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Writing Center assistance via Skype Session

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Whitewater Rafting Guide Training

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A-B Tech Madison Staff

A-B Tech Madison

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A-B Tech Madison

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ITV Classes

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DMA Classes

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Zipline Guide Training

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Continuing Education Schedule

Continuing Education Classes (non-college credit)


Spring 2018


Welding Basics

Mon, May 16 - Aug 1, 6 - 9 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.


Whitewater Raft Guide Training

Sat & Sun, April 28 - May 20, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $375; Ins $1.35)

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 rig rafts, tie knots, work with guests, and other basic river operations.  Students must be 18 years old to register and must register in person.  Valid proof of identification will be required at registration. Course held at the Marshall Outpost; for directions, call 649-0486.


Zipline Guide Training

Mon - Fri, April 30 - May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.   (Fees:  Course $325; Ins $1.35)

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 Adventures.  Students must be 18 years of age to register and must register in person.  Upon completion, students will be prepared to sit for the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Level 1 Practitioner certification exam.



Summer 2018

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Fri, June 22 - July 27, 1 - 4 p.m. (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)

This class will teach you 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, email, or posting on the web.  Make flyers, a logo or a web gallery for your business.  The class is suitable for Mac and Windows users, and Mac users are encouraged to bring laptops if preferred.


Cake Decorating

Wed, May 30 - June 27, 6 - 8 p.m. (Fees:  Course $60)

Whether you’re a home hobbyist or an aspiring baker you will inspired to make cakes that look as good as they taste. With nothing fancier than a pastry bag and a set of piping tips you will create elegant details that will accent
your cakes to polished masterpieces. Discover how to pipe refined designs for any special occasion cake that calls for elegance or whimsy. Supplies needed for class will cost approximately $40-$50.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class B

Tues & Wed, June 6 - June 26, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $50)

Are you looking for a new career? Have you thought about becoming a transit bus, coach, or minibus driver? Do you enjoy driving and interacting with the public? There is a demand for Transit Bus and Motorcoach drivers not only in our area but nationwide. This course will introduce you to the career, cover the requirements to get a Class B permit and prepare you to pass the permit exam. Come learn how to offer exceptional customer service and meet employers looking to fill these positions. You will need to be 18 or older and have a valid class C license. There is a lot to learn about driving a passenger carrying vehicle. Are you ready to get started?


Computer Basics I 

Two Offerings:  Mon & Wed, May 7 - June 4, 5 - 8 p.m.; Tues & Thurs, June 5 - 28, 10 a.m. - 1 pm.  (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:  Mon & Wed, June 18 - July 16, 5 - 8 p.m.; Tues & Thurs, July 10 - Aug 2  (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.


Drawing, Beginning

Tues, May 15 - June 19, 2 - 4:30 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $60)

This class will give you the basic drawing skills and confidence you need to develop your abilities. Focus will be placed on the study of line, shape, design,perspective, composition and texture. Minimal drawing supplies needed. Bring pencils, erasers and a sketch pad to first class.


Effective Teacher Training

Mon-Fri, June 25 - June 29, 9 a.m. - 3:30 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. Utilizing curricula approved for NC schools, this course is experiential to enable you to feel more comfortable in the classroom and to get a true sense of actually teaching a class. Textbook: Substitute Teacher Handbook, 9th edition, needs to be purchased at the A-B Tech Madison bookstore before class begins.Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED. Attendance at all class meetings is required. Class will break 1/2 hour for lunch so students need to bring lunch on the first day.


Making Soaps Naturally

Wed, May 9 - May 23, 6 - 8 p.m. (Fees:  Course $55)

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

Two Offerings:  Fri, June 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Fri, July 27, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Fees:  Course $75)

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: Mon - Wed, June 27 - Aug 15, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

Night Offering:  Mon - Wed, May 21 - Sept 10, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Sat clinics; no Tues classes once clinicals begin)

(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 web site 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.


Personal Care Aide

Tues-Thurs, July 10 - Aug 2, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Fees:  Course - Waived)

Personal Care Aides make up one of the largest and fastest-growing workforce fields in the country. The need for Personal Care Aides is projected to increase by 71% by 2020. This learner-centered class will include speakers from the healthcare field, case scenarios, small group work and other forms of interactive learning focused on the competencies that PCAs need to perform well on the job. Working environments include private homes, small residential facilities, group homes and larger facilities. PCA duties include tasks such as assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, cooking and light housekeeping. Successful completers of the class are guaranteed an interview with Care Partners.


Photography, Beginning Digital

Thurs, April 19 - May 17, 6 - 8 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.


QuickBooks Basics

Fri, August 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Fees:  Course $59)

Designed for the small business owner or beginner needing the basics. Learn the difference between the online and desktop versions to help determine what is best for you. Create invoices and sales receipts, make deposits, track expenses, generate reports and reconcile bank statements. Class held in computer lab with QB desktop version available. No book required. Class is fast paced. Basic knowledge of bookkeeping and ability to navigate multiple computer screens required.


Tiny Homes:  Small Scale Living

Wed, May 2 - May 23, 6 - 8 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $60)

This introductory course is oriented to persons interested in joining the Tiny House movement and industry.  Whether you are looking at designing a product, manufacturing or fabrication of tiny homes, 6 well founded guidelines will be presented to help you successfully focus your planning. Topics include: the impacts of the Residential Building Codes, Residential Zoning Ordinances, Sustainability, Material Selections, Fabrication Methods and Lifestyle Considerations.


Weather Forecasting Essentials

Mon-Wed, June 4 - June 18, 5:45 - 8:45 p.m. (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)

Weather impacts everyone, but understanding how to predict the weather can be mysterious. Come away with the ability to produce a more accurate point forecast for your location. Topics include weather forecast interpretation, weather terminology/meaning, surface observations, the challenges of mountain forecasting, weather models, and real-time weather data. Emphasis on occupational applications for service organizations and businesses dependent on weather condition, such as: emergency response, construction/contractors/development, agricultural and outdoor recreation markets.



Check back frequently for information on other courses being planned, which may include:

  • EMT - TBD
  • Guitar, Beginning - TBD
  • Masonry - TBD
  • Social Media Classes - TBD
  • Free Seminars