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Learn today ... Earn tomorrow
Learn today ... Earn tomorrow
by Tracy Gillespie, Adult Education Coordinator

The Columbia-Montour AVTS directed by Dr. Thomas Rushton, is a full-time area vocational-technical school that serves the youth and adults of Columbia and Montour Counties in Pennsylvania. The school is located just off Route 11, between Bloomsburg and Berwick (Pennsylvania). Our mission is to provide quality vocational education programs and the necessary supportive academic and extra-curricular programs to secondary students of all ability levels. We also provide training at the adult level in numerous vocational education areas.

The Adult Education program at CMAVTS serves, on an average, three to four hundred adults. The courses offered are for both the beginner and the advanced student. Course offerings may include any or all of the vocation-technical areas offered at the secondary level. Adults participating in these programs may be preparing for a new career or improving their knowledge and skills in their current job.

This program is aimed and intended for adults and offers them unique education opportunities for a minimal fee. Evening sessions are normally conducted twice each school year: Fall and Spring with additional summer sessions based on public response. Classes offered at CMAVTS range from thee to sixty hours. Upon completion of the class, students receive a 'Certificate of Completion' from CMAVTS and in some classes certification. We also offer certificate programs:

Electrical Occupations Program
72 Hours
Basic Electricity
Programmable Logic Controller
Three Phase Industrial Motor Controls

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician
60 Hours
A/C and Refrigeration
EPA Exam Preparation
EPA Exam

Administrative Assistant Program
72 Hours
Business Writing
Entrepreneurial Math
Microsoft Office 2007
Power Point/Oral Presentation

Welding Program
90 Hours
Welding 1 - S.M.A.W.
Welding 2 - S.MA.W.
Basic Welding - G.M.A.W. and G.T.A.W.

In addition CMAVTS provides quality training programs to industries and businesses in the area. The primary aim of the Industry Education Program at CMAVTS is to coordinate training programs which are tailored to meet the needs to a particular business or industry. Programs vary in length and format depending upon the needs of the situation. Columbia-Montour AVTS personal coordinate the details of the program including assisting with the design of the course, finding qualified instructor from within the school or community, and locating appropriate funding sources to subsidize the cost of training. Additionally, locations of classrooms and dates and times for programs are adjusted to meet employer needs. Expanding evening adult education courses offerings to include topics by one or more firms is always an option. Current class schedules can be found on our web site at www.cmvt.us.

CMAVTS partners with the following organizations to offer you the best possible training available to serve you:

Information Technology Certification Test
Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center - CMAVTS has signed an agreement with Pearson VUE, the electronic certification and licensure testing business of Pearson, to provide Information Technology Certification Test delivery using the Pearson VUE® Testing System. The Pearson VUE advanced computer-based testing system administers exams for leading IT Certification programs such as Cisco®, CompTIA®, Citrix®, Novell® and others through a global network of quality test centers. To schedule testing – call the Adult Education Office.

Motorcycle Safety Program
CMAVTS, in cooperation with Penn DOT, offers a free Motorcycle Safety Program from April through October. Call 1-800-845-9533 or visit the Penn DOT web site at www.pamsp.com to register for classes.

Become a Home Inspector!
CMAVTS and American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT) have teamed up to offer you the nations leading home inspection training and marketing support programs to enable you to either start and operate your own successful home inspection business or to be a significant contributor in an established company. AHIT's step-by-step processes and extensive experience coupled with their proven track record of successfully preparing and supporting thousands of home inspectors makes this program the right choice for you. Learn how to perform a professional inspection on your own time, in your own home, and at your own pace. All of the material will be shipped to your door. You'll learn independently, but not alone - with unlimited instructional support. Training also includes performing 1 actual inspection. Click here for class information and to register for the 'distance learning' program.

In partnership with Ed2Go, the Adult Educational Department offers several short learning programs. Go to www.ed2go/cmvt.

Gatlin/Ed2Go Certificate Programs
In partnership with Gatlin Education, we are proud to offer a wide variety of certificate programs. These online programs are longer in length, more intensive in their scope, and provide an overall education that may lead you to a new occupation. Go to www.gatlineeducation.com/cmvt.

Water and Wastewater Operator Training

CMAVTS is a sponsor of Water and Wastewater Operator Training. Call the Adult Education Office for courses approved under the PA Water and Wastewater Operator training program for pre-certification experience and continuing education hours.

Check out your local CareerLink to see if you qualify for funding for many of our training courses.

Tracy Gillespie
(570) 784-8040, ext. 3347
Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School

Columbia Montour AVTS Adult Education