Seminars

Upcoming Professional Development Seminars

The Business and Community Development division of Blackhawk Technical College offers a wide array of cost-effective workshops and seminars designed to give working adults and professionals relevant skills for today's workplace.  Whether you are an individual looking to build your skills or an employer looking to provide a few employees with training opportunities, these workshops are designed to meet your needs.  Join us for these interactive and useful workshops. 

Register here!

For more information, contact Kathleen Clothier at (608) 757- 7701 or by e-mail at: businessdevelopment@blackhawk.edu

Professional Development Seminar Spring 2017 Booklet

 

             

Spring 2017 Seminars

           
Intermediate Excel: Special Features for Business Applications
Central
T/R
2/28 & 3/2
6-9 pm
$109
62590
Professional Work Expectations

*Credit for this seminar is eligible for the Leadership & Management certificate
Central
F 3/3
8-noon
$79
62595
Better Business Writing
Central
F
3/10
1-5 pm
$79
62579
Advanced Excel: Special Features for Business Applications Central
T/R
3/14 & 3/16/17
6-9 pm
$109
62591
Emotional Intelligence
Monroe
F
3/17/17
8-noon
$79
62596
Basic Excel 2013: Tips & Tricks
Central
T
3/21/17
9-noon
$79
62586
Intro to Business Communications using MS Word

*Credit for this seminar is eligible for the Leadership & Management certificate
Central
W
3/22/17
1-5 pm
$79
62592
Intermediate Excel 2010: Tips & Tricks
Central
W
3/29/17
9-noon
$79
62584
Advanced Grant Proposal Central
M
4/3/17-5/1
3-5 pm
$259
62578
Intermediate Excel 2013: Tips & Tricks
Central
W
4/5/17
9-noon
$79
62587
Creating a Culture that Engages and Retains Different Generations
Central
F
4/17/17
8-noon
$79
62580
Forklift Safety
Central
T
4/18/17
5-9 pm
$135
62581
Forklift Train the Trainer
Central
R
4/20/17
1-5 pm
$135
62582
Advanced Excel 2010: Tips and Tricks Central R 4/20/17 9-noon $79 62585

Intro to Data in the Workplace using MS Excel

*Credit for this seminar is eligible for the Leadership & Management certificate

Central M 4/24/17 1-5 pm $79 62593
QuickBooks-Getting Started  Central T/R 4/25 & 4/27/17 6-9 pm $109 62575
Advanced Excel 2013: Tips & Tricks Central T 5/2/17 9-noon $79 62588
Quickbooks-Getting Started Monroe
T/R
5/2 & 5/4/17
6-9 pm $109 62597


DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE: EFFECTIVELY APPROACHING OTHERS


Difficult people come in every variety and no workplace is without them. How difficult a person is for you depends on your self-esteem, your self-confidence, and your professional courage. Learn to identify and deal with potential conflicts that may arise from working with difficult people and how to mitigate the negative effects.

 

NEW! GETTING STARTED WITH QUICKBOOKS

QuickBooks is an accounting software package developed and marketed by Intuit. QuickBooks products are geared mainly toward small and medium-sized businesses and offer on-premises accounting applications. Also, recommended for sole proprietors. This would be a good class if you have never used QuickBooks and are thinking about changing over to QuickBooks for your accounting needs.  This seminar will cover an overview, basic accounting principles, navigating the interface and tracking customers, as well as much more.

HOW TO DELIVER EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE

Each and every one of us serves customers, whether we realize it or not. Maybe you’re on the front lines of a company, serving the people who buy your products. Perhaps you’re an accountant, serving the employees by producing their pay checks and keeping the company running. Or maybe you’re a company owner, serving your staff and your customers. The Customer Service workshop will look at all type of customers and how we can serve them better and improve ourselves in the process.

Participants will be provided a skill-set including in-person and over the phone techniques, dealing with difficult customers, and generating return business. 

NEW! TRANSITIONING TO A MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP ROLE

Have you recently been promoted from a staff member into a supervisory or managerial role? Do you find it difficult to give orders to those who were your peers and are now your subordinates? If you answered yes, then this interactive seminar is for you. This seminar will cover leadership styles, levels of management, time management, influence, management skills and the five basic management functions. This eight hour training will provide you with the management skills you need to step into a new position of authority with confidence. 

