College to offer free classes for career skills

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To help local employees and entrepreneurs find greater success in their careers and businesses, College of the Canyons will offer eight new short-term classes this semester that concentrate on building career-related skills.

The free classes, which are available through the college’s School of Continuing Education, will be offered in afternoon and evening sessions, as well as online, to accommodate the busy schedules of working adults.

The eight classes include: Time Management; Business Writing in the Technology Age; Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making; Best Practices in Customer Service; The Art of Negotiating and Collaboration; Personality Styles and Difficult Relationships; Successfully Managing and Developing People and Communication Strategies for the Workplace.

“In talking with local companies, we hear over and over again that these are the key skills employees need to not only help their companies grow, but also be successful in reaching their own individual career goals,” said Justin Wallace, director of educational partnerships.

Courses begin Oct. 8 and each class is eight hours long and can be completed in one week, school leaders said. As soon as one class ends, another begins the following week, and students who successfully complete multiple classes can earn certificates of achievement.

“Because these classes are free, and offered online and at convenient times, they offer a unique opportunity for local residents to gain a competitive advantage in their careers,” Wallace said. It’s also beneficial that students can choose to take courses at the college’s Canyon Country Campus on Sierra Highway or at the new Santa Clarita Plaza classroom on Bouquet Canyon Road.

Students who are currently enrolled at the college can register for courses by visiting the online class schedule, whereas new students should call 661-362-3304 for application and registration instructions.

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