Medicine Hat College Continuing Studies
January 2017
In this month's newsletter:
  • What's New?
  • Featured Courses
  • Introduction to Trades - Medicine Hat Campus
  • Canada-Alberta Job Grant
  • Certificate Programs
  • Upcoming Events
  • Corporate Training
  • Did You Know? 
  • Computer Courses
  • Online Courses
  • MHC College & Community Events
  • Job Corner
What's New?

Happy New Year! I always find the start of a new year exciting and am looking forward to see what 2017 brings!

Our Winter/Spring calendar has now been delivered and we hope you have had a chance to take a look at it. If it accidently got lost among all of the Christmas flyers you can view the digital version here and the Brooks digital calendar can be viewed here

We are offering a variety of new courses this year and with the help of the Canada-Alberta Job Grant it's easier than ever to get the training you need. Make 2017 a year to advance and refresh your professional skills!

Featured Courses
Medicine Hat Courses:  
Please click on the course name for more detailed information.

Professional Courses:
Health and Safety Law (Starts Jan 28)
(Core Course) This course will guide you through the key elements of the regulatory environment governing workplace safety. Registration Deadline: Jan 12
These engaging seminars will provide you will with the tools you need to start creating change within your organization. You will take away practical, realistic and down-to-earth information that is easy to apply in the workplace right away.
This series of 4 courses will help you learn to build positive relationships, turn negative situations into win-win, learn tools and techniques that allow you to effectively deal with negative or stressful situations, and assist you in learning how to communicate more successfully in any situation. Registration deadline: Feb 4
This introduction to theories and practices of health and safety programs in the workplace includes the recognition, evaluation, and control hazards. Registration Deadline: Feb 2

Starts February 27, 2017
** Please note date change. 2 Spots remaining**
Starts March 13, 2017

General Interest Courses:
Taught by a published author, this class will focus on practical issues and techniques such as characterization, plot control, setting and dialogue.
Ages 7-14. Students will prepare a short drama adaptation of "Charlotte's Web" based on the popular children's novel by E.B. White. The performance will be held on April 1st during the last hour of class. Each child will have a role and some dance will be incorporated into the production. Memory work will be required. Also, some props will be made by the children to be used in show.
Ballroom Dance: Latin Fusion (Starts Jan 29/30)
Ready for a fun, upbeat and exciting dance class? In this Latin fusion dance class you will be learning two dances, the Salsa and the Samba. This class is perfect for beginners!
Ages 9+. Get ready to explore your creative side with a variety of art materials and styles! All artistic levels are welcome. We will discover the basics of keeping a sketchbook, Abstract Expressionism, Artist Trading Cards and so much more. We will even go on a special visit to the historic Medalta Potteries.
Spanish Fiesta (Starts Feb 6)
Immerse yourself in Hispanic culture and learn the basics of this language. This course is designed for everyone, whether you're going to a Spanish-speaking country, addicted to Spanish films or telenovela, or just interested in learning another language. No previous experience in Spanish is necessary.

Brooks Courses:
Please click on the course name for more detailed information.

Professional Courses:

In this one-day course, students will learn to recognize and provide interventions for life-threatening emergencies until medical aid arrives. Topics include: CPR and choking for adults, shock and unconsciousness, severe bleeding, wound care, major medical conditions, and AED training and certification.
This two-day course covers all the skills in Emergency First Aid plus first aid for other injuries and illnesses including head and spinal injuries, fractures of the upper and lower limbs. This course includes Level C CPR training and certification (Adult, Child, Infant, and 2-rescuer resuscitation) and AED training and certification.
These engaging seminars will provide you will with the tools you need to start creating change within your organization. You will take away practical, realistic and down-to-earth information that is easy to apply in the workplace right away.

