Training & Courses Available Locally


 General Safety Webinars – October & November 2017

Webinar duration is approximately 1 hour depending on course material as well as viewer participation.

 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

Upcoming Workplace Safety Committee  Initial & Re-Certification Training

Classroom Training for National Safety Council Defensive Driving – Oct. 24

  • PA Turnpike Comm. Western Regional Office, 2200 North Center Avenue, New Stanton, PA  15672
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 9:00am – 1:00pm

THIS IS CLASSROOM TRAINING. To register for this event just click on the links above and that will take you directly to the event homepage and a registration form. If we do not reach a minimum of 25 participants session will be cancelled. Space is limited, register now! To register for any of our safety trainings please visit our Training Calendar.

Governor Wolf’s Initiative on Opioids

 To register for any of this event 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 Fall Adult Education Course Schedule Now Available

Click here to view our 2017 Fall Adult Education Course Schedule (will open in new tab).

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. Courses include Intro to Microsoft Word, Intro to Microsoft Excel, Intro to Microsoft PowerPoint, Intro to Microsoft Access, Intro to Microsoft Outlook, and Intro to Windows 10. New course sessions begin monthly. Please visit our Online Instruction Center to see exact start dates for the courses that interest you.


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

Empowering Non-Profits Through Courageous Conversations – Nov. 2

Non-profits – do you feel your mission statement is stagnant and does not signify the function of the organization? Is your mission statement a summary of the vision, values, purpose, and behaviors of the organization, or does it need modified? Does your mission statement embrace the culture of the organization? With frequent changes in society causing concerns, confusion, and confrontations among generations, does your organization need to conduct a strategic assessment to determine if programs and services being offered should be expanded, modified, or terminated to meet the demands of all the generations in the communities it serves? PANO is partnering with the Elk County Community and the Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron County to bring together nonprofit professionals and board members for a half-day event offering opportunities to learn, educational resources, space to practice engaging in difficult exchanges, time to network with your peers in your local communities, and a celebration of Standards for Excellence in Northern PA. Choose from 3 breakout sessions to attend and then come back together for a panel discussion, lunch, networking, and the Standards for Excellence Celebration. We hope you’ll be part of the conversation!  date: Nov. 2 location: The Highlands, St. Marys, PA cost: $30 for PANO members & $35 for non-members. CLICK HERE to register.


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 — 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


Foundations In Sex Offender Treatment and Management – Oct. 25 – 27

The program is designed to assist participants in developing basic competencies to assess, treat, and manage adult sex offenders in the community. This course is for individuals who work with sexual abuse including psychologists, social workers, licensed professional 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. Date & time: Oct. 25 & 26, 8 AM – 6 PM; Oct. 27 8 AM – noon. Lunch provided on Oct. 25 & 26. Location: Penn State DuBois, DEF Building, Room 209 Cost: $969 (25% discount for Penn State Employees – call 814-375-4772 for your unique coupon code. Click here to register

Making the Right Decision: A Study in Ethics for the Mental Health Professional – Nov. 1

This course is designed to meet the annual continuing education ethics training requirements for credentialed rehabilitation & human services personnel including social workers, family & marriage therapists, professional counselors, and mental health clinicians. The program has two 3-hour sessions that may be attended independently or together.
Session One includes a review of ethical standards in counseling. The course will include a review of the ethics codes and the Ethical Decision Making Model, as well as case studies that highlight the appropriate application of ethical standards. This half of the course will also review the issues related to maintaining confidentiality, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and insurance fraud.
Session Two is designed to help mental health clinicians increase their self-awareness and identify their own values and beliefs, and how those values and beliefs influence the counseling process. Moreover, clinicians, through their raised self-awareness, will learn how their values and beliefs may interfere with ethical practice and the negative outcomes it can have on the therapeutic process. Clinicians will also review their clients’ rights and how these rights have changed in light of technological advances and how the rights of minority client populations differ between groups.
Date & time: Wed., Nov. 1. Session one: 9 AM – noon, cost $125; Session two: 1 – 4 PM, cost $125. 25% discount for Penn State employees, call 814-375-4772 for your unique coupon code. Location: Penn State DuBois, DEF Building, Room 202. Instructor: Sara Mays, LSW, CPRP. If attending both sessions, lunch is on your own. Click here to register

 Aspiring Art Series

Class #3 – Drawing Star Wars® Characters – Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 2018  Fans of Star Wars will be able to capture the excitement following the December 15, 2017 release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Use of pencil and acrylic paints to create a realistic portrait of your favorite character. The class includes concepts that allow you to generalize the forms of the face, measure the geometric placement of those features and accurately draw them as a realistic portrait. Techniques in light and shadow will round out the introduction before students will learn to create their portraits and learn additional techniques using acrylic paints. Students who take Class 1 and/or 2 will be able to build upon techniques learned in those classes. New students will be introduced to concepts of portrait drawing using this fun theme. Maximum 12 students.  5:30PM – 7:00PM Location: Penn State DuBois Fee: $149 (includes materials) REGISTER HERE!


