PJC-SS Center sets busy September schedule

August 25, 2008 - Continuing education courses cover computers, careers and child care Computers, digital cameras, child care and a host of career subjects will be the focus of continuing education courses planned for September at the Paris Junior College-Sulphur Springs Center, according to Linda Bennett, director.

To register for any of the classes, or for more information, call 903-885-1232, or visit the Center at 1202 West Houston St.

The course schedule includes:

Childcare

A Child Development Associate class will meet from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 9 through Jan. 27. This 120-hour course provides credentials as set forth by the Council for Professional Recognition. Participants must successfully complete the class and a direct assessment, and request a verification site visit. The CDA credential will be awarded upon completion of a successful site evaluation and exam.

Computer

A Quick Start Series, Office 2007 class will meet from 6-8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 24 through Oct. 2. This seminar is for anyone needing to upgrade from Microsoft Office 2003 to Microsoft Office 2007.

The Welcome to the World of Computers class is designed for the person who has very limited, if any, computer training. This class will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 17-18.

Computing for Seniors (55+)

Understanding Personal Computers is designed for novices and uses hands-on teaching for basic computer use. The class meets from 9 a.m. to noon each Friday, Sept. 5-26.

Truck Driving

This 200-hour course provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to take the Commercial Drivers License (CDL) exams. Upon successful completion, students will be Department of Transportation (DOT) certified. New classes begin every two weeks. Call 903-885-9800 for admission requirements, enrollment information, class dates and additional information.

Health Care/Medical

A Medication Aide Update will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 11. Course content fulfills the annual renewal requirements for certified medication aides according to specifications of the Texas Department of Health. Medication aides should take this class one month before their certification card expires.

Digital Camera

A Digital Camera class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday, Sept. 6-20. Participants will learn the art of taking pictures and information using the latest in digital cameras. Topics will include the mechanics of down-loading photos to the computer, saving images and building files, and sending photos over the Internet.

Welding

A Beginning Arc Welding class will meet from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday at the Sulphur Springs High School, Sept. 16 through November 18. This class covers the theory and introduction to the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) processes. Students will need to furnish their own helmet, glasses and gloves.

Small Business Development

Raising Capital for Your Business meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 16. Learn what lenders are looking for when making a business loan, getting a commercial loan from a bank, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) guaranteed loans, SBA 504 loans, and preparing a loan package.

How to Start Your Own Business will cover all the aspects of starting and operating a small business. The session runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 19. The last hour will be a demonstration of Simple Start, an easy-to-use recordkeeping system for small businesses.

A Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law seminar will met from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 19. Learn how to register a copyright, select and register a trademark, and how to evaluate products for patent protection.

An Invention Commercialization seminar will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 19. This seminar will help participants determine market size, the demand for a product, the best method of making and distributing the product (make vs. license). Other topics include USPTO Disclosure Document Program, Provisional Patents, the difference between patents and trade secret protection, licensing, role of prototype makers, and how to locate manufacturers.

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