N.J. - In an ongoing effort to assist workers in a slow economy
and respond to the ever evolving business sector, Mercer County
Community College's Center for Continuing Studies announces a broad
array of noncredit business courses coming this fall. Taught by
experts in their fields, many courses are offered as part of certificate
programs, but can also be taken on an individual basis. Most classes
are presented in the evening and on weekends on Mercer's West Windsor
campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Computer technology training continues to be one of the center's
key areas of focus from the most basic course in "Keyboarding"
Sept. 10-29 to advanced programming certifications. Essential office
skills are taught in classes on Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007,
including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. For technology professionals,
courses cover the latest software for web design and development,
as well as introductory and advanced courses in HTML, Flash,
for Cisco Network Associate, JAVA Programmer/Developer, and Oracle
certification are also offered. A new option is the certificate
in Graphic Design, which teaches marketable design skills for both
the web and print. IT professionals seeking a better understanding
of business analysis in large or small organizations will gain hands-on
insight in the four-session course, "Business Analysis -
IIBA Body of Knowledge , Oct. 24-Nov. 14. Participants
will fulfill the educational requirements that business analysts
need to apply for the Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)
examination and certificate.
In the current economic climate, the nonprofit sector is facing
new challenges daily. The Nonprofit Management Certificate program
has added workshops in "Building a Key Leadership Team"
Sept. 17 and Oct. 1, and "Developing an Effective Board"
Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 2. Other key courses in the series cover grantwriting,
marketing, technology strategies, fundraising and more.
Mercer offers several courses to prepare those interested in entering
the real estate field, either as an agent or a property owner. "Real
Estate Pre-Licensing" teaches state-required basics on
topics such as contracts, mortgages, deeds and more on Saturdays,
Sept. 26-Dec. 5. Upon completion, participants will be prepared
to take the New Jersey state exam. Other courses include "How
to Buy Foreclosed Properties" on Oct. 3 and "Five
Things to Do before Putting Your Home on the Market" on
With social networking now connecting vast numbers of people on
both the business and personal level, "Social Networking
for Beginners" on Oct. 1 and 8, and "Market Your
Business on Social Networking Sites" on Oct. 14 will explore
a variety of uses and issues for making the most of this technology
both personally and professionally.
Employment opportunities continue to be plentiful in many areas
of health care. The "Certified Nurse Aide" program,
held from Oct. 3-Jan. 9, is approved by the state of New Jersey
and is completed in 50 classroom and 40 clinical hours. Those already
certified as CNAs may pursue additional certification as a "Home
Health Aide" in three sessions Nov. 7, 14 and 21. A new
"Dental Radiologic Technologist" course, from Sept.
9-Dec. 16, prepares participants for jobs in the dentistry field,
while a certificate program in Gerontology provides comprehensive
preparation for careers in the field of aging, beginning with "Process
of Aging" Sept. 26-Oct. 3.
Non-traditional career fields are providing new avenues for employment.
In "New Jersey State Certified Animal Control Officer,"
seven classes from Sept. 26-Nov. 7, plus 20 hours of field experience,
will qualify participants to serve as an officer in a New Jersey
municipality. Other offerings such as "How to Become an
Adjunct Professor" on Oct. 5, "Internet Money Making
Opportunities" on Oct. 15, and "Locomotive Engineer
and Conductor Basic Training Certificate" from Oct. 3-Nov.
24 provide additional career preparation.
The center continues to expand its online training options with
hundreds of courses that can be taken at any time of day or night.
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