Continuing Education Summer and Fall 2015 Course Offerings
A-B Tech Madison Site class
Welding Classes

Welding Classes

Congrats Graduates

Congratulations 2015 Graduates!!!

GED Classes

GED Classes

Fall Registration

Fall Registration Open Now (Opens July 6 for New Students)

Congrats GED Graduates

Congratulations 2015 GED Graduates!!!

Holiday Closing - July 3 & 4

Independence Day | Closed July 3rd - 4th

Certified Nursing Assistant I

Certified Nursing Assistant I Classes Offered - Day and Evening

Business Admin Degree

Earn a Business Administration Degree at A-B Tech Madison

Continuing Education Schedule

Fall 2015 Continuing Education Schedule (non-college credit) 

A-B Tech Madison Site class offerings are listed on pages 69-72. 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, 7/29 - 9/16, 6-9 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.


Blacksmithing - Fridays, 9/18 - 12/11, 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.  Fire maintenance, hammering and shaping techniques, steel chemistry and safety will be emphasized.  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 hardtoed shoes.


CPR, Basic - 1-Day Course Offered: 6/20; 10/17; 12/12   Times:  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.


Decorating Your Home for the Holidays - Thursday, 11/5, 6-9 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $39)
Is there something about decorating for the season that beings to put you in the right nood?  In this fun, exciting workshop you will explore fresh decorating ideas that will create a warm welcome, inside and out.  Discover how to decorate  with your own teasures and everyday decor but in an exciting new way.  Designer and decorator, Brinda Caldwell-Ramsey will inspire you with dozens of ideas using natural materials and traditional greens as well as a little sparkle and gold for those of you who prefer a little more luster.  You will receive lots of handouts filled out with how-to instructions for wonderfully easy projects that you never thought you could do.  Come anticipating having the best time ever.


Effective Teacher Training - Monday & Wednesday, 11/2 - 12/7, 6-9 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.


EMT Basic - Mondays & Wednesdays, 7/27 - 11/18, 6-10 p.m. (Fees:  Course $180 for non-exempt personnel; Ins: $1.40)

Class size limited to first 25 persons to register.  ALL prospective students must take the TABE reading comprehension exam when registering.  Mandatory attendance is required on the first day of class for orientation.  Text and Required Equipment:  1) Pocket Face Mask with One Way Valve; 2) Brady, Emergency Care, 12th edition; 3) AHA,  Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider.  There is an optional workbook: Brady, Emergency Care Workbook that is very helpful.


Forklift Safety - Fridays, 10/16 - 10/23, 12-4 p.m. (Fees:  Course $70; Ins $1.40; Tech $1.50)

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!


Holiday Herbal Gifts - Thursdays, 11/12 - 12/3, 6-8 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $49)

The best gifts don't have to cost a lot of money.  Add elements of nature and fragrance to your holidays by creating natural herbal gifts for your friends.  Learn to make beautifully packaged bath salts, herbal mists, infusions, container candles, healing lip balms, body butters, glycerin soaps, sugar scrubs, and much more.


Investing Basics - Stocks & Bonds - Fridays, 10/16 - 11/6, 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 - Thursdays, 10/15 - 10/29, 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 EducationFriday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.   1-Day Course Offered:   8/9; 9/18; 11/20   (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 -  Day and Evening Programs Available

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, 9/15 - 10/30, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.        DAY PROG: Tues - Thurs, 11/10 - 1/20, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.              EVENING PROG: Tues & Thurs,  9/1 - 12/17, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (+ Saturday clinicals)


Protect Your Retirement Plan Assets - Fridays, 9/18 - 10/9, 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!


Social Media Applications - Fridays, 9/11 - 10/2, 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?  This one-day class is foryou.  Come and learn how to best utilize Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, You Tube, bloggin, 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 accounts logins if you have them.


QuickBooks 2015, Introduction - Mondays & Wednesdays, 10/26 - 11/18,  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 2015, Comprehensive with 140-day trial software.


Resume and Interviewing Workshop - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9/8 - 9/17, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (Fees:  Waived)

If you are looking for a new job or just now entering the workforce in a new career direction, this class will help you formulate a plan for success.  During the class you will spend time in a hands-on lab crafting or updating your resume with powerful key words.  Learn the latest tips and techniques for both phone and face-to-face interviews.  The art of personal networking, online applications, and other tips on how to get your foot in the door.  Dressing for success and the importance of thank you letters and follow-up will also be discussed.  We suggest you bring your current resume and cover letter to class on a portable thumb drive.  Students are encouraged to set goals and create a written career plan.  Class requirements: thumb drive to save your work to use at home.  Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word will be needed.  You may bring your own computer to class if you prefer to use another software program for crafting your interview documents.


Yoga - Wednesdays, 9/23 - 10/28, 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 a 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.



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.  Fee Waived
  • COMPUTER BASICS I - Mondays and Wednesdays, 9/21 - 11/16, 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 - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11/19 - 12/17, 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


SMALL BUSINESS CENTER, Madison Seminars and Events  - Free Seminars

  • SBA:  How to Start a Non-Profit - Friday, 9/18, 1 p.m.  - 4 p.m.  Click here to register (must be completed online).  Starting a non-profit organization can be rewarding and fulfilling.  Review the basics on how to start such an organization, how to manage it and what resources are available.  This seminar will be conducted at A-B Tech South and is being made available for live interactive viewing at A-B Tech Madison via iTV.
  • SBA:  How to Start a Business - Monday, 11/16, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Click here to register (must be completed online).  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.