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Constitution Day Celebration

9/17/2014 - 9/17/2014
Library, room 215

University of Pittsburgh Representative on Campus

9/17/2014 - 9/17/2014
Student Services Center, counseling office

SGA Meeting

9/22/2014 - 9/22/2014
SSC,conference room, lower level

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Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, & Non-Profits

Entrepreneurship Education at CCBC

In 2005, the Board of Trustees and President of CCBC identified promoting entrepreneurship education as a long-term priority and an essential part of enhancing economic development and revitalizing a community in transition.  Since that time, a One-Year Entrepreneurship Certificate (24 credits), an Associate Degree in Entrepreneurship, and 12 non-credit courses for small business owners and entrepreneurs were developed and offered to adult members of the community.  Since 2008, the College expanded its efforts and partnered with community organizations and area business owners to enhance entrepreneurship education opportunities for low income youth (ages 11 to 18) within Beaver County and to develop a pathway to post-secondary opportunities.

Courses for Business Professionals


Email Marketing for Success - Best Practices OCCP45301 $25 + $5 Lab

Email is more important than ever.  But what are the best ways to utilize Constant Contact, newsletters, and announcements?  Learn simple but effective practices and considerations for small businesses or nonprofits seeking to generate more interest from their digital marketing media. 

2.5 Hours, Fri., 10/3, 8:30-11 a.m. 

Main Campus, HSC, Room 6114.   

Social Media - Navigating the Maze RECR32901 $30 + $5 Lab  

Learn about the “other”– Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.  We'll explain these popular platforms in detail and talk about each one's unique purpose in the social media universe.  We'll even help you set up your own accounts. 

3 Hours.  Fri., 10/24, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Main Campus, STC, Room 4022. 

Crafting Your Company's Social Media Plan OCCP525-01 $89

It’s no secret that the Internet has drastically changed the dynamics of the merchant/customer relationship.  Customers increasingly turn to the web for product and company information and select to do business with companies that are transparent, open and honest.  Setting up a Facebook page, Twitter account, or YouTube channel for your organization is easy.  But are you executing a strategic plan to best reach your targets?  During this program, you will learn how to find your customers on the social media platforms they use the most.  Plus receive tips to best engage with this community for long-term success.

3 Hours, Thurs., 9/25, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Washington County Center @ Southpointe

125 Technology Dr., Suite 004, Canonsburg, PA 15317

 Writing for the Web WRKD183-01 $169

Understanding the difference between writing for print versus writing for the web starts with learning how readers behave differently online.  In this course, we will explore how to accommodate the needs of online readers through writing, structure, organization and style. This course will not cover content marketing and search engine optimization in depth but will give an overview of the differences in writing for both.  You will learn: audience and goal-oriented writing; how people read and interact online; content creation and maintenance; dealing with organizational politics in web planning; reading and scanning behaviors online versus in print.

6 Hours, Thurs., 10/16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Main Campus, STC, Room 4022


Small Business

Basics of Inventory Management WRKD173-01 $299

Inventory management means having the right products, component parts, raw materials, and/or supplies when you need it and where you need it.  Having too much inventory, not enough inventory, or having to search through your inventory for the correct item creates additional costs to the business and impacts profitability.  This course focuses on the skills needed for building an inventory management system that will lead to better control through optimization of inventory quantities, organization of inventory and access to inventory.  In addition, participants will learn how proper inventory management can improve business results.  Whether you run a retail store, oversee supplied for a hospital or manage a large warehouse for a manufacturing company this program is for you! 

18 Hours, Weds., 9/10-10/15, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Washington County Center @ Southpointe

125 Technology Dr., Suite 004, Canonsburg, PA 15317


Small Business Start Up from A-Z OCCP38001 $119 + $25 Lab 

In a hands-on and interactive environment, learn the procedural and legal aspects of starting a business, raising capital, advertising, promotion and publicity, Internet, social media, email marketing, financial statements, pricing and sales forecasting, and writing a business plan. 

15 Hours-5 Weeks.  Tues., 9/23-10/21, 6-9 p.m. 

Main Campus,STC, Room 4102.

Technology Dr., Suite 004, Canonsburg, PA 15317


Introduction to Quality WRKD182-01 $259

Quality management is an integral part of the functioning of many businesses, both small and large, around the world.  Quality does not simply happen; it has to be planned for at the outset of a new product, project or service.  This interactive and thought-provoking program introduces participants to quality basics; how a focus on quality produces business results; management systems (Baldrige and ISO 9001); quality evolution and gurus; methods and concepts (Six Sigma and Lean); and quality tools (team, 7 basic and 7 new). 

6 Hours, Tues., 9/30, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Washington County Center @ Southpointe

125 Technology Dr., Suite 004, Canonsburg, PA 15317


Finance Essentials WRKD045-01 $149

Many individuals in nonfinancial positions are familiar with budgets but less familiar with financial statements and their relationship to budgets. Participants in this course will learn key financial and accounting terms and principles; use financial statements to analyze an organization’s overall financial performance; identify the factors influencing a company’s cash flow and profitability; and prepare a departmental budget that supports business goals and objectives.

