Skills Classes

In partnership with community colleges, Goodwill offers skills training classes in fields such as introductory healthcare, office technology, and skilled trades. These classes are held at Goodwill’s workforce development centers and are open to the public. To search for an upcoming class, please select a career field and/or a location from the menus. Classes offered are listed by location below.

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(VIEW) Veterans Intake & Employment Workshop

Description

Goodwill Career Connections-Salisbury in collaboration with various community partners now offer a more innovative method of introducing our veteran participants to our community partners.  Our goal is to educate and provide supportive services to eliminate barriers to employment.  The session includes introducing the veteran’s to various community partners so that they may gain more knowledge about services that are available to them in the community and enhance the personal and professional growth as well as strive to reach their employment goals.  The veterans have the opportunity to speak to someone about claims and  benefits.  A local employer is scheduled each month to discuss and answer questions about proper interviewing techniques and their expectations of potential employees.  The Veterans also attend a computer class involving basic computer skills. 

 

Entrance Criteria

Veterans and spouses of Veterans

Cost:

Free

Date(s):

Friday

Time(s):

9:00am

Duration:

First and second Friday of each month

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections-Salisbury
1923 South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

More Info:

Call (704) 638-6434 to sign up

ABE Lab (Adult Basic Education)

Description

The Adult Basic Education program will build skills in reading, writing, problem-solving, and math computation to help adults function in society, on a job or in the family.  This program will build a foundation for further education and better employment opportunities.  These classes are designed to instruct students on life-long skills that are vital for a successful future ABE instruction is free for all students. Upon completion of the ABE program, students are encouraged to enroll in the High School Equivalency (GED) program or some other program that will help the student” “Get a Job”, Keep a Job”, or “Get a Better Job

Cost:

FREE

Date(s):

Monday-Thursday

Time(s):

9:00am-12:30pm

Duration:

on-going

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections-Salisbury
1923 South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

More Info:

For more information, call (704) 638-6434

Activity Director

For additional course information, contact Graham Hyder at 336-734-7733 or ghyder@forsythtech.edu

Description

Designed to provide basic training to become an activity director in a healthcare related setting, such as long-term care, assisted living facilities or adult care homes. The course follows the state-approved course outline. Persons completing the entire 60 hours of training become qualified to work as an activity director in a nursing home or assisted living facility.

Entrance Criteria

High school diploma or high school transcript or GED or college diploma are required.

Cost:

$185 + textbook

Duration:

11 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Adult Basic Education/High School Equivalency (ABE/HSE)

For program information, call 828.398.7433.

Description

Students work to meet all academic requirements to receive their Adult Basic Education/High School Equivalency (ABE/HSE).

Enrollment and Orientation for Goodwill classes is held in the Hemlock Building, located at A-B Tech Community College, Asheville campus.

Please call 828.398.7433 to register for an Orientation Session. Orientations last 5 hours and include an overview of the program and the process for GED testing, pre-testing in math and language arts , and class registration for the schedule that works best for the student’s needs. We offer morning, afternoon, evening, and online courses.

Students should be prepared to spend a minimum of 5-8 hours per week in class.

TimeTuesdayWednesdayThursday
9:00am – noonMath/ScienceMath/ScienceLab Time
9:00am – noonLanguage Arts & Social StudiesLanguage Arts & Social StudiesLab Time

 

 

Location:

Room 137/138 - 1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville

Adult High School/High School Equivalency

For more information, call 336.734.7756

Description

Work at your own pace to meet all subject requirements to receive your Adult High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma.

Entrance Criteria

High School Equivalency Testing

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Basic Computer Skills

Description

This course is designed for the person that knows little or nothing about the computer. Students will learn basic computer operations and functions, how to send emails and how to navigate the Internet. The student will learn the value of using the computer as a job search tool.

Cost:

Fee Waived for those who qualify

Date(s):

September 12, 2017-October 19, 2017

Time(s):

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Duration:

Tuesday and Thursday

Location:

Lexington Career Connections

More Info:

719 West Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292

Basic Computer Skills for Employment

Description

This course provides employability skills training for unemployed and underemployed adults. The curriculum framework and the content of the instructional materials will focus on computer use skills as it relates to: 1) developing basic keyboarding, wordprocessing and Internet skills, 2) learning technology-based job search strategies to include the use of social networking, 3) applying for employment online, and 4) accessing governmental and education resources and services.

Cost:

Fee Waived for those who qualify

Date(s):

PLEASE CONTACT GOODWILL CAREER CONNECTIONS AT (336) 236-8021 FOR DATES AND TIMES

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections, 719 West Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292

Basic Construction Skills

Students will need to supply their own safety glasses, work gloves and hard hat.

