NWC News Desk

Employer and Word workshops in Cody in March

Posted March 14, 2007

P O W E L L, W y o. - The Northwest College Center for Training and Development (CTD) in Cody will offer three workforce development classes in March aimed specifically at employers. The topics cover at-will employment and supervisory skills. A March 29 workshop on Microsoft Word is also scheduled.

NWC Human Resources Director Heather Kobbe will talk about at-will employment and the nuances that make exceptions important at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the NWC Center for Training and Development in the Park County Complex. Cost for the hour-and-a-half workshop is $25 per person.

Kobbe will start her program by defining at-will employment and then reviewing exceptions. She'll also review employment contracts and federal and state laws. Her goal is to give managers and business owners information that could keep them out of litigation.

"Many employers are confused about what it means to work in a state that is considered at-will," Kobbe said. "They feel that because Wyoming is an "at-will" state, they can fire someone for no cause. While this may be true in some circumstances, it's not true in many."

Kobbe has worked in the human resources field for 10 years in a variety of industries, the last three at Northwest College. She's also worked as a consultant in the healthcare industry and for a company that specialized in mergers and acquisitions. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her Professional in Human Resources certificate from the Society of Human Resource Management.

Danel LaRose will lead a two-part workshop in Supervisory Skills on Thursday, March 29, and Friday, March 30. To accommodate working schedules, participants will select an 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 5 p.m. session on each day. Cost for the eight-hour training is $90 and includes training materials.

Participants will learn the basics of improving relations with team members, review ways to increase individual and team productivity, role-play ways to effectively communicate with those individuals who may cause stress, and practice behavior modeling to improve employee commitment to both team and job.

LaRose worked three years in the hospitality industry before becoming an employee development administrator for the world's largest hotel representation service. She's developed and taught more than 20 different employee and management classes and is CEO of LaRose, LLC and LaRose Business Works.

Basic Word training is offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. This class introduces the tools needed to create, edit, print and save a Word document. Starting with the basics, students will first learn to use toolbars, fonts, margins, borders, shading, bullets, clip art, cut, copy and paste commands. They'll advance to columns, tables and templates and in the process learn to use Wizards and the help command, and how to create headers and footers, envelopes and labels.

Cost is $60 and includes a comprehensive workbook.

For more information or to register, e-mail Nancy Hyde in the NWC Cody Center or call (307) 587-3506.