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In this issue, we will be showcasing the importance of developing learning paths. Whether you are an individual needing to improve your MS Office skills or an HR personnel, setting learning paths ensures future success. Learn the ABCs of Learning Plan Development to ensure your performance planning is a success. For individuals, we are featuring our MS Office Skills Builder that will ensure advancement of your own learning path!

In this Issue...

What’s New!

The ABC's of Learning Plan Development

MS Office 2003/2007 Skills Builder Program

How to Get Motivated

Tips of the Month

Upcoming Application Courses

Upcoming Technical Courses

The ABC's of Learning Plan Development

What's New!

By: Moe El-Husseini

 

When organizations invest in its people, it is truly investing in its own future. Ensuring that your people possess the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their jobs is critical to achieving the organization’s strategic goals.

 

But how do you do that?

Today, most organizations adopt a “first come first serve” approach to training. Those employees who are eager to develop their interpersonal and technical skills are the first to ask for the required training. Those who are not as proactive just miss their chance and the training budget doesn’t last long!
However, there are better ways to plan, manage, and measure your corporate training function. Here are some best practices:

  • Ensure your HR department has a performance assessment and development program in place. The program would aim at measuring past performance, work on developing strengths as well as reducing weaknesses. By having such a program in place, individual, departmental, and corporate goals are better aligned. This partnership increases the chances of managing employee expectations and eventually unleashing their full potential.
  • Connect a learning plan for each individual into the performance assessment and development program. The learning plan would help set achievable and meaningful learning goals. This means each individual gets the opportunity to complete appropriate learning activities and learning activities are tied to the organization’s values and strategic goals.
  • Establish a learning evaluation process. For both in-house or external training, make sure you evaluate the outcomes of the training on many levels. What is the level of satisfaction of the employee out of the training? Was the training worthwhile? Did the training achieve the expected learning outcomes? Is the employee able to transfer the learning into his or her job? These are all important questions to ask even when the course is provided by external training providers and will certainly help with your future decisions in this regards.

In our next newsletter October Issue we are going to share with you templates for annual goals and learning plans.

Bring your Creativity to Life!

Adobe Creative Suite CS4 Integration Workshop Oct. 7-9

This project-driven workshop requires no previous experience!

Learn how to integrate Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator to create customized brochure and business cards!

Space is limited!

Regular Price: $1195

Special Price: $895 Save $300!

 

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Save over $950 off retail prices! 10 Soft Skills Courses for $299 each. Choose from:

Managing Conflict Sep. 1, Oct. 5

PM Fundamentals Sep. 30, Oct. 8

Goal Setting Aug. 12, Sep. 10, Oct. 6

Assertiveness Aug. 19, Sep. 16

Customer Service Aug. 25, Sep. 9

Time Management Sep. 10, Oct. 6

Communication Aug. 17, Sep. 23

*1 Voucher = 1 Class Day

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SharePoint Executive Briefing

How Soft Skills Affect the Bottom Line

MS Office 2003/2007 Skills Builder Program

Whether you need to improve your skills to become better at your job or to advance to another position, our MS Office Skills Builder Program will help you build a development plan to reach your goals for one low price.

Choose from:

Excel Level 1, 2 & 3

Visio Level 1

Word Level 1, 2 & 3

Project Level 1& 2

PowerPoint Level 1& 2

Office 2007 Transition

Outlook Level 1, 2 & 3

 

 

 

Plans:
Four Course Builder – This plan is for clients who need to only develop a few skills in MS Office or need a course refresher. Choose any four courses and levels from the MS Office list to customize your learning plan.
Price: $595 – Save over 50% off our regular course prices!*
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Tips of the Month

How to Get Motivated

By: Tyler Huggins


We all have something worthwhile that we may have wanted to get done for some time now, but for whatever reasons, have just never gotten around to.  Today’s tip covers three methods to motivate yourself to GET TO IT.  There are many more ways of course, and I will include those in future emails.

  1. Post it where you’ll see it. Print out your goal in big letters. Make your goal just a few words long, like a mantra (like ”Eat Healthy”), and post it at home and work – walls, refrigerators, etc.  Put it on your computer desktop. You want to have big reminders about your goal, to keep your focus and keep your excitement going. Have your email send you reminders.  The power of visualization is huge, so post a picture to go with the reminders.
  2. Start small. Really small. If you are having a hard time getting started, it may be because you’re thinking too big – break it down to mini goals. “Clean the office” should become “Deal with the paper work, sort other clutter, vacuum the floor, take out the garbage...” etc  Then target one task at a time.  You might even want to break down “deal with the paper work” into little parts, like “deal with last week’s paperwork, deal with this week’s paperwork...” etc.  This lets you get to it in small, unintimidating chunks.
  3. Think about the benefits, not the difficulties. One common problem is that we think about how hard something is. Exercise sounds so hard! Just thinking about it makes you tired. But block that thought – throw it away!  The mind can only hold one thought at a time, so make a new positive thought, and use it to push the negative one out of the way.  For example, instead of thinking about how tiring exercise can be, focus on how good you’ll feel when you’re done, and how you’ll be healthier and slimmer over the long run (use the visualization trick). Really clearly dwelling on the benefits of something will help energize you.

