Training & Courses Available Locally


IRC Manufacturers Growth Conference – May 17

Learn best practices to create and sustain profitable growth! Being competitive and growing your business in a dynamic global economy is challenging. You may have great assets of people, equipment, technology, and processes, but are you maximizing their potential? Join us to learn about world-class best practices from national and local experts. Topics include how to breakdown jobs, standardize work, and train effectively; transfer years of knowledge to less experienced workers; find, develop, and retain good employees; identify new markets for diversification; generate qualified leads and acquire new customers; and commercialize a proprietary product and protect your products and ideas. Plus, the event will feature a keynote address by PA State Representative Matt Gabler. Visit or call 814-898-6888 for info & registration.


National Safety Council Defensive Driving (DDC-4) – May 15

PennDOT – Riverfront Office Center
Transportation University, Room #408, 1101 S. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA  17104
Monday, May 15, 2017 8:00am – 12:00pm
To register for any of these events just click on the link above and that will take you directly to the event homepage and a registration form. *You must have a valid Drivers’ License to attend this class.* If we do not reach a minimum of 25 participants session will be cancelled.

PA Training for Health and Safety: It’s time to apply for the Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence

If you’re proud of your safety and prevention program for its impact on reducing employee injuries, financial and other achievements, why not apply for the Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence? The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding prevention programs and the superior efforts that make these programs so successful. Companies can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. For more information and to download the nomination form, Click Here. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JUNE 1, 2017 TO: Margaret (Peggy) Day, Program Coordinator, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Division
1171 South Cameron Street, Room #324A, Harrisburg, PA 17104

Free Health & Safety Webinars –  April, 2017

Free Health & Safety Webinars –  May, 2017

Click here to register for any of the following trainings.

  • Asbestos Awareness – Tuesday, May 2nd at 9:30am
  • Hotel/Motel Safety – Tuesday, May 2nd at 1:30pm
  • Snakes – Basic Awareness – Wednesday, May 3rd at 1:30pm
  • Backyard & Wildlife Safety – Thursday, May 4th at 9:30am
  • Heat Related Injuries/Illnesses – Thursday, May 4th at 1:30pm
  • Hazardous Waste Management – Tuesday, May 9th at 9:30am
  • West Nile Virus Awareness – Wednesday, May 10th at 9:30am
  • Zika Virus – Basic – Thursday, May 11th at 9:30am
  • Stress & Worker Safety – Thursday, May 11th at 1:30pm
  • Suicide Prevention – Tuesday, May 16th at 1:30pm
  • Motor Fleet Safety – Wednesday, May 17th at 9:30am
  • Camping Safety – Thursday, May 18th at 9:30am
  • Dealing with Difficult Co-Workers – Thursday, May 18th at 1:30pm
  • Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments – Tuesday, May 23rd at 1:30pm
  • Working Alone – Wednesday, May 24th at 9:30am
  • Grilling Safety – Wednesday, May 24th at 1:30pm
  • Boating Safety – Thursday, May 25th at 9:30am
  • Industrial Hygiene – Tuesday, May 30th at 1:30pm
  • Summer Safety – Wednesday, May 31st at 1:30pm

Annual Workplace Safety Committee Initial & Re-Certification Training – May, 2017

Governor Wolf’s Initiative on Opioids- April & May, 2017

To register for any of these events just click on the link(s) above and you will be automatically re-directed to the event homepage and a registration form.We can come to your location and provide training for your organization if you can provide at least 25 participants.  For more information contact  To register for any of our safety trainings available, classroom or webinar, please visit the PATHS Training Calendar.


2017-2018 Adult Programs Now Open For Enrollment

Auto Body * Auto Mechanics * Building Trades * Cosmetology * Class A CDL Training * Culinary Arts * Computer Network Engineering * Computer Technology * Digital Media Arts * Drafting, Design & Engineering * Health Assisting * Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning * Machine Shop * Poractical Nursing * Welding/Metal Fabrication
For more information visit, contact the Adult Education Department at 814-653-8256, ext. 182, or email

Online Microsoft Courses

Our instructor-facilitated online courses are informative, fun, convenient, and highly interactive. Our instructors are famous for their ability to create warm and supportive communities of learners. All courses run for six weeks (with a 10-day grace period at the end). Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links, and more. You can complete any course entirely from your home or office, any time of the day or night. New course sessions begin monthly. Please visit our Online Instruction Center to see exact start dates for the courses that interest you.

