NEW! Two New QuickBooks 2015 Instructor-Led Courses

1. Intermediate QuickBooks 2015 – Many QuickBooks users only utilize a small portion of the available features. In this course, we’ll go beyond the basics as you master QuickBooks’ more advanced features and applications. You’ll learn how to enter price levels for inventory, track discounts and credits, and manage journal entries. Whether you’re a small-business owner, or a bookkeeper or accountant needing a QuickBooks refresher, this course will make you more confident and secure in accounting for your business.

2. Performing Payroll in QuickBooks 2015 – Preparing payroll in any small business can be a daunting task. Whether you have one or 20 employees, the federal and state requirements are often the same! However, by using the payroll feature in QuickBooks 2015, you can master efficient techniques for creating paychecks, paying taxes, producing job costing reports, and generating forms and reports quickly and easily.


A new session of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have to be present when lessons are released. You will have access to all lessons until the course ends. However, the interactive discussion area that accompanies each lesson will automatically close two weeks after the lesson is released. As such, we strongly recommend that you complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

Instructor Biography
Scott Paxton is recognized as a Certified Public Accountant and holds master’s degrees in business administration and accounting. His background includes experience as a public accountant, a manager in the banking industry, an entrepreneur and a college business instructor. In addition, Scott has spent much of his career working closely with small business owners to help them successfully implement and troubleshoot the QuickBooks accounting program.

$95 each for 6 weeks of learning highly sought classes! What a deal!


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Learn Something New; Practice Memorization…



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‘Leadership in the Workplace’

Especially for Gen Y (born 1980-1999), the course serves as the first of three in a series addressing the development of Generation Y leadership. Find out what it takes to become an effective leader. Discover your style of leadership. Discuss task completion, building relationships with your subordinates, becoming socially perceptive to changes in the workplace, utilizing your emotions in a positive and effective manner, and addressing challenging goals. Leadership

‘Leadership Principles’ is sponsored by AWC Continuing Ed and is taught by Constance Yates who serves as facilitator of Business Administration for multiple colleges and universities across the United States.

One of the key concepts of this course is to focus on good leadership and how to improve on leadership skills. Assessment tools will help develop the skills necessary for the workplace. Yates says, “It is very critical for excellent leadership. Applying the knowledge skills and abilities in the workplace is another thing and that’s what we are going to focus on.”

‘Leadership Skills’ offers the opportunity to perform a case study analysis of workplace conflicts that require effective leadership, allowing you to apply your unique leadership characteristics revealed through completing the class.

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New Instructor-Led Course: Photoshop Elements 13 for the Digital Photographer


ed2go is pleased to announce the launch of a new Instructor-Led Online Course.

Students will learn how to use the tools and features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 for editing and fixing digital photos and images.

Bring out the best in your photos!  In this course, you’ll learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 to do everything from quick fixes to detailed enhancements that will greatly improve the look of your digital images. Even if you’ve got no image-editing experience, this class will take you from novice to accomplished user. It’s also a great solution if you’re upgrading from an earlier version of Photoshop Elements.

As you explore this program’s many easy-to-use features and tools, you’ll gain control of Photoshop Elements’ award-winning technology. Elements is so well designed that even from the start, you’ll be able to get results that you never imagined possible. You’ll master techniques for editing images, fixing flaws, enhancing the final product, creating simple art projects, preparing images for email and the Web, and organizing your images.

With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, this course makes it easy to learn how to edit your images like a pro. You’ll also get plenty of practice as you complete fun, hands-on exercises that ensure you understand the basics of this program as well as more advanced techniques.

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Procrastinating, Procrastination…

Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before the deadline.Wikipedia

procrastinating, procrastination.

procrastinating, procrastination.

We all do it to some degree whether it be home chores, client calls, studying for a test.

I’ll make this short. A few tips to keep from or lessen procrastinating.

  • Don’t over-think. Just do it.
  • Don’t blow it out of proportion.
  • Take the first step.
  • Any decision is a good decision because you have made a decision.
  • Complete the task.

This applies also to signing up for and registering for classes or courses that we offer.

  • Don’t over-think it – just Register for it.
  • Don’t blow it out of proportion. – The class is only a few weeks long.
  • Take the first step. – Register
  • Any decision is a good decision – It can be a fun class ie cake decorating. Then you’ll can register for more classes later.
  • Complete the task – Finish the class with a new found skill and/or certificate.

Don’t procrastinate – Register Now for online class or any of our many course  settings.

Review the catalogs and Register Today! Call 928-317-7674 or download a register flyer at

Online Career Training Programs – Visit our sites to learn more:

Group discounts available for groups of 5 or more.

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Professional Development

Professional Development

The Arizona Western College Continuing Education Division provides a wide variety of convenient professional development opportunities, in a classroom setting, online or delivered at your worksite.  Individuals and businesses that elect to invest in these courses enhance their options for success by achieving well-recognized CEUs.

Professional Development Courses

Contact us for more information. Or call 928-317-7674

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New! Online programs offered by AWC’s Continuing Education Division.

New! Online programs offered by AWC’s Continuing Education Division.  In partnership with ed2go, AWC is  offering non-credit, online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations. Our programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, providing you with effective web-based learning programs. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in your online learning experience, responding to any questions or concerns, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.

Financial Assistance available through ed2go.

  • Healthcare and Fitness
  • Business and Professional
  • IT and Software Development
  • Management and Corporate
  • Media and Design
  • Hospitality and Service Industry
  • Skilled Trades and Industrial
  • Sustainable Energy and Going Green
  • Career Online High School (Career-credentialed certificate programs for in-demand careers, such as Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice, and Office Management.)
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Winter Break Schedule for AWC E-Center

Have a safe and happy holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Regular Business hours will resume January 5, 2015

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Nostalgia and Sweet Memories!

At this time of year with the bustle of the holidays, finishing up the end of the year, preparing for the new year, it’s easy for memories to crop up. I’ve gotten a little nostalgic since beginning this job at AWC Continuing Ed especially. My sister Kathleen A. ‘Sam’ Robinson worked for AWC as the Media Production Coordinator for many years. She won many accolades and awards for graphic design. She passed away in 2003. She was also a writer and would have loved blogging and social media. She would jump at the availability of online classes especially and she was an avid learner. I don’t have her passion for learning, but I do feel inspired by her to pursue professional development and personal enrichment that AWC Continuing Ed offers. I won’t always get this personal, but she’s been on my mind a lot these past couple of weeks.  Do you have a special person or memory that inspires you? Happy Holidays!

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Continuing Education Wish List.


AWC Continuing Education offers a variety of classes online as well as on and off campus. What would you like to see offered? Continuing Education offers non-credit, fee-based courses to help you obtain educational and professional goals. These are your educational and professional goals. We welcome your feedback and strive to help you achieve your goals of personal enrichment and professional development. We can also be reached at 928-317-7674 for guidance and registration. So, what’s on your continuing education wish list?

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