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Continuing Education Schedule

Spring 2016 Continuing Education Classes (non-college credit)

Registration is open now!  Remember to check back often for updates!

Courses that will begin in January:  Blacksmithing, Computer Basics I, Country Line Dancing, Investing Basics, Nurse Aid I, Spanish (Beginning), Welding (Basic), Yoga
Courses that will begin in February:  Blacksmithing, Doing Business with the Government, How to Start a Business, Protect Your Retirement Plan Assets 
Courses that will begin in March:  Adobe Photoshop Elements 13, Computer Basics II, Making Soaps Naturally, Notary Public, Nurse Aid I, Yoga
Courses that will begin in April:  QuickBooks 2015 (Intro), SBA: Programs and Services for Your Small Business, Social Media Applications for Business, Whitewater Rafting Guide, Zipline Guide Training


Blacksmithing, Basic - Friday, 1/29 - 4/22, 6 - 10 p.m.    Monday, 2/1 - 4/18, 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, as well as a look at the history and science behind the craft.  Fire maintenance, hammering and shaping techniques, metallurgy and tool making will be discussed.  Safety will be emphasized.  This class is perfect for those who want a formal instruction to this ancient trade.  Student should bring personal protective equipment including eye and ear protection, gloves, hard toe shoes, and full length work pants. 


Country Line Dancing - Monday, 1/25 - 3/14, 6 - 7 p.m.  - (Fees:  Course $59) 

Dust off your boots, come join  other line dance lovers and 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.  Some dances are performed in a circle facing the line of dance, others are performed with partners.  The country line dance styles learned are from the 1970s into the '90s and bringing in music of today from Billy Ray to Little Big Town.  


Forklift Safety & Operations - Friday, 4/8 - 4/15, 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 skill for a potential new employer!


Investing Basics:  Stocks & Bonds - Friday, 1/22 - 2/22, 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 - Thursday, 3/24 - 4/7, 6 -8 p.m.  (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 - Friday, 3/18, 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, 3/8 - 4/19, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.     

Evening Program:   Tues & Thurs,  (+ 8 Saturday clinicals), Dates TBD, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Protect Your Retirement Plan Assets - Friday, 3/3 - 3/25, 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!  David McMahan, instructor.


QuickBook 2015, Introduction - Monday & Wednesday, 4/18 - 5/11, 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 Fundamentals Learning Guide, 2014-15; free QuickBooks software included.


Social Media Applications - Friday, 4/22 - 5/13, 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?  If so, this class is for you.  Come and learn how to est utilize Facebook, Twitter, Google+, 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.


Spanish, Beginning I - Thursday, 1/28 - 3/27, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $59)

This course introduces basic  information for hose 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 teh course is simple conversation with an emphasis on primary vocabulary as well as tips for traveling in countries where Spanish is the primary language.  Textbook:  Spanish Now.


Welding, Basic - Tuesday, 3/15 - 4/26, 6 - 10 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $180; Supply/Lab $35; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)

The basic welding class covers mig, tig, stick, and ar 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 meeting is required.


Whitewater Rafting Guide - Saturday-Sunday, 4/20 - 5/22, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $250; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)

This class will focus on the fundamentals and skills needed to become a whitewater rafting guide.  Learn to read whitewater, use river signals, maneuver and rift rafts, tie knots, work with guests and other basic river operations.  Students must be 18 years to register and must register in person at either A-B Tech Madison or on the Asheville campus.  Valid proof of identification will be required at registration.  Training will be held at the Marshall Outpost; for directions, please call 828-649-0486.

Yoga - Wednesday, 1/27 - 3/2, 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 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.


Zipline Guide Training - Wednesday, 5/11 - 5/18, 4 - 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 5/14 - 5/22, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Zipline Guide Training is a growing tourism 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 on-site at French Broad Rafting and Ziplines.  Students must be 18 years of age to register.  No online registration available; students must register at A-B Tech Madison or the Asheville campus.  Upon completion students will be prepared to sit for the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Level I Practitioner certification exam.


  • COMPUTER BASICS I - (two offerings)  Monday, 1/25 - 5/9, 5:30 - 9:30 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, 3/22 - 4/14, 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



Adult Basic Skills and High School Equivalency (HSE) PREPARATION

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 HSE® tests for a high school equivalence credential; the HSE 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 HSE orientation session prior to attending HSE classes.  Please call 398-7433 to register for HSE 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:  Doing Business with the Government - Wednesday, 2/17, 10 - 11 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 de-mystify government procurement so you can make an informed decision on whether to enter (and how to get the most out of) this important market.   Click here to register (must be completed online).
  • SBA:  How to Start a Business - Monday, 2/22, 6 - 9 p.m.  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.  Click here to register (must be completed online).  
  • SBA:  Programs and Services for Your Small Business - Tuesday, 4/5, 10 - 11 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.  Click here to register (must be completed online).