PBDC Presents Biz ’n Ed

Kathy SwanJ-C Correspondent

The Journal-Capital is excited to announce a new column called “BIZ ’n ED from PBDC” which will feature tidbits about upcoming classes at the Business Development Center, one of Pawhuska’s most viable businesses.

“The mission of the PBDC is to provide economic and community development and instructional and learning opportunities with classes and programs that can be tailored to make the most of our clients’ needs,” said Cindy Helmer, PBDC Coordinator. “We focus on helping individuals and businesses thrive with customized programs. Our client’s success strengthens the economy and improves quality of life in NE Oklahoma and SE Kansas.”

Helmer said all it takes to confirm a class is a minimum of five enrollees. Today’s column will focus on upcoming short-term courses, including Saturdays and several evening classes. Currently on tap are:

May 2: Smartphone for Dummies (1-night class 5-8pm) $39

May 7: Interviewing (1-night class 5-8pm) $59

May 7-June 6: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking (5-week course held Tuesday &

Thursday from 5-7 pm) $199

May 11: Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention (1-day class 8-2pm) $55

May 21-23: Word (2 night class held Tuesday & Thursday 5-8pm) $89

May 21-June 12: Basic Phlebotomy (4-week class held on Tuesdays & Thursdays) $225

May 28-30: PowerPoint (2-night class held Tuesday & Thursday 5-8pm) $89

June 1: Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention (1-day class 8-2pm) $55

June 4-25: Computer Literacy (4-week class held Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-8pm) $159

PBDC’s short-term courses provide individuals an avenue to develop the skills and competencies they need to succeed in today’s workplace. Adults (16 years and older) may participate in learning opportunities to develop new and emerging job skills, ease workforce transition, and enhance career development. Programs are also available at Tri County Technology Center’s Bartlesville campus. They are offered as open-enrollment, short-term courses or as customized business and industry programs. Some courses prepare participants for certification opportunities. In addition to the classes noted above, PBDC offers personal enrichment courses in career planning, computer basics, and grant writing, among others.

“I am excited to announce PDBC is partnering with the Osage Nation Department of Education to provide an even broader scope of classes,” said Helmer. “For example, we have held our first Commercial Driver License (CDL) class, Forklift class, and we continue to offer Computer classes, which have been the most popular.”

For further information on Osage Nation Education courses, please contact Louise Cheshewalla at 918-287-5303.

May 18 is the date for the next Food for Thought Lunch-n-Learn (11:30 am – 1 pm). The topic is to be announced. This “free” seminar is open to the public but reservations are required. Please RSVP to Helmer at 918-287-3375.