Help set yourself up for a new career or enhance skills for your current one at Mercer County Community College’s Center for Continuing Studies (CCS). Most of the classes offered by the center this winter are short term and are held on evenings and weekends to accommodate working adults.

In January, CCS, located on the college’s West Windsor campus on Old Trenton Road, offers the new fashion course, “The Fashion Industry as a Career,” taught by Craig Lickliter. A successful executive with more than 30 years experience in the fashion industry, Lickliter has served as executive vice president of Kenneth Cole, Arnold Brant, and Ben Sherman, and currently works for English Laundry, Nicole Miller, and Acquaviva.

Participants will learn how to understand and identify career path opportunities and how to successfully brand themselves in any industry. The six-session course begins on Saturday, January 12.

New to CCS’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program is “Technical Strategies for Nonprofit Management,” from Saturday, February 16, to Saturday, March 9. The program provides an overview of computer applications that provide planning assistance for making strategic, accounting, database management, and fundraising decisions. This certificate program itself begins on Tuesday, January 8, with “The Role Emotional Intelligence Plays in Communications.”

For professionals pursuing employment as brokers, appraisers, or property managers, “Intro to the Fundamentals of Real Estate” will be offered Tuesdays, February 5 to February 26.

Meanwhile, “Principles of Investing in Real Estate” will be offered from Mondays, March 18 to April 15, for those looking to get an introduction on how to invest in income-producing real estate.

Several new information technology courses will be offered through CCS in the new year, including “Intro to Object-Oriented Programming with C#.NET,” Wednesdays, April 10 to May 29.

For anyone looking to get a better understanding of the SQL language, CCS will be offering Oracle Certification Prep courses, beginning with “Introduction to SQL,” from Saturday, February 16, to Saturday, March 23. CCNA Training is also available from Saturday, April 6, to Saturday, May 18.

For those with an interest in construction project management, the center is offering a certification program that requires eight core courses and 30 classroom hours of electives. The first core course, “Construction Blueprint Reading,” begins on Tuesday, January 8.

Certified medical billing coders typically earn 20 percent more than those who are not certified, according to the CCS. This semester the center has scheduled its medical billing and coding courses so that students can finish the certificate in one semester. “Medical Terminology: A Short Course” is the first in the series, beginning on Monday, January 7. Eleven additional classes will be held through Wednesday, May 29.

The AMA certificate in project management is designed to equip individuals with the required skills to set up project plans, schedule work, and monitor progress to achieve designed projects goals and results. Among the project management courses this winter are “Successful Project Management.” from Tuesday, January 8, to Tuesday, February 12, and “Successful Negotiating,” from Wednesday, January 30, to Wednesday, February 27.

Two professional development courses for teachers are being offered this winter and spring: “Teacher Tool Belt Part I” for first year teachers on Saturday, February 23, and “Teacher Tool Belt Part II,” for educators, counselors, parents, and social workers seeking to bridge the gap between adults and teens on Saturday, March 9.

Back to School Night for Adults will be held on Monday, January 7, at 5:30 p.m., with a snow date of Monday, January 14. A free information session on the Phlebotomy Technician program will be held on Monday, January 14, at 5:30 p.m. For locations for both events, visit

For more course information, including registering for career courses and certificate programs, contact the CCS at 609-570-3311, or visit the MCCC website at Get the latest CCS news by visiting

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