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July 28, 2017

Business & Community Training Center

Students enjoy professional instruction during Your Center of Learning Training Cources The Center for Rural Development stands ready to provide solutions to move your business ahead in a highly competitive business environment and critical training for your employees in Business & Community Training Center, The Center’s workforce- and career-training program.

Business & Community Training Center offers instructor-led, in-person training courses to help businesses meet their workforce needs.

The instructor-led courses—both in the form of one-day classes and more extensive six-to-10-week sessions—help participants build the skills they need to set themselves apart from their peers in a fast-paced, ever-changing business climate. Instructors teach critical concepts using a fun, hands-on approach to help address all types of learning styles.

Subject matter covered by the courses includes leadership, communication styles, entry-level management, computer literacy, sales, and customer service.

These courses are open to individuals, or to employers who wish to send blocks of their employees for training.

Current Business & Community Training Center courses are listed below, for a list of all events at The Center please check out our upcoming events page.

For the latest courses and updates, be sure to “Like” Business & Community Training Center on Facebook.

 

Aug
3
Thu
Better Business Writing
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Better Business Writing

Create more engaging presentations, more actionable e-mails and more persuasive memos. The need for sharp writing skills in business is greater today than ever before.

We’re surrounded by mountains of text on our virtual and actual desktops every day. Learn how to choose the most powerful words and write the most effective documents to give yourself a much-needed edge.

The class is presented in partnership with The Center for Rural Development and ExecuTrain.

Cost: $149 (Please register at least five days before the start of class.)

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Learn more about ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Crinda Francke, President and Owner of ExecuTrain of Kentucky, has been working in the training and development industry for over 15 years.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1990 from the University of Kentucky with a BBA in Business Administration, Francke worked as a computer analyst and accountant until 1994 when she became the sales manager for ExecuTrain of Lexington.

In 1997, she purchased the existing ExecuTrain of Lexington franchise becoming the President and CEO. In 2000, she expanded the ExecuTrain territory by purchasing the Louisville operation and franchise rights. Francke has been involved in all aspects of employee development.

Her vision has taken ExecuTrain from a company that focused on basic computer training into an organization that creates custom learning solutions.

 

 

Aug
7
Mon
Get Going with Intuit QuickBooks
Aug 7 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

 

Get Going with Intuit QuickBooks

Participants will use the basic features of QuickBooks to record and track business transactions.

Course Objective
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the QuickBooks interface and access the QuickBooks centers available in QuickBooks 2013 to familiarize yourself with the application
  • Set up a company and update the chart of accounts using the EasyStep Interview Wizard feature
  • Build and manage lists using the options available in the QuickBooks centers
  • Manage inventory using the options in the Vendor Center
  • Record a product sale in QuickBooks using the options in the Customer Center
  • Create invoice for services using the options in the Vendors Center
  • Work with bank accounts using the options provided in the Banking section of the QuickBooks interface

Target Students
This course is designed for persons who have no prior knowledge of how to use QuickBooks, or for persons who are familiar with the software and want to learn about the new features and functionality of QuickBooks 2013.

Cost: $149 (Please register at least five days before the start of class.)

Register onlineL

 

 

 

Meet the Instructor

Carol Whitson, owner of Computer Specialty Services, is a certified Microsoft Office specialist and has her GISP (Geographic Information Specialist Professional) certification. She is proficient in Microsoft Office family of products, QuickBooks, and Sage software, and has taught various custom software courses.

Carol Whitson

Carol Whitson

 

 

 

 

Aug
8
Tue
Excellence in Supervision
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Excellence in Supervision

This course will show you how to gain the respect and support of your employees; use coaching skills to help others excel and accomplish goals; deal effectively with changing times and confusing situations; communicate confidently with your employees, peers, and manager; and establish expectations for high performance.

As a supervisor, you must lead employees to success and understand that their success is your success. Supervisors need to possess a multitude of skills in communication, performance management, coaching, and flexible decision making. Quickly learning and applying these skills is essential for any supervisor’s success.

This class is presented in partnership with The Center for Rural Development and ExecuTrain.

Cost: $149 (Please register at least five days before the start of class.)

