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January 23, 2019

February training courses


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 3
Jan. 23
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

This course is for those already familiar with Excel 2016, its functions and formulas, a lot of its features and functionality, and its powerful data analysis tools. Now you need to analyze and report on data frequently, work in collaboration with others to deliver actionable organizational intelligence, and keep and maintain workbooks for all manner of purposes.


Microsoft Office Publisher 2016
Feb. 5
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 1
Feb. 6
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

Organizations all over the world rely on information to make sound decisions regarding all manner of affairs. But with the amount of available data growing on a daily basis, the ability to make sense of all of that data is becoming more and more challenging. Fortunately, this is where the power of Microsoft® Office Excel® 2016 can help. 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.  This course covers Microsoft Office Specialist exam objectives to help students prepare for the Excel 2016 Exam and the Excel 2016 Expert Exam.



Keep Going with Intuit QuickBooks
Feb. 14
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. This course combines hands-on examples in a computer and lecture by one of our highly-qualified QuickBooks instructors.


Learning to Lead
Feb. 19
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.


Introduction to PowerPoint
Feb. 20
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
Instructor: Carol Whitson
Cost: $149 per person

It’s hard to imagine a day going by without people passing along large amounts of information. Messages are everywhere, and the number of messages we receive seems to be increasing each day. Whether via phone, email, mass media, or personal interaction, we are subjected to a constant stream of information. With so much communication to contend with, it can be difficult to grab people’s attention. But, we are often called upon to do just that. So, how do you grab and maintain an audience’s focus when you’re asked to present important information? By being clear, organized, and engaging. And, that is exactly what Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2016 can help you do.

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.

You can also use the course to prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification exam for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016.


Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 2
Feb. 22
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. After all, the world runs on data more than ever before and that’s a trend not likely to change, or even slow down, any time soon. But with so much data available and being created on a nearly constant basis, the ability to make sense of that data becomes more critical and challenging with every passing day. 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.

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


Time Management/Organizational Skills/Professionalism
Feb. 26
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Cost: $149 per person

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.

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