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ITV Classes

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DMA Classes

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Continuing Education Schedule

Continuing Education Classes (non-college credit)





Adobe Photoshop Elements

Fri, April 5 - May 10, 1 - 4 p.m.  (fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)

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 photomontages 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.



Thurs, Jan 31 - April 18, 6 - 10 p.m. (fees:  Course $125; Supply/Lab $35; Ins $1.35; 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.  Students should bring safety glasses to the first class session and wear hard-toe shoes.


Computer Basics I 

Two Offerings:  Tues & Thurs, Jan 15 - Feb 7, 10 a.m. - 1 pm.  (fees waived); Mon & Wed, March 25 - April 17, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (fees waived)

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.


Computer Basics II 

Two Offerings: Tues & Thurs, Feb 12 - March 2, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  (fees:  waived); Mon & Wed, April 22 - May 15, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (fees: waived)

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.


Drone Remote Pilot Certificate Training - Part 107

Mon & Wed, Jan 7 - Feb 11, 6 - 9 p.m. (fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)

Commercial or non-hobby related operations of a drone requires a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA with a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) rating.  This course will prepare you to sit for the required FAA knowledge exam and increase the likelihood of earning your certificate.  Exam is not part of the course.  Instructor FAA authorized commercial drone pilot. 


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Mon & Wed, Jan 7 - June 5, 6 - 10 p.m. (+ 4 Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)  (fees:  $185 for non-exempt personnel; $1.35 insurance fee)

This course provides the foundation knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and transport patients ranging from non-emergent and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies.  Successful completion of this state-approved EMT course will qualify the student to sit for the NCOEMS EMT state exam.  NOTE:  Mandatory attendance required on the first day of class for orientation.  ALL prospective students must take the TABE reading comprehension exam prior to registering for the class.

TEXTS and REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:  These items should be purchased prior to the start of class.  All are available at A-B Tech Madison or the bookstore on the Asheville campus. 

  • AAOS Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured 11th Edition
  • AHA, Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider; 2015 Standards
  • Pocket Face Mask with One Way Valve

Financial assistance may be available to assist with the cost; call 828-782-2632 and speak with Stacy Peek for more information on potential financial assistance.


Intro to Machining

Quick Careers Program - Just 15 weeks of training could launch your new career!

Tues, Wed, & Thurs, January 29 - May 9, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.  (fees:  Course $236.35)

Take a step toward a new career in machining.  A wide range of machine shop skills will be covered.  Upon completion of the course, students will have a workable understanding of machine shop safety, blueprint reading, measuring tools, hand tools, material characteristics, quality inspection, and the use of manual machine shop equipment.  Class will also include machine shop related math functions and an introduction of basic CNC programming.  Register online (use course code MEC 3010 100AM) or in person.  Call 828-398-7700 for more information.  NOTE:  Scholarships may be available.  Contact Stacy Peek at our NCWorks Career Center at 828-782-2632 for more information about possible scholarship.


Making Soaps Naturally

Wed, March 13 - March 27, 6 - 8 p.m.  (fees: 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.


Medicinal Plants & Their Healing Power

Wed, Feb 20 - March 6, 6 - 8 p.m. (fees:  Course $55)

For centuries our ancestors used natural remedies to relieve pain, improve physical and mental states through the use of herbal seeds, bark, roots, flowers and foliage.  Directly involve yourself in the healing process by making your own herbal remedies.  Explore choosing herbs, making salves, poultices, infusions and stocking your herbal medicine cabinet.


Notary Public

Two offerings:  Fri, Jan 18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Fees:  Course $75)    Fri, March 22, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Fees:  Course $75)

The course covers material and required 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.


Nurse Aide I

Day Offering:  Tues - Thurs, Jan 30 - March 27, 8 a.m. - 3:30 -.m.

Evening Offering: Mon - Wed, Feb 18 - June 3, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

(Fees:  Course $180; Supply/Lab $25; Ins $1.35; Tech $5)

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 for registration is available on our website here.  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.


Organic Vegetable Gardening

Thurs, Feb 21 - march 21, 6 - 8 p.m. (Fees:  Course $60)

Growing wholesome food in your own garden may help you keep fit and enable you to eat more nutritiously.  You will learn how to build rich, healthy organic soil in order to successfully grow your own organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and nuts without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or insecticides.  You will identify which garden design works for you.  Is it companion planting, square foot planting, or raised beds?  The instructor is a NC Master Gardener and has been growing organic food for the past ten years.


QuickBooks in Depth

Mon & Wed, Feb 25 - March 13, 6 - 9 p.m. (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)

Beginners welcome. Best suited for those who need a wide variety of functionality to support expanding, moderate or large business.  In addition to the basics, topics include sales tax, year-end reconciliation, check lists, payroll and setting up accounts from scratch.  Bring flash drive to safe files.  Text required, QuickBooks Fundamentals Learning Guide, 2014/2015.  Free QuickBooks software included.  Basics knowledge of bookkeeping and computer literacy recommended.


Servsafe Manager Certification

Fri, March 8, 8 :30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Fees: Course $106)

Prepare for the National Restaurant Association's ServSafe Manager Certification. 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.



Tues, Jan 22 - April 16, 6 - 10 p.m. (Fees:  Course $125; Supply/Lab $35; Ins $1.35; 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.


Additional classes being planned include:

Cake Decorating

Effective Teacher Training


Nurse Aide I Refresher

Photography, Beginning Digital


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