Register onlineL

 

 

 

Learn more about ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Crinda Francke, President and Owner of ExecuTrain of Kentucky, has been working in the training and development industry for over 15 years.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1990 from the University of Kentucky with a BBA in Business Administration, Francke worked as a computer analyst and accountant until 1994 when she became the sales manager for ExecuTrain of Lexington.

In 1997, she purchased the existing ExecuTrain of Lexington franchise becoming the President and CEO. In 2000, she expanded the ExecuTrain territory by purchasing the Louisville operation and franchise rights. Francke has been involved in all aspects of employee development.

Her vision has taken ExecuTrain from a company that focused on basic computer training into an organization that creates custom learning solutions.

 

 

Aug
9
Wed
Learning to Lead
Aug 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Learning to Lead

Most managers would prefer to be known as excellent leaders rather than excellent managers. Upon completion of this course, you will understand the sources of leadership power, the primary ways to handle resistance to change, the difference between managers and leader/managers, and developing and communicating your vision.

Learning to Lead is presented in partnership with The Center for Rural Development and ExecuTrain.

Cost: $149 (Please register at least five days before the start of class.)

Register onlineL

 

 

 

Learn more about ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Crinda Francke, President and Owner of ExecuTrain of Kentucky, has been working in the training and development industry for over 15 years.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1990 from the University of Kentucky with a BBA in Business Administration, Francke worked as a computer analyst and accountant until 1994 when she became the sales manager for ExecuTrain of Lexington.

In 1997, she purchased the existing ExecuTrain of Lexington franchise becoming the President and CEO. In 2000, she expanded the ExecuTrain territory by purchasing the Louisville operation and franchise rights. Francke has been involved in all aspects of employee development.

Her vision has taken ExecuTrain from a company that focused on basic computer training into an organization that creates custom learning solutions.

 

 

Aug
10
Thu
Keep Going with Intuit QuickBooks
Aug 10 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

 Keep Going with Intuit QuickBooks

Course Objective
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Customize forms
  • Use other QuickBooks accounts
  • Create reports
  • Create graphs
  • Track and pay sales tax
  • Prepare payroll with QuickBooks
  • Estimate, time track, and job cost
  • Write letters

Cost: $149 (Please register at least five days before the start of class.)

Register onlineL

 

 

 

Meet the Instructor

Carol Whitson, owner of Computer Specialty Services, is a certified Microsoft Office specialist and has her GISP (Geographic Information Specialist Professional) certification. She is proficient in Microsoft Office family of products, QuickBooks, and Sage software, and has taught various custom software courses.

Carol Whitson

Carol Whitson

 

 

 

 

Aug
14
Mon
Communication Skills
Aug 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Communication Skills

This class is designed to help acquaint you with the art of communicating.

You will learn to understand the importance of interpersonal skills in becoming a leader, be able to convey believability by keeping verbal, vocal, and visual communications consistent, practice the nine behavioral skills of interpersonal communication, and change your habits to improve interpersonal effectiveness. This content is applicable whether you are currently in a leadership role or hope to be a leader in the future.

 

Communication Skills is presented in partnership with The Center for Rural Development and ExecuTrain.

Cost: $149 (Please register at least five days before the start of class.)

Register onlineL

 

 

 

Learn more about ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Crinda Francke, President and Owner of ExecuTrain of Kentucky, has been working in the training and development industry for over 15 years.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1990 from the University of Kentucky with a BBA in Business Administration, Francke worked as a computer analyst and accountant until 1994 when she became the sales manager for ExecuTrain of Lexington.

In 1997, she purchased the existing ExecuTrain of Lexington franchise becoming the President and CEO. In 2000, she expanded the ExecuTrain territory by purchasing the Louisville operation and franchise rights. Francke has been involved in all aspects of employee development.

Her vision has taken ExecuTrain from a company that focused on basic computer training into an organization that creates custom learning solutions.

 

 

Aug
15
Tue
Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 1
Aug 15 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

 

Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 1

Excel can help you organize, calculate, analyze, revise, update, and present your data in ways that will help the decision makers in your organization steer you in the right direction.

Of course, knowing exactly how to ask Excel the questions that you need answered, which questions you can even ask, and how to interpret the answers Excel gives is necessary before you can even begin to embark on the journey ahead. This course aims to provide you with the Excel knowledge and skills necessary to begin that journey.

