The Garden City Telegram
1/1/2013
SOUTHWEST LIFE

Professional and personal enrichment available at GCCC

While everyone knows Garden City Community College provides high-quality credit courses for people seeking degrees, some are still surprised to learn that GCCC also offers short-term, non-credit classes for individuals who want to build career or professional abilities, as well as enrich life through learning.

Usually meeting just a few times each, these classes take place through the GCCC Business and Community Education Department.

The campus will re-open Monday after the holidays, and registration for Business and Community courses will resume, too. The place to go is the top floor of the Student and Community Services Center, and interested individuals are welcome to call 276-9647 or visit www.gcccks.edu/business and community. Information is also available at biz@gcccks.edu.

Learning for industry and on the road

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-Hour Construction Outreach course will meet 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30 and 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 31; with H2S Confined Spaces, Air Monitoring and Respiratory Protection from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 27. The OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Outreach course is coming 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 13 and 8 a.m. to noon March 14, followed by Safe Workplace Practices, meeting NFPA 70E code requirements, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16.

The Kansas Commercial Driver's License course is available for those fluent in English, as well as those more familiar with Spanish. The English-language class is offered 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 2, while the course for those in need of Spanish-language assistance is taking place 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28 and 30, plus Feb. 4, 6 and 11.

Human resources and insurance

People who want to earn Professional in Human Resources or Senior PHR credentials can count on a Society for Human Resource Management course offered with Wichita Area Technical College, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23, March 9 and 30, April 13 and 27, and May 5.

There is also a series of continuing education courses for insurance agents in the areas of Life and Health, Ethics, Property and Casualty. Courses meet consecutively April 23 and 24.

In addition, there will be an online course entitled Management Boot Camp March 4 through 29.

Credit courses, too

While most courses, as noted, are conducted on a non-credit basis, the program is making three available with one hour each of college credit: Supervisor I, Introduction to Accounting, and Fast Track Career Skills.

Supervisor I combines four popular professional development classes conducted in the past. Class members will gather 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 4, 11 and 18. The series is scheduled a second time, 6 to 10 p.m. April 30, May 7 and 14.

Introduction to Accounting is planned 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5, 7, 12 and 13, with an alternate meeting time of 6 to 8 p.m. April 2, 4, 9, 16, 18 and 23. The series combines two previous classes.

In Fast Track Career Skills, participants will learn the same information offered through a trio of prior non-credit courses, meeting 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 8, 10, 15 and 17.

Individual professional development

Many professional development courses are planned on a non-credit basis, including Team Building and Delegation 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 4 or 6 to 10 p.m. April 30; Performance Management, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 18 or 6 to 10 p.m. May 14; and Conflict Management, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 25 or 6 to 10 p.m. May 21. Others range from Fundamentals of Communication, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 8; and Employer Expectation and Work Ethics, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 15; to Time Management, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 17; and ABCs of Accounting, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 7, with an alternate time of 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 2, 4 and 9.

One of the newest opportunities is a luncheon seminar called The Unique Selling Proposition, taking place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 20.

Computer applications

Meanwhile, various computer opportunities are coming up. Among those are Excel 2010 Fundamentals, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and 31, or 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26, 28 and March 5; Excel 2010 Intermediate, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20, or 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 2, 4 and 9; Excel 2010 Advanced, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 5 and 7, or 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 14, 16 and 21; Microsoft Access, 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 12, 14 and 19; QuickBooks Fundamentals, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13, or 6 to 8 p.m. April 16, 18 and 23; and QuickBooks Advanced, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 28, or 6 to 8 p.m. May 2, 7 and 9.

For people new to the digital universe, GCCC is conducting "Welcome to the World of Computers: The Silver Series," with a trio of courses scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. — Computer Basics, Jan. 29 and 31; All About the Web, Feb. 5 and 7; and Discover E-mail, Feb. 19 and 21.

Life enrichment

In addition, the schedule encompasses a series of life enrichment learning options: Woodworking, 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 29 through April 30; Household Power Tools, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25; Upholstery, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 31 through May 16; Country Western Dance, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 17 through Feb. 7; Ballroom Dance, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 21 through March 14; Knitting: A Calm and Productive Hobby, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19 and 21; Knitting Socks, 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 5 and 7.

Costs vary, and registration is necessary at least one week in advance. Each class will take place only with sufficient enrollment. With GCCC opening again Monday, these courses offer a chance to turn 2013 into a new year of opportunity.