January, 2007

Volume 5, Issue 1


Regional Employer Support Network Presents “Workplace Harassment”
Presenting will be Lee Daily, from Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Events Center, Mahnomen.  The information presented will be of value to business owners, managers, supervisors, human resource associates or anyone who may deal with harassment issues in the workplace.  Participants will receive workbooks on the topic for future reference. Daily has been developing classes and training on harassment issues in the workplace for six years at Shooting Star Casino which employs more than 1,200 individuals.  “Harassment is not just wrong, it costs businesses millions of dollars each year,” said Daily.  The session is free and open to all who want to learn more about the topic.  Join us Thursday, January 4 from 9-11am at the CRI.

Fundamentals of Project Management
If you are a project manager, including grant managers, the hands on exercises will provide your project team with the tangible outcomes required to develop a comprehensive project plan.  Topics include project selection, life cycle, scope planning, estimating costs, execution and control, and risk management.  This 3-day interactive course begins January 16, 2007.  Course fee is $425, including lunch and all materials, with a discount offered to any company sending 4 or more people to this course. More information, course syllabus and the registration form are available online.

“OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Program: An Introduction”
Co-presenters will be Myron Selzler, safety director with North Central Door, Bemidji, and Carol Sele, emergency preparedness coordinator, North Country Regional Hospital, Bemidji.  Their presentation will provide an awareness of OSHA’s expectations for respiratory protection, display different types of respirators with applications for use, demonstrate proper fit testing methods, provide a template for a respiratory protection plan and indicate sources for additional respiratory protection information. Handouts will be available to participants.  The information is designed primarily to be of interest to industries and medical businesses where respirator usage is required in some of the work processes.  This session will be held Wednesday, January 17 from 11:15-1:00pm at the CRI.   A $20 fee will be charged.  Advance registration is requested to guarantee lunch and materials.  Registration forms and schedule of upcoming sessions are online.

Online Certificate in Human Resources Management
The Center for Research and Innovation will offer their on-line professional development non-credit certificate in Human Resources Management beginning January 22. The 12-week course is designed for professionals who are new to the human resources field or human resources assistants and staff who provide technical or administrative support. The interactive design of the program will help participants build a network of resources and people that will last long after the course is completed. Course information, frequently asked questions and registration forms are available online.

“Survival and Habitat Use of Eastern Wild Turkeys Trans-located to Northwestern Minnesota”
Presenting will be Chad Parent, a graduate student with the Department of Biology, University of North Dakota, who has been studying the topic for more than a year.  He plans to give a PowerPoint presentation on the impact of severe winter conditions on wild turkey survival. His research objectives have included estimating turkey survival, monitoring habitat use, estimating home ranges and recruitment and measuring the effects of weather on released turkeys.   
“The demand for turkey populations is growing northward, but our understanding of the wild turkey ecology in northern habitats is inadequate,” said Parent. “I’m examining all aspects of wild turkey ecology to understand and determine if turkeys should continue to be released in Northwestern Minnesota.” This session will be held on Monday, January 22 from 3-4pm at the CRI.  The full schedule is available online.

Real Estate Pre-licensure Courses
To become a licensed real estate person in Minnesota, you must complete 90 hours of pre-licensure training – Real Estate I, II and III. You must also successfully pass the Real Estate Licensure exam.  The 90 hours of classroom training will be offered via Interactive Television on Bemidji State University campus beginning January 23Frequently asked questions, full schedule and registration forms are online.

Write a Winning Grant Series Scheduled
This 3-course series is ideal for people in nonprofits, government entities or schools who want to learn the basics of writing successful grant proposals.  Starting January 30, 2007!  Click here for course and registration information.

Insurance Pre-licensure Courses
To become a licensed insurance agent – the State of Minnesota requires you to successfully complete a 30-hour basic insurance course, plus a 15-hour life/health insurance course and/or a 15-hour property/casualty insurance course, and pass a qualifying exam. These courses meet this requirement.  Classes will be delivered via Interactive Television on the Bemidji State University campus beginning March 13.  The complete course schedule and registration forms are online.

Online Web Design Class Coming Soon
This class will provide a valuable introduction to the design fundamentals for a well-designed Web site. The class will teach the foundations in layout, typography, color, and usability. The class will be offered starting in early March. This class will be taught entirely online. Stay tuned to the CRI News for more information, or look for updates on our website at www.cri-bsu.org.

The staff at Center for Research and Innovation wish you and yours happy holidays.  The CRI will be closed on January 1 in observance of the New Year holiday and January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King.

The Center for Research and Innovation along with the NW Minnesota Regional Small Business Development Center provide a full range of business and career services. The Minnesota Small Business Development Center program is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Minnesota Department of Employee and Economic Development, and sponsoring centers. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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