Workshops and Seminars

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops and 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.  For a complete list of fall courses, click here

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For more information, contact Kathleen Clothier at (608) 757- 7736 or by e-mail at:

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 196-420-0C1 50050 Applying Leadership Skills: Techniques for Effective Leadership  9/25  $69  Central  1-5 pm 
 307-409-0C1 50042  Early Childhood: WMELS  9/27  $75  Central  8:00 am-4:30 pm 
104-421-0C1  50043  LinkedIn for Businesses  10/1  $49 Central  3-5 pm 


Performance Management: Improving the Performance Appraisal Process 10/7



12:30-3:30 pm

 196-402-0C1 50053

Stop Wasting Time and Start Getting Things Done: Practical Techniques for Managing Your Time  10/10  $69  Central 8 am-noon

196-427-0C1  50044  Project Management Fundamentals  10/13 & 10/14  $249  Central   8:30 am-4:30 pm
 449-407-0C2 50199

Forklift Operator Safety

 10/14 $125


4-8 pm

 103-468-0C3 50045  MS Office Workshop Series: Basic 'Tips & Tricks' for MS Excel 2010   10/15 $69   Central 8:30 am-12:30 pm 
104-453-0C1  50046  Marketing on Shoestring Budget  10/16  $49 Central  5:30-7:30 pm 
 196-421-0C3 50163 Real Colors-A Workplace Communication Tool



Central 12-4 pm

 196-422-0C1 50056

Coaching for Performance 10/21



6-9 pm

 196-457-0C1 50051 Dealing with Difficult People: Effectively Approaching Others  10/23 $69


1-5 pm

103-469-0C3  50047  MS Office Workshop Series: Intermediate 'Tips & Tricks' for MS Excel 2010  10/29  $69  Central   8:30 am-12:30 pm
104-408-0C1  50048  Leveraging Social Media to Engage Customers and Build Your Brand  11/10  $49  Central   1-3 pm
103-447-0C1  50049  MS Project Training  11/10 & 11/11  $249  Central  8:30 am-4:30 pm 

Emotional Intelligence: Today’s Differentiators 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.

Applying Leadership Skills: Techniques for Effective Leadership
Looking to get ahead in the workplace but not sure where to begin?  Good leaders know how to influence, empower, and motivate others.  This seminar will introduce you to leadership theories and practices to start you on your path to developing these skills. Through activities, role-playing, videos, and discussion, you will explore aspects of leadership in an environment that encourages participation and engages active learning methods.

Wisonsin Model for Early Learning (WMELS):
Participants will learn how to apply the WMELS Performance Standards to determine what children should know and be able to do, plan learning experiences, provide supportive environments and collect data to ensure that all children are learning and making progress. This training will provide participants with an opportunity to explore the WMELS so they will be able to use them to build a foundation for high quality care and education for all children from birth to the beginning of first grade. DPI license standards met.

LinkedIn for Businesses:
Businesses today are realizing that they need to have a presence on one or more of the popular social media platforms.  LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network-yet few realize the potential it has to generate leads.  LinkedIn is a good place to start, since it is the most business-focused of the social media options available to all users.  At this seminar you will discover ways that business professionals can use LinkedIn to their advantage.  If you’re curious as to the potential on LinkedIn for your business or you have any questions or doubts about the platform, this is your chance to leave enlightened with concrete strategies and tactics to take your social media marketing to the next level.

Performance Management: Improving the Performance Appraisal Process
Appraising the performance of staff is an important but often challenging task for many managers. While the parameters, characteristics and standards for evaluation vary by organization, the fundamentals of performance appraisal remain the same. Through hands-on learning and practical application of performance appraisal principles, you will learn the skills to: recognize the roles and responsibilities in conducting a performance appraisal; adequately prepare and plan for the appraisal; explain the importance of providing meaningful feedback to employees; and identify the essential elements of an effective performance appraisal.

