Continuing Education Summer and Fall 2015 Course Offerings
GED Classes

GED Classes


Certified Nursing Assistant I Classes Offered - Day and Evening

A-B Tech Madison Site class
Business Admin Degree

Earn a Business Administration Degree at A-B Tech Madison

Closed Labor Day


Fall Registration

Still Time to Register for Minimester Classes!

PD Day

Oct 13 - No Day Classes; Evening Con Ed Classes Only

Welding Classes

Welding Classes

Continuing Education Schedule

Fall 2015 Continuing Education Schedule (non-college credit) 

A-B Tech Madison Site class offerings are listed on pages 69-72. 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.


Blacksmithing - Fridays, 9/18 - 12/11, 6-10 p.m. (Fees:  Course $125; Supply/Lab: $35; Ins: $1.40; Tech $5)

Course provides demonstration and hands-on instruction of basic blacksmithing processes used in large and small businesses.  Fire maintenance, hammering and shaping techniques, steel chemistry and safety will be emphasized.  Class is perfect for those who want a formal instruction to this ancient trade.  Tool making will also be discussed.  Student should bring safety glasses to the first class session and wear hardtoed shoes.


CPR, Basic - 1-Day Course Offered: 10/17; 12/12   Times:  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.


Decorating Your Home for the Holidays - Thursday, 11/5, 6-9 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $39)

Is there something about decorating for the season that beings to put you in the right nood?  In this fun, exciting workshop you will explore fresh decorating ideas that will create a warm welcome, inside and out.  Discover how to decorate  with your own teasures and everyday decor but in an exciting new way.  Designer and decorator, Brinda Caldwell-Ramsey will inspire you with dozens of ideas using natural materials and traditional greens as well as a little sparkle and gold for those of you who prefer a little more luster.  You will receive lots of handouts filled out with how-to instructions for wonderfully easy projects that you never thought you could do.  Come anticipating having the best time ever.


Effective Teacher Training - Monday & Wednesday, 11/2 - 12/7, 6-9 p.m. (Fees:  Course $125; Tech $5)

This class is required preparation 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 - Fridays, 10/16 - 10/23, 12-4 p.m. (Fees:  Course $70; Ins $1.40; Tech $1.50)

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


Holiday Herbal Gifts - Thursdays, 11/12 - 12/3, 6-8 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $49)

The best gifts don't have to cost a lot of money.  Add elements of nature and fragrance to your holidays by creating natural herbal gifts for your friends.  Learn to make beautifully packaged bath salts, herbal mists, infusions, container candles, healing lip balms, body butters, glycerin soaps, sugar scrubs, and much more.


Interior Decorating and Design Made Easy - Thursdays, 10/2 - 10/16, 6 - 9 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $59)

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 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!  Bring your decorating dilemmas to class.


Investing Basics - Stocks & Bonds - Fridays, 10/16 - 11/6, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $59)

Stop worrying and gain the confidence you need to create a personalized investment plan.  This class will demystify how the financial markets work; help you consider your investment goals and strategies as well as the risks and returns that are acceptable to your personal finances.  The instructor, David McMahan, will guide you through these topics and more.


Making Soaps Naturally - Thursdays, 10/15 - 10/29, 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 EducationFriday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.   1-Day Course Offered:   9/18; 11/20   (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 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 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.  Note:  Students must present a current photo ID to be admitted to class.


Nurse Aid I -  Day and Evening Programs Available

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, 9/15 - 10/30, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.        DAY PROG: Tues - Thurs, 11/10 - 1/20, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.              EVENING PROG: Tues & Thurs,  9/1 - 12/17, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (+ Saturday clinicals)


Protect Your Retirement Plan Assets - Fridays, 9/18 - 10/9, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $59)

If you are nearing retirement, are already retired, have inherited a retirement account, or are just concerned about protecting your retirement assets, this class is a must.  We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of leaving your retirement plan money in your 401(k) plan and how to avoid the most common beneficiary mistakes people make that result in thousands of dollars in needless taxes.  Given all of today's uncertainty, this is a class you cannot afford to miss!


