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1/5/2013

GCCC to offer Kansas CDL prep courses

GCCC to offer Kansas CDL prep courses

Job seekers and others who want to earn their Kansas Commercial Driver's Licenses can prepare for the required examination through a short-term, non-credit course coming up from the Garden City Community College Business and Community Education Department.

The standard CDL Exam Preparation class will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the consecutive Saturdays of Feb. 23 and March 2 for individuals fluent in English. For drivers who need to build up their English language skills first, a CDL-focused minimum English class will take place 6 to 8 p.m. over five sessions scheduled Jan. 28, 30, Feb. 4, 6 and 11.

Registration and information are available Monday and later on the top floor of the GCCC Student and Community Services Center, by calling 276-9647 or at www.gcccks.edu/business and community. Registration is necessary at least one week before classes start, and each will take place only with sufficient enrollment. Information is also available at biz@gcccks.edu.

The cost of the CDL course is $199 per person, and it will cover all material necessary to succeed on the state written exam, as well as addressing air brakes, combination vehicles and vehicle inspection. Participants also will receive a practice test, though the class doesn't include actual exam administration.

The cost of the minimum English course is $199, and it will cover CDL-oriented listening and speaking skills in English, as well as key workplace phrases specific to the CDL. The course is designed to help drivers comply with U.S. Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations that specify the need to speak English sufficiently to communicate, read traffic signs, respond to official inquiries and fill out reports and records.

GCCC to offer computer software classes

Southwest Kansans can master the elements of three primary spreadsheet, database and accounting computer applications at varied levels in a series of short-term, non-credit courses being offered soon by the GCCC Business and Community Education Department.

Excel 2010 Fundamentals will be offered 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and 31 at a cost of $135, and it will be conducted a second time from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26, 28 and March 5.

Excel 2010 Intermediate has been scheduled from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20, with a fee of $135, and offered a second time with three meetings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 2, 4 and 9.

Excel 2010 Advanced, also available at $135, has been planned from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 5 and 7, with an alternative three-session time of 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 14, 16 and 21.

Meanwhile, a Microsoft Access course has been scheduled 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 12, 14 and 19, with a $135 fee.

In addition, Quickbooks will be taught 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13 at the intermediate level and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 28 at the advanced level, with either class available at a $135 fee. Quickbooks Fundamentals will be conducted a second time, 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 16, 18 and 23; while Quickbooks Advanced has been scheduled a second time, 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 2, 7 and 9. The Quickbooks classes are co-sponsored by the Kansas Small Business Development Center.

Registration and information is available on the top floor of the GCCC Student and Community Services Center, by calling 276-9647 or at www.gcccks.edu/business and community. Registration is necessary at least one week before classes start, and each will take place only with sufficient enrollment.

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