Microsoft and Computer class Schedule – Fall 2017

10/26/17 – Microsoft Excel 3, 5-9PM, St. Marys CEC, $69
11/2/17 – Microsoft Office Overview, 1-5PM, Bradford, $69
11/9/19 – Cloud Computing, 1-5PM, Bradford, $69
11/9/17 – Microsoft Office Overview, 6-9PM, St. Marys CEC, $55

Cyber Seniors – Oct. 19

This class is designed to assist seniors with little to no computer experience who wish to learn more about going online, setting up basic accounts like email and Facebook, and uploading pictures, among other skills. date: Oct. 19, 6 – 9PM Cost: $55 location: Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties, 4 Erie Avenue, Suite 200, St. Marys. Register online here.

Supercharge Your Leadership Skills – Oct. 19

This lively interactive workshop is 100 percent 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 taught in this class are applicable for anyone involved with or aspiring to a leadership position in for-profit or nonprofit enterprises. Cost: $99. Date & time: Thursday, Oct. 19, 8:30 AM – noon. Pre-registration is required. Call 814-362-5078 or email

Excellent Customer Service – Oct. 19

In this jam-packed interactive session you will learn why organizations lose customers and the cost of losing them, customer-service skills, what customers want and need, and the dos and don’ts of customer service. You will also learn the importance of a positive attitude, how to add value to a transacton, the four kinds of customers, how to handle difficult customers and much more. Learn how to be a P.E.A.K. performer – Professional, Efficient, Always friendly, and Knowledgeable. Cost: $179 Date & time: Oct. 19, 1 – 4:40 PM. Pre-registration is required. Call 814-362-5078 or email

Violent Workplace Emergencies: The Active Shooter – Oct. 20, Nov. 10, or Dec. 8

This course is designed to help you prevent, prepare for, and react to a violent emergency at the workplace. We’ll discuss steps to identify and mitigate risk, action planning, policy review, and incident response protocol along wiht additional table-ttoop exercises. Cost: $55. Three locations available – Oct. 20, 8:30AM to noon at Community Education Center in St. Marys; Nov. 10, 8:30AM to noon at Warren Forest Hi-Ed Council; and Dec. 8, 8:30AM to noon at Marilyn Horne Hall in Bradford. Pre-registration is required. Call 814-362-5078 or email

Pharmacy Technician Program – Oct. 23 – Dec. 13

Pitt Bradford is offering this comprehensive 50-hour Pharmacy Technician Program at the CEC in St. Marys. This program will prepare you to work as a pharmacy technician and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. You will learn pharmacy and medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Through classroom lecture and hands-on labs you will receive dosage calculations, drug classifications, the top “200 drugs,” I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, handling sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN) dispensing prescriptions, controlling inventory, and billing and reimbursements. date & time: M/W, October 23 through December 13, (no class 11/ 23) 6:00pm – 9:00pm. cost: $1199 (textbook is included). PLEASE NOTE: you can choose to take your PTCB exam here at the CEC. We are a Pearson VUE Testing Center. For more information call the CEC at 814-781-3437 or the Pitt Bradford Continuing Education Department at 814-362-5198, or PITT-Bradford 800-872-1787 .

Not Your Parents’ Job: Future of Work – Oct. 25

Work is becoming more flexible, more collaborative, and more diverse. The leadership skills needed five years ago are evolving as organizations become increasingly global, multigenerational, multicultural and reliant on technology. You’ll learn how to understand, maximize, and build a productive and engaged workforce amid these changes while gaining a competitive edge for your organization. cost: $179 (register four employees and the fifth one is free). date: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 9AM – noon.   location: Room 200 Marilyn Horne Hall, Downtown Bradford. Pre-registration is required. Call 814-362-5078 or email

Organizational Savvy – Oct. 25

This session will explore what it takes to be organizationally savvy and how to influence effectively at all levels. Together we will challenge your preconceived notions about power and workplace politics, confront naivety about organizational dynamics, and provide you with the street smart skills to detect and manage hidden agendas or deception while building your organizational impact with integrity. cost: $179 (register four employees and the fifth one is free). date: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1 – 4 PM  location: Room 200 Marilyn Horne Hall, Downtown Bradford. Pre-registration is required. Call 814-362-5078 or email