  • Intro to Microsoft Word
    Learn how to create and modify documents in Word, the most popular word-processing program available
  • Intro to Microsoft Excel
    Discover dozens of shortcuts and tricks, and learn to secrets behind writing powerful formulas, using functions, sorting and analyzing data, creating custom charts, and much more
  • Intro to Microsoft PowerPoint
    Learn to create impressive slide presentations filled with visually stimulating elements
  • Intro to Microsoft Access
    Learn how Microsoft’s powerful database can help you store and manage information you’ve collected about your business, home, or community
  • Intro to Microsoft Outlook
    Learn the essentials of Microsoft Outlook 2013 from an expert instructor. Get up and running quickly with the most important aspects of the program.
  • Intro to Windows 10
    Learn to use the powerful new operating system, including how to customize your desktop, manage files and folders, and navigate the web with the new Microsoft Edge browser.


Click the links below for information on current offerings and courses held at the CEC:


Problem Solving and Root Cause Analysis – May 12-26

Learn the basic concepts of problem solving and root cause analysis. By the end of this course you will understand the PDCA process and how it is used to define the problem, analyze the problem, develop a plan to fix the problem, and implement the solution and conduct proper followup. The course will focus on the 5W2H process for problem investigation, use of cause and effect diagrams, 5-why techniques, and how to determine root cause and to develop permanent countermeasures that address the root cause. Learn the different sources of variation and how to use cause and effect logic to validate the problem analysis was done properly. Who should attend” engineers, operators, supervisors, and managers. $299. Fridays, May 12-May 26, 8:30AM – noon. Preregistration is required. Call 814-362-5078 or register online.

Statistical Process Control – May 12-20

This course will give you the basic concepts of statistics and the use of statistical techniques to manage and control processes. Designed to help personnel understand variation and the differences between inherent variation and special causes of variation, the course will focus on control charts and how to construct, interpret, and identify out-of-control conditions along with the actions necessary to maintain process control. In addition, you will learn the different sources of variation, measurement variation and techniques to identify and reduce variability. You will apply the principles to hand-on in-class exercises to reinforce learning, $299. Fridays, May 12-20, 1-4:30PM. Preregistration is required. Call 814-362-5078 or register online.

Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics – May 24

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive and assaultive behaviors that adults or adolescents use to control an intimate partner. This abuse can be physical, psychological, emotional, sexual, financial, or any combination designed to force the victim to change behavior in response to the abuse. It is the pervasive and methodical use of threats, intimidation, manipulation, and physical violence by someone who seeks power and control over an intimate partner. This program is designed to help you recognize the dynamics of domestic violence well enough to enhance victim safety and offender accountability. You will learn how to identify what does and does not cause domestic violence, power and control tactics, the impact of domestic violence on children, and the barriers to safety for victims. The instructor, Dr. Bitting, is a nationally certified domestic violence instructor through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Fee includes light breakfast and lunch. Cost: $99. Date: Wednesday, May 24 time: 8:30 AM – 4 PM location: Mukaiyama University Room, Frame-Westerberg Commons Building, Pitt Bradford Campus. To register, Call 814-362-5078 or register online.

Blue Print Reading Level 1 – June 5-14

This introductory course will cover the basics of understanding how to read and interpret information from blueprints. You will learn how to prepare a “bill of materials” and “quality takeoffs” as well as how to read and follow specifications. You also will learn the various drawing techniques available to communicate ideas. You will complete hand-on exercises. This course is designed for shop personnel, quality control technicians, and engineering professionals. Cost: $425 date & time: June 5 – 14, 4:30-8:30PM. Location: Room 200, Marilyn Horne Hall, 2 Main St., Bradford. To register, Call 814-362-5078 or register online.

