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The Center launching series of one-day career-training courses

Are you looking to learn more about the latest in computer software applications in the Microsoft Office suite?

Or are you interested in moving up the career ladder in your company by taking on a leadership role in a major team project?

If you need to build those skills—but on a tight budget and timeframe—The Center for Rural Development stands ready to provide the solutions you need for success with a new series of one-day training courses through Your Center of Learning, The Center’s workforce- and career-training program.

Starting in late March, The Center will launch these one-day courses to quickly bring employees up to speed on a number of key topics, including: today’s latest computer software applications featuring the Microsoft Office suite, mastering project management skills, and resolving customer conflicts in day-to-day business relationships.

In addition, local elected officials in throughout the region who successfully complete any of Your Center of Learning’s seven new one-day courses are eligible to receive 6.5 training hours per course through an approved training arrangement with the Kentucky Department for Local Government.

All courses will be held from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in meeting rooms at The Center, located at 2292 South U.S. 27 in Somerset at Traffic Light 15.

“The employers and jobseekers of our region have told us their needs, and we listened and responded with Your Center of Learning,” Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, said. “We will be providing this training for people who need to rebound from a layoff or simply want to move up the career ladder, and to groups of employees of businesses where leaders are looking to boost productivity and management ability.

“The Center is also very pleased to be partnering with the Kentucky Department for Local Government to offer our region’s elected officials continuing training that is relevant to their official duties,” Lawson added.

The new Your Center of Learning one-day courses shown below are only $149 per person unless otherwise noted:

· Excel I – Class starts March 26: This course will teach participants how to use Microsoft Office Excel to manage, edit, and print data.

· Resolving Customer Conflict – Class starts March 31: Participants will become familiar with the basic skills needed to resolve conflict and understand how change plays an important role in managing day-to-day business relationships.

· Access I – Class starts April 14: This course will introduce participants to the concept of the relational database and the Microsoft Access 2003 relational database application and its information management tools.

· Migration to Office 2007 – Class starts April 16: This course is designed for Microsoft Officer users who are migrating to Office 2007 (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook). Participants will learn how to use the redesigned Office 2007 interface, which replaces familiar menus and toolbars with the new “ribbon.” Cost: $195 per person

· Excel II – Class starts April 21: In this course, participants will use Microsoft Office Excel 2003 to streamline and enhance spreadsheets with templates, charts, graphics, and formulas.

· Access II – Class starts May 5: For the more advanced Microsoft Access users, this course will give participants the tools to design and create a new Access database, how to customize database components, and how to share Access data with other applications.

· Project Management Fundamentals – Class starts May 13: This course provides the theory and core methodology participants will need to manage projects or participate on project teams. The course does not make use of any project management software application, but instead focuses on the conceptual underpinnings that participants must know in order to use any project management software effectively. Cost: $225 per person.

Your Center of Learning also offers instructor-led courses—provided over six-to-10-week sessions—and more than 300 affordable online courses taught by professionals in their respective fields. Find out more about those offerings at www.centertech.com.

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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