Medicine Hat College Continuing Studies
February 2019
In this month's newsletter:
  • What's New?
  • Featured Courses
  • Brooks Courses
  • Conservatory of Music and Dance
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Certificate Programs
  • Highlights & Upcoming Events
  • Computer Courses
  • Corporate Training
  • Did You Know? 
  • Online Courses
  • Canada/Alberta Job Grant
What's New?

Well it looks like winter has decided to grace us with her presence, who else is ready for spring?? I guess we still have 44 days until it officially starts so might be a bit early to start dreaming of tulips and green grass...



We are a month into our winter calendar but there are still many courses being offered over the next few months. You can view our online catalogue here.

We are very excited to announce that Kurtis Albers has joined our team as the new Program Coordinator at the Conservatory of Music & Dance! Kurtis brings a lot of experience with him and we are looking forward to having him on our team.

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, scroll down to the bottom of this page! If you enjoy playing with babies or want to share your digital knowledge, our A.B.L.E. program wants to hear from you!  

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

Professional Courses:

Are you new to Fusion 360 or CADD? If so, this course is perfect for you. Learn the basics of 3D parametric modeling, freeform design, assembly creation, rendering, documentation and collaboration.
 
Through this course, we identify 4 basic personality types and gain insights into "why people behave the way they do".
 
This is a 6 hour workshop that teaches volunteers and staff members of non-profit programs/organizations the basic information they need to understand the financial aspect of their organizations
 
Fundamentals of Occupational Hygiene Registration Deadline Feb 22
This is a core course, required for the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate.
 
Basic AutoCAD (Feb 25th)
Students learn the features and elements of computer-aided drafting using AutoCAD software. The focus is on practicing the basic drawing and editing commands required to produce simple two-dimensional drawings as well as organizing drawing resources.
 
This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of building strong connections. You will learn how to encompass integrity, competency, consistency and listening into your sales, which in turn will generate more business for you.
 
Discover what's holding you back, create a whole new awareness, and take the steps to Maximize your Potential!
 
Certificate in Interpersonal Communications ( Mar 8th)  Job Grant Eligible
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.

General Interest Courses:

Here Comes Treble (Ages 3-4) (Feb 10th)
This class is a fun, interactive music class for preschoolers with singing, musical games, creative movement, story time, a chance to play a variety of instrument, dance, as well as make some musical crafts.

This class is for ages 7+, accompanied by a parent. Minestrone is a hearty and spicy soup is a complete meal! It's full of warm and just the perfect amount spicy flavour, & power packed with nutrients- this will hopefully become one of your family's favorite meals too. 
 
Explore a second language for the first time, or brush up on the basic French you studied long ago! Learn the fundamental tools to carry on a conversation while getting tips on pronunciation and the French culture.
 
This is an introduction to the German language. Learners who can understand and use some vocabulary will inspire novice learners. The learners coming from a German background will have confidence to use their knowledge. The mix results in a plus for both groups. 
 
More Spanish Fiesta (March 4th)
Pick up where Spanish Fiesta left off for more fun with Felipe! Expanding your survival Spanish vocabulary will improve your speaking and listening skills, and help you navigate city streets and sunny beaches during your travels. Prerequisite: Any past study of Spanish.
 
Meet Your MakerSpace (March 6th)
Ages 10+.. As winter sets in, come join the fun with design challenges in MHC Makerspace. We will explore how to create inflatable structures, modular building toys, 3D printed objects and popular folk games including DIY Pogs, Myachi hacky-sacks and Kendamas. We will also create and test the classic catapults and marshmallow launchers! This class is for ages 10+, accompanied by a parent.
 
Writing a story about your life can be an exciting but also overwhelming task. David will help you on this journey as you learn the fundamental skills to create your story. Learn about story structure and sequencing, memory triggers, easy interviewing and research skills, and so much more!


Brooks Courses
The primary purpose of this two day training is to teach school administrators, counsellors, police officers, and other related partners (community mental health, social services, probation, etc.) the multidisciplinary process of determining if a threat maker actually poses a risk to a target or targets they have threatened.

Being responsible for the effectiveness of others requires a delicate balance of goals, teamwork and encouragement. This program will provide you with skills and knowledge to effectively manage others and maximize productivity. Registration 
Deadline March 13.

Participants will be introduced to the Neurosequential Model of Education (Dr. Bruce Perry, Child Trauma Academy) to develop an understanding of the effects of stress and trauma on the developing brain. Practical strategies will be presented to assist those working with children and adolescents to be truly "trauma-informed".
 

