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There’s no better time to take the next step by enrolling in a Continuing Education class at Gaston College. We are committed to providing our students with quality courses from enhancing your job skills to personal enrichment classes. Our partnerships with the local business and industries of Gaston and Lincoln Counties provides us with the knowledge of what skills you need to get a job and enhance your abilities.

From basic computer skills to certifications and licensures, Continuing Education provides the student with a great range of course choices at a reasonable price.

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Continuing Education

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  • ACCOUNTING FUNDAMENTALS SERIES

    This new twelve-week online program, containing two courses, provides you with the essentials of the accounting field. The first course delivers you the basics of bookkeeping and financial transactions. You will gain hands-on experience with accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and more. Once you are acquainted with the basics, you will proceed with the next course. During the second course you will learn about corporate accounting practices including plant assets, dividends, and financial reports. Please follow the ed2go registration instructions.

    Hours: 48
    $160
  • Acquire, Connect, and Engage Your Employees

    It is critical that you hire the right people for your culture, connect them to your organization’s culture and values quickly, and engage them over time by providing the right processes and tools. This workshop focuses on helping leaders objectively review their people processes to ensure they are providing their employees every opportunity to deliver an exceptional experience to their customers.

    Hours: 4
    $126
  • American Heart Association Courses (Hybrid)

    Are you looking for a flexible and convenient way to meet your AHA training needs? Courses offered include Basic Life Support CPR, Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED for the Workplace, Bloodborne Pathogens, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

  • Auto Dealer Renewal

    This is the required annual six-hour renewal class for Independent Auto Dealers. It is not for new licensees. You must be previously certified as an Independent Dealer to attend this class.

    Hours: 6
    $77
  • Basic Accounting Principles

    This course will acquaint the participant with basic necessary accounting principles and show you how they relate to financial software. You will also learn how to read and interpret financial reports.

    Hours: 9
    $77
  • Building a Culture Aligned with Your Mission, Vision, and Values

    The workshop focuses on defining your ideal culture based on your mission, vision, and values. Once defined, participants take a critical look at their current culture to find gaps and solutions to overcome.

    Hours: 4
    $126
  • Building a High Performance Team Series

    This three-part series focuses on helping leaders build high performance teams by: aligning their team’s performance to mission, vision, and values, develop guiding principles for themselves and their teams to build a high performing team, build a culture of appreciation on the team, and applying techniques to overcome team challenges. A discount will be applied for those that register and attend the entire series! The classes titles are: Building a Culture Algined with Your Mission, Vision, and Values, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.

  • Building Maintenance Certification Program

    This program introduces participants to the skills needed to perform a variety of duties required for effective maintenance of apartments and other commercial applications.

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  • Building Trust and Credibility

    This workshop focuses on helping new leaders build trust and gain credibility with their teams through their behaviors. Participants will learn how to engage employees and develop guiding principles in order to effectively lead their team.

    Hours: 4
    $126
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)

    Become a valuable member of the healthcare team that creates effective patient flow, allowing the practice to operate efficiently, increase revenue, and provide a positive experience for the patient. Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) national certification exam offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The registration fee for this exam is included with this program. You may begin this program at any time and will be given six months to complete the training.

    Hours: 160
    $1495
  • Certified Six Sigma Green Belt

    In this course, you’ll learn how to effectively apply the concepts and methods of Six Sigma. You’ll discover how value-stream mapping, failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), process capability, control charts, statistical process control (SPC), design of experiments (DOE), and many more—can increase your overall quality IQ. After completing this course, you’ll be prepared to sit for the Six Sigma Green Belt certification exam offered by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as well as be positioned to add value to a wide variety of organizations, including manufacturing companies, service operations, and the government sector. You may begin this program at any time and will be given six months to complete the training.

    Hours: 120
    $1995
  • Communication Strategies for Supervisors

    Communicating with a team is critical to being a great leader. This session provides tools and techniques that promote positive interaction between the supervisor and their team.

    Hours: 4
    $126
  • E-Notary (Electronic Notarization)

    Become an e-Notary (electronic Notary) by successfully completing this class. This course covers the technology that allows documents to be electronically signed and notarized within a secure environment. To qualify to take this class, you must be a commissioned Notary in North Carolina. Information will be covered about the approved electronic notary solution providers. You must pre-register and pre-pay before class. Once you are registered, be sure to bring a current photo ID to each class. Required textbook (Electronic Notarization Manual) is included in the cost of the course.

