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GRCC offering free workforce training courses

It’s a new world for workers due to the coronavirus pandemic, and GRCC is helping people adapt.

The community college’s Workforce Training department is offering free online courses through June 30, including a webinar on safely setting up workplaces for a post-pandemic world.

The goal is to help West Michigan recover from the crisis, equipping residents with new skills in rapidly changing or emerging fields, said Julie Parks, executive director of GRCC’s Workforce Training. The college also can help employers adapt to changes in the market or even in their workplaces as employees return and the local economy reopens.

Parks said the classes will help people build skills that could help them in a workplace with new expectations and dynamics. The non-credit courses could also help students develop interests they may like to pursue further.

Many people are staying at home and have time to think about their next career step, whether that’s starting their own business or reentering the workforce in a new field. “These are skills we can give them in little bites,” Parks said.

More courses are planned in July, specific to building different skills for a modified work environment, which may consist of continuing as a remote worker, social distancing, wearing masks and gloves and other new requirements.

Courses are:

  • Creating Web Pages
  • Creating WordPress Websites
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
  •  Supervision and Management
  • Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search
  • Keys to Effective Communication
  • Managing Customer Service
  • Marketing Your Business on the Internet
  • Personal Finance
  • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring
  • Individual Excellence

A free online webinar — “Going Beyond PPE/Workplace Norms Post Pandemic” — will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20. Parks said another may be scheduled in the future due to high demand.

Registration is available online

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

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