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The Center for Continuing Studies offers courses and certificate programs in the following areas:

  • Nonprofit Management
  • Small Business Management
  • American Management Association Management and Project Management
  • Project Management Institute PMP
  • American Payroll Association
  • SHRM
  • Bookkeeping

Summer courses running in each of these areas are listed below.


As a payroll professional, you know how important it is to maintain your company’s compliance by keeping up with the constantly changing regulations and procedures. Staying current is as important to your company’s bottom line as it is to your career.

The PayTrain College & University® program is designed to increase your knowledge of payroll compliance from a basic understanding to an advanced level, and prepare you for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification exams.

Are you or your staff interested in preparing for the FPC or CPP certification exams?  Or are your or members of your staff new to the industry and need to learn the basics of payroll, our courses will help you meet your goals.

What Is PayTrain College & University®?

In cooperation with the American Payroll Association,The Center for Continuing Studies presents the PayTrain College & University® program for payroll professionals. Comprised of two professional development courses, PayTrain Fundamentals and PayTrain Mastery, this program is designed for all levels of payroll administration. Students in the courses receive live classroom instruction, textbooks, and access to interactive online games and applications to reinforce topics learned.

Enroll in our PayTrain® Mastery course today!

Pay Train Mastery

June 21 - September 20, 2016 (no class July 19 and August 2) / 12 sessions / Tuesdays
Course# NCACC-CS006-01 / $794


Introduction to Bookkeeping

June 8 - July 23, 2016 (no class July 2) / 8 sessions / Wednesdays & Saturdays*
Course# NCACC-CS006-01 / $794

*Wednesdays: 6-9pm and Saturdays: 9am-3:30pm



Grantwriting Essentials

July 20 - August 24, 2016 / 6 sessions / Wednesdays 6:30-9pm / Course# NCBUS-CS022-01/$155

This course is designed for the beginner with little to no grant writing experience. The course will focus on "Grant Anatomy" with emphasis on research and analysis of applicable grant possibilities. The format for developing a grant proposal will be thoroughly discussed.

The Role Emotional Intelligence Plays in Communication

June 7 - June 28, 2016 / 4 sessions / Tuesdays
6-9pm / Course# NCCOM-CS001-01 / $95

Emotional intelligence can empower you to work more successfully with others. Learn about your EQ, how to improve it and the techniques that can be incorporated to create a more positive work environment.


The courses within this area are designed specifically with small business owners in mind as well as those who are planning to start a business. The Certificate in Small Business Management is comprised of four core courses that are relevant to all business owners. From Small Business Start Up and Business Plan Development to Small Business Growth and Financial Development, Choices in Legal Formation and Marketing Your Small Business to Success, you will have the tools you need to start off on a confident footing. Running this summer are:

Small Business Start Up and Business Plan Development

May 24 - June 2, 2016 / 4 sessions / Tuesdays & Thursdays / 6-9pm
Course# NCBUS-CS010-01/$154

Market Your Business on Social Networking Sites

July 7, 2016 / 1 session / Thursday / 6:30-9:30pm / Course# NCMKT-CS002-01 / $54

Choices in Legal Formation

July 18 - 25, 2016 / 2 sessions / Mondays / 6-9pm / Course# NCBUS-CS011-01/$85

Examine the elements of each legal form necessary for proper business operations. Learn the difference between a sole proprietorship, partnership, S and C corporation and LLC. Walk away knowing about the initial legal considerations you need to make when starting your business

Small Business Growth and Financial Development

June 21 - 30, 2016 / 4 sessions / Tuesdays & Thursdays / 6-9pm / Course# NCBUS-CS012-01 /$154

Understand what it takes to develop and effective financial plan for your business that will allow for growth and productive decision making. Learn various methods of designing budgets, analyzing balance sheets, understanding income statements and managing cash flow. Finance options for the small business will also be discussed.

Marketing Your Small Business to Success

June 7 - 16, 2016 / 4 sessions / Tuesdays & Thursdays / 6-9pm / Course# NCMKT-CS001-01 /$154

Starting a new business or improving the profitability of an existing one requires a focused and concise MAP (Marketing Action Plan.) Step through the basic concepts of marketing while understanding how your clients' thoughts will increase your marketing's effectiveness. Learn how to research, analyze and identify trends and your competition while identifying your target market and positioning yourself competitively. Don't miss this class.

Introduction to WordPress

June 16 - July 7, 2016 / 4 sessions / Thursdays / 6-9pm / Course# NCWEB-CS025-01 / $271

Build your own website in no time at all! Let us introduce you to this popular website, blogging and content management system so you can create a WordPress website for YOUR business! This class will have the novice performing hands-on exercises to build pages, add plug-ins, use templates and edit themes.


PMP Prep and Review

May 2 - June 20, 2016 (no class May 19 & May 30) / 14 sessions

Mondays & Thursdays / 6:30-9pm / Course# NCBUS-CS008-01 / $1,082

Earn the Project Management Institute's industry-recognized credential and expand your opportunities. This fast track 35 hour course is designed to prepare you for the PMP exam and gain the most knowledge of project management in the least amount of study time.


AMA courses are nationally recognized for their comprehensiveness and value. Our instructors utilize AMA textbooks as the course foundation while drawing on their own expertise to present material in the most relevant manner.The Center for Continuing Studies is currently offering the AMA's Certificate in Management as well as their Certificate in Project Management. Courses can be taken on an individual basis or as part of the certificate program. The following courses are running this summer:

Understanding and Motivating Employee Performance
(part of the AMA Management Certificate)

July 18 - August 15, 2016 / 5 sessions / Mondays / 6:30-9:30pm
Course# NCBUS-CS059-01 / $278

Successful Negotiating
(part of the AMA Project Management Certificate)

June 1 - 29, 2016 / 5 sessions / Wednesdays / 6:30-9:30pm
Course# NCBUS-CS006-01 / $278

Total Quality Management
(part of the AMA Project Management Certificate)

July 12 - August 9, 2016 / 5 sessions / Tuesdays / 6:30-9:30pm
Course# NCBUS-CS027-01 / $278

Business Writing for Success!

June 8 - June 22, 2016 / 3 sessions / Wednesdays / 6:30-8:30pm
Course# NCCOM-CS038-01 / $66

Never underestimate the power of professional writing. With text messaging and social media, content has become quick and informal. That delivery, when transposed into business communication methods, can come across as terse, unprofessional and grammatically flawed. This workshop will strengthen your professional writing style through instruction on clarity, tone, grammatical insight, peer and instructor review, in-class assignments and writing style discussions.

TO REGISTER: (609) 570-3311 or register ONLINE.

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