May 2021

Better late then never... I had this newsletter almost ready to go last week but then we received notice that all Post Secondary Institutions had to immediately go online starting Wednesday. This left us scrambling a bit to move our in-person May classes either online or to re-schedule them for a later date. Now that the new dates are sorted out (fingers crossed we can offer in-person starting June) I can send out the edited newsletter ;)

One exciting project we have going on right now is the 2021 Social Media Conference: 
Virtual Event Series! We have been offering this Social Media Conference for the last few years and this year we are excited to hear from some local businesses that have utilized their social media platforms to expand their businesses even during Covid. More information on how to register is below. This conference is in partnership with APEX Alberta, Community Futures Entre-Corp and The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce.
Instructors needed:
We are looking for an Instructor to teach our Medical Office Assistant Course. If you have at least 5 years of experience as Medical Office Assistant and would like to share your knowledge please send you inquiries or resume to shurlbut@mhc.ab.ca

Computer Instructors: Daytime  
We are looking for individuals who are interested in teaching MS Office courses, and Bookkeeping courses with availability during the day.
Please send your inquiries or resume to shurlbut@mhc.ab.ca
Featured Courses
Medicine Hat

Motorcycle Riding Instruction, offered in cooperation with Alberta Safety Council, provides on-bike practical instruction suitable for any inexperienced or previous riders. Advanced skills are taught by trained, experienced instructors.

Performance Management Certificate (Starts June 22) - In this course participants learn how to develop employees and handle on-going communication provide feedback and support for employees. Participants learn how to coach, how to communicate effectively, how to conduct an appraisal meeting, how to help others to set goals in line with business objectives and how to motivate them to operate at peak performance. For more information on this course watch this video.

Management Skills for Supervisors (Starts July 26) -  This program will provide you with skills and knowledge to effectively manage others and maximize productivity. Combine professional knowledge with people skills to thrive in your management role with increased confidence and purpose.
 
Microsoft Office Training - We offer a variety of Microsoft Office training in-class, as well as online. Microsoft Office, which includes MS Word and MS Excel, is one of the most fundamental software programs used in professional settings. 

Pre-Employment Carpentry (Starts Sept 7th)


Brooks
Sage level 2 (Starts June 2nd)
The tips and tricks of Sage 50 will get the software doing more of the work for you. Features include:
Program security, recurring entries, make CCRA payments for payroll and GST, prepare budget reports, job costing or departmentalized tracking
Prerequisite: Sage 50 Level 1.

Sage Reconciliations (Starts June 8th)
Use the bank reconciliation and deposit slip features to automate your banking transactions and any journal entries they produce. This feature is versatile and can be used to reconcile any account that includes statements, including credit cards. Prerequisites: Sage 50 Level 2.

Sage Managing Payroll (Starts June 9th)
Take advantage of the full power of the Sage 50 Payroll module! Suitable for those using Simply Accounting. Set up different pay periods and pay types for employees, record employee benefits and deductions in addition to Revenue Canada, set up payroll authorities to remit any employee deductions and produce records of employment, and year end reports, including T4s and T4 summaries
Prerequisites: Sage 50 Level 1.

Microsoft Office Training - We offer a variety of Microsoft Office training in-class, as well as online. Microsoft Office, which includes MS Word and MS Excel, is one of the most fundamental software programs used in professional settings. 
Current Online Course Offerings
Online Training:
Learn six easy recipes to glue Spanish words together into sentences, and you'll be engaging in conversational Spanish in no time. 

Learn to transform plain living spaces into beautiful and functional rooms. This course will teach you how to design every aspect of a room while taking into account color theory, industry trends, special arrangements, floor plans, design ideas, and interior design basics. 

This course immerses you in silence to help you gain an understanding of the perspective of the hearing impaired and uses videos to demonstrate not only how to make signs, but how to communicate with facial expression. 

Learn to quickly and efficiently use Microsoft Excel 2019/Office 365 as you discover dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully formatted worksheets.

The Human Resources Manager series will provide you with the essential knowledge you need to manage and lead others. By the end of the course, you will also have mastered the skills you need to prepare to take the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam. 

If you want to learn the essentials of writing or acquiring grants for private, public, or government use, this course is perfect for you. You'll discover how to develop successful grants by focusing on the skills needed to prepare professional, competitive, compelling grant proposals.

Gain insights into your data using business intelligence software – Power Business Intelligence. Power BI is a widely used business analytics service offered by Microsoft. Power BI Desktop is a complete data analysis and report creation tool that you install for free. This certificate will enhance your skills in data analysis, giving you greater insight into your organization’s performance and allowing you to make more informed decisions. 

Take back a workable conflict management model, along with successful and practical conflict management strategies. Then work with a pro to learn how to improve your negotiation skills for a win-win outcome, including helping others to get what they want, so you get what you want. Finally, find out more about yourself and others using personality profiles for better work performance. 
Online Safety Training:
Is your child ready to stay home alone? Help your child prepare for independence with the Online Home Alone Safety course! Practical and convenient, this self-guided and self-paced tutorial helps to build a child’s confidence through engaging games, rich digital media, videos and colorful graphics that equip youth with skills for a lifetime of safety.
 
This online course, Psychological Health & Safety a Universal Prevention eLearning Program for Mental Health & Wellbeing, is designed to teach individuals strategies that are proven to decrease stress, increase resiliency, and improve mental health.
 
