The Center for Business and Professional Development at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will offer a wide range of professional development opportunities during September and October.

Classes on the September and October schedule include:

Sept. 11-18: "Beginning Microsoft Excel 2013," 8 a.m.-noon, Fridays, Business & Industrial Institute, Room 115, $129.

Sept. 23: "Computer Basics," 8 a.m.-noon, Business & Industrial Institute, Room 115, $69.

Sept. 24: "PID Loop Tuning," (PLC’s) 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Echols Building, Room 203, $249.

Sept. 30: "Time Management," 8 a.m.-noon, Flanders Building, Room 110, $69.

Oct. 8: "Panel View Plus," (PLC’s) 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Echols Building, Room 203, $249.

Oct. 9-16: "Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2013," 8 a.m.-noon, Fridays, Business & Industrial Institute, Room 115, $129.

Oct. 13-Dec.8: "Six Sigma Black Belt Certification," 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, Flanders Building, Room 110, $1295.

October 22: "Motor Control Troubleshooting," (PLC’s) 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Echols Building, room 203, $249.

Oct. 30: "Fat Free Writing," 8 a.m.-noon, Flanders Building, Room 110, $69.

Instructors are Jack Danciu of Fort Smith, Cameron McKinney of Roland, Okla. and Dr. Micki Voelkel of Van Buren.

Danciu, who has taught at UAFS since 2001 and more than 20 years of experience in the computer industry, teaches the "Beginning Microsoft Excel 2013," "Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2013," "Advanced Microsoft Excel 2013," "Computer Basics," "Time Management" and "Social Media at Work" classes. Danciu is the owner of Danciu & Associates Computer Consulting. He has a bachelor’s degree with a double major in economics and management from Saint Joseph’s College - Calumet Campus, Ind. and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

McKinney, who has been with the CBPD since July 2012, will teach the PLC classes. He has over 10 years of experience as an industrial electronic technician, PLC programmer, and control engineer. He has an associate degree in industrial maintenance and a bachelor’s of applied science degree, both from Arkansas State University. He also holds several certifications from Rockwell Automation and an Industrial Electrician license from the State of Arkansas.

Voelkel, an associate professor in the CBPD since 1999, teaches the "Project Management" and "Marketing with Social Media" classes. Voelkel has experience in the areas of leadership, communication, personal effectiveness and computer applications. She is a Microsoft certified application specialist instructor and has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and a master’s degree and a doctorate both from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

In addition to classes and workshops offered for professional development, CBPD also provides regional businesses with customized training and consulting to meet company-specific requirements and on-site training to fit identified employee needs.

In addition to the classes on their regular schedule, the CBPD offers customized training on a wide range of topics, from computer applications to industrial maintenance and electricity. To request training that isn’t included on the CBPD’s schedule, contact the center at 479-788-7799.

Registration, which is required prior to the start date of the classes, may be completed by contacting Karen Harmon at 479-788-7742 or karen.harmon@uafs.edu. You can also contact Karen if you have questions about any of the classes offered by CBPD.