Workforce Development News – Nov. 7, 2011

By on November 7, 2011
Workforce & Community Development Moves Into Corporate Center

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Workforce & Community Development Moves Into Corporate Center

The Workforce & Community Development Division of St. Louis Community College moved into the new Corporate Center facility this morning. The Corporate Center is a state-of-the art professional training facility conveniently located at the intersection of I-270 and I-70 in St. Louis County at 3221 McKelvey Road. The center is fully furnished to meet business training, computer instruction, event and conference needs. The Corporate Center offers:

  • Open Enrollment Classes tailored to the business needs and schedules of our community.
  • Customized Group Training, course development, training customization and IT consulting services delivered “just in time” when, where and how the client requests.
  • Facilities Rental for events, meetings, workshops and computer training.
  • Sixteen state-of-the-art training and conference rooms for individual training, group training, events, and facilities rental. Wi-fi, built-in flat screens or video projectors, flexible room configurations, and two dedicated computer labs.
  • Prometric & Certiport certification testing – succeed in your testing experience by taking your IT Pro or Information Worker certification exams in our high-quality, quiet and comfortable testing environment.

http://www.stlcc.edu/CorporateCollege/

Four Destructive Myths Most Companies Still Live By

What is the most effective way to get work done? How do you encourage the best outcomes? Who can generate truly original ideas? When is your most productive work period?
http://blogs.hbr.org/schwartz/2011/11/four-destructive-myths-most-co.html

A Guide to Generating Leads on LinkedIn

“There’s an awful lot of job searching going on at LinkedIn. But there’s much more going on over there, too. Top-level executives and entry-level workers use LinkedIn differently: Younger members use the site mostly to post résumés and network for jobs, while more experienced professionals use it to demonstrate thought leadership and expertise, promote their businesses, conduct market research and, perhaps most important, win new business. So how do companies use it to win new business?”
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220374

InfoGraphic: Managing Your Personal E-Reputation

“Everything you say and do online can have an impact on your reputation.” You may be surprised at the ways your digital presence influences how you are perceived as a person and a professional.
http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/files/2011/11/e-reputation.png

The Dirtiest Word In Customer Service

“If there’s one word that stabs me in the ears and makes me don my ‘Customer Service Avenger’ tights and cape, it’s …”
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505143_162-45340963/the-dirtiest-word-in-customer-service/

InfoGraphic: Eight Financial Aid Myths

“Students increasingly rely on financial aid, but misunderstandings often lead to missed opportunities.”
http://www.onlinegraduateprograms.com/financial-aid-myths/

In Charts: Who Are the Long-Term Unemployed?

“Nearly a third of the 14 million Americans who are officially unemployed have been out of work for more than a year, enough to fill the state of Louisiana. That share of total unemployment has grown by 50 percent since December 2009. These aren’t merely the long-term unemployed, a term the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as being out of work for more than six months. These are the long-long-term unemployed. The 52-weekers. What do we know about them?”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/11/chart-who-are-the-long-term-unemployed/247845/

5 Ways To Make a Killer First Impression

“Most people will judge you within the first second of meeting you and their opinion will most likely never change. Making a good first impression is incredibly important, because you only get one shot at it. How can you ensure people are judging you accurately and also seeing your best side?”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/yec/2011/11/02/5-ways-to-make-a-killer-first-impression/

Don’t Send That E-mail. Pick up the Phone.

“Why digital conflict resolution doesn’t work.”
http://www.businessweek.com/management/dont-send-that-email-pick-up-the-phone-11012011.html

For the Price-Conscious, Community College Epitomizes Value

“Comparatively affluent students are picking community colleges over four-year schools in growing numbers, a sign of changing attitudes. The Great Recession changed how upper-income families think about paying for college. It left them averse to debt and wary of paying full price. Families are shopping for value and pressing for discounts.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/two-year-colleges-draw-more-affluent-students/2011/10/24/gIQADvVigM_story.html

10 Essential Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Outlook

“I use a small assortment of keyboard shortcuts in most programs — you know, like Ctrl-C to copy, Ctrl-Z to Undo, and Ctrl-S to save. It recently occurred to me, though, that I don’t use any keyboard shortcuts in Outlook at all, which is odd, since I spend so much of my day in that program …”
http://www.bnet.com/blog/businesstips/pro-tip-10-essential-keyboard-shortcuts-for-microsoft-outlook/12647

10 Ways To Beat The Job-Search Blues

“Being down in the dumps can lead to a vicious cycle for job-hunters. Potential employers look for energy and enthusiasm, just as you find them in short supply. So the worse you feel, the more it hurts your chances of promptly finding something new.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2011/10/27/10-ways-to-beat-the-job-search-blues/

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.” – Author Unknown

About Richard Schumacher

Richard Schumacher is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He connects, designs, and applies technology to meet business user needs with eLearning, training, web content, instructional design, IT system, and performance improvement solutions. Richard is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has held Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedInTwitterGoogle+ArticlesEmail

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