Cyber Security  – June 6 or 8

Tips for staying secure on the web and social media – Have you ever had that annoying popup you weren’t sure was safe to click on, or wondered if that deal of the day on your home page was legitimate? Should you open that email? Is it saafe to shop or bank online?ever-changing world of cyber security, do you know how secure you actually are? Learn how to stay secure online and about best practices for keeping you and your data secure. Cost: $55. Preregistration required. To register, Call 814-362-5078 or register online.
St. Marys: Date & time: Tuesday, June 6, 6-9PM, CEC St. Marys
Bradford: Date & time: Thursday, June 8, 5-8PM. Location: Room 200, Marilyn Horne Hall, Bradford

Summer session of Operational Excellence – June 7 (Registration now open)

Morning Session: Introduction to Operational Excellence and Aligning Metrics and Key performance Indicators to the operational Excellence Strategy
The session will introduce and explore strategy and tactics trees that are used to define, validate, communicate and implement the Operational Excellence strategy. In order to achieve alignment throughout the organization and to have all employees working toward a common goal, it is imperative that the measurement system is aligned to the operational Excellence Strategy. We will investigate the conflicts that traditional metrics create within organization and will introduce the metrics necessary to change the behavior needed to achieve breakthrough results. We will also discuss how to define each improvement initiative and how to link it to the operational Excellence Strategy.
Afternoon Session: Lessons in Synchronous Flow for Operations
This session will introduce you to the concept of Synchronous Flow and will evaluate the different methods for managing operations. The session is a hands-on simulation that demonstrates and evaluates the different approaches to managing operations for any environment. The focus of this session is to create a stable and capable delivery system to better service customers that will set the stage for improving the overall performance of the organization.
date & time: Wednesday, June 7, 8:30 – 4:30 $175. Classes will be led by local industry expert Max Krug. Location: Room 200, Marilyn Horne Hall, 2 Main St., Bradford. Preregistration required. To register, Call 814-362-5078 or register online.

Microsoft & Technology Schedule, Summer 2017

5/18/17 – Microsoft Word 1 2013 – 8AM-noon – Bradford – cost $69.00
5/18/17 – Microsoft Excel 1 2013 – 12:30-4:30PM – Bradford – cost $69.00
6/6/17 – Cyber Security – 6-9PM – St. Marys CEC – cost $55.00
6/8/17 – Microsoft Word 2 2013 – 8AM-noon – Bradford – cost $69.00
6/8/17 – Microsoft Excel 2 2013 – 12:30-4:30PM – Bradford – cost $69.00
6/8/17 – Cyber Security – 5-8PM – Bradford – cost $55.00
6/15/17 – Microsoft Excel 3 2013 – 12:30-4:30PM – Bradford – cost $69.00
6/16/17 – Microsoft Excel 1 2013 – noon-4PM – St. Marys CEC – cost $69.00
7/13/17 – Microsoft Word 1 2013 – noon-4PM – St. Marys CEC – cost $69.00
Register online or call 814-362-5078


Food Safety Certification/ServSafe

Please join the Penn State Extension and the Clarion University Small Business Development Center as they present Food Safety/ServSafe Certification in various locations in western Pennsylvania. Organizations and businesses including restaurants, food businesses, non-profit kitchens, and food handlers may be required to meet PDA food safety certification. The ServSafe course, conducted by Penn State Extension, is for individuals preparing for the exam. After attending the ServSafe classes and passing the proctored, multiple-choice exam with a score of 75% or higher, participants will receive a ServSafe certificate, which meets the PDA requirements for food safety certification.
Click here to view course brochure

Coudersport —- Register — June: Thursday June 22 —- Directions
Saint Marys —- Register — June: Tuesday June 29 and July 6 —- Directions
Clarion —- Register — July: Thursday July 20 and July 27 —- Directions
Cranberry —- Register — September: Tuesday September 5 and September 12 —- Directions
Coudersport —- Register — October: Wednesday October 18 and October 25 —- Directions
DuBois —- Register — November: Wednesday November 29 and December 6 —- Directions

Register online:
or by phone 814-849-7361 Fee $185 – includes book, study guides, and examination


Mixed Generations in the Workplace – April 28

Today’s workplace is increasingly diverse. For the first time in history, four generations are working side-by-side in the business landscape. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to examine the defining moments that have shaped each generation and define the ideas for working together as teams. With this insight you will be able to discover opportunities to help develop strategies for building cross-generational success in your organization. Friday, April 28, 2017, 12:30PM – 4:30PM, Community Education Center, St. Marys, PA
Fee: $245.00 Click here to register

Fracture and Failure Analysis –  May 9

How and why materials fail and how to characterize this behavior will be presented. The participants will leave with a basic understanding of material mechanical properties, material mechanical testing, and the ability to apply this to material selection and failure analysis. This course has been scheduled at the DuBois campus to allow for use of the engineering lab equipment for improved analysis demonstrations.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 8:30AM – 5:00PM, Penn State DuBois, DEF Building, Room 209, Fee: $525.00 To register, call 814-375-4716