Microsoft Office

By: Alex Siedule

 

In Excel:

If you ever find a situation where the # appears, it often means that a column is too narrow to fit the numbers entered into that particular column.

In order to fix this, place the mouse pointer on the right edge of the column that is too narrow and dbl-click the mouse. The column will automatically widen to fit the widest value.

Adobe Illustrator

By: Jane Pratico

 

Skip the New Document Dialog Box 
To create a new InDesign document without summoning the New Document Dialog Box, add the Opt/Alt key to the Cmd/Ctrl-N keyboard shortcut. The resulting new document will be based on whatever setting you last chose in the New Document dialog box’s Document Preset pop-up menu.

 

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Upcoming Application Courses

Upcoming Technical Courses

Course

Dates

Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe Creative Suite CS4 Integration Workshop

Jan. 25, Mar. 29, May 24

Acrobat Level 1

Nov. 7, Jan. 8, May 3

Acrobat Level 2

Nov. 19, Mar. 26, Jun. 7

Captivate

Nov. 13, Feb. 12, Jun. 9

Dreamweaver Level 1

Oct. 19, Dec. 10, Jan. 18, Feb. 8, Mar. 22, Apr. 19, May 10, Jun.14

Dreamweaver Level 2

Dec. 17, Feb. 26, Jun. 16

Illustrator Level 1

Nov. 9, Jan. 7, Mar. 8, May 13

Illustrator Level 2

Dec. 7, Feb. 3, Jun. 2

InDesign Level 1

Oct. 13, Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 15, Mar. 15, Apr. 12, May .17

Photoshop Level 1

Oct. 5, Feb. 22, Apr. 29, Jun. 10

Photoshop Level 2

Oct. 21, Jan. 15, May 5

Microsoft Office 

Access 2003 Level 1

Nov. 12

Access 2007 Level 1

Nov. 12, Feb. 12, May 5

Computers 101

Nov. 20, Mar. 11, Jun. 10

Excel 2003 Level 1

Oct. 13 & 26, Nov. 16 & 30, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 16, Mar. 15, Apr. 12, May 17

Excel 2003 Level 2

Oct. 14 & 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 & 15, Feb. 17, Mar. 16 & 17, Apr. 13, May 18

Excel 2003 Level 3

Oct. 15 & 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 & 16, Jan. 13, Feb. 2, Apr. 14, May 19, Jun. 9

Excel 2007 Level 1

Oct. 19, Nov. 4, Dec. 7, Jan. 4 & 25, Feb. 8 & 22, Mar. 8 & 22, Apr. 5 & 26, May 10 & 24

Excel 2007 Level 2

Oct. 20, Nov. 24, Dec. 8, Jan. 5 & 26, Feb. 9 & 23, Mar. 9 & 23, Apr. 6 & 27, May 5 & 25

Excel 2007 Level 3

Oct. 21, Nov. 25, Dec. 9, Jan. 6 & 27, Feb. 10 & 24, , Mar. 10 & 24, Apr. 7 & 28, May 12

Office 2007 Transition

Oct. 9, Nov. 27, Dec. 23, Jan. 20, Feb. 19, Mar. 26, Apr. 21, May 28, Jun. 18

Office 2007 Transition Webinar

Sep. 24, Oct. 23, Nov. 26, Dec. 22

Outlook 2003 Level 1

Nov. 4, Jan. 6, Mar. 3, May 5

Outlook 2003 Level 2

Nov. 9, Jan. 7, Mar. 4, May 6

Outlook 2007 Level 1

Nov. 30, Jan. 13, Mar. 10, May 12

Outlook 2007 Level 2

Dec. 1, Jan. 14, Mar. 11, May 13

Outlook 2007 Level 3

Mar. 31

Project Level 1

Oct. 1, Nov. 4, Dec. 9, Jan. 20, Feb. 24, Mar. 24, Apr. 21, May 12, Jun. 8

Project Level 2

Nov. 23

Visio Level 1

Dec. 8, Jan. 6, Mar. 2, May 4

InfoPath 2007 Level 1

Dec. 17, Feb. 25, Apr. 23, Jun. 25

Word 2003 Level 1

Nov. 2, Dec. 3, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, May 3, Jun. 21

