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) – March 24, April 21, May 15

PennDOT – Riverfront Office Center
Transportation University, Room #408, 1101 S. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA  17104
Friday, March 24, 2017 8:00am – 12:00pm
Friday, April 21, 2017 8:00am – 12:00pm
Monday, May 15, 2017 8:00am – 12:00pm
These are classroom trainings, To register for any of these events just click on the links 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 – March & April, 2017

Annual Workplace Safety Committee Initial & Re-Certification Training

Governor Wolf’s Initiative on Opioids

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 Spring Evening Course Schedule Available

CLICK HERE for spring evening course schedule . 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 link below for a constantly-updated list of current offerings and courses held at the CEC:


Microsoft Office Training

3/28/17 – Microsoft Excel 3 2013 – 5-9PM, St. Marys CEC – $69.00
Click here to register online or call 814-362-5078

 Emotional Intelligence – March 23 (Now open for registrations)

What are some behaviors that you use to master your self-awareness, self management, social awareness, competencies (self-awareness, self-regulation, and motivation) and social competencies (handling relationships and eliciting desirable responses in others) at the core of our emotional intelligence. The focus is on the inter-relatedness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and thinking about what you want, what you’re doing to get what you want, and how it’s all working. Cost: $179. Date, time & location: Thursday, March 23, 1 – 4 PM in Room 200, Seneca Building. Pre-registration required. Call 814-362-5078 or email

Intro to Social Media for Business – April 3

Which social networks should you use for your business to be successful? Where do you start with Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus? Learn the best practices for your business to maximize revenues and grow your business. We will discuss how to create content that will get you more followers, grow your reach on each of the networks, and review the differences between each network so you can determine which will work best for your business. Monday, April 3, 10 AM – noon, $55. Room 200, Seneca Building/ to register: call 814-362-5078 or email

Basics of Digital Photography April 4 & 6 (at The Community Education Center in St. Marys)

If you are interested in learning more about how to use your digital camera besides just “pointing and shooting”, then you will want to take this course. You will learn about framing, composition, and creativity in taking great pictures. Topics will iclude taking not just good, but great pictures; introducing basic camera functions and their uses; taking pictures beyond the ordinary; and handling special scenes, including backlit scenes, sports and action photos, family and children portraits, landscapes, close-ups, and macro photography. You will need to bring your own difital camers. April 4 & 6, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, at the Community Education Center in St. Marys. Cost: $75. Pre-registration required. call 814-362-5078 or email

Doing Business in China – April 5

Any business manager, sales, marketing or development staff members who do business in China should attend this fun, informative workshop. You will learn about cultural differences in business, business communications, gift giving, and common Chinese phrases to break the ice. The instructors are faculty from the Confucius Institute. Wednesday, April 5, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, $55. Room 200, Seneca Building. Pre-registration required. call 814-362-5078 or email

Violent Workplace Emergencies – The Active Shooter – April 7

Violent workplace emergencies are happening around the country every day. Is your business prepared? Have you thought of your company’s risk and liability? You’re wrong if you think it can’t happen to you. This course is designed to help businesses prevent, prepare for, and react to a violent emergency in the workplace. You’ll learn how to identify and mitigate risk, develop an action plan, and review policies and incident-response protocol. Table-top exercises will be conducted. $45 – Friday, April 8, 8 – 11 AM. To register: call 814-362-5078 or email

Supercharge your Leadership Skills – April 19

Leadership is required to achieve success in any endeavor, yet we rarely analyze the weaknesses that impede us. This lively interactive workshop is 100% focused on YOU, using teamwork exercises guaranteed to make a difference in your life and work. We will address four core leadership skills: effective speaking and listening, delegation, time management, and meeting management. The principles tauight in this class are applicable for anyone involved with or aspiriing to a leadership position in for-profit or nonprofit enterprises. Wendesday, April 19, 9 AM – noon. Cost $99. Community Education Center, St. Marys. Pre-registration required. To register: call 814-362-5078 or email


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

DuBois —- Register — March: Thursday March 30 —- Directions
Saint Marys —- Register — April: Tuesday April 4 and April 11 —- Directions
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


Personal Care Home Administrator Training

Take the first step to increasing your employability with a licensure. An excellent salary may await you as a licensed Personal Care Home Administrator in PA! Or take a few classes for you continuing education requirements. These programs address issues surrounding personal care homes, and the training also address the responsibilities of providing safe, humane, comfortable, and supportive residential settings for adults who don’t require the services of a licensed long-term care facility but do require supervision or assistance with daily living activities. 100-hour training starts Feb. 21, 2017. Fee: $1,450 For more info contact Sueann Doran, Education Program Associate – or 814-375-4716. Click here for more info & to register
Individual Courses
Please contact our office at 814-375-4772 or email if you would like to register for individual courses.
Recreation (0.4 CEU) March 28, 2017, 1:00PM – 5:00PM – Fee: $80
Budgeting and Financial Recordkeeping (0.4 CEU), March 23, 2017, 8:30AM – 12:30PM – Fee: $80
Community Resources (0.4 CEU) March 28, 2017, 1:00PM – 5:00PM – Fee: $80
Staff Supervision (0.8 CEU) March 30, 2017, 8:00AM – 4:30PM – Fee: $160

Fundamentals of Golf – March 28 – May 2

Designed to help beginners learn the different clubs, how the game is played, golf etiquette, and more. Participate in hands-on group and individual exercises to help develop the correct golf swing. Tuesday Evenings, March 28 – May 2, 2017, 6:30PM – 7:30PM at Penn State DuBois, Multi-Purpose Building Gym. Fee: $99 Click here to register.

Foundations in Sex Offender Training and Management, April 5 – 7

The program is designed to assist participants in developing basic competencies to assess, treat and manage adult sex offenders in the community. The program offers the option to the participants to engage in further studies to become certified or not. Designed for individuals who work with sexual abuse including Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Profession Counselors, Caseworkers and Probation Officers from diverse agencies such as CYS, DOC, Victim Services, Mental Health and other individuals who work with adult sex offenders. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 5, 6, and 7, 2017, 8:00AM – 8:00PM Wednesday and Thursday, 8:00AM – Noon Friday. Penn State DuBois, DEF Building, Room 209, Fee: TBD. To register, call 814-375-4716

Gear Technology – April 12

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. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 8:30AM – 4:30PM, Community Education Center, St. Marys, PA, Fee: $459.00 (does not include textbook). To register, call 814-375-4716

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


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
– Register for Marketing Bootcamp Series I: Planning and Promoting Your Website
– Register for Marketing Bootcamp Series II: Search Engine Optimization
– Register for Marketing Bootcamp Series III: Google Analytics
– Register for Marketing Bootcamp Series IV: Promote Your Business through Social Media
– 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

Four Part 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. From communication practices to time management skills, and assessing your personal leadership style to setting goals, this series will cover it all: Leadership Styles and Effective Communication *
Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence * Management Style and Coaching * Time Management, Goal Setting, Social Media & Effective Meetings.   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 I –  April 20 (registration deadline April 14)

If you’ve recently purchased QuickBooks or plan to in the near future we can help you learn the basics. Learn to create, use and maintain your books with ease. Keep track of your payables and receivables. Course approved for 8 CPE credits through the Center for Accounting Education & Research. This seminar includes: Setting up a company file, Navigating the program, Accounts Payable – entering/paying bills,
Accounts Receivable – invoicing customers/receiving payment, Bank reconciliation. Register Online Now or Call the SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email: . Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 (Registration Deadline: Friday, April 14, 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)

 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

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