Continuing Education Summer and Fall 2015 Course Offerings
A-B Tech Madison Site class
Welding Classes

Welding Classes

Certified Nursing Assistant I

Certified Nursing Assistant I Classes Offered - Day and Evening

GED Classes

GED Classes

Rafting Guide Training

Rafting Guide Training

Continuing Education Schedule - Madison Site

Summer and Fall 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.  See below for more info on summer and fall continuing education course offerings.


Adobe Photoshop Elements, Introduction - Date/Times TBA  (Fees:  Cousre $70; Tech $5)

Learn to use the digital imaging software, Photoshop Elements, which is a less complex program than Photoshop CS and used more often for small businesses.  Bring out the best in your images.  Learn how to organize, color-correct and retouch images, create photomontages, and prepare images for print, e-mail, or posting on the web.  Make flyers, a logo or a web gallery for your business.  The class is taught on Windows and is suitable for Macintosh users who can bring laptops if preferred.


Computer Office Skills - Office 2013 - Tuesdays, 6/9 - 7/28, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  (Fees:  $70; Tech $5)

You will learn Microsoft Office 2013 applications:  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.  A great introduction to all of these applications to expand or being your computer knowledge.  Students will need basic computer skills.  Textbook:  Microsoft Office 2013 - Silver Series is optional and will be discussed at the first class.


CPR, Basic - Saturday, 6/20, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $70; Supply/Lab $3; Tech $5)

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.


Digital Photography, Beginning - Wednesdays, 4/22 - 5/27, 6-8 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $59)

Are you making the best pictures possible with your SLR camera?  You will learn how to use your digital camera and the meaning of terms and concepts.  Our instructor will give you direct, interactive feedback on your photographs and how to get the best images with your camera.  Bring your camera to the first class!


Effective Teacher Training - Two Offerings:  Monday & Wednesday, 4/20-5/20, 6-9 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $125; Tech $5);  Monday-Friday, 7/20-7/24, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $125; Tech $5)

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.  (Fees:  Course $70; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)

Learn safe forklift operation using 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!


Guitar, Beginning - Wednesdays, 4/22 - 5/27, 6-7:30 p.m. (Fees:  Course $59)

Discover how fast you will be playing chord accompaniment to folk and country songs.  You'll quickly gain a basic knowledge of reading chord charts, tuning, strumming, chords and theory with a fingerstyle technique for a more thorough exploration of the instrument's capabilities.  Bring your guitar to your first class!


Guitar, Intermediate - Wednesdays, 6/17 - 8/5, 6-7:30 p.m. (Fees:  Course $59)

Go beyond chord accompaniment and begin finger picking, reading notes, and understanding the fundamentals of music theory.  A greater variety of more difficult music will be explored.  You should have a basic knowledge of the guitar, chords and chord charts for this class.  Bring your guitar to the first class!


Landscaping for the Homeowner - Thursday, 6/4 - 6/25, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $59)

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.  (Fees:  Course $125; Tech $5)

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.


Making Soaps Naturally - Thursdays, 7/16 - 7/30, 6-8 pm.  (Fees:  Course $49)

Discover through hands-on experience how to make creamy, moisturizing soap using the cold-process method.  Learn to safely work with lye and experiment with different oils, fragrances, herbs, and natural colorants.  This beginner's class will reveal how the properties of various oils and additives produce different soap types.  A supply list will be provided at the first class.  Cost of supplies $35-$40.


Notary Public Education - Three Offerings:  Friday, 6/5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)     Friday, 7/17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)       Friday, 8/9, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)

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.   (Fees:  Course $180; Supply/Lab $25; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)

DAY PROG: Tues - Thurs, 5/12 - 7/1, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.            EVENING PROG: Mon, Tues & Thurs,  5/18 - 8/15, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (+ Saturday clinicals)


Pinterest for Business - Friday, 6/19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $29)

Pinterest helps people discover the things they want to plan, buy and do.  Learn how you can utilize this social media platform to help build the brand of your business, sell more of your products and gain great market exposure.  This course includes hands-on time so bring your thumb drive loaded with business photos of your products or services.  The more visual your business is the greater power of Pinterest.


Social Media Marketing - Fridays, 5/1 - 5/22, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)

Do you want to market and promote your work or business through social media?  This class is for you.  Come and learn how to best utilize Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, You Tube, blogging, email campaigns, and various other social marketing tools to build long lasting relationships with existing and potential clients and customers.  Please bring your own laptop if you prefer and all of your social media accounts logins if you have them.


Whitewater Rafting Guide Training - Sat-Sun, 4/25 - 5/17, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $250; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)

This class will focus on the fundamentals and skills needed to become a whitewater rafting guide. Learn how to read whitewater, use river signals, maneuver and rig rafts, tie knots, work with guests and other basic river operations.  Students must be at least 18 years old to register and must register in person.  Valid proof of identification will be required at registration.


Writing for the Web - Friday, 6/6 (via ITV), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Fees:  $59)

Whether you're writing for your web pages, a weekly blog or additions to your Facebook page, you need to deliver clear, concise, engaging copy on target every time.  By developing a content strategy, much as you do a marketing or growth strategy, you'll have a plan that you can rely on as you move forward with your website development.  Learn how to develop a content strategy and how to write clear, engaging articles and web copy from a professional content provider.  Save time and money by writing your own pieces.


Zipline Guide Training -Two Offerings:   Sat-Wed, 4/18 - 4/22, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $125; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)   Wed, Sat-Sun, 5/20 - 6/7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $125; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)

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. 



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.


  • TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4/14 - 6/4, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  or Mondays and Wednesdays, 6/1 - 7/22, 5:30 p.m. - 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, 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.


SMALL BUSINESS CENTER, Madison Seminars and Events  - Free Seminars

  • SBA:  Programs & Services for Small Business - Tuesday, 5/19, 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.