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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

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


Excellence in Supervision
April 23
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Cost: $149 per person

This course will show you 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 performance.


Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 2
April 29
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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.


Grant Writing 201
May 2
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: Melissa Vermillion
Cost: $149 per person

In Grant Writing 201, you’ll learn some of the most important parts about preparing and submitting a successful federal grant application. Instructor Melissa Vermillion, grant writer for Hazard Community & Technical College, will cover what to look for in a grant solicitation and how to make your application competitive. Participants also will take an in-depth look at an online system,, focused on improving access to services via the Internet. The website is currently the single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.