Continuing Education Schedule - Madison Site

Spring 2015 Continuing Education Schedule (non-college credit)   

A-B Tech Madison Site class offerings are listed on pages 70-73. We offer two free computer classes: Computer Basics & Technology Awareness and Computer Empowerment for the Workplace.  Other Continuing Education classes planned for spring include Accounting Principles, Basic Blacksmithing, Basic CPR for Healthcare Providers, Effective Teacher Training, eNotary, Guitar (Beginning), Landscaping for the Homeowner, Making Soaps Naturally, Notary Public Education, QuickBooks Pro (Intro), QuickBooks Topics Payroll, Social Media Marketing, Work Skills, and Nurse Aide I.  See below for more info on these offerings.

Continuing Education courses still open for spring registration:

 

CPR, Basic - Saturday, 3/21, 9 a.m.  - 3 p.m.

Basic Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR) - this course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to save a life.  You will learn the skills of CPR for victims of all ages and how to relieve choking (foreign-body airway obstruction).  The skills you will learn in this course will enable you to recognize emergencies such as sudden cardiac arrest and how to respond to them.

Effective Teacher Training - Monday & Wednesday, 4/20-5/20, 6-9 p.m.

This class is required preparatioan for substitute teachers for all Buncombe and Madison County Schools, and is also an excellent crash course in  learning methodologies and classroom management for current or returning teachers.  This course will use the curriculum approved by Asheville City and Buncombe County schools.  Pre-requisite:  high school diploma or GED.  Attendance at all classes is mandatory.

Forklift Safety and Operation - Fridays, 4/10 - 4/17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Learn safe forklift operation usig the latest OSHA regulations and requirements.  During class students practice using a forklift.  Get your training certificate so you can have an extra skill for a potential new employer!

Landscaping for the Homeowner - Thursday, 3/19-4/9, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Do it yourself and save money!  Beautiful landscapes can increase the value of your property and add to the enjoyment of your home.  This five-week course includes the basics in designing your home landscape.  Plant types, growing habits, and planting basics will be covered as well as basic principles and some dos and don'ts.

Leadership Development - Fridays, 4/24 - 6/12, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

In this class, students will learn what makes a leader effective and why it's important for your organization/business.  As a refresher for seasoned leaders or for new leaders just starting out, studenst will explore challenges leaders face and how to address them, emotional transparency as a building block for building trusting relationships, whether leadership as a learned skill or innate ability, and gender and leadership.  By the end of class, students should be able to gain new leadership skills and improve upon the ones they already have, and use these to promote growth in their workplace and with clients.

Notary Public Education - Friday, 3/27, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This course covers the qualifications, procedures, and certification for becoming a notary.  Pursuant to the NC Notary Act, to apply for comissioning as a notary you must: be 18 years of age or older, and a legal resident of the U.S.; be able to speak, read, and write English; have a high school diploma or equivalent; and reside or have a regular place of work or business in N.C.  Upon completion of this course with a passing exam grade of 80%, a person is eligible to make application with the NC Secretary of State office.  Students are encouraged to read through the textbook, Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina, 10th Edition.  Books are available for purchase at the A-B Tech Madison Site.

Nurse Aid I -

This course provides basic training in the entry-level caregiving skills needed to work as a Nursing Assistant in various healthcare settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, or private homes.  For specifics on registration requirements, please call 828-649-2947. 

DAY PROG: Tues - Thurs, 3/10 - 2/25, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.            EVENING PROG: Tues & Thurs,  Dates TBD, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

QuickBooks, Payroll - Saturday, 3/7, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

In this one-day class, you will learn to use the payroll feature in QuickBooks to create paychecks, pay tax liabilities, and generate reports.

Zipline Guide Training - 4/6-4/19 (Mondays & Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., and Saturdays & Sundays, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Zipline guide training is a growing component in the tourism industry.  In this class, you will learn skills to work as a zipline guide.  There will be instructional time in the classroom and onsite at French Broad Rafting and Ziplines.  Students must be 18 years of age or older to register.  No online registration is available.  Upon completion of the training, students will be prepared to sit for the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Level I Practitioner certification exam. 

