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September 16, 2019

Business & Community Training Center

Students enjoy professional instruction during Your Center of Learning Training Cources The Center for Rural Development stands ready to provide solutions to move your business ahead in a highly competitive business environment and critical training for your employees in Business & Community Training Center, The Center’s workforce- and career-training program.

Business & Community Training Center offers instructor-led, in-person training courses to help businesses meet their workforce needs.

The instructor-led courses—both in the form of one-day classes and more extensive six-to-10-week sessions—help participants build the skills they need to set themselves apart from their peers in a fast-paced, ever-changing business climate. Instructors teach critical concepts using a fun, hands-on approach to help address all types of learning styles.

Subject matter covered by the courses includes leadership, communication styles, entry-level management, computer literacy, sales, and customer service.

These courses are open to individuals, or to employers who wish to send blocks of their employees for training.

Current Business & Community Training Center courses are listed below, for a list of all events at The Center please check out our upcoming events page.

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Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 2
Sep 17 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 2 

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

The ability to analyze massive amounts of data, extract actionable information from it, and present that information to decision makers is at the foundation of a successful organization that is able to compete at a high level.

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to leverage the power of data analysis and presentation in order to make informed, intelligent or organizational decisions.

You will:

  • Work with functions
  • Work with lists
  • Analyze data
  • Visualize data with charts
  • Use PivotTables and PivotCharts

Target Students
This course is targeted for students who already have basic understanding and skills in Excel 2016 and who wish to begin taking advantage of some of the higher-level functionality in Excel to analyze and present data.

Cost: $149 (Please register at least five days before the start of class.)

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Meet the Instructor

Carol Whitson, owner of Computer Specialty Services, is a certified Microsoft Office specialist and has her GISP (Geographic Information Specialist Professional) certification. She is proficient in Microsoft Office (2007-2013) family of products, QuickBooks, and Sage software and has taught various GIS and custom software courses.

Carol Whitson

Carol Whitson




Grant Writing 101 Workshop
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


If you are a beginning grant writer, Grant Writing 101 will provide you with the essential tools needed to write a successful grant proposal from start to finish.

For those more experienced, Grant Writing 101 will sharpen your skills and keep you up-to-date through discussions of current grant writing trends.

Learn about the grantsmanship process – from foundation research and cultivation to the development and writing of a winning proposal. You will learn about the typical questions funders ask when considering a proposal and the criteria used. Tips for ensuring grant compliance and improving your chances of future grant success will be discussed.

Cost: $149

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Meet the Instructor

Melissa Vermillion has been a grant writer for Hazard Community and Technical College since 2010. Currently, she is director of grants and contracts. Vermillion has successful written grant applications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Endowment of the Arts, Appalachian Regional Commission, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA), the Department of Education TRIO Programs, and several private funders. Prior to joining the college, she was the director for Aging Programs in Perry County where she was also successful in a variety grant opportunities.  Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in business administration from Morehead State University.  She has been married to Kevin Vermillion for 30 years, and they have two adult children, Rebekah and Alex.

Melissa Vermillion







Your Center of Learning business and workforce skills training has been a productive and effective solution to our training needs. The Center for Rural Development is leading the way in providing localized training in this area, and it is our hope The Center will continue to bring new cost-effective quality training to our area.”

 Sgt. Michael Grigsby of Somerset Police Department


“This training will increase efficiency at the Lincoln County PVA office and will empower us to better serve the public.”

 Lincoln County PVA David Gambrel


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