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Short, Low-Cost Classes From Passionate Experts to Energize Our Community

 

RazorLearn classes – a new, community-based initiative – connect you with volunteer community experts and civic leaders who want to share special skills and explore shared interests that are relevant to our lives, health and growth.

Enrich your mind, expand your knowledge, and connect with people who share your interests through this engaging smorgasbord of classes.

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Energy Transitions: Moving Forward Part 1

The world has embarked on an Energy Transition driven primarily by concerns regarding (GHG) Green House Gas emissions. But which path(s) will this transition take? Over what time frame? What are some fundamental technical and economic considerations that will affect this transition? Jim Wimberly, Senior Vice-President- Engineering & Economics for Energy Security Partners, LLC, will review energy transitioning issues and options globally and in the United States.


Feb 2, 2023

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

$10

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Defending Capital Murder Cases in Arkansas

Discover the mechanics of a capital case in Arkansas, from arrest through trial. This lecture will explore the assemblage of a defense team, including lawyers, investigators, mitigation specialists, and psychological experts.


Feb 9, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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Energy Transitions: Moving Forward Part 2

The world has embarked on an Energy Transition driven primarily by concerns regarding (GHG) Green House Gas emissions. But which path(s) will this transition take? Over what time frame? What are some fundamental technical and economic considerations that will affect this transition? Jim Wimberly, Senior Vice-President- Engineering & Economics for Energy Security Partners, LLC, will review energy transitioning issues and options globally and in the United States.


Feb 9, 2023

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

$10

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On The Money: Banking on a Bright Financial Future

This course will cover ways to better prepare you to get the most from your money. Financial planning and building financial confidence are essential in the face of an economic downturn. Learn about saving options and benefits, building a relationship with your bank, keeping your money insured, and planning ahead.


Feb 16, 2023

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

$10

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Fire Captain's College

Join us for a lecture from the Fire Battalion Chief of the Fayetteville Fire Department.  This course will explore the job duties, challenges, and opportunities facing today's fire officers.  The course also focuses on leadership skills with a strong measure of professional development, Firefighters' safety and survival, and customer service that elevates professionalism and public image within the community.


Feb 21, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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Introduction to ERP and MRP

ERP (Enterprise resource planning) and MRP (Material requirements planning) software are ubiquitous in the workplace, particularly in manufacturing industries but also in sales, medical, and legal fields, among many others. This course will give an overview of the functions of ERP and MRP software. Employees at all levels will likely interact with these software suites regularly, and a full understanding of their functions will help anyone perform better when using them!


Mar 16, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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How to Talk about Death and Grief

This course will get people comfortable with talking about death and grief, and it will give actionable steps to support those who are grieving - without judgment - both in and out of the workplace. This will help people to confront thoughts or fears of death to enable them to talk about death in a meaningful and helpful way.


Mar 20, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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Elevating Educational Leadership

This course is a short lecture that will emphasize a few distinct ways to motivate staff, encourage them to grow, and find joy in the process. 


Mar 28, 2023

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

$10

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Modern Retail: The Confluence of Market Product and Shopper (History of Retail)

This course is a part of a 5 class series that offers an introduction to the jargon, concepts, and history of retail. The classes aspire to be entertaining and interactive by framing educational material inside the course subthemes presented as (1) The History of Retail, (2) External Factors - The Five Senses, (3) Internal Factors - Psychology of Shopping, (4) Retail Organization, and (5) Retail Ethics and Compliance.


Apr 6, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

$10

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Contemporary Conservation and the Modern Environmental Movement

This course will provide an overview of multi-sector conservation efforts. In addition, the course will explore recent developments such as the rise of sustainability practices (focused on large Western corporations ~from the 1980s to the present), the effects of the trend toward massive large-scale donations (i.e., Bezos Environmental Fund for 10B) on philanthropy and non-profits, and the convergence of conservation and social wellbeing.


Apr 11, 2023

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

$10

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Modern Retail: The Confluence of Market Product and Shopper (External Factors- The Five Senses)

This course is a part of a 5 class series that offers an introduction to the jargon, concepts, and history of retail. The classes aspire to be entertaining and interactive by framing educational material inside the course subthemes presented as (1) The History of Retail, (2) External Factors - The Five Senses, (3) Internal Factors - Psychology of Shopping, (4) Retail Organization, and (5) Retail Ethics and Compliance.


Apr 13, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

$10

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What is Product Management?

This class is the first course of a Product Management Series. Providing the best solutions for customer problems requires art, science, and a lot of empathy.  In this class, we will learn why it is important to be obsessed with your customer's problem (not your product), dive into the components of a product strategy, and explain the skills it takes to be a great product manager.  Upon completing this class, you will have a basic framework for building a product strategy.


Apr 18, 2023

5:45 PM – 7:45 PM

$10

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Modern Retail: The Confluence of Market Product and Shopper (Psychology of Shopping)

This course is a part of a 5 class series that offers an introduction to the jargon, concepts, and history of retail. The classes aspire to be entertaining and interactive by framing educational material inside the course subthemes presented as (1) The History of Retail, (2) External Factors - The Five Senses, (3) Internal Factors - Psychology of Shopping, (4) Retail Organization, and (5) Retail Ethics and Compliance.


