Continuing Education Schedule
Spring 2017 Continuing Education Classes (non-college credit)
Courses offered in February: Making Soaps Naturally
Courses offered in March: Computer Basics II, Facebook Marketing Basics, Nurse Aide I (day), Tiny Homes: Small Scale Living, Website Options for Beginners, Zipline Guide Training
Courses offered in April: Adobe Photoshop Elements 13, Basic Life Support (CPR), Computer Basics I, Forklift Safety & Operations, Notary, Whitewater Rafting Guide,
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
Friday, 4/8 - 5/13, 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, e-mail or posting on the web. Make flyers, a logo or a web gallery for your business. The class is suitable for Macintosh and Windows users, and Mac users are encouraged to bring laptops if preferred.
Basic Life Support (CPR)
Saturday, 4/15, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Fees: Course $70; Card $3; Tech $5)
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. You will learn how to relieve choking (foreign-body airway obstruction). The skills you learn in this course will enable you to recognize emergencies such as sudden cardiac arrest and how to respond to them.
Facebook Marketing Basics
Friday, 3/31, 1 - 4 p.m. (Fees: Course $39)
Find out how to make the most out of your Facebook Business page. Learn tips and tricks from the experts on how to build your network, engage readers and convert your following into customers and clientele. Bring your Facebook logins to work on your account in class.
Forklift Safety & Operation
Friday, 4/14 - 4/21, 12 - 4 p.m. (Fees: Course $70; Ins $1.35; $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!
Making Soaps Naturally
Wednesday, 2/22 - 3/8, 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 beginners 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 approximately $35-$40.
Notary Public Education
Friday, 4/21, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Fees: Course $75)
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 NC. Upon completion of this course with a passing grade of 80%, a person is eligible to make application with the NC Secretary of State office. Students are encouraged to read through the required textbook, Notary Public Manual, 2016 Edition, prior to attending the course. Books are available to purchase at A-B Tech Madison. Students must present a current photo ID to be admitted to class.
Nurse Aide Level I (Fee $211.35)
Day Offerings*: Tues/Wed/Thurs, (Speak with staff at Madison) 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Night Offering: Tues & Thurs, (Summer - Dates TBD), 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., and 8+ Saturday clinicals
This course provides basic training in the entry-level care giving skills needed to work as a nursing assistant in various healthcare settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, or private homes.
Requirements: Current TB (tuberculosis) test results; state issued picture ID such as driver's license; and, GED or high school diploma (must present at time of registration) or be ready to take TABE reading test (25 question test to assess reading comprehension). Students who have taken ENG 111 and earned a grade of "C" or better may provide transcript documenting this in lieu of GED/HS diploma or TABE reading test. Please note that background checks and drug screening tests will be required on all nurse aide I students prior to the start of clinicals. Further information on this will be shared by the instructor at the first class meeting. The approximately cost of the background check/drug screen testing is $63 and is paid directly to the site conducting this. Social security card will be required for state testing, but is not required for course registration. Laminated social security cards will not be accepted for state test.
Students taking NA-I classes at A-B Tech Madison should register at A-B Tech Madison. Textbook: Hartman's Long-Term Care, Workbook and Handbook available for purchase at A-B Tech Madison. Students cannot register online for NA-I courses. Day class times change on eight clinical days to 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Evening classes will meet on at least eight Saturdays from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Classes will break for one-half hour on those Saturdays.
*Day classes limited to students 18 years of age or older due to clinical site restrictions.
Tiny Homes: Small Scale Living
Tuesday, 3/4 - 3/21, 6 - 8 p.m. (Fees: Course $49)
This introductory course is oriented to persons interested in joining the tiny house movement and industry. Whether you are looking at designing a product or manufacturing/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. This class offers an indoor slide presentation with examples for discussion. Come prepared by bringing your questions and examples of your intention.
Website Options for Beginners
Friday, March 17, 1 - 4 p.m. (Fees: Course $39)
Do you want a website for your business or organization but need help in understanding where to start? Creating your own website can be confusing and time consuming, hiring a professional can be costly. Before you head down the website path, learn the process professionals use when it comes to creating successful websites. Review the pros and cons of different web building systems and leave class with a plan for achieving your goals.
Whitewater Rafting Guide
Saturday, & Sunday, 4/29 - 5/21, 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 or older to register and must register in person. Valid proof of identification will be required at registration. Classes meet at the Marshall Outpost of French Broad Rafting & Zipline. Directions questions, call 649-0486.
Wednesday, 4/21 - 5/31, 6:30 - 8 p.m. (Fees: Course $60; Ins $1.35)
You will be safely introduced to the basic postures, breathing techniques and relaxation methods of yoga. Explore the benefits of stretching, moving and breathing freely as you relieve built-up stress, learn to relax and intimately get more out of day-to-day life. This is a great class to discover what yoga is all about. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat to the first class.
Zipline Guide Training
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday, 3/29 - 4/9 See below for specific class meeting dates/times. (Fees: Course $125; Ins $1.40; Tech $5)
Wednesday, March 29 & April 5, 4 - 9 p.m.; Saturday, April 1 & April 8, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 2 & April 9, 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 & Ziplines. Students must be 18 years of age or older to register and must register in person. Upon completion students will be prepared to sit for the Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Level I Practitioner certification exam.
HRD CLASSES! (Fee waived)
COMPUTER BASICS I - (two offerings) Tues & Thurs, 4/11 - 6/1, 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.
- COMPUTER BASICS II - (two offerings) Tues & Thurs, 3/14 - 4/6, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Mon & Wed, 3/27 - 4/19, 5 - 8 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.