Business, Computers, & Professional Certifications

Take your career to the next level with a professional certification or targeted business classes, or learn basic computer skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

Spring Classes

Virtual / Online Classes

The classes listed below are being held online in a virtual format.

A detailed tutorial will be emailed to set up your free Zoom account, then the webinar login information and materials will be sent the day of class. Please provide an email address at time of registration.

Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark. LeeAnne is an author, speaker, business owner, Chamber of Commerce past president, and guest instructor at more than 200 colleges, as well as an adjunct online professor of publishing through Ed2Go at more than 2,000 facilities worldwide, including Harvard.

BUSINESS BLOCK Courses

Earn Extra Money Mystery Shopping

Have you seen ads telling you how to become a shopper, but only if you send them a lot of money? You do not have to pay to begin your new career in this exciting field. You will learn how to sign up with many legitimate mystery shopping companies WITHOUT FEES, avoid the pitfalls and scams, create a required mystery shopping resume and profile, and take care of legalities and taxes regarding this income. You will leave with a list of 25 legitimate companies to work for.

April 19               M           6:00pm – 7:00pm            VIRT      $25

Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas

Tired of working for someone else? Do you need to make more money? Turn your talents and hobbies into profits by starting a home business. Taught by a Chamber of Commerce Past President and award winning business owner, this is probably the most comprehensive business startup workshop you will ever find. You will discover: more than 250 legitimate home business ideas, mandatory legal documentation, many ways to market your product/service, how to take tax deductions (this workshop included!). If you really want to succeed in a home business, this step-by-step session is a must!

April 19               M           7:00pm – 9:00pm            VIRT      $35

Make Money with a Virtual Assistant/Word Processing Business

*Must have attended “Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas”*

If you can type, then you can make money at home using your computer. Discover how and where to find clients, 50 ways to advertise/market your services, effective home office equipment choices, and 100 ways to make money with a computer. There really is a need for your services, so learn to be your own boss, set your own hours, and make more money.

April 19               M           9:00pm – 10:00pm          VIRT      $35

A detailed tutorial will be emailed to set up your free Zoom account, then the webinar login information and materials will be sent the day of class. Please provide an email address at time of registration.

Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark. LeeAnne is an author, speaker, business owner, Chamber of Commerce past president, and guest instructor at more than 200 colleges, as well as an adjunct online professor of publishing through Ed2Go at more than 2,000 facilities worldwide, including Harvard.

WRITER’S BLOCK Courses

Meet the Publisher/Agent – Get Your Manuscript Critiqued

Have you ever wanted to talk to a real agent or publisher? Are you tired of having your manuscripts critiqued by non-professionals or paying an editor too much money to change your writing to their voice? Email one page of your in-progress manuscript for an in-class critique of one page of your poetry, article, short story, screenplay, novel, non-fiction book, or children’s book. The instructor is a journalist, author, screenwriter, agent, publisher, and adjunct online professor at Harvard.

April 20               T             5:00pm – 6:00pm            VIRT      $25

Introduction to Screenwriting for Television or Movies

In this comprehensive session, you will learn about special screenwriting terms and formats for television and the big screen. You will also learn how to plot a story, develop characters, and execute your work in the proper screenwriting format. You will discover the difference between a Treatment, a Spec Script and a Shooting Script and when to do each.

April 20               T             6:00pm – 7:00pm            VIRT      $25

Beginners Guide to Getting Published

If your goal is to become a published freelance writer by selling a magazine article, short story, poem, or even a novel to a traditional publisher, this comprehensive workshop will guide you to, then past the editor’s desk. You will discover how to: become a “published” writer overnight, submit manuscripts the correct way, find the right publisher for your work, write irresistible query letters, determine when and how to get an agent, and 100 ways to make money as a freelance writer. If you really want to succeed, this step-by-step workshop is a must!

April 20               T             7:00pm – 9:00pm            VIRT      $25

Explore 50 Different Self Publishing Options

*Must have attended “Beginners Guide to Getting Published”*

Self-Publishing is all the rage, but is it the best option for YOU? And, can you do both? You will discover the pros and cons of all the self-publishing options, including print-on-demand and e-book publishing, as well as Amazon options. You will leave with a rated description of 50 self-publishing companies.

April 20               T             9:00pm – 10:00pm          VIRT      $25

A detailed tutorial will be emailed to set up your free Zoom account, then the webinar login information and materials will be sent the day of class. Please provide an email address at time of registration.

Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark. LeeAnne is an author, speaker, business owner, Chamber of Commerce past president, and guest instructor at more than 200 colleges, as well as an adjunct online professor of publishing through Ed2Go at more than 2,000 facilities worldwide, including Harvard.

Writing for Online Blogs, Magazines & Websites

You don’t need a journalism degree or previously published articles to write for anyone’s online blog, magazine, or website. Some opportunities offer exposure, while many pay well -- $1 a word and more. In this fast-paced session, you will how to: find ideas, sources, and more than 1,000 opportunities that pay, conduct interviews and create interesting content, protect your copyright, write query letters, and then use this credibility to sell other articles or even your self-published novel.

April 21               W           6:00pm – 7:00pm            VIRT      $25

Beginner’s Guide to Starting a FREE Blog

Online blogging is a great way to get the word out about you, your service, your product, or information you want to share! You will learn step-by-step how to: start a FREE blog with WordPress, choose a blog template, emphasize your blog content with a creative name, use your unique voice to share expertise, and connect your domain/website. You will also learn how to earn an income with your blog, including links to other websites and advertising on your blog, as well as increase your internet ranking.

