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Special Topics & Webinars

Special Topics are held on a demand basis and may be canceled due to low enrollment.

Special Topics Registration
Call Mona Zink at 330-244-3508 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


SPECIAL TOPIC: EXCELLING AT EXCEL (basic Excel)
Facilitator – Ted Younessi

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$295.00

Everyone is familiar with Excel, but how many actually “know” Excel? This course is designed to help beginning and avid users learn new tips and features in Excel. Participants will:

  • Become familiar with spreadsheet terminology and the fundamental concepts of Microsoft Excel (including identifying Excel window components, navigating worksheets, and downloading templates) 
  • Learn the basics of entering and editing text, values, and formulas, and how to save workbooks in the native Excel format, as well as in other formats
  • Learn how to move and copy data and formulas, how to determine absolute and relative references, and how to work with ranges, rows, and columns
  • Learn how to use simple functions, and how to easily apply formatting techniques to worksheet data
  • Create and modify charts, and work with graphics
  • Learn how to review workbooks for spelling errors, modify page setup, and print worksheets.

This course focuses on the skills “real users” need to be productive immediately in Microsoft Excel. Our instructor is great at modifying the training to best suit “participant needs,” so participants can ask plenty of questions and get the answers they need.


COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR: CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
Facilitator – Renee Romine
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Complimentary

Have trouble dealing effectively with workplace conflict? Feel like you spend too much time going round and round without any resolution? Take the boxing gloves off and join us for an informative webinar that highlights some commonly used conflict styles. You will walk away with tips on identifying various conflict styles and some strategies for the times you want to knock someone out. 

 

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SPECIAL TOPIC: ADVANCED MICROSOFT EXCEL
Facilitator – Ted Younessi

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$295.00

In this program, participants will build on skills acquired in earlier Excel sessions. Participants will:

  • Work with advanced functions and formulas, as well as look up functions such as VLOOKUP, MATCH, and INDEX.
  • Learn about data validation and using advanced data filtering.
  • Apply advanced cart formatting options and create more complex charts.
  • Work with PivotTables and PivotCharts, export and import data, and query external databases.
  • Learn about the analytical features of Excel, such as Goal Seek, and how to create scenarios.
  • Run and record macros, and explore VBS code. 

SPECIAL TOPIC: PRESENTATION SKILLS
Facilitator – Deborah Easton

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
$540.00

NOTE: Participants will attend eight hours on Day 1; and four hours on Day 2 (morning or afternoon to be determined on Day 1)

Listeners demand a well-prepared message that is dynamically presented.  This is true for presentations to large or small groups within the organization, audiences outside of the organization, training classes, or information-sharing meetings. In today’s team-emphasized environment, listeners also expect to participate in the presentation, requiring an interactive and conversational style from the presenter. This program provides new methods for presentation preparation and delivery and provides the essential opportunity for participants to be coached in a live audience situation, maximizing the unique presentational style of each participant. Participants will:

  • Learn new techniques for adapting to the demands of diverse audiences
  • Develop concise, organized messages with less preparation time
  • Incorporate memorable examples to enhance listener comprehension and retention
  • Practice managing the unique challenges of interactive presentations
  • Add audience-involving techniques to encourage participation
  • Utilize visual media to enhance, not distract from, the speaker’s message
  • Learn new strategies for achieving listener “buy-in”
  • Enhance one’s own unique speaking style

Facilitator – Diane Helbig
Thursday, Sept 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$195.00

Crew leaders succeed when they have a system they can implement on a consistent basis to ensure performance and productivity are realized. Three aspects of crew leadership – goals, empowerment, and communication – work in harmony to ensure not only shift success, but company success. Crew Leaders will learn how the goals of the company and the goals of the workers intersect as well as how to communicate in ways that engage commitment of the crew. Participants will:

  • Learn how company, department and individual goals support each other
  • Discover the impact of communication styles including tone, words, and intention
  • Determine the best way to get the crew to buy-in to a performance plan on a daily basis
  • Leave with a plan they can implement and monitor for effectiveness

SPECIAL TOPIC: STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0 - DISCOVERING WHO I AM AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORKPLACE!
Facilitator - Hugh Littleton
Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$345

Prior to attending this session, PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE AND READ THE BOOK STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0 (ISBN: 13:978-1595620156, Publishing Date: February 1, 2007, Author: Tom Rath). PARTICIPANTS SHOULD ALSO COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT AND BRING A PRINTED COPY TO THE SESSION.

This workshop is based on the best-selling "Strengths Finder 2.0" by Tom Rath and the accompanying assessment developed by psychologist Donald O. Clifton. Called “the father of strengths-based psychology,” Clifton developed an assessment program that allowed individuals to identify their strengths, then build on them and integrate them into their daily lives. Participants have the opportunity to identify and learn about personal strengths, how their unique talents can best be used and how these strengths work together in the workplace. Participants will:

  • Discover personal and professional strengths.
  • Explore strengths of others.
  • Identify and understand strengths in your team.
  • Enhance communication and teamwork.
  • Complete online assessment. 

SPECIAL TOPIC: SUPERVISORY BOOT CAMP
Facilitator - Faith Sheaffer-Polen
Friday, Oct 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$345

Do your first-time and front-line supervisors have the skills and training they need to be successful in their new roles? This full-day Supervisory Boot Camp can help. Participants will:

  • Learn the five basic management functions and three critical skills needed to succeed
  • Receive clarification of their new role and the new responsibilities and accountabilities to their team, peers, managers, and organization
  • Complete a SWOT analysis for the organization and for their team
  • Identify how a supervisor must think, what they must say, and how they must behave
  • Review Federal and State Employment Laws and how they impact a supervisor's daily work

COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR: DIVERSITY INCLUDES EVERYONE
Facilitator – Renee Romine
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Complimentary

How do you define a truly diverse environment? Join us for an interactive journey to explore fundamental diversity concepts and develop an understanding of why differences should be valued. The concepts we explore will allow us to look at uniqueness and commonalities locally as well as on a global level. 

 

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SPECIAL TOPIC: MAXIMIZING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT WITH MINIMAL RESOURCES
Panelists – Dr. Philip Kim (Walsh University), Ursula Lehman (Gerber Poultry Inc.), Donna Wolcott (GOJO Industries)

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
$20.00

We have all heard about the global employee engagement crisis and most of us are well aware of the potential harm disengaged employees can cause in our workplace. However, there are companies that are bucking the trend and reporting higher than average levels of engagement. Some of them in our own backyard. We are proud to bring you this relevant discussion on "Maximizing Employee Engagement with Minimal Resources." Join us as our panel members share success stories, lessons learned and address your specific questions about enhancing employee engagement in your workplace.

 


SPECIAL TOPIC: VALUE STREAM MAPPING
Facilitators - John Novak and John Potkalitsky
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$345

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a powerful tool for analyzing information and material flow throughout an organization. Participants will:

  • Learn the step-by-step method of Value Stream Mapping to effectively identify and eliminate non-value added activities
  • Create a current state map, analyze the current state map, and create a Lean future state map