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Center to launch leadership, computer skills courses

Are you an experienced manager looking to build essential leadership skills while learning how to self-direct and get the optimal performance from your work team?

Or do you simply need to build basic computer skills, like learning how to create a professional Power-Point presentation, organizing your records-keeping system with Microsoft Excel, or learning how to use the Internet as a research tool?

In either case, The Center for Rural Development stands ready to provide the solutions you need through its two latest instructor-led training courses to be launched by Your Center of Learning, The Center’s new workforce- and career-training program.

The next two available course offerings—Executive Leadership Essentials and Technical Essentials—are both scheduled to begin on Feb. 2 at The Center, located at 2292 South U.S. 27 in Somerset.

The seven-week Executive Leadership Essentials course will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and will provide participants the basic fundamentals of leadership training. The course will take a look at accountability versus blame; delegation; coaching and mentoring; change management; analyzing performance problems; leading teams to optimal performance; and building self-directed teams.

In the six-week Technical Essentials course, participants will learn the fundamentals of computers and many of today’s leading software programs. The course will be held from 5:45-8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A professional instructor teach the basics of Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word computer software programs; using the Internet as a research tool; time management; and organizational skills.

The Center launched its full slate of Your Center of Learning instructor-led, in-person training courses and more than 300 Web-based courses available through its Online Learning Solutions system on Jan. 12 and 14 in Pineville and Somerset at the first two of several regional orientation meetings for area jobseekers and employers.

Your Center of Learning’s instructor-led courses—provided over six-to-10-week sessions—help participants build the skills they need to set themselves apart from their peers in a highly competitive business environment. 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.

Specialty courses are also being offered where participants can receive training necessary to become a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or start their own small business through the intensive, six-month Business Your Way entrepreneurship program.

Additionally, Your Center for Learning’s Online Learning Solutions is an internet portal where participants can find more than 300 affordable online courses. New six-week sessions of each online course are available every month. Each course features comprehensive hands-on instruction, quizzes, assignments, and a final exam.

A professional instructor facilitates each course, and is available to answer questions on course content, give feedback, and guide participants along the online learning experience.

For additional information on Your Center of Learning, contact Jessica Melton at The Center for Rural Development at 606-677-6000 or via e-mail at jmelton@centertech.com.


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