    Hours: 4
    $82
  • Effective Business Writing

    Improve your career prospects by learning how to develop powerful written documents that draw readers in and keep them motivated to continue to the end. Please follow the ed2go registration instructions.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Engaging Your Employees Series

    During this five-part series, leaders and team members will learn to define and apply new techniques and knowledge in order to: engage different generations in a way to improve their performance, align employee processes, provide an onboarding program, apply a framework and tools to engage, motivate, and retain employees, and apply the five languages of appreciation in the workplace. A discount will be applied for those that register and attend the entire series!

  • Forklift Training: Basic Operator

    Gain the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to operate a sit-down counterbalanced, LP gas powered forklift. Learn safety aspects, operations, basic maintenance, and OSHA compliance issues. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will earn an operator’s certificate. Manual included in the cost of the course.

    Hours: 6
    $85
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  • Forklift Training: Train the Trainer

    Train others to operate a forklift. Training is based on the requirements of the OSHA Standard to develop a forklift training class. Attendees should be experienced forklift (powered industrial) truck drivers.

    Hours: 7
    $85
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  • How to Become a More Likeable Boss

    Becoming a more likeable boss can sometimes be a difficult process to describe. It can be one characteristic that facilitates great communication and great employee relationships. It can be the special way that you show confidence in among your team. These and other events can become more easily managed with this great workshop.

    Hours: 4
    $126
  • Instant Wellness: Teaching Yoga, Stress Management, and Fitness for Improved Well-Being

    This comprehensive weekend workshop focuses on improved wellness through movement, massage, and stress management/ meditation. Each hands-on class will be taught with an emphasis on Kinesiology. The workshop is designed for yoga teachers, fitness professionals, and bodywork professionals (massage therapy providers & chiropractors). Ten (10) hours will be offered online (or on your own time), including Professional Relationships and a Musculoskeletal Kinesiology Review. Continuing Education credits may be awarded, depending on the licensing board of the attendee.

    Hours: 27
    $199
  • Interpersonal Skills

    We’ve all met that dynamic, charismatic person that just has a way with others, and has a way of being remembered. This workshop will help participants work towards being that unforgettable person by providing communication skills, negotiation techniques, tips on making an impact, and advice on networking and starting conversations. They will also identify the skills needed in starting a conversation, moving a conversation along, and progressing to higher levels of conversation.

    Hours: 4
    $120
  • Intro to ISO

    Learn what is involved with ISO and be able to make an informed decision about what it really costs to not have an effective management system.

    Hours: 4
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  • Intro to LEAN Manufacturing

    Experience, first hand, the power of Lean Manufacturing in this interactive course. Learn how to apply the principles and practices in your organization. Discover how to reduce waste and remove non-value-added activities, resulting in a more efficient work environment. Gather an understanding of 5S, Value Stream Mapping and how a Lean Culture will benefit your business.

    Hours: 7
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  • Leading Your Team: A Series for New Supervisors

    New supervisors will develop foundational leadership skills during this five-part series. Several critical tools for all new leaders will be covered in this series including: the ability to describe their personality type and understand how it impacts the performance of their team, list and describe foundational principles needed to lead a team, and be able to apply communication techniques which enable them to build positive relationships with their teams. A discount will be applied for those that register and attend the entire series!

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  • Managing Employee Engagement

    Learn the job misery model which gives managers a framework and tools to engage, motivate and retain employees by eliminating the three primary causes of job misery: Anonymity, Irrelevance and Immeasurement. Often these remain unaddressed by even the most well-meaning managers, however those willing to make the commitment will enjoy a loyal, productive, and enthusiastic workforce that will be a differentiator in today’s competitive landscape.

    Hours: 4
    $179
  • Manufacturing Boot Camp

    Get better prepared for the interview and opportunity for employment at local advanced manufacturing firms with this short-term training.

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  • Microsoft Office Classes

    Several levels of Microsoft Office Access, Excel, Project, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Publisher courses are available through www.ed2go.com/gaston. Please follow the registration instructions.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • MS Office Excel Basic

    Learn how to complete the basic operations of this spreadsheet as you learn to select, insert, and/or delete cells, columns and special ranges; enter labels and values on a worksheet; name, move and/or copy a worksheet.

