Madison Site Class Schedule

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Fall 2014 (college credit)

Fall classes began August 18, 2014.  Fall Registration still open for mini-mester courses!   The Madison Site is offering many excellent general education classes (day and evening) to meet your needs, including our first ITV course offering! ACA 115, BIO 168, CIS 110, CJC 213, CJC 215, COM 231, DMA 010 - 040, ENG 111, ENG 114, HIS 131, MAT 110, MAT 143, MAT 152 (via ITV), PSY 150, PSY 241, WLD 110, WLD 115, and WLD 212.  Courses offered via ITV are less likely to be cancelled!

College placement testing (CPT), new student orientation, the Smart Measures Survey, and the TABE reading comprehension test are all available at the A-B Tech Madison Site.  Please call 649-2947 or 398-7700 to schedule an appointment or to ask questions about the testing process.


Fall 2014 Continuing Education Schedule (non-college credit)   

Madison Site class offerings are listed on pages 72-75. Computer Basics and Technology Awareness, Computer Empowerment for the Workplace, and Pathways to Employment will be offered as free classes.  Other Continuing Education classes planned for fall include Intro to Macintosh, Social Media, QuickBooks 2013, Effective Teacher Training, EMT Basic, Webpage Design/WordPress, Notary Public Education, Nurse Aide Level I, OSHA Forklift Operator, Excel 2013, and Basic Blacksmithing.  See below for more info on many of these offerings.

Beginning Guitar - Wednesdays, 10/1 - 11/19, 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!

Introduction to Macintosh - Mondays, 10/6-11/24, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This class will provide users who are new to Macs a firm foundation for future projects.  Topics include Finder, System Preferences, Mail, the Dock, Widgets, Launch Pad, Mission Control, iTunes, and Photo Booth.  Class will also focus on using the apps that come pre-installed on a Mac which includes address book, calendar, iPhoto, iMovie, and Garage Band.  Students will need to bring their own Mac laptops and a flash drive for saving their work.

Webpage Design: WordPress - Wednesdays, 10/8-10/29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

If you've ever wanted to build and design your own blog or website using WordPress this class is for you!  Understand the difference between using and having your own self-hosted WordPress system.  Learn how to set up the WordPress system, activate and install the theme of your choosing, building custom menus, upload headers, background and images, install plugins, use widgets, and much more.  Find out the tips and tricks WordPress web designers use to save time and promote websites once they are live.  Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops, if applicable, along with their WordPress logins if they are currently using the system. 

Social Media Applications - Wednesdays, 10/8-10/29, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  (originally scheduled to start 9/15/14)

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.

Interior Decorating and Design - Thursdays, 10/9-10/23, 6-9 p.m.

Explore the latest decorating, design and color trends that will inspire you to incorporate new ideas into your home.  Discover your personal decorating style and how to add decorative touches to your home without spending a fortune.  You will view examples of interiors, learn how to analyze space, make a few small adjustments that will transform a room from bland to beautiful and, last but not least, conquer your fear of color!

e-Notary - Friday, 10/10, 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.

Medicinal Plants and Their Healing Power - Thursdays, 10/16-10/30, 6 - 8 p.m.

For centuries our ancestors used natural remedies to relieve pain, improve physical and mental states through the use of herbal seeds, bark, roots, flowers, and foliage.  Directly involve yourself in the healing process by making your own herbal remedies.  Explore choosing herbs, making salves, poultices, infusions, and stocking your herbal medicine cabinet.

CPR, Basic - Saturday, 10/18, 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.

Beaded Jewelry I - Mondays, 10/20-11/3, 6 - 9 p.m.

Have you always wanted to design and make your own beaded jewelry?  Are you new to jewelry making and want to explore the basics needed to begin almost any project?  Create beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces and discover endless bead possibilities, color schemes, tools and their uses, and a vast array of material choices that will inspire the jewelry artist in you. 

Stocks, Bonds, and Investing Basics - Mondays, 11/10-12/1, 6 - 8 p.m.

Stop worrying and gain the confidence you need to create a personalized investment plan.  This class will demystify how the financial markes work; help you consider your investment goals and strategies as well as the risks and returns that are acceptable to your personal finances, and more!

Introduction to Excel 2013 - Wednesdays, 11/12-11/19, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to organize and analyze data using the newest version of Microsoft Excel, 2013.  This class will cover the basics of how to navigate around a worksheet and working with formulas and functions.  This class is designed for experienced computer users and concepts are presented in an excelerated format.

Notary Public Education - Friday, 11/21, 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 - Day Classes meet Tuesdays-Thursdays, , 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.    Evening Classes meet Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.. - 8:30 p.m. (projected winter start for both day and evening classes is 1/6/2015)

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.


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, 10/16-12/11, 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. 

SMALL BUSINESS CENTER, Madison Seminars and Events  - Free Seminars

  • SCORE:  Starting a Business (Part 1) - Monday, 10/20, 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, 11/3, 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?
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