Description

This 148-hour introductory program will instruct the student in the principles of residential and light commercial construction from the planning and beginning stages all the way to a completed structure. The course will cover HRD, NC State Building Codes, OSHA Construction Safety, and blue print reading. Classroom and hands on training will include electrical and plumbing rough-ins, house framing, exterior siding. drywall installation, interior trim and many other aspects of building construction. The safe use of the various construction tools and equipment will be covered.

A student completing this course should be prepared for entry level employment with local general contractors. For more information contact Jerry Hobson at 336-734-7726.

Cost:

$185

Duration:

12 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

CARE- Controlling Alcohol Risks Effectively®

Description

CARE- Controlling Alcohol Risks Effectively®

Controlling Alcohol Risks Effectively® (CARE) for servers is a four hour seminar that prepares servers with the proper knowledge of how to handle the challenges of responsible alcohol service. This training program is designed to help your establishment lower its risks of liability. This credential complies with and is approved by the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

Fees: $39   Duration: 4 hours

828 298 9023 ext. 1142

 

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806

CDL/Professional Truck Driver Training

Please call for upcoming class dates and scholarship information:Julie Roberts, Trans-Tech, Inc., Field Recruiter 828.464.8001

Description

This 4-week program is for individuals who wish to obtain a Class A commercial driver’s license and be qualified to obtain employment as an entry-level professional driver within the transportation industry.

Time(s):

8:00am - 5:00pm

Duration:

4 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist

Enroll at AB Tech's Asheville Campus - Hemlock Building. Must have results of computer assessment at time of enrollment. Come to Goodwill on Patton Ave to take computer assessment any time 8:30am-3:30pm (no appointment necessary.)

Description

This 96-hour course will equip you with the knowledge you need to navigate Electronic Medical Records software, protect the privacy and security of patient information, review patient records for accuracy and completeness, and audit patient records for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Within this course, you will also learn about the medical office environment, medical terminology, and the skills needed to be employable.

At the successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association Electronic Health Records Specialist Certification Exam (cost is $105.00.)

Entrance Criteria

Must have a GED or High School Diploma, basic keyboarding skills and pass a basic computer assessment administered at the Goodwill Workforce Development Center.

Cost:

$185.00 (includes tuition and fees.)

Duration:

96 hours

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville

Certified Hospitality Supervisor Prep

Description

This course is designed to build the skills and competencies required to be a successful supervisor in the hospitality industry. The curriculum has been developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, the industry’s highest acknowledgment of professionalism for supervisors. The course will be taught in a series of nine learning modules including topics such as handling conflict, improving employee performance, staffing and scheduling. Perfect for individuals and employees interested in preparing for the Certified Hospitality Supervisor exam (CHS). The exam is not part of the course, but the option to sit for the exam will be offered at the end. Additional exam fees will apply. Textbooks are required and can be purchased at Goodwill for $109.95 on the first day of class. Autumn McCarver, Instructor. To learn more about the CHS, visit https://www.ahlei.org/Certifications/Supervisor/Ce rtified-Hospitality-Supervisor-(CHS)/.

 

828 298 9023 ext. 1142

Cost:

$109.95

Certified Personal Care Aide

To begin a very rewarding career, register today for this FREE class.

Description

This FREE 60-hour learner-centered class will include guest speakers from the healthcare industry, role plays, case scenarios, small group work, and other forms of interactive learning focused on the competencies that trainees need to perform well on the job. Working environments include private homes, small residential facilities, group homes and larger facilities. PCA duties may include tasks such as assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, cooking and light housekeeping.

 

Cost:

FREE

Duration:

60 hours

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville

Cloud Computing

On-going, please call to register 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Are you keeping up with flash drives to store your resume? This class will teach you how to store your documents online.

Entrance Criteria

none

Cost:

Free

Date(s):

on-going

Time(s):

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Duration:

on-going

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections-Salisbury
1923 South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

More Info:

For more information, call (704) 638-6434

Computer Basics

For more information, please call 828-298-9023, ext. 1106.

Description

Did you know that most employers only accept online applications? Want to feel more confident in your job search? This entry-level course provides a stress-free introduction to the technology and computer skills that you need in today’s job market. You will learn how to do job searches on the internet, how to complete online job applications and set up and email account. While learning basic word-processing and improving your keyboarding skills, you will also learn how to create cover letters and resumes. You will become more competent at emailing and improve your skills in navigating the internet and using search engines to search for jobs and occupational information. Come learn the skill levels needed to be successful in your job search and keep your resume in the to-be interviewed stack.

828 298 9023 ext.1106

Entrance Criteria

No prior computer experience is necessary.

Cost:

Fee waived for job seekers

Duration:

9 1/2 weeks

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville

Computer Projects for the Worker

Class is on-going. please call to register.

Description

Create a resume, cover letter, task list for job search and other documents related to job seeking.  Also covered are an introduction to word processing, spreadsheet software, and desktop navigation.  You may take this class if you already have basic mouse skills and keyboarding ability.