Conservatory of Music & Dance
Want to meet a Hip Hop Superstar?? Check out this opportunity:

This Hip Hop Intensive consists of 4 workshops run by Sho-Tyme, a hip hop superstar in the dance world from Los Angeles, California. Sho-Tyme's versatility as a dancer and choreographer, along with his creativity and extensive knowledge of hip hop has enabled him to work for many top music artists such as Missy Elliot, Jay Z, Katy Perry, P Diddy, Gwen Stafani and more! Specifically, ShoTyme will be teaching Hip Hop, House and Grooves dance styles. There will also be a Meet and Greet where participants can meet Sho-Tyme, snap a selfie, and receive an autographed poster. Additionally, Tara Wilson from Pulse Studios, Calgary will be teaching a bonus Popping class as well as an "Instructors Only" class to help instructors brush up on their hip hop teaching skills. Spaces are limited so please register ASAP!



Volunteer Opportunities



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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.

Highlights & Upcoming Events

This great group from Cancarb took our Management Skills For Supervisors training. 


The Community Job Fair will take place on Wednesday, February 6 from 10am - 3pm at Medicine Hat College. 

There are over 50 employers and agencies that will be on campus to discuss current job opportunities ranging from full-time general help jobs, to seasonal opportunities, and permanent positions.  The full list of exhibitors and the jobs they hoping to fill, can be found on the MHC website This is a community event and everyone is welcome!

 Computer Courses
 
(Mar 4th)  Great Value!
This program has been designed to provide participants with the skills that are commonly listed in Medicine Hat and area job postings. 
 
This course is a great starting point to learn more about the basics of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
 
Organize all of your files, whether they are data, photos, videos or music.  
 
Introduction to Bookkeeping Daytime and evening Course offerings start this month.
This course is required to earn you Computerized Bookkeeping Certificate.

Computer Certificates:
Click on the link below for more information on each certificate. To register visit our   computers & technology page.



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.
 
Corporate Training
 

WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN EXISTING COURSE OR ONE EXCLUSIVE  TO YOUR BUSINESS, WE WANT TO BE YOUR PARTNER IN LEARNING!

Your needs and goals, challenges and requirements, are specific to you. Training is not one size fits all!

All of our programs and courses can be customized to closely align with your organization's professional development needs. We work with you to develop and deliver effective training to meet your unique needs, goals, and budget.

Customized training is beneficial in that it is
* Learner focused
* Builds cohesive teams
* Practical and relevant
* Flexible
* Cost effective
Regardless of what type of training you require, we have the ability to deliver!

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

Did You Know?
Fun Facts about Valentines Day
According to The Greeting Card Association, 145 million cards are purchased for Valentine's Day every year. This makes Valentine's Day the second biggest holiday for greeting cards after Christmas.

Esther Howland is known as the "Mother of the Valentine". She was the first person to successfully mass produce and sell Valentine's Day cards. She was also a young entrepreneur. She was only nineteen when she started her business

Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn't write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve."

Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for this holiday in the late 1800s.

220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day each year.

Online Courses 
We are excited to offer some new online courses in 2019!

We are proud to partner with 'Experfy Training' to offer courses developed by industry leaders and Experfy in Harvard Innovation Launch Labs. Experfy accelerates your adoption of emerging technologies such as AI, Blockchain, IoT, Big Data , Mobile and Cloud.

Examples Include:

Medicine Hat College , in partnership with ed2go , offers online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations.

Our programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, providing you with effective web-based learning programs. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in your online learning experience, responding to any questions or concerns, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.

Examples include:
Canada-Alberta Job Grant
Canada-Alberta Job Grant released some exciting new changes!!

Changes to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant - means more incentives to train employees.

There are now more ways for Alberta businesses and workers to benefit from the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) training subsidy.
  • As always, get up to two-thirds of the cost of training covered for eligible current employees, up to $10,000 per trainee.
  • Up to 100% of training costs reimbursed when hiring and training eligible unemployed Albertans, up to $15,000 per trainee.
  • Sole proprietors can now apply to CAJG to train their employees.
  • Travel assistance will allow more businesses outside Edmonton and Calgary, to train their employees

Below are some interesting examples of how the Canada Alberta Job Grant can save your company some money. If you plan to take any courses (or combination of courses that total over 21 hour), your employer may be eligible for the Canada Alberta Job grant.
 

Example 1:
Management Skills for Supervisors
 
Regular price: $1,495 for one participant
Canada Alberta Job Grant pays: $996.67
You pay: $498.33
That's a 66% discount!  
Example 2:
Management Skills for Supervisors
 
Regular price: $4,485 for three participants
Canada Alberta Job Grant pays: $2,990
You pay: $1,495
That's 3 for the price of 1!

  
For more information visit the Canada-Alberta Job Grant website at: www.albertacanada.com/jobgrant or e-mail  Shannan.
     
Connecting Life & Learning

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

Winter/Spring digital catalogue