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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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Almost everyone knows that networking 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 : Tue 5:45 PM - 8:45 PM; 1 session on 06/27/2017

Instructor : Nancy Chisholm 

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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 07/12/2017

Instructor : Marianne Staniunas 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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If you have a business idea that you want to bring to life or are in the very early stages of building a business, this class will teach you how to develop that idea. This class is taught by Ashley Lucas, the Director of an entrepreneurship accelerator at Babson College, ranked No. 1 in entrepreneurship by U.S. News and World Report for 20 consecutive years. Elements of this course include: 1) Reach your goals: Create an outline of the small steps you can take to move towards your bigger goal so you make progress and mitigate risk 2) Creating a Customer Profile: Know who you're selling to in a way that makes it easy to figure out how to market to your customer and develop products they'll love! 3) Financial Building Blocks: Work through a few key metrics like profit, revenue, and costs to understand what it will take to be successful  

Tuition: $75.00

Member Cost: $65.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 1 session on 07/15/2017

Instructor : Ashley Lucas 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Boston was the single most important city in the cause of the American Revolution and during this course you’ll learn and see why from someone who (literally) wrote a book on it. You’ll walk on and off the Freedom Trail to see historic sites related to the American Revolution, learn about Boston’s resistance efforts against the British crown, and end the night with a beer at a historic tavern. Some highlights of the course include: seeing where violence first broke out between redcoats and Bostonians, visiting the original shoreline of Boston, and seeing where the Boston Massacre happened. The course is a walking tour that covers about a mile, with plenty of stops in between.  It begins at Boston Common and ends near Faneuil Hall and it takes place rain or shine. The instructor’s book, Boston in the American Revolution: A Town Versus an Empire, will be available for purchase after the tour (or order it beforehand and arrive to the course ready talk about the Revolution!)  

Tuition: $20.00

Member Cost: $20.00

Materials Cost: $9.00

Schedule : Tue 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM; 1 session on 07/25/2017

Instructor : Brooke Barbier 

Location : Boston Common-- Park St. Location : 
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One of the country’s oldest and most iconic ballparks has an organic farm on its 100 year-old roof. Fenway Farms grows everything from basil to beets and is the home of some honey bee hives as well. This rooftop installation not only shows what modern urban farming can look like, it also yields almost 6,000 pounds of fresh, organic food each year. This new source of food presents an exciting challenge for the great chefs at Fenway Park charged with creating delicious new dishes that showcase the fresh vegetables and herbs grown on site. From kale wraps to “Green Monster Mojitos,” the chefs at Fenway have reinvented ballpark food. Join Linda Henry, who helped produce Fenway Farms, Noah Wilson-Rich, a world expert on bees, and Ron Abell, Executive Chef at Fenway Park for a lively public conversation about urban farming moderated by television personalisty Jenny Johnson. Following the conversation, you are invited to an intimate reception with small bites prepared by Chef Abell and featuring ingredients fresh from the farm and Champy, a sparkling wine from Jenny Johnson. This special event is presented against the backdrop of the BCAE’s current exhibit, Modern Acres, featuring photographs from Christopher Padgett that celebrate local farms.  

Tuition: $45.00

Member Cost: $38.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Wed 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 1 session on 07/26/2017

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.Jenny Johnson  2.Ron Abell  3.Linda Henry  4.Noah Wilson-Rich 

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Boston is an historic city with a vibrant present and a bright future. However, for a period time, parts of Boston were—how do we put this—a bit seedy. Join historian, Ed Gordon, for this tour of the theater district, Chinatown, and Downtown Crossing. These neighborhoods comprised an area that used to be known as the Combat Zone. Ed will give you the history of the area, from the classic 18th century all the way through a time when you wanted to avoid the area at all costs. This tour will start at one of the few remaining dive bars in the area and end at one of the oldest, cosmopolitan bars that has origins in the 1800s.

Tuition: $20.00

Member Cost: $20.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Mon 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 1 session on 07/31/2017

Instructor : Edward Gordon 

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: $59.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Mon 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM; 1 session on 07/31/2017

Instructor : Nancy Halpin  

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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: $49.00

Member Cost: $45.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Fri 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 08/04/2017

Instructor : Sha Blackburn 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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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 08/12/2017

Instructor : Robin Brodrick 

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Expand your personal and professional opportunities! Develop the most widely sought after skill in today's marketplace—the ability to present yourself well in public. This engaging interactive workshop will teach you everything you need to know to become a confident and successful speaker, from organizing your thoughts to utilizing non-verbal techniques to your advantage. We'll share broadcast-industry secrets for polishing your articulation and delivery, and teach you the best ways to bring words on the page to life. Whether you're hoping to strengthen your ability at giving presentations, improve your comfort level in face-to-face meetings, or feel more at ease when speaking in public, this class is a great way to start. There'll be plenty of time to practice your new skills in our stress-free, supportive environment.

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $59.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM; 1 session on 08/12/2017

Instructor : Lau Lapides Company 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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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: $59.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 08/15/2017

Instructor : Rod Laurenz 

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 08/17/2017

Instructor : William Morrissette 

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