QuickBooks 2015, Introduction - Mondays & Wednesdays, 10/26 - 11/18,  6-9 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)

Learn the skills needed to keep the books of your  business accurately and easily.  Requires basic computer skills.  Students need to bring a flash drive to save file.  Textbook required.  QuickBooks 2015. Comprehensive with 140-day trial software.


Resume and Interviewing Workshop - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9/8 - 9/17, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (Fees:  Waived)

If you are looking for a new job or just now entering the workforce in a new career direction, this class will help you formulate a plan for success.  During the class you will spend time in a hands-on lab crafting or updating your resume with powerful key words.  Learn the latest tips and techniques for both phone and face-to-face interviews.  The art of personal networking, online applications, and other tips on how to get your foot in the door.  Dressing for success and the importance of thank you letters and follow-up will also be discussed.  We suggest you bring your current resume and cover letter to class on a portable thumb drive.  Students are encouraged to set goals and create a written career plan.  Class requirements: thumb drive to save your work to use at home.  Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word will be needed.  You may bring your own computer to class if you prefer to use another software program for crafting your interview documents.


Social Media Marketing - Fridays, 9/11 - 10/2, 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 one-day class is foryou.  Come and learn how to best utilize Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, You Tube, bloggin, 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.


Spanish, Beginning I - Thursdays, 9/17 - 11/5, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $59)

Introduces basic information for those whose family life, travel plans or personal interest requires an introduction to the Spanish language.  The course does not aim for native fluency, but rather basic proficiency by introducing you to simple vocabulary centered on selected themes.  The focus in the course is simple conversation with an emphasis on primary vocabulary as well as tips for traveling in countries where Spanish is the primarly language.  Textbook:  Spanish Now


Yoga - Wednesdays, 9/23 - 10/28, 6:30-8 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $59)

This class is designed to introduce you safely and accessibly to the basic postures, breathing techniques and relaxation methods of yoga.  You will begin to experience the benefits of stretching, moving and breathing freely as you relieve built up stress, learn to relax and ultimately get more out of a day-to-day life.  This is a great class to find out what yoga is all about.  Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat to the first class.


  • COMPUTER BASICS I - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9/22 - 11/17, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Did you know that most employers only accept online applications?  Want to feel more confident in your job search?  This entry-level course provides a stress-free introduction to the technology and computer skills that you need in today's job market.  You will learn how to do job searches on the internet, how to complete online job applications and set up an email account.  While learning basic word-processing and improving your keyboarding skills, you will also learn how to create cover letters and resumes.  Come learn the skill levels needed to be successful in your job search.  Fee Waived
  • COMPUTER BASICS II - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11/19 - 12/17, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Building on your basic computer skills, you will continue to increase your computer knowledge through the creation of more career related documents and forms.  You will become more competent at emailing and improve your skills in navigating the internet and using search engines to search for jobs and occupational information.  come and learn more about targeting your resume for specific jobs and how to keep your resume in the to-be-interviewed stack.  Fee Waived



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.


SMALL BUSINESS CENTER, Madison Seminars and Events  - Free Seminars

  • SBA:  How to Start a Non-Profit - Friday, 9/18, 1 p.m.  - 4 p.m.  Click here to register (must be completed online).  Starting a non-profit organization can be rewarding and fulfilling.  Review the basics on how to start such an organization, how to manage it and what resources are available.  This seminar will be conducted at A-B Tech South and is being made available for live interactive viewing at A-B Tech Madison via iTV.
  • SBA:  How to Start a Business - Monday, 11/16, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Click here to register (must be completed online).  This seminar provides an overview of key elements and issues that every business owner must face:  The Business Plan, Record Keeping, Legal Structure, Financing, Promotion/Marketing, and Risk Management.  Presented by SCORE.