Team With MCCC for Business and Workforce Success

In these challenging times, we are here to help the business community!

Mercer County Community College maintains a long tradition of serving the essential needs of local businesses, organizations, and governmental agencies.

Whether to start, rebuild or improve a business, Mercer offers a wealth of programs to meet your business needs.

Small Business

Launching And Surviving A Small Business
This course covers what you need to know to succeed and what you need to do to avoid the common pitfalls in opening your own small business. Topics covered will include entrepreneurship, creating a startup vision, registering your business, business startup checklist, resources for startups, and common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Hiring The Right Employee For Your Small Business
The hiring process is never easy. With the numbers of qualified applicants looking for employment on the rise, finding the right candidate can be overwhelming. This course provides you with tools to not only hire the perfect employee, but grow them within the business as well. Some of the topics that will be covered are: critical hiring areas, creating a clear job description, and evaluating qualified candidates. Employee termination process and legal considerations will also be discussed.

Shrm Body Of Competency (Shrm Bock)
Certification Preparation Course -- Applies to the following certifications: SHRM CP (Certified Professional) and SHRM SCP (Senior Certified Professional)

The Center for Continuing Studies at Mercer and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offer a comprehensive review of the major disciplines within the field of human resources in this certification prep course. Utilizing the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge, the course is designed to give human resource professionals new tools for successful performance on the job while helping to prepare them for the national examinations.

Human resource professionals seeking advancement in their career should strongly consider taking this course to prepare for higher-level certification. Prior to taking this course, it is important to review the SHRM CP and SHRM SCP eligibility requirements on the SHRM website:

Special discount for local SHRM chapter members of the Human Resource Management Association of Princeton. For information on becoming a chapter member, see the HRMA chapter website at
Leveraging Google For Your Small Business
Google is a big supporter of small to medium size businesses. To “level the playing field” between large and small companies, Google has developed a suite of tools to help small businesses market their business effectively and at a very low (to no) cost. This course introduces you why Google is important for local business, how the search engine works, Google Analytics, Adwords, GSuite, Google My Business, webmaster tools, and more.

Introduction To Neuro-Linguistic Programming
This course focuses on the foundation skills of NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming). NLP is a popular self-development methodology that studies behavioral patterns created by language. This course explores the specific tools and processes for improved communication and personal transformation using techniques from the field of Neuro-linguistic Programming. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Increase observations to notice more unconscious communication
  • Clarify communication strengths and developmental needs
  • Create resourceful states and resolve emotional challenges more quickly
  • Clarify real goals and create a workable path to goal attainment
  • Discover new ways to positively handle situations and experiences that were frustrating

How To Communicate With Diplomacy, Tact, And Credibility
Learn how to choose and use the most appropriate words and emotional tone for every business interaction. You will gain insights into your communication style and the styles of others while building skills to clearly and effectively receive and transmit information, ideas, thoughts, feelings, and needs.

Overcoming The Fear Of Social Media Marketing
Anyone who has owned their own small business over the past few years has witnessed amazing changes taking place in marketing through social media. This course introduces you to the various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, as well as how to create promotional content and blogging for business.
Strategies For Developing Effective Presentation Skills
Unstable economic times can mean fast and frequently unexpected organizational changes, greater responsibilities and new projects and initiatives. Being a confident, polished speaker is not only necessary but also well advised in order to communicate such matters effectively and persuasively. This five-session seminar offers presentation tips and strategies to help you develop your presentation skills and learn how to present your ideas with conviction, control, and poise—and without fear. Through in-class practice, you will gain the specific presentation skills and direction you need to become comfortable with your own style while receiving expert advice on how to handle especially challenging situations.

Introduction To Bookkeeping
This basic, hands-on, workshop-style manual bookkeeping course covers the complete accounting cycle from business transactions through entry into the books and records. Posting to accounts, preparation of worksheets and financial statements, adjusting journal entries, and closing are also discussed. Introduction to Bookkeeping will prepare you for any accounting or bookkeeping system: manual, one-write, or software driven. Topics include the sales and purchase journals; cash receipts and cash disbursements journal; accounts receivable; inventory; and the use of Excel spreadsheets. Textbook is required and available in college bookstore.

Advanced Bookkeeping
Prerequisite: Introduction to Bookkeeping or equivalent experience
Advanced Bookkeeping revisits topics covered in Introduction to Bookkeeping while focusing on basic concepts and standards underlying financial accounting systems. Several important concepts will be studied in detail including: accruals, journal entries, allowances for doubtful debts, adjusting entries, revenue recognition, inventory, fixed assets, depreciation, liabilities, income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement – as well as their interpretation. Full-charge bookkeeping will be discussed to help prepare for Certification in Bookkeeping. Requires the same book used in Introduction to Bookkeeping, available in the college bookstore.

Computer Training

Recommended: Basic computer knowledge
Learn spreadsheet terminology and basic spreadsheet formatting, how to enter and edit data, move and copy data, use simple functions, and create and modify charts. Textbook is required and available in the college bookstore.
Prerequisite: MS Excel 2016 I
Build upon the skills and concepts learned in Excel 2016 I. Learn how to use multiple worksheets and workbooks efficiently while incorporating more advanced formatting options. Learn how to work with lists and tables while applying advanced charting techniques and worksheet auditing and protection. Textbook is required and available in the college bookstore.
Prerequisite: MS Excel 2016 I and MS Excel 2016 II
Beyond the basics, this course focuses on advanced Excel features that allow you to analyze data thoroughly. Topics such as pivot tables, macros, and VLOOKUP are explained and demonstrated with examples. Students are given the opportunity to apply these techniques to their own files. Textbook is required and available in the college bookstore.

