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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

Job and Career

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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
    $125
  • 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.

  • APICS CPIM

    APICS CPIM education is essential if you are involved in: production and inventory control, operations, supply chain management, procurement, materials management, or purchasing.

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  • 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 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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  • Clinical Refresher For Medical Assistants

    This course is designed to provide a refresher course on clinical skills for the current or previously credentialed CMA or RMA. Topics covered will refresh the skills of medical assistants who wish to earn 15 contact hours (non-AAMA approved) toward recertification of his/her credential.

    Hours: 15
    $102
  • Conversational Spanish

    Are you looking to become more comfortable in Spanish-speaking environments? Join us for this exciting new course while learning vocabulary, common phrases and practical expressions used in everyday situations including work, travel, and dining at your favorite Hispanic restaurant.

    Hours: 24
    $77
  • 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
    $70
  • 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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  • German Level 1

    Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to begin and understand conversations in German!

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  • Healthcare Activity Director

    This course is designed to provide basic training to individuals desiring to become an Activity Director within a healthcare setting. Activities in Adult Day Care, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing Care will be covered. The required textbook is available in the Gaston College Bookstore. Each student will be required to obtain permission to conduct, and then complete, a 60-hour preceptorship at an area assisted living center. Directions and guidelines for the clinical will be provided during the first class. For more information, email hoyle.gail@gaston.edu, huffman.jodi@gaston.edu, or call 704-922-2244.

    $191
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  • Intravenous Therapy: Basic Principles

    Designed to enhance the practitioner’s skills in intravenous therapy, this course offers continuing education credit for current Certified Medical Assistants (CMA) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). Classroom discussion and various techniques practiced in hands-on class sessions provide enrichment of current knowledge and skills.

    Hours: 9
    $77
  • 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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  • 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
    $70
  • 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
  • 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 1

    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 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. Seated class times are listed below. 28 hours of online course instruction will also be provided.

    Hours: 40
    $159
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  • 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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  • 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
    $70
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Time Management

    Gain the time management skills essential for professional success in any workplace. Become that person able to successfully implement time management strategies and be able to control the workload rather than spend each day reacting to crisis after crisis. Reduce stress and see your personal productivity soar! Be that person that is able to focus on tasks with the greatest impact to you and the organization.

    Hours: 4
    $93
  • 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
    $1882
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  • 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
    $186
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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
    $186
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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.

    $70
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  • 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.

    $70
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  • 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.

    $70
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  • 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.

    $70
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  • 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.

    Hours: 24
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    $70
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  • 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.

    $70
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  • 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.

    $70
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  • 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!

    $70
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    $75
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  • 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.

    $75
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  • 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.

    $75
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  • 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.

    $70
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  • 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.

    $70
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    $70
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  • LSAT Preparation Part 1

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

    $75
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    $70
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  • 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.

    $75
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

    $70
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  • 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.

    $70
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  • 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!

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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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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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

    4 or 8 hour classes are available as required by the North Carolina General Statutes for oversize/overweight vehicle escorts.

    Hours: 4
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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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  • Basic Motorcycle Maintenance

    If you were stranded could you perform basic motorcycle maintenance on your bike? Come and learn a few basics to get you back on the road: changing oil, understanding tire pressure, trouble-shooting problems, and more.

    Hours: 4
    $30
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  • Clawhammer Banjo

    Do you want to play this historic instrument? Learn to play simple tunes in the Clawhammer style. The course will include three traditional tunings, use of the caps, and playing with others. A five-string banjo with a new set of strings is required.

    Hours: 12.5
    $67
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  • Container Gardening and Floral Arrangements

    Come and learn from an experienced professional the art of using herbs, plants, and other flora in containers, arrangements and pots. This class will inspire you to grow the most beautiful and artful floral arrangements, whether they are cut and arranged or in containers. Please request a list of supplies needed for the first class when you register.

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  • Crochet: Intermediate

    Learn to read a pattern and create beautiful hats, scarves, afgans, and more. You must provide your own supplies. Purchase suggestions are given during the first class meeting.

    Hours: 8
    $32
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  • Crochet Market Bag

    Market bags or “string bags” can be used in place of disposable bags for shopping. These are simple to crochet, and are popular gifts. A smooth cotton yarn and a crochet hook of the size recommended for the yarn will be needed.

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  • Genealogy and Family History, Beginner

    Want to learn how to do basic research using pertinent records, Internet search opportunities, and other venues? This class will prepare you to do research, basic surveying and evaluating of different types of records, and assist with organizing your materials.

    Hours: 20
    $57
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  • Genealogy and Local History, Advanced

    To continue your journey to learn more about your past, you will start on a genealogical project and use research techniques that you acquire here. Each student will utilize research tools, compile documents, and share with others the project that they have completed. Research field trips are part of this class.

    Hours: 20
    $57
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  • Golden Age Computing

    This class is for any age that would like to learn those important basics of the computer: Control Panel, Internet, E-mail, and much more.

    Hours: 12
    $47
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  • Knitting Basic

    What can you create with a pair of knitting needles, some yarn, and your imagination? Make your own attractive accessories or create fashionable gifts by learning the basics of knitting, purling, casting on and off, reading patterns, and understanding a yarn label. You must bring size 7 needles and smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn to the first class. This is a great class for novices or those in need of a refresher. Left-handers also welcome

    Hours: 8
    $32
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  • Knitting: Intermediate

    Want to learn more knitting techniques? In this class, you will choose your own project to work on and complete. Purchase suggestions are given during the first class meeting.

    Hours: 8
    $32
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  • Knitting Lace

    Knitting lace involves a combination of increasing and decreasing stitches in a decorative manner. Students will knit samples of several lace patterns, then choose one for a project. Smooth yarn and knitting needles two sizes larger than recommended for the yarn will be needed.

    Hours: 8
    $32
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  • 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
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  • Rejuvenate Your Retirement

    This unique and comprehensive course focuses on the issues and financial concepts that are important to retirees. The course explains financial strategies that affect taxes, lifestyle preservation, inflation protection, and your legacy. The course cost includes a 143-page illustrated workbook.

    Hours: 5
    $45
  • 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
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  • Small Engine Repair

    Don’t you wish you could repair that weed-eater, lawn mower, or tiller yourself rather than waiting on someone else to do it for you? Learn the basics of small engine repair in this hands-on class. You will need a small tool kit that includes: 5/16 – 1 inch wrench set, 3/8 - 1/2 inch drive set of sockets with pull bar, flat and cross-tip screw drivers, pliers, wire cutters, vice grip, and a book for all small engines (may be purchased at any parts store) to bring to the first class meeting.

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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 Summer 2017 Schedule

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

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