Training & Courses Available Locally


 General Safety Webinars – August & September 2017

Upcoming 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.


Powdered Metal Training – Aug. 22-25 & Aug. 28-31)

If you or someone at your company is interested in powdered metal training and techniques that will help to improve your operation, register now for TAT Technologies’ upcoming courses. Courses include Preparation for Better Sintering (Aug. 22-25) and Sintering-Ferrous PM (Aug. 28-31). TAT is approved by WEDnet PA, a state program designed to reimburse companies for employee training up to $850 per employee. For more information contact Donna Hottell at 814-773-3162.


2017-2018 Adult Programs Now Open For Enrollment

Courses and workshops on a variety of topics are coming up this fall. 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.


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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.
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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


 Aspiring Art Series

Class #1 – Portrait Drawing –  Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 22, 24, 29, 31, Sept. 5, 7 Bring a portrait of your child, your grandparent or any other loved one and learn how to recreate that portrait as you’re very own artistic interpretation. The class includes concepts that allow you to simplify the structures of the face, discover the 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. Maximum 12 students. Time: 5:30PM – 7:00PM Location: Penn State DuBois Fee: $149 (includes materials) – REGISTER HERE!

Class #2 – Drawing Monsters – Tuesday and Thursday, October 3, 5, 10, 12, 17,19 Just in time for Halloween, students will be able to pick their favorite monster and develop techniques to bring their portraits to life. Students can bring photos of their favorite classic monsters and learn techniques to draw realistic features of the face and head. Other concepts addressed include light and shadow, and the use of light and dark values to define parts of your drawing. Students who take Class #1 will be able to build upon techniques learned in that class. New students will use this fun theme and to be introduced to concepts of portrait drawing. Maximum 12 students.  Time: 5:30PM – 7:00PM Location: Penn State DuBois Fee: $149 (includes materials) REGISTER HERE!

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!

Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) – September 27

This course is designed to provide an in-depth view of the AIAG Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) 4th Edition. The student will discuss the different topics of a PPAP such as: significant production run, PPAP requirements, customer notification, submission requirements, and part submissions status. The student will review each of the 18 submission elements and discuss how to successfully complete each requirement. The student will discuss additional customer specific requirements as related to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, and General Motors. This course is designed for mid-management, engineering, and/or technical personnel who would like to be exposed to the different PPAP elements and the overall process of a PPAP submission. This course will help the student better understand the changes which warrant a notification and submission, the different levels of a PPAP submission, and what documentation is necessary. REGISTER HERE! Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Location: Community Education Center, 4 Erie Avenue, St. Marys, PA Fee: $575

Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA) – October 11

This course is designed to provide an in-depth view of the AIAG Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis 4th edition. The student will be exposed to the history of the FMEA process – where and why it was developed. The student will review the benefits of a robust FMEA process to aid in eliminating potential failure modes early in the product/process development by emphasizing problem prevention. The course will cover concepts and techniques in development of both Design and Process FMEA’s. REGISTER HERE! Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017  Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Location: Community Education Center, 4 Erie Avenue, St. Marys, PA Fee: $575

Introduction to American Sign Language: “Listen With Your Eyes” – Sept., Oct., & Nov.

The goal for introductory Sign Language class is to teach finger spelling, conversational phrases, and a variety of commonly used signs. The class will also include introducing the students to deaf culture and a variety of web sites for independent learning. Students will be introduced to the concept of “what does it look like?” as an approach to learning this language in comparison to learning a spoken language and how words sound. Class structure will include small group centers for practicing and improving skills. The overall goal of this introductory sign language class will be for the students to learn, recognize and reproduce 50-100 signs, to be able to spell and read finger-spelling phonetically, and to converse with others at a basic level. THIS COURSE IS PENDING ACT 48 APPROVAL. REGISTER HERE! Dates: Thursday evenings, September 7, 14, 21, 28, October, 5, 19, 26, and November 2, 9, and 16, 2017 Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Location: Penn State DuBois, DEF Building, Room 209 Fee: $160

Microsoft 2016 Excel II: Intermediate – Sept. & Oct

Expand your skills and improve your productivity with this hands-on Microsoft Excel course. Practice exercises will be included during class in order to give students experience with each area. Some topics covered include a review of formulas, simple “if” formulas, using ranges, AutoFill, Flash Fill, Concatenation, Comments, inserting pictures, macros, charting, and sorting. Topics covered will be: review formulas, cells, AutoFill and Flash Fill, concatenation, comments, inserting pictures, logos, clip-art, macros, VLookup/HLookup, charting, review functions, sort and filter, and formatting. ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS SEPTEMBER 1, 2017  Date: Tuesday and Thursday, September 26, 28 and October 3, 5, 2017 Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM Location: Penn State DuBois, DEF Building, Room 201 Fee: $195


