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WordPress Summer College Course at Clark

WordPress NewsThe Summer Quarter at Clark College starts in July and now is the time to register for the Introduction to WordPress course, the world’s only full-credit college course on WordPress. There are only 15 slots left, so hurry.

The 4 credit class runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8:30PM July 3, August 23 at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. We’re working on an online version of the class, but the in person version is always much more fun.

Registration for the Public is June 6 – June 14. Current Clark College students can register now.

INTRODUCTION TO WordPress CTEC 280 ITEM# 1867

New students must apply as a TRANSFER student to allow for a more direct and streamline registration process.

Here are the specific instructions:

  1. Register at the college as a TRANSFER student by June 14.
    1. Clark College Admission Information
    2. See Clark College Tuition rates for a four credit course, plus $10 fee for the class. (Note: Rates will be increasing in the Fall.)
    3. Register Online
    4. Register in Person
  2. Within 24 hours you should receive an email confirmation from Clark that will assign you a student ID number. Use this number to register for the class.
  3. To register for the class:
    1. Email to prof.tech.adv@clark.edu with your name, contact phone numbers, student ID number, and any follow up questions you may have. In the subject line, indicate you are interested in registering for the CTEC 280 Intro to WordPress class.
    2. You will receive another email or phone call within 2 business days from Clark Advising with instructions on how to register for the class and complete the process.

If you have additional concerns or questions regarding this process contact John Maduta in Advising 360-992-2327 or Reesa McAllister in the CTEC office or call 360-992-2106.

Why Take a WordPress College Course?

cash register making money with wordpressThe demand for this WordPress college course is very high, so you might be wondering why bother answering such a question. I think it’s important you understand why it is critical to take such a college course.

  • Research into WordPress stats and numbers from within the states and globally reveal the following:

    • 25% of all websites in the world are published on WordPress.
    • WordPress skills are in demand by employers and clients surpassing other publishing platforms more than two to one.
    • In a study completed a few days ago, 46% of 105% random web design, web development, and social media job descriptions listed WordPress as a requirement.
    • Interviewing students at Clark College interested in a career in web design, web development, web programming, and journalism, WordPress skills are a priority and believed necessary to help them get a job.
  • The techniques for web publishing on any platform can be carried across from WordPress.
  • The demand for WordPress training, tips, and techniques is clear from my recent post on 201 WordPress Books, many of which are in their second and third editions.
  • If you are a business owner, professional, networker, web designer, web publisher, writer, photographer, crafter, or have been putting off working on your own personal or professional website, take this course now.
  • In “What My First WordPress College Class Taught Me,” I summarized my personal experience and lessons learned from teaching the world’s first WordPress college course, lessons you will also learn and experience as a student.

The number of seats is limited to 20. The course is ideal for any business professional, small business owner, web designer, web publisher, or anyone who needs to get WordPress on their resume or learn how to create their own website or blog, so hurry.

Here are some of the lesson specifics and you can learn more on my Learning from Lorelle (Lorelle Teaches) site:

  • What is WordPress?
  • How to setup a WordPress.com blog.
  • Categories, tags, and content organization and navigation.
  • Web publishing with the visual editor, HTML editor, QuickPress/PressThis, mobile, and alternative publishing tools.
  • Publishing multimedia with WordPress.
  • Content development and management.
  • Introduction to basic core site customization (header art, widgets, etc.).
  • Introduction to dynamic web page generation.
  • Introduction to dynamic web design.
  • Introduction to WordPress Themes.
  • How to use Post Format Types.
  • Comments and spam management.
  • Multiple users and authors (permissions/authorities).
  • Managing multiple contributors.
  • Basic analytics and statistics with WordPress.com Stats.
  • WordPress and SEO.
  • Introduction to WordPress hybrid sites.
  • How to create and manage custom menus.
  • WordPress Widget functionality and customization.
  • Understanding WordPress interactivity through trackbacks, pingbacks, and pings.
  • WordPress feed management, integration, and customization.
  • Integration of social media to and from WordPress.
  • Managing a private or restricted access WordPress site.
  • Introduction to WordPress Plugins.
  • WordPress installation options.
  • Troubleshooting WordPress.
  • Introduction to WordPress development for employers and clients.

For more information, see the first announcement about the Clark College Introduction to WordPress class, the Spring Quarter announcement, and Clark College Course Catalog (CTEC is the department).

PS: I’ll be also teaching the HTML Fundamentals class online at Clark, too. Going to be a busy summer!


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3 Comments

  1. Posted June 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Took this course in Fall 2011 just to learn the architecture, nooooo way I was going to blog!
    I am now posting almost daily, have 63 followers and average between 100-300 hits a day.
    I strongly urge you to take this class…you won’t regret it.

    • Posted June 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Leiulf. Your journey has been amazing. I’m so proud of you. Thanks for the great endorsement!

  2. Mary
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t know there was a full course for WordPress. Any web designer would benefit from attending a course like this. Hopefully I’ll get my chance too, soon.


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