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Employers: Cabrillo Extension can create an account for your company that allows your employees to register for our classes pending your approval. With the company account we can then invoice you when your employees register for a Cabrillo Extension class. A company account will allow you to review your company information, approve any registration requests made by your employees, review your student-employees and print their transactions.

Follow this link to submit information that will allow us to establish a company account for your business.

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Record Keeping for Small Business

This class will reveal the mysteries of accounting in plain language and give you everything a non-accountant saddled with keeping "the books" needs to know. Concepts and processes covered in this class will include: the bookkeeping cycle, accrual vs. cash vs. tax accounting, and the chart of accounts, journals and general ledger.

Double entry and single entry bookkeeping will be explained without the pain of "debit and credit" journal entries. Learn accounting concepts, FASB and GAAP all in one class. This is an excellent prerequisite for those wishing to maintain their accounting records either manually or using computerized systems.

Sat., Sept. 13
9 am - 1 pm
Room 432

Register by Sept. 8: $48
Register after Sept. 8: $56


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Sat., Nov. 1
9 am - 1 pm
Room 432

Register by Sept. 8: $48
Register after Sept. 8: $56


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Carol Jensen - See bio below

Quickbooks Pro for the Small Business Owner

QuickBooks Pro is one of the most widely used accounting programs for small businesses. This class will lead you through the set-up and use of the software for basic accounting functions including writing and printing checks, tracking income and expenses, generating financial statements, accounts payable and receivable, invoicing and more.

The class is taught in a computer lab so that students may gain hands-on experience with the software. Purchase of QuickBooks Pro 2010 is not required, but purchasing "QuickBooks Pro for Dummies" is recommended for those who do not own the software.

Students must bring a USB Memory Disk of at least 1 GB of memory to class. Mac users are welcome to bring their own laptops with QuickBooks already installed.


4 Sat., Nov 15 - Dec 13 (No class 11/29)
9 am - 1 pm
Room: 516
Register by Sept. 8: $195
Register after Sept. 8: $214
Carol Jensen - see bio below


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Advanced QuickBooks

This advanced class is designed for those who are experienced with QuickBooks and who are looking for insight on how to deal with the more difficult issues that advanced users often face. Some of the topics covered are: inventory, accounting issues and solutions, tracking and managing sales tax, working with and resolving payroll issues, effective use of remote access, job costing, time tracking and much more.

The class is a hands-on course. Students must have previous experience with QuickBooks Pro software.

Sat., October 18
9 am - 1 pm
Room 516

Register by Sept. 8: $65
Register after Sept. 8: $76


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Carol Jensen specializes in financial aspects of start-up businesses and she is a Registered Tax Preparer (CTEC). Carol has taught QuickBooks and Real Estate classes at Cabrillo for many years.


Business Writing Essentials

In today's world, we communicate constantly: e-mail, text, facebook, tweets- the list goes on. But in this busy world, the quality of our communication makes a difference. For better or worse, people make judgments about our competence and credibility based on our written and oral communication.

Come to this class to...

  • Learn techniques to quickly organize your thoughts and translate them into writing
  • Learn and practice essential skills for effective e-mail communication
  • Review common e-mail mistakes and ways to ensure that you don’t make them!
  • Learn common grammatical and word choice errors and receive a cheat sheet to improve your writing

This class is offered twice on October 17th:

Fri., October 17 - Morning Class
8:30 am - 12 Noon
Room: 1604

Fee: $58


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Fri., October 17 - Afternoon Class
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: 1604

Fee: $58

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Dianthe Harris - see bio below


Power Packed Writing: E-Mail, Reports and Marketing Materials

In this class, you will focus your writing efforts and make noticeable improvements in the quality of your e-mail, reports and marketing materials. Attendees will take away a template for a standard business report and a checklist to review before you send any marketing materials to press. Please bring samples of your writing to class, and we’ll use those as a starting point to learn and practice...

  • Writing with purpose
  • Reducing wordiness
  • Powerful sentence and paragraph construction
  • Identifying common grammatical errors
  • Key tips for making your reports stand out.

