Workforce development arm extends outreach at Penn College

Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is expanding its public workshops to the Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties, beginning with a variety of business and management classes this fall. There is a cost for each class.

Finance for non-financial managers – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29

Many employees in today’s workforce want nothing to do with the numbers, yet that is the way organizations measure how they are doing and decide if they will continue operating. Financial statements provide a great deal of knowledge about an organization’s financial situation.

Look behind the numbers at key ratios and metrics that provide deeper insight into how the organization is working. Through lecture, discussions and activities, participants get the opportunity to explore basic financial statements and learn important measures used for evaluating any organization.

The ladder of inference: Avoid jumping to conclusions – 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 6

In today’s fast-moving world, you are often pressured to act immediately rather than taking the time to apply reason and focus on the true facts. This can lead you to the wrong conclusions and cause conflict with others. It’s key to make certain your actions and decisions are founded on reality.

With the Ladder of Inference, you can learn to use facts, beliefs and experiences in a positive manner rather than allowing them to narrow your field of judgment. Following this step-by-step reasoning will lead you to better results, based on reality, avoiding unnecessary mistakes and conflict.

Getting stuff done – 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 6

Learn how to “MindSweep” and transfer all that is on your mind into outcomes and actions. MindSweep is about breaking down information into actionable items. Everything you keep has a clear reason for being in your life at any given moment – both now and well into the future.

This gives you an amazing kind of confidence that a) nothing gets lost and b) you always understand what’s on or off your plate. “Almost everyone I encounter these days feels he or she has too much to handle and not enough time to get it done,” said David Allen, author of “Getting Things Done.”

Critical conversations with employees – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22

Learn to enhance communication skills for individuals, teams and organizations. Discover ways to communicate more effectively, avoiding the pitfalls of undercommunicating, withholding information and failing to act with unity and conviction.

The four open-enrollment courses will be held at the Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties, 4 Erie Ave., St. Marys.

To register, call 570-327-4775 or visit www.pct.edu/wdce, where a complete listing of courses, descriptions and dates also is available.