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Active Listening and Inquiry for Managers

Dealing with co-workers, especially if you are in a supervisory role, can be challenging.  Communication is key when managing a workplace and active listening and inquiry are important communication tools in every manager’s toolbox.  Aaron Chavis will provide mangers and leaders with an introduction into the power and effectiveness of listening and asking high powered questions as a tool to improve supervisory skills, build trust and rapport, and improve employee/manager relations.  Course objectives include:

  • Dispel Myths of Active Listening and Active Inquiry
  • Develop basic listening and inquiry techniques to improve work relationships with employees
  • Create Follow-up Protocol to hold Self and Employees Accountable
  • Provide timely evaluations and improvement tracking to demonstrate growth and effectiveness

Aaron W. Chavis is a Strategic Adviser to nonprofit executives and other social entrepreneurs in the Tri State region.  He assists in the development of people, organizations, and communities by providing strategic solutions to build high performing teams and operations. He has over 18 years’ experience in the nonprofit industry; is an adjunct professor of Sociology; and, is the owner of Empathic Institute.

 

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Career Connections Presents – Master the Art of Networking

A critical component of anyone’s career goals and advancement is networking.  Finding the right job or career can be all about WHO you know rather than WHAT you know.  Join us as we highlight why networking is so important in today’s job environment while addressing the following topics:

  • Identifing, building, and expanding your network
  • Network planning
  • Using social media

 

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Financial Side of College Graduation

In November, the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority presented a program on how to pay for college.  As graduation dates creep ever closer, HESAA is back to talk about what to expect financially after graduation.  The feelings of joy and accomplishment after graduation can quickly fade as the real world of financial obligations start to set in.  Samantha Benson, Training Administrator for HESAA, will cover topics such as credit scores, student loan repayment programs, aggregate loan limits, and the cost of law and medical school.  Please join us for this critical informational session to help ensure that your children are set up for success after college.

 

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Exploring Languages with Pronunciator

In honor of Learn a Foreign Language Month, the NJSL will be offering an informational session on using Pronunciator.  Pronunciator is a language learning program that covers 80 languages that can be learned in any of 50 languages.   Whether you want to learn a new language or just familiarize yourself with a few phrases for a trip abroad, Pronunciator can help.  The database includes courses for each language including different types of drills, quizzes, audio lessons, pronunciation analysis, and phrase books.  Customize your courses to learn what you want and how you want.  This class will show you how to get started with Pronunciator and introduce you to the features available at your fingertips.

Please note: In order to use Pronunciator, you must be a New Jersey State Library authorized user (State employee or Thomas Edison State College staff member or student).  To get a New Jersey State Library card, you can apply online.  Contact the Reference Department with any questions.

 

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Diving Deeper into Genetic Genealogy

Genetic genealogy is becoming much more popular, allowing people to connect with unknown relatives and even becoming a tool for law enforcement to solve cold cases.  Please join us as professional genealogist Melissa Johnson dives deeper into genetic genealogy.  Learn more than the basics about DNA testing and how it can be useful to supplement the traditional paper trail for genealogical research.  Discover more about using the
testing companies’ websites to analyze and compare test results, how to use third party tools for analysis, and how to develop targeted testing plans to solve genealogical problems and brick walls.

 

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Career Connections Presents – Top Notch Resumes 2

Career Connections Presents – Top Notch Resumes 1: The Basics focused on the 2 main types of resumes and what should be included on them.  In Top Notch Resumes 2, we delve deeper into maximizing our resumes and other supplemental material that accompany them.  Topics covered will include:

  • Mining job postings/descriptions for important details
  • Tailoring resumes to specific jobs
  • Converting resumes from Chronological to Functional
  • Cover letters

 

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Introduction to Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?

This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

 

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Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers – Late Stage

People who suffer with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia require different care at different stages of the disease.  In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, care-giving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease.  Please join us and the Alzheimer’s Association for this program where you’ll hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.

 

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Grow Your Own Veggies

One of the joys of gardening is being able to grow your own food.  The spring is the perfect time to start making the necessary preparations to grow your favorite vegetables.  Please join us as Mike Gliddon, Rutgers Master Gardener in Mercer County for 9 years, introduces the benefits of vegetable gardening and  where to grow your vegetables, what to grow in this area and how to grow them. Brief details will be given on potential pests and diseases. Also information will be provided on how to obtain help on all aspects of vegetable gardening through Rutgers fact sheets and your local extension office.

 

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Small Business Administration Resources and Services

Starting and maintaining a small business can be difficult without the right funding and help.  The Small Business Administration can provide small business owners with the tools and resources to help start and grow your business.  Please join us as Erika Pearson from the SBA will present resources and services the SBA has to offer new and existing entrepreneurs and small businesses. There are local resources available, for little or no charge, that offer training and counseling services developed to assist new and established business owners.  She will answer what SBA programs and loans are available as funding outlets that you may not have considered and can be used to start or expand a business.

Erika came to the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) with 30 years of lending background and a wealth of financial customer service experience.  She worked for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a Taxpayer Advocate assisting taxpayers with resolving their IRS problems that they could not resolve on their own. Prior to the IRS, Erika worked in the private sector as a Wholesale Mortgage Account Executive for Chase Manhattan Bank, Santander Bankcorp, AIG, and PHH/Cendant Mortgage.  She assisted Bankers and Brokers with preparing and underwriting their residential mortgages for sale in the secondary market.

 

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Understanding Social Security

As people prepare for retirement, one of the biggest factors revolves around Social Security.  Popular questions include “How much will I get?”, “Will it be enough?”, and “Can I still work?”.  Please join us as the Credit Union of New Jersey and Member Wealth Management unravel the intricacies of Social Security, including:

  • Social Security Eligibility
  • Filing for Benefits
  • Benefits for Spouses
  • Working after you begin collecting
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Money Matters

Money plays a critical role in our lives, from how we operate day-to-day to our long term financial goals, such as retirement, purchasing a car, or buying a house.  Educating ourselves on our money, especially spending and saving, are important for ensuring financial stability and becoming financially literate.  As such, the NJ State Library is proud to kick of this year’s Money Smart Week with Money Matters from the FDIC.  The Money Matters module will show participants how to manage their money by preparing a personal spending plan and identify ways to decrease spending and increase income.  The module will specifically cover:

  • List the steps for setting financial goals
  • Track daily spending habits
  • Prepare a spending plan to estimate monthly income and expenses
  • Identify ways to decrease spending
  • Identify ways to increase income
  • Identify spending plan tools to manage bills

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media.  For more information, please visit http://www.ala.org/aboutala/offices/money-smart-week.

 

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