Information Technology

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
The Center for Continuing Studies has joined the AWS Academy program to offer authorized AWS curriculum to students. Courses are taught by AWS Academy Accredited Instructors, who are trained by AWS to help students become proficient in AWS technology, the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted platform.
AWS Academy Cloud Computing Architecture
Cloud Computing Architecture is an AWS Academy curriculum designed to help students develop technical expertise in cloud computing and prepare them for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification exam.
Who should attend: Undergraduate / Graduate students or Professionals with strong foundation in IT concepts and skills seeking cloud-computing expertise.

Prerequisites: Students should have completed AWS Academy Cloud Foundations (Spring 2020); in addition to the technical knowledge and skills in the following topics: Data Center Concepts; Network; Servers and Systems Administration; Storage; Security; Databases

Nonprofit Management

Fundamentals Of Nonprofit Management
A nonprofit can only be as strong as the fundamentals it is built upon. In this class, examine aspects of non-profit organizations that make them unique while focusing on areas critical to their success. Emphasis will be placed on the development of an effective Board, the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, the importance of a mission statement and vision, and the effective management of volunteers.
Marketing And Public Relations For Nonprofits
Marketing and public relations can make or break a nonprofit today. This course focuses on marketing and communication issues and techniques for promoting events and programs while raising a nonprofit’s profile in the public, private, and corporate arenas. Sessions will include tools, resources, procedures, and practical information along with hands-on group and individual exercises. One session will be dedicated to the significance and use of such social media as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Budget Basics
This core course simplifies the mysticism surrounding a nonprofit’s overall organizational budget and provides the vital concepts and components necessary to develop budgets for special programs and fundraisers, along with the related Federal and State reporting requirements. Staff, volunteers, and Board members will benefit from knowing how to read and understand the budget framework to support and promote the mission effectively. No accounting expertise required.
Grant Writing Essentials
Successful Grant Writing can be a valuable resource and survival skill for the nonprofit. This course is designed for beginners with little or no grant writing experience. To enable the class materials to assimilate quickly into real grant opportunities, this course will focus on “Grant Anatomy” with emphasis on research and analysis of applicable grant possibilities and the format for developing a grant proposal. There will be homework assignments, which will include a required final mini-grant project to put into practice what is learned in the class. Textbook is required and available in the college bookstore.
Mercer Institute
Mercer Institute designs and delivers custom training and development programs that help corporate and community organizations address a range of strategic challenges.


Please reach out to us -- Jennifer Kaklamanis ( or Julia West-Johnson ( -- so we can match your interests with our programs. Additionally, Mercer Institute has unique opportunities for minority and veteran-owned businesses. We also will make space available for students in need with reduced or free tuition.

Below are 2-hour courses offered by Mercer Institute virtually to businesses across Mercer County.
Reigniting Your Team
The road to reopening your business has not been an easy one. During their time out of the office many of your employees have suffered tragic losses, battled mental health issues and become disconnected from your customer and business as a whole. In this 2 hour webinar you will learn the 5 things you can do now as a leader to reignite your employee’s passion for your business.
Enhancing Your Online Communications
Effective communication is a necessary skill in the workplace and is essential for building relationships and achieving outcomes. This workshop will help professionals identify their natural communication style and understand the benefits and challenges that come with each approach. Participants will gain an understanding of all four major communication styles and learn how to adapt their natural style according to the audience’s needs.
Setting and Accomplishing SMART Goals for Small Business Owners
One of the biggest challenges for a small business owner is how to work “on” their business and not just “in” their business. In this workshop, small business owners will learn from a seasoned Human Resources leader how to work smarter and not harder in their business by setting and accomplishing SMART goals which lead to big rewards (even if you are the only employee).
Business Writing
A significant amount of business communications occurs via email. Yet, writers may be challenged to get the results they seek. In this course, we will cover techniques to strengthen your correspondence by focusing making your messages clear, concise, correct, courteous, and contemporary.
Stress Management
This stress management program is designed to enable participants to identify the stress in their lives, understand how these stressors affect them, and to learn a variety of coping strategies. Topics include discussing the difference between stress management and stress reduction as well as monitoring measuring what works and what does not.
Marketing in a Digital Environment
Digital marketing is a strategy that allows you to promote products and services on the internet. With most people now turning to the internet for shopping, digital marketing is a critical approach for sustaining and building businesses. In this session you will learn concepts and strategies that will compliment traditional marketing or prepare the business for a full transition to digital marketing.
Zoom Etiquette
Video conferencing is becoming the norm rather than the exception. Whether using Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, or Teams, it is important to present yourself professionally and avoid embarrassing faux pas. In this interactive course, we will cover tips and tricks for using the various platforms, screen sharing, participant management, security, chatting, and settings. Be prepared to use your webcam to create a full experience.
Meaningful Virtual Meetings
This session teaches ways to make meetings more engaging and to increase the participation of meeting attendees. The program teaches how to plan, prepare, and facilitate a meeting without lecturing or dominating the meeting. Several examples of active participation techniques are presented with explanations of how to apply these techniques in the participants own meetings.