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June 22, 2018

New workforce training classes

Our 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

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

Project Management Essentials
June 26
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
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.

Time Management/Organizational Skills/Professionalism
June 28
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
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.

Learning to Lead
July 12
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
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.

Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 1
July 17
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Carol Whitson
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. 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.


Get Going with Intuit QuickBooks
July 18
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Carol Whitson
You will use the basic features of QuickBooks to record and track your business transactions. Students will explore 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.

Better Business Writing 
July 19
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky

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.

Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 2
July 20
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Carol Whitson
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. In this course, you will advance your Excel skills.

Business Etiquette
July 26
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky

Learn how to build relationships, create a professional appearance, develop positive relationships with co-workers, and practice cubicle and office etiquette. In addition, the course teaches students the appropriate behavior and etiquette when using the Internet, in daily communications, and in meetings.

Resume Writing Workshop
July 6
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Southeast Community & Technical College, Middlesboro campus
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Free to anyone who has lost their job due to the declining coal industry 

Your resume is a powerful tool to help you get interviews. Learn how to create an effective resume or improve your current resume.

During the first half of the day, we will discuss creating a resume that will help you stand out to potential employers. You will learn what to include in your professional resume and how to best showcase your skills.

The afternoon session will offer you the chance to create your resume and cover letter with assistance from our instructor. Come prepared with the information you want to include on your resume and we will help you build your resume. You will leave with a copy in hand as well as an electronic copy.

This workshop is free to anyone who has lost their job due to the declining coal industry in Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, McCreary, Owsley, Perry, Pulaski, Rockcastle, and Whitley counties. Anyone else who would like to improve their resume are invited to attend the training for a small registration free. The deadline to register is Monday, June 6.

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