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UMFK to offer three courses for accounting, office management and real estate brokering

December 17, 2004


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will offer courses during its Spring 2005 session that will sharpen the skills of those pursuing a career in real estate, accounting and office administration.

Accounting I will enable students to learn the skills necessary to deal with the real world of work as an accounting professional, to learn the skills to do accounting for service businesses and merchandising businesses, apply accounting concepts to collected data and to apply manual accounting skills to a variety of accounting situations.

The three-credit course will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 11:50 a.m. for sixteen weeks beginning Wednesday, January 12. There are no prerequisites for this course.

The Real Estate Broker course is an introduction to principles and practices in the real estate business with emphasis on financing techniques, listing and sales procedures and administrative and legal functions.

The course will cover comparing cost, income and market approaches to property valuation, demonstrate an in-depth understanding of real estate financing and the secondary mortgage market, and identify the various mandated disclosures with an explanation of each.

Additional skills will be covered including how to develop competent information gathering skills, analyzing the investment potential of real estate, roles of the listing and selling licensees in taking a transaction from the purchase and sales agreement through the closing, how to apply ethics in an array of real estate situations, and how to identify common construction elements and techniques.

The three-credit course will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:20 p.m. beginning January 11 and will continue for sixteen weeks.

The time is also convenient for individuals, holding down a daytime job, who would like to expand their skills in another field. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Office Administration will help participants develop their office administration skills. Topics covered and mastered include keyboarding/formatting, spreadsheets, filing (manual and automated) and other computer applications.

Also covered are time management, goal setting, problem solving, developing plans for the layout and administration of an office in today's business world, developing and understanding of the secretarial skills necessary to function in an office today and how to manage the many activities that one faces in the day-to-day operation of an office.

The three credit course will begin on Wednesday, January 12 from 1:00-3:40 p.m. and will meet each Wednesday for sixteen weeks. Prerequisite for the course is COS150 or permission of the instructor.

Henry Carbone will be the instructor of the three courses that will begin when the semester begins in January 2005.

To register for any of the three courses, call the registrar's office at 834-7520.

For more information on the courses contact Carbone at 834-7892.