Create awareness and empower your team to prevent stereotyping, bias, and unlawful discrimination with this powerful, up close & personal, high impact, 35-minute video-based online course.

This online Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) endorsed course is designed for planners, managers, supervisors, and employees who are required to develop, plan, or undertake any kind of ground disturbance.
 
This online Confined Space Entry and Monitor course provides information to individuals required to perform tending worker duties to personnel working in a confined space.
 
This 6 hour online Defensive Driving program is approved by the Alberta Government for reduction of 3 demerits points from an Alberta operator’s licence. A minimum mark of 80% must be obtained on the final exam to qualify for the demerit point reduction.
 




2021 Social Media Conference:
Virtual Event Series
APEX Alberta, Community Futures Entre-Corp, The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce, and Medicine Hat College are excited to invite you to the 2021 Social Media Conference: Virtual Event Series. 

Sponsored by Apex Alberta, this virtual event series will provide the essential social and digital marketing skills needed to grow your brand and expand your business. Whether you are a beginner, needing some refreshers, or almost an expert, there will be something to take away and apply to your next social media campaign or communications strategy. 

There will be speakers leading each session, including a few of our local experts and business owners who are taking their social media to the next level. Speakers will lead attendees through a gradually more complex view of social media, the various platforms, and their tools and features. Starting with the basics and ending with the technical insights and the inspiration to apply them!

Event Agenda: More to come!
1. Tuesday, June 8: 12:00 - 1:30 pm.
Social Media: The Basics with Guest Speakers!
Learn practical ways to get started with social media that will save you time and make you more effective.

2. Tuesday, June 15: 12:00 - 1:30 pm.
Social Media: Quality Content
Find out how having authentic content increases awareness of your products and services, and how to create that content.
Local Expert - Brooke Hawker with Evoke Inspired Marketing
Local Business Panel - Redcliff Bakery, MH Public Library, and Real Estate Collective

3. Tuesday, June 22: 12:00 - 1:30 pm.
Social Media: Partnerships, Collaboration, and Influencers
Learn how promoting other businesses can actually increase your bottom line.
Local Expert - Kelli Ireland with ShopYXH
Local Business Panel - Daniel's Dill Dip, Burk & Co. 

4. Tuesday, June 29: 12:00 - 1:30 pm.
Social Media: Tech Tips and Trends with Guest Speakers!
Hear about the newest tech trends and tips that will have you converting more posts into sales.

Ticket Price: $40 + GST - Access to all 4 events within the series, online networking lounge, and exclusive access to the event recordings which will not be made public until 2022
Corporate Training & Canada-Alberta Job Grant
Canada Alberta Job Grant
NEW Exciting Changes to The Canada-Alberta Jog Grant Program to Train 3 for the Price of 1
 
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is a training program where an employer applies on behalf of their present or future employee(s) for eligible training costs. Employers decide who gets training and what type of training may be needed for their employees.
 
Temporary program changes:
The following program changes expand eligibility to help businesses access the training they need. These temporary changes are effective from February 18, 2021 until February 28, 2022.

1.   Eligible trainee now includes employed family members of eligible employers.
2.   Business owners (incorporated, unincorporated/sole-proprietor and partnerships) with 4 or fewer employees are now eligible to train themselves.
3.   Training is no longer required to be incremental.

Operational program changes:
The following permanent operational changes will make the application process more efficient. These permanent changes are effective as of February 18, 2021.

1.   Training can start once the application is received by the CAJG.
2.   Employers may pay for training at any time; however, the training cannot start until all trainee(s) have signed the application and the application is received by the CAJG.
3.   Course information is no longer required to be listed on the training
provider’s website.
4.   Customized training is eligible.
5.   Revised list of eligible and ineligible training cost. Please see the Applicant Guide for the full list.

Apply now to avoid disappointment.
 
One of my favorite leadership saying is “Every leader should look over their shoulder regularly to see if anyone is actually following him/her!” Anyone willing to follow a leader into “battle” today has a much different view of what is required of an effective leader as compared to the historical view of strong leadership. Hard skills, such as business, strategic and financial planning certainly are very important. Charisma and power have become much less important in providing for influence as compared to leadership characteristics such as self-awareness, caring, humility and authenticity. The concept of “soft” skills such as motivation, purpose, communication, and emotional intelligence have garnered much attention in recent leadership application theories and will provide some of the core themes in this Authentic Leadership and Emotional Intelligence course. A number of activities and problem-solving opportunities using realistic scenarios will be utilized to supplement the content of the course. 
 
June 10, 11, 17, 24, 2021 (Online Delivery)
4 Days – 24 hours – 2.4 CEUs

Reduce your Employee Training & Development Costs by up to 2/3rds with the Canada Alberta Job Grant Program

Contact – Wes Paterson, Corporate Training Officer
(403) 504.2248

Fun Facts about Mother's Day
More calls are made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year.

One of the earliest Mother's Day celebrations was in Ancient Greece

The first thing a baby can vocalize is the 'ma' sound, which is why in almost every language the word for mother begins with the letter 'M' or is some iteration of the 'ma' sound.

Woodrow Wilson signed Mother's Day into law in 1914.

The most popular gift for Mother's Day is the greeting card. Every Mother's Day there are approximately 152 million Mother's Day cards sent.

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