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to create and develop Excel worksheets and workbooks in order to work with and analyze the data that is critical to the success of your organization.

You will:

  • Get started with Microsoft Office Excel 2016
  • Perform calculations
  • Modify a worksheet
  • Format a worksheet
  • Print workbooks
  • Manage workbooks

Target Students
This course is targeted for students who wish to gain the fundamental understanding of Microsoft Office Excel 2016 that is necessary to create and work with electronic spreadsheets.

Certification
This course covers Microsoft Office Specialist exam objectives to help students prepare for the Excel 2016 Exam and the Excel 2016 Expert Exam.

Cost: $149  (Please register at least five days before the start of class.)

Register onlineL

 

 

 

Meet the Instructor

Carol Whitson, owner of Computer Specialty Services, is a certified Microsoft Office specialist and has her GISP (Geographic Information Specialist Professional) certification. She is proficient in Microsoft Office (2007-2013) family of products, QuickBooks, and Sage software and has taught various GIS and custom software courses.

Carol Whitson

Carol Whitson

 

 

 

Aug
17
Thu
Time Management/Organizational Skills/Professionalism
Aug 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Time Management/Organizational Skills/Professionalism

The rules in business are more flexible than ever before. That means it’s actually harder to know what’s appropriate at any time. Fortunately the keys to conducting yourself in the workplace are still understanding, kindness and courtesy. Make sure you know how to represent yourself and your company in any situation.

It doesn’t matter if you use a paper notebook or the fanciest smartphone, mastering your use of time will help you achieve more and worry less. Everyone has the power to take control of their time. Learn the basic principles of time management and also learn the benefits of organization, how to manage paperwork and organize your desk, and where items should be kept.

 

This class is presented in partnership with The Center for Rural Development and ExecuTrain.

Cost: $149 (Please register at least five days before the start of class.)

Register onlineL

 

 

 

Learn more about ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Crinda Francke, President and Owner of ExecuTrain of Kentucky, has been working in the training and development industry for over 15 years.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1990 from the University of Kentucky with a BBA in Business Administration, Francke worked as a computer analyst and accountant until 1994 when she became the sales manager for ExecuTrain of Lexington.

In 1997, she purchased the existing ExecuTrain of Lexington franchise becoming the President and CEO. In 2000, she expanded the ExecuTrain territory by purchasing the Louisville operation and franchise rights. Francke has been involved in all aspects of employee development.

Her vision has taken ExecuTrain from a company that focused on basic computer training into an organization that creates custom learning solutions.

 

 

Aug
18
Fri
Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 2
Aug 18 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 2 

This course builds upon the basic knowledge presented in Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 1 and will help start you down the road to creating advanced workbooks and worksheets that can help you deepen your understanding of organizational intelligence.

The ability to analyze massive amounts of data, extract actionable information from it, and present that information to decision makers is at the foundation of a successful organization that is able to compete at a high level.

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to leverage the power of data analysis and presentation in order to make informed, intelligent or organizational decisions.

You will:

  • Work with functions
  • Work with lists
  • Analyze data
  • Visualize data with charts
  • Use PivotTables and PivotCharts

Target Students
This course is targeted for students who already have basic understanding and skills in Excel 2016 and who wish to begin taking advantage of some of the higher-level functionality in Excel to analyze and present data.

Certification
This course covers Microsoft Office Specialist exam objectives to help students prepare for the Excel 2016 Exam and the Excel 2016 Expert Exam.

Cost: $149 (Please register at least five days before the start of class.)

Register onlineL

Meet the Instructor

Carol Whitson, owner of Computer Specialty Services, is a certified Microsoft Office specialist and has her GISP (Geographic Information Specialist Professional) certification. She is proficient in Microsoft Office (2007-2013) family of products, QuickBooks, and Sage software and has taught various GIS and custom software courses.

Carol Whitson

Carol Whitson

 

 

 

 

 

Your Center of Learning business and workforce skills training has been a productive and effective solution to our training needs. The Center for Rural Development is leading the way in providing localized training in this area, and it is our hope The Center will continue to bring new cost-effective quality training to our area.”

 Sgt. Michael Grigsby of Somerset Police Department

 

“This training will increase efficiency at the Lincoln County PVA office and will empower us to better serve the public.”

 Lincoln County PVA David Gambrel

 

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