Personal Enrichment Courses


professional development

 FALL 2018

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

 Course Objectives: Explain the importance of accurately specifying dimensions and tolerances. Recall the history and development of dimensioning and tolerancing methods. Explain how teamwork can result in better definition of the dimensions and tolerances shown on a drawing or in a computer-aided design (CAD) file. Recall the job titles of those who should be on the design process team. Recall the dimensioning and tolerancing skills needed for success in design- or production-related occupations. Analyze some possible industrial changes and the impacts of these changes on dimensioning and tolerancing. Identify how views are created using orthographic projection. This program is geared to the first time student who has never been exposed to GD&T.

Venango Campus
Monday, October 8 – Friday, October 12
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
$550.00 includes cost of textbook
Instructor: Chris Hartman


Blue Print Reading

 Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of orthographic projection.
  • Identify key manufacturing information from a machine print.
  • Apply proper dimensioning for projected views.
  • Describe the purpose of lines found on a print.
  • Interpret information found in a title block and its compounds.
  • Define terms that apply to dimensioning and tolerancing, fractional, decimal, metric and angular dimensions.
  • Recognize symbols used for specifying holes, evaluate and determine dimensions and specifications.
  • Analyze title blocks and special notes as it applies to prints.
  • Determine tolerance ranges of bilateral and unilateral tolerances.
  • Identify datum surfaces
  • Identify basic (GD&T) geometric Dimensioning &Tolerancing characteristics.

This course is geared toward the first time print reader. Emphasis will be on the fundamentals and the ability to form a mental picture of different views.

Venango Campus
Monday, September 17 – Friday, September 21
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
$400.00 includes cost of textbook
Instructor: Chris Hartman


Planning Your Website: Seminar

If you don’t have a website, or your website’s not up-to-par, let instructor: Holly L. Gibbons put you on the right path.

This seminar is a broad overview to help you understand what is available in web-design today, what hosting is, why you need a web-hosting provider, what domain registration is, choosing a domain name and checking availability, the advantages of registering a domain name and how to register, what SEO is and why it matters, available design platforms, why a SSL certificate is a necessity, what Google is looking for in a website for ranking, and an overview of Google My Business.

If you have a business – whether it’s a retail store, providing a service, accommodations, food service, or you produce a product for retail or wholesale distribution – you need a website to be competitive!  This goes for organizations as well.  Don’t be left in-the-dust of your competitors; get your business or organization on the web and get noticed!

Wednesday November 7, 2018                       Register Now
6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Holly L. Gibbons
Cost: $25.00 ea.

Social Media for Business Boot Camp 2018

This Boot Camp is designed for anyone in a business or organization who is responsible for Social Media Management or the company’s digital marketing. All classes are held in the Clarion University – Venango College computer lab, located at 1801 West First Street, Oil City, PA 16301.  Upon completion of this boot camp, students will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Are you new to Social Media Marketing?  Not sure the best avenue for marketing your business or organization online? Hear firsthand from the area’s Social Media Strategist, Holly L. Gibbons, how to market your business online. This course will cover the following topics:

  • Best Practices for Digital Marketing / Social Selling – Why Sell Social?
  • Identifying the best Social Media Platform for your Business or Organization
  • How to create a Social Media Marketing Plan
  • Why it’s Important to know your Audience
  • Why Google My Business?
  • Overview of Business Platforms for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google etc.
  • Tips for Setting up Social Media Business Pages
  • How to create engaging posts on Social Media
  • Create Marketing and Social Media Graphics
  • Taking the perfect Marketing Photo
  • Using Video in Marketing your Business or Organization
  • Paid Advertising on Social Media – How to Expand your Reach
  • Learn when and how to Create Groups
  • Learn how to Create Events
  • Pre-schedule Future Posts
  • Save Time Managing your Social Media Accounts (Hootsuite, Buffer, etc.)
  • How to monitor traffic and customer demographics using Monitoring Tools
  • Measuring Return on Investment
  • Revising your Social Media Marketing Plan and more….
  • Learn about where Digital Marketing is heading in the future

 This course includes hands-on training. Come prepared to take your social selling to the next level.  Participants will be required to create accounts and post on business or organization sites throughout the 4-week period. Students will also be required to share post activity and seek feedback from the class. Students completing course requirements will be invited to participate in an on-line peer support group.

