- Career & Employment Strategies
In addition to learning career-oriented skills, students learn how to get a job in their chosen profession. Our Employment Services department will assist the graduate in resume writing, as well as preparing for job interviews. Our staff is sensitive to current job market trends and the needs of employers in each local market. Our graduates receive guidance and training to use career tools that help job seekers build a better resume and cover letter, manage an online portfolio, hone interviewing skills, and develop a personal brand online. Students will have the use of a computer lab which has unlimited Internet access, as well as job search resources. Facilitators will also be made available to advise on job finding resources, interview skills and techniques and to carry out mock interviews. This course also looks at the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up stages of an interview: how people find jobs; employer expectations; presenting an enthusiastic attitude; focusing on the right job and the hidden job market; transferrable skills; thank you letters; effective telemarketing; handling objections, self-confidence, and self-esteem; and individual counselling and coaching.
This program includes a practicum component for work at a job site. This practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the business organization does not pay for the services of the student during the practicum.
- Professional Skills
This course is designed to equip students with inter-personal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.
- Project Management
Project Management is of paramount importance to all organizations to improve effectiveness and efficiency. This course utilizes the popular Microsoft Project application program with realistic case studies and step-by-step guidance.
- Preparing a Business Plan
A business plan is critical to a new business venture. Students will examine the step-by-step process of logical analysis of every aspect of the proposed business and develop strategies to combat the principal risks that will face the business owner-manager.
Management of the financial transactions of a business firm are absolutely critical to its survival. This introduction to finance will examine financial statements, profit planning, budgeting, the cost of capital, and forms of financing.
- Human Resources
Employees are the most valuable asset of a business and all aspects from hiring to performance appraisal are examined utilizing the case study approach.
- Effective Business Writing
The workplace of the twenty-first century demands excellent communications skills. The focus of this course is on learning writing techniques that ensure effective business communication.
Marketing and sales are the key elements in the success of a business. This course provides an overview of the many elements of marketing, including: developing, pricing, promoting, selling, and distributing various types of goods and services nationally and internationally.
Major economic variables affecting a business including interest rates, GDP growth, and forces of supply and demand are examined.
- Business Law
An introduction to Canadian business law is provided by using the case study approach that leads to a grasp of the key elements. The emphasis is on the application of the law to practical business situations.
- Business Essentials
Business Essentials provides an overview of business management today including forms of ownership and the ways managers carry out their basic management functions in a skillful and inventive way.
- Computerized Accounting I with Simply
Accounting procedures in a computerized environment are examined using the General, Payables and Receivables modules of Simply Accounting.
- Bookkeeping and Financial Accounting - Level 1
This course emphasizes analyzing and recording business transactions using the rules of double-entry bookkeeping. In addition, adjusting journal entries and everyday transactions for both service and retail businesses are recorded coupled with the preparation of basic financial statements. Topics include introduction to Accounting, financial statements, accounting transactions, analyzing and recording transactions, adjusting accounts for financial statements, and completing the accounting cycle and classifying accounts.
- Microsoft Excel
This course introduces the students to spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel 2013. Relying very heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing through skills based simulations, training, and assessments. The course starts with an overview of spreadsheets and how to use the common features and functions of Microsoft Excel. The course then focuses on the core features of Microsoft Excel where students learn how to enter and format data and use the various functions and formulas to manage and manipulate the data. The course will then continue with more advanced topics such as performing quantitative analysis with logical, lookup, and various mathematical and financial functions. Depicting data visually is an important feature of Excel. Students will learn how to work with charts in Excel to produce a variety of different charts based on data housed in a spreadsheet. Finally students will learn to handle large volumes of data with DataSets and tables.
- Microsoft Word
This course introduces the students to word processing with Microsoft Word 2013. Relying very heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing through skills based simulations, training, and assessments. The course starts with an overview of Microsoft Office 2013 where you will learn about the common features of the Office applications and file management fundamentals. The course then focuses on the core features of Microsoft Word where students learn proper document formatting, organization, and editing using the tools and features of the ribbon. The course will then continue with more advanced topics such as working with tables, lists, objects, templates, footnotes and endnotes, and mail merges. Finally the course will explore the collaboration features of Word 2013 that allow users to share and collaborate on documents through the use of track changes, sharing and reviewing, and the use of SkyDrive.
- Fundementals of Computers
This course presents an introductory look at Windows 7 and its interface, tools and features. You will learn about the fundamentals of navigating and personalizing the interface, organizing files and folders, using media devices, and searching for information. This course relies heavily on practical hands-on activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
- Student Success Strategies
This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.