Stop Wasting Time and Start Getting Things Done: Practical Techniques for Managing Your Time:
Imagine a day where you complete everything on your to-do list.  Seem like a dream?  If so, this seminar is for you. This workshop will provide practical techniques for controlling time and making it a manageable resource. You will learn to clarify objectives and plan for results; conquer procrastination; delegate effectively; set group goals and priorities; eliminate time wasters; and handle interruptions.

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 29CFR1910.78.  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 start of the course.  Materials provided.  

Project Management Fundamentals:
Project management isn’t just for construction engineers and military logistics experts anymore. In the past few decades, organizations have discovered something incredible: principles that have been used to create enormous successes in large projects can be applied to projects of any size with the same success.  As a result, many employees are expected to understand project management techniques and how to apply them to projects of any size. Today, in addition to the regular duties of your job, you are often expected to take on extra assignments and to get that additional job done well, done under budget, and done on time. This workshop is not intended to take you from a supervisory or administrative position to that of a project manager. However, these two days will familiarize you with the most common terms, techniques, and the most current thinking about projects.  In this workshop, we will walk you through the nuts and bolts of project management, from setting priorities to controlling expenses and reporting on the results. You will get an overview of the entire project management process, as well as key project management tools that you can use every day. You may still have to cope with the unexpected, but you’ll be better prepared.

MS Office Workshop Series: Basic ‘Tips & Tricks’ for Excel 2013:
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.

Marketing on a Shoestring Budget:
A seminar where you will learn low-cost, effective ways to market your business and get tips on how to get the results you want from your company’s marketing plan.  This seminar provides business owners with information they need in targeting potential customers/clients and increasing business exposure.  Don’t miss the opportunity to learn tips, tricks and best practices that are practical and affordable.

Real Colors®-A Workplace Communication Tool
Real Colors empowers participants by teaching effective communication skills to help employees understand their behavior and that of others.

Coaching for Performance:
Learn how coaching can be used to develop your team and improve individual performance. Coaching is based on a partnership that involves giving both support and challenging opportunities to employees. Knowing when to coach is an essential skill that can benefit both you and your organization. This three-hour workshop will help you become a better coach and leader.

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.  

MS Office Workshop Series: Intermediate ‘Tips & Tricks’ for Excel 2013
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.

Leveraging Social Media to Engage Customers and Build Your Brand:
Today’s web is a more powerful marketing tool than ever.  Are you tapping into its amazing potential to turn users into customers?  It’s no secret that the internet has drastically changed the dynamics of the merchant/customer relationship.  Marketing practices have dramatically shifted with the rise of social media and proliferation of devices, platforms, and applications.  Your prospective and current customers are trying to communicate with you, and you can listen-and respond-faster, and with more personalization that ever before.  This shifting environment presents new opportunities and challenges for marketers.  With digital marketing, it’s easy to fall behind.  This digital marketing seminar equips you with tools you need to assess your organization’s social media and digital marketing strategy and helps you identify areas of improvement.  

MS Project Training:
Microsoft Project is a popular project management software package for project managers. It includes all the powerful tools that you need to manage your projects with confidence and efficiency. It can assist the project manager in planning, optimizing and distributing project activities, tracking schedules and tasks, managing resources, costs and risks and reporting project information easily and efficiently. It helps you to complete a project with the traditional management principles, practices and skill sets. Microsoft Project makes it easier than ever to assign resources and dynamically schedule tasks.  Its built-in project map provides a simple framework for starting, organizing and managing large or small projects.  In this workshop, we will learn how to create a new project, and use MS Project to manage tasks, resources, and costs. We will look at the various ways to explore and examine our project database. Finally we will see how to use MS Project to analyze, track and generate reports about our project.

Community Based Residential Facilities Seminars Schedule

Blackhawk Technical College Offers 3 Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Courses to Meet Your Training Requirements:

  • Fire Safety
  • Medication Administration
  • Standard Precautions

Courses offered in seminar format by our DHS certified instructors.

Fire Safety 4.5 hour course $47.00
Standard Precautions 3 hour course For Pricing, Call Doug at (608)743-4597
Medication Administration 11 hour (2-day) course $108.00
All materials & tests included in above BTC fees. State registry fee of $15 per course required only upon successful completion of training/testing.