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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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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 don'ts 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 2016, 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 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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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 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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  Voice-Overs!  Commercials, Cartoons, Audiobooks…have you wondered how to get paid to use your speaking voice? Heard it’s impossible to break into voice -overs? Not so. Attend this workshop and learn insider secrets to breaking into voice-overs, and getting around the competition. Get a game plan to turn voice-overs into a thriving full or part-time business. Voice actor and producer Nancy Halpin (Nickelodeon, Animal Planet, Petco, Monster.com, EMC, Areoshots, Freedom Force) will discuss the newest big opportunities of this 10 billion dollar industry, the income potential, and share insider information to crack the voice over code! You’ll learn about great demos, unions, marketable voices, discover how the work is done from home and get valuable home studio tips. You’ll even have an opportunity to step up to the microphone, get professional feedback and make a short commercial!   

Tuition: $60.00

Member Cost: $60.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Mon 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM; 1 session on 05/22/2017

Instructor : Nancy Halpin  

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With environmental threats to the future of bees, many have been taking more of an interest in the incredible world of honey and beekeeping. Honey expert and our own resident beekeeper, Marianne Staniunas, will not only give you a guided tasting through some incredible honeys from all over the world (paired with wines and cheeses!), but she'll also give you an insight into the basics of beekeeping. You'll be able to become a hive-master in no time!

Tuition: $50.00

Member Cost: $43.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Wed 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/24/2017

Instructor : Marianne Staniunas 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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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 06/01/2017

Instructor : William Morrissette 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Exercise your intuition! Discover the meanings behind tarot cards, and learn how they can be used to trace your personal journey through life, tell you what other people are thinking, provide insight into a situation, or inform you which direction your relationship or job is going. The tarot is an ancient tool rich in myth and archetypal imagery that can stimulate—and even increase!—your intuitive powers. Watch a renowned tarot master read the cards, then learn to conduct a simple reading on your own. Wine will be provided in this class to aid you in finding your intuition. (And unwinding after a long week.)

Tuition: $55.00

Member Cost: $45.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Fri 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 06/02/2017

Instructor : Sha Blackburn 

Location : BCAE Location : 
  BCAE.

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Ringed on three sides by Emerald Necklace parks, Jamaica Plain, with its fine collection of Victorian-era residences and vibrant Centre Street commercial district, ranks among one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city today. Focus on the historic public buildings of Monument Square, including the Loring-Greenough House (1760) and Curtis Hall (1860s), as well as the ornate "painted lady" Queen Anne houses of Sumner Hill. The tour will end at Doyle's Cafe, which is a famous watering hole, legendary for the fact that it used to be a gathering place of local politicians. No discounts apply, and no refunds or transfer credits will be issued. Tour meets in front of the Green Street T station (Orange Line).

Tuition: $20.00

Member Cost: $20.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Mon 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 1 session on 06/05/2017

Instructor : Edward Gordon 

Location : Green St. T Station Location : 
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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 06/06/2017

Instructor : Jeanne Mayell 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Almost everyone knows that netowrking is an important skill, but not many know how to do it correctly. Join career coach Nancy Chisholm for this tutorial on where and how to network effectively in the industry you work in or desire a job.

Tuition: $69.00

Member Cost: $59.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Wed 5:45 PM - 8:45 PM; 1 session on 06/07/2017

Instructor : Nancy Chisholm 

Location : BCAE Location : 
  BCAE.

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What it means to dress appropriately in the office has evolved at an exponential rate in the last five years. It can often be difficult to figure out how to dress casually while still dressing stylishly, Join style expert Jeff Lahens for this fun class on how to still dress for the job you want, even if you're wearing jeans.

Tuition: $39.00

Member Cost: $35.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 1 session on 06/08/2017

Instructor : Jeff Lahens 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Are you looking to make the most of your limited living space? Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of—well—stuff around you? Rhea Becker is My Clutter Queen. The Queen has many years of experience helping people reduce the clutter in their lives and optimize the arrangement of their homes. Using some principles of Feng Shui, she’ll arm you with the knowledge and courage to get rid of everything you don’t need and how to organize your space as a means to clear your mind and enhance your productivity and happiness.  

Tuition: $49.00

Member Cost: $39.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Thu 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 1 session on 06/08/2017

Instructor : Rhea Becker 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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