Can I say – I am so Jealous!

I cannot believe how “techie” kids are these days!  I am amazed when I watch my 2 year old granddaughter operate my IPad better than I do.  This article in the Statesville Record and Landmark talks about the Statesville Christian School here in Statesville NC that purchased 22 IPads, 6 Kindles and a smart board for the elementary school children this year.

All I had was a green chalkboard with the ABC’s across the top and some messy chalk (you remember that don’t you!) We had those lovely Britannica Encyclopedias if you needed to do some research and don’t forget that awesome world globe that sat in the corner.  For movies we got to grab our lovely wooden chairs and march down the school halls to the AV room and sit nicely in a row (this is where I got my first kiss) in the dark.  Oh, and don’t forget the best technology of our time……..the overhead projector!  How cool were we? 

Obviously not as cool as the kids today.  What a great way to learn and to keep their attention.  Kids can go mobile with everything they need right in their hands.  You gotta love technology. 

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Statesville Christian puts technology in students’ hands

Back to school for Adults too! Mitchell Community College-Statesville NC

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In today’s economy it is more critical than ever to continue learning new skills and technologies.  With the large number of job losses in Iredell County, more displaced workers have chosen to return to school to be retrained for a new position and learn a new trade.  Mitchell Community College offers a wide array of continuing education classes as well as their normal degree programs.  The Continuing Education building is located on W. Front Street and the Mooresville Campus is on North Academy St.  Open House is scheduled for August 30th in Statesville. 

Here are the programs offered in Statesville:

Programs

  • Allied Health – These courses relate to the medical and nursing field and lead to state certification. Courses for initial certification, recertification and job upgrade are available.
  • Business & Industry Services – This program provides for the training needs of industries new to Iredell County and also for existing companies that are undergoing a major expansion, which results in the addition of twelve or more new production jobs.
  • Community Service – Community Service Programs are designed to appeal to the vocational and special interests of adults in our community. Classes in cake decorating, painting, photography, pottery, sewing, stained glass, and other topics are sponsored through this program.
  • GED & Basic Skills – The Basic Skills division of Continuing Education encompasses the following programs: Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), Compensatory Education, Basic Skills in the Workplace.
  • Motorcycle Safety – Teaches students the proper techniques needed to ride a motorcycle safely. Classes are available for both beginning and experienced riders.
  • Occupation Courses – These programs contribute to the economic development of the region. Classes are offered which upgrade the skills of those currently employed and prepare other individuals to enter the work force.
  • Online Education – More than 100 Ed2Go courses are offered monthly via the Internet. Lessons are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Public Safety – The Public Safety program provides certificates in fire science, basic law enforcement, and emergency medical services. Training includes a combination of classroom and “hands-on” study to ensure students are well-prepared to enter these fields.
  • Truck Driver Training – Training programs are provided by Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Hudson, NC and hosted at Mitchell Community College. Day classes require 8.5 weeks to complete, evening classes 15 weeks and weekend classes take 17 weekends.

 

Mitchell Community College also offers the Small Business Center for small business owners or entrepreneurs. Here is some information from their website:

 

Small Business Center

Small Business Center Network LogoMitchell Community College’s Small Business Center (SBC) is a resource for existing and prospective small business owners and managers in Iredell County. The SBC is part of a statewide network which provides counseling, resources, and educational services to support the development and growth of small businesses. Starting or managing a small business is not as simple as one may think. Planning a successful business require extensive research, intense planning, creative thinking and problem solving, and a strong desire to succeed. The mission of the SBC is to be actively involved with the small business community in Iredell County and assist in economic growth by providing assistance to small businesses in order to increase the number of start-ups, expand existing small businesses, and reduce the number of small business failures.

Seminars & Workshops

The SBC hosts seminars, workshops, and courses designed for small business owners on a regular basis. Many of the seminars and workshops are provided at no cost or for a nominal fee. Expert presenters from all areas of North Carolina are brought to the campus to assist in meeting the training needs of small businesses.

Click here for a current list of seminars & workshops. (PDF)

For information or to pre-register for Small Business Center seminars contact Donna Worrell at 704-878-3226 or dworrell@mitchellcc.edu.

Counseling

The SBC provides free confidential counseling on a variety of small business management topics. The topics include business start-up, licensing, business plans, sources of financing, marketing, and more.

For information contact Suzanne Wallace, Director of the Small Business Center at 704-878-3227 or swallace2@mitchellcc.edu. To schedule an appointment for small business counseling complete the Request for Counseling form.

Information & Referral Center

The SBC has a resource center available to SBC clients, in which they can review periodicals, books, and other materials relevant to starting and running a small business. In addition a computer is available for business plan preparation as well as researching the feasibility of a business by accessing the Internet. The SBC also makes referrals on a regular basis to other state agencies and other business assistant resources.

Computer Technology

The Small Business Center also provides a wide array of courses in computer technology. A variety of short courses are available providing training on various software packages that include the following: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, des6op publishing, computerized accounting, and presentation programs.