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Continuing Education Schedule

Continuing Education Classes (non-college credit)

Spring 2018

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Thursday, April 5 - May 10, 6 - 9 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.



Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  

With the knowledge and skills you learn in this course, you can save a life.  You will learn the skills of CPR for victims of all ages as well as how to relieve choking (foreign-body airway obstruction).  The skills you learn in this class will enable you to recognize emergencies such as sudden cardiac arrest and how to respond to them.



Friday, January 26 - April 20, 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-toed shoes.


Computer Basics I 

Three Offerings:  Mon & Wed, March 5 - March 28, 5 - 8 p.m.; Tues & Thurs, April 3 - April 26, 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:  Tues & Thurs, Feb 13 - March 8, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Mon & Wed, April 2 - April 25, 5 - 8 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

Monday & Wednesday, January 29 - February 12, 6 - 9 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $70; Tech $5)

Commercial and 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 likelihood of earning your certification.  Exam is not part of the course.  Instructor FAA authorized commercial drone pilot.


Emergency Medical Responder

Tuesday & Thursday, February 6 - April 5, 6 - 10 p.m. (Fees:  Course $180; $1.40 ins)

Requirements:  High school or GED diploma, OR successful completion of TABE exam assessing  basic reading comprehension skills at a minimum tenth-grade reading level (TABE exam given at time of registration).  Mandatory attendance is required on the first day of class for orientation.  Required texts:  AAOS Emergency Medical Responder 6th Edition, ISBN#978-1-284-10727-2 (available through Amazon), AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers Student Manual - 2010 edition (available at A-B Tech Madison); pocket face mask (CPR mask).  Prospect students must be 17 or older; students under 18 cannot get credentials under they become 18. 


Forklift Safety & Operation

Friday, March 9 & 16, 12 - 4 p.m. 

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. 


Making Soaps Naturally

Wednesday, March 14 - March 28, 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.


Municipal Finance

Friday, January 19 - March 5, 1 - 4 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $125; Tech $5)

This course is intended to meet the NC Department of State Treasurer standards for the core duties of finance operations in local government units.  Topics include overview of local government finance and accounting, GS 159, the role of finance-officer, pre-audit and budget processes.  This course follows the NC Department of State Treasurer approved curriculum.  This is a hybrid class, combination classroom and online.



Two offerings:  Friday, January 19, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  and Friday, April 6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $75)

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 A-B Tech Madison or the bookstore on the main A-B Tech campus.


Nurse Aide I

Day Offering: Mon - Wed, Feb 6 - March 29, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   (Fees:  Course $180; Supply/Lab $25; Ins $1.35; Tech $5)

Night Offering:  Tues & Thurs, Jan 16 - May 22, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  + Saturday clinicals  (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.


Quilting, Beginning


Monday, March 19 - April 23, 6 - 8 p.m.  (Fees:  Course $60)

Beginning quilting will teach you how to make a simple quilt with help and guidance.  You should be able to continue making blocks at home on your own to make a bed quilt at the same time.  Learn fabric quality, quilt care, and accuracy of sewing for an heirloom quality quilt at the end of the class.  Supplies, tools, and materials costs approximately $130-$150.  ;Bring your own sewing machine to class.;


Welding Basics

Tuesday, January 23 - April 17, 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.


Whitewater Raft Guide Training

Saturday & Sunday, 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

Monday - Friday, 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.


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

  • Cake Decorating
  • Effective Teacher Training
  • EMT
  • Guitar, Beginning
  • Masonry
  • Social Media Classes
  • Free Seminars