General Introduction to the Trades - Medicine Hat Campus



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Legal Office Assistant Certificate
This program prepares students for an entry level position as a Legal Assistant. Legal Assistants are responsible for keeping files organized, monitoring calendars, meeting deadlines and inputting information into databases among other duties. A Legal Assistant plays an important role in a law office and must be computer literate, have the ability to multi-task in an accurate and efficient manne,r and possess strong communication skills (both oral and written).
The certificate program consists of the following courses:
     *   Keyboarding/Skillbuilding I
     *   Microsoft Outlook
     *   Microsoft Word Levels 1A &1B
     *   Microsoft Word Levels 2 & 3
     *   Microsoft Excel Levels 1A & 1B
Following the successful completion of all required courses, students will be granted a personalized Certificate of Completion.
Canada-Alberta Job Grant
Canada-Alberta Job Grant is now accessible to more employers!
Responding to what employers asked for, the number of training hours required to qualify for the Canada-Alberta Job have been lowered. As of Monday, April 18, 2016, training programs that are a minimum of 21 hours in length will be considered for funding. Applications signed and submitted on or after April 18 will be processed according to the new requirement.
If you are a private or not-for-profit organization you are eligible to receive a job grant for training from the government that will cover 2/3 of your training costs!
Canada-Alberta Job Grant reimburses up to 2/3 of your training cost - up to $10,000 per individual.
Grant is employer driven. Employers are responsible for identifying the skills and employee needs and submitting the online forms. 
Training must be a minimum of 21 hours but this can include multiple courses being bundled to equal that amount of time.  Training can be e-learning, part-time, full-time, on-site or in a classroom and must result in a form of credential.
Employee must be a new or existing employee that will fill current or future job vacancies.
In order to receive the grant you must apply one month before the course starts.
For more information visit the Canada-Alberta Job Grant website at: or e-mail  Shannan.
Canada-Alberta Job Grant Success Story
Canada-Alberta Job Grant Success Story
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Certificate Programs
MHC Continuing Studies offers a variety of certificates (please click on the link for additional information):
Want your employer to pay for your training?
The Canada Alberta Job Grant will reimburse 2/3 of your direct training costs. All of the courses/certificates above are eligible for this grant.

The grant application can take up to 30 days to be approved.

Apply now to avoid disappointment!

For more information on the grant, please see the Canada-Alberta Job Grant article below.

Upcoming Events
Interested in learning about one of these programs? Join us for a free information night.
Occupational Health and Safety Certificate
Thursday January 5, 2017
6:00 - 7:00pm
Project Management Extension Certificate
Tuesday January 10, 2017
6:00 - 7:00pm
Positive Leadership Certificate
Tuesday January 10, 2017
7:00 - 8:00pm
RSVP to Shannan at  or 403-529-3849
Corporate Training
It's not too early to plan for the new year!
Corporate training is a customized and flexible way to meet your needs directly, affordably, and effectively.
Effective training is an investment in the performance and future of your business.
Better training equals less turnover and less absenteeism.
It increases confidence, job satisfaction and morale among employees.
Let us help you find the training solution that will give you a competitive edge in today's market!

We provide training services in the following areas:
  • Business and Leadership
  • Management Seminars
  • Computers and Technology
  • Trades
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Language and Communication

For more information visit our website or contact Nadine by email or at 403.504.2248.

Did You Know?
The first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years by the ancient Babylonians.
It's tradition to ring in New Year's with family and friends because the first people you see will either give you good luck or bad luck. So make sure to keep friends close and foes very far away.
Time Square New Year's Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban.
The tradition has continued in Times Square, except for in 1942 and 1943. The ball was not lowered because of wartime restrictions.
In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year's Day to bring good luck all year long.

Computer Courses
Medicine Hat:
An economical way to upgrade your computer skills.
Starts Feb 6 evening
Starts Jan 23 daytime
Combine with Sage 50 for savings!
Starts Feb 2 daytime
Starts Feb 6 evening

Starts Jan 18th
Starts Jan 25th
Self Assessments:
Word and Excel 1A & 1B Self-Assessments.  Should you start at Level 1A or are you ready to jump right into Level 1B?  Take our On-Line Assessments and find out.
Online Courses 
Looking for something to do on those cold winter nights? Check out what Ed2Go and UgotClass has to offer for courses. You're sure to find something that interests you.

Ensure a smooth transition from best candidate to star employee. Onboarding is the process of socializing new employees into the organization. 

Veteran teacher reveals the secrets to an orderly classroom. A step-by-step approach to effective, positive discipline.

Learn proven, step-by-step strategies to achieve higher positions with major search engines.

MHC College & Community Events
Job Corner
Exhibitor Registration is now open for the Community Job Fair!
The Job Fair is taking place on February 15th. Companies can register online here
This event is geared to highlight local, regional, and national employment options ranging from general help jobs, summer positions, internships, and career positions.

MHC Job Boards:
Student Jobs (Posted by outside employers)

 Connecting Life and Learning

Call 403-529-3844 or click here to register today!



Medicine Hat Winter/Spring 2017 Calendar

 Brooks Winter/Spring 2017 Calendar