    Hours: 18
    $77
  • Mobile App Development for Androids

    Curious about how to develop apps for Android devices? Get started with an intense introductory course in mobile app development! Students will learn to build apps that are connected to the cloud, understand mobile component frameworks, build user interface (UI) for apps, and create Google Map applications. Students should have a general understanding of programming basics and will bring their own Windows devices to the course.

    Hours: 48
    $1920
  • National Career Readiness Certificate

    Learn more about our regular testing schedule and sign up today.

    $60
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  • Notary Public

    You will need this required course to obtain a commission as a Notary Public in North Carolina. It can be used for all current Notaries as a refresher course.

    Hours: 7
    $77
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  • Nurse Aide I

    Continuing Education offers the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program in the summer semesters at all three Gaston College’s campuses.

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  • Nurse Aide I Refresher

    This hybrid refresher course will assist you in preparing for the Nurse Aide Competency Exam for listing on the North Carolina Registry. All participants must have completed a state approved Nursing Assistant I course or equivalent in the past. If you are trying to be added to the NC Registry after being listed in another state, have been on the registry in the past and have allowed your listing to expire, or if you wish to be listed based on military or nursing school education, this course is for you. This course consists of 12 hours of seated instruction and 28 hours of online instruction for a total of 40 hours of instruction. Students must complete all 40 hours.

    Hours: 40
    $159
  • Onboarding Your Employees

    For both company leaders and human resources personnel, Employee Onboarding is an important and vital part of any companies hiring procedure. Learn how Onboarding is a secure investment that will assist newly hired employees in developing and keeping their skills, knowledge, and value within the company. It will stop highly skilled workers from being lured to a competitor, increase productivity, and produce a happier and more skilled workforce.

    Hours: 4
    $126
  • Paramedic Refresher Course

    The Paramedic Refresher course follows the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS, and adheres to the EMS Education Standards, the American Heart Association, the National Registry of EMTs, and introduces the new NCCP guidelines. Students must be currently or previously credentialed as a NC and/or NREMT Paramedic, have a high school diploma or high school equivalency, and have basic reading comprehension and English skills. This course includes an online component, psychomotor skills practice and evaluation, and a comprehensive evaluation. You must take the entire course to receive course credit.

    Hours: 72
    $186
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  • Personal Performance Workshop

    This four-part series focuses on helping any employee develop foundational skills to improve their productivity and performance on the job. Employees will learn to apply critical habits to improve their personal productivity in the workplace, manage their time more effectively, manage simple projects to accomplish their work, apply techniques to build relationships with their boss and coworkers, and to present themselves confidently and competently when giving presentations in small or large groups. A discount will be applied for those that register and attend the entire series!

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  • Project Management

    Most employees need to complete a project one time or another. Participants of this workshop will become more confident in their ability to plan and carry out projects in the future.

    Hours: 4
    $144
  • Project Management @ E-Speed

    With accelerated schedules driving many technology projects today, the smart project manager must rapidly retool their skill set. This course offers a breakthrough model for dealing with the realities of managing projects at supersonic speeds. Learn to meet and win the challenges of truncated timelines, short-staffed project teams, skimpy budgets and crippling risks. Please follow the ed2go registration instructions.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Real Estate Broker Pre-Licensing

    Start your new, exciting career in Real Estate! You will learn the real estate principles and practices required to pass the North Carolina Real Estate Broker License exam.

    Hours: 81
    $191
  • Real Estate Broker Post-Licensing: Contacts and Closings

    Are you in the licensing phase that needs the three post-licensing courses? This course in the three-part series will enhance your knowledge of special and advanced topics such as commercial real estate, property management, short sales, and more.

    Hours: 30
    $134
  • Real Estate Brokers Post-Licensing Course 303: Special Topics

    Are you in the licensing phase that needs the three post-licensing courses? This course in the three-part series will enhance your knowledge of special and advanced topics such as commercial real estate, property management, short sales, and more.

