Continuing Education Schedule
Fall 2016 Continuing Education Classes (non-college credit)
Courses offered in August: Adobe Photoshop Elements (Fees:
Courses offered in September: Blacksmithing; Computer Basics I & II; Country Line Dancing; Digital Photography; Investing Basics; Nurse Aide I (Day); QuickBooks 2015, SBC: How to Start a Business; Website Options for Beginners; Welding Basics
Courses offered in October: Computer Basics I, CPR/Basic Life Support, Effective Teacher Training; Facebook Marketing Basics, Forklift Safety; Notary Public Education; Protect Your Retirement Assets; Computer Basics I; SBC: Doing Business with the Government; SBC: Programs & Services for Your Small Business, Yoga
Courses offered in November: Computer Basics II
Courses offered in December: Notary Public Education; Social Media for Business
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 - Monday, 8/29 - 10/3, 6 - 9 p.m. (Fees: Course $70; Tech $5)
Learn how to use the digital imaging software, Photoshop Elements 13, which is a less complex, different software 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 suitable for Macintosh and Windows users, and Mac users are encouraged to bring laptops if preferred.
BCLS for Healthcare Provides (CPR) - Saturday, 10/8, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Fees: Course $70; CPR Card $3; Tech $5)
With the knowledge and skills you learn in this course you can save a life. You will learn the skills of CPR for victims of all ages. You will learn how to relieve choking (foreign-body airway obstruction). The skills you learn in this course will enable you to recognize emergencies such as sudden cardiac arrest and how to respond to them.
Blacksmithing, Basic - Friday, 9/16 - 12/9, 6 - 10 p.m. (Fees: Course $125; Supply/Lab $35; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)
This 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. This 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 hard-toe shoes.
Country Line Dancing - Monday, 9/12 - 10/31, 6 - 7 p.m. (Fees: Course $60)
Dust off your boots and come join other dance lovers to learn a traditional form of American folk dance that originated in country-western bars as a social activity that migrated into popular culture. Each dance will consist of a specific number of steps that are performed repetitively. The dance styles learned are from the 1970's to the 1990's and bring in music of today from Billy Ray to Little Big John.
Digital Photography, Beginner - Wednesday, 9/7 - 9/28, 6 - 8:30 p.m. (Fees: Course $60)
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 - Monday & Wednesday, 10/3 - 11/2, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Fees: Course $125; Tech $5)
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. This course will use the curriculum approved by Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools. Textbook: Substitute Teacher Handbook, Pre-requisite: high school diploma or GED. Attendance at all class meetings is required.
Facebook Marketing Basics - Friday, 10/7, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Fees: Course $39)
Find out how to make the most out of your Facebook Business page. Learn tips and tricks from the experts on how to build your network, engage readers and convert your following into customers and clientele. Bring your Facebook logins to work on your account in class.
Forklift Safety and Operations - Friday, 10/14 - 10/21, 12 - 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 will practice using a forklift. Get your training certificate so you can have an extra employment skill!
Investing Basics, Stocks & Bonds - Friday, 9/9 - 9/30, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Fees: Course $60)
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. This is an ITV class, with the instructor, David McMahan, located at the South Site. He will interact with you as you ask questions just as if he were in the classroom with you. The instructor and you will view each other via TV screen.
Notary Public Education - (two offerings) Friday, 10/14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 12/2, 9 a.m. - 5 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 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 Aide I - Day and Evening Programs Available (Fees: Course $180; Supply/Lab $25; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)
This course provides basic training in the entry-level caregiver skills needed to work as a Nursing Assistant in various healthcare settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, or private homes. Registration must be done in person.
Registration Requirements: Documentation of current TB (tuberculosis) test results; state issued picture ID such as driver's license or ID card; high school or GED diploma (must bring original at time of registration; copy will be made and original returned to student) or satisfactory completion of TABE reading test (done on-site at time of registration); students 16-17 years of age must submit a minor form (available at A-B Tech Madison) or have earned their high school diploma or GED. Space is limited, so register early! Please note students will be required to complete a background check and drug screening prior to start of clinicals. More information on when/where to get these done and their cost will be shared with students during the course.
Day Program: Tues - Thurs, 9/13 - 11/2, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. This session will include two Mondays (9/26 and 10/10)
Evening Program: Fall Dates TBD
Protect Your Retirement Plan Assets - Friday, 10/14 - 11/4, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Fees: Course $60)
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! This is an ITV class, with the instructor, David McMahan, located at the South Site. He will interact with you as you ask questions just as if he were in the classroom with you. The instructor and you will view each other via TV screen.
QuickBooks 2015, Introduction - Monday & Wednesday, 9/26 - 10/19, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 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 files. Textbook required, QuickBooks Fundamentals Learning guide, 2014/2015. Free QuickBooks software is included with the book.
Social Media Applications for Business - Friday, 12/2 - 12/9, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Fees: Course $70; Tech $5)
Do you want to market and promote your work or business through social media? If so, this class is for you. Come and learn how to best utilize Facebook, Twitter, Goggle+, 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 account logins if you have them.
Website Options for Beginners - Friday, 9/9, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Fees: Course $39)
Do you want a website for your business or organization but need help in understanding where to start? Creating your own website can be confusing and time consuming, and hiring a professional can be costly. Before you head down the website path, learn the process professionals use when it comes to creating successful websites. Review the pros and cons of different web building systems and leave class with a plan for achieving your goals.
Welding Basics - (two sessions offered) Tuesday, 9/13 - 11/29, 6 - 10 p.m.; Wednesday, 9/14 - 12/7, 6 - 10 p.m. (Fees: Course $125; Supply/Lab $35; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)
This basic welding class covers mig, tig, stick, and arc welding and is an excellent course for beginners or those simply wishing to brush up on their current welding skills. Students will be required to purchase personal protective equipment for this course (do not purchase before the first class session). Attendance at the first class is required.
Yoga - (two sessions offered) Wednesday, 9/7 - 10/12, 6:30 - 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 10/25 - 11/29, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
You will be safely introduced to the basic postures, breathing techniques and relaxation methods of yoga. Explore the benefits of stretching, moving and breathing freely as you relieve built-up stress, learn to relax and intimately get more out of your day-to-day life. This is a great class to discover what yoga is all about. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat to the first class.
- COMPUTER BASICS I - (three offerings available) Mon & Wed, 9/12 - 11/2, 5 - 8 p.m.; Tues & Thurs, 10/10 - 12/15, 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 - (two offerings available) Tues & Thurs, 9/20 - 10/18, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Mon & Wed, 11/7 - 12/5, 5 - 8 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.
SMALL BUSINESS CENTER, Madison Seminars and Events - Free Seminars
- How to Start a Business - Monday, 9/12, 6 - 9 p.m. Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.
- Doing Business with the Government - Wednesday, 10/12, 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Thinking of selling your products or services to the government, but don't know where to start? Already doing business with a government entity, but want to brush up on your knowledge and skills? Attend this seminar to learn more about the process of government contracting. This seminar will demystify government procurement so you can make an informed decision on whether to enter (and how to get the most out of) this important market.
- Programs & Services for Your Small Business - Wednesday, 10/26, 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Discover the programs and services offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration for start-up and existing small businesses. Find out what SBA-sponsored and SBA-funded resources are available to counsel and train small business owners in all areas of small business management (including business planning). Find out what it takes to obtain a small business loan and to access SBA financing sources 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.