In this class, you’ll learn how to make a website using WordPress. What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to launch right into a real-world project: We’ll be rebuilding a website for Reach Higher Shasta.
The ultimate goal of this course is to get you comfortable with and excited about the world’s number one CMS. (And to learn what a CMS even is). We think you’ll be amazed to find how easy it is to build a site that really looks and functions like the websites you use every day.
What is Reach Higher Shasta?
Reach Higher Shasta works to create clear pathways from our children’s first day in the cradle to their first day on the job. We ensure they’re ready for Kindergarten, motivated and supported through elementary, middle and high school, and assisted in the transition to career training or college. Along the way we connect them to caring adults and generous business partners who serve as mentors, guides and coaches. We collect data that measures what’s working and what needs to change. We believe every student deserves every option. And we know that their success will change the future of our community.
What you will do in the class
Here’s roughly how our lessons will be laid out:
- 20 minutes to an hour learning about whatever we’ll be doing that day.
- An hour applying what we learned to our own projects
- Finally time for wrap-up and questions
Who should take this class
Anyone who wishes to understand WordPress would benefit from this class. We don’t assume that you have any development or coding experience. We want to help ordinary, non-technical people to see that web development and design is actually very doable. And if you are a highly technical person, all the better! We’ll have extra stuff to teach you.
When does the class start
We will update students by email when the class has been scheduled to start; the tentative plan is for the class to start the last week in February 2018.
What you will need to bring to the class
Your own laptop. If it’s a Windows machine, it should be running at least Windows 7 and have 2 gigabytes of internal memory. If it is a Mac, it should be running El Capitan and also have at least 4 gigabytes of internal memory.
What you will learn in this class:
You will learn to launch websites, style pages to look how you want, find and install plugins to add functionality, and find, install, and manage themes. Basically everything you need to get a working website off the ground.
Length: The Class is four weeks long. The class is two nights a week.
Cost: The course normally costs $275 per student. Reach Higher Shasta and Butte College has paid for up to 15 high school students to take the class.
Ticket Type: Purchase a spot in the course online. You do not need to bring a receipt to class.
Course Location: CloudWise Academy Classroom, 4300 Caterpillar Road, Redding, CA 96003
Course instructor: Jake Hinton
About the Instructor
Just one year ago I was an electrician taking my first Cloud Wise Academy class. Now I’m the resident project manager/designer at Cloud Potential. In that year, I’ve managed the creation of websites for numerous business, including websites for multi-million dollar companies. Primarily I’ve worked in WordPress and have become very familiar with what it takes to make a site in an efficient and effective way.
Before I was an electrician I was a financial advisor. Before that, I was an EOD specialist for the Marines, defusing bombs. Building websites is usually less stressful than that.
I took the class so that my wife and I could start a family, and I’m happy to report that we have recently adopted two children. I know better than anyone that these classes change lives. I hope that you have a similar experience!
We’ll be offering office hours for roughly an hour following each lesson. Since we have a strict “No One Left Behind” policy, everyone will be in the same spot at the end of the day. However, I want to help anyone who wants to get ahead. The office hours are also a good time to ask questions about the additional problems at the end of each lesson.