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October 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.


Sell Not Tell
No-cost soft skills training
Oct. 16
1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (EST)
The Center for Rural Development
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Presented by The Center for Rural Development and Appalachian Regional Commission

After completing this training, you’ll learn how to build trust, respect and rapport, and motivate others to work together as a team to meet common goals.


Excellence in Supervision
Oct. 25
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Cost: $149 per person

In this course, you’ll learn 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 success.


Microsoft Office Excel 2016 Part 2
Oct. 29
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
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.


Keep Going with QuickBooks
Oct. 30
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
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. The topics range from memorizing transactions, customizing forms to sharing files with an accountant.


Introduction to PowerPoint 2016
Nov. 11
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

Gone are the days of flip charts or drawing on a white board to illustrate your point. Today’s audiences are tech savvy, accustomed to high-impact multimedia content, and stretched for time. By learning how to use the vast array of features and functionality contained within PowerPoint 2016, you will gain the ability to organize your content, enhance it with high-impact visuals, and deliver it with a punch. In this course, you will use PowerPoint 2016 to begin creating engaging, dynamic multimedia presentations.


Microsoft Office 2016 Part 1
Nov. 13
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
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.


Microsoft Office Word: Beyond the Basics
Nov. 14
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
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.


Learning to Lead
Nov. 15
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
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 communication your vision.


Get Going with QuickBooks
Nov. 16
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
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 available in QuickBooks, 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 makers is at the foundation of a successful organization that is able to compete at a high level.


Microsoft Office Publisher 2016
Nov. 26
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

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.


Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 2
Nov. 27
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

Whether you need to crunch numbers for sales, inventory, information technology, human resources, or other organizational purposes and departments, the ability to get the right information to the right people at the right time can create a powerful competitive advantage. 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.


Keep Going with QuickBooks
Nov. 28
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
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. The topics range from memorizing transactions, customizing forms to sharing files with an accountant.


Time Management/Organizational Skills/Professionalism
Nov. 29
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Cost: $149 per person

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.

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