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Extension offers professional development and enrichment courses and programs, for credit and non-credit.






Online courses and programs, for credit and non-credit.


online certificate programs



Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers non-credit classes for those aged 50 and better. See the website for details and current classes.




LOCC: Leading Organizational and Community ChangeLeading Organizational & Community Change Certificate Program

Advanced Meeting Leadership for High Stakes Meetings

CANCELLED •  With Roger James, Ed.D and Mary Gelinas, Ed.D.

Learn and practice strategies and techniques to facilitate high-stakes meetings with complex power and group dynamics.


Designing Multi-Stakeholder, Collaborative Change Processes

CANCELLED  •  With Roger James, Ed.D & Mary Gelinas, Ed.D.

Leaders need to know how to design transparent, collaborative processes that involve diverse stakeholders. Advance your ability to take on complex issues as you learn about successful processes and begin designing your own.


Consulting Skills

CANCELLED •  With Roger James, Ed.D and Mary Gelinas, Ed.D.

Increase your ability to have your expertise more fully utilized and your recommendations implemented. Whether you work as an independent consultant or in a staff position (e.g., planning, human resources, engineering, legal or financial), you will be better able to establish and maintain effective partnerships with your clients.



WEBINAR: How to Reach Your Goals in Life & Work

With Dr. Craig Nathanson

Bring your most important goals and leave with a plan to achieve them! College students, mid-career professionals, and late career professionals who are seeking change or looking to extend their work will benefit from this online, two-hour webinar.

Technical requirements: Students must have access to a tablet or computer with an internet connection, speakers, and microphone. A web-cam is useful but not mandatory.


Dr. Craig Nathanson is an educator, author and speaker in human and organizational growth. He has written and published six books on work and mid-life development and management, including The Best Manager: Getting Better Results Through People. Learn more at his website.


Notary Public

Notary Training

Monday, Nov. 20

With James Negrete

This one-day seminar will help new and renewing California notaries get a solid foundation needed to perform official duties with skill and confidence and pass the California State proctored exam.

This training is offered in partnership with Develop Point Education (DPE), a designated California-Approved Provider for Required Notary Training. The DPE California Notary Training fulfills the California State six-hour education requirement for all new and renewing Notary commissions issued after July 1, 2005. DPE training satisfies the state requirement and guarantees you'll pass your Notary exam.



Offer academic opportunities to our community. Teaching with OLLI & Extended Education provides:

  • A venue to share your passion, research, publications and activities
  • Reach to diverse learners: students of all ages and working professionals
  • "Community Service" criteria fulfillment for retention, tenure and promotion
  • Relationship-building opportunities between campus and our communities

Contact Sheila Rocker Heppe, Director of Extended Education and OLLI:
(707) 826-3743


Digital Communications & Imaging Certificate Program Courses

These courses offer hands-on training so you can complete creative projects for professional, personal and academic communication. You can earn a certificate of completion in digital communications and imaging by taking any three of the courses. See the website to register and for more details.


Microsoft Excel Basics

With Joan Dvorak

Learn the basic tasks of Excel: worksheet layout and design; calculating with formulas and functions; creating charts that summarize and explain your information; and saving and printing worksheets and workbooks.

Create, name, and save workbooks; design worksheets that utilize relative and absolute formulas and insert functions such as Sum, Average, Max, Min and Count. Compare how chart types communicate different interpretations of data and use sorting, filtering and tables in Excel.

Come learn the basics or expand your knowledge with new tips and techniques.

date Tues., Sept. 12-Oct. 3 (4 sessions)

time 6-8 p.m.

fee $75

place Humboldt County Office of Education, Main Building, Madrone Room, 901 Myrtle Ave., Eureka


Intermediate Excel

With Joan Dvorak

Go beyond the basic tasks in spreadsheet software and explore powerful tools available to an intermediate user of Microsoft Excel. Evaluate worksheet design; use features such as conditional formatting and file templates; practice options such as text to columns and remove duplicates to manipulate data; utilize Excel analysis tools such as Autofilter, PivotTables, and advanced formulas and functions.

Participants will analyze data lists by applying sorting, filtering and subtotals. As time permits, we will also discuss formulas and functions such as If, Countlf, SumIf, Vlookup, what-if analysis and data validation.

date Tues., Oct. 17-Nov. 7 (4 sessions)

time 6-8 p.m.

fee $75

place Humboldt County Office of Education, Main Building, Madrone Room, 901 Myrtle Ave., Eureka

class # 46572: REGISTER ONLINE

Joan DvorakJoan Dvorak has been teaching adult professional development classes in Excel for more than 14 years. Students from a wide variety of occupations such as education and training, health services, legal and protective services, construction, transportation, financial services, hospitality and tourism, wholesale or retail, arts and community service have benefited from learning Excel spreadsheet techniques. At Fortuna High School, Joan has helped teachers and students utilize Microsoft Office programs for more than 19 years.

Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training

Friday, Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center: 921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka

  • Learn about the definitions and indicators of child abuse and neglect;
  • Describe the difference between mandated and discretionary reporters;
  • Discuss reporting procedures and address questions about the reporting process; and
  • Learn about the continuum of responses and services available to families

Michael Elsohn Ross and three of his published booksWriting Books for Children

With Michael Elsohn Ross

Writing books for children is very different from other genres -- since the audiences are kids and the publishers, buyers, and librarians are all adults. Discover the wide variety of styles and formats of current books, and pick up some useful writing and publishing tools. Participants will have a chance to write and edit short pieces, as well as get an overview of the publishing process.

Participants should bring a pen, a journal and their favorite children's book.

date Sun., Oct. 22

time 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

fee $60

place HSU Campus: Fishbowl (Library 209)

class # 46602: REGISTER ONLINE

Michael Elsohn Ross is the award-winning author of over 40 books for young people, including What's the Matter in Mr. Whisker's Room?, which was nominated for the Arizona Young Reader's Award. Ross's work as a naturalist and environmental educator in Yosemite National Park inspired him to write books that actively invite kids to wonder and explore. Visit his website to learn more.


From Vine to Table: Wine Studies Certificate Program

Wine Sensory Evaluation & Service

with Pam Long • Sat., March 10
Jump-start and refine your wine tasting evaluation skills.

Marketing Wine in Humboldt County & Beyond

with Elizabeth Hans McCrone • Sat., April 7
Want to make money while working in wine? Learn to create a successful brand, build a customer base and sell direct.

Winemaking 101

with Wil Franklin • Sat., May 5
Basic craft of winemaking, art of producing wines of balance and complexity. Hands-on experience in a commercial winery.

Viticulture 101

with Wil Franklin • Sat., May 19
Explore growing wine grapes in Humboldt County's unique and diverse "terroir." Grape variety, growing seasons, soil preparation and more.


Join the growing number of students taking online classes at HSU!  

As an online student, you'll find the same opportunities, resources, and skills provided in traditional face-to-face courses.
With advancements in technology, digital devices, and free apps, being an online learner is better than ever.

Leadership Studies

LEADERSHIP STUDIES: An online Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree completion program: Finish your Bachelor’s degree online.  

Apply now for spring 2018. Learn more at the Leadership Studies website.

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Data Driven Leadership
  • Leadership Communication
  • Strategic Planning & Forecasting
  • Project Implementation/Evaluation
  • Managing Employees/Stakeholders
  • Strategic Sustainability
  • Technology & Leadership
  • Developing Dynamic Organizations
  • Capstone in Leadership

Masters in Applied Anthropology

Apply your interests to real-world issues

Cultural Anthropology • Archaeology • Biological Anthropology

A rigorous yet flexible degree program focused on building rewarding, relevant, competitive, marketable skills. Gain skills to confidently apply anthropological perspectives, theories and methods to a variety of careers in today's academic, non-academic and increasingly global job market. The MA also enables teaching at the college level.
plan ahead: A new cohort is admitted each summer.

Flexibility for Your Life & Research

The program begins with a five-week Summer Institute (5 units) held on the HSU campus, where students build camaraderie and receive rigorous hands-on methods training. Work with resources including the archaeology and biological anthropology laboratories, cultural, artifact and skeletal collections, and a simulated archaeological site.

Full-Time & Part-Time Options Available

After the Summer Institute, students undertake 30 units of online coursework (three 10-unit semesters or six 4-6-unit semesters). Students will gain additional practical experience through an applied internship, and are guided through the thesis process.

Program tuition: $375 per unit


  • Anth 670: Intro to Applied Anthropology
  • Anth 671: Methods in Applied Anthropology
  • Anth 672: Theory in Applied Anthropology
  • Anth 673: Anthro Careers & Mgmt. Strategy
  • Anth 674: Research Project Design
  • Anth 682: Anthro Internship/Field Placement
  • Anth 678: Pro Seminar
  • Anth 690: Thesis

Humboldt State University Department of Anthropology • Phone: 707-826-4124 • E-mail


Online Certificate in Faculty Preparation: Teaching in Higher Education: An online certificate program that supports content experts in becoming excellent teachers in higher education

  • Fully online certificate program
  • Designed for current and aspiring faculty at community colleges or universities
  • Focus on teaching, learning, and technology in the college classroom
  • Four 3-unit online classes, completed in two semesters

Classes begin each August.