Cost:

Free

Date(s):

on-going

Time(s):

9am-12pm

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections-Salisbury
1923 South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

More Info:

For more information, call (704) 638-6434

CPR Training

Description

The American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course is designed for people who are going to work in the healthcare industry. While it is required for all healthcare professionals, it is also an appropriate course for anyone with an interest in CPR. The course covers CPR, Foreign Body Airway Obstruction (Choking), use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and Rescue Breathing. All topics are covered for rescuing adults, children and infants. The course is taught in a relaxed environment in which the instructor briefly lectures, talks students through hands-on practice sessions and then give scenarios to test students in a practical skills test in each subject.

Cost:

$45

Duration:

1 day

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Customer Relations Management in a Call Center Environment

For more information contact Nell Perry at 336-757-3801 or Mary Clark Jackson at 336-724-3625

Description

Learn to be a telephone customer service professional, apply communications techniques that will cultivate repeat business, market products and cross-sell when appropriate. Participants will also gain the skills necessary to be productive Telephone Call Center Customer Service Agents within the wide variety of fields call centers encompass in today’s job market.

Cost:

$185

Duration:

6 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Effective Teacher Training (Substitute Teacher Training)

Description

This class is preparation for substitute teachers for all Buncombe and Madison County Schools, and is also an excellent crash course in learning methodologies and classroom management for current or returning teachers. This course will use the curriculum approved by Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools. Textbook: Substitute Teacher Handbook. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED. Attendance at all classes is required.

828 298 9023 ext. 1106 for more information

Cost:

$130.00 + Book Cost $21.72

Time(s):

9:00am - 12:00pm 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Duration:

One week

Location:

Goodwill Career Center 1616 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806

Electrical Lineman

Contact Bill Adams at 336.734.7762 or email him at wadams@forsythtech.edu for more information

Description

The Electrical Lineman Program is designed to train you to become entry-level electrical line workers for private and public utility companies and related employers. You will learn academic and field skills necessary for entry-level workers. Safety is stressed in every aspect of the job. You will also have the opportunity to earn a Career Readiness Certificate. This program is approved for national certification by the National Center for Construction Education and Research and for Pre-Apprentice credit by the NC Department of Commerce. You may also earn a flagger and OSHA 10 certificate.

Entrance Criteria

Must have : -Minor Release Form completed and notarized if under 18 years old -High school diploma or GED -Weight under 275 pounds -No felonies

Cost:

$196 + books +Lineman boots +Parking permit + CRC Total cost $660.81

Time(s):

8:00am-5:00pm; MTWTHF

Duration:

9 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Electrical: Installation and Troubleshooting

Description

This program consists of four classes taken during one semester. After completing all four classes, students will earn an Electrician Helper Certificate. Students successfully completing this program will be able to qualify for entry-level employment with electrical contractors, maintenance companies and apartment complexes.

Cost:

$195

Duration:

18 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Electrician’s Training

Scholarships are available for those who qualify

Description

This course is designed to cover the principles of electrical wiring as it applies to commercial/residential applications. Emphasis is on Ohm’s law, alternating and direct currents, series circuits, parallel circuits and series parallel circuits, use of electrical tools and equipment, wiring materials and many other special subjects. Preventive maintenance and troubleshooting as well as National Electric Code will be covered as well.

Scholarship money is available to cover the cost of tuition and fees..

Entrance Criteria

Registration must be done at Davidson County Community College or online at www.davidsonccc.edu.Please call Jessica Warren at (336) 224-4554 for more information.

Cost:

$199.75

Date(s):

September 6, 2017 - December 18, 2017

Time(s):

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Duration:

Monday and Wednesday

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections, 719 West Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292

English as a Second Language (ESL)

For more information, please call: A-B Tech, 828.398.7131, or Literacy Council, 828.254.3442

Description

English as a Second Language is a free course for non-native speakers to learn reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English.

Cost:

FREE

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville

Excel 2013 Intro

Students will need to bring a USB flash drive to class.

Description

Learn to use Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet application that is an essential tool for today’s workplace. This course introduces you to the creation and editing of worksheets, and charts, simple character formatting and printing. Discover Excel’s simple formulas and functions, understand the difference between absolute and relative cell addresses, and learn how to print spreadsheets.

Entrance Criteria

A basic understanding of Excel and the Microsoft Windows 8 or 8.1 operating system.

Cost:

$75 + textbook

Duration:

4 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway

Facility Maintenance Technician

Description

This class provides the student with classroom lecture and hands-on experience in HVAC, Plumbing repair, Electrical repair, and Carpentry skills. Students build and wire to actual residential code. Also included is customer service, communication and employability skills along with math, blueprint reading and OSHA safety.

Note: CFC, CPO, and CMAT certification are available for an additional fee.

Cost:

$220 + Cost of tests

Duration:

12 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Forklift Training

Description

Provides training in the safe and proper operations of powered industrial trucks. Special emphasis placed on safety in the workplace. Upon completion, students will receive an Operator’s Permit and Certificate of Completion.