 

GRANT WRITING 101

What do non-profit and publicly funded organizations need to do to successfully secure grant funding?  The key steps include grant planning and collaboration, identifying potential funding sources, and coordinating the components of a thorough grant application.  In this three-hour overview, participants from organizations of all sizes will gain a better understanding of the grant application process, including needs assessments, project narratives, evaluation plans, budgets, and sustainability plans.  There will be time for discussion, and a list of resources to get you started in your search for grant funding. 

 

MS EXCEL 2013 - BASIC SPECIAL FEATURES FOR BUSINESS APPLICATION

In this Introduction to Microsoft Excel training class, students will create and edit basic worksheets and workbooks. This course is designed for students who want to gain the necessary skills to create, edit, format, and print basic Microsoft Excel worksheets. 

MS EXCEL 2013 INTERMEDIATE: SPECIAL FEATURES FOR BUSINESS APPLICATIONS

In this 6-hour Intermediate Microsoft Excel training seminar students will learn how to work with illustrations and charts, setting up a page and printing, validating, protecting and auditing forms and templates, working with advanced formatting, styles and outlining; working with multiple worksheets and workbooks, using advanced functions.  This hands-on seminar will allow students to discuss and practice through hands-on exercises.  This course is applicable for any version of Microsoft Excel.

NEW! PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPECTATIONS


In this 4 hour seminar participants will learn proper business etiquette; from the basic to advanced expectations in the workplace. Some of the topics that will be covered in this seminar are ethics, responsibility, confidentiality and attitude. This seminar will equip you with the necessities that it takes to be successful in the workforce. 

BETTER BUSINESS WRITING

Grammar mistakes aren’t simply embarrassing — they can impact how people perceive your intelligence and credibility. Poorly written memos, emails, or reports can not only cause misunderstandings or project delays, they can even create career-derailing mistakes that can haunt you for years! Attendees will learn to overcome the most common problems in writing, including grammar, punctuation, sentence construction and paragraph construction.  Transform your written communications from so-so to sensational with this one day seminar!  Participants are encouraged to bring in documents that they would like help with grammatically.

MS EXCEL 2013 - ADVANCED: SPECIAL FEATURES FOR BUSINESS APPLICATIONS

Join us for this informative and hands-on workshop to gain knowledge of advanced level skills using Microsoft Excel. Through discussion, practice and hands-on exercises, this seminar will get you on track for developing the following skills:Working with Tables, Autofilter, Advanced Filters, Database Functions, Vlookup function, Creating Pivot Tables, Calculations and Charts, Analyzing Data using features; What If Tables (One and Two Variable), Goal Seek, Scenarios and Solver, Using Workgroup Features including an overview of Sharing Workbooks, Automating Routine Tasks with Macros, Integrating with Other Applications. 

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: TODAY'S DIFFERENTIATOR IN EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS

Emotional Intelligence, also called EQ, is the ability to recognize and manage emotions and relationships.  It is a pivotal factor in personal and professional success.  IQ will get you in the door, but it is your EQ, your ability to connect with others and manage the emotions of yourself and others, that will determine how successful you are.  When you look at the truly extraordinary leaders that inspire and make a difference, you will see that they often do this by connecting with people at a personal and emotional level.  What differentiates them is not their IQ but their EQ.  Join us for this interactive workshop to gain that EQ edge. 

MS EXCEL 2013: BASIC "TIPS AND TRICKS"

Ever have the feeling that you should be using MS Excel to make your job easier but don’t have time to spend several hours in training to learn the essentials?  Then, this seminar is for you.  This short 4-hour class will focus on showing new MS Excel users tips and tricks for using and navigating through the software.  Participants will learn software essentials like entering data and changing the format, using autofill, performing simple calculations, and managing worksheet/workbook information.  Some familiarity with MS Excel is recommended. 

INTRO TO BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS USING MS WORD

Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing program in the world. In this basic hands-on seminar you will go over program overview, memo writing, naming/saving files, and spelling and grammar check. This seminar will offer a wealth of features and allow you to accomplish basic word documents. 

 

MS EXCEL 2010: BASIC TIPS & TRICKS

Ever have the feeling that you should be using MS Excel to make your job easier but don’t have time to spend several hours in training to learn the essentials?  Then, this seminar is for you.  This short 3-hour class will focus on showing new MS Excel users tips and tricks for using and navigating through the software.  Participants will learn software essentials like entering data and changing the format, using autofill, performing simple calculations, and managing worksheet/workbook information.  Some familiarity with MS Excel is recommended. 

