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Expand your horizons at the BCAE with classes designed to develop your self assurance and career skills. Interested in starting a new career? We offer professional development classes ranging from test prep classes to business development classes to financial management classes. Looking for a personal change? We have Boston’s best personal enrichment instructors teaching classes on “Living Fearlessly” and how to find love and marriage.

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The secret to happiness, according to ancient wisdom and modern science, rests in training the mind to focus on the moment, while savoring all that is good in your life. Happiness, it turns out, doesn't depend on good fortune, money, or finding the right mate, but upon an internal satisfaction that everyone can cultivate with a few daily practices. These simple practices have a cumulative effect on your psyche and your life, whereupon money, good fortune, and the right mate can be yours, if that's what you want.  Intuition, the seat of creativity, is an extra side effect of this work. Come to this class to jumpstart your new healthy, happy, and intuitive life.

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 04/04/2017

Instructor : Jeanne Mayell 

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If you already know what sort of business you'd like to start, then you're ready for step two: creating your road map to entrepreneurial success. Learn how to develop a business plan that can serve as the foundation for your business. We'll discuss all the elements a business plan should include, and discuss how to define your customer groups; weigh the potential for customer demand; assess your competition; develop a viable marketing plan; navigate the business environment; and build a financial strategy that will sustain your dream.

Tuition: $125.00

Member Cost: $109.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 3 sessions; starting 4/5/2017, ending 4/19/2017

Instructor : Kim Clark 

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How can you truly know a person you've met only once? It's easy when you understand the hidden messages. The average individual comprehends only seven percent of human communication and accurately detects the truth no more than fifty percent of the time. Learn to comprehend one-hundred percent of the communication, and detect lies with eighty-five percent accuracy! This course is ideal for professional interviewers; law enforcement officers; people trying to establish intimate relationships; and individuals who want the skills to see through lies, frauds, and phonies. Explore behavioral defense mechanisms and other barriers to communication; scientific findings; and techniques related to lie detection, motivational systems, communication targets, and interrogation techniques. The tuition includes a materials fee for extensive handouts.

Tuition: $60.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $10.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 04/06/2017

Instructor : William Morrissette 

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Open up your mind and join psychic intuitive healer, Sha Blackburn, as she teaches you about crystal grids. A crystal grid is an arrangement of crystals on a specific geometric shape that focuses the Universal Life Force in a particular way for a particular purpose. Throughout the world there are so many crystals with a variety of properties that can promote healing and an overall sense of well-being.  Sha will incorporate the best crystals to help promote the healing and well being that you need in your life. This class will be taught in a relaxed, fun environment and you should expect to leave with an understanding of what crystal grids can do for you.  

Tuition: $55.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Fri 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 04/07/2017

Instructor : Sha Blackburn 

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Think of this class as a taste of Mahjong (or Mah Jongg). If you've been thinking about trying this ancient-Chinese game that's been growing in popularity in the west but have been hesitant to jump right into a game, this is the class for you. Experienced instructor, Laura Zoll, will lead you through the basics of the game and provide you with resources to continue playing after you whet your apptetite at the BCAE. Learn more about Mahjong here.  

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 1 session on 04/08/2017

Instructor : Laura Zoll 

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Theatre artist Akiba Abaka leads this journey through the art of the parable. Find out how to draw on your personal stories to explore the questions you care about most. Whether your issue is cultural, social, or political, this interactive workshop will help you find focus through a series of creative writing exercises that stir your heart and stimulate your mind. You’ll also learn how to give voice to your thoughts, listen to feedback about your ideas, and evolve them during this journey we call life. This workshop is presented in concert with Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership, an exhibit of photos by Don West at the BCAE from February through April 2017.

Tuition: $49.00

Member Cost: $42.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 1 session on 04/08/2017

Instructor : Akiba Abaka 

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Brittany left behind her tradition life for one filled with travel and endless adventure and runs the successful Brittany from Boston blog. In her first year after she left her traditional life behind, she traveled to nineteen countries on five continents. Join her for a one night presentation and conversation that will cover her personal story, some of her favorite places, tips on traveling like a pro, and ways to travel on the cheap and-- in some cases-- for completely free.

Tuition: $55.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Thu 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 1 session on 04/13/2017

Instructor : Brittany Stopa 

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You will learn about angels and spirit guides, how they impact your life, and how to call on your angels for help, healing and guidance.

Tuition: $50.00

Member Cost: $43.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM; 1 session on 04/20/2017

Instructor : Judith Nadell 

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Regardless of your industry or seniority, 80% of what you do is the same as other job applicants. The other 20% is unique to you. It's your personality, your drive, your essence. The 80% is what recruiters and hiring managers expect. The 20% is why they hire you. Résumé and LinkedIn profile writing is not just a task aimed at helping you take the next step in your career. It is a journey on which you discover your value and learn how to market and use the one thing nobody can ever duplicate. You. Discovering your true value arouses a sense of quiet confidence, energy, and vitality in you. It will turn recruiters into advocates, hiring managers into fans, and the competition into dust. By the end of the class you will have learned and be able to apply the following: - How to discover and convey your true value - The 3 roles and missions of a résumé - The format and content that recruiters and hiring managers find memorable in a résumé and LinkedIn profile - Appropriate résumé layouts for online applications and networking - The ins and outs of applicant tracking systems - How to leverage LinkedIn in a job search The average job search lasts 20 weeks. If you use the new insights and tools from this class to reduce the time it takes to find a new role, you will have automatically generated a return on investment for yourself.  

Tuition: $175.00

Member Cost: $149.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM; 1 session on 04/22/2017

Instructor : Robin Brodrick 

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Don't let your fear of the unknown prevent you from investing in your financial future! Get a broad understanding of financial basics, and learn some simple approaches to investing that can help you reach your long-term goals. We'll discuss the key features of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds; the importance of asset allocation; and the impact of inflation on your investments and buying power. This course addresses the needs of both new investors and more experienced investors in need of a refresher.

Tuition: $60.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 04/25/2017

Instructor : Rod Laurenz 

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Whether you're thinking of starting your own business or just interested in what it takes to get a great product off the ground, join Evy Chen for an inside look at Evy Tea, one of Boston's best small business success stories. You'll learn about the dos and donts and challenges of starting a business from scratch. Evy took an idea she developed for a college competition-- perfecting cold brewed, high-quality tea-- and turned it into Evy Tea, which in just five years is distributed to Whole Foods and many significant regional specialty stores. In 2015, she opened Tea Bar by Evy Tea in Jamaica Plain, which has quickly become a hip neighborhood hangout.

Tuition: $50.00

Member Cost: $43.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 1 session on 04/27/2017

Instructor : Evy Chen 

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Social media isn't just for, well, socializing. Learn from career coach Nancy Chisholm about how you can use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and more to help you land the job that you know you deserve.

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 1 session on 05/09/2017

Instructor : Nancy Chisholm 

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