrounds, and disabilities can work together in a harmonious atmosphere. 

SUPERVISION, LEADERSHIP, AND TEAM EXCELLENCE

Moving Through Change

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Meets 5:30 pm to 9 pm May 8; and 9 am to 3:30 pm May 9

You will examine how to use change as a motivating factor, move beyond resistance, and create buy-in from your superiors and those you supervise.

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Quality and Performance Management 

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Meets 5:30 to 9 pm, Tuesdays, beginning March 31

Learn how to develop a high-quality project plan, establish quality assurance/quality control guidelines and manage procurement of the resources necessary to complete a high quality project on time and on budget. 

LEAN SIX SIGMA

Lean Principles and Practice

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Meets 5:30 to 9 pm, Wednesdays, beginning April 1

An in-depth examination of the basic principles for Lean Six Sigma projects and programs within manufacturing, service industry, non-profit companies, education, and government organizations. 

ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL

Developing Your Analytical Skills 

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Meets 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Wednesdays, starting April 22

Since thinking analytically is crucial to optimizing job performance, participants will learn the methods and strategies in solving problems in their work environments. 

SUPERVISION, LEADERSHIP, AND TEAM EXCELLENCE

Managing High Performance Teams 

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Meets 5:30 to 9 pm Friday, March 6, and 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, March 7

This course focuses on the supervisor and the skills needed to be successful at developing people, the relevance of emotional intelligence, and creating effective high-performance teams to meet organizational goals. 


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Graduate Programs

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

The MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts is a unique seven quarter low residency program that provides writers with a path toward publication and production in all genres of writing including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Students explore multiple genres, allowing for a cross-disciplinary approach that is ideal for writers seeking the artistic latitude to move fluidly within the field. 


Cal Naturalist

California Naturalist Program

The UC California Naturalist Program is designed to introduce Californians to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage the public in study and stewardship of California's natural communities. The program uses a science curriculum to instill a deep appreciation for the natural communities of the state and to inspire individuals to become stewards of their local resources.

Courses combine classroom and field experience in science, problem-solving, communication training and community service. Students are taught by UCR lead instructor Dr. Cameron Barrows and a team of experts. Subjects covered include ecology, geology, plant communities, wildlife, communication and interpretation, citizen science, energy/global environmental issues, and much more.

Call 760-834-0800 or email palmdesert@ucanr.edu for more information. Or come to our free information session at 6 p.m. Nov. 18. RSVP for the info session here.


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Future Physician Leaders (FPL)

The Future Physician Leaders (FPL) program is a long-term summer mentorship program for prospective medical students who also want to fulfill a mission of service to the community. The seven-week summer program is made up of three components: the Leadership Lecture Series, Community Service and Research Project, and Physician Shadowing Rotations. One program site is here in the Coachella Valley based out of UCR Palm Desert! The community-based, collaborative program was started in 2009 by Dr. Raul Ruiz. For more information, please contact Sophia Rodriguez, Program Coordinator at (951) 827-6030 or sophia.rodriguez@medsch.ucr.eduAPPLY NOW!


Master Gardner

Become A Master Gardener

  • Have you always wanted to join the Master Gardener Volunteer training classes in the Coachella Valley but were unable to because you work during the day? Here’s your opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge, have fun learning about horticulture in the desert, and give back to your community. Evening Master Gardener Volunteer training classes for the 2019/2020  program are Wednesdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m.  
  • Certified Master Gardeners receive more than 50 hours of instruction from University of California Cooperative Extension specialists. In return, Master Gardeners volunteer 50 hours during the first year within the community and continue their gardening education. 
  • The program is open to individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and horticultural skills and share them with the community.

For more information call: 951-683-6491 ext. 230, or email: rmolaiz@ucanr.edu


Introduction to Wine and Wine Tasting

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This is a fun and educational introductory class about wine tasting. You will learn to use a four-step tasting technique that focuses on the taster's ability to separate and identify key characteristics in wines, and improve flavor and taste memory.

The final class offers a great interactive wine tasting and evaluation experience where you will identify the grape variety, wine, vintage, country, and taste(s). Served with complimentary hors d'oeuvres.  

Meets 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 to March 11. To register call 760-834-0997 or email olli@ucx.ucr.edu. Course fee $35 includes parking.