Professionals Toolbox: Essential Skills for Business Success – May 17

It is a rare manager that doesn’t struggle with finding enough time to achieve desired results. To survive and thrive in the competitive world of business requires mastery of certain key management skills that are all too often left to chance. Focusing on basic skills that are rarely taught or used in the workplace, this half-day class provides intensive work on improving your skills related to delegation, time management and running effective meetings, that will make a dramatic difference in personal and organizational results. If you struggle with too many demands, have difficulty delegating, or face stressful, never-ending meetings, this hands-on, results-oriented, highly interactive class will set you on the right path. Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 8:30AM – 12:30PM, Community Education Center, St. Marys, PA, Fee: $149.00 To register, call 814-375-4716

Harassment Prevention Training – May 24

Although some workplace behavior is easy to identify as inappropriate, many actions that may appear innocent on the surface can constitute harassment. This may include words, deeds, actions, gestures, symbols or behaviors that make someone feel uncomfortable or fear for their safety. This training defines the range of behaviors that constitute harassment and then presents ways to prevent harassment in the workplace, including harassment based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability. Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 12:30PM – 4:00PM at the Community Education Center, St. Marys PA. Fee: $245.00 To register, call 814-375-4716

Gear Technology – June 8 (rescheduled)

This course will review basic terminology, gear types, and calculations, as well as spur and helical gear designs with composite action test methods. The course is based on AGMA (American Gear Manufacture Association) standards and is suited for beginners as well as those with some experience in engineering, quality and/or sales fields. Thursday, June 8, 8:30AM – 4:00PM, Community Education Center, St. Marys, PA, Fee: $459.00 (does not include textbook). To register, call 814-375-4716

Summer 2017 Art, Science And Technology Institute Grades 7 Through 12 Youth Programs – June 12-23

June 12 through June 23, 2017 Penn State DuBois is providing academic enrichment programs for middle and high school students. This summer we are challenging youth in grades 7 through 12 with some new and exciting programs:
Crime Forensics & Mock Trial * Fly Fishing & Fly Tying 101 * Wild Turkey Commander * Wilderness Survival * Lego Robotics * Theatre and more … Date & time: Monday – Friday, June 12 – June 23, 2017. Times vary. Location: Penn State DuBois, Multi-Purpose Building. Fee: TBD. Look for more information in April on our website:  Youth Programs online registration begins May 1, 2017.



5-Part Marketing Bootcamp Series

With technology constantly changing, businesses need to be aware of how these changes affect their marketing efforts. If you are wondering how to make your business stand out and get noticed, then join us for this five part series to learn about marketing in this technological age. Topics include Planning and Promoting Your Website, Search Engine Optimization, Google Analytics, Promote Your Business through Social Media, and Computer Security – Protect Your Information. Speaker: Joe Polk, Owner, Thirteen Ball When: Spring 2017 Where: Venango College of Clarion University, 1801 West First Street, 208 Frame Hall, Oil City PA 16301-3254 Directions Cost: $30.00 per seminar or $125.00 for the entire 5-Part series (Please preregister and prepay to save your seat) Register Online Now (links below) or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email us
– Get Information and Register Online For Clarion University SBDC Workshops Now
– May 3:  Register for Marketing Bootcamp Series II: Search Engine Optimization
– May 10:  Register for Marketing Bootcamp Series III: Google Analytics
– May 17:  Register for Marketing Bootcamp Series IV: Promote Your Business through Social Media
– May 24: Register for Marketing Bootcamp Series V: Computer Security – Protect Your Information
– Marketing Bootcamp Series I, II, III, IV, & V: Save $25 and Register for entire 5-Part Series

