- Gaining Employment Strategies
The Gaining Employment program will help participants develop the requisite skills to plan and conduct an effective employment search or determine their suitability for self-employment. Students will set goals and objectives, develop interview and presentation techniques, resumes, and detailed job search or self-employment plans.
- Business Internship
The Business Internship component of the program offers the student the opportunity to complete a full 600 hours of practical experience in a business environment. Students will be participating in many facets of the business operations allowing them to further enhance their knowledge and skills.
- Quality and Productivity
Organizations of all types have come to the realization that quality and customer satisfaction are critical success factors. This course will introduce the students to the origins and progress of quality. The students will learn planning and organizing for quality, the use of statistical tools for analysis and control, developing and maintaining effective teams, and reporting.
- Global Business Studies
International and global business is an important part of the economy. In order for the standard of living of a population to improve it must be able to purchase goods and services at an affordable rate. For businesses to be able to reduce their cost they also want to produce larger, more economic, quantities and export surpluses to other countries. Those exports will often lead to reciprocating imports. Another key reason for globalization is that companies may want to produce products where labour is less expensive or close to the supply of input materials and sub-assemblies. In other cases, countries demand that products be produced nationally in order to gain access to the consumer market. The importing and exporting of products and services also has monetary considerations, along with cultural, moral and ethical considerations. Consideration and discussion of factors and considerations will make this an interesting and enjoyable course for the students.
- Purchasing and Distribution
An important business function is to control expenditures and ensure that there are good purchasing controls and procedures in place. Those responsible will have to ensure that suppliers are reputable and that they can deliver on spec and on time. While many large companies have purchasing staff, most managers will want to have some control over the purchasing process, especially in terms of important acquisitions. During this program, students will study the role of purchasing in the supply chain; industrial buying behaviour: decision making in purchasing, the purchasing process, the purchasing management process, purchasing and business strategy; sourcing strategy: getting better results from suppliers, getting organized for purchasing, supplier assessment, and negotiating techniques and rules of conduct.
- Selling Skills and Customer Service
This course will teach the students the sales process and provide them with a basic understanding of how to deal with various types of customers. The students will learn to develop sales projections and tie them to their capabilities. Students will also learn to develop customer lists in this course. An understanding of customer service is also related to sales. In today's environment companies must either compete on price or on customer service. The purpose of this section is to ensure that the students understand customer service and its applicability to various types of businesses. Students will learn to develop surveys and initiatives based on customer needs and the positioning of the company in its market.
- Organizational Behaviour
This program provides essential information for anyone going into the field of supervision or management. It is critical for these individuals to understand how people and organizations work, how they have developed over time and what theories apply. During this module, participants will study individual behaviour, group behaviour, intergroup relations, the organization system, and organizational dynamics.
- Introduction to Payroll
The payroll process is a very delicate and important roll in companies that employ full or part-time employees. The company has an obligation to follow employment laws and standards within its jurisdiction and pay employees accordingly. It also has an obligation to remit income taxes, government pension contributions and employment insurance premiums to the federal government. The payroll administrator has an obligation to keep payroll information confidential and must be familiar with payroll laws and taxes as they apply to the jurisdiction in which the company operates.
- Simply Accounting
After completing Accounting Fundamentals and Basic Bookkeeping, students will be prepared to learn computerized accounting. Simply Accounting is one of the leading accounting software packages for small business. Students will learn to set up the software for a company, make entries and prepare reports. While previous programs provide the theory of how ac-counting and bookkeeping work and what they mean to a business. This software will allow stu-dents to actually enter exposes and revenue into the software and see the results.
- Financial Analysis
This financial management program is designed specifically for individuals who require knowledge of finance to do their jobs effectively, but have no previous accounting experience. Major topics in this program include financial management in the organization, analyzing changes in financial statements, interpreting financial statements through ratios, profit planning and decisions, budgeting and control, sources and forms of financing, cost of capital, time value of money, capital expenditures, inventory management, pricing produces or services, accumulating and monitoring costs, and cost of products.
- Accounting Fundamentals
Accounting helps an organization understand its business in much the same way that a model helps an architect construct a building. Accounting helps a manager understand the business as a whole (or the part for which he or she is responsible) without drowning in the details. This course will give the students an understanding of basic accounting principles and procedures, and help prepare them to work in a business environment.
- Introduction to Accounting/Bookkeeping
This course covers the day–to–day manual recording of transactions for a small business organization. This includes general journal transactions, special journals, posting to the general ledgers and subsidiary ledgers, preparing a trial balance, payroll registers, operating a petty cash fund, and reconciling bank statements.
- Introduction to Business Law
This introductory law course will provide the students with an over view of business law and how it applies to business. It will also enhance some of the topics covered in courses such as entrepreneur-ship, where they learn about different types of companies and how to decide what best suits their needs. Most importantly student learn about their legal obligations and the obligations of firms and directors as they prepare to embark on a business career.
- Economics for Business
Major economic variables affecting a business including interest rates, GDP growth, and forces of supply and demand are examined. Demand, Supply, Price Determination and Regulation.
- Business Statistics
Statistics is an important tool that can help us understand what is happening in a business environment. We can boil down a large quantity of data and present it in a way that can be easily understood. We can draw conclusions about populations based on sample information, and then make informed decisions. We can identify opportunities to improve processes and make reliable forecasts. In this course we will learn how to use statistics to be a more effective manager or worker.
