Community Services Class Schedule

The Community Services Division of NW-SCC provides area companies and individuals with a wide range of technical training, administrative assistance, and personal development courses in the belief that learning is a life-long experience.  This division, because of its flexibility, provides services not found in the traditional education environment.

Contact the Training for Business and Industry Coordinator at 256-331-5289 on the Shoals Campus.
Training for Business & Industry

The TBI Staff works with area companies to meet specific training needs. If scheduled classes, whether academic or technical, provide the required training, they are utilized. If the courses do not meet the company requirements, a TBI Coordinator works with a client company to develop a training program. Northwest-Shoals will provide the training to your standards. The Coordinator, along with company representatives, will monitor instruction to ensure employees reach the company's training outcomes.

By partnering workforce training with the resources of our College, we are able to draw upon the most current personnel management practices along with modern equipment including computers, software, machine tools, robotics, electronics, and safety devices. Additionally, Northwest-Shoals is prepared to conduct training at the times and locations convenient for our business clients and their employees.

Contact the Training for Business & Industry at 256-331-5289 (Shoals).

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Alabama Technology Network at the Bevill Center (Visit Website)

Northwest-Shoals is a partner with and the home of the Alabama Technology Network (ATN) at the Bevill Center; one of seven Centers of Technical Excellence located across the State of Alabama. The ATN partnership links Northwest-Shoals with the University of Alabama System and the Tennessee Valley Authority. It is the focal point for transferring environmental and safety technology to support the industrial and economic development of Alabama, especially Northwest Alabama.

Contact the ATN-Bevill Center for environmental and safety training at 256-331-5422.

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Manufacturing Training Alliance

Working with the industrial manufacturers in our service area to provide worker training is the primary focus of the Training for Business and Industry Department. The Manufacturing Training Alliances of the Shoals is one way we are striving to provide this training. This Alliance consists of industrial representatives that understand the need for maintaining a well-trained work force and training providers; Alabama Industrial Development Training, NW-SCC and the Area Vocational Centers. By working together, companies are able to meet minimum class sizes and obtain quality training locally at lower cost than sending employees off for training or by bringing in high-dollar consultants. For more information on the Manufacturing Training Alliance serving your area, contact the NW-SCC TBI Coordinator or your local Economic Development Authority.

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Computer Classes

Because of the increased use of computers in every aspect of the world of work, the TBI department has classes in the most popular software. Courses are 8 hours long and day courses meet 2 consecutive days (4 hours each day) 8:00 am till 12:00 noon. We also schedule night courses that meet 2 weeks, 2 nights per week, 2 hours each night, 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. If you are interested in taking any computer course, call us at the number below. We will work with you to schedule the course to meet your needs at a time convenient to your schedule. We offer Microsoft Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2010 programs (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Publisher, Adobe Acrobat, and Quick Books). (See Discription of Classes).

Contact the Training for Business & Industry at 256-331-5297 or 256-331-5221 (Shoals).

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Academy for Lifelong Learning

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is a vital part of the continuing education program at Northwest-Shoals Community College. The academy is made up of retired and senior adults who are young at heart, are interested in continuing to learn, and enjoy food, fun, field trips and fellowship.

The academy meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon for six weeks in the spring and six weeks in the fall. Annual membership fee is $60.00, or like many members, you may pay $30.00 when you enroll for each term.

Both spring and fall terms are preceded by a social luncheon or brunch and these events are in addition to the regularly scheduled classes.

If you are looking for an economical way to:
  • Keep your mind alert
  • Enjoy the company of other adults
  • Participate in lively discussions (or, if you prefer, just listen)
  • Enjoy delicious homemade delicacies
  • Enjoy field trips
  • Access to NW-SCC's well-equipped fitness center
  • Access to NW-SCC's learning resource center
The Academy for Lifelong Learning is for you!

For more information, call the Office of Continuing Education at 256-331-5218 or 256-331-5221.

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Contact Information
>> Community Services Division - Training for Business Industry and Continuing Education
(256) 331-5221
(256) 331-5219 (Fax)
Mike Witt, Director
P.O. Box 2545
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662

>> ATN Bevill Center for Environmental Technology
(256) 331-5383
(256) 331-5386 (Fax)
Mitch Hamm, Director
P.O. Box 2545
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662
Web Address:

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Computer Class Descriptions

Access Level I - Most organizations maintain and manage large amounts of information. One of the most efficient and powerful ways of managing data is by using relational databases. Information can be stored, linked and managed using a single relational database application and its associated tools. You will examine, design, build, create a relationship and manage a database. Learn to query and filter data, design forms, and design reports.

Access Level II - You will learn how to maintain data consistency, how to customize database components, and how to share Access data with other applications. Learn to control data entry, join tables in queries, create flexible queries, improve forms, restrict data in forms, add command buttons to forms, create sub-corms, customize reports, add summary data to reports, add sub-reports, create mailing label report, import and export data, analyze data in excel and merge data with word.

Access Level III - You will extend your knowledge into some of the some specialized and advanced capabilities of Access by structuring existing data, writing advanced queries, working with macros, enhancing forms and reports, and maintaining a database. Analyze tables, create a junction table, improve table structure, write advanced queries, create and attach a macro, restrict records using a condition, validate data using a macro, automate data entry with macros, make effective use of forms with calendars, tab pages, and summary of data in a from, effective reports with charts, data in columns, cancel printing of a blank report, and create a snapshot report, maintaining a database through link tables, object dependency, document a database and analyze the performance of a database.