    Hours: 30
    $134
  • ServSafe

    Course covers the danger of foodborne illness, the components for good personal hygiene, preventing cross-contamination, and how to utilize time and temperature control effectively. Also covered are safe receiving, food storage, preparation, serving, cooling, and reheating.

    Hours: 16
    $77
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  • ServSafe Spanish

    Learn about food safety from a Spanish-speaking instructor. Course covers the danger of foodborne illness, the components for good personal hygiene, preventing cross-contamination, and how to utilize time and temperature control effectively. Also covered are safe receiving, food storage, preparation, serving, cooling, and reheating.

    Hours: 16
    $77
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  • Setting and Managing Expectations

    This session clarifies performance expectations in ways that increase the sense of ownership and gains commitment.

    Hours: 4
    $126
  • SHRM-CP

    Become a professional in the HR world by taking the Society of Human Resource Managers exam. HR professionals, who implement policies and strategies, serve as a point of contact for staff and are stakeholders.

    Hours: 120
    $1795
  • Speakers Training Camp

    “Campers” will become confident and dynamic speakers during these interactive workshop sessions. They will learn new skills, gets lots of practice and receive feedback in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. The participants will become effective at preparing presentations, handling nervousness, and being able to sell their ideas to a group.

    Hours: 16
    $454
  • Teacher Renewal

    Courses are available online through ed2go for teacher renewal credit. Courses include Solving Classroom Discipline Problems, Content Literacy, Teaching Smarter with SMART Boards, and many more. Please visit www.ed2go.com/gaston for a complete list.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Test Preparation

    Gaston College offers several test preparation courses online through ed2go. These six-week courses provide test-taking skills, insight into the questions you may expect, and instruction on how to approach the different test questions you will encounter. Test preparation courses for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, SAT/ACT, and more are available.

    Hours: 24
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

    Learn to outline the root causes of politics and dysfunction on the teams where you work, and the keys to overcoming them. This Workshop for Team Leaders provides leaders with an in-depth understanding of the Five Dysfunctions of a Team model and techniques for applying it within their teams.

    Hours: 4
    $169
  • The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

    This workshop will teach you easy ways to express appreciation for your team that is authentic and in the same “language” of your team.

    Hours: 4
    $144
  • Time Management

    This interactive session is designed to create an awareness of what participants do, day in and day out, and help them handle these items effectively and efficiently.

    Hours: 4
    $120
  • Truck Driver Training

    Gaston College, in collaboration with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI), offer Truck Driver Training, which is certified by the Professional Truck Driver Training Institute (PTDI). This 8 1/2-week class consists of classroom instruction, range driving, and road driving. Students completing this course will be prepared to operate tractor-trailer rigs, acquire a commercial driver’s license, and become a professional driver

    Hours: 383
    $1881
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  • Understanding Generational Differences

    Open to leaders or anyone interested in understanding the various generations present at work, and recognize what motivates them and dealing with them daily. Learning how to deal with the Generation Gaps at work will help you become a better leader or co-worker.

    Hours: 4
    $126
  • Understanding Personality Types

    To be a great leader, you must first know yourself. This workshop focuses on helping leaders understand their personality type and how it impacts their team’s performance.

    Hours: 4
    $144
  • Wastewater Treatment 1&2

    This course is designed to fulfill the requirements leading to Wastewater Operator Level I & II as established by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. Students completing this course will be prepared for the state exam.

    Hours: 60
    $191
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  • Wastewater Treatment 3&4

    Offers a series of courses designed to assist individuals to successfully complete the North Carolina process to become wastewater professionals.

    Hours: 60
    $191

No-Cost Classes

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  • A+ on Your Next Interview: Essential Skills

    Learn how to “Sell Yourself in a job interview in 45 Seconds or Less”! Know your skills. Be comfortable presenting and selling yourself with confidence. You are a unique Brand/Product. Who knows you better than you?

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  • Basic Computer Technology & Occupational Effectiveness Skills

    Learn computer and office terminology, basic computer, keyboarding, internet, and email skills, basic skills in Word, Excel, and Power Point, netiquette, customer service skills, work ethics, employer expectations, career exploration, and job-seeking and keeping skills (including using NCWorks). Class also includes business etiquette, workplace effectiveness, work habits, and presenting yourself in the most positive light.

