Workforce Development Announces October Courses

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(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Oct. 10, 2013) - - - Columbia State Community College’s Center for Workforce Development is offering a variety of professional development courses. Courses include computer, healthcare, customer service and workplace regulations for anyone who would like to learn new skills or add to current skill sets.

“Introduction to Word 2010” is a hands-on class in which participants will learn how to do basic editing and use document layout features of the popular word processing software. This class will be held at the Columbia campus Friday, Oct. 18.

“Microsoft Project 2010” is a course that will teach students how to effectively plan, implement, and manage projects by organizing a project's details, schedules, tasks, resources and costs. This class will take place Oct. 25 on the Columbia campus.

The “Introduction to QuickBooks 2013” course covers banking and billing activities, working with reports and budgets, protecting and backing up data, and additional updates for the 2013 software. This class will take place on the Williamson County campus Oct. 26.

“OSHA Basic Safety” is the basic course on Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Safety regulations, and provides a “quick start” on TOSHA compliance for those who may be newly assigned to safety responsibilities. For those who are already somewhat familiar with the standards, the seminar is an excellent opportunity to fill in the gaps and talk with actual TOSHA compliance officers. The class includes TOSHA's traditional approach to enforcement of these regulations, any new interpretations leading to enforcement changes, and updates on new requirements. Topics covered are Top 25 cited standards; walking-working surfaces; exit routes, emergency plans and fire; prevention plans; personal protective equipment; machine guarding; lockout/tagout; and electrical safety. This course will take place at the Columbia campus Oct. 23.

“Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider (CPR)” is a seven-hour course which reviews basic life support and airway obstruction. Students will be working with mannequins to practice and perfect skills. The class will be held at the Williamson County campus Oct. 26.

“Pharmacy Technician Certificate” is a live-lecture course for the popular medical program, and students can earn a certificate and should qualify for immediate employment in Tennessee's growing healthcare industry. The course will begin at the Williamson County campus Oct. 21 and continue through Dec. 12.

“Creating a Service Culture: The Service Leader’s Role” will focus on learning how to choose opportunities to use authority and influence to improve customer service, focus efforts to achieve the results most important to customers, and inspire service providers to take actions that create customer loyalty. This course will be at the Columbia campus Tuesday, Oct. 15.

“Paralegal Career Advancement Certificate” is a live-lecture course in which students will receive training on how to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, prepare legal documents, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. Topics include legal terminology, introduction to the evidentiary predicate, identifying relevant authority, legal research and writing, and appellate procedure. This class begins Oct. 19 and runs through Nov. 24 on the Columbia campus.

“Living with Hospice – Part 3” is a class in which students will discuss the difference between religious and spiritual aspects of end of life care, as well as the importance of psychological and spiritual issues for dying patients and their families. This class will describe the role of the volunteer coordinator, volunteers in hospice care and requirements for becoming a volunteer and the bereavement program offered and the difference between pre-bereavement and bereavement. This class is free and open to the public Oct. 22, and registration is required.

For a full course description, meeting times, pricing and additional information, call (931) 540-2659. To register for these or other continuing education courses through Columbia State’s Center for Workforce Development, visit http://registration.xenegrade.com/columbiastate.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation. For more information, please visit www.ColumbiaState.edu.

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