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The Training Place Offers Workshops for Business Owners, Managers and Employees

Butte College Training Place Offers Workshops for
Business Owners, Managers and Employees

The Butte College Training Place is offering a series of new dynamic workshops especially for businesses, managers and employees.

The workshops, scheduled monthly through December, focus on supervisor development; Microsoft Excel and computers for beginners; sexual harassment prevention; health and wellness; change in the workplace; hospitality and service and manager development.

As a part of the California Community College Economic and Workforce Development Program, The Training Place assists local businesses in advancing their economic growth by providing high quality education and services focusing on continuous workforce improvement.

“We developed these workshops in response to the local business community’s expressed needs and we’re excited to be offering them,” said Annie Rafferty, Butte College Training Place Director.

According to Rafferty, the workshops are specifically designed for performance improvement solutions resulting in economic development, sustainability and growth.

“Our intent is to give businesses tools and resources that will make an immediate and effective impact on their employees and their bottom line,” said Rafferty.

All workshops will be held at The Training Place, 2320 Forest Avenue, in Chico. The cost of each workshop is $45 per person. However, businesses wishing to save money may take advantage of the new Business Sponsor Program. The cost per workshop is reduced to $30 and allows businesses to easily plan training for a full year. There are four sponsorship levels to choose from: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, which range in price from $1,500 - $7,500 and include 50 – 250 workshop sessions.

“In addition to saving money, sponsors also have the opportunity to provide input to the topics and content of the trainings we offer and provide employees learning exposure to our large network of business partners,” said Rafferty. “It’s a great opportunity for businesses that really want to expand and move forward.”


9/21 – Beverage Operations and Management; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Roger Gerard, instructor. As a result of this training, employees will learn to: identify tools to better serve the guest; recognize the need for beverage product knowledge in relation to increased sales; analyze quality and consistency in products & services; and assess when to adjust pricing of product in a changing economy.

9/24 – The Power of a Positive Attitude; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Catherine Goggia, instructor. Participants will learn to prime themselves for a positive attitude; distinguish between internal and external events and their impact on attitude; and increase productivity and quality of work relationships by managing attitude

9/29 – Adapting to Change; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Margaret Schmidt, instructor. Attendees will learn to define the behaviors that demonstrate that they support change; understand their resistance to change and the reasons behind those behaviors; clarify how they might be a change agent in order to participate in change as productively as possible; and commit to the actions required for an efficient engagement in the change process


10/1 – Maximizing Team Performance; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Joc Clark, instructor. As a result of this training participants will be able to gain awareness of the four stages of group development; use observation to implement skillful leadership practice; be able to apply an adaptive leadership model when leading teams through different stages of growth toward high performance; highly involve work teams in leadership; identify best practices of high performing teams; and understand how the six different power bases impact motivation

10/8 – The Whole You; 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Laura Cootsona, instructor. All attendees will be able to inventory their lives for stress, role collisions, and internal and external chaos; examine four “R” areas that could begin to remedy problems; determine achievable goals in the four areas; and plan for becoming un-stuck.

10/15 – Facilitative Leadership Skills; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Joc Clark, instructor. Participants will be able to understand how to set up, facilitate and follow through on meetings that are effective and efficient; conduct meeting that will build informed agreements based on structured conversations that co-create mutual understanding; participate in meetings that are focused, leverage team members strengths and lead to results; set outcomes objectives for meetings that are measurable and realistic; create meetings that will underscore the importance of teamwork, increase yield and build greater commitment to the team’s overarching goals.

10/ 22 – Ergonomics: Energy Management in the Workplace- Stretch! ; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Lisa Marie Gorman, RN, MT, RYT, instructor. Attendees will discuss and apply ergonomic principles to activities in the workplace and at home to prevent injury, reoccurrence of injury, and increase productivity; discuss the anatomy of a safer workstation and apply these principles to analyze and create new, or improve existing workstations; apply ergonomic principles to employee job requirements to decrease injuries associated with high risk behaviors on the job; and receive tools to implement a mind-body break in the workplace to increase employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention while decreasing employee stress

10/26 – Dining Room Sales & Service; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Roger Gerard, instructor. Participants will be able to recognize the importance of a standard sequence of service in a food and beverage operation; demonstrate language skills for improved guest service; analyze effective communication skills with peers, employees, and guests; and apply techniques for dealing with challenging guests

10/27 – Diversity in the Workplace – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Margaret Schmidt, instructor. Employees will be able to understand the benefits and advantages of embracing diversity; discuss the differences in cultural values and how they impact communication; identify the four generations in the workforce and their unique communication characteristics; clarify the barriers to embracing diversity


11/5 – The Five Stages of Resiliency - Action Plans for Practice; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Co-facilitated by George Grams and Laura Cootsona. Participants will learn new techniques to increase personal resiliency; overcome barriers to resiliency and success; bounce back from adversity to become more productive; and achieve a better appreciation of the team approach to attain personal and professional success; identify various aspects of resiliency applied to day to day activities; define SMART goals on the job and at home; explore methods to find the proper balance of work and rest; and recognize creative break through and actions taken for change.

11/12 – Shared & Collaborative Leadership; 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Joc Clark, instructor. Employees will be able to use a facilitative approach to leadership which seeks to share power, co-lead and work more collaboratively with others; integrate a focus on task, process and relationships; draw from an awareness of recent writing and models about collaborative teams, shared leadership and an ally-based approach; assess collaborative environments based on the 10 themes of collaborative practice; and be familiar with emerging coaching practices for leaders.


12/15 – Strategic Assessment & Planning; 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Joe Schesinger, instructor. Participants will be able to discuss the phases of the strategic planning process; brainstorm a mission statement that reflects your company business vision; articulate objectives that describe the results you want to achieve through strategic planning; develop a strategic action plan that contains the actions and directions for reaching your objectives; and discuss options for implementing and evaluating your strategic action plan.

For more information contact The Training Place at 530-895-9015 or

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