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  • Computers for Medical Office

    Learn medical terminology and billing; and use computers to process patient records, schedule appointments, create insurance claims, file and print super-bills, reports, statements and claims using Medisoft. Class also includes professionalism, customer service and communication skills, workplace ethics, business etiquette, confidentiality and more.

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  • Make Your Resume Work for You

    Come attend this workshop or open-ended lab to learn how to make your resume “Stand Out from the Rest” to employers and be successful in your job search. Learn the words with the most impact as well as how to analyze your skills and “sell” them to potential employers.

  • Manufacturing Boot Camp I

    Get better prepared for the interview and opportunity for employment at local advanced manufacturing firms with this short-term training. Module One includes Skills for Successful Teams, Personal Effectiveness, and Professionalism Skills. Module Two includes actual applicable Skills for the Manufacturing Process. Invest 30 hours of exciting training in/for your future.

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  • Manufacturing Boot Camp II

    Get better prepared for the interview and opportunity for employment at local advanced manufacturing firms with this short-term training.

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  • National Career Readiness Certifications (NCRC)

    This 2-week class to assess and build your workplace skill levels in Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information uses a self-paced, online KeyTrain curriculum to prepare for the official WorkKeys Assessment Tests to get your National CRC (Career Readiness Certificate) and be part of our local “certified workforce”! Many companies now require or strongly prefer this certification for employment and/or promotional purposes!

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  • Pathways to Accounting and Payroll; Quickbooks

    This is a fun, fast way to learn QuickBooks 2015 and practice using the software for accounting and payroll that many jobs require. Apply the course training to find a job, improve your skills to get a better job, and even manage self-employment. For added success in this class, please take the Pathways to Office Administration and Accounting class first.

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  • Pathways to Office Administration

    You can learn Excel for Office Administration and Accounting careers by applying it to spreadsheets, databases, clerical positions, budgeting and finance, computer skills, organizational and multi-tasking, accounts payable and receivable, and other assets you could bring to employers to increase your marketability in finding a job or getting a better job.

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  • Social Media for Job Seekers

    Learn how successful job seekers are using Social Media and networking Do’s & Don’ts for real results to help you when it comes to employment!

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Small Business/Entrepreneurship

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  • Basics of Bookkeeping

    A local CPA/accountant discusses how to “set up the books” for your business.

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  • Federal & State Tax Issues for Small Businesses

    The Internal Revenue Service and the NC Department of Revenue will cover small business basics to ensure you will be in compliance, such as record keeping, business structure, and vital resources to start, grow and maintain a successful business.

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  • Financing Your Business

    This seminar is a continuation of the business planning process and a discussion of funding sources for your business.

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  • How to Find Your Customers

    This seminar will help you better understand your customers and how to reach them via use of demographics and psychographics. It will also include using social media.

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  • How to Start A Business

    This introductory seminar is designed to acquaint the business owner-to-be with the tools necessary to start their respective business. You will take lessons from an entrepreneur who has “been there, done that."

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  • How to Write a Business Plan

    A local banker discusses the necessity and technique of developing and writing your business plan.

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  • Human Resources (HR) for Business Owners

    Employees are a business’s greatest asset. Careful screening, hiring, and training are paramount to your business being successful. The HR professional will present the Do’s and Don’ts of hiring and firing. You will be exposed to the records that need to be kept and the records that have to be kept. Do yourself and your business a FAVOR by attending this informative and valuable seminar that all business owners need.

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  • Insurance Issues for Small Business

    A local insurance agent discusses the insurance needs of small business.

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  • Legal Issues for Small Business

    A local attorney discusses issues on business organization, legal obligations and the rights and legal liability of the small business owner.

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  • Marketing Your Business

    This seminar is designed to introduce the business owner to the essential tools needed for branding and marketing.

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  • Your Small Business Taxes

    A local CPA/accountant discusses financial statement formulation and terminology, self-employment and payroll taxes, tax theory and forms, and aspects of interacting with your finance and accounting professional.