Microsoft and Computer class Schedule – Fall 2017

9/25/17 – Basic Computers, 6-9PM, St. Marys CEC, $55
9/28/17 – Microsoft Excel 2 (2013), 1-5PM, Bradford, $69
10/5/17 – Microsoft Excel 3, 1-5PM, Bradford, $69
10/5/17 – Cyber Security, 6-9PM, St. Marys CEC, $55
10/12/17 – Microsoft Publisher 2013, 1-5PM, St. Marys CEC, $69
10/12/17 – Microsoft Excel 2, 5-9PM, St. Marys CEC, $69
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

Lean Six Sigma Training Green Belt Certification – Starts Sept. 12

This course will teach you how to use the Six Sigma methodology (DMAIC). You will learn statistical and lean manufacturing tools to become a high-impact problem solver for your organization. You will participate in 48 hours of lecture and hands-on training. Each session consists of eight hours of training once every 3 weeks, spanning a 16 week period. This schedule will allow you time to apply the training you have received by working on your projects. You will complete projects that are based on problems specific to your organization. By completing the projects, you will demonstrate your understanding and ability to apply the knowlege you gained as part of the training. When you successfully complete the training and a project, you will be certified as Six Sigma Green Belts. You will receive a training manual and access for mentoring from a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt instructor. Continental breakfast and lunch is included. cost: $2,750 dates & times: Tuesdays, 9/12, 10/3, 10/24, 11/14, 12/5, 12/19, 8 AM – 4:30 PM location: Room 200, Marilyn Horne Hall, downtown Bradford. Pre-registration is required. Call 814-362-5078 or email

ServSafe – Oct. 10 & 17

The PA Department of Agriculture requires food service establishments employ at least one certified supervisory employee who has completed and passed and approved certification course. This ServSafe course, which meets that regulation, is for both new certifications and recertifications of ServSafe. If your certification has expired, you will need to take the full course and exam. Tuesdays, Oct. 10 & 17, 5-9 PM. Cost: $199. Registration deadline is August 18. Pre-registration is required. Call 814-362-5078 or email

Level One Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing – Oct. 16

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 “qualify 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 hands-on exercises. This course is designed for shop personnel, quality control technicians, and engineering professionals. Cost: $425 Date & time: 4 – 8 PM Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Oct. 16. Pre-registration is required. Call 814-362-5078 or email

Project Management – Sept. 22 – Oct. 6

You will learn the basic concepts to effectively manage projects using the Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) techniques in a multi-project environment. You will learn how to effectively define the work breakdown structure and build project network diagrams, how to convert the project networks into an executable Critical Chain project plan, and how to effectively manage projects so that the project cycle times will be reduced and more projects will finish on time, within budget, and within project scope. You will apply the principles to hands-on exercises to reinforce the learning. Cost: $299 date & time: Fridays, Sept. 22 – Oct. 6, 1 – 4:30 PM. Pre-registration is required. Call 814-362-5078 or email

Statistical process Control – Sept. 22 – Oct. 6

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 hands-on in-class exercises to reinforce learning. 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


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:

EmporiumWednesday August 30, 2017, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
ClarionSaturday September 2, 2017, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
KittanningFriday September 15, 2017, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
SmethportFriday September 15, 2017, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
DuBoisWednesday September 20, 2017, 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
CoudersportWednesday September 27, 2017, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

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Understanding the HUBZone Program – Aug. 30

This FREE workshop will provide an introduction to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program, the goal of which is to create incentives for the US federal government to do contracting with businesses that operate and create jobs in communities with statistically proven economic needs. Recently, Venango County was designated as a qualified HUBZone county. This session will cover what that means for Venango businesses – and businesses located within any other qualified HUBZone – in pursuing opportunities within the federal government marketplace. Staff of the Northwest Commission Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will cover program requirements and discuss benefits for HUBZone-certified companies including competitive and sole source contracting, 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities.Cosponsored by Clarion University SBDC and the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce. date: August 30 Time: 10 AM Location: Northwest Commission, 395 Seneca St., Oil City, PA 16301 Register Online Now

Cybersecurity Boot Camp – Sept. 13

Cyber crime is on the rise and knowledge is power when it comes to your defense. Learn how you can quickly and cost effectively address cybersecurity threats. A portion of this program is also geared to help Department of Defense contractors understand new requirements.
Morning training: How to manage IT resources to reduce risks; Best practices using a cybersecurity framework; Increasing cyber-awareness; Effectively training employees; What assets are at risk; Who poses a threat; What is your liability and associated costs; what should you do after a breach.
Afternoon training: New cybersecurity requirements for DOD contractors and subcontractors; Understanding NIST 800-171 requirements; Safeguarding covered defense information; What is controlled unclassified information (CIU); What about DFARA and cloud computing; Cybersecurity incident reporting (DFARS 252.204-7012); Resources to assist your company with compliance
date, time, & location: Sept. 13, 9AM – 3PM, Clarion SBDC, 330 North Point Drive, Suite 100, Clarion, PA Cost $25 (lunch included) Register at or call 814-898-6888

