Continuing Education Summer and Fall 2015 Course Offerings
Certified Nursing Assistant I

Certified Nursing Assistant I Classes Offered - Day and Evening

GED Classes

GED Classes

Welding Classes

Welding Classes

Congrats Graduates

Congratulations 2015 Graduates!!!

A-B Tech Madison Site class
Rafting Guide Training

Rafting Guide Training

Continuing Education Schedule - Madison Site

Summer and Fall 2015 Continuing Education Schedule (non-college credit) 

A-B Tech Madison Site class offerings are listed on pages 70-73. 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.


Adobe Photoshop Elements, Introduction - Wednesdays, July 29 - September 16, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)

Learn to use the digital imaging software, Photoshop Elements, which is a less complex program 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 taught on Windows and is suitable for Macintosh users who can bring laptops if preferred.


CDL Driver Training - Orientation June 10 at 10 a.m.       Registration June 17 (by appointment only)       Classes begin July 6

This truck driver training program is certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI) located in Alexandria, VA. PTDI is the first non-profit organization to develop uniform skills performance, curriculum and certification standards for the trucking industry and to award course certification to entry-level truck driver finishing programs.  Please feel free to contact us at 828-649-2947 or 828-398-7700 if you have questions.

Clear here for more information about the employment outlook and work environment for the Truck Driver Training Field


Computer Office Skills - Office 2013 - Tuesdays, 6/9 - 7/28, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)

You will learn Microsoft Office 2013 applications:  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.  A great introduction to all of these applications to expand or being your computer knowledge.  Students will need basic computer skills.  Textbook:  Microsoft Office 2013 - Silver Series is optional and will be discussed at the first class.


CPR, Basic - Saturday, 6/20, 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.


Effective Teacher Training - Monday-Friday, 7/20-7/24, 8 a.m. - 3 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.


Guitar, Intermediate - Wednesdays, 6/17 - 8/5, 6-7:30 p.m. (Fees:  Course $59)

Go beyond chord accompaniment and begin finger picking, reading notes, and understanding the fundamentals of music theory.  A greater variety of more difficult music will be explored.  You should have a basic knowledge of the guitar, chords and chord charts for this class.  Bring your guitar to the first class!


Landscaping for the Homeowner - Thursday, 6/4 - 6/25, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $59)

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.


Making Soaps Naturally - Thursdays, 7/16 - 7/30, 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 Education - Three Offerings:  Friday, 6/5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)     Friday, 7/17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)       Friday, 8/9, 9 a.m. - 4 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.


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.   (Fees:  Course $180; Supply/Lab $25; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)

DAY PROG: Tues - Thurs, 7/14 - 9/2, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.            EVENING PROG: Mon, Tues & Thurs,  5/18 - 8/15, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (+ Saturday clinicals)


Pinterest for Business - Friday, 6/19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $29)

Pinterest helps people discover the things they want to plan, buy and do.  Learn how you can utilize this social media platform to help build the brand of your business, sell more of your products and gain great market exposure.  This course includes hands-on time so bring your thumb drive loaded with business photos of your products or services.  The more visual your business is the greater power of Pinterest.


Writing for the Web - Friday, 6/6 (via ITV), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Fees:  $59)

Whether you're writing for your web pages, a weekly blog or additions to your Facebook page, you need to deliver clear, concise, engaging copy on target every time.  By developing a content strategy, much as you do a marketing or growth strategy, you'll have a plan that you can rely on as you move forward with your website development.  Learn how to develop a content strategy and how to write clear, engaging articles and web copy from a professional content provider.  Save time and money by writing your own pieces.


Zipline Guide Training - Wed, Sat-Sun, 5/20 - 6/7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $125; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)

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.


  • COMPUTER EMPOWERMENT - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8/11 - 9/3, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Increase your computer knowledge through the creation of documents and forms; become more competent with email, navigating 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 successful completion of Technology Awareness is required.


SMALL BUSINESS CENTER, Madison Seminars and Events  - Free Seminars

  • SBA:  Programs & Services for Small Business - Tuesday, 5/19, 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.