Cost:

$165

Duration:

7 days

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Description

Offered in partnership with Catawba Valley Community College. Use various materials to practice taking the GED test. All five sections are available. Work at your own pace. Attendance based on individual’s needs.

Date(s):

Ongoing

Time(s):

Mondays and Tuesdays,
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location:

413 Thornburg Drive

Description

You can be a High School Graduate in 12 weeks! Students will be given advance instruction in Writing Skills and Math. Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the GED test. Offered in partnership with Mitchell Community College.

For schedule & more information, call 704.873.5005

Duration:

12 weeks

Location:

124 Fourth Crescent Place, Statesville

Get Your Passport

on-going, please call to register

Description

Meet with an instructor to discuss your computer skill need (Tutoring).

Entrance Criteria

none

Cost:

Free

Date(s):

on-going

Time(s):

10:00am

Duration:

on-going each Monday

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections-Salisbury
1923 South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

More Info:

For more information, call (704) 638-6434

Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World-Information Session

Please come to Goodwill Career Connections at the address below to register for this class.

Description

DO SOMETHING LIFE CHANGING!

Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World by Phillip Devol is a class to help you build resources for a better life.   We will only accept 12 participants.

The class will investigate:

  • The realities of conditions in your community and how they impact you
  • Some of the “hidden rules” for getting ahead
  • Skills that give you confidence to do what it takes to get ahead
  • How to build resources and make connections at home and at work
  • Ways to deal with change and create stability in your life.

 

 

Entrance Criteria

The only prerequisite is that you have a desire to move from just getting by in life to actually getting ahead in life.

Cost:

FREE

Date(s):

April 11, 2017

Time(s):

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location:

Goodwill Workforce Development Center (Career Connections), 719 West Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292

More Info:

For more information call 336-236-8021 or email kbell@goodwillnwnc.org

Guest Service Gold

For more information, please call 828-298-9023, ext 1142.

Description

Guest Service Gold® is a comprehensive 6 hour program designed to accomplish the goal of creating guest service-oriented line level employees who know how to engage with their guests to provide memorable customer service. Core components include training, employee certification and property certification and can be implemented by any service oriented business, such as restaurants, transportation companies, attractions, retail outlets, not just lodging properties. It can also be used in academic settings to provide students with a solid foundation in guest service skills.

Guest Service Gold® features seven brief stories designed to motivate and inspire hotel employees to ‘go for the gold’ when it comes to providing service above and beyond the call of duty. This program can be served comprehensively in 6 hours.

Upon completion the student will receive a certificate from A-B Tech and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute for Guest Service Gold® Certification.

 

 828 298 9023 ext. 1142

 

 

 

Duration:

6 hours

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville

Hospitality Job Shadow Experience: Goodwill IHG Academy

Description

Through Goodwill IHG Academy, area hotels collaborate with educational providers and community groups to help local people build their hospitality skills and improve their employability through real life opportunities to shadow in the hospitality industry.

 

For current dates, application, and to receive a job shadow placement contact: amccarver@goodwillnwnc.org or (828) 298-9023 ext. 1142

Cost:

Free to job seekers

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806

Hospitality START with Guest Service Gold

For more information, please call (828) 298-9023 ext. 1142.

Description

 The curriculum framework is based on teaching the principles of service in a variety of hotel and restaurant venues and positions. These principles are based on nationally recognized standards for high-end service practices as well as the needs and requests of the Asheville area’s major employers. The curriculum will focus on hands-on training and demonstration to best prepare the students for entry level positions in a variety of hospitality departments. Utilizing guest speakers and facility tours, we prepare students for the professionalism that is expected in lodging and restaurant establishments as well as provide assistance in the application and interviewing process.

Guest Service Gold® is a comprehensive 6 hour program designed to accomplish the goal of creating guest service-oriented line level lodging employees who know how to engage with their guests to provide memorable guest service. Guest Service Gold® features seven brief stories designed to motivate and inspire hotel employees to ‘go for the gold’ when it comes to providing service above and beyond the call of duty. This program can be served comprehensively in 6 hours.

Upon completion the student will receive a certificate from A-B Tech, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute for Hospitality START as well as the Guest Service Gold® Certification.

 

828 298 9023 ext. 1142

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville

Housekeeping/Floor Care Services

Description

Provides classroom and work experience training in the areas of safety and OSHA regulations, measurements and chemicals, and specialization in the areas of hospitality, housekeeping, food service sanitation, commercial and industrial housekeeping. Training consists of 20% classroom and 80% “hands on” with different types of pads, equipment and strategies to give the student basic knowledge of stripping, sealing and waxing, and buffing tile floors. Instruction in floor care has two components: hard surface maintenance (tile and terrazzo), and carpet cleaning. Carpet care provides hands on experience in vacuum and spot cleaning. Graduates of this program may seek employment opportunities in housekeeping/custodial positions in hotel/motel industries, hospitals, food service industries, and commercial and industrial sites.

