JOB READINESS

 

jobReady

The Job Readiness classes are listed below with a course description. These are the classes that are recommended for all participants who are preparing to enter the world of work. These programs are meant to address the needs of people who have limited work experience or who have never worked. Many times these participants have limited academic skills or do not have the needed diploma or GED. In addition, many of these participants lack the skills, attitude and self confidence needed to find and hold a job.

The information below lists the main items to describe the class.
Length – Number of weeks needed for the class
Time – Total hours of instruction
Homework – Number of hours of homework for the participant
Prerequisites – Skills or knowledge the participant should have before taking the class
Course Description – A general statement describing what the class is about
Objectives – What the participant is expected to learn during the class
Teaching Strategies – Methods and techniques the instructor uses to teach the class

 
Introduction to Computers

Introduction to Computers Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include pre and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION Almost all jobs or areas of work require some computer literacy. The objective of this program is to provide a basic computer literacy to all participants. This course is designed to teach the beginner the basics of a computer and the use of basic programs at the basic level in order to meet employer expectations and requirements. COURSE OBJECTIVES To understand general operation of computer To learn the components of computer hardware and proper operation To learn the basic programs used on most computer systems TEACHING STRATEGIES Demonstration Hands-on On-line support Projects

Achieving Success

Achieving Success Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include pre and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to help Tribal TANF clients develop a positive attitude, positive outlook, and confidence, as an essential ingredient for success in training for the work force and in obtaining and sustaining a job and/or career. COURSE OBJECTIVES to understand how past conditioning affects our lives to understand the process in developing and preparing future aspirations overcoming potential barriers acquired from our early stages of development TEACHING STRATEGIES Interactive Presentations Role Playing Small group

Self-Esteem, Motivation & Goal Setting

Self-Esteem, Motivation & Goal Setting Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include pre and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to teach Tribal TANF participants the importance of developing self-esteem, improving their self image and motivating them to set and achieve life and career goals. COURSE OBJECTIVES To teach the importance of: Our belief system Comfort zones To evaluate from our belief system: Ideals Values Qualities TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentations Small Group Practice sessions/feedback

Journey to Success

Journey to Success Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include pre and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to teach the building of positive attitudes. COURSE OBJECTIVES To teach the importance of: Interpersonal relations, Personal responsibility, Teamwork TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentations Role playing Group Discussion Examples

Computer Basics and Keyboarding

Computer Basics and Keyboarding Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include prep and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION This course takes students through the basics of effectively using a computer to perform basic tasks. COURSE OBJECTIVES To Learn: Beginning level skills Basic computers operation Topics include: Common computer-oriented vocabulary Basic computer hardware Using the keyboard and mouse Creating, opening, editing and printing word processor documents TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentations Demonstrations Practical Exercises Sample Projects

Adult Basic Education (Remedial)

Adult Basic Education (Remedial) Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include prep and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION The subjects of Reading, Writing and Mathematics are necessary components of the ABE program. Students who are not formally enrolled in a school and do not have a diploma or GED and their educational skills are below the high school completion level are eligible for this program. Students will eventually take the GED courses and hopefully receive their certificate or diploma and then be eligible to enter the work force. COURSE OBJECTIVES To Achieve a level in the following that allow a participant to pursue a GED diploma: Math Reading Writing TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentation Work books Practical exercises Practice Tests Study Skills Individual instruction Small group study

GED (General Education Development)

GED (General Education Development) Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include prep and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION An outline of topics generally covered by the GED program includes Language Arts, Writing, Essay Composition, Language Arts and Reading, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics. COURSE OBJECTIVES To prepare participants to pass the GED Examinations in the following areas: Language Arts Math Science Social Science TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentation Work books Practical exercises Practice Tests Study Skills

Financial Management, Savings and Investing Money

Financial Management, Savings, and Investing Money Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include prep and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: Adult Basic Education (Basic math skills needed) COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to teach check writing, checking accounts, checkbooks, banking and savings accounts, investing, economics and saving money. COURSE OBJECTIVES To learn to: Write a check Make check account deposits Make withdrawals Manage and balance a checkbook Reconciliation with monthly bank checking account statement TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentations Demonstrations Practical Exercise

Basic Employment Skills

Basic Employment Skills Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include pre and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to teach the skills needed whether participants are looking for a first job, intent on keeping their current job, changing jobs, or seeking to make a career change, good employment skills will help them meet their employment goals. COURSE OBJECTIVES Getting employment Searching for job openings Writing traditional or experience resumes Composing a cover letter Completing job applications Interviewing techniques Meeting expectations of their employer Job performance skills Getting along with co-workers TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentations Examples Video Examples Completing participant materials Role Playing Group Discussion

Job Search Skills

Job Search Skills Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include pre and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION A job search, whether for a full-time position or part-time, can be a time-consuming, daily task. TANF participants will learn how to use various methods of looking for a job including looking in the newspaper, finding help wanted postings on buildings, and how to use online job search engines. Students will also be educated on guidelines to follow while job searching. COURSE OBJECTIVES Researching oneself Developing a target list of organizations of interest Getting Organized Setting Goals TEACHING STRATEGIES Examples Presentations Projects

Communication Skills

Communication Skills Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include pre and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to teach participants communication skills and have them practice the types of communication that are relevant to the job search process obtaining jobs. COURSE OBJECTIVES Learning “The Definition of Communication” Barriers to Communication Healthy Life Programming Conflict Resolution Personality Development Developing Healthy Relationships Building Self-Esteem Public Speaking TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentations Practice sessions Small group video

