Tri-Valley residents can boost their business skills in several months by earning tuition-free, noncredit business certificates at little cost from Las Positas College in Livermore.
"These new certificate programs offer practical, real-world skills that help people gain confidence, build their professionalism and advance their careers," said Drew Patterson, business studies professor. "Students learn valuable soft skills which have been identified by our advisory board, local employers and the Bureau of Labor Statistics as skills that all employers look for in job candidates."
Students will learn the basics of operating, managing and growing a small business, develop business and technical expertise, and build skills in team management.
Courses in customer service and small business management are available to anyone over 18. A total of seven courses are offered and are completed in 15 weeks. All courses are online.
The programs also help with preparing for college-level business courses.
Patterson said the courses are "great stand-alone courses for freelancers, small business owners and entrepreneurs," in addition to fulfilling certification requirements.
Classes started this week and a registration fee of $41 per semester includes all classes.
To learn more about noncredit classes, visit the LPC website's Noncredit FAQ page. Certificate classes are listed under Noncredit Business LPC on the CLASS-Web Schedule of Classes.