ADULT BASIC SKILLS and GED PREPARATION

Our program offers free instructional services to students seeking to improve their foundational skills in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science.  Many of the students in the program are preparing to take the GED® tests for a high school equivalence credential; the GED Test fee in North Carolina is $20 per test.  Others do not need the high school credential, but are improving their skills to be more competitive in the workforce or qualify for credit-bearing college classes. 

Students must attend a GED orientation session prior to attending GED classes.  Please call 649-2947 or 398-7700 to register for GED Orientation at the A-B Tech Madison Site.  Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Class sessions run year-round and last for about eight weeks each. Regular attendance is required.

HRD CLASSES!
  • TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4/14 - 6/4, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  This entry level course provides a stress-free introduction to the technology and computer skills needed today.  You will learn basic word-processing and improve your keyboarding skills. 
  • COMPUTER EMPOWERMENT - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3/17 - 4/9, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Increase your computer knowledge through the creation of documents and forms; become more competent with email, navigating the internet, and using search engines.  For those still in the workforce, this course can also provide you with an opportunity to learn more about targeting your resume for specific jobs.  Basic computer knowledge or successful completion of Technology Awareness is required.
  • WORK SKILLS - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3/10 - 4/9, 6 - 9 p.m.  Do you know your personal strengths and transferable skills?  Do you want to enhance your self esteem, self confidence, coping skills and develop work behavior skills that will help you in today's job market? Through lectures, group activities and asessments, you will be better prepared for your job search and advancement in the workplace.

SMALL BUSINESS CENTER, Madison Seminars and Events  - Free Seminars

  • SBA:  Programs & Services for Small Business - Tuesday, 3/17, 10 a.m.  - 12 p.m.  Click here to register (must be completed online).  Discover the programs and services offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration for start-up and existing small businesses.  Find out which SBA-sponsored and SBA-funded resources are available for counseling and training small business owners in all areas of small business management (including business planning) and what it takes to obtain a small business loan and to access SBA financing in particular.  Discover the SBA's government contracting, minority and other certification programs which can enable your small business to obtain federal government contract work.

Looking ahead at Summer 2015 ... 

While the summer schedule is a work in-progress, below are Continuing Education courses which have already been confirmed for summer.  We will update this list as additional classes are confirmed.

  • Notary Public Education - three offerings available:  Friday, 6/5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Friday, 7/17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Friday, 8/7, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    This course covers the qualifications, procedures, and certification for becoming a notary.  Pursuant to the NC Notary Act, to apply for comissioning as a notary you must: be 18 years of age or older, and a legal resident of the U.S.; be able to speak, read, and write English; have a high school diploma or equivalent; and reside or have a regular place of work or business in N.C.  Upon completion of this course with a passing exam grade of 80%, a person is eligible to make application with the NC Secretary of State office.  Students are encouraged to read through the textbook, Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina, 10th Edition.  Books are available for purchase at the A-B Tech Madison Site.

  • Nurse Aid I -

    This course provides basic training in the entry-level caregiving skills needed to work as a Nursing Assistant in various healthcare settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, or private homes.  For specifics on registration requirements, please call 828-649-2947. 

    DAY PROG: Tues - Thurs, 5/12 - 7/1, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.            EVENING PROG: Tues & Thurs,  Dates TBD, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

HRD CLASSES!

  • TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS - Mondays and Wednesdays, 6/1 - 7/22, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  This entry level course provides a stress-free introduction to the technology and computer skills needed today.  You will learn basic word-processing and improve your keyboarding skills. 
  • COMPUTER EMPOWERMENT - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8/11 - 9/3, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Increase your computer knowledge through the creation of documents and forms; become more competent with email, nvaigating the internet, and using search engines.  For those still in the workforce, this course can also provide you with an opportunity to learn more about targeting your resume for specific jobs.  Basic computer knowledge or sucessful completion of Technology Awareness is required.