Alexander Center for Education College Connection News

Check out what’s coming to the Catawba Valley Community College Alexander Center for Education:

CVCC Alexander Furniture Academy
• Applications to the January 2017 Alexander Furniture Academy are now open! Interested applicants may pick up their application packet from our office any time between 7:30 am and 9:00 pm Monday – Thursday. The Furniture Academy will offer two classes per year.

Welding Classes – Curriculum
Welding classes are going on now! Students interested in Spring 2017 classes may start the application process now!


• Pathways to Health Careers – September 20 – 29 meeting on Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm. (Prerequisite class for most students planning to take Certified Nursing Assistant I or Phlebotomy). No charge for most students.
• Certified Nursing Assistant I (CNA) – October 25 – February 14 on Tuesday and Thursdays, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Registration cost is $221.75 with additional book costs.
• Certified Nursing Assistant Refresher – November 7 –28 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 am -4:30 pm. The cost is $126.25 with additional book costs.
• Pharmacy Technician Training – January 10 – April 25, 2017 on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The cost is $180.00 plus a book cost.
• Phlebotomy – Night class beginning October 31 – February 27, Monday and Thursday from 5:00 – 10:00 pm. Cost is $296.75 with an additional book cost.

• Notary Public – one-day class, Tuesday, October 26th from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm with a break for lunch. Cost is $75.00 that includes book.
• SMALL BUSINESS Center NO COST CLASSES: (Call to 327-700 ext 4102 to register) Don’t delay. Reserve your spot today!
Financing Your Business – Thursday, October 6th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Grant Writing 101 – Tuesday, November 20 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
• For NO COST business counseling services or other questions, call: 828-327-7000, ext. 4102 or go to… to request a business counseling appointment at the CVCC Small Business Center office located on the East Campus in Hickory, NC.

(NO COST for unemployed, income eligible (earning at/below $23,540) or tax exempt applicants seeking employment)
• Computer Literacy – Call to have your name placed on the waiting list. No cost for most students. Learn to fundamentals of using a computer including email usage and internet browsing. Students will also work on a resume’ document.

• SUCCESS in the Workplace! The next class begins on September 12th -21st on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. This class will only take 2 weeks to complete. Find out what employers are looking for in a great employee? This is a great class for persons seeking job skills education in today’s job market. Goal setting, mock interviews, business networking and job search activities will be included in the class. Lunch is provided two of the four classes. Local business leaders will serve as guest speakers. Call or stop by to sign up! No cost for most. Students who successful attend all four days will earn a Certificate of Completion.

• Employability Lab – An open Lab offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. A Career Readiness Certification may be earned through participation in the Work Keys Assessment. Resume writing, on-line job search opportunity through NC Works and interview skills building are also available. No cost for most.

• Soft Skills Fundamentals Training – Offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm through our Employability Lab. Come earn your Certification in Softskills Fundamentals that show prospective employers that you possess the skills that they are looking for, including: a positive attitude, the ability to work as a team member, punctuality, dependability, autonomy, etc. Employers today are looking for persons with these attributes and this class will help identify your employability skills. Students will move through six modules that will result in a certificate at the conclusion of the class. No cost for most.

• Digital Photography Basics – September 15 – October 20th on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The cost is $70.00.
• Beginning Sewing – February 9 – March 16 on Tuesday nights from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The cost is $70.00.

• Emergency Management Technician Basic (EMT)- Next class TBA.
• For a complete listing of Fire or EMT classes and how to register, contact Tonja Pool at 327-7000 ext. 4331 or visit on at…/PS…/PDF/PublicSafetyCalendar030714.pdf
• Wildlife Classes: (to register, go to
• Hunting and Safety – To register, go to

• Adult Basic Education Academy – Offered Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Designed for adults who have intellectual disabilities or who have suffered a brain injury. These classes allow adults to develop reading, writing, and math skills in a way which promotes independent living and helps students transition to employment and college opportunities. No cost class.

• General Equivalency Diploma (GED@) – Offered on Monday and Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 – 8:30 pm. No cost for classes, however, testing fees apply for GED students. Students 16 and 17 years of age (minors) must have met with their high school principal and counselor in order to determine eligibility. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in order to pick up GED or Adult High School admissions paperwork located at the CVCC Alexander Center for Education. Upon completion, minor students, ages 16 – 17, along with their parent or guardian, must make an appointment with Vera Lanier who is available on Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. This is a no cost class. Testing fees may apply.
• Adult High School Program – New students must make an appointment with Vera Lanier on Wednesdays any time between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm to start the application process. Students between the ages 16 and 17 must bring a parent or guardian with them to enroll. This is a no cost class.

• The Learning Assistance Center- is open Monday –Thursdays from 7:30 am – 9: 00 pm. Academic Tutors are available Monday – Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Need to prepare for the NC DAP placement testing? Our trained tutors can help! Computers and printers are available.

• Getting Started with College: 1) Start the admissions process by deciding on a career path. For help, go to the homepage and click on the Career Coach link (, 2) complete the online CVCC application, 3) complete your financial aid information by going to 3) view the Starting Points PowerPoint. Print off and sign the last page, 4) take the signed print off page with you to Student Services on the main campus in Hickory to complete the admissions process. There you will meet one on one with an admissions representative.
• Out of work? Need a job? Need training? Meet with Julianne, WIOA Career, to help you find ways to obtain your education or the training you need to get a job or the promotion you desire! Julianne works closely with persons who are unemployed, underemployed, laid off or want to improve their current skills for advancement purposes. Julianne works closely with other agencies on our campus such as I-CARE, WIOA, Vocational Rehabilitation, NC Works Career Center, the Veterans Administration and Urban League who that are here to help YOU!

• Have Financial Aid Questions? Talk with Carolyn Brandon, CVCC Financial Aid Officer, who is available through phone or email to assist you with your FA Questions. You can reach Carolyn at 828 327-7000 ext 4244 or email her at

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