Access Level IV - Learn to import and export XML data, export to Outlook Address Book, collect data through email messages, automate a process with VBA, create and modify a switchboard, set startup options, distribute and secure databases, and share databases using a sharepoint site.

Adobe Level I - You may have used different applications to create document for your own reference. However, you may now be required to share your files electronically by email, over a network or on the web, so that recipients can view, print and offer feedback. In this course, you will use Adobe® Acrobat® 9.0 to make your information more portable, accessible, and useful to meet the needs of your audience. Learn to access a PDF document, create PDF documents, work with multiple PDF documents, review a PDF document and validate a PDF document.

Adobe Level II - You will use Adobe® Acrobat® 9.0 Pro to convert technical documents to PDF files, enhance and control PDF content accessibility, customize PDF documents for interactive use online, and prepare PDFs for commercial printing. Learn to enhance and create interactive PDF forms in Adobe Livecycle Designer, and prepare and finalize a PDF for commercial printing.

Excel Level I - You have basic computer skills such as using a mouse, navigating through windows, and surfing the Internet. You have also used paper-based systems to store data that you run calculations on. You now want to migrate that data to an electronic format. You will create basic worksheets, perform basic calculations, modify and format worksheets, print workbook contents, and learn to manage large workbooks.

Excel Level II - Learn to streamline repetitive tasks and display spreadsheet data in more visually effective ways. Learn to calculate data with advanced formulas, organize worksheet and table data, sort or filter data. Create, modify and format charts and create and use Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts. Insert graphic objects, customize Excel environment, manage, create and use templates.

Excel Level III - With a solid foundation in the basic and intermediate skills of Excel. Automate some common tasts, applying advanced analysis techniques to more complex data sets, collaborating on worksheets with others, and sharing Excel data with other applications. You will work macros, conditional formatting, data validation criteria, update workbook properties, modify default settings, protect files, share a workbook, set and review revision tracking, merge workbooks, administer digital signatures, and restrict document access. Also, audit worksheets using trace cells, troubleshoot formulas, watch and evaluate formulas, create a data list online, analyze data, work with multiple workbooks, and import and export data.

Power Point Level I - In today's work environment, presentations have moved far beyond flip charts and overhead projectors. Audiences not only expect that your presentations are in an electronic format, but they also demand that your presentations be unique and sophisticated in their use of such formats. You will create electronic presentations. You will explore the PowerPoint environment and create the visual appeal, you will add graphical objects to a presentation and modify them. You will also add tables and charts to a presentation to present data in a structured form. You will then finalize a presentation to deliver it.

Power Point Level II - You will enhance your presentation with features that will transform it into a powerful means of communication. You will customize the PowerPoint interface to suit your requirements and use the new and enhanced features to create dynamic and visually appealing presentations. You will then finalize a presentation and secure it to authenticate its validity. Learn to customize a design template, add diagrams, add special effects, customize a slide show, collaborate on a presentation, and secure and distribute a presentation.

Project Level I - You need to gather information about the various tasks involved, resources required to accomplish the tasks, and the overall cost in order to plan a project. Project acts as a tool that assists you in managing your projects. You will create and modify a project plan. You will create a project plan containing tasks, organize these tasks in a work breakdown structure containing task relationships, create and assign resources, and finalize the project to implement the project plan.

Project Level II - This course will build upon the knowledge gained, and give you the opportunity to work with a project plan once it reaches the project implementation phase. You will exchange project plan data with other applications, update project plans, create visual reports, and reuse project plan information.

Publisher Level I - Publisher is an easy-to-use, flexible program for creating newsletters, brochures, business cards, postcards, flyers, among others for print, email, and the web. In this course, you will look at how to create a publication from scratch or use one of the hundreds of business and personal designs available in Publisher. You will create, format, revise, and distribute publications.

Quick Books Level I - After completing this course, you should be able to set up a company, work with lists, set up inventory, sell your product, invoice for services, work with bank accounts, process payments, enter and pay bills, use the Easy Step Interview, use online banking, share files with an accountant.

Quick Books Level II - After completing this course, you should be able to customize forms, use other QuickBooks accounts, create reports, create graphs, track and pay sales tax, do payroll with Quick Books, estimate, time track, job cost, write letters, and synchronize with contact management software.

Windows - Welcome to Microsoft Windows: the easy, fun way to learn Windows for computer novices. The book is designed especially for adult learners, seniors, and non-native speakers. it features illustrations and easy-to-use, straightforward design so students absorb concepts and develop skills, building their confidence and ensuring their success. Learning is reinforced with plenty of illustrations and practical, hands-on projects and exercises. The course starts with a definition of the computer and its major hardware items and progresses to introductory and intermediate Windows topics including the Desktop and control panel, text editing, the Clipboard, file management, Windows utilities, printing, applets, backgrounds, screensavers, and more.

Word Level I - Word processing is the use of computers to create, revise and save documents for printing and future retrieval. It will provide you with the basic concepts required to produce basic business documents. Learn to edit documents, format text, format paragraphs, add tables, insert graphic objects, controlling page appearance and proof a document.

Word Level II - Customize and automate the way Word works for you. You will create complex documents by adding components such as customized lists, tables, charts, and graphics. You will customize formats and styles, modifying pictures, customize graphic elements, insert content using quick parts, controlling text flow, using templates to automate document creation, automate mail merges, and use macros to automate tasks.

Word Level III - You will use Word to create, manage, revise and distribute long documents and forms. Link to other programs, collaborate on documents, managing document versions, adding reference marks and notes, making long documents easier to use, securing a document, and creating forms.

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