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August 18, 2018

Career & workforce training classes


The Center for Rural Development’s Business & Community Training Center provides customized instructor-led training courses to build your leadership and workforce technical skills.

For more information or to register for any of these classes, call Patti Simpson at 606-677-6000 or email psimpson@centertech.com.

Registration is $149 per class for business classes. Please register at least five days before the start of each class.


Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 2
Aug. 28
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development (Somerset)
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

You already know how to get Excel to perform simple calculations and how to modify your workbooks and worksheets to make them easier to read, interpret, and present to others. But Excel is capable of doing so much more. To gain a truly competitive edge, you need to be able to extract actionable organizational intelligence from your raw data. In other words, when you have questions about your data, you need to know how to get Excel to provide the answers for you. And that’s exactly what this course aims to help you do.


Project Management Essentials
Aug. 29
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development (Somerset)
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Cost: $149 per person

This course covers fundamentals of project management. Students learn how to identify project participants, goals, objectives, activities, and constraints. Course activities also cover activity dependencies, activity analysis, project schedules and budgets, network diagrams, Gantt charts, CPM scheduling, and activity duration compression.


Microsoft Office Word Beyond the Basics 2016
Aug. 31
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development (Somerset)
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

Ready to tackle more advanced features in Word? These features enable you to create complex and professional documents with a consistent look and feel. They also enable you to automate tedious tasks, such as preparing a letter to send to every customer of your organization. Creating professional-looking documents can help you give your organization a competitive edge. Implementing time-saving features, such as document templates and automated mailings, helps your organization reduce expenses. Mastering these techniques will make you a valued employee in your organization.


Professionalism in the Office (Manage with Authority and Fairness)
No-cost soft skills training
Sept. 6
1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Union College, ABC Conference Room, (Barbourville)
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Presented by The Center for Rural Development and Appalachian Regional Commission

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.


Conflict Management
Sept. 10
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development (Somerset)
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Cost: $149 per person

Whether it’s in the form of visible hostility or silent resentment, conflict in the workplace can take a devastating toll on productivity and morale. Managing interpersonal differences is essential to business and protects the emotional health of employees. In this class, you will learn how to help others settle their differences and work constructively as individuals and groups with a common


Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 1
Sept. 11
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development (Somerset)
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

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. It will also make these tasks much easier for you to accomplish, and in much less time, than if you used traditional pen-and-paper methods or non-specialized software. This course aims to provide you with a foundation for Excel knowledge and skills, which you can build upon to eventually become an expert in data manipulation


CyberSAFE (Securing Assets for End-Users)
Sept.12
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development (Somerset)
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

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. CyberSAFE (Securing Assets for End-Users) will help you to understand security compliance considerations, social engineering, malware, and various other data security-related concepts. During the course, you will explore the hazards and pitfalls and learn how to use technology safely and securely.


Get Going with Intuit QuickBooks
Sept. 14
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development (Somerset)
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

You will use the basic features of QuickBooks to record and track your business transactions. Students will be able to explore the QuickBooks interface and access the QuickBooks centers; set up a company and update the Chart of Accounts; build and manage lists; manage inventory; record a product sale; create invoice for services; and work with bank accounts.


Motivating at Work
Sept. 18
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development (Somerset)
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Cost: $149 per person

Follow these handy tips and you will increase team performance while making the job more enjoyable for everyone. Become a leader who inspires and rewards employees to give their best. Raise expectations and performance. Learn how to create a motivating workplace. Increase productivity with the LEARN method.


Learning to Lead
Sept. 20
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development (Somerset)
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Cost: $149 per person

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.


Keep Going with Intuit QuickBooks
Sept. 24
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development (Somerset)
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

Keep Going with QuickBooks is for students already familiar with Intuit QuickBooks wanting to advance their skills and improve performance. Topics range from memorizing transactions, customizing forms to sharing files with an accountant.


Time Management 
No-cost soft skills training
Sept. 25
1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (EST)
Lake Cumberland Area Development District (Russell Springs)
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Presented by The Center for Rural Development and Appalachian Regional Commission

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of time management. You will learn how to evaluate the use of time, correctly identify and control time-wasters, identify goals and set priorities, implement time-management techniques for travelers, and develop an overall time management plan.


Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 2
Sept. 26
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development (Somerset)
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

You already know how to get Excel to perform simple calculations and how to modify your workbooks and worksheets to make them easier to read, interpret, and present to others. But, Excel is capable of doing so much more. To gain a truly competitive edge, you need to be able to extract actionable organizational intelligence from your raw data. In other words, when you have questions about your data, you need to know how to get Excel to provide the answers for you. And that’s exactly what this course aims to help you do.

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