Apr 20, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

$10

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Modern Retail: The Confluence of Market Product and Shopper (Retail Organization

This course is a part of a 5 class series that offers an introduction to the jargon, concepts, and history of retail. The classes aspire to be entertaining and interactive by framing educational material inside the course subthemes presented as (1) The History of Retail, (2) External Factors - The Five Senses, (3) Internal Factors - Psychology of Shopping, (4) Retail Organization, and (5) Retail Ethics and Compliance.


Apr 27, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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Modern Retail: The Confluence of Market Product and Shopper (Retail Ethics and Compliance)

This course is a part of a 5 class series that offers an introduction to the jargon, concepts, and history of retail. The classes aspire to be entertaining and interactive by framing educational material inside the course subthemes presented as (1) The History of Retail, (2) External Factors - The Five Senses, (3) Internal Factors - Psychology of Shopping, (4) Retail Organization, and (5) Retail Ethics and Compliance.


May 4, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

$10

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Setting Healthy Boundaries in Mental Health: Part 1

This course is the first in a two-part series. Boundaries have a bad reputation. People assume that when you set boundaries that you push people away. What if you could learn how to set healthy boundaries that build relationships, maintain good co-working environments, and inspire fulfilling conversations? Join us with therapist Becca Ferguson LPC, LLC for a short seminar on effective and healthy boundary setting. 


May 10, 2023

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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Risk Mitigation for New Businesses

Once you have your great idea and business plan in place, the next step is to determine if entity formation should actually be your next step.  This course will give a brief overview of the types of entities one can form in Arkansas and some reasons new business owners may want to form an entity. 


May 11, 2023

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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The Third Branch (The Judiciary): A Primer

This course will give a broad overview of how the federal court system works and how and why it differs from the state court system. The course will also cover how federal courts can affect our daily lives, such as decisions that become law or through a call to jury service.


May 15, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

$10

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Launching a Career in Technology Sales

The focus of this course is to share a roadmap with specific examples of how to begin a career as a technology sales professional selling emerging technologies like cloud computing, artificial intelligence, software as a service, and more. In addition, the course will include a framework for the following: self-led training and enablement, achieving technology certifications, landing an entry-level sales role, and navigating internal and external sales opportunities to land a six-figure field sales role or similar position.


May 18, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

$10

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Bringing an Idea to Life Part 1

This class is the second course of a Product Management Series. In this class, we will begin the product lifecycle by delving into the discovery process and practicing our design thinking skills. Upon completing this class, you will know how to solve your customer's problems creatively.


May 23, 2023

5:45 PM – 7:45 PM

$10

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Conflict Resolution

This 2-hour course teaches the ERASE method of conflict resolution as a guide to move through conflict towards positive resolutions.  Developed by a Crisis/Hostage Negotiator, the ERASE method is designed to be applied to conflict in any aspect of life.


Jun 8, 2023

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

$10

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Bringing an Idea to Life Part 2

This class is the third course of a Product Management Series. In this class, we will develop our MVP (minimum viable product) and learn the benefits of rapid prototyping. Upon completing this class, you will know how to define an MVP and understand the importance of rapid prototyping.


Jun 20, 2023

5:45 PM – 7:45 PM

$10

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Setting Healthy Boundaries in Mental Health: Part 2

This course is the second course in a two-part series. Boundaries have a bad reputation. People assume that when you set boundaries that you push people away. What if you could learn how to set healthy boundaries that build relationships, maintain good co-working environments, and inspire fulfilling conversations? Join us with therapist Becca Ferguson LPC, LLC, for a short seminar on effective and healthy boundary setting. 


Jul 12, 2023

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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Challenges for Retailers & Consumer Brands Today

This is the first course in a five-part series that will explore theories, concepts, and practices relating to the successful merchandising of products & services for a digital retail enterprise on a website, mobile app, and mobile-optimized website.


Jul 13, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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The Power of Influence- Getting Your Product to Market

This class is the fourth course of a Product Management Series. You've got this great idea, but you need a LOT of people to help make it happen. How do you strategically identify and influence all of these people in a way that is easy to execute? In this class, you will learn how to map your stakeholders, create a communication plan, and influence others to help get your product to market. Upon completing this class, you will know how to do stakeholder mapping and communication planning.


Jul 18, 2023

5:45 PM – 7:45 PM

$10

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Disability Etiquette and Ethics

Please join us for a discussion with Dana Byrum with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services about how individuals and employers in the workplace can better understand how to work with people with disabilities. Topics of the discussion include types of accommodations in the workplace to acknowledging biases and how we can help ourselves by looking at our own insecurities and fears.


Jul 24, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

$10

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Running for Office as a Twenty-Something

This course will immerse young, civic-minded, and politically involved people in the art of running for office in their twenties. The course format will be a  lecture followed by an activity session teaching the history of young people running for office, hearing about real-world experience, and participating in a campaign simulation. The course will end with a Q&A and networking session.


