Noncredit Business Programs
Foster Career Options, Career Growth


Marge Smith, standing at right, teaches a class in nonprofit management.

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College's Center for Continuing Studies is responding to the educational needs of working adults with a wide selection of short-term noncredit courses and certificate programs this winter and spring. Designed for career advancement, most classes are held evenings and weekends at the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

According to Yvonne Chang, MCCC's director of Community Education, the college expands its noncredit course options according to needs identified by the business community, while meeting needs identified by thousands of students who take classes each year. The programs attract students with all levels of education, even those with advanced degrees.

In the health professions, Mercer's noncredit programs include Medical Billing and Coding, and Pharmacy Technology. The college continues its highly successful program in "Drug Development and Clinical Research" for those with a B.A. or B.S. in a health-related field who wish to prepare for a new career in the pharmaceutical industry. A free information session is set for Jan. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Those with some background in the growing field of landscape design and horticulture will be able to sign up for the "Certified Landscape Professionals" program. Classes run Jan. 19 through March 2, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program prepares students for the Certified Nursery Landscape Professional Examination.

New this season is a series of five classes in Inventory Management, taught by instructors certified by the Association for Operations Management. The classes are designed for supervisors and managers in manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and operations. The first workshop, covering the basics of inventory management, takes place March 20 and 22.

In association with the Project Management Institute, Mercer is offering three classes, beginning March 13, taught by Frank J. Gerard, an author, speaker and project management consultant with nearly 20 years of corporate training experience.

New individual classes this semester include "How to Get Your Website in Yahoo's Top Ten Search Results" Mar. 10-April 21, "Sports Turf Management" Feb. 28-Mar. 28, and "Fitness Management Certificate Course" Feb. 25-April 1.

Accountants and teachers can choose from a variety of continuing education classes. MCCC is registered with the NJ State Board of Accountancy and awards Continuing Professional Education credits. The college is also registered with the NJ Department of Education as a provider of professional development.

The college is again offering certificate programs in a variety of business specialties such as Human Resource Management, Marketing and Communications, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Payroll, AMA Leadership Excellence, AMA Management, Small Business Management, Construction Management and more.

The division continues to expand its online training options, with hundreds of courses on topics ranging from anatomy to web design. Most courses run for six weeks and are composed of 12 lessons that can be completed at any time of day or night.

While classes begin year-round, MCCC's Continuing Studies noncredit course bulletins are mailed to county residents three times each year. The current bulletin is available online here. For further information and to register for all noncredit courses call (609) 570-3311 or e-mail