Fri., October 17 CLASS CANCELLED
1:00 - 4:30 pm
Room: 1604

Fee: $58

Dianthe Harris specializes in communication strategies and execution, including messaging and content creation, project management, partner and strategic alliance relationship management, and team building for cultural and behavior change.


Leading Meetings that Matter
Just what you need: A meeting about meetings! Unfortunately, many of the meetings we organize and attend prove to be a waste of time, energy and money! This class ensures that the meetings you lead will be purposeful and productive.
In this class you will...

  • Write an effective agenda
  • Design a meeting process that gets results using the RPR method.
  • Engage the right people at the right time
  • Set effective “rules of engagement” that bring out the best in your meeting participants
  • Stimulate the “right kind” of conflict in a meeting
  • Capture action items effectively
  • Address some of the benefits and limitations of web-based meetings


Date: Wed., Nov. 12    
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm                    
Cost: $58

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Date: Mon., Nov. 24      
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm                    
Cost: $58

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Michelle Waters - see bio below


Presenting with Confidence
The old adage states that many people dread speaking in public than death. For most of us, however, speaking in public creates mild but manageable anxiety. Having something to say and being able to say it well empowers all involved! In this course you will...

  • Learn 5 ways to quickly organize your thoughts when you are asked to present
  • Discern between 3 common speaking purposes and know how each influences your content
  • Consider your audience and let them co-author your speech
  • Review important tips and tricks for creating great visual aids
  • Play with delivery skills that will help your audience get the most from your message

Date: Wed., Nov. 19    
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm                    
Cost: $58

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Date: Mon., Dec. 1      
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm                    
Cost: $58

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Michelle Waters is a senior instructor for Cabrillo’s Corporate Training program. She’s taught hundreds of clients how to work effectively in teams, prepare powerful presentations and deliver quality customer service.


How to Become a Mystery Shopper

Would you like to get paid to go shopping, eat out, play golf, plus more? Would you like to participate in programs that bring about improvements for both the company and the consumer? Learn how mystery shopping works, how to avoid the scams, what types of reports are used, the do’s and don’ts of getting hired and how you can get into the “shopper’s network.” You will leave the class fully prepared to begin your exciting new journey. Plus you will have the added advantage of learning from a hands-on shopper who can give you first-hand information and referrals.

New 2015 date: Sat., Feb 28, 2015
10am - 1 pm
Room 429

Register by Sept. 8: $42
Register after Sept. 8: $48

$20 materials fee payable to instructor in class for a comprehensive book.


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Elaine Moran has been a mystery shopper for over 20 years. She currently gives classes and workshops at over 20 colleges and authored the book “How to Become a Mystery Shopper, Your Complete Guide to Secret Shopping.”

HAZWOPER 8-Hour Refresher

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established regulations governing the health and safety of employees engaged in hazardous waste operations and emergency response. These regulations, codified at 29 CFR §1910.120, contain general requirements for health and safety programs, site characterization and analysis, site control, training, medical surveillance, engineering controls and work practices, personal protective equipment, exposure monitoring, informational programs, material handling, decontamination, and emergency procedures.

This is a great course for those who need HAZWOPER recertification and additional training in proper handling of chemicals and in emergency response procedures. Topics include: general safe work practices; toxicology; hazardous communication standards; lockout/tagout procedures; materials handling & storage; respiratory protection; protective equipment & much more.

This course satisfies the HAZWOPER requirements regulated by CFR 1910.120

Certificate/I.D. Card issued on completion of the course for those needing re-certification.

Fri., October 3
8 am - 5 pm
Watsonville Center, Solari Green Tech Bldg. Room C107

Register by Sept. 8: $150
Register after Sept. 8: $165


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John Karnofel is a Certified Hazwoper Trainer and has taught for over 40 years in all areas of agriculture mechanics & safety, industrial safety, welding, farm equipment repair, hydraulic basics, tractor operation & maintenance.



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