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CBPD Sets January and February Classes

CBPD Sets January and February Classes(Posted: December 18, 2013)

The January and February schedule of non-credit classes offered by the Center for Business and Professional Development at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith features classes in career development, personal effectiveness, leadership and computers, as well as commercial driver's license training and a supervision series for new managers.

The Commercial Driver Development Program, which has classes starting in January and in February, includes one week of classroom training, three weeks of behind-the-wheel training and a commercial driver's license (CDL) road skills test. Tuition includes the required Department of Transportation physical and drug screen. Due to the limited number of seats available in each class, registration is recommended at least one month prior to classes starting but is required a minimum of two weeks before the start dates of Jan. 6, Jan. 27 or Feb. 17. Space is limited, and classes fill quickly.

Also beginning in February is the "Introduction to Supervision Series," which is designed for new or recently-promoted managers in any type of business from banking to manufacturing. It consists of four workshops, each taking place on Monday afternoons. Participants can enroll in individual workshops or the entire series.

The January and February schedule includes:

Jan. 6-Jan. 31: "Commercial Driver Training," 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, $2,700. Call 479-462-5072 for more information or to make an appointment to apply for the program.

Jan. 8 & 15: "Beginning Microsoft Excel 2010," 8 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays, Business and Industrial Institute Building, room 115, $129.

Jan. 16-May 1: "Six Sigma Black Belt Training & Certification," 8-11 a.m., Thursdays, Flanders Business Center, room 110, $1,295.

Jan. 16-March 6: "Hydraulics Fundamentals," 4-7 p.m., Thursdays, Echols Building, room 201, $399.

Jan. 24: "Beginning Microsoft PowerPoint 2010," 8 a.m.-noon, Friday, Business and Industrial Institute Building, room 115, $69.

Jan. 27-Feb. 21: "Commercial Driver Training," 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, $2,700. Call 479-462-5072 for more information or to make an appointment to apply for the program.

Feb. 3: "Introduction to Supervision Series – Behavior Styles and Communicating Effectively," 1-5 p.m., Monday, Business and Industrial Institute Building, room 113, $59.

Feb. 5 & 12: "Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2010," 8 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays, Business and Industrial Institute Building, room 115, $129.

Feb. 10: "Introduction to Supervision Series – Performance Management," 1-5 p.m., Monday, Business and Industrial Institute Building, room 113, $59.

Feb. 14: "Beginning Microsoft Word 2010," 8 a.m.-noon, Friday, Business and Industrial Institute Building, room 115, $69.

Feb. 17-March 14: "Commercial Driver Training," 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, $2,700. Call 479-462-5072 for more information or to make an appointment to apply for the program.

Feb. 17: "Introduction to Supervision Series – Coaching," 1-5 p.m., Monday, Business and Industrial Institute Building, room 113, $59.

Feb. 21 & 28: "Beginning Microsoft Access 2010," 8 a.m.-noon, Fridays, Business and Industrial Institute Building, room 115, $129.

Feb. 24: "Introduction to Supervision Series – Workplace Compliance," 1-5 p.m., Monday, Business and Industrial Institute Building, room 113, $59.

Instructors are Dr. Micki Voelkel of Van Buren, Dr. Kimberley Gordon and Jack Danciu of Fort Smith, Cameron McKinney of Roland, Okla., and Roy Duncan of Fort Smith.

Voelkel, an associate professor in the CBPD since 1999, teaches the "Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification" and "Beginning Microsoft Access 2010" classes. Voelkel has extensive experience in the areas of leadership, communication, personal effectiveness and computer applications. She is a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist instructor and has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Gordon, an associate professor with the CBPD since 2006, will teach the "Introduction to Supervision Series" classes, "Behavior Styles and Communicating Effectively," "Performance Management," "Coaching" and "Workplace Compliance." As a consultant, she meets with community leaders to help them craft and execute training and development programs. Her background includes more than 20 years in corporate America, holding leadership roles in human resources as well as sales. She has a bachelor's degree in organizational management and a master's degree in leadership and ethics from John Brown University and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Danciu, who has taught for UAFS since 2001 and has more than 20 years of experience in the computer industry, teaches the "Beginning Microsoft Excel 2010," "Beginning Microsoft PowerPoint 2010," "Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2010" and "Beginning Microsoft Word 2010" classes. Danciu is the owner of Danciu & Associates Computer Consulting. He has a bachelor's degree with a double major in economics and management from Saint Joseph's College - Calumet Campus in Indiana, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

McKinney, who has been with the CBPD since July 2012, will teach the "Hydraulics Fundamentals" class. He has over 10 years of experience as an industrial electronic technician, PLC programmer and control engineer. He has an associate degree in industrial maintenance and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, both from Arkansas State University. He also holds several certifications from Rockwell Automation and an industrial electrician license from the State of Arkansas.

Duncan, who teaches and coordinates the Commercial Driver Development Program, has been with the CBPD since 2000 and has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry and over one million miles of accident-free commercial driving to his credit. He has a Department of Transportation/Commercial Driver's License Compliance Certificate from Safety Services of Arkansas and is certified by the State of Arkansas as a Commercial Driver's License third-party examiner, qualifying him to administer CDL Road Skills testing.

In addition to classes and workshops offered for professional development, the Center for Business and Professional Development at UAFS also provides regional businesses with customized training and consulting to meet company-specific requirements and on-site training to fit identified employee needs.

Contact Karen Harmon at 479-788-7742 or karen.harmon@uafs.edu to register, to ask questions or obtain additional information on any of the classes offered by CBPD. Registration is required prior to the start date of the classes.



Article by: Karen Harmon, Administrative Specialist, CBPD

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