Entrance Criteria

Ability to lift and move a minimum of 20 pounds, demonstration of appropriate work behaviors. High School Diploma/GED are not required.

Cost:

$80

Duration:

2 weeks & 2 days

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

How to Land a Great Job: Networking Skills Training

Description

This 2-day class will include introductions to established and credible networking groups in our community and the benefits they offer in building your professional image as well as opening exciting job prospects. Class will include tutorials on setting up a LinkedIn account and will feature a representing guest speaker from a prominent networking and business relations group.  Various fundamentals of networking will be discussed in depth, examining interpersonal methods for in person, email, and social media outlets. Principals of the book, “How to win friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie will be discussed to help students learn soft skill techniques to make them successful at any networking event.

 

828 298 9023 ext. 1142

Cost:

Free for job seekers

Duration:

Two day class

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806

HVAC Career Services

Description

Provides training on recovery, recycling, and handling of refrigerant, refrigeration safety, and the 4 categories of technician certification: Type I, Type II, and Type II Universal. Graduates may seek employment with HVAC/R contractors, apartment managers, service companies, etc. with EPA Universal Certification.

Cost:

$240

Duration:

5 days

Location:

2701 University Parkway

HVAC Service Technician Level I

For more information, call Jerry Hobson at 336-734-7726.

Description

This course consists of eight subjects over two semesters. When you complete all eight subjects you will earn a HVAC Service Technician Certificate. After completing this program, you should be able to assist/perform basic service or preventative maintenance on residential and light commercial applications.

Cost:

$215

Duration:

12 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

HVAC Service Technician Level II

Description

This program consists of 8 subjects over 2 semesters. Students completing all 8 subjects will earn a HVAC Service Technician Certificate. Afterwards, students should be able to assist/perform basic service or maintenance on residential & light commercial applications.

Entrance Criteria

Students must have completed HVAC Service Technician Level I to register for this course.

Cost:

$215

Duration:

12 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway

Intro to Microsoft Office Online

on-going, please call to register 1pm-3pm

Description

Did you know Microsoft Office is a free resource available online? In this class, we will learn about accessing this resource to assist you with all the documents you use for your work search.

Entrance Criteria

none

Cost:

Free

Date(s):

on-going

Time(s):

1pm-3pm

Duration:

on-going

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections-Salisbury
1923 South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

More Info:

For more information, call (704) 638-6434

Introduction to Clerical Assistant

Note: This course is FREE if you are unemployed or meet specific income criteria. For more information contact Forsyth Technical Community College Customer Service Center at 336-761-1002.

Description

Would you like to learn more about clerical occupations and examine what is needed to be successful in that field? In this course, you will learn practical communication and computer skills needed in today’s office environment, including an introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel. You will also learn the important components of an effective job search.

Cost:

$125

Duration:

6 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Introduction to Human Services

Description

In this course, students will learn the skills needed to start a career in Human Services. Focus will include preparation for the Career Readiness Certification assessment, customer service, roll playing, NCFAST terminology and navigation training. This course is a prerequisite in order to register for the Income Maintenance Caseworker course. You must pass a basic computer and keyboarding assessment prior to registration.

Cost: Free

Location: Goodwill Career Center 1616 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC

Call 828 298 9023 ext. 1106 for more information

Cost:

Free

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806

Jump Start (one-day workshop)

Monday -Thursday 9:00am & 2:00pm

Description

Students will learn the basics of resume writing, interviewing, application completion (online and paper) as well as  aptitude assessments

Entrance Criteria

None

Cost:

Free

Date(s):

Monday-Thursday

Time(s):

9:00am & 2:00pm

Duration:

On-going

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections-Salisbury
1923 South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

More Info:

For more information, call (704) 638-6434

Medical Office I, Introduction to Terminology & Coding

Description

Provides an introduction to medical terminology and looking up the medical codes for diseases and treatments. Goal is to provide skills for entry-level clerical employment in a doctor’s office or clinic. Examples of jobs would be receptionist, records clerk, check-in and check-out. No pre-requisites.

Cost:

$185 + textbook

Duration:

12 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Medical Office Pathways

Description

Designed for students interested in entering the field of medical office clerical support. Class topics will focus on service skills specific to a medical office environment including the electronic medical records requirement. Introductory lessons on medical terminology, types of insurance, and confidentiality issues will also be covered.

After this class, you will be able to make an educated decision about how your skills and interests will fit the Medical Office Pathways.

 

828 298 9023 ext. 1106

 

Cost:

Fee waived for job seekers

Duration:

3½ weeks (21 hours.)

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville

Medical Office Secretary

Scholarships are available for this class. Please apply at least one month prior the start of the class.

