NWC News Desk

Programs coming to Cody on the ME generation, business plans and food safety and service

Posted November 13, 2007

P O W E L L, W y o. - Big Horn Basin residents and business owners can take advantage of several new workshops offered in November through the Northwest College Cody Center for Training and Development (CTD). Dealing with the new generation and its unique characteristics and how to write a strong business plan will be addressed in two workshops. For those interested in checking out the CTD's new food and hospitality program, a preview is scheduled for Dec. 6.

Danel LaRose will cover "Understanding the New Workforce: GenME Basics" from 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Cody Center.

"This mini-seminar gives a wonderful foundation for anyone wanting to work more effectively with the new workforce entering the business world," LaRose said. "These 20- and 30-somethings bring new skill sets and abilities that are vital to the success of the business world today, but how do we get them to value work?"

To answer that question, she'll offer a basic overview of the current generation gap in the workplace, focusing on the communication and work styles of young adults who are now entering the workforce. She'll help participants evaluate their current business processes and how they can make or break the success of employees, managers and company practices in this millennium. This four-hour course is the center's introductory class for the Millennial Employers Success Program (MESP) and a prerequisite for the MESP Certificate. Cost is $50 per person. Please register by Monday, Nov. 26.

On Thursday, Nov. 29, Bruce Morse will discuss why it's important to have a business plan, what it should contain and options for preparing it. In addition to providing sample forms and completed plans, he encourages those who already have a business plan to bring it along if they would like feedback. This two-hour program begins at 6 p.m. Cost is $10. It is co-sponsored by the Wyoming Small Business Council, Wyoming Entrepreneur.Biz (formerly Wyoming Small Business Development Center), Small Business Administration and University of Wyoming.

Linda Rogers, program coordinator for a new Food and Hospitality Program to be offered through Northwest College, will present an overview Thursday, Dec. 6, of the Food Safety and Food Service training geared for all those in the food service industry. Her one-hour program starts at 8 a.m. as part of the ongoing Taking Care of Business seminar. There is no charge.

Rogers will introduce the new Food Safety and Food Service training that begins in January. The 52-hour program will cover the basic skills needed to enter the food service field. Participants will acquire knowledge and experience in food safety, kitchen safety, food service and customer service through labs, guest speakers and lectures and by practicing the skills they learn. CPR and First Aid Certification will be included as well. In addition, Rogers will offer information about the focus and future of the upcoming food and hospitality training program.

For more information or to reserve a spot, e-mail Nancy Hyde or call (307) 587-3506. All classes will be held in the Northwest College Cody Center for Training and Development, 1501 Stampede Ave.