NWC News Desk

Show me the money -- got it covered and more with workforce training classes

Posted March 26, 2008

P O W E L L, W y o. - Three more workforce trainings coming up in April can help participants find money for a business start-up, create benefits packages to retain employees and deal with a younger generation in the workforce. All are offered through the Northwest College Cody Center for Training and Development.

Conducting business in today's economy isn't for the faint of heart. Finding money to start a business is even more challenging. Leah Bruscino, northwest regional director for the Wyoming Business Council, will make it a little less daunting in her class titled "Where's the Money?"

The one-hour session meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Bruscino will talk about the different types of funding sources and the pros and cons of each. Covering the complete spectrum of possibilities, from friends and family to grants and loans, she also discusses internal sources of money and cost savings as a potential funding source.

Cost is $5. The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 8.

Tom Fitzsimmons will talk about "Creating Employee Benefit Packages to Retain Employees" at the April Taking Care of Business seminar on Thursday, April 17.

Attracting and retaining employees is one of the emerging challenges faced by business owners nationwide. Fitzsimons, who received the Innovation in the Workplace Award at the Governor's 2007 Summit on Workforce Solutions, will share tips he's learned about creating flexible people- and family-friendly benefit packages that aide in recruiting and retaining quality employees.

This one-hour Taking Care of Business presentation begins at 8 a.m., and as usual is offered free of charge.

Danel LaRose will reprise her popular class "ABC's of Working with the Millennial Generation Ys" on Saturday, April 19, from 8 a.m.-noon. For those who find generational differences a challenge in the workplace, this class will help explain some of those differences and offer solutions for a more productive working environment.

"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. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 17. It will be offered again on Tuesday, May 6.

For more information about any of these offerings or to register, e-mail Carolyn Thomalla or call (307) 587-3506.