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Online business class available

The Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) recently launched SmallBizU, an online business curriculum that includes more than 20 classes in the areas of management, marketing and money.

Each class features an in-depth, voice-narrated program that includes animated slides, outlines and worksheets and is geared toward business owners who prefer to learn using internet-based courses that allow them to access information at their own pace.

The no-cost classes are available via the web at

In addition to the online classes, SmallBizU has an exhaustive knowledge base that includes Excel spreadsheets, lists and articles on business topics of interest to both start-up and existing businesses.

SmallBizU also includes Activeplans, an online business plan software program.

Augusta Tech adds paralegal program

A new program of study has been added to the Business Division at Augusta Tech.

Paralegal studies will be available at the college with the beginning of Fall Quarter on Sept. 27.

This associate degree course will be taught during the day as well as in the evening. Completion of this program can be achieved in eight quarters for a day student and 11 quarters for an evening student.

The course includes a curriculum sequence that will prepare students for positions in the paralegal profession. Students will have the opportunity to learn specialized legal knowledge as well as the skills required to aid lawyers in the delivery of legal services. Program graduates will receive a Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree. High School graduation or a GED is required for admission.

Program graduates will be qualified for employment in a wide range of legal professions, including corporate legal departments, government agencies, law firms, etc.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Augusta Tech's Admissions Department at (706) 771-4028 or by accessing the college website at

Postal service looking for rural carriers

The local branch of the United States Postal Service is accepting applications for Rural Carrier Associate.

Rural Carrier Associates are non-career employees who sort, deliver, and collect mail along a rural route, and are generally required to provide their own vehicle.

The salary is $16.45 per hour plus an equipment maintenance allowance (if applicable), according to a post office news release.

Applicants must pass a written examination, a pre-employment drug screening, medical assessment, and have a valid state driver's license, a safe driving record, and at least two years of driving experience. Interested parties may apply by calling 1-866-999-8777 (TTY 1-800-800-8776) or on-line at

Applications must be received by Aug. 31, 2006. The test will be scheduled within 6 weeks after the closing date.

The United States Postal Service provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Those requesting accommodation for any part of the application, interview, and/or selection process, please contact the office issuing correspondence. The decision of granting accommodation will be on a case by case basis, according to the press release.

Augusta Tech adds media program

Educational skills necessary to have a successful career in graphic design, illustration, web design, and animation are available at Augusta Tech.

Students can earn an Associate Degree of Applied Science by completing the six quarter course of study. Applications for this specialized program are now being taken for Fall Quarter which begins on September 27. High school graduation or a GED is required for admission.

Media communications includes classes designed for artistic and imaginative students who will be trained in the foundations needed to solve complex design problems. Classes include color, principles of design, drawing, typography, and computer graphics applications.

Employment opportunities are available in small and large companies and range from print media production, commercial as well as private, advertising firms, television production media, web-based design, etc.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Augusta Tech's Admissions Department at (706) 771-4028 or by accessing the college website at

Indian artifact show

The Peach State Archaeological Society of Georgia will have its annual Indian Artifact Show on Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Thomson Depot from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The show is for the exhibition of authentic North American Indian artifacts.

Southeastern Archaeological Services archaeologist Jerald Ledbetter will be recording Paleo biface data during the show. If you have one or more Georgia Paleo paints (broken or whole) that have not been recorded, this is an excellent opportunity to have them entered into the Georgia archaeological record.

In addition, Mr. Ledbetter will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding point types, lithie material, pottery and anything else related to Georgia prehistoric archaeology.

Trucks up for auction

McDuffie County is offering more surplus property in cyberspace.

Two 1989 pickup trucks - one a Chevy, one a Dodge - went up for auction on Wednesday. The auctions for the trucks end Aug. 9.

Future plans call for heavier equipment to be auctioned on the internet site.

Web posted on Thursday, August 3, 2006

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