Tuesday Afternoons: November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018                                Register Now
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Holly L. Gibbons, Gibbons Business Solutions, LLC.
$130.00 per student (Materials: Copies of PowerPoint Presentation)

Real Estate

“Successful completion of the Real Estate Fundamentals and the Real Estate Practice classes meet the educational requirement for the Real Estate Salesperson license in Pennsylvania and many other states.”

Real Estate Fund
Introduces the broad area of real estate. Lays foundation of important principles for in-depth study. First in a two-sequence course (with Real Estate Practice).

August 27 - December 14
Instructor: Dr. Jerry Belloit

Real Estate Practice
Introduces the practice of real estate brokerage, real estate appraisal, real estate finance, and real estate investments. Second in a two-sequence course (with Real Estate Fund).

August 27 - December 14
Instructor: Dr. Jerry Belloit


ServSafe Food Safety Certification

Food Safety Certification/ServSafe® The ServSafe® course, conducted by Penn State Extension, is for individuals preparing for the exam. After attending the ServSafe® class(es) and passing the proctored, multiplechoice exam with a score of 75% or higher, participants will receive a ServSafe® certificate, which meets the PDA requirement for food safety certification.

Clarion University SBDC                                Register Now
Tuesdays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6
Instructor: Rick Kralj, M Ed. RD, LDN                                                                                                                                


First Step: Starting A Small Business

 The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan.  Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools and what to expect in financing your business.  See below for dates, times and locations.

Clarion University SBDC                                Register Now
Saturday, November 3
Instructor: Cindy Nellis, Clarion University SBDC Business Consultant


Human Resources for Non-HR Professionals (Workshop)

In smaller companies, most employees wear more than one hat.  Some smaller organizations and non-profits may not have a full-time HR Manager but still have to perform the duties of recruiting, training and development, performance management, disciplinary action and regulatory compliance.

This workshop is an overview to help you understand the HR cycle, basics of regulatory compliance, recruiting and onboarding best practices and performance management.  Great refresher for HR Generalists and anyone considering a career in Human Resources.

Venango Campus                                          Register Now
Thursday, October 11
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Pamela J. Watkins for Gibbons Business Solutions, LLC.                                        


Promotional Writing for Employees and Small-Business Owners

Do you need to do a better job of advertising your organization? Could you use some positive public relations in the local media? Or, perhaps you want to brush up on writing e-mail messages, business letters, and proposals. In this course, you’ll learn how the experts do it, using professional strategies that will make you stand out from the competition. Taught by Dr. Andrew Lingwall, a professor in Clarion University’s Department of Communication.      

Clarion Campus
Friday, September 21
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.                                                       

Venango Campus
Friday, October 12
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.                                                     
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Lingwall


Tough Conversations – How to Successfully Manage those “hard to have” Talks (Workshop)

In every organization (or home) there is some level of conflict.  The secret is to keep poise and control when everyone else is losing it!  Are you a Manager or Supervisor who needs to have “tough conversations” with employees?  Are you someone who struggles with interacting with demanding co-workers?  In this interactive workshop, you will learn:

  • How to start and conclude a “tough conversation” 
  • Word choice, tone and body language tips
  • How to meet and manage conflict ending in positive results
  • How to manage disagreements between co-workers
  • Emotional First Aid – how to keep your own emotions from getting in the way.

Venango Campus
Thursday, November 8
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Pamela J. Watkins for Gibbons Business Solutions


Accounting For Non-Accountants, Non-Accounting Specialists, Non-Accounting Majors, Non-Financial Managers, CPA and CMA Candidates

This online course is designed to provide its participants who would come without the sufficient accounting background with the basis and the fundamentals on financial and managerial accounting that is necessary to be successful in their academic or professional careers or endeavors. It presents accounting concepts without the use of debits and credits, while emphasizing the importance of financial statements and (financial and managerial) decision-making. It may be also a good start for those who might be thinking to become practicing CPAs or CMAs in the future.

