Gila Offers Business, Medical, Criminal Justice, Tax Classes


A number of additional offering are on tap for Rim Country residents when Gila County Community College starts its new semester.

The community college not only works to help small businesses in Payson survive, but to thrive.

The college is offering a course to help existing small business owners, and those who have made the commitment to open a small business, realize their maximum business potential.

Called NxLevel, the 12-week course is being offered at the Payson campus for the 2008 spring semester.

Classes will meet from 5:30 to 6:50 on Monday and Tuesday nights.

"This isn't really a course for someone who is just considering opening a business, it's for people who already have a business, or someone who is actually ready to open one up," instructor of the course, Ron Nielson, with Gila County Community College, said.

The course will cover topics like:

  • Introduction and overview of operating a small business;
  • Planning and research;
  • Marketing;
  • Understanding and using a financial statement;
  • Managing money;
  • Financing a business; and
  • Deal making

NxLevel is a three-credit course, but doesn't apply to any degree or certification program, Nielson said.

Classes for the spring 2008 semester begin Jan. 9.

Criminal Justice courses

Gila Community College Payson Campus is offering criminal justice courses beginning in January.

The classes are:ntroduc-tion to Administration of Justice on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.; Criminal Investigation will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.; Evidence course will be held on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Laboratory and Medical Assistant programs

Gila Community College has two programs available this spring for Laboratory Assistant and Medical Assistant.he programs begin in January.tart now and students can have a career in one year.

The Laboratory Assistant program prepares student for an entry-level position as a laboratory assistant. Emphasis is on preparation to perform duties in a medical laboratory.

Professional duties in a laboratory include drawing blood specimens, processing specimens, managing inventory of lab supplies, conducting quality assurance activities, performing point-of-care testing, using computers to assist in testing and documenting laboratory activities.

The Medical Assistant program prepares students for an entry-level position as a Medical Assistant. Emphasis is on preparation to perform both clerical duties and clinical duties in a medical office.

Income Tax class available

Gila Community College is offering an Income Tax Procedures and Preparation class this upcoming spring semester.

The class will be held from Jan. 9 through March 17 at the Payson Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.

The course is designed for students who aspire to learn the concepts needed to prepare income tax returns for individuals, including the determination of income, deduction, credits and taxable income.

or more information, contact the college at (928) 468-8039.

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