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Life Skills Center

Workshops

Fall 2017
Soft Skills - The Hard Facts of Professional Success:

This interactive 1 hour workshop utilizing the US Dept. of Labor's Skills to Pay the Bills video series will cover the 10 most important "soft skills" employers are looking for in today's workforce. Participants will leave with an understanding that: (1) it is not enough to just have "hard skills" and training for the job, (2) the definition of soft skills, (3) why "soft skills" are critical for success, and (4) how to practice them successfully.

Top Ten Soft Skills: Self Confidence, Work Ethic, Time Management, Positive Attitude/Being a Team Player, Flexibility/Adaptability to Changes, Working Well Under Pressure, Problem Solving Skills, Good Communication, How to Accept and Learn from Criticism, and Dealing with Difficult People.

Participants will be encouraged to see the LSC Coordinator for individual assistance on areas they identify as challenging.

(Based on participant feedback, may break out 1 or 2 of the 10 for more in-depth sessions in the future.)

Additional workshops are available by appointment. Please contact Brad Kauffman at 803-822-3443 or kauffmanb@midlandstech.edu for more information.

Airport Campus

Fall 2017 Dates:
Day Time Location
Friday, September 8 10:00AM – 11:30AM AC 152
Friday, September 29 10:00AM – 11:30AM AC 152
Friday, October 27 10:00AM – 11:30AM AC 152

Beltine Campus

Fall 2017 Dates:
Day Time Location
Thursday, September 7 10:00AM – 11:30AM LRC 131
Thursday, September 28 1:00PM – 2:30PM LRC 131
Thursday, October 19 3:00PM – 4:30PM LRC 131

Interview Ready:

This is a 3 part career preparedness workshop which focuses on the interview process. Parts 2 & 3 are offered by invitation only to students identified by the Registrar and Department Chairs as anticipated graduating students for the current semester. Students will learn how to: dress for success, prepare for an interview, research an employer, answer standard interview questions, decode "tricky" interview questions, and wrap-up an interview. Special attention will also be given to interview follow up: thank you letter etiquette and next steps.

Part 1: Interviewing do's and don'ts, resume/thank you letter preparation. Interview job description assigned and mock interview scheduled (if applicable).

By Invitation Only
Part 2: Mock Interview with Panel. Required follow-up with thank you letter.

Part 3: Feedback on interview and action steps for improvement where applicable.

By appointment, please call 803-822-3443

All About Computers:

This is a 3 part lesson which introduces participants to computers. It is designed to meet the needs of students with little computer experience so they can navigate the MTC process. At the end of these sessions students will: understand the basic computer components, confidently navigate the internet and email, MyMTC, and understand MLA essay formatting.

Part 1: ASC/LSC Welcome, Intro to computer components (CPU, Desktop, Keyboard, Mouse, Flash Drives, Volume, Printing), ASC Log In, MTC Website and Resources, Questions.

Part 2: MyMTC, Email, D2L, Office 365.

Part 3: Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, APA and MLA formatting.

Please contact Brad Kauffman at 803-822-3443 for additional information and scheduling.

Financial Literacy:

This 1 hour presentation will introduce students to the fundamentals of money management and financial literacy. There will be specific focus on: budgeting, saving, attitudes towards debt, student loans, accessing, understanding and improving credit reports/scores, banking vs quick cash centers, and balancing accounts.

Please contact Brad Kauffman at 803-822-3443 for additional information and scheduling.

Airport Campus

Fall 2017 Dates:
Day Time Location
Friday, September 22nd 10:00AM – 11:30AM AC 152
Friday, October 13th 10:00AM – 11:30AM AC 152
Friday, November 10th 10:00AM – 11:30AM AC 152

Beltine Campus

Fall 2017 Dates:
Day Time Location
Thursday, September 21st 10:00AM – 11:30AM LRC 131
Thursday, October 12th 1:00PM – 2:30PM LRC 131
Thursday, November 2nd 3:00PM – 4:30PM LRC 131

Study Skills:

This 1 hour workshop is designed to help students with general best practice recommendations on: note taking, studying, handling test anxiety, critical thinking, proactive steps (coursework/instructors/tutors), and utilizing resources (online and on campus). Attendees will be encouraged to meet with the LSC Coordinator for individualized assessment of their study habits with a resulting Individualized Success Plan (ISP).

Additional workshops are available by appointment. Please contact at Brad Kauffman 803-822-3443 or kauffmanb@midlandstech.edu for more information.

Airport Campus

Fall 2017 Dates:
Day Time Location
Friday, September 15th 10:00AM – 11:30AM AC 152
Friday, October 6th 10:00AM – 11:30AM AC 152
Friday, November 3rd 10:00AM – 11:30AM AC 152

Beltine Campus

Summer 2017 Dates:
Day Time Location
Thursday, September 14th 10:00AM – 11:30AM AC 152
Thursday, October 5th 1:00PM – 2:30PM AC 152
Thursday, October 26th 3:00PM – 4:30PM AC 152

ACT Engage:

This 30 minute online assessment tool is the first participant requirement. The assessment measures students' behaviors and psychosocial attributes, which are critical, but are often overlooked components of their success in college. Without the pressure of a high-stakes assessment, students answer 108 simple questions about themselves. The resulting report is the foundation of the Individualized Success Plan (ISP) which will be generated by the LSC Coordinator.

The assessment measures:

Motivation & Skills
Personal characteristics that help students to succeed academically by focusing and maintaining energies on goal-directed activities: academic discipline, general determination, goal striving, commitment to college, study and communication skills.

Social Engagement
Interpersonal factors that influence students' successful integration or adaptation into their environment: social connection and social activity.

Self-Regulation
Cognitive and affective processes used to monitor, regulate, and control behavior related to learning: academic self-confidence and steadiness.

Airport Campus

Day Time Location
Monday — Thursday 8:00AM — 7:00PM Academic Center (AC 151)
Friday 8:00AM — 12:00PM Academic Center (AC 151)

Beltline Campus

Day Time Location
Monday — Thursday 8:00AM — 7:00PM Learning Resource Center (LRC) 131
Friday 8:00AM — 12:00PM Learning Resource Center (LRC) 131