Aug 1, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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Athletics in Higher Education

Intercollegiate athletics provides a platform for student-athletes to pursue academic and athletic endeavors at an amateur level while contributing to the revenue-driven sports entertainment industry. It also creates differing perceptions about its value to higher education and its importance in society. This 2-hour class will provide an overview of the collegiate model of an institution and the opportunity to discuss issues from various perspectives.


Aug 3, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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New Definitions of Retail Business Acumen

This is the second course in a five-part series that will explore theories, concepts, and practices relating to the successful merchandising of products & services for a digital retail enterprise on a website, mobile app, and mobile-optimized website.


Aug 10, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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Introduction to Full Stack Development

This course is an overview of Full Stack applications, including user interfaces, web services, and databases. This class will not involve the implementation of a full stack application, but it will lay the conceptional ground work necessary to do so.


Aug 14, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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Sustainable Stormwater in our Growing Region

The area's rapid development and the addition of suburban lawns are affecting the watershed downstream. Added impervious and compacted surface areas and floodplain development challenge our natural streams' abilities to convey water away from our cities without significant downstream damage. Learn the history, challenges, and best management practices for both commercial and residential landowners to start tackling their water problems - including flooding and erosion - in NWA.


Aug 17, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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The Basics of Business Continuity

This course provides essential insight into how to prepare for organizational interruptions due to disasters or crises due to both natural and manmade disasters or emergencies. In addition, attendees will leave with a basic understanding of creating and implementing a business continuity plan.


Sep 12, 2023

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

$10

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The Importance of Branding in Business Success

As a business owner, it is easy to get caught up in day-to-day operations and short-term marketing tactics while neglecting the long-term benefits that you can see from having a clear brand strategy.  Branding is about communication, and everything you do as a business communicates to your potential customers.  This is why it is important to have a clear idea of how your business can best connect to your consumer through branding.  Branding is not your colors or your logo. It is so much more, and in this evening workshop, you will explore what true branding is and how it can have a huge impact on the success of your business.


Sep 13, 2023

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

$10

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Evergreen Legacy Retail Skills

This is the third course in a five-part series that will explore theories, concepts, and practices relating to the successful merchandising of products & services for a digital retail enterprise on a website, mobile app, and mobile-optimized website.


Sep 14, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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Today's Workforce Through a Generational Lens: Lessons for Leaders

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the workplace forever. It has changed the trajectory of careers and put the sustainability of entire industries at peril. But through it all, one thing remains constant. Five generations in the workforce are still trying to co-exist in the now ever-changed workplace. Has inter-generational struggle lessened? Is our approach to hiring and retaining different from what it was in early 2020? Or are we all just quiet quitting? Let's get together and explore new ways of leading in today's workplace.


Sep 19, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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Building Successful Partnerships: A Beginners Guide to Business Develpoment

Almost every business needs to form partnerships in order to grow, but there is limited training available for people to learn how to identify partnership opportunities, approach potential partners, build value propositions and go to market strategies, and negotiate business contracts.  This course will provide an introductory view of that process, and give students an understanding of roles in business development and partnerships positions.


Oct 10, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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Critical Digital Merchandising Skill Sets

This is the fourth course in a five-part series that will explore theories, concepts, and practices relating to the successful merchandising of products & services for a digital retail enterprise on a website, mobile app, and mobile-optimized website.


Oct 12, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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What the Flip?

Participants in this session will learn more about Flip usage in the classroom and how this technology can assist diverse learners. Learn more about this tool, why it is essential, and how it can be integrated to promote student engagement. Please bring your device and come ready to problem solve and practice using Flip.


Oct 25, 2023

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

$10

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Roadmap to the Future

This is the fifth course in a five-part series that will explore theories, concepts, and practices relating to the successful merchandising of products & services for a digital retail enterprise on a website, mobile app, and mobile-optimized website.


Nov 9, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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Sustainable Stormwater in our Growing Region

The area's rapid development and the addition of suburban lawns are affecting the watershed downstream. Added impervious and compacted surface areas and floodplain development challenge our natural streams' abilities to convey water away from our cities without significant downstream damage. Learn the history, challenges, and best management practices for both commercial and residential landowners to start tackling their water problems-- including flooding and erosion-- in NWA.


Nov 13, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

$10

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About RazorLearn

RazorLearn is a community enrichment series organized by Global Campus Professional and Workforce Development to provide low-cost learning from local Northwest Arkansas industry experts. Courses are taught by a network of local professionals and leaders dedicated to serving the NWA community on a diversified set of topics. 

Learning is an investment in yourself and a pathway to a better life. To promote this learning, Global Campus creates opportunities for engagement to broaden our reach and deepen our community connection. We want to help you be successful and reach your goals through a range of low-cost learning opportunities. 

Our plan is to create and facilitate a public space for the community and campus to experience the joys and benefits of professional development. Please join us for a yearlong series throughout 2023, including short-term noncredit courses, lectures, and events. RazorLearn courses are open to the public. There are no educational requirements to attend. Participants do not have to apply or be admitted to the U of A.