Word 2003 Level 2

Nov. 9, Dec. 18, Jan. 19, Feb. 11, Mar. 2, Apr. 15, May 4, Jun. 22

Word 2003 Level 3

Oct. 22, Dec. 21, Mar. 3, Apr. 19, Jun. 23

Word 2007 Level 1

Nov. 3, Dec. 4, Jan. 14, Feb. 10, Mar. 4, Apr. 7, May 13, Jun. 17

Word 2007 Level 2

Nov. 10, Dec. 11, Jan. 21, Feb. 17, Mar. 18, Apr. 14, May 20, Jun. 24

Word 2007 Level 3

Nov. 26, Feb. 4, Mar. 25, May 31

PowerPoint 2003 Level 1

Oct. 19, Nov. 23, Dec. 14, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, Jun. 6

PowerPoint 2003 Level 2

Nov. 16, Dec. 21, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, Mar. 2, Apr. 6, May 4, Jun. 8

PowerPoint 2007 Level 1

Oct. 20, Nov. 24, Dec. 15, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12, May 10, Jun. 14

PowerPoint 2007 Level 2

Nov. 17, Dec. 22, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9, Apr. 14, May 11, Jun. 15

Course

Start Date

MS SharePoint

MS SharePoint Designer and Branding

Nov. 30

MS SharePoint End User

Oct. 26, Nov. 23, Dec. 21

MS SharePoint Power User

Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Dec. 22

5060: Implementing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Nov. 30

5061: Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Dec. 2

MS Windows Server 2008

6416B: Updating your Network Infrastructure and Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server

Oct. 26, Dec. 7

6417: Updating your Applications Infrastructure Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008

Nov. 9

6419: Configuring, Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Servers

Jan. 4

6421A: Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure

Oct. 19

6422: Implementing and Managing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

Dec. 28

6425A: Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services

Nov. 2, Dec. 14

6426A: Configuring and Troubleshooting Identity and Access Solutions with Windows Server 2008 AD

Nov. 9, Dec. 21

6431A: Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Servers

Nov. 9

6432A:Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Servers

Nov. 12

6435A: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure

Nov. 16, Jan. 4

6436A: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Infrastructure and Services

Nov. 23, Jan. 18

6437A: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure

Nov. 30, Jan 25

MS SQL Server 2008

6158C: Updating Your SQL Server 2005 Skills to SQL Server 2008

Jan. 18

6231: Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database

Dec. 7

6232A: Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database

Dec. 14

6234A: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services

Nov. 2

6236A: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

Nov. 9

MS Office Communicator 2007

5177A: Implementing and Maintaining Instant Messaging Using Microsoft Office Communications Server

Nov. 23

5178A: Implementing and Maintaining Audio/Visual Conferencing Using Microsoft Office Communications

Nov. 24

5179A: Implementing and Maintaining Telephony Using Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

Nov. 26

MS Exchange 2007

3938C: Updating Your Skills from Microsoft Exchange Server 2000/2003 to 2007 SP1

Oct. 26, Dec. 21

5047B: Introduction to Installing and Managing MS Exchange Server 2007

Nov. 2, Dec. 14

5049A: Managing Messaging Security using MS Exchange Server 2007

Nov. 5, Dec. 17

5050: Recovering Messaging Servers and Databases Using MS Exchange Server 2007

Nov. 6, Dec. 18

5051: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Nov. 16

5053A: Designing a Messaging Infrastructure Using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Nov. 23

5054A: Designing a High Availability Messaging Solution Using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Nov. 26

MS System Center 2007

50028B: Managing System Centre Operations 2007

Nov. 16

6451A: Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft System Center

Oct. 19, Jan. 18

Visual Studio 2008 & ASP.NET 3.5

2310: Developing ASP .NET Web Applications using Visual Studio 2008

Jan. 4

6463A: Visual Studio 2008: ASP.NET 3.5

Jan. 11

6464A: Visual Studio 2008: ADO.NET 3.5

Jan. 13

Project Server 2007

5928A: Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Managing Projects

Jan. 11

Windows 7

6291A: (BETA) Updating Your Technology Knowledge of Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 7

Dec. 21

Vista

5118A: Maintaining and Troubleshooting Windows Vista Computers

Nov. 30

5119A: Supporting the Windows Vista Operating System and Applications

Dec. 3

Windows Server 2003

2277C Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

Dec. 14

MS SQL Server 2005

2778A: Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL

Oct. 28

2779B: Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server2005 Database

Nov. 16, Dec. 7

2780B: Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database

Nov. 23

2791A: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services

Jan. 11

2792A: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Integration Services

Jan. 18

2793: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Oct. 21, Jan. 25

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