August 27 - December 14                                            
Instructor: Dr. Mike Onder Kaymaz


Financial Accounting and Reporting For Accountants, Accounting Specialists, Accounting Majors, Financial Managers, CPAs and CPA Candidates

This course is designed to provide its participants who have the sufficient accounting background with the advanced knowledge on financial accounting and reporting that is necessary to be successful in their academic or professional careers or endeavors. While also presenting the chance to have a strong advanced basis for making a CPA or practicing CPAs, the course helps following and delivering a balanced and detailed approach to the advanced conceptual and technical aspects of financial accounting and reporting.

August 27 - December 14                                            
Instructor: Dr. Mike Onder Kaymaz


Management Accounting For Accountants, Accounting Specialists, Accounting Majors, Financial Managers, CMAs and CMA Candidates

This course is designed to provide its participants who have the sufficient accounting background with the advanced knowledge on the pillars of management accounting that is necessary to be successful in their academic or professional careers or endeavors. While also presenting the chance to have a strong advanced basis for making a CMA or practicing CMAs as well as highlighting the importance of managerial decision making, the course helps building and delivering a detailed approach to the advanced conceptual and technical aspects of managerial accounting.

August 27 - December 14                                            
Instructor: Dr. Mike Onder Kaymaz


One-On-One Computer Training

Have a new device or trying to adjust a new operating system and feeling a little lost or overwhelmed? Want to try something new, or become better acquainted with the programs?  One-on-one tutoring can make the difference. No matter what operating system you have we will show you the basics and help you do the things you want to do most, including:

  • Windows 10
  • Computer Basics
  • Internet 101
  • Email 101
  • Document and Photo Management 101
  • Samsung Smartphone Basics (Android)
  • Word Processing 101
  • Spreadsheets 101
  • And More!

If you are looking for something more complex, no problem – we can handle those requests too. The advantage of one-on-one training is that we focus directly on you and proceed at a speed you’re comfortable with. Purchase just one-hour, or as many as you need.

Daytime or evening hours available.
Instructor: Holly L Gibbons
$30/per hour

Personal development

Venango Chorus
If you love to sing, this class is for you. This large vocal ensemble offers you a rich musical experience. The class meets at Good Hope Lutheran Church at 800 Moran Street, Oil City, Pa. Good Hope offers scholarships covering 50 percent of the tuition. Applications are available in the office of Venango Campus Continuing Education. Concert Sunday, December 2.

Mondays, September 10 – November 26
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.                                                                                                                   
Instructor: Beth Orris


JUDO and Self-Defense sport program on CUP campus since it’s founding in FALL OF 1963 and is led by the same coach, Andor Paposi-Jobb, Sensei, USA Masters and World Masters Champion.  Learn basic self-defense for law-abiding citizens and sport judo for fitness, competition and self-esteem.

Venango Campus; Rhoades Gymnasium
Wednesdays, September 5 – December 5
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.                            
Adult registration: $55
Youth Registration: $45
(50 percent for second immediate family member)

Sensei and Founder: Dr. Andor Jobb; USA and World-Masters Judo-Champion (Hachidan)
8th degree black belt in JUDO
9th degree black belt in JIU-JITSU


Through a fusion of familiar yoga postures and Pilates core strengthening moves this class allows you to sculpt, tone, and have fun with friends and colleagues as you flow your way to a strong body and calm mind.  We will challenge muscles and improve balance, stamina and flexibility, and achieve effective,   sustainable results without the pain or harm of more high impact workouts.  Ample available modifications make this class accessible to all levels.

Clarion Campus
Mondays and Wednesdays
September 5 – September 26
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               
Instructor: Lori Snyder



Paraprofessional Highly Qualified Teacher Aide Training

  • Become a highly qualified paraprofessional in accordance with No Child Left Behind
  • Allows you to work as a teacher aide in school districts, and other institutions which accept the program
  • Quality program presented for the past five years
  • Excellent presenters who are practicing professors, teachers, administrators, and supervisors
  • Four days of workshops followed by one day of assessment (based on information from workshops)
  • Relevant topics include: Roles & Responsibilities, Mathematics, Child Development, Writing Skills, Special Education (full day workshop), Reading Skills, and Behavior Management

 “The presenters were very knowledgeable and interesting.”

“A lot of the knowledge I acquired through this workshop I used during my interview – I got the job I wanted!”




Last Updated 10/19/18