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WSU CMD classes in Cowley County Announced

Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development Partnership will be sponsoring educational seminars to enhance careers and foster workforce development.

Managing Generations in the Workplace, Solving Problems and Making Decisions Effectively and Improving Supervisory Skills seminars will be presented by Wichita State Center for Management Development in Winfield on March 29 and 30 at a reduced cost.

Class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Winfield Physicians Pavilion, 1230 E. 6th Avenue.  Due to the collaborative effort, the WSU CMD classes will be held in Cowley County at a greatly reduced cost. Attendees may choose to attend one day of their choice for $150 or both days for $275. Registration is being handled by Cowley First with a deadline date of March 15, unless classes fill sooner.

March 29th topics, Managing Generations in the Workplace, Solving Problems and Making Decisions Effectively were selected based on input from local employers.

This is the first time in American history that we have had four different generations working side-by-side in the workplace. Distinct generations – the Veterans, the Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y – are working together and often colliding as their paths cross. Individuals with different values, different ideas, different ways of getting things done and different ways of communicating in the workplace create unique challenges.

On March 29, Dr. Don Hackett will lead the class through hands-on exercise and discussion of how to deal with the challenges yet capturing the benefits of multiple generations in the workplace. Hiring, motivating and managing generations will be just one of the topics covered during the seminar.

Dr. Hackett will venture into the world of problem-solving and practice the steps in team-based and individual decision making that afternoon.

Due to high demand Dr. Gerald Graham will present the very popular class Improving Supervisory Skills on March 30. This seminar is designed for the newly promoted supervisors, soon to be promoted team leaders and managers that find it necessary to get work done through their employees. Experienced supervisors should also attend to review and update their skills.

“Dr. Hackett and Dr. Graham have presented numerous times in Cowley County and we are thrilled to have them back again,” said Deb Firebaugh, Cowley First Assistant and organizer of the event. “Wichita State Center for Management Development has done an amazing job providing quality instructors and programs for us in Cowley County. The audience is always engaged as the subject matter is relevant no matter what business you work for or what position you have.”

A countywide economic development partnership of Cowley County, City of Arkansas City, City of Winfield and public-private businesses, Cowley First is tasked with workforce development to support local businesses.

Registration for the classes is required by March 15 by calling Cowley First at 620-221-9951 or 620-442-3094 or email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org.

Generations and Problem Solving 3-29-17 outline

Improving Supervisory Skills-3-30-17 outline

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