Science of Happiness

Hacking Your Learning
the innovation mission

Register for Bridge to Career Courses under B2C 297: Special Topics

Science of Happiness
Discover what happiness is and why it matters. Learn how to increase your own happiness, and how happiness forms a basis for physical, mental, professional health, and beyond. Throughout this course, you will learn to understand the power of social connections and the science of empathy and discover what is mindfulness and its real world applications. Online coursework will be complemented by a personally driven project, designed to help you achieve your definition of happiness and apply it through your life.
3 Credits
Instructor: Joel Vallett
Date/Time: Wednesdays 6-8:45pm

Programming: Build your own mobile app!
Introduction to computer science principles by building mobile apps using the intuitive AppInventor coding language on Android devices (No Android device required to take the course). In addition to coding and computer science principles, the course is project-based and emphasizes communication, collaboration, and creativity. This is a great chance to learn the wonderful and lucrative world of computing at a pace and level designed to take you from computer outsider to talking code.
3 Credits
Instructor:  Lindsay Davis
Date/Time: Monday 6:00-8:45 pm

Women Leaders in Buisness
While much has been learned about the value women create for organizations, recent research indicates that women are still facing significant barriers to gender equality in the workforce and to advancement into leadership roles. This course explores the barriers women face in the workplace globally, the importance of resiliency as a key to career success, and practical ways for women and men to enhance their resiliency and overcome career challenges. By using resiliency strategies, you can create a positive trajectory for your career defined by growth, success, and satisfaction. This is a highly experiential course, consisting of individual and team activities, personal reflection, and class discussion.
3 Credits
Instructor: Lynn Schmidt
Date/Time: Mondays 6:00-8:45 pm

Design Thinking with IDEO: Insights to Innovation
Our world and local community face tremendous challenges, would you like to be a part of solving them? Through this course you can learn how to unleash your creativity and make a positive impact right here in your community. This course uses Design Thinking as a framework for gaining insights about people’s needs and then how to use those insights to develop solutions. You will be encouraged to see the world differently, uncovering deep insights that help you solve problems in new ways. In this course, you will learn to observe and discover what people really care about, conduct interviews and stretch your thinking beyond assumptions to get to bolder ideas . You will join with a purpose driven organization in Boise for a team-based design challenge. You will have the opportunity to learn about the challenges they face and help them increase the impact of their work. The skills you learn in this class will help you work better in teams, apply new thinking to solve challenges, and uncover your creative potential.
3 Credits
Instructor: Luke Jones
Date/Time: Mondays/Wednesday 4:30-5:45 pm

Hacking Your Learning: Unlock your learning potential
Hacking your Learning will give you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We will cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects. These approaches will allow you to change your thinking and improve your life by learning more efficiently and effectively. This is a hybrid course that utilizes online material with periodic, in-class meetings.
1 Credit
Instructor: Amy Vecchione/ Deana Brown/ Amber Sherman
Date/Time: Mondays 1:05-2:45 ***1st 8 week session

Infographics Using Excel 
Excel Data Modeling is the process and theory of visual presentation of data. It is not simply providing a chart or graph, although that is certainly the usual and accepted end product. This course teaches Excel modeling as a visual toolset, built directly into spreadsheets, and commonly referred to as a dashboard. It becomes an assist to decision making, and it is surprisingly easy to build.
1 Credit 

Instructor: Andy Lanning
Date/Time: Thursday 5:35-7:15pm ***1st 8 week session

The Innovation Mission: From idea to launch
Entrepreneurs come from all backgrounds and disciplines including business, engineering, health care, information technology, and the arts. Innovation is not just having a better idea. To be truly innovative, the idea should drive significant advancement in meeting market needs and be effectively launched. However, just creating an idea does not mean that you have the best idea that meets the needs and will stand the test of time in the marketplace. In fact, many studies show that most innovative ideas failed due to either (1) the value of the idea was not clearly presented or (2) and unsuccessful execution. Soon, managing an effective innovation process (from idea to launch) will be considered a necessary core competence of building quality companies in this new economy.
3 Credits
Instructor: Joe Bonocore
Date/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00-10:15 am

Work U Cooperative
This course offers an immersive learning and working experience within one of Boise’s largest hospitals, St. Luke’s. Classes will meet weekly and are accompanied by 8-15 hours of hands-on work experience in one of several non-clinical department at St. Luke’s (for example: HR, Benefits, Recruiting, Administration, and Compensation Dept.). Learning outcomes will include skills in Professional Administration, Communication, Office Management, HR, and Personnel management. This course provides the skills and confidence necessary for introductory success in the healthcare or related industries.
3 Credits
Instructor: Jay George
Date/Time: Fridays 10:30-11:45 am

Applied Personal Finance: Balance your books, balance your life
You are invited to develop a healthy and positive mindset around managing finances in a way that will improve your quality of life, starting now. You will learn to understand and master the financial skills required to manage your personal finances including credit, taxes, insurance, retirement funds, increasing income through investment and entrepreneurship, budgeting, and paying off debt. Throughout the semester you will work through a series of projects that culminate in a fully developed personal financial plan that caters specifically to your needs and goals.
2 Credits
Instructor: Whitney Hansen
Date/Time: Monday 10:05-11:45 or Monday/Wednesday 3-3:50

Professional Skills: Fullbridge U
Professional Skills is a 15-week interactive course that fits seamlessly into your semester schedule, incorporating both remote and in-class work. It’s designed to help you build critical professional skills through individual- and team-based activities and authentic workplace scenarios. Professional Skills can help you master the skills you need to be successful in your desired field. You will learn, career development skills like self-awareness, teamwork, networking, and interviewing. while receiving guidance from an experienced facilitator to help you shape your professional growth. You will experience Real-world workplace simulations you can discuss in an interview and you will learn business skils that will help you stand out on the job.
3 Credits 
Instructor: Debra Kaylor, Jay George
Date/Time: Mondays 1:30 – 2:45 pm

  • Guiding Principles

  • Practical, workplace driven skills
  • No Jargon, Sequences, or Pre-Requisites
  • Hybrid experience using project-driven face-to-face learning coached by leading experts in-person…
  • …Coupled with world-class online content to allow students to learn at their own pace
  • Each course culminates in a practical personal project that can be reflected to the workplace
  • Students can enter the program at anytime in their studies