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March 24, 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.

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Mar
27
Mon
Get Going with Intuit QuickBooks
Mar 27 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

CFRD_LOGO-red-leadershipStudents will use the basic features of QuickBooks to record and track business transactions.

Course Objective
Upon successful completion of this course, students 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: $99

Register onlineL

 

 

 

(Students must register at least five days before the start of class.)

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

 

 

 

 

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

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Course Objective
Upon successful completion of this course, students 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: $99

Register onlineL

 

 

 

(Students must register at least five days before the start of class.)

 

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

 

 

 

 

Apr
11
Tue
Project Management Fundamentals
Apr 11 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Successfully managing a project requires effective planning and adherence to the industry’s best practices in every step of the process. By understanding the fundamentals of project management, you will be better prepared to initiate a project in your organization and position it for success. In this course, you will identify effective project management practices and their related processes.

Course Objectives
In this course, you will examine the elements of sound project management and apply the generally recognized practices to successfully manage projects.

You will:

  • Identify the key processes and requirements of project management
  • Initiate a project
  • Plan for time and cost
  • Plan for project risks, communication, and change control
  • Execute, manage, and control a project
  • Close a project

Target Student: This course is designed for individuals whose primary job is not project management, but who manage projects on an informal basis. Also, anyone who is considering a career path in project management and desiring a complete overview of the field and its generally accepted practices can benefit from this course.

Cost: $99

Register onlineL

 

 

 

(Please register five days before the start of class.)

 

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

 

 

 

 

Apr
13
Thu
Microsoft Office Publisher 2016
Apr 13 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing software application capable of producing greeting cards, certificates, newsletters, and other printed publications.

Publisher offers a large selection of “building blocks” that can be dragged into your documents, helping you to create page elements such as calendars, newsletter sidebars, and borders.

Publisher integrates mail merge features, which is handy when you need to send publications to a list of customers, and it’s possible to export publications as HTML web pages or PDF documents. With a user-friendly interface, Microsoft Publisher makes it easy to create and edit publications.

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

  • Perform basic tasks in the Microsoft Publisher interface
  • Add content in a publication
  • Format text in a publication
  • Edit the contents of a publication
  • Add and format graphics
  • Print and share a publication

Target Students
This course is intended for individuals in a variety of job roles, such as publishing specialists, layout specialists, graphic designers, or any other knowledge workers, who need to use Microsoft Publisher 2106 to create, lay out, edit, and share publications.

Cost: $99

Register onlineL

 

 

 

(Please register five days before the start of class.) 

 

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

 

 

 

Apr
19
Wed
Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 1
Apr 19 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

CFRD_LOGO-red-leadershipBy applying the robust functionality that’s built into Excel to your organization’s raw data, you will be able to gain a level of insight into that data that would have been nearly impossible just a couple of decades ago.

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: $99

Register onlineL

 

 

 

(Please register five days before the start of class.)

 

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

 

 

 

Apr
21
Fri
Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 2
Apr 21 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

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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: $99

Register onlineL

(Please register five days before the start of class.)

 

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

 

 

 

Apr
27
Thu
CyberSAFE (Securing Assets for End-Users)
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

Welcome to CyberSAFE (Securing Assets for End-Users) Extended Edition.

Regardless of your computer experience, this class will help you become more aware of technology-related risks and what you can do to protect yourself and your organization from them.

This course will help you understand security compliance considerations, social engineering, malware, and various other data security-related concepts. In this course, you will explore the hazards and pitfalls and learn how to use technology safely and securely.

Course objectives
In this course, you will identify many of the common risks involved in using conventional end-user technology, as well as ways to use it safely, to protect yourself from those risks.

You will:

  • Identify the need for security
  • Secure devices like desktops, laptops, smartphones, and more
  • Secure your use of the Internet

Target Students
This course is designed for you as a non-technical end-user of computers, mobile devices, networks, and the Internet, to enable you to use technology more securely to minimize digital risks. This course is also designed for you to prepare for the Certified CyberSAFE credential.

Cost: $99

Register onlineL

 

 

 

(Please register five days before the start of class.)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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