Supply Chain Excellence – Oct. 27

This workshop is designed for organizations that have challenges in managing inventory within their organization, or gbalize full company potential of growth and performance. What you will learn” The Supply Chain Excellence workshop will introduce the latest thinking in supply chain management techniques that can have strategic implication for your organizaiton in terms of inventory turns, availability, cash flow, and company growth built on new supply chain capabilities. Who should attend: CEOs, presidents, CFOs, VPs of merchandising, marketing and sales, and supply chain, and supply chain managers. Special value pricing: $350 for up to 7 of your employees. 8AM – 5PM, includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Friday, Oct. 27 in Room 200, Marilyn Horne Hall, Pitt Bradford. Pre-registration is required. Call 814-362-5078 or email

Intro to Adobe Lightroom for Photographers – Nov. 7 & 9

Adobe Lightroom is a powerful, yet easy to use alternative to more complex programs like Photosgop and is designed for new and experienced photographers. With easy to use interfaces, it is ideal for large batches of photographs from travel, weddings, and more. You will learn how to create clean, consistent edits with your RAW and JPG files and develop a fast, efficient and effective workflow to help speed up your editing time. While not required, we do recommend you bring a laptop with Lightroom installed, Free trial versions are available at date: Nov. 7 & 9, 6 – 8 PM location: Room 200, Marilyn Horne Hall, downtown Bradford. Cost: $55 Pre-registration is required. Register online or call 814-362-5078 or email

The New Supervisor – Nov. 16

You will learn how to become a supervisor by learning organizational, planning, and delegation skills; negotiation; job design, rotation, and evaluation; and leading and managing employees. You will also learn how to motivate and empower people, communicate, and be positive. Both new and current supervisors are encouraged to attend. date: Nov. 16, 9 AM- 4:30 PM location: Room 200, Marilyn Horne Hall, downtown Bradford cost: $249 (register four employees and the fifth one is free!) Pre-registration is required. Register online or call 814-362-5078 or email


Thinking of Starting Your Own Business? Attend a First Step Seminar!

The First Steps to Start and Finance Your Business. Click on a location for details:

DuBois: Wednesday October 18, 2017, 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Kittanning: Friday October 20, 2017, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Emporium: Wednesday October 25, 2017, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
ClarionSaturday November 4, 2017, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
SmethportFriday November 10, 2017, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
CoudersportWednesday November 15, 2017, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
DuBoisWednesday November 15, 2017, 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Business skills workshops for the months of October and November:

Food Safety – ServSafe Certification: Wednesday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Coudersport @ 9:00 am
QuickBooks 2016 Level IIThursday, October 19 and Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Clarion @ 5:30 pm
Northwest PA Veteran Entrepreneurship ProgramWednesday, October 25, 2017 in Clarion @ 9:00 am
10 Ways to Transform Your Business into a Sales Building Machine: Friday, October 27, 2017 in Clarion @ 9:00 am
Learn How to Grow Your Business with an Advisory BoardThursday, November 2, 2017 in Clarion @ 1:30 pm
Embracing Conflict in Family BusinessFriday, November 10, 2017 in Clarion @ 9:00 am
QuickBooks OnlineTuesday, November 14, 2017 in Clarion @ 8:30 am

What’s happening in the area? Click for more information!

Unemployment Compensation Series – Final Session, Oct. 17

Understanding unemployment compensation and the application of its laws can be tricky. This seminar series brings the expertise right to you with a representative from the Office of Unemployment Compensation Benefits. In addition, at the conclusion of each seminar, presenters will include a Q&A session.  Accounting and Human Resource Professionals: Each session has been approved for 3 CPE credits through the Center for Accounting Education & Research. These sessions have been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for approval of 3 professional development credits through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Register Online Now Below or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email: Speaker: Nancy Smithbauer, Workforce Development Representative, Customer Service Division When: Oct. 17. Where: Best Western Inn & Conference Center82 North Park Place, DuBois PA 15801 Directions Cost: $20.00 per seminar  (Please preregister and prepay to save your seat) Get Information and Register Online For Clarion University SBDC Workshops Now
Oct. 17 –  Unemployment Compensation Series III: Relief from Charges and UC Overpayments