6 Hours, Thurs., 10/23-10/30, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Washington County Center @ Southpointe

125 Technology Dr., Suite 004, Canonsburg, PA 15317


Introduction to Labor Relations WRKD174-01 $89

Organized labor has existed continuously in the United States for over a century.  During this course, best practices and current developments in labor relations will be presented.  Participants will learn the history of labor-management relations as well as common labor agreement language, contents of key sections and the legal framework for collective bargaining/negotiations.  Grievance handling, arbitration, and ways to improve employee relations will also be discussed. 

3 Hours, Thurs., 11/13, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Main Campus, Room TBA

Six Sigma/ Lean Manufacturing

Getting Started with Lean Six Sigma for Small to Midsize Organizations WRKD177-01

A Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement program can generate successful results in any size organization.  Knowing how to get started is usually the most difficult step.  This six-hour course prepares leaders to implement a Lean Six Sigma improvement plan.  Participants will develop an understanding of how Lean Six Sigma positively impacts small to midsize organizations; will be walked through a successful process model for getting started; and learn what is needed to develop an effective deployment plan.  In addition, participants will be shown how to gain commitment, select a project, build success criteria, manage the project, allocate resources, and plan for success

6 Hours, Tues, 10/14, 9:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Washington County Center @ Southpointe

125 Technology Dr., Suite 004, Canonsburg, PA 15317


Becoming a Lean Six Sigma Champion WRKD176-01 $549 (Includes lunch)

Learn the managerial and technical knowledge to facilitate the deployment of a Lean Six Sigma strategy in your organization!  Champions are typically upper-level managers who lead the execution of Lean Six Sigma deployment plans.  It’s one of the most critical roles in any successful Lean Six Sigma improvement initiative. Guided by the direction set forth by the executive team, champions select the projects, determine who's trained as Black Belts/Green Belts, review progress, and mentor the Black Belts/Green Belts in order for the deployment to be effective. During this two-day program, participants will learn:


What is Lean Six Sigma and why it’s important to your organization

  • The roles and responsibilities of Lean Six Sigma “players”
  • The characteristics of Green Belts and Black Belts
  • How to select and manage projects
  • Resource requirements and developing plans for Lean Six Sigma deployments
  • Primary Lean Six Sigma tools
  • How to manage change

12 Hours, Tues. & Weds., 10/28 & 10/29, 9:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Washington County Center @ Southpointe

125 Technology Dr., Suite 004, Canonsburg, PA 15317 



Youth Entrepreneurs

One of the keys to CCBC’s successful approach to entrepreneurship education has been to create the opportunity to introduce or expand entrepreneurial education in local school districts and to create a pathway from middle school and high school to credit and non-credit offerings at the College.

CCBC has accomplished this by engaging two key organizations within our community – the Franklin Center of Aliquippa, and Entrepreneuring Youth, a non-profit educational and entrepreneurial program that provides real life experiences in business creation so young people acquire knowledge and skills essential for academic success and economic security.

Summer Biz Camp

CCBC, Entrepreneuring Youth (E Youth) and the Franklin Center of Aliquippa sponsored two six week business camps for 34 middle and high school students in Beaver County during the months of June, July and August.  The intermediate camp, BlueSky Biz™, introduced 18 youth to the world of entrepreneurship while the Advanced Business Camp deepened the ownership experience for 16 young people who had already attended the intermediate camp last year.

The foundation of each camp was built on business ownership. Through a variety of interactive and hands-on learning activities, field trips and guest speakers, these young people discovered how a small business is created and generates profits and had the opportunity to envision themselves as founders and owners of an enterprise that they created.

“In keeping with the mission of CCBC, the Biz Camp is reaching out to the community in areas not normally serviced by our core courses and curriculum.  The involvement of middle school youth in entrepreneurship programs helps begin the pathway for business options at any point in a student’s education,” stated John Goberish, manager of CCBC’s Continuing Education Division.

From the very first day participants were highly engaged and accountable for choices which led to the opportunity to make money (and keep the profits!).  Based on interests, skills and opportunity recognition the young people selected business choices ranging from customized crafts like jewelry, healing cream and personalized greeting cards to services such as gardening, tutoring and babysitting.

During the camp, participants took part in two capstone events.

The first was a Market Day where they were able to sell their products to the public at the Beaver Valley Mall. Armed with business cards, brochures and engaging sales pitches these young people experienced the exhilaration of making a sale.

“The biggest benefit of our involvement in Biz Camp is to see the kids take an idea from abstract dream to concrete reality and to watch the dawning of recognition on their faces when they first realize that, yes, I can do this and be successful. The life skills that they walk away with at the end of camp are invaluable,” said Sandy Edwards, education director for the Franklin Center

The second event was a Business Plan Competition, held at CCBC, which let the young entrepreneurs present their business plan to judges chosen from the College, local businesses, and the community.

Three finalists were chosen from each camp and received monetary awards in recognition of their achievement. 

“The ownership experience helped these young people see how ‘my goals’ and ‘my education’ are inextricably linked. They realize just how much they already influence and control their lives.

At the end of camp, the students take away great delight from making money and great pride from creating and selling something they are passionate about and enjoy doing as a possible future career path.

“Individuals and organizations that possess an entrepreneurial mindset will be more innovative, will be more adaptable, will strive to challenge the status quo, and will create more opportunities for our region,” stated John Goberish, Manager of CCBC’s Continuing Education Division.  “Entrepreneurship is about being empowered, taking action, and creating new opportunities rather than passively waiting for opportunity to find us.”

And, CCBC is doing just that.