NEW! Entrepreneurship Certificate


Get the latest on planning your business, brainstorming business ideas and a checklist for going into business. Then learn how to create a business plan, including assessing business feasability and prepare the management and financial plans. Then take home a step by step approach to attract and keep customers, with an emphasis on customer-driven marketing decisions and building a strong brand. At the end of this certificate, you will be able to identify the abilities required of successful entrepreneurs and how to acquire them, develop goals to help establish your business, develop an outline for your plan, and take home techniques to successfully manage and market your new business.

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This non-credit certificate is offered by Arizona Western College Continuing Education Division in collaboration with

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Understanding the Cloud

Arizona Western College Continuing Education Division Introduces New Online Course:Understanding the Cloud

Participants in this course will learn about the cloud and see how to put this massive computing network to work for their businesses and personal projects. The course covers cloud networking, the role of social media in cloud computing, how small businesses can harness the power of the cloud, and more—all explained in non-technical, everyday language.

This course is part of AWC’s Continuing Education growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

To learn more, call 928-317-7674 or visit them online at www.

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First Time Students at AWC to Receive a Half Off Class for Fall 2014

Arizona Western College is offering first time students the opportunity to enroll in a class for half off. Students that have never taken a class at Arizona Western College will be able to sign up for a fall class for half price.

The new student will not be required to take a placement test. Also a high school diploma or prerequisites are not required. Prospective students just need to apply (in person in or online) and provide proof of citizenship.

There are select classes and funds are limited so applying soon is recommended.

For more information about the First Time Student opportunity log onto

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AWC Student had Experience of a Lifetime at NASA Johnson Space Center

A recent 2014 Arizona Western College graduate, Fernanda Diaz, had the experience of a lifetime by attending the NASA Johnson Space Center Pre-service Teacher Institute in Houston, TX from June 22-27.

Fernanda was accepted into the program just before completing her Associate’s in Elementary Education with Early Childhood emphasis from AWC. The program is designed for pre-service teachers who want to better prepare themselves to teach the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Fernanda was selected for the program after submitting an application and two lengthy essays. Once selected, she began taking webinars for the program a month prior to going on the trip. About 50 participants from all over the United States were selected for the program. This was the first time that Fernanda had ever traveled, so she was thrilled that it was to the NASA Johnson Space Center for a week.

Fernanda gives credit for this amazing opportunity to one of her AWC professors, Karen Spencer, for showing her the information about the program. Professor Spencer said “I’ve had Fernanda for several education classes and it is so evident that she has found her purpose and passion: teaching young children. Fernanda is such a hard working, interested and devoted student, so when she heard about this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to learn more about teaching science in the classroom, it didn’t surprise me that she quickly jumped on it. I was absolutely delighted when she told me she got accepted into the program.”

Throughout the program, the participants were given huge amounts of NASA resources that could be used in the classroom to motivate students in pursuing the science subjects. They were also taught how to plan lessons in a way that would engage students, making them think critically, and have them actually want to dig deeper into the subject. This was called the 5E lesson plan and it is versatile to any subject.

“The thing I got most out of the learning process is that as teachers, we are our students biggest motivators and that by using the tools we are given, they will want to learn and pursue their educational dreams. I am not a science-orientated student myself and I think that results from not having science teachers in my k-12 schooling that truly made me want to learn. With this experience, I feel more comfortable and motivated to be that teacher that even though a certain subject isn’t my stronghold, I can hopefully give my students all the tools to want to learn.” said Fernanda.

Fernanda’s favorite part of the trip was getting to collaborate with future educators from all over the United States. “I got to see how the education system differs from state to state, but yet we are all there for the same reason, to inspire students! I made great friends and I learned just as much from them as I did from our program coordinators/ presenters.”

Fernanda was born in Yuma and has lived in Yuma all 20 years of her life. She began taking AWC classes during the summer after her freshman year in high school (2008) and started going full time to AWC in 2012. Since graduating in May 2014, Fernanda has been working on getting employed as an instructional aid so that she can gain more experience in the classroom before completing her Bachelor’s. She hasn’t decided where she will get her Bachelor’s from in the future, but she plans to get it in Elementary Ed/Early Childhood.

“I’m thrilled AWC could have such a deserving student show up at NASA in Houston to represent the high quality individuals that come out of our community and our college,” said Professor Spencer.

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Construction Updates in Parker, AZ

This spring and summer (2014) saw significant changes at our facilities in Parker, Arizona.

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PMP ® Certification Prep 1

Learn how to prepare for the Project Management Institute’s prestigious PMP® certification exam. Master the first seven chapters of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®, Guide), 5th edition–the essential resource for the PMP® certification exam. Find out about the 10 Project Management Knowledge Areas, five Process Groups, and 47 project management processes. Raise your project management IQ by discovering tips and techniques related to the questions you’ll encounter on the PMP® exam. Use proven learning strategies to help absorb key terminology, concepts, and formulas.

This course, the first part of a two-course series, will demystify the PMBOK®, Guide, including relationships between inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs. The course will also bring clarity to such topics as precedence diagramming, estimating, and scope management.

ed2go is a global Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) offer programs and courses that are preapproved for professional development units through PMI® and have been reviewed by a project management professional (PMP®) to ensure that they meet PMI®’s expectations for professional development in project management.