Job Shadowing

Job Shadowing Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include pre and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to increase career awareness, help model participant behavior through examples and reinforce the link between classroom learning and work requirements. Job shadowing is limited in that it allows students to observe only; direct work experience, responsibility and skills. Almost any workplace is a potential job-shadowing site. COURSE OBJECTIVES To learn firsthand: The work environment Employability requirements Occupational skills in practice The value of professional training Potential career options To establish contact with local businesses in the community to set up this program TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentations Field Trips Group Discussions Reporting

Culture & Work

Culture & Work Length: 8 weeks Time: 16 hours 2 hours per week (does not include prep and reporting time) Homework: 8 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION These activities are related to current and past culture and work/careers of Indian communities. Additionally, other cultural activities such as traditional crafts, singing, traditional games and dancing will be part of the program. COURSE OBJECTIVES To Learn: A sense of responsibility, How the care of farm and ranch animals are related to tradition, culture and the world of work To take pride in their culture heritage with the out-of-doors and with the world of work How traditional crafts translate into current work skills and pride of workmanship How traditional game activities are part of a way of keeping physical fit To Understand: Storytelling is a way of training people to eventually become speakers for their jobs Talking Stick is a process that encourages group and teamwork, by trusting all to contribute Beading is a discipline in receptiveness, attention to detail, creativity and design Basket making is a discipline that incorporates design, biology or plants, and dye processes. Gourds and Drums foster design, display and musical transitions to the world of work Games help with memory, following rules and quick thinking skills TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentations Lab Work Small Group Field Trips Video Guest Speakers Guest Crafts Persons

Life Skills for Work

Life Skills for Work Length: 36 weeks Time: 72 hours 2 hours per week (does not include prep and reporting time) Homework: 36 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION This program will motivate and help participants to understand life skills concepts, and help them to apply and incorporate the course concepts to their daily and work life. The purpose of the program is to reinforce knowledge and good attitudes about Life Skills including work, parenting and family to the participants. Note: This program can be tailored to meet the needs of the organization. It can be as little as 16 hours, but the full program with in-depth coverage takes 72 hours. COURSE OBJECTIVES Problem Solving Decision Making Listening Risk Taking Values Self Control Manners Work Attitudes Consumer Skills Sickness Insurance TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentation Video Small Group Activities Special Speakers

Excel

Excel Length: 4 weeks Time: 8 hours 2 hours per week (does not include pre and reporting time) Homework: 4 hours Prerequisites: Basic Computer Skills COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to teach Tribal TANF participants to use a basic spreadsheet computer program for simple budgets, data collection and reporting. COURSE OBJECTIVES To Learn the basic mechanics of operating a spreadsheet: Cell formatting Layout Printing Formulas Data entry Data organization TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentations Lab Work Internet Resources Small Group Discussions Practice Problems and Examples

Photoshop

Photoshop Length: 8 weeks Time: 20 hours 2.5 hours per week Homework: 10 hours Prerequisites: Basic Computer Skills, Basic Photography Desired COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to teach Tribal TANF clients the basics of photograph manipulation and enhancement. COURSE OBJECTIVES To learn: The use of layers The use of the histogram graphs in retouching Importing photographs from on-line and scanner Adjustment image size Crop images Manipulate color Re-size images Use of selection tools Determining Printing setting Adding text TEACHING STRATEGIES Presentations Demonstrations Lab work Examples Internet Resources

Business Academy

Business Academy Length: 8 weeks January thru March 2010 Time: 64 hours 8 hours per week Homework: 32 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to teach Tribal TANF clients how a business works. COURSE OBJECTIVES To understand the basic procedures of providing service to Customers/Clients: Greeting Customer service Appearance Etiquette Tracking/Recording information To understand the mechanics of being an employee of a business: Time cards Schedules Working on a team Work Plans Employee evaluation To understand the specific training needs of a business to remain current: Learning the specifics of your assignment Workshops and training session “How to Get the most out of them” Learning How your job fits into the businesses service/product TEACHING STRATEGIES Interactive Discussions Presentations Role Playing Small group Shadowing Instructions

How to Mediate & Resolve Conflict in the Workplace

How to Mediate and Resolve Conflict in the Workplace Length: 8 weeks Time: 64 hours – 8 hours per week Homework: 32 hours Prerequisites: None COURSE DESCRIPTION Organization leaders are responsible for creating a work environment that enables people to thrive and companies to succeed. Due to situations unique to the working environment, however, such as shared credit, irritating coworker habits, or to keep a project on track, sometimes there is conflict between colleagues and coworkers. Mediating a conflict is challenging, but the ability to appropriately intervene sets the stage for the organization’s success and the comfort level of the people who work there. If disagreements and differences of opinion escalate into interpersonal conflict, it must be addressed for the health of the entire company. Not intervening is not an option if you value your organization and your positive culture. In conflict-ridden situations, your mediation skill and interventions are critical. COURSE OBJECTIVES How to create a healthy work environment How to communicate toward solutions How to discuss and commit to making the changes necessary to resolve the conflict What not to do Do not avoid the conflict, hoping it will go away Do not meet separately with people in conflict Do not believe that the only people who are affected by the conflict are the participants TEACHING STRATEGIES Interactive discussions Presentations Role Playing Small group Shadowing Instructions