Classes for Career Development and Personal Enrichment
Abundant at MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies This Winter


The winter months can be a time to hunker down by the fire -- or to take classes that enhance your professional resume and enrich your personal life. At Mercer County Community College's (MCCC) Center for Continuing Studies, classes begin in January to help adults advance their careers in areas including computer software, small business and nonprofit management, accounting and bookkeeping, marketing, and communications, with numerous programs leading to professional certifications. On the personal side, MCCC's noncredit classes range from creative writing to painting to learning a foreign language, and much more. Most classes are offered evenings and weekends to accommodate busy schedules. Classes meet on Mercer's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

One of the Center's newest certificate programs is the "Business Analyst." Instructor Peter Johnson applies his 20-plus years of information technology (IT) experience to address issues in product marketing, project management and IT management. Participants will improve their understanding of business analysis tasks and techniques, and be prepared to apply for certification from the International Institute of Business Analysis. Classes will be held Saturdays, Mar. 1-29, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The certificate program in "Meeting and Event Planning" will be taught by Joanne Joham, CMP. Joham is the regional director for North America for the International Congress and Convention Association, and has represented and worked with convention centers, hotels, international airlines, congress organizers and destination management companies. Designed for those new to the field, as well as those who want to build on their credentials, the course will emphasize the development and implementation of clear objectives for each event right from the concept stage. The course meets for 10 sessions, Mar. 12-May 28, 6-9 p.m.

"Faith Based Community Development" is a new certificate program developed by instructor Dr. Gloria Frederick. With an extensive resume of leadership in the non-profit sector, Frederick will teach the first class in the series from Apr. 5-June 7 to help religious and faith leaders from all denominations enhance the planning, financing, and implementation of youth initiatives, child care services, housing development, commercial real estate development, workforce development and business enterprises. In addition to this class, the certificate includes four other core courses - in finance and accounting, fundraising, human resource development, and marketing and public relations, as well as related electives.

A potent approach to organizational management will be covered in "Six Sigma White Belt," a one-day workshop on "lean" business thinking on Feb. 12, and "Six Sigma Yellow Belt," an in-depth course from Feb. 15-Mar. 17. Taught by Lawrence Solow, president of 3-D Change, Inc., the first workshop will present general principles for eliminating "non-value added" work, while the Yellow Belt course will focus on the Six Sigma methodology of improving organizations through the effective integration of strategy, processes and people.

In the computer field, many classes are offered for IT professionals. Those with A+ certification can take two courses in "Computer Forensics," which covers how and where data is stored, and how to recover it using commercial and open source software utilities. "Computer Forensics I" will be held Feb. 4-Mar. 18; "Computer Forensics II" will be held Apr. 1-May 13. Other IT classes include JavaScript and DHTML, Flash MX, Dreamweaver 8. Cisco courses will provide certification training as a network associate, network professional and voice professional. Web design courses teach participants how to develop attractive and informative business websites. Six required courses and one elective in this area lead to the "Web Developer/Programmer Certificate." In the online "PC Repair" certificate program, participants will learn to repair, troubleshoot, install and maintain systems, as well as replace motherboards and memory. Classes are also offered in popular software including Microsoft Excel, MS Access, Quickbooks, MS PowerPoint, basic computer literacy and keyboarding skills, and many more.

For those preparing for academic admissions tests, the Center offers review classes for the "Praxis 2" exam Jan. 7-Mar. 17; the Graduate Record Exam Feb. 5-Mar. 11; and the Graduate Management Admittance Test (GMAT) Feb. 7-Mar. 13. Preparation for the SATs and LSATs is available through Mercer's online "Ed To Go" program.

Courses in writing include the new "Writing for TV" from Feb. 4-Mar. 10; "Creative Writing" from Feb. 20-Apr. 2; "Advanced Creative Writing" from Apr. 16-May 4; and "Writing and Illustrating Books for Children" from Apr. 23-May 28. "Grammar for Grown-Ups," from Mar. 11-Apr. 1, and "Writing Without Fear," from Mar. 4-Apr. 8, will help adults refresh their writing skills and gain confidence in their written communications.

Online offerings continue to grow. Registrants can choose from hundreds of courses that typically run for six weeks and include 12 lessons that can be completed any time. Lessons provide a variety of activities such as online discussion groups, quizzes, projects, supplementary links and more. A new section of each course starts monthly. To learn more about online classes, click here.

The Center's courses for personal interest span the spectrum - from personal finance and homebuying, to gardening, painting, glass bead making, photography, fitness and more. The MCCC Culinary Center offers courses that focus on both cooking basics and gourmet techniques, as well as cuisines from around the world.

Information on all of MCCC's professional and personal interest courses is available in the course brochure available here. For a printed copy, call (609) 570-3311. For e-mail inquiries, the address is

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