Continuing Education Schedule
Continuing Education Classes (non-college credit)
SPRING - SUMMER 2019
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Adobe Photoshop Elements
Fri, April 5 - May 10, 1 - 4 p.m. (Course $75)
This class will teach you how to use the digital imaging software, Photoshop Elements, which is a less complex, different software than Photoshop CC and used more often for small businesses. Bring out the best in your images. Learn how to organize, color correct and retouch images, create photo montages and prepare images for print, e-mail or posting on the web. Make flyers, a logo or a web gallery for your business. This class is suitable for Macintosh and Windows users, and Mac users are encouraged to bring laptops if preferred.
Computer Basics I
Tues & Thurs, May 28 - June 20, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (fees waived)
Feel more confident with your computer skills in this stress-free, entry-level introduction to technology and computers. Most employers now require online applications. Learn basic word-processing; improve your keyboarding skills; set up an email account, learn to use internet search engines. Explore career opportunities. By the end of class, you will:
- Create your resume and cover letter using Microsoft WORD
- Search the internet for jobs and complete online applications
- Learn how to be your best at an interview.
Computer Basics II
Mon & Wed, April 22 - May 15, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (fees waived)
Increase your basic computer skills. Create spreadsheets, documents, and presentations; gain confidence communicating with employers by email; use internet searches to target specific jobs. By the end of class, you will:
- Expand your knowledge of Microsoft WORD
- Acquire an introduction to Microsoft EXCEL and POWERPOINT
- Learn how to market yourself to local employers.
Effective Teacher Training
Mon/Wed, June 17 - July 24, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Course $135)
This is a preparation class 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. Utilizing curricula approve for NC schools, this course is experiential to enable you to feel more comfortable in the classroom and to get a true sense of actually teaching a class. Textbook: Substitute Teacher Handbook, 9th edition, needs to be purchased before the class begins. The book is available for purchase at A-B Tech Madison or the bookstore on the Asheville campus. Pre-requisite: high school diploma or GED. Attendance at all class meetings is required.
Making Soaps Naturally
Wed, May 8 - May 22, 6 - 8 p.m. (Course $55)
Discover through hands-on experience how to make creamy, moisturizing soap using the cold-press 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.
Mon & Thurs, May 7 - June 6, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Course $96)
Do you like working with your hands to create and build projects that will exist for generations? There is a demand for masons nationwide and the opportunities in this ancient trade abound. Obtain hands-on training for mixing mortar and building structures using brick and block.
Fri, May 17, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Course $75)
The course covers material and required an exam for becoming a notary. Upon class completion with a passing exam grade of 80%, a person is eligible to make application with the NC Secretary of State office. 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 NC. Students must present a current photo ID and have a copy of the required textbook to be admitted to class. Textbook: Notary Public Manual, 2016 Edition. Books are available to purchase at the A-B Tech Madison campus. Note: Class will be limited to 21 students, so register early!
Nurse Aide I
Evening Offering: Mon - Wed, March 18 - July 1, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Day Offering: Tues - Thurs, April 10 - June 5, 8 a.m. - 3:30 -.m.
(Fees: Course $211.35)
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. Additional information needed to register in the Nurse Aide Program is available on our website. Students taking NA-I classes at Madison must register in person at A-B Tech Madison. Textbook: Hartman's Long-Term Care, Workbook and Handbook available at A-B Tech Madison. There is a mandatory 15-hour orientation prior to each class start (dates/times will be shared at registration). Day class times change on six clinical days to 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Day classes break one-half hour for lunch. Evening classes will meet on at least six Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Classes will break for one-half hour on those Saturdays. Class dates are subject to change.
Servsafe Manager Certification
Mon, May 20, 8 :30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Course $106)
Prepare for the National Restaurant Association's ServSafe Manager Certification. The exam is included as part of the class. Upon completion with a passing exam grade of 74%, the student will earn this industry recognized certification valid for 5 years. This one day class features online testing and instant score results. Textbook optional: ServSafe Manager, 6th Edition. Those not familiar with ServSafe may wish to review the book prior to class to ensure a positive test outcome. Book available for purchase at A-B Tech Madison or the A-B Tech bookstore on the Asheville campus.
Branding your Business - Wed, April 3, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Every business needs a good brand. It describes the value you bring to your customers and the experience you strive to give them. A good brand will distinguish your company from its competitors, attract customers, and improve sales. This industry seminar will provide start up and existing business owners with an overview on the elements of a good brand; detail how to create and promote a brand; show how to increase the impact of a brand; and explain when it is appropriate to consider changing or updating your brand.
Are You Ready to Start a Small Business? - Mon, April 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
It is not enough to have a great idea for a small business. This seminar is designed to highlight the critical requirements for starting a business, including topics such as how to test the viability of your concept, identifying and reaching customers, and funding your business for growth and difficult times. It will also challenge you to consider the qualities required of successful business owners like leadership, persistence, and resilience. Best for those considering starting a business.
Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition: How to "Wow" Your Customers - Wed, April 10, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
During this workshop-oriented seminar, we will explore the value proposition for your business and examine key activities and resources. We will take a deep dive into understanding your customer's mindset and biggest challenges to determine how your business can provide the transformation your customers are seeking.
Marketing Your Business with Google - Wed, April 17, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Google is an excellent way to drive customers to your small business. Please join SCORE and the A-B Tech Small Business Center for this exciting three-part seminar that will be delivered in one comprehensive session. Learn how to set up your business so it can be found on Google search and Maps, how to utilize Google Webmaster tools, Google analytics, G Suite to improve your online presence and how to use a customer email address to professionally brand your business and stay organized. Suitable for those starting a business as well as those with an established business.
How to Find Your Customers - Tues, April 23, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Finding customers is about understanding your markets. Market research isn't just for startups; it's an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need. Suitable for those starting a business as well as those with an established business.