Description

This course is geared to assist those interested in a medical office administrative position.  Students will obtain the skills needed for success in an entry level position as an administrative assistant.  While this course is not intended to be considered comprehensive, topics covered will include medical office procedures, legal and ethical aspects of the job, training on MediSoft computer software, and other critical success factors for employment in this growing field.  In addition to the industry-specific training you will receive in this class, students will also prepare for and take the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) for free-$30 value.  Textbook is provided.

Cost:

$197

Date(s):

PLEASE CONTACT GOODWILL CAREER CONNECTIONS AT (336) 236-8021 FOR DATES AND TIMES

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections, 719 West Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292

Medical Terminology Made Easy

Description

Learn how to easily remember, pronounce, and apply the meanings of prefixes, roots and suffixes that combine to form over 11,000 complex medical terms. Using visual imagery as a memory aide, the Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology 350 System teaches the basic design of medical terminology in a fun and creative way. Participants quickly learn, easily recall, and effectively apply the course content to the job.

The textbook, The Dean Vaughn  Medical Terminology 350 Total Retention System, can be purchased at the Asheville Campus of A-B Tech.

Cost:

Total Registration Fee: $130

Duration:

7½ weeks

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville

Microsoft Office 2013

Students will need to bring a USB flash drive to class.

Description

Enhance your skills, get organized and increase your marketability in the workforce by becoming more proficient in Microsoft Office 2013. This class will introduce you to Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint while using the 2013 version of Microsoft Office.

Entrance Criteria

A basic understanding of the Microsoft Windows Operating System.

Cost:

$75 + textbook

Duration:

4 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway

Notary Public Education

A textbook must be purchased for this course.

Description

This course is designed to provide instruction to individuals who want to become commissioned as a Notary Public.  Topics include legal, ethical and procedural requirements for the Notary Act.  Upon completion of this course with a passing Exam grade of at least 80%, a person is eligible to apply with the NC Secretary of State office.  For additional information, go to www.secretary.state.nc.us/notary/.  Participants must be 18 years of age and have high school diploma or equivalent.

Entrance Criteria

Registration must be done at Davidson County Community College or online at www.davidsonccc.edu. Please call Jessica Warren at (336) 224-4554 for more information.

Cost:

$80

Date(s):

PLEASE CONTACT GOODWILL CAREER CONNECTIONS AT (336) 236-8021 FOR DATES AND TIMES

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections, 719 W. Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292

More Info:

jrichardson@goodwillnwnc.org or call (336) 236-8021 x1013

Nurse Aide I

Call 828.398.7600 - A-B Tech Nurse Aide Info Line for registration information and payment method options.

Description

This course provides basic training in the entry-level caregiving skills needed to work as a Nursing Assistant in various healthcare settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, or private homes.

Additional information needed for registration is available at www.abtech.edu/ce. Choose the Nursing Assistant option.

Entrance Criteria

HS Diploma/GED or take Reading Assessment prior to registration. TB Test with proof of negative results is required at registration.

Cost:

$211.40 (includes: Tuition, Supply Fee, Technology Fee and Insurance). Book prices subject to change.

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville
Room 196

Nursing Assistant I

In addition to the registration fee, you will be charged an $18 non-refundable insurance fee, which is valid for one year.

Description

Do you want to learn basic nursing skills required to provide personal care for patients, residents, the elderly or others requiring medical assistance in a healthcare setting? Then this course is for you! Emphasis is placed on the aging process, communications, patient safety, patient’s rights, personal care, vital signs, elimination, nutrition, emergencies, rehabilitation and mental health. CPR certification is included in the class. Through classroom instruction, laboratory work and clinical rotations, you are prepared to take the NC Nurse Aide I Competency Evaluation. Passing this evaluation leads to being listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry.

Entrance Criteria

Successful completion of Math and Reading placement tests (or equivalent approved by Health Education Department), a picture ID, Social Security card, a High school diploma/GED/transcript or College Diploma/transcript are required. You must also attend an orientation session and present receipts from criminal background check and drug screening before you will be allowed to register for class.

Cost:

$206 + Books and Supplies

Duration:

12 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Office Administration

Description

This course covers an extensive introduction to the basics of the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office 2013 software programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access) and basic keyboarding skills. Learn how to create, save, edit and documents using Microsoft Word. In Excel, you will learn how to build, edit and format spreadsheets, create and modify charts and create basic formulas and functions. Learn how to create, edit and deliver an effective presentation using the powerful features of  PowerPoint. In Access you will learn the basics of database design and usage. Successfully completing this course will prepare you for an entry-level office position.

Entrance Criteria

A basic understanding of how to operate a computer and mouse.

Cost:

$185 + textbook

Duration:

8 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Office Professional Certification

Call 828.298.9023, extension 1106 for more information.

Description

This 12-week course includes: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. The course also covers: Email Etiquette, Techniques for Business Research, Customer Relations and Service, Teambuilding Skills, and Organizational Skills.

