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April 24, 2018

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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Get Going with Intuit QuickBooks
Apr 27 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Get Going with Intuit QuickBooks

You will use the basic features of QuickBooks to record and track your business transactions.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explore the QuickBooks interface and access the QuickBooks centers available in QuickBooks 2013 to familiarize yourself with the application
  • 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 options in the Customer Center
  • Create invoice for services using the options in the Vendors Center

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 family of products, QuickBooks, and Sage software, and has taught various custom software courses.

Carol Whitson

Carol Whitson





Fundraising Quickstart training
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Fundraising Quickstart

Are you new to fundraising and don’t know where to start?

Have you been “trying” to raise money for your organization and keep falling short on your goals?

If so, then Fundraising Quickstart is the place to be!

This interactive class is jam-packed with the tools and information you need to get your nonprofit’s fundraising program on track and FAST!

You’ll learn how to craft your message and position your organization for maximum fundraising potential. You’ll learn how to identify and cultivate donors, the most effective fundraising strategies for small nonprofits in rural communities, get ready for grants, develop an annual fundraising plan, and ask for gifts with confidence.

Best of all this class is taught by someone who has successfully raised private funds in some of the most economically challenged communities in Eastern Kentucky. It can be done. Come and find out how!

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Learn how to identify and cultivate donors
  • Most effective fundraising strategies for small nonprofits in rural communities
  • Get ready for grants
  • Develop an annual fundraising plan
  • Ask for gifts with confidence

Cost: $75 (Please register at least five days before the start of class.)

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Meet the Instructor

Susan Caldwell, CFRE, CGW, has worked as a nonprofit manager and professional fundraiser for 25 years. She launched her fundraising career in the early 1990s as a resource development officer at a community college in Eastern Kentucky, where she conducted multi-million dollar major gifts campaigns and established the college’s comprehensive fundraising program.

Since then, Susan has worked with nonprofit organizations throughout Kentucky and across the nation to create fundraising programs that produce results. Causes include animal welfare, addiction recovery, hunger relief, disability services, senior citizens, K-12 and higher education, historic preservation, youth organizations, healthcare, the arts, and Christian ministry.

She has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive since 1997, is a Certified Grant Writer and serves on the board of the Grant Professionals Association Foundation. Today, Susan serves as a consultant with Get Fully Funded, one of the nation’s premier consulting firms specializing in new and small nonprofits.

Susan Caldwell




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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