MS EXCEL 2010: INTERMEDIATE TIPS & TRICKS

Are you ready to take your basic MS Excel skills to the next level?  Join us for this short 3-hour class focusing on MS Excel tips and tricks for those who already have basic Excel knowledge.  Participants will learn software capabilities like working with charts, linking information from different worksheets/workbooks, naming cells and ranges, creating drop down lists, combining text from two columns, and using advanced logic functions.  This class is not intended for beginners. 

NEW! ADVANCED GRANT PROPOSAL WORKSHOP

If you seek funding for a specific project or program for your organization, this is your opportunity to complete a grant proposal and have it ready for submission in five weeks. The instructor will guide you through the processes of identifying a funding source, planning the grant project, collecting necessary data, writing the narrative, developing an evaluation plan, and creating a budget. You will have significant homework to complete each week, and you will receive feedback from your workshop colleagues and the instructor as time permits. Consider enrolling 2-3 people from your organization to maximize the quality of your grant proposal, which you will be able to modify to fit the requirements of future grant applications.  Some familiarity with the grant writing process and/or completion of Grant Writing 101 is recommended.

MS EXCEL 2013: INTERMEDIATE ‘TIPS AND TRICKS’

Are you ready to take your basic MS Excel skills to the next level?  Join us for this short 4-hour class focusing on MS Excel tips and tricks for those who already have basic Excel knowledge.  Participants will learn software capabilities like working with charts, linking information from different worksheets/workbooks, naming cells and ranges, creating drop down lists, combining text from two columns, and using advanced logic functions.  This class is not intended for beginners. 

NEW! CREATING A CULTURE THAT ENGAGES AND RETAINS DIFFERENT GENERATIONS

The Generation Gaps workshop will help participants understand the various generations present at work, and understand what motivates them and dealing with them on a daily basis. Both the young and older worker will have many ideas to offer, which will help the organization thrive in the marketplace. Learning how to deal with the Generation Gaps at work will help you become a better manager or co-worker. 

FORKLIFT OPERATOR SAFETY

This 4 hour course is designed to provide present or future powered industrial truck operators the instruction and knowledge they need to get into compliance with OSHA standard 29CFR1910.178.  The training includes forklift capacity, stability, center of gravity, vehicle inspections, refueling, pedestrian traffic and hands on driving exercise for competency in safe driving practices.  To pass the safety training, participants must demonstrate driving proficiencies.  Passing participants receive a workplace hazard and equipment checklist for those interested in becoming fully certified by their present or future employer.  Pre-registration required one week prior to the start of the course.  Materials provided. Please note that this course requires students to sign the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISKS/ACCEPTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY AGREEMENT AND RELEASE form prior to engaging in course activities.

FORKLIFT OPERATOR TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

OSHA 1919.178 states "all operator training and evaluation shall be conducted by persons who have knowledge, training and experience to train truck operators and evaluate their competencies". This 4 hour workshop will introduce you to adult learning styles, the OSHA regulations for Powered Industrial Trucks, sample training programs, sample forms as well as other effective trainer insight.  Materials provided. Please note that this course requires students to sign the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISKS/ACCEPTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY AGREEMENT AND RELEASE form prior to engaging in course activities.

NEW! MS EXCEL 2010: ADVANCED TIPS & TRICKS

In this new Advanced Excel tips and tricks seminar you will get an opportunity to further explore.  This hands on seminar will focus on creating pivot tables, exploring what-if tables, using scenarios and automating routine tasks with Macros.  We will take a peek at the Visual Basic Editor, however we will not be covering Visual Basic programming.  This seminar is intended for an advanced user who is comfortable using Excel on a daily basis. 

NEW! INTRO TO DATA IN THE WORKPLACE USING MS EXCEL

Have you ever wanted to be better equipped with MS Excel in the workplace? If so, this hands-on seminar will go over basic applications for MS Office Excel for the workplace. In this four hour seminar topics that will be covered are basic formulas, basic cell formatting, basic charts and graphs, as well as budgeting. This skill-boosting one-day seminar is designed to achieve the basic fundamentals of MS Excel in the workplace. Polish up your skills and enroll today! 

NEW! MS EXCEL 2013-'ADVANCED TIPS & TRICKS'

In this new Advanced Excel tips and tricks seminar you will get an opportunity to further explore.  This hands on seminar will focus on creating pivot tables, exploring what-if tables, using scenarios and automating routine tasks with Macros.  We will take a peek at the Visual Basic Editor, however we will not be covering Visual Basic programming.  This seminar is intended for an advanced user who is comfortable using Excel on a daily basis.