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No time to learn something new? Well, why not use your lunch hour to join us for our "Lunch and Learn" Series for professionals. Starting March 7th, UTPA Continuing Education will offer series of short workshops with up-to-date topics catered to your learning needs.

These workshops, held on Fridays at the UTPA McAllen Teaching Site, conveniently located off the Expressway 83 in McAllen will provide a wonderful networking and learning opportunity while you enjoy a boxed lunch. Programs offered will suit every interest - from the latest in digital technology, to retirement planning, to leadership styles and more. "Lunch and Learns" are just $20/person and open to the public.

 All sessions begin at noon and end by 1:30 p.m. Advance reservation is required to ensure a seat in the class, since space is limited to the first 25. 


Testimonials From Previous Participants:

    "I highly recommend UTPA Continuing education courses. The lunch and learn series is short, insightful and convinient."- JEP

    "“The presenter was very experienced and knwowledgeable. Over all a good communicator.”- LTI.

    "This is the first workshop I attend, but I definetely plan to keep on coming back."- CT



Read Below for List of Topics

 Using Social Media Free to Increase Sales

When sales are low and paying for traditional advertising, like newspaper ads and fliers, is pushing your small business further into debt, perhaps it’s time to embrace social media.

Social media offers free platforms to advertise, brand and build your business. Learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and other social networks to increase profits.

Optimizing Your Website to Attract Visitors

If you are a business owner with an online presence, you know that you need to be able to attract visitors to your site in order to be successful on the Internet. You also know that this can be a tricky process since the web and search engines on the web are constantly changing. If you are new to owning your own site or are in the process of starting one up there are several steps and tips you can learn in order to help drive and increase visitor traffic to your site. This workshop will cover important steps and tips. If you follow these steps and learn how to expand from them you will ultimately have a well-established website on the Internet.

Using Google Analytics to Understand Your Customers 

A regular review of your visitor usage is a critical step in getting the most out of your website, online sales and marketing efforts. Without reliable visitor data, we can only guess how good a job your website is doing in supporting your business. If your website is not doing enough business for you, analytics can help you determine the cause - which is usually one of two reasons:

·         Not enough visitor traffic to your website

·         Not a good conversion rate for those customers that are visiting your site

Based on the answer to these questions, you will know where to focus your efforts. And if your website is already generating good business... could it do better? Of course! In this case, use analytics to determine which areas of your site are doing well, which are not, and make changes that are necessary to drive business.

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Mr. Alex Garrido

Alex Garrido started his own web design and internet marketing company in 2011. With over 90 clients in diverse fields including a fortune 500 company, Alex Webmaster provides online marketing solutions that are both data-driven and innovative in nature. He is currently working as a Graduate Student Recruiter at the Office of Graduate Studies of the University of Texas Pan American, focused on international and online marketing. In this capacity, he manages the department's social media outlets and general web presence/search engine optimization and is also responsible for the internet marketing budget and social marketing strategy.

Program Details


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Last offered

Using Social Media Free to Increase Sales - March 7th (12:00pm-1:30pm).

Optimizing Your Website to Attract Visitors - April 4th (12:00pm-1:30pm).

Using Google Analytics to Understand Your Customers - May 2nd (12:00pm-1:30pm).


Participants will have individually assigned laptops during class.





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Using Social Media
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Optimizing Your Website
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Using Google Analytics
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