Fourteen students stare intently at the screen in front of them as the instructor recaps the case study of "Marlene, the office worker." The students, all former Labinal employees, are taking part of one of the classes offered for retraining at Pryor Northeast Technology Center (NTC). Qualifying students receive Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) funds of up to $8000 each to complete their training.

This particular class is Executive Secretary and Administrative Assistant and runs from March 30 to November 13. It prepares students for careers in administrative support and office management. Students learn to integrate MS Office software applications used in office settings. Bookkeeping, payroll accounting and managerial practices are also covered to offer comprehensive preparation for numerous industry-related certifications. Another such class is scheduled to start May 20.

The class instructor is Kent Martin, an individual with plenty of administrative experience from which to draw. While living in New York City for 13 years, Kent worked his way up from office temp to project manager at an e-commerce company in silicon alley before moving into television production. In Los Angeles, he served as Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Marketing for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. After moving back to Oklahoma, Kent decided to share his administrative knowledge as an instructor while obtaining a Masters Degree in Human Relations.

Pryor NTC is now enrolling for the next Executive Secretary and Administrative Assistant class, which is scheduled to begin May 20 and is open to the public. Class hours will be 8:30am to 3:30pm. For further information, call 918-825-5555 or visit www.netech.edu.