The following courses must be taken sequentially. Fees are $220/unit.

EDUC X507: Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education
Aug. 21-Sept. 29, 2017 (3 units, 6 weeks)
Instructor: Kathy Munoz, Ed.D., R.D.N.

EDUC X508: Student Centered Design
Oct. 9-Dec. 8, 2017 (3 units, 8 weeks) [No class Thanksgiving week]
Instructor: Shannon Morago, Ed.D.

EDUC X509: Instructional Planning & Pedagogical Practice (3 units, 8 weeks)
Jan. 16-March 9, 2018 (3 units, 8 weeks)
Instructor: Kerry Mayer, M.A.

EDUC X580: Teaching Practicum & Reflective Observation (3 units, 8 weeks)
March 19-May 11, 2018 (3 units, 8 weeks)
Instructor: Jayne McGuire, Ph.D.

Geospatial Online Certificate

GIS, Remote Sensing & Cartography

The Geospatial Certificate Program at Humboldt State University provides foundational concepts and methods in GIS, Remote Sensing, and Cartography that are transferable and relevant across disciplines and industries.


The accelerated program has a flexible course sequence and is devised to meet your career interests. Courses are 100% online — ideal for working people who want to advance in their current career, break into a new field, gain points towards a license, or advance the mission of their organizations.

  • Time to completion: 1 year
  • Time commitment per week: 18 hours
  • Cost per unit: $299
  • Units required for certificate: 16

Geospatial Concepts (GSP 101, 3 units): Aug. 21-Oct. 13, 2017

GIS (GSP 270, 3 units): Oct. 16-Dec. 15, 2017

Introduction to Remote Sensing (GSP 216, 3 units): Jan. 16-March 9, 2018

Cartography (GSP 316, 4 units): March 19-May 11, 2018

Intermediate GIS (GSP, 370 3 units): May 21-July 13, 2018


Ecology and Sustainable Tourism Planning and Management Certificate Program

Earn a certificate

  • Explore the concepts, principles, and practice of sustainable, ecology-based tourism
  • No prerequisites – classes begin each fall
  • Three online courses, completed in one year
  • Optional academic credit

Build your skills

  • Planning processes and site designs
  • Ecotourism and community development
  • Environmental education and interpretation
  • Tour guiding and itinerary planning
  • Marketing and communication

Discussion-based, online courses

Courses are asynchronous, which means you can access the courses at times that are most convenient for you.

COURSE 1: Intro to Ecology & Sustainable Tourism: Aug. 21-Dec. 15, 2017

COURSE 2: Issues of Sustainability & Responsibility: Jan. 16-May 11, 2018

COURSE 3: Ecotourism Project Implementation: May-Sept., 2018

New Designs for Fundraising

New Designs for Fundraising

Discover best practices in fundraising for small to mid-size nonprofits. This affordable online program offers a practical education for nonprofit organizations, development departments, board members and volunteers interested in creating or strengthening fundraising efforts.

Foundations for Fundraising:  AUG. 21-SEPT. 15, 2017

Tools for Annual Giving: SEPT. 18-OCT. 13, 2017

Tools for Big Gifts: OCT. 16-NOV. 10, 2017

The People: NOV. 13-DEC. 8, 2017

Exercise Nutrition

A certificate program offered online to students and working professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of the complex relationship between nutrition and exercise.

Starting in January 2018: Four 8-week courses

CE Credits online

CE Credits OnlineOnline continuing education and professional development for teachers and administrators

CE Credits Online provides university-accredited, standards-based, online professional development courses for continuing education or post-baccalaureate academic credit.

Curricula is abundant with research-based strategies to improve classroom and school environments, to move educators to intentional best practice, and to improve student achievement.

The courses incorporate job-embedded exercises and extensive video modeling for immediate classroom impact, maximum retention, and reinforcement of the techniques and strategies learned.

Featuring one-on-one asynchronous instruction, these online courses are self-paced and convenient for busy educators.

Online courses are available in the following areas:


Are you a teacher in need of graduate level credits for license renewal or salary advancement purposes? provides affordable, relevant and engaging online post-baccalaureate academic credit courses for teachers. The self-paced online courses are open for enrollment 365 days a year.

Teachers may enroll anytime and get started with each course instantly. Once a course is complete, you may register for credit anytime through the online registration portal at Humboldt State University.

Simple three-step process to receiving your credit:

  1. Register for and complete your online course through
  2. Once you've successfully completed the course, you will be provided with a web link to register for academic credit through Humboldt State University. 
  3. Once your electronic registration is processed by Humboldt State, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with instructions on how to request your official transcript (please allow at least two weeks for your official transcript to be mailed).

