January 25, 2011

Adult learners at NJC.The strength of a business or organization is often determined by the knowledge of its personnel. With this in mind, the Extended Studies department at Northeastern Junior College announces a return of its Management Leadership training program again this spring. This dynamic offering, designed for working professionals, once again challenges local business and industry owners and employees to invest in learning ways to be better in 2011.

“This leadership and management program offers small businesses an affordable opportunity to invest in their employees,” notes Ronda Bowey, director of the Extended Studies programming at NJC. Business owners who do enroll in the classes are encouraged to get their key personnel involved.

The Management Leadership training program is made up of ten courses, all taught by proven professional business trainers who come highly recommended. Those who participate may opt to take one class, or they may take the series of ten classes and complete the program which results in a Leadership Management Certification.  All of the courses offered are designed to further develop job skills or to improve performance in current job responsibilities. All of the classes are held on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clearly, those who enroll will be making a big commitment to their personal and professional advancement by committing to these day-long sessions.

The first class in the series will be Management/Leadership Styles: Myths & Practices which will explore the theories and techniques of leadership and the group process. In addition, it will introduce leadership skills and experiences with applications in group and community settings. This class will be held on Wednesday, February 9th and registration for it continues through Thursday, February 3rd.

Also in the spring lineup is a class on empowering others and how to effectively delegate. During this class, students will look at the importance of effective communication by managers in the delegation process to employees. Practical business applications such as employee motivation, handling employee complaints, and effectively motivating and delegating to employees in the workplace will be a major part of the day’s curriculum. Another class entitled ‘Effective Meetings & Speaking in Small Groups” will examine the communication involved in interpersonal relationships occurring in career situations. Relevant concepts included in this class will be self-concept, perception, nonverbal communication, speaking clearly, active listening, conflict and difficult conversations, group communication, and presentation skills. It will introduce managers to oral professional communication and presentations in their field.

Managers will have an opportunity to look at a broad overview of the contemporary issues, theories and principles used to effectively manage human resources during the class on interviewing, hiring and retention. The topics in this class include recruiting, hiring, compensation and benefits, training and development, employee relations and legal issues.

A class at the first of March entitled “Performance Review: Mentoring & Coaching” will provide supervisors with a solid foundation for developing communication skills, planning and decision making, and skills for creating a goal-oriented environment utilizing management principles in the selection, training, evaluating, delegating, motivating, rewarding, and disciplining of employees. It will stress skills for success through people development.

The five additional classes to be held in March including day-long sessions on project and time management, dealing with change/crisis management, conflict resolution, negotiating and communication, changing customer service and technology training which will include the Microsoft Excel and Outlook programs.

A complete run-down on these ten classes is available on the Extended Studies website at http://www.njc.edu/Extended-Studies 

A student may enroll in all of the classes, or choose individual classes of specific interest. Total cost for the 10 courses, .5 credit  each, 5 credit total
is $553.70.  Individual courses are priced as follows: First Course - $63.08, Technology Training - $66.13 and each additional course - $51.63.

For more information, or to obtain a copy of the Spring 2011 Extended Studies class booklet which includes the information about this Management Leadership Certification program as well as other community education classes, call 521-6900. 

 
Training designed for area businesses and industries as met with wonderful success at Northeastern Junior College. Last year, a series of classes offered in the spring left participating students asking for more. The college has answered this demand by putting together a ten-class Management Leadership program again this year. Students may choose to take one class or all of the classes offered. Students shown here in a business training class last year used group activities to enhance their learning experience. (Courtesy Photo)