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Continuing Education Online

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  • Accounting Fundamentals

    Demand for accounting professionals currently exceeds supply. If you're interested in increasing your financial awareness while also gaining a marketable skill, this course is for you.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners

    In this course, you'll learn how to create, manage, and promote your own blog and audio and video podcast using tools that you already have on your computer—no paid software or equipment is needed.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Business and Marketing Writing

    Are you a writer working in the business world? Or a marketing professional responsible for obtaining great marketing copy? Maybe your boss made you the company writer, but you've never had any training. Or maybe you're just interested in a writing or marketing career.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts K-5

    In this course you'll explore the basic elements of the standards—strands, anchor standards, and grade articulations—and you'll see how they relate to each other.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Complete List of Online Classes

    Do you want to upgrade your skills, but don't have the time to fit a traditional, on-campus class into your hectic schedule? Gaston College offers non-credit continuing education courses over the Internet. Enroll and study in the privacy of your own home.

  • Computer Skills for the Workplace

    This course is a great introduction to Windows 10 and Office 2016 and is designed to provide the fundamental computer competencies you need to survive and prosper in today's fast-changing workplace.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Content Literacy (Grades 6-12)

    review the new literacy standards to see how they relate to the content areas, and uncover the many ways adolescent development is connected to effective teaching. We'll explore differentiated education and see how easy it can be to deliver content to students at varying levels of literacy development.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Conversational Japanese

    In each lesson, you'll learn useful conversational phrases and vocabulary words particular to a specific area of travel. You'll practice these in drills, interactive exercises, and dialogues. Throughout the course, you'll find helpful audio aids and Japanese words written in the English alphabet.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Creating Web Pages (3 levels)

    Create and post your very own Web site on the Internet using HTML in this extensive, hands-on, six week workshop.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Creating WordPress Websites

    Learn how to create attractive, sophisticated blogs and websites—without any coding! WordPress is the world's most popular website publisher, powering more than 25% of all sites on the Internet. WordPress is an easy-to-use solution that will help you put your site on the Web in far less time than by coding, and at a much lower cost than hiring a professional.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Designing Effective Websites

    Regardless of your current skills or level of knowledge, in this course you'll master the basics of Web design and learn how to build sites that are better and more effective. Get ready to take your Web design skills to the next level!

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • GMAT Preparation

    Taking this course will provide you with test-taking techniques and methods for improving your score and saving time on all GMAT question types. You'll review the more familiar questions and learn how to approach question types that may be new to you, like critical reasoning and data sufficiency.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Grammar Refresher

    This course will help you gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, grammatically correct work. You'll explore the basics of English grammar—like sentence structure and punctuation—as well as more sophisticated concepts—like logic and clarity.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • GRE Preparation 1

    Part 1 takes you through all the question types on the verbal reasoning and analytical writing sections, including reading comprehension, text completion, sentence equivalence questions, and both essay tasks.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • GRE Preparation 2

    Part 2 features a math review and techniques for tackling the quantitative comparison, data interpretation, and standard math questions that make up the quantitative reasoning sections, as well as how to tackle the GRE's unique new question formats.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Happy and Healthy Pregnancy

    In this course, you'll learn how the different stages of pregnancy will affect your body, your moods and emotions, and even your relationships.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • How to Get Started in Game Development

    Whether you want to start your own indie game project in your basement or work with a small creative team or for a large game development studio, this course will prepare you to start developing your own games.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Instant Italian

    This course also makes it simple to master your pronunciation of Italian. Essential words and phrases are written phonetically by using sounds that are familiar to you from English words.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Introduction to Crystal Reports

    Designed for Crystal Reports XI, Crystal Reports 2008, and Crystal Reports 2011, this course will teach you how to transform the information that lies buried in your database or accounting program into clear, easy-to-understand documents.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Introduction to Windows 10

    Windows 10, the completely new operating system from Microsoft, which offers a more robust, more powerful, and completely unique computing experience. In this course, you'll gain the foundation you need to get started right away using Windows 10.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Introduction to Windows 8

    Windows 8 is a robust, powerful operating system that gives you an efficient way to manage all the apps, programs, files, and folders you use regularly. In this course, you'll learn the basics so you can make the most of this operating system for both work and fun.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Keyboarding

    If you want to learn touch-typing or improve your existing typing skills, this is the perfect course for you! In these lessons, you'll use the Keyboarding Pro 5 program, a typing tutorial designed for personal computers, to learn how to touch-type—that is, to type text you read from a printed page or a computer screen without looking at your keyboard.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay

    Online auctions match buyers with sellers in a global marketplace for almost any item. If you've ever dreamed of working from home or just earning extra income by buying and selling goods online, our experienced instructors will guide you every step of the way.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • LSAT Preparation Part 1

    Part 1 provides an overview of law school entrance procedures, a career in law and law school survival techniques.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • LSAT Preparation Part 2

    Part 2 features a math review and techniques for tackling the quantitative comparison, data interpretation, and standard math questions that make up the quantitative reasoning sections, as well as how to tackle the GRE's unique new question formats.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Marketing Your Business on the Internet

    You'll learn how search engine optimization (SEO) works and how to track your site's performance using Web analytics. You'll understand how to use online advertising, email marketing, and social media (including blogs) to drive business to your Web site.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Quickbooks 2015

    Learn to manage the financial aspects of your small business quickly and efficiently with this powerful accounting software program. QuickBooks is designed especially for the small- to midsized-business owner who needs a fully functional accounting system that's also easy to use.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • SAT/ACT Preparation Part 1

    Making the decision to attend college is probably one of the most important decisions you'll ever make, and your performance on college entrance exams is instrumental in determining your college choice. Universities and colleges throughout the U.S. require applicants to take the SAT or ACT as part of their evaluation package. This course will prepare you for both tests.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • SAT/ACT Preparation Part 2

    Preparation Part 2 will give you all the information you need to do well on the math questions of the ACT and the new SAT. The ACT math tests your knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and basic statistics. This course provides you with a complete math review of all these subjects.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Solving Classroom Discipline Problems

    Why do some teachers enjoy peaceful, orderly classrooms while others face daily discipline battles? The answer is that some teachers know the secrets to solving discipline problems. This course reveals those secrets and presents a step-by-step approach to effective, positive classroom discipline.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Speed Spanish

    Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can with Speed Spanish! This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish pronto. You'll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you'll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish. ¡Qué Bueno!

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Speed Spanish Bundle

    Imagine yourself soon being able to speak, read, and write Spanish. This 18-week online series of three courses will give you everything you need to know to learn the Spanish language. The first course will provide you with the basics while the second course provides you with what you need to become more comfortable conversing in Spanish-speaking situations. The third course will give you the advanced knowledge you need to master the Spanish language.

    Hours: 72
    $230
  • Teaching Smarter with SMART Board

    In this class, you'll discover how to create outstanding presentations with SMART Board and SMART Notebook technology. You'll explore the basics of using these tools and discover how to create your own SMART board lessons blending text, videos, and graphics.

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • The Creative Classroom

    Develop creative new approaches to field trips, learning labs, activities, exercises, assignments, and evaluation methods. Think beyond the textbook and challenge your students by making your classroom a creative classroom!

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Understanding the Cloud

    We'll start by looking at the building blocks of the cloud, where it started, and how it transitioned from an experiment into an unstoppable force. You'll also gain a clear understanding of IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS, and see why each may be attractive to some businesses, but not others. And you'll learn about the different kinds of clouds (public, private, and hybrid).

    Hours: 24
    $85
  • Using Social Media in Business

    As you progress through the course, you'll master a simple process for making social media work for you. You'll learn about the five most popular social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+—and study secrets for using them and other social media platforms to promote your business.

    Hours: 24
    $85

Adult Education

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  • Adult High School

    The Adult High School Diploma program (AHS) offers you a chance to complete the credits you did not earn in high school and receive a high school diploma through an agreement with the NC Community College System, the NC Department of Public Instruction, and Gaston and Lincoln County Schools.

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  • Basic Skills Plus

    We offer the Basic Skills Plus Program for students seeking an Adult High School diploma or High School Equivalency diploma and would like to begin training for certification in the high demand careers of Welding, Office Administration, or Computer-Integrated Machining Technology.

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  • English as a Second Language

    English as a Second Language (ESL) provides instruction for individuals with limited English proficiency. ESL stresses development of basic language skills in preparation for daily life, employment, and citizenship.

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  • Gaston College NCWorks NEXTGEN

    Gaston College NCWorks NEXTGEN program is federally funded and designed to help young adults achieve their educational and employment goals. NCWorks NEXTGEN's ultimate goal is to educate and prepare young adults for self-sufficiency in the world of work and life.

