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Fall 2013 WordPress College Courses

Pop Quiz for the WordPress introduction Class at Clark College with students answering the questions on the whiteboard - instructor Lorelle VanFossen.Registration is now open for the two WordPress college courses I teach at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and Portland Community College at Rock Creek in Beaverton, just west of Portland, Oregon. See Classes and Workshops for details.

I’ve been working with Robert Hughes of the Computer Technology Department at Clark College for almost two years on a new Web Development degree program with WordPress at the core. It was passed this Spring by Washington State and is now an official degree program for two degrees. <insert applause here>

Fall 2013 begins the process of educating college students to truly prepare them for the web design and web development world of tomorrow with the Computer Technology ATT degree and Computer Graphics Technology AAT Degree. I’m so proud of everyone who made this possible!

The Clark College WordPress I course is a 5 credit college course, a now required fundamental course for the web design and web development degrees in the Computer Technology Department. Starting September 23, 2013, the course is 9 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 9PM in the evenings. Day classes may be available as well starting in the Winter and Spring Quarter.

The Portland Community College course is titled “CMS Website Creation: WordPress” and is a 3 credit course as part of the web design degree and meets once a week on Wednesdays starting September 25. The course is a hybrid class with an additional 2-3 hours of online work required weekly.

To register for either course, see Classes and Workshops for links and contact information.

What’s the Difference Between the Two WordPress Classes?

Two students present their final project of the WordPress class at Clark Corporate and Continuing Education, a slide show presentation of their professional site completed - instructor Lorelle VanFossen.Clark’s WordPress I course is the world’s first full-credit college course and required fundamental course for two degrees. It is five credits, thus an intensive course exploring all the core aspects of WordPress from basic history, features, content management and structure, web writing and publishing, SEO, WordPress Themes, and WordPress Plugins.

The course as few prerequisites. For those within the degree program, basic English and general prerequisites are required, and familiarity with web browsers and websites is highly recommended. HTML, CSS, and web programming are not required, though they don’t hurt. The course is designed to introduce the student to web content publishing, web design, and web programming.

The course is ideal for novice to intermediate level WordPress users. If you are new to web publishing, this course is ideal as it takes you through the process from start to finish developing a website with WordPress. If you are currently a web designer or developer working with clients and you wish to improve your WordPress understanding and skills, this is an ideal class as it not only introduces you to the functions and features of WordPress but also helps you learn how to teach clients how to use WordPress.

The PCC-Rock Creek WordPress course is a three credit course and is designed for those familiar with web design and web publishing, and eager to expand their WordPress abilities. The course covers the basic functions and features of WordPress, the students developing two or more sites through the course, and moves into WordPress Themes and development of WordPress Child Themes and an introduction to WordPress Plugins.

While this course is ideal for the novice, experience with web browsers, web design, web publishing, and site development is highly recommended. Like the Clark course, the first few weeks of the course covers the basics of WordPress so a professional web designer and developer can learn to speak “WordPress” to their clients to help them use their sites better.

There is limited space in each class, so register early. Clark College and PCC have no out-of-state tuition fees for many counties along the Columbia River of Oregon and Washington.

Note: I’ve had several people who live several hours or out-of-state who wish to take this course. Online versions of these courses are in the works, but if you live close enough to make the trip and need a place to stay, I’ve plenty of room in my home for guests. Contact me for details and arrangements.

Upcoming WordPress and Blogging Workshops

Since 1994, I’ve been teaching workshops and speaking at conferences around the world on web publishing and the social web. For almost ten years, I’ve offered a variety of WordPress, blogging, web publishing, and social media workshops as well, training people around the world to learn how to have their say on the web.

I’ll be teaching more WordPress and web publishing and writing courses in Winter, Spring, and Summer at Clark Corporate and Continuing Education, as well as other public events around the Portland area of Oregon, or wherever my travels take me.

I’ve always dreamed of having a social workshop group, a form of a meetup group, that met regularly to work together on our sites and learn from each other about blogging and the social web. Now that I have a home base and large workshop space in my office just west of Portland, Oregon, expect to hear more about some upcoming informal workshops where we can put our WordPress and web publishing skills to work.

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  1. Posted August 21, 2013 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! Clark needs more computer classes.

    • Posted August 21, 2013 at 1:40 am | Permalink

      I don’t know if Clark College needs more computer classes but it now has two degree programs that introduce several new courses to help bring students up to speed with the evolving modern web. I’m so proud of what we have done and how awesome the experience is going to be for the students. Thanks.

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