Northwest PA Veteran Entrepreneurship Program – First Training Oct. 25

If you are a Veteran who owns a business, or a Veteran who would like to start a business, join us for this FREE informative workshop that will provide details on the regional resources that are available to help you start and operate your business. Translate your skills from the military to entrepreneurship and your own business. This free online or on-site training program is designed to educate and accelerate the enterpreneurial success of veterans! The program consists of five trainings dedicated to helping veterans start or expand their business. Featured speakers: Robyn Young, PTAC Manager, Northwest Commission; Tracy Reinsel, Outreach Consultant, Clarion SBDC; and Frank Hajduk, Vice Chairman of NWPA SCORE. Topics to be covered include the following: Understanding the Veterans Verification Process * Small Business Association (SBA) Resources for Veterans * SCORE – network of volunteer, expert business mentors. date & time: Oct. 25, 9AM – 12 PM location: Clarion Uiversity SBDC, 330 North Point Drive, Suite 100, Clarion, PA Registration required – to register, click here:

10 Ways to Transform Your Business into a Sales Building Machine! – Oct. 27

The seismic shift to digital and online communications – and the explosion of over 5,000 new marketing technologies over the past 7 years from less than 200 – has overwhelmed time and resource challenged business owners and their marketing teams. With so much information and choice, marketers are struggling to find a way to profitably build sales. Marketing tactics that cut through ad clutter and cater to customers’ emotions will stand out and that requires a personal, human and creative touch. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

1. Create a strong, authentic, trustworthy brand and defendable market position
2. Build an effective and accountable marketing team and a systematic customer generation plan
3. Use business analytics, marketing intelligence and automation to sell better to key target markets
4. Inspire customers and team members with a remarkable experience
5. Innovate and quickly launch new initiatives via a minimum viable product strategy
6. Price your products and services for profit and discover new revenue streams
7. “Growth hack” key marketing communications technologies to save time and money
8. Exploit inbound marketing tactics such as content, email, SEO, social media, video, Website and more
9. Integrate and effectively use outbound/paid forms of marketing
10. Create a plan to win new customers, retain/win-back profitable ones and dominate your local trade area

After this workshop, you’ll walk away with a ton of action oriented strategies, tactics and ideas to build a 90-day to 12-month marketing plan and immediately put into practice a cost effective sales building system that will help you dominate your market in 2018 and beyond! Register Online Now or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email

Learn How to Grow Your Business with an Advisory Board – Nov. 2

Business is tough, but you don’t have to go through it alone. As you face sales and growth challenges, wouldn’t it be great to receive face-to-face business advisory input from business leaders who have been there before? Join us for this hands-on workshop that will include the following: develop a plan to dramatically increase your sales; discover the common stumbling blocks in growing your business; learn how an advisory board can benefit your business; and hear the real-life experiences of other business owners! Speaker: Anita Brattina, PowerLink CEO and Chairman of the Board Who should attend: This event is intended for revenue generating businesses looking to expand, accelerate growth, or improve overall operations. date & time: November 2, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (1:00 pm registration) location: Clarion University SBDC (Barnes Center), 330 North Point Drive, Suite 100, Clarion PA cost: $20 Register Online Now or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email

Embracing Conflict in Family Business – Nov. 10

The potential for conflict in any business is high, and for family business it can become so complicated that many businesses tend to navigate around it, ignore it all together, or accept long held stalemates that stagnate business but keep the peace. This workshop is designed to shift attitudes regarding conflict management in your business away from avoidance and trepidation and towards accepting it as a vital part of the decision making and growth process. This workshop is designed to be both educational and experiential and will be limited to ten businesses (two attendees per business).Topics to be covered: Breaking down the conflict, looking at it from a systemic and historical perspective; Balancing the risks and benefits of addressing the conflict; Creating a culture that can effectively embrace and manage conflict. Speaker: Angela Shirey, LCSW, Spero Group LLC When: Friday, November 10, 2017 Where: Clarion University SBDC (Barnes Center), 330 North Point Drive, Suite 100, Clarion PA 16214-3873 Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am (8:30 am registration) Cost: $20.00 per person. Register Online Now or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email:

QuickBooks Online – Nov. 14

If you’ve recently purchased QuickBooks Online or plan to in the near future we can help you learn the system. Learn to use and maintain your books with ease. The Clarion University SBDC in partnership with the Clarion University Center for Accounting Education and Research is offering QuickBooks Online as an approved CPE 8 credit course. This seminar will include: Setting up a company, navigating the program * Banking: connecting to your bank account * Sales: invoice, sales receipt, estimate, credit * Expenses: writing checks, bills, credit cards * Employees: process payroll, payroll taxes * Reports: profit & loss statement, balance sheet * Sales tax reporting * Chart of Accounts * Bank deposits, Bank transfers, Journal entries * Bank reconciliation. Course approved for 8 CPE credits through the Center for Accounting Education & Research. Instructor: Dennyse Mehta, QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Where: Clarion University SBDC (Barnes Center), 330 North Point Drive, Suite 100, Clarion PA 16214-3873 Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (8:15 am registration) Cost: $199.00 per person. Register Online Now or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email:


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