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PNC Non-Credit Hands-On Beginning Computer Classes


Purdue University North Central Office of Continuing Education will offer a non-credit computer course which will expand upon the basics of using a computer and get individuals further along on the path to computer literacy. "Expanding the Basics of Using Your Computer" will meet at PNC - Porter County at 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso on Wednesdays, Dec. 2 to 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.  The registration fee is $96. A recommended book is also available for $28.

This course will cover topics such as customizing the workspace, finding programs, using different types of storage devices, understanding menus, files and folders.

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PNC Continues Non-Credit Microsoft Excel Class Series


Purdue University North Central Office of Continuing Education will offer a three-day non-credit course to continue a series of classes on Microsoft Excel. "Intermediate MS Excel 2007 Level 2" will be offered at the PNC Westville Campus on Tuesdays, Dec. 1 to 15, 7 to 9 p.m. Course fee is $96. A recommended book is available for $28.

Students are expected to have completed the course "Introduction to Microsoft Excel Level 1" or to have basic practical Microsoft Excel experience. This course will expand on the knowledge gained in the basic class and delve deeper into using formulas and functions, creating more complex spreadsheets, setting up workbooks, sorting, filtering and formatting more complex cells.

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PNC Faculty Members Publish Research Paper


Purdue University North Central College of Engineering and Technology faculty members Dr. Li Tan, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, and Dr. Jean Jiang, guest lecturer, recently published their research paper, "Novel Adaptive IIR Filter For Frequency Estimation and Tracking," in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "Signal Processing Magazine", November issue.  This is considered to be the most prestigious journal, in the area of digital signal processing.

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IU Northwest to go on the Road Nov. 16 to Discuss University Programs, Campus Life


On Monday, Nov. 16, at the central branch of the Lake County Public Library on U.S. 30 in Merrillville, Indiana University Northwest will host “IU on the Road” for prospective traditional and non-traditional students and their families, starting at 6 p.m. Faculty, administrators and admissions representatives will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the advantages of earning an IU degree close to home.

Students interested in applying for admission should bring official high school or college transcripts, proof of SAT or ACT scores (if less than one year out of high school), and a $25 application fee.

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Tweetups Have Regular Benefits


James K Barath and Kathy Sipple created NWI reconnect and a regular twitter Meetup for anyone in the community!

The 'tweetup' generally meets at a local establishment to encourage new business to community members.  The group also chooses a local non profit to benefit from the event.  For the month of November the benefactors are Pesto’s on Calumet and The United Way of Porter County.  Come meet, converse and this time Pesto’s is offering free appetizers, and 20% of all our orders that night will be donated to the United Way of Porter County.

Join in the fun at November's Tweetup,...

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Boys & Girls Club Winter Soccer Signups


The Valparaiso Unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, located at 354 Jefferson St., will be having winter indoor soccer signups from November 16th to December 4th (or when leagues fill, whichever comes first) between the hours of 2pm-8pm Mondays through Fridays, closed November 26th and 27th.  This is an instructional league based on fun and learning the fundamentals of the game.

The cost of the leagues is $15 for ages 5-7 and $20 for age divisions 8/ 9 and 10/12.  New to this year is we will have separate boys and girls divisions for ages 5-7 & 8/9, while our 10/12 division will be coed (unless we have enough...

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Opportunity Enterprises Family and Friends Together Meeting November 16


William Trowbridge, Vice President/Trust Officer of 1st Source Bank and Board Member for Opportunity Enterprises will give a presentation on the basics and the benefits of third party/special needs trusts at the OE Family and Friends Together meeting, Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m.  Those interested in attending the meeting are asked to enter Opportunity Enterprises, 2801 Evans Avenue in Valparaiso, at the Training Room, Entrance #2, at the north end of the building.

In order to reach as many parents and friends as possible, OE is encouraging all parents to bring a friend or another parent to the meeting in order to pass information to as many people as possible.  Guests...

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Holiday Crafts and Stories for Families


Come join in for the holiday crafts and stories at the South Haven Library!  This family friendly event is scheduled for Saturday, December 5, from 2-4 pm. Please register by Monday, November 30.

Don't miss the holiday stories, crafts and yummy snacks!.  Children ages 4 and up are welcome; the fee is only $2 per person.

Register now at the library!

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Bell Ringers Needed to Ring in the 2009 Christmas Season


The Salvation Army of Porter County is requesting help with their Red Kettle Collections for the 2009 Christmas Season.  Major Jon Welch states, “We need volunteer bell ringers to assist us in standing at the Porter County local business sites.  The funds we raise will help us help Porter County residents for Christmas, year-round emergency assistance and keep the Army operating in Porter County.  This is our main fund raiser for the year and we need to make the most of this time.”  The Army’s Red Kettle Goal for this year is $130,000 and the total Christmas Goal is $200,000.

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PNC Invites Not-For-Profit Agencies to Campus


Purdue University North Central will host a fair that will introduce area Not-For-Profit agencies to PNC students and staff on Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Library Student Faculty Building, Room 144. Hosted by the Purdue North Central Center for Service Learning & Leadership, the fair will bring together PNC faculty and students interested in internships or volunteer opportunities with not-for-profit agencies who are looking for individuals to fill positions.

Agencies interested in attending may reserve a table for a fee of $25, which also includes lunch for two representatives. Agency representatives have the opportunity to attend an afternoon workshop on...

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PNC - Porter County Offers Discover Career Counseling Program


Purdue University North Central - Porter County is offering the Discover Career Counseling Program, through the Office of Continuing Education. Workshops will be Wed. Nov.18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and also on Dec. 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The workshops are free but registration is required. Participants may attend one, or both of the workshops.

The Discover program helps individuals define goals and gives guidance in choosing a college major or career.  It also can be helpful in assisting people wanting to make a career change.  This computerized program has updated information on more than 500 careers, majors and colleges.

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