In an effort to continue to meet workforce training needs of small business owners and

individuals interested in advancing their work skills, The Center for Rural Development is

introducing live online training.

“COVID-19 has had a major impact on the workplace and, as a result, more businesses are

shifting toward telework and remote training for employees,” said Patti Simpson, director of

training for The Center’s Business & Community Training Center. “The Center is offering virtual

training opportunities to help businesses and individuals navigate these changing times.”

Starting in July, The Center will launch live online training in Microsoft Office Excel and Intuit

QuickBooks. Both are one-day online courses taught by a professional instructor and streamed

live to students.

The new live online training courses will allow students to receive the same classroom

experience and step-by-step instructions on how to get started with Excel or QuickBooks from

the comfort of their home or office.

“Workforce training is a wonderful way to utilize the enforced downtime so many have

experienced during this time of restrictions and medical concerns,” said Business & Community

Training Center instructor Carol Whitson. “Using virtual training tools allows us to remain safe,

advance our skills and knowledge while preparing for future opportunities.”

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The first two live online training courses to be added to the training schedule include:

 Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 1: July 8 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) This course provides

a basic foundation for Excel knowledge and skills. Students will learn how to create and

develop worksheets and workbooks in order to work with and analyze data that is critical

to the success of their organization.

 Get Going with Intuit QuickBooks: July 10 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Students will use

basic features of QuickBooks to record and track business transactions. Upon

successful completion of this course, students will be able to set up a company and

update the chart of accounts; build and manage lists; manage inventory; record a

product sale; create invoice for service, and much more.

All students must have access to a personal computer, the Internet, and Microsoft Office Excel

2016 or Intuit QuickBooks 2018 software to participate in live online training courses.

Registration is $149 per course. An online workbook is included with each course and will be

used to work through course materials as covered by the instructor. Interaction and questions

are encouraged. Prior to the training, instructions on how to join and participate will be sent to


To register for Microsoft Office Excel 2016: Part 1 or Get Going with Intuit QuickBooks, visit , call 606-677-6000, or email

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