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CRI to offer non-credit courses beginning in October

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation will be offering a series of non-credit courses beginning in October, covering a variety of topics from learning Quickbooks software to dealing with bullies.

Some courses will be offered online, and some will be classroom courses at the CRI’s off-campus facility located at 3801 Bemidji Ave. North in Bemidji.

The course series begins Oct. 13 with a pair of courses taught by Dr. Charles Alberti, professor emeritus of education at Bemidji State. Available on-line, Alberti will be teaching courses entitled “The Basics of Fundraising for Non-Profits” and “Dealing with Bullies.” The registration fee for the fundraising course is $350, and the fee for the course on bullies will be $250. Both courses will run through Oct. 24.

Beginning Oct. 20, Gary Sorenson, accounting instructor at Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, will offer an online course on Intuit’s Quickbooks financial management software. The registration fee for the Quickbooks course is $150, and the course will run through Nov. 3.

Alberti will teach two classroom non-credit courses, one on Thursday, Oct. 30, entitled “Teaching Children Skillful Thinking,” and one on Thursday, Nov. 6, on time management. Both courses are scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CRI’s facility, and the $120 registration fee for each course includes lunch and materials for course participants.

Pre-registration is required for all courses, and the registration deadline is one week before the course begins.

The CRI will be adding additional online non-credit courses throughout the fall.

Individuals who have questions about the online non-credit course programs should contact the Center for Research and Innovation at (218) 755-4900; toll free, (888) 738-3224; e-mail,; or at

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