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Extended Studies Spring/Summer 2016 Catalog

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Graphics Professional and Business Computer Skills Courses

Build Adobe® graphics and Microsoft Office® software knowledge and hone digital and design skills to grow and promote your business.

Join a growing field: Human Resources
Courses and Programs

In response to rising demand, Extended Studies has developed programs designed to meet the changing needs of HR professionals across the state, the region and the nation. Northern Nevada’s leading provider of human resources education for more than 20 years, the University of Nevada, Reno offers courses and certificates designed for those working in a wide range of roles and with varying experience in human resources and related fields.
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Here’s what our professional development students are saying:

“Very detailed and motivating course. I walked away feeling like I could go back to work and motivate and relate to my crew on a new level.”
— Chancy Gusky, High Mark Construction (Supervisory Management)

“Amazing course for getting you to think outside the box!” 
— Donna DiCarlo, City of Sparks (Human Resources Management)

“Fantastic for anyone who is new to code and wants to learn it from top professionals!”
— Dana Miller, MSLIS, M.A., University of Nevada, Reno Libraries (Computer Programming)

“ A wealth of social media knowledge! Class is jam-packed with timely tips and instruction you can put to use immediately.” — Susan C. Fix (Social Media and Digital Marketing)

“Excellent course — I would highly recommend it for anyone.” — Cortney Young, Chapman Law Firm, P.C. (Beginning Mediation and Conflict Resolution)

“Good tools to use in the workplace and also a good background for working toward my PMP certification. I highly recommend this course for any professional interested in developing their project management skills!”
— Peter Eliasen, Alcoa (Project Management Certificate Program Online)

“Experienced, enthusiastic instructor with real-world knowledge, true commitment to the integrity of her field and a strong desire to help others.”
— Jennifer Smith, NV Energy (Human Resources Management)

"Your class was essential as it not only helped me understand the materials better, but set my expectations clearly as to what I had to do to pass the exam THE FIRST TIME. — Philip Moore, PMP (PMP/CAPM Exam Preparation)







Rising Demand for Trained Paralegals in
Nevada and Nationwide

By James L. Spoo, J.D., Sparks Municipal Court Judge and Extended Studies instructor

Paralegals have been said to perform as if on stage, blending the routine with the dramatic. Their knowledge and abilities require both breadth and intensity. Multi-functioning and optimally-performing paralegals (also termed "legal assistants") are in high demand as core professional assets.  

Paralegals, under the direction of attorneys and law-related professionals, do interesting, indispensable tasks, including: preparing and processing documents; interacting with clients, law firms and courts; researching law and facts online and through other sources; scheduling critical litigation and transactional events; coordinating evidence discovery; and assisting in trial preparation and presentation.

Skilled professionals and support staff with legal office backgrounds or with experience in business, science, engineering, nonprofit, human services, government, academia and other areas can become immensely value-added paralegals. Education and experience in a variety of career areas strongly augment the legal-assistant skills paralegals possess, offering immediate and long-term value in law or law-related contexts in law offices and courts, as well as in relevant alternative career areas.

Paralegal positions are increasingly available as the economy improves, especially in Northern Nevada, where law and law-related offices serve every sector of the private and public economy. These offices, which cover an expanse of needs, interests and functions, cannot do so without large numbers of well educated and high-performing paralegals prepared to excel in this innovative, intensely-electronic, rapidly-evolving era of the law.

Reliable sources indicate a nearly 17 percent increase in demand nationwide for paralegals through 2022, and a nearly 20 percent increase in demand for paralegals in Nevada, putting the paralegal field in the top 20 in overall job increases.

The Extended Studies Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is offered in 16 sessions over eight weekends each spring and fall, and teaches law office procedure and performance, legal investigation, litigation and transactional skills, legal research and writing, areas of substantive law, court procedure, legal ethics, administrative and legislative law, online legal research, job acquisition and advancement, and numerous further law and law-related topics. The course provides a leading-edge overview, hands-on practicum in a laboratory, and interactive discussion. Learn more or register online »

Paralegal professional association and information sources include: nala.org, snapreno.com, nvbar.org (search paralegal division), and nalsofwashoecounty.org.

Upcoming classes — register today!

May 2016

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HRCI*Courses marked with an asterisk have been approved for six to 18 HR or business credit hours toward PHR, SPHR or GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Use of the HRCI seal is not an endorsement by HRCI of program quality. For more information, visit http://www.hrci.org.


SHRM Seal*Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM credential. For more information, visit www .shrm.org.