MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies Offers
New Business Training Opportunities this Fall


West Windsor, 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, Adobe Illustrator, JavaScript & DHTML. Advanced courses 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 Oct. 29.

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. Click here to learn more.

For further information and/or to register for noncredit courses, call (609) 570-3311 or e-mail The current bulletin is available online here.

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