Leadership Series – Spring, 2017

Learn how to become the best leader you can be! This series is designed to help you gain a better understanding of yourself as a leader and how you can use your leadership skills to operate a successful business.
5/9/17 – Management Style and Coaching 1 – 4PM –  Clarion University SBDC
6/15/17 – Time Management, Goal Setting, Social Media & Effective Meetings 9AM – noon – Clarion University SBDC
Speakers: Joseph Croskey: Certified SIYL Trainer; Kathleen Ellwood: Professional Coach and Trainer; Jennifer Johnson: Teacher & Trainer; Sam Johnson: Licensed Professional Counselor; and Don Morgan, PhD: Positive Psychology Practitioner/Consultant
When: Spring 2017 Where: Clarion University Small Business Development Center (Barnes Center) at 330 North Point Drive, Suite 100, Clarion PA 16214-3873 Directions  Cost: $25.00 per seminar or $80.00 for the entire 4-Part series (Please preregister and prepay to save your seat). Click here to register or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email

QuickBooks 2016 Level II – April 27 (registration deadline April 21)

Now that you’re familiar with the basics, come and see what else this amazing accounting program can do for you. Learn how to run professional looking reports, personalized your forms, send letters through Microsoft Word, export to Excel and more. Course approved for 8 CPE credits through the Center for Accounting Education & Research. This seminar includes: Tracking and paying sales tax, Inventory – tracking/adjusting, Payroll – processing/reports, Reports: Balance Sheet/Income Statement (Profit Loss), Customizing forms and reports.
Register Online Now or Call the SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email sbcd@clarion.eduDate: Thursday, April 27, 2017 (Registration Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017) Where: Potter County Education Council, 5 Water Street, Coudersport PA 16915-1119 Directions Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Registration begins at 8:15 am and On Your Own 1 Hour Lunch) Cost: $199.00 for one 7-hour session. Save $38.00 and register for both QuickBooks Level I and QuickBooks Level II classes for $360.00 (Cost includes QuickBooks training manual)

How to become a COSTARS Supplier – May 11

Please join the NW Commission PTAC, State Representative R. Lee James office, and the Clarion University SBDC as they present “How to become a COSTARS Supplier”. COSTARS is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program administered by the Department of General Services (DGS) Bureau of Procurement. The program is described as a “passport to business success and procurement savings”, as it provides registered suppliers and eligible local public procurement units a tool to find and do business together. During the FREE workshop, staff of the Northwest Commission Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will discuss various aspects of COSTARS, including general program details, navigating the COSTARS websites, finding contract opportunities, and the steps and requirements necessary to become a supplier. Date, time, & location: Thursday, May 11, 10 AM – noon at the Franklin Industrial & Commercial Development Authority Emerging Technology Center, 191 Howard Street, Suite 101, Franklin, PA 16323
For more information and to register, visit or contact (814-677-4800 x 124

Doing Business with PennDOT – May 18

This free informational workshop is for companies interested in seeking opportunities with the PA Departmeny of Transportation (PennDOT) as a constractor or subcontractor. The event will include representative from PennDOT’s Supportive Services Center, PennDOT District 10 and area Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs). Mark Corbin, Director of the Small Business Enterprise Supportive Services Center (SBESSC) at Cheyney University of PA will provide an overview of doing business with BennDOT, including aspects of required registrations and navigating the Engineering & Construction Management System (ECMS) website. The SBESSC is a shared initiative between Cheyney University and PennDOT which seeks to increase small business participation on federally-assisted PennDOT highway contracts and subcontracts. In addition, a representative from PennDOT’s District q0 Regional Office will also speak with attendees. District 10 includes Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson Counties. This event is co-sponsored by the Northwest Commission and North Central Commission PTACs, Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Clarion Area Chamber of Business and Industry. Thursday, May 19, 9:30am – noon, Clarion University SBDC, 330 North Point Drive, Suite 100, Clarion PA. To register for the free event, visit or contact Melissa Becker at 814-677-4800 ext. 124 or

OSHA: Hazard Communication, Lockout/Tagout, & Machine Guarding – June 6

If OSHA were to show up at your door today, would you be prepared for an inspection? Are you certain that you are doing everything possible to minimize workplace accidents and injuries? Join us for this informative seminar as speaker, Mark Harmon, discusses OSHA requirements to protect your employees from hazardous situations in the work place. Get answers to your questions regarding hazard communication and how to make sure your business is in compliance. Topics to be covered include Hazard Communication, Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), and Machine Guarding. Speaker: Mark Harmon, Compliance Assistance Specialist, US Department of Labor, OSHA When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Where: Clarion University SBDC, 330 North Point Drive, Suite 100, Clarion PA 16214-3873 Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon (8:30 am registration) Cost: $10.00 (Please preregister and prepay to save your seat). Register Online Now or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843.

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