April 21               W           7:00pm – 9:00pm            VIRT      $35

A detailed tutorial will be emailed to set up your free Zoom account, then the webinar login information and materials will be sent the day of class. Please provide an email address at time of registration.

Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark. LeeAnne is an author, speaker, business owner, Chamber of Commerce past president, and guest instructor at more than 200 colleges, as well as an adjunct online professor of publishing through Ed2Go at more than 2,000 facilities worldwide, including Harvard.

Save Money with Extreme Couponing!

Learn how to save $$$ everyday with extreme couponing. Coupons are NOT just for groceries. The savings can add up to HUNDREDS or even THOUSANDS of dollars every year. This comprehensive workshop will teach you: where to find all types of coupons - even for high ticket items, how to find the best coupon apps and websites, how to match coupons with sales for maximum savings. This workshop is taught by someone who has used many couponing secrets to save thousands.

April 22               Th          6:00pm – 7:00pm            VIRT      $25

Monetize Websites, Blogs, and Social Media with Affiliate Marketing

Earn a passive monthly income from selling other people’s products by placing a merchant-provided advertisement link on your site and get a commission for every sale, click or lead. Learn where to find 1000+ free and low cost opportunities and how to avoid scams or links that won’t offer a beneficial ROI (return on investment). Learn how to find high, recurring, and second-tier commissions. You’ll also learn SEO secrets to increase your sites ranking and visibility on search engines like google. 

April 22               Th          7:00pm – 8:00pm            VIRT      $25

Intro to Microsoft Word

Learn the basics for creating, editing, and saving documents. Topics include formatting, copying, selecting, and editing. Students must have internet access, email, and Word 2016 or newer. Instructor: Amanda Warner.

Apr 7 – Apr 28                  W           5:30pm – 8:00pm            VIRT      $50 / Lifelong Learners 50+   $30

 Intro to Microsoft Excel

Introductory class! You will learn to create new worksheets and edit existing worksheets. Learn to input data and use auto fills to save time and improve accuracy. Format data using color, font size, sort and select data effectively. We will discuss formulas and creating charts to present data. Students must have internet access, email, and Word 2016 or newer. Instructor: Amanda Warner.

May 12 – June 2               W           5:30pm – 8:00pm            VIRT      $50 / Lifelong Learners 50+    $25

Fundraising Basics

Understand what it takes to be successful in fundraising. Learn about building a strategic plan, knowing the role of a non-profit board, and identifying different fundraising techniques such as crowd-sourcing, special events, donations, and grants. Find ways to match funding needs with funders and build enduring relationships. Excellent foundation for Grant Writing. Class held via Zoom – please provide email at time of registration. Instructor: Gayle Palmer.

April 9                  F             9:00am – 1:00pm            VIRT      $60

Grant Writing

Do you want to earn more grants for your organization? Determine if your group is ready to go after grants from funding organizations. Understand the steps for writing grant proposals. Use proven tips to search for funders and match your organization’s project with the appropriate foundation. Practice developing case statements and budgets. Learn to measure the community impact of projects. Content builds on Fundraising Basics. Class held via Zoom – please provide email at time of registration. Instructor: Gayle Palmer.

April 16               F             9:00am – 1:00pm            VIRT      $60

Face-to-Face Classes

The classes listed below are being held in-person. Masks are required at all times and students must maintain social distance.

Flagger Training & Certification

Learn professional flagging techniques and proper work zone set-up in accordance with standards and guidelines of the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Washington State Department of Transportation, and the Department of Labor and Industries Washington Administrative Code pertaining to flagging and temporary traffic control. Students passing the demonstration portion and 50-question exam will receive the Washington State Flagger Certification Card accepted in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) National Flagger Certification Card accepted in most other states. Course includes references to the ATSSA flagging workbook, MUTCD, workshops, flagging demonstration, video, and PowerPoint presentation. Successful completion of the course certifies you for a period of three years. You must be 18 years of age to receive certification. Bring a pencil/pen to class. Refunds given if you withdraw at least 24 hours prior to the start of class. Cost is $75. Instructor: Rich Bunker.

Saturday              8:00am – 5:00pm            WAH 115

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First Aid & CPR Certification

The American Safety and Health Institute class covers bleeding control, seizures, epi-pen use, allergic reactions, broken bones, choking, poisoning, CPR for adults, children and infants, and other life threatening emergencies. Learn how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). Upon completion you will receive an American Safety and Health Institute card valid for two years. Refunds given if you withdraw at least 24 hours prior to the start of class. Instructor: Chris Layton. Cost is $75.

Saturday                         8:30am – 4:00pm            TEC 115

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Forklift Training & Certification

A comprehensive classroom training along with practical, hands-on instruction on forklift operation and safety. Course covers state and federal regulations and proper operation training. Students are awarded a certification card upon successful completion. Students must be 18 years or older to receive certification. Instructor: Jake Fay.

TBD                       F             8:00am – 5:00pm            TEC 133               $140

How to Register

  1. Download and fill out a registration form.
  2. Mail the registration form to:
Centralia College
Office of Enrollment Services
600 Centralia College Blvd.
Centralia, WA 98531

In-person registration is not currently available. By order of the governor, Centralia College offices are closed to the public.

  1. Download a registration form or pick one up in the Enrollment Services Office on the second floor of the TransAlta Commons on CC's campus.
  2. Bring the completed registration form to the Cashier, also on the second floor of the TransAlta Commons building.

Register by phone using a credit card at 360-623-8940.

Fax your registration form with credit card information to 360-330-7106.