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Featured Classes
Buy or Sell a Home Using VA Loans
Whether you are active military or a veteran, a first time buyer or a seasoned purchaser who wants to sell, this seminar will provide valuable information: loan qualifications and limits, down payments, closing costs, mortgage insurance, multiple usages of eligibility, assumptions, protection and representation for the buyer, funding fees, special guidelines for appraisal and property safety, and how best to select or market your home with VA financing. The process and the advantages available to those who are or have served this country are impressive; you cannot afford to miss this offering. 1 session @ 3 hrs each.
Tax Strategies for the One-Person Business and Small Corporations
One-person businesses and small corporations frequently pay too much in taxes and do not know it! Explore the tax laws, unknown to you and/or your tax return preparer, which favor the smallest of businesses, such as sole proprietorships, LLCs, S Corporations, and C Corporations. Save your money. Taught by a CPA with a masters degree in taxation. 2 sessions @ 3 hrs each.
Prepare for the CompTIA Security+ exam. You will be fully engaged in a comprehensive overview of network security including communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, operational and organizational security, disaster recovery, business continuity, and computer forensics. CT01770 Windows 7: MCTS Prep, or CT01479 Windows Server 2008 for Administrators, or an equivalent amount of experience a must to succeed in this class. Exam is not offered as part of the course. Purchase textbook separately. No discounts/waivers. 11 sessions @ 3 hrs each.

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Veterinary Assistant Program--Part I
Interested in or already working in a small-animal veterinary office? Learn basic terminology, body systems, common diseases and lab procedures along with basic animal nursing. Because you will be working with both people and animals, must possess good people skills and love of animals. Off-site observation at two animal hospitals to view variety of responsibilities of vet assistants. Sect 40 meets 10 sessions at 5 hrs and Sect 41 meets 13 sessions @ 4 hrs each.
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
Prepares students for entry-level health care career as a certified nurse aide. Duties include basic patient care, vital signs, bathing, and feeding. Placement test must be passed prior to registration - call 703-658-1293 to schedule placement test. Background check application fee of $25 to be paid by student. Documentation of TB status due first day of class. No tuition waivers or refunds. 80 hours classroom and 40 hours offsite clinical during regular class hours. 15 sessions @ 8 hrs each.
Pharmacy Technician Program
Comprehensive course prepares student to enter pharmacy field in hospitals, home infusion, or community pharmacies. Includes: terminology, reading prescriptions, and dosage calculations. No tuition waivers. Virginia approved course. 20 sessions @ 2.5 hrs each.

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How to Plan A Wedding on A Realistic Budget
You truly can have the wedding of your dreams. This course will provide real life solutions and creative ideas to plan a wedding without going bankrupt. Learn how to save up to 30% on nationally advertised bridal gowns, veils, and bridesmaids dresses. Cost cutting tips on invitations, photography, flowers, and cakes. The best bargains on honeymoons, attendant gifts, and even gown preservation. Instructor Jean Welsh is a wedding coordinator and has been in the bridal business for 25 years. You will find her knowledge and expertise invaluable. SPECIAL! We're offering an accompanying BFF/Mother of the Bride Discount at 20% off the TUITION ONLY so sign up quick. Contact our ACE Registration at 703-658-1201 to receive your promo code. 1 session @ 3 hrs.
Are you thinking about being a fiction writer? This is a workshop to study newly published works of fiction by first-time authors. A variety of books showcasing these talented and brave writers will be on hand. We will review, dissect, and find inspiration from their stories. 4 sessions @ 2.5 hrs each.
Writing a Short Story
Just getting started as a writer? Wrestling yourself into despair over your stories? Give your spirits a boost. In a fun, down-to-earth environment, you'll learn how to build short stories from the ground up, and in a way that will make people want to read them. It's a craft, and you can learn it. Your mission: after six classes and a lot of hard work, you'll have written a short story that makes you proud. 6 sessions @ 2 hrs each.


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