Certificate awarded at successful completion of course.

828 298 9023 ext. 1106 for more information

Cost:

$185.00 (includes tuition and fees.)

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville

OSHA Forklift Operator Certification

Description

Learn safe forklift operation using the latest OSHA regulations and requirements. During class students will practice using a forklift. Get your training certificate so you can have an extra skill for a potential new employer!

Cost: $76.35

828 298 9023 ext. 1106

Cost:

$76.35

Location:

1616 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806

Pathways to Office Administrative Specialist

Registration must take place prior to the beginning of the class.

Description

This course provides employability skills training for unemployed and underemployed adults. The curriculum framework is based on the position of Office Administrative Specialist and includes the following topics: career exploration, entry-level skills development and soft skills.

Entrance Criteria

You must register at the Goodwill Career Connections Center located at 719 West Center Street in Lexington, NC 27292 prior to the course start date.

Cost:

FEE WAIVED for those who qualify

Date(s):

PLEASE CONTACT GOODWILL CAREER CONNECTIONS AT (336) 236-8021 FOR DATES AND TIMES

Location:

Goodwill Workforce Development Center
719 West Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292

Pharmacy Assistant

This course requires a textbook.

Description

This course is specifically designed to orient students to the work of pharmacy technicians. It will deal with the clinical applications of drug regulation and control, pharmaceutical terminology, medications and their usage, as well as a general review of community pharmacy practice. Upon completion of this program, a student should be ready to enter on-the-job training course for technicians or formal, structured pharmacy technician training program.

Entrance Criteria

High school diploma or GED.

Cost:

$130 + textbook

Duration:

8 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

PHCAST (Personal Home Care Aid State Training):Intro to Direct Care Basics-Phase I

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE

Description

This course provides employability skills training for unemployed and underemployed adults. The curriculum framework is designed to assess the interests, attitudes, aptitudes, and readiness as it relates to Direct Care Work and the PHCAST initiative, employment and educational goals. The content of instruction materials focuses on the following topics: career exploration, self-assessment, general soft skills (including communication, professionalism, teamwork, time and stress management), and layperson CPR.

 

 

Cost:

FEE WAIVED for those who qualify.

Date(s):

PLEASE CONTACT GOODWILL CAREER CONNECTIONS AT (336) 236-8021 FOR DATES AND TIMES

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections Center
719 West Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292

PHCAST (Personal Home Care Aide State Training)-Direct Care Basics-Phase II

Registration must take place at Goodwill Career Connections in Lexington, NC prior to the beginning of the course.

Description

This course provides employability skills training for unemployed and underemployed adults. The curriculum framework is based on personal home care aid training and includes entry-level skills development such as terminology and basic concepts, development of skills required for functional concepts required for home aid care workers, and pathways and career options available at this phase and further opportunities.

Cost:

Fee Waived for those who qualify

Date(s):

PLEASE CONTACT GOODWILL CAREER CONNECTIONS AT (336) 236-8021 FOR DATES AND TIMES

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections, 719 West Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292

Resume Workshop

Description

Do you need a resume? If you have one, is it working for you?  Have you obtained an interview? Let’s work together to make sure you are highlighting all of your KSA’s:   Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.

Cost:

FREE

Date(s):

Monday-Thursday

Time(s):

10:30am-1:00pm

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections-Salisbury
1923 South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

More Info:

For more information, call (704) 638-6434

Smartphone Job Hunting

March 23 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Are you using your smartphone to look for work? This class will cover tips and identify when you should switch to using a computer for best results.

Cost:

Free

Date(s):

March 23

Time(s):

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections-Salisbury
1923 South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

More Info:

For more information, call (704) 638-6434

The LinkedIn Advantage

On-going please call to register 1:00 pm – 3:00

Description

LinkedIn is a popular online business and employment-oriented social networking service. This class will explore how to use this site in your work search.

Cost:

Free

Date(s):

on-going

Time(s):

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location:

Goodwill Career Connections-Salisbury
1923 South Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

More Info:

For more information, call (704) 638-6434

Triad Community Kitchen

Call 336.724.365, ext. 1327 for information on scholarships.

Description

The Triad Community Kitchen (TCK) Culinary Training Program provides community members with skills, knowedge and support for securing employment in the food service industry. Many TCK students are looking to learn new skills and regain their footing after job loss; others are experiencing different challenges, perhaps recovery from addiction or difficulty finding work after spending time in prison. Regardless of circumstances, TCK offers the opportunity for a fresh start.

Led by Chef Jeff Bacon, an ACF Certified Executive Chef and member of the American Academy of Chefs, TCK is a certified model program of Catalyst Kitchens. Candidates are referred to our program by Forsyth Technical Community College, Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC, partner agencies of Second Harvest Food Bank and others. Sessions meet for 13 weeks (12 weeks of instruction and a one-week internship).

