West Windsor, N.J. – Turn the winter blues into career success with the noncredit career training courses offered at Mercer County Community College’s Center for Continuing Studies (CCS). Most classes are short term and are offered evenings and weekends to accommodate working adults. The center is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
In January, CCS offers the new fashion course taught by Craig Lickliter, “The Fashion Industry as a Career.” A successful executive with more than 30 years experience in the fashion industry, Lickliter has served as executive vice president of Kenneth Cole, Arnold Brant, and Ben Sherman, and currently works for English Laundry, Nicole Miller and Acquaviva. Participants will learn from the expert about how to understand and identify career path opportunities and how to successfully brand oneself in any industry. This six-session course begins Jan. 12.
New to CCS’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program in 2013 is “Technical Strategies for Nonprofit Management” (Feb. 16 –March 9), which provides a practical overview of how and which computer applications provide planning assistance for strategic, accounting, database management, and fundraising decisions. This certificate program begins Jan. 8 with “The Role Emotional Intelligence Plays in Communications.”
For those pursuing employment as brokers, appraisers, or property managers, “Intro to the Fundamentals of Real Estate” will be offered at the college Feb. 5-26. From March 18-April 15, participants can get an introduction on how to invest in income-producing real estate in “Principles of Investing in Real Estate.”
Several new information technology courses will be offered through CCS in the new year, including “Intro to Object-Oriented Programming with C#.NET” (April 10 – May 29). For those looking to get a better understanding of the SQL language, CCS offers Oracle Certification Prep courses, beginning with “Introduction to SQL” (Feb. 16 – March 23). CCNA Training is also available this spring (April 6 – May 18).
For those with an interest in construction project management, CCS offers a certification program, which requires eight core courses and 30 classroom hours of electives. The first core course, “Construction Blueprint Reading,” begins Jan. 8.
Certified medical billing coders typically earn 20 percent more than those who are not certified. This semester, CCS has scheduled its Medical Billing and Coding courses so that students can finish the certificate in one semester. "Medical Terminology: A Short Course" is the first in the series, which begins on Jan 7. Eleven additional classes will be held through May 29.
The AMA Certificate in Project Management is designed to equip individuals with the required skills to set up project plans, schedule work and monitor progress in order to achieve designed projects goals and results. Among the project management courses this winter are "Successful Project Management" (Jan. 8-Feb. 12) and "Successful Negotiating" (Jan 30-Feb. 27).
Two professional development courses for teachers are being offered this winter and spring: “Teacher Tool Belt Part I” for first year teachers (Feb. 23), and “Teacher Tool Belt Part II,” for educators, counselors, parents and social workers seeking to bridge the gap between adults and teens (March 9).
Back to School Night for Adults will be held on Monday, Jan. 7, at 5:30 p.m., with a snow date of Monday, Jan. 14. A free information session on the Phlebotomy Technician program will be held on Monday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 p.m. For locations for both events, click here.
For more course information, including registering for these and other career courses and certificate programs, contact the Center for Continuing Studies at (609) 570-3311, or visit the MCCC website, www.mccc.edu/ccs. Get the CCS’s latest news by visiting the Facebook page.