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  • GED®/HSE Testing

    The GED® Test is the test students take to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma. When a student reaches the High School Equivalency level the student and instructor work closely to prepare for practice and official GED® testing.

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  • High School Equivalency

    High School Equivalency focuses on the preparation for the GED® exam, which includes four tests in the areas of Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA), Social Studies, Science, and Math.

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  • TEAS 6 Test Prep Class

    Gaston College is now offering a four-week, no cost prep class for the TEAS 6 Test. The class will prep test takers for all four parts of the TEAS 6 Test: Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology), Reading, and English and Language Usage

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Auto / Motorcycle / Defensive Driving

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  • Automotive

    Anyone needing to attend a NC Auto Inspection class (Safety and/or OBD II) must register and pay prior to class. This has eliminated the need for billing or collecting payments & registrations the night of class.

    Hours: 8
    $90
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  • Defensive Driving

    Our defensive driving courses are designed with this need in mind. Each of our three class options will teach you how to make the safest choices behind the wheel.

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  • Escort Vehicle

    This 8 hour class is available for new and renewal certifications required by North Carolina General Statutes for oversized/overweight vehicle escorts.

    Hours: 8
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  • Independent Auto Dealer Renewal

    Gaston College offers the required 6-hour Independent Auto Dealer Renewal once per year.

    Hours: 6
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  • Motorcycle Safety

    Learn to control your motorcycle and reduce the risks involved in riding. Although the DMV motorcycle skills test will be waived, the course does not exempt each applicant from taking the required North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles written test. Some insurance companies give a discount upon successful completion of the class. This is a Thursday evening, Saturday, and Sunday class. (Insurance included.)

    Hours: 22
    $187
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Personal Enrichment

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  • Easy Does It Yoga

    This gentle style of yoga teaches you how to incorporate the movements into your daily schedule so you may live a more flexible and balanced life. All ages and conditions are invited. Come join this lite hearted class and discover how your body can work for you.

    Hours: 20
    $105
  • Fluffy Girl Yoga

    Created for ladies with or without large bodies in mind, this class will focus on women that want a non- judgmental approach to movement and health. Bring your sense of humor and get ready to relax. The next thing you will know, moving in your daily life will be easier!

    Hours: 20
    $130
  • Genealogy and Family History, Beginner

    Want to learn how to do basic genealogical and local historical research using pertinent records, Internet search opportunities, and other sources? This class will prepare the beginner to do research, survey and select appropriate documents, evaluate documents and research plans, and will provide opportunities to organize and analyze materials. Field trips will be part of the class.

    Hours: 20
    $57
  • Private Pilot/Sport Pilot Ground School

    Want to fulfill your dreams of flying a plane? By successfully completing this course you will be ready for the first step. During this course our qualified instructor will prepare you for the FAA knowledge exam.

    Hours: 72
    $191
  • Speed Spanish Bundle

    Imagine yourself soon being able to speak, read, and write Spanish. This 18-week online series of three courses will give you everything you need to know to learn the Spanish language. The first course will provide you with the basics while the second course provides you with what you need to become more comfortable conversing in Spanish-speaking situations. The third course will give you the advanced knowledge you need to master the Spanish language.

    Hours: 72
    $180
  • Yin Yoga

    Based on each individual’s needs, this class can be gentle or intense. This style of yoga focuses on the connective tissues of the lower back and hips and is great for anyone that sits or walks for long periods of time. This class can be taken by all ages and conditions.

    Hours: 20
    $130

Public Safety

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  • Basic Law Enforcement Training

    Gaston College provides the basic training that leads to state certification. BLET is an intensive curriculum program of 624 hours (17 weeks – full-time day class; 39 weeks – part-time evening class) that includes both classroom and practical applications.

    Hours: 624
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  • Fire and Rescue Training

    Learn more about the program and training calendars.

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  • Emergency Medical Services

    Gaston College Department for EMS Education offers non-degree EMS courses under the Continuing Education division of the college. We offer a variety of classes to obtain occupational training, certification, recertification, renewal, instructor methodology, education administration, and specialty topics. We offer classes fall, spring and summer.

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Download a Schedule!

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  • Download Your Fall 2017 Schedule

    Click learn more to download a PDF of the current 2017 Continuing Education schedule!

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