Unemployment Compensation Series – Sept. 19 & 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: Sept. 19, & Oct. 17. Where: Best Western Inn & Conference Center82 North Park Place, DuBois PA 15801 Directions Cost: $20.00 per seminar or $50.00 for the entire 3-Part series (Please preregister and prepay to save your seat)
Get Information and Register Online For Clarion University SBDC Workshops Now
Sept. 19 –  Unemployment Compensation Series II: Separation Issues and Refusing Suitable Work  
Oct. 17 –  Unemployment Compensation Series III: Relief from Charges and UC Overpayments 

Amazon Seller 101 Tour – Sept. 21

Did you know that Amazon has surpassed Google as the starting point for online shoppers? It’s true, so if you want your products to be where most shoppers go first, you need to attend this session. This is a step-by-step guided tour packed with tips and best practices. If you’re new to selling on Amazon or already have an account, or if you sell to consumers or business, you will learn all you need to know to begin selling to the millions of shoppers already on Amazon. Topics covered include account setup, listing products, understanding product pages, accepting payments, dealing with sales tax, advertising and promotion, managing customer feedback, and more. Speaker: Steve Fafel, Director of Business Development, Ben Franklin Technology Partners Central and Northwestern PA When: Thursday, September 21, 2017 Where: Clarion University SBDC (Barnes Center), 330 North Point Drive, Suite 100 Clarion PA 16214-3873 Directions Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 noon (8:00 am registration) Cost: $99.00 (15% off with discount code AMZN101CLARION) 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 at a Sales Boot Camp – Sept. 21

Business is tough, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Join us to learn the stages of small business growth. Hear the real-life experiences of a successful business owner. Discover the common stumbling blocks in growing your company and develop a plan to dramatically increase your sales. Join the discussion to understand business sales and profitability concepts & complete a series of worksheets that you will individually fill out for your own company/product/service. When you leave, you will have a Plan for your business that involves thinking, writing, planning, feedback and a final draft you can refer-back to. Who should attend: This event is intended for revenue generating businesses looking to expand, accelerate growth, or improve overall operations. Speaker: Anita Brattina, PowerLink CEO and Chairman of the Board When: Thursday, September 21, 2017 Where: Clarion University SBDC (Barnes Center), 330 North Point Drive, Suite 100, Clarion PA 16214-3873 Directions  Time1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (1:00 pm registration) Cost: $20.00 Register Online Now or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email:

Six Steps to a Better Business – Sept. 29

If you love your business, but would also love some time off, join us for this educational and motivational seminar. Designed for every size business, this workshop will take you through each step to climb the ladder of business growth to have a commercial, profitable enterprise that works without you. Executive Business Coach, Ken Sevick of ActionCoach, will cover the following topics: What are the six steps and how do you move your business to the top; How to turn your marketing into an investment, not an expense; How to multiply your customers, revenue and profits; How to leverage team, systems, technology and marketing; and How to recruit, motivate and retain a Winning Team of employees. Speaker: Ken Sevick, Executive Business Coach and Owner, ActionCoach When: Friday, September 29, 2017 Where: Clarion University SBDC (Barnes Center) Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon (8:30 am registration) Cost: $30.00 (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 or Email:

PPE, Fork Trucks and Fall Protection – October 3

There are many OSHA regulations that employers must be in compliance with in order to keep employees safe from harm. Join us to make sure your business is current with OSHA rules and regulations. Speaker, Mark Harmon, will review Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Fork Trucks, and Fall Protection. Speaker: Mark Harmon, Compliance Assistance Specialist, US Department of Labor, OSHA When: Tuesday, October 3, 2017  Where: Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2219 Bee Line Highway, DuBois PA 15801-6319 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 or Email Us

Bookkeeping and Tax Considerations – Oct. 12

Taxes and bookkeeping will always be an important aspect of your business. Join us for an in-depth review of the following topics: Methods of record keeping, Accounting periods, Cash vs. Accrual accounting, Establishing/utilizing a chart of accounts, Payroll (taxes and reports), Journal entries, Financial statement overview, Tax prep information, Record retention. Lisa Ochs will discuss tax and bookkeeping issues for Sole Proprietors (Schedule C), Partnerships, Corporations, and LLC’s. Register Online Now or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email:  Speaker: Lisa Ochs, CPA When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 WhereClarion University SBDC (Barnes Center), 330 North Point Drive, Suite 100, Clarion PA 16214-3873 Directions    Time9:00 am to 12:00 noon (8:30 am registration) Cost: $49.00 (Please preregister and prepay to save your seat) Register Online Now







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