Glen Oaks Community College has announced its Business and Industry course offerings for the first quarter. These courses are open to the public and available to businesses for employee development and training.

“In response to the requests of area businesses, we are offering a Work Skills: Steps to Success series, to help employees gain the basics in communications,” said Paul Aivars, director of business outreach and services. “The two-hour format, is often preferred by employers to help maintain plant productivity.”

“In addition, we are offering the higher demand courses that focus on project management skills and communications,” said Aivars.

Upcoming offerings include:

WorkSkills: Steps to Your Success Series – Jan. 31, Feb. 9 and Mar. 9
This series from AchieveGlobal is a basic introductory course featuring modules in What it Takes to Succeed: The Basic Principles; Positive Responses to Change, and Helping Your Team Work.

Intro to Project Management – Feb. 13 & 14
This two-day workshop teaches the mechanics of effective project management, how to get people onboard, better utilize their skills and achieve successful results. Participants can expect to be fully engaged while learning and applying a step-by-step approach to help reduce the risk and uncertainty associated with project completion.

Advanced Project Management – Feb. 16 & 17
Advanced Project Management is a two-day activity-based training course that goes beyond the basics to increase the participants’ understanding of how to select and prioritize projects, define customer needs and ensure no tasks are left behind. Participants will learn how to prevent dependencies from negatively affecting the project schedule and establish a performance measurement baseline. The will learn how to make strategic decisions to avoid delays, disruptions and extra work, and expedite the organization’s goals.

Communications – Mar. 23
Individual and team success depends upon the ability of individuals to communicate with each other. This practical 8-hour course helps participants understand the essentials of the communication process, identify communication problems, discuss productive approaches to communication and to develop effective communication skills. These skills will provide a great benefit for any organization’s employees.

For further information on these and other offerings, go to glenoaks.edu, and click on the Business and Industry tab to reach the Customized Training page, or contact Paul Aivars at the college at (269) 294-4276, or through email at paivars @glenoaks.edu.