Fees: $55 for each course. Additional $50 for 1 unit of academic credit for each course
(Plus additional for official transcripts. See Official transcript ordering and payment information.

Courses available include:

  • What Great Teachers Do Differently
  • Bullying Prevention: Keeping Schools Safe 
  • ELL in the Classroom Refresher
  • Differentiated Instruction Refresher
  • Educational Psychology Refresher
  • Assessment and Testing Refresher
  • Teaching Methods Refresher
  • Dealing With Difficult Parents

See a complete list of courses and register at


Michelle RainerDecolonizing Social Work with Indigenous Communities

With Michelle Rainer

This online course is for current social workers and members of the community who work with indigenous peoples.

It also meets the online MSW program prerequisite for a Native American/Indigenous Studies course.

This course includes a general introduction to the history of native peoples of America and the unique and sovereign relationship between Tribal Nations and local, state and federal governments.

date Oct. 16-Dec. 15 (8 weeks)

place Online

fee $330

course SW 420, 1.5 units

class # 46470: REGISTER ONLINE

Michelle Rainer, LCSW, is the coordinator of the Pathway Project and Northern Region SERVE at Humboldt State University. This role involves developing relationships with 55 tribes and numerous tribal organizations throughout Northern California, and facilitating development of social work internships in tribal organizations. She previously worked in child welfare and adoptions for Santa Clara County, and was a clinician at United Indian Health Services. She has been teaching in social work at HSU since 2005, both in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Language & Culture

Japanese Language 101

With Mie Matsumoto

This course invites students to learn introductory Japanese language and culture with an emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking skills. It covers selected topics of everyday life and introduces Japanese culture. Relevant materials will be handed out in the class.  

Knowledge of hirigana/katakana is not required for this class. The Japanese writing system will be introduced.

date Wed., Sept. 6-27 (4 sessions)

time 6-8 p.m.

fee $85

place HSU Campus: Harry Griffith Hall 226


Mie Matsumoto is a native Japanese speaker and has over 15 years of experience teaching college level Japanese for HSU Extended Education and for College of the Redwoods. She has taught all levels and different age groups on a private basis. She is also experienced in commercial translation services in diverse industries.



The Studio School

Puppets & Marionettes • Sept. 9-Oct. 28 (Ages 5-13)

With KT Garcia

Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. • fee: $110 • Class #: 46568 • HSU Art Building, room 23: REGISTER ONLINE

Students will create papier maché hand puppets and marionettes, which they will then integrate into a collaborative puppet show that they will help to write and perform.

Custom-tailored to student needs, the class will engage students in realizing their individual, imaginative visions, surrounded by new friends in a vibrant university classroom.

Completion of a Release of Liability form is required for each child enrolled.


Humboldt Music AcademyHumboldt Music Academy

Affordable group classes, performance ensembles, and individual
instruction are available. Registration opens in August for fall classes.

Group Classes

Singing, Musical Theater and Xylophonium

Performance Ensembles

Fiddlers, String Orchestra, Flute Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Recorder



CCAT Sustainable Living Courses

The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) is pleased to offer these courses in sustainable living through the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement.



Glenn Harrisjohn a. powellVisiting Speakers: john a. powell & Glenn Harris

Fri., Nov. 3: HSU Kate Buchanan Room, time TBA

john a. powell is the executive director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, which supports research to generate policies and practices that address disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomics in California and nationwide.

Glenn Harris is the president of Center for Social Inclusion (CSI), a national nonprofit organization that catalyzes community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all.

For more information, contact Equity Alliance of the North Coast at or 707-442-2993


Indigenous Peoples' Week

Mon.-Fri., Oct. 9-13

The American Indian community of Humboldt State University hosts the 24th annual Indigenous Peoples' Week with free events held across campus. The five-day event begins with a celebration on the UC Quad, and includes workshops, film screenings, a community-building reception and cultural sharing.

For more information, contact Adrienne Colegrove-Raymond, Native American Center for Academic Excellence (ITEPP): 707-826-5197.


Melina AbdullahCampus Dialogue on Race

Mon.-Fri., Oct. 30-Nov. 3: time TBA
Keynote: Mon., Oct. 30, HSU Campus

The 19th annual Campus Dialogue on Race is a week of workshops, film screenings, and events that aim to promote dialogue and positive strategies for change.

Keynote speaker Dr. Melina Abdullah is a womanist scholar-activist and professor and chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She was a part of the historic victory that made ethnic studies a requirement in the Los Angeles Unified School District and was also among the original group of organizers that convened to form Black Lives Matter.


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