Classes held during the first 12 weeks meet Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Training includes: certification in ServSafe® sanitation, basic culinary, basic baking skills, knife skills, kitchen safety, mass food production, cook-chill technology training, and catering production.

Training also includes instruction and activities designed to help ensure students are “workplace ready.” The one-week internship with a local food service organization or restaurant provides students with “real world” job experience. Selected graduates can extend their training through TCK’s Hospitality Residency Program, housed at Second Harvest Food Bank’s Providence Restaurant and Catering, and all graduates are encouraged to obtain further training and professional development through continued study.

Triad Community Kitchen graduates between 60-80 students per year, ready for employment in the food service and hospitality industries. Throughout their training, students have the opportunity to support Second Harvest Food Bank’s core food distribution program as they learn about mass food production and prepare ready-to-heat meals for Second Harvest Food Bank’s partner programs.

 

 

Entrance Criteria

Minimum of 6th grade reading level and 5th grade math level.

Cost:

Registration Fee: $185. Note: There is an additional fee of $200 payable to the Second Harvest Food Bank to cover drug screening, criminal background check, ServSafe certification and knife kit.

Time(s):

MTWTHF 8:30am - 3:00pm

Duration:

325 hours

Location:

3655 Reed Street, Winston-Salem, NC

Veterinary Assistant Training: Advanced

For additional information please contact Forsyth Tech Community College Customer Service Center at 336.734.7023.

Description

We will expand upon some of the small animal topics discussed in the Beginning Veterinary Assistant Course. Additional topics will include small animal chronic and frustrating diseases, prescription diets, evaluating laboratory tests, behavior, pharmacology and dentistry. Restraint, handling, basic husbandry and diseases of pocket pets, reptiles and birds will be discussed along with large animal medicine topics. No hands-on opportunities with animals will be included in this course.

Entrance Criteria

Completion of the Veterinary Assistant Training: Beginning course or experience as a Veterinary Assistant.

Cost:

$75 + textbook

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Veterinary Assistant Training: Beginning

For additional information please contact Forsyth Tech Community College Customer Service Center at 336.734.7023.

Description

Course topics will include small animal anatomy and physiology, reproduction, nutrition, restraint and handling along with infectious and metabolic diseases. Other small animal topics include neoplasia, toxicities, preventive health and wellness, first aid, diagnostics, and surgical room procedures. Basic business operations and regulations for veterinary hospitals will also be discussed. In addition, there will be on lecture on large animal topics. No hands-on opportunities with animals will be included in this course.

Cost:

$130 + text book

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Welding: ARC

Note: You are required to have your own safety glasses.

Description

This course will instruct you in welding safety of the Shield Metal Arc Welding process (SMAW-Stick), proper techniques and electrode selection for welding plate to meet AWS (vertical up) welding code. You will be welding with E6010 and E7018. Upon completion of the class, you should have the skills to pass the 3G/4G weld test to AWS standards.

This course is 96 hours of instruction, lecture and practice and 12 hours of HRD instruction for a total of 108 hours.

Cost:

$225

Duration:

18 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Welding: Industrial

Description

This course provides instruction on the principles and practices of welding. Emphasis is on the blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding inspection and destructive and non-destructive testing. Course content will be specific to a particular welding process such as SMAW (stick), GMAW (MIG) and GTAW (TIG). Upon completion you will the knowledge base to sit for various industry-specific certifications.

Cost:

$265

Duration:

16 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Welding: MIG

Note: You are required to have your own safety glasses.

Description

This course will instruct you in welding safety of the Metal Inert Gas/Metal Flux-Core Welding process (MAW/MFC-Wire), proper techniques, machine setup, inert gas and wire selection for welding both light and heavy plate to meet AWS (vertical-down and flat) welding code. You will be welding with solid and flux core wires. Upon completion of the class, you should have the skills to pass the 1G/2G & 1F weld test to AWS standards. The course is 96 hours of instruction, lecture and practice and 12 hours of HRD instruction for a total of 108 hours.

After completing this course, you may retake the course at an advanced level.

Cost:

$225

Duration:

18 weeks

Location:

2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

Workplace Computer Skills

Description

This course prepares students for the technological demands of the current workplace. Students will learn how to create resumes; interviewing tips, apply for jobs, and function successfully in a working environment where computers and other similar technologies are in use. Course work includes keyboarding, word-processing, internet awareness, job search strategies, and more! No previous computer knowledge is required.

Entrance Criteria

A registration form must be completed at the Goodwill Career Connections Center located at 719 West Center Street in Lexington, NC 27292.

Cost:

FEE WAIVED for those who qualify

Date(s):

PLEASE CONTACT GOODWILL CAREER CONNECTIONS AT (336) 236-8021 FOR DATES AND TIMES

Location:

Goodwill Workforce Development, 719 West Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292

More Info:

jrichardson@goodwillnwnc.org or call (336) 236-8021 x1013