IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - May 29, 2013) - Brandman University's School of Extended Education -- the entrepreneurial division of Brandman University -- is urging California school districts to allocate their "use it or lose it" funding by September 25 to take advantage of training programs like the School of Extended Ed's Microsoft Desktop Application Courses that enhance technical expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Many districts and charter schools have access to substantial amounts of unused funding for the Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program, a grant program that reimburses eligible K-12 schools for professional development services. Administrators are encouraged to visit to determine how much funding is available to them.

"Brandman's program designed in conjunction with New Horizons (an approved provider for the voucher program) allows schools to purchase training prior to the September 25 deadline and revisit content any time in the next 12 months," says Vicki Brannock, director at the School of Extended Education. "It's our goal to make it simple and painless for schools to take advantage of these valuable resources. CE credit is available at no additional charge to those who complete a reflection paper at the end of the course."

Brandman's Microsoft Desktop Application Courses were developed in partnership with New Horizons of Southern California, an approved technical training provider through the Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program. They are self-paced online courses that take students from basic to advanced concepts with online access to learning modules.

Brandman University's School of Extended Education is committed to delivering relevant and current professional development programs designed to meet the needs of PreK-12 teachers, educators and professionals across the nation. Brandman's Common Core courses focus on the use of technology in the classroom and project-based learning. The school's PreK-12 program offers a wide variety of academic credit options and professional development courses for those interested in degree programs, clearing a credential, adding an authorization, moving up the salary scale and advancing their professional skills and knowledge. Programs are delivered online, through independent study courses, on-site and through numerous educational partners in locations throughout the United States. Instructors are practicing educators who teach courses in Educational Administration, Classroom Management, Teaching Methodology, English Language Learning, Computer/Technology/Software/Games, Language Arts/Reading/Writing/Literacy, Special Needs/Gifted Instruction and Instructional/Curriculum.

For more information, visit If you have questions about the program, contact Vicki Brannock at

About Brandman University's School of Extended Education: Brandman University's School of Extended Education responds quickly to offer relevant and valuable courses that prepare individuals and organizations with workforce and professional development education that addresses today's fast-changing industries and evolving needs. Focusing on leadership, business, technology, health and wellness, education and general education, the School of Extended Education provides degree programs, workshops, seminars, certificate programs, leadership modules and programming leading to certification and academic credit. Its programs are created by the joint effort of Brandman faculty and instructors, working professionals and industry experts through a series of collaborative advisory boards while drawing from the rich history and prestigious reputation of Chapman University. This approach provides sustainable educational solutions that adjust to the needs of the real world. The School of Extended Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Its MBA program was recently named to the Honor Roll in the first-ever edition of "Top Online Education Program" rankings by U.S. News & World Report, and the School of Education earned the number ten spot among Faculty Credentials and Training for online graduate programs by the same publication. Brandman has also been recognized as one of the top 10 providers of SHRM HR training. Visit or call 1.800.632.0094 for more information.

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