This course is designed to introduce the students to the skills and knowledge required to start and operate a business in Canada. It will touch on some of the subjects covered under some of the other specific skill programs, such as Finance and Marketing. Students will learn how to actually go about preparing to register the business, prepare a business plan, hire (lawyers, accountants etc.) and other key considerations before start–up.
- Introduction to Marketing
This module is designed to give the students an appreciation of the marketing function and how it is used in making decisions that affect the business or department's short-term and long-term planning. This course will provide an overview of the marketing process and the different components of marketing analysis and decision making. Students will understand the difference between marketing and advertising and the importance of product positioning. During this course, students will cover marketing research, positioning/developing strategies, production, promotion, price and distribution.
- Introduction to Canadian Business
Gaining a basic understanding of business and the business environment will help the students better understand the relevance of other courses they study in the overall business program, in addition to helping prepare them for a career in the business world. This course will deal with the business environment, planning and starting a business, and the major business processes.
- Project Management
This dual purpose course will provide the students will skills needed to effectively deal with other courses plus important processes they will use on the job after graduation. The course is divided into three distinct, but related areas: project management, decision making and problem solving. The Project Management portion of the program will include project management theory along with learning to effectively use MS Project software.
- Advanced Office Applications
This advance level program will teach students the necessary skills required to use Microsoft Word, Excel and Access effectively and efficiently. While building on earlier courses, participants of this program will develop considerable skill through practical assignments. Students will also cover MS Publisher as part of this program. The prerequisite for this program is Intermediate Computer Applications (CA2E) or equivalent skills in intermediate level Microsoft Office. This program will cover Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Publisher.
- Intermediate Computer Applications
This program will provide the students with Intermediate level training in Microsoft Office courses. Building on the skills learned in The Applied Computer Applications course, students will further their practical skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access. The prerequisite for this core is Applied Computer Applications (CA1E) or an equivalent course. Students who do not have the necessary prerequisite will require approval from the instructor.
- Applied Computer Applications
For those who are not already proficient in MS Office software, this series of workshops will be essential to completion of some of the projects and will improve the students’ productivity in school and on the job. This workshop is optional and only needs to be taken by those who do not already have experience in the software covered. All modules are covered at the basic and intermediate levels. Students who are familiar with the software may do challenge exams and use the time for other projects. This workshop series will include MS Word (word processing), MS Excel (spreadsheets), Access (database), MS PowerPoint (presentations) and MS Outlook.
- Introduction to Computers
This course consists of a combination of modules that are considered necessary prerequisites to all other courses. During this course, students will begin with Micro Computer Terminology, which they will do in conjunction with keyboarding skills. Both of these courses are self-paced. Students will then proceed to Windows environment, which will also be self-paced, except for the review days, which are scheduled before each beginning studies on each of the integrated software suites. Students may already have some of the skills covered in this module. Those students will be assigned enhanced courses.
- Interpersonal Communication
Effective communication is critical to successful management. Without it, managers will find themselves running into problems with employees, customers, peers and superiors. Good communication practices will help make work go more smoothly, avoid costly errors caused by misinterpretation and reduce overall stress levels for all involved. During this module, participants will cover the communication process, barriers to communication, effective listening, non-verbal communication, dealing with emotions, questioning, paraphrasing and acknowledging, communicating in a cross-cultural environment, and giving and receiving feedback.
- Ethics and Professional Conduct
Business ethics are an important consideration for businesses in today’s environment. Companies find themselves having to answer to consumers, the general public, the government and share holders. It is no longer acceptable to only consider the bottom line, as the actions of a company today can make it very successful or very costly in the future. It is also important to ensure that you, as a manager, and all members of your staff conduct yourselves in a professional manner.
- College Math
This intermediate level math program is intended to build the students skills in algebra, ratios and geometry. It is intended to be a program that will benefit both technical and business students as it will teach them the skills to analyze and solve problems using a variety of tools including computers and calculators. This course will also teach the students to design and analyze graphs. These skills will be necessary to prepare students for the types of calculations they may be required to perform on the job. It will also prepare them for more specific math that they will need to perform in other subjects that may not be considered math, but do have mathematical components.
- Written Communication
This module will deal mainly with report and proposal writing. The process will begin with a refresher of the student’s writing skills including the correct use of grammar. Students will learn when to best use letters, memos and e-mail messages. They will also learn to plan and prepare effective reports and proposals. During this course, students will learn to make their writing interesting, write the details, plan and write winning proposals and reports, and analyze opportunities.
- Vocational Math
This introductory college course is designed to cover the basic math skills that will be necessary for later courses. It begins with a review of mathematical concepts that the students should have learned in high school and prepares them with a foundation for more advanced mathematics programs and other related courses such as accounting and technical subjects.
- Personal Effectiveness
This foundation course will provide the students with the skills and abilities required to complete the program along with a number of skills needed to succeed in the workplace. The main areas of study in this course are time management and student success, teamwork, managing conflict, customer service, and personal accountability.
- College English
This first year program is designed to provide the students with the basic written communication skills they will need. The program will provide them with the foundation necessary to (1) prepare business correspondence such as letters, memos and emails. In addition it will prepare them for the reports and assignment that they will be required to complete for other courses. This course is also a good prerequisite to the written communication course that they will take later in the program.