Continuing Education Schedule - Madison Site

Spring 2015 Continuing Education Schedule (non-college credit)   

Madison Site class offerings are listed on pages 70-73. We offer two free computer classes: Computer Basics and 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.

Accounting Principles for Financial Software, Saturday, 2/7, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This one-day class will acquiant you with basic necessary accounting principles, and show you how they relate to the financial software.  You will learn why accounts are classified in Type, why we use a chart of account, why and what are debits and credits used in Journal Entries.  Also learn how to read and interpret financial reports.

Beginning Guitar - Wednesdays, 2/4-3/25, 6-7:30 p.m.

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 the first class!

Blacksmithing - Friday, 1/30-4/25, 6-10 p.m.

This course provides demonstration and hands-on instruction of basic blacksmithing processes used in large and small busiensses.  Fire maintenance, hammering and shaping techniques, steel chemistry and safety will be emphasized.  This class is perfect for those who want a formal instruction to an ancient tarde.  Tool making will also be discussed.  Students should bring safety glasses to the first class session and weawr hard-toe shoes.

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.

e-Notary - Friday, 3/6, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This course provides instruction to currently commissioned notaries who want to expand their existing qualifications to include electronic notarization.  Topics include legal, ethical and procedural requirements of the Notary Act.  Upon completion of this course with a passing grade of 80%, a person is eligible to make application with the NC Secretary of State for eNotary.

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.

Notary Public Education - Friday, 1/30, 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 commissioning 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 North Carolina.  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.

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.

Social Media Marketing - Friday, 1/30-2/20, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Do you want to market and promote your work or business through social media?  If so, this is the class 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 building long lasting relationships with existing and potential clients and customers.

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. 


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.  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, 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.

SMALL BUSINESS CENTER, Madison Seminars and Events  - Free Seminars

  • SCORE:  Starting a Business (Part 1) - Monday, 2/9, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.    Click here to register (must be completed online).  Do you have what it takes?  Are you willing to make the ultimate commitment?  How will you finance your  business?  What entity type is right for your business?  If you are thinking about starting a business or have just started a business, this seminar is for you!
  • SCORE:  Starting a Business (Part 2) - Monday, 2/23, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Click here to register (must be completed online).  This seminar provides an overview of the various structural elements and questions that every business must face, such as ... Why do I need a business plan? ... What do I need a CPA?  ... What type of insurance do I need? ... Do I need a marketing plan?
  • 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.
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