This program/course is a good choice for those looking for project management experience and those aspiring to obtain a PMI® credential. It’s also an excellent choice for existing PMI® credential holders looking for an approved activity for PMI®’s continuing certification PDUs. At the end of this course, you’ll receive a certificate indicating your completion of PDUs equal to the number of hours of this course through ed2go, R.E.P. #3213. Please visit to learn more about PMI®’s credentials and how they may fit into your continuing education plans.

Note: Please make sure you have a copy of the 5th Edition PMBOK®, Guide for this course as it supersedes the 4th Edition.


Course Revised April 2013




About The Instructor

Tony Swaim

Tony Swaim has helped many clients, colleagues, and students reach their professional and personal goals. He has been an online instructor since 1998 and has taught at colleges and universities across the United States since 1981. His focus areas are project management, Six Sigma, and supply chain management. Tony manages a successful consulting firm, and his industry experience includes 20 years of supply chain management. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and holds professional certifications in six disciplines, including the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB®) from the American Society for Quality (ASQ®).Image

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Student Success Story

Student Success Story

May 2014Jennifer Della’Zanna, ed2go’s Explore a Career in Medical Coding instructor, recently received a message from one of her students. We thought you’d be interested in what the student had to say.

 “Thank you for teaching this excellent class. It was exactly what I was looking for — a comprehensive introduction to medical coding. It was perfect for someone like me who likes to explore different career paths and did not want to spend exorbitant fees for ‘dipping my toes in the water’ of a new field. I appreciated your well-structured curriculum, which was very easy to follow and, I felt, was full of positive feedback and encouragement for the students. In addition to the main lessons, I felt that the supplementary materials, including FAQ and resources, were of particular value. I enjoyed the interaction with both you and my fellow students and felt that your feedback was always prompt and helpful. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is considering a career in medical coding/billing!”

Ed2go online courses offered through AWC’s Continuing Education Division

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Have you ever heard the old saying, “Buy low, sell high?”


Have you ever heard the old saying, “Buy low, sell high?” News stories about the softening real estate market might scare away some novice investors. Experienced investors, however, recognize weak markets as opportunities to pick up bargains. When there are more sellers than buyers, your chances of getting a good deal go way up. In fact, many investors make more money in a down market than in a strong one. In many areas, now is the time to buy before prices start climbing again. In this course, you’ll learn how to make money in any area, in good times and bad, even if you have little money to start with.

Real Estate Investing includes specially designed worksheets and hands-on activities to take the guesswork out of your investing efforts. By emphasizing systems and service, this course will help you do more with less effort while serving the needs of your buyers and sellers.
We’ll start by developing a plan for your own investing efforts based on your personality and investing objectives. We’ll cover the proven methods used every day by full-time, professional real estate investors. You’ll learn how to invest in foreclosures, manage a rehab project, and build your team of real estate professionals (title officers, lawyers, accountants, mortgage brokers, appraisers, and more). We’ll also explore the effects of higher interest rates and cover alternative strategies for a changing market. By the end of the course, you’ll be working toward your first (or next) deal.

This course provides straight talk about real estate that will help you profit from the tremendous opportunities available to investors right now.

AWC Continuing Education Division offers non-credit, online courses via ed2go. CEU’s and Certificates of Completion awarded upon successful completion.

 About The Instructor
Josh Fuhrer

Josh Fuhrer is a real estate investor and developer with over 15 years of experience in single-family homes, and multifamily & commercial properties. For over 10 years, he has run his own real estate development company, focusing on developing and asset managing nearly one million square feet of retail, office, and mixed-use projects. Josh holds a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from Georgetown University, and a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from Portland State University.

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Monica Dockery, NAU Undergraduate Student of Year!

Monica NAU Monica Dockery received the honor of NAU’s undergraduate outstanding student of the year.

Monica completed her AWC Associates in Business and will be completing an NAU Bachelors degree in Business all while working full-time as AWC’s Administrative Assistant to the Dean for Continuing Education.

We at the Entrepreneurial Center wish Monica continued success in her personal and professional endeavors. We are proud of her accomplishments and our organization has reaped the benefits of her skills, knowledge and abilities in the workplace.

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A to Z Grant Writing

A to Z Grant Writing is an invigorating and informative course that will equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter the exciting field of grant writing!  You’ll learn how to raise needed funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders who are a good match for your organization.  You’ll also learn how to network and develop true partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant-writing campaign, and how to put together a complete proposal package.

This course speaks mainly to nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions, and municipalities seeking grants from foundation, corporate, government, and individual donors.  It’s also an excellent primer for individuals wishing to become grant-writing consultants or community grant-writing volunteers.

Many of this course’s elements also easily translate to the for-profit field and to individual artists, and material specifically designed for businesses and individuals is included.  No matter who you are or what level of experience you have, you’ll find the A to Z of writing and submitting successful proposals here!
Course Updated July 2013

About The Instructor

Linda Vallejo Linda Vallejo has over 30 years experience as a professional grant writer and grant-writing instructor.  She has written proposals for a variety of nonprofit organizations, universities, schools, and county and city agencies with interests ranging from the arts, education, environment, health and human services, and faith-based programs to community and economic development projects.Over the past 15 years, she has served as an Education To Go online grant-writing instructor, teaching the A to Z Grant Writing course in over 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Ms. Vallejo has written and received over $30 million in grant funds from foundation, corporate, government, and individual donors for her many clients.  She also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and is a practicing professional artist exhibiting her art nationally and internationally.


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