February, 2008

Volume 6, Issue 2

Dreamweaver Basics Begins in February

This class will provide a valuable introduction to the fundamentals of Adobe Dreamweaver. Whether you like to hand code your websites or you prefer to work in a visual editing environment where you don’t have to write any code, Dreamweaver has is all. Learn how you can use Dreamweaver’s tools to design your webpage and how Dreamweaver can be used to streamline your website by using design templates. This class will run from February 4th - March 14th and will be taught entirely online. You must have access to a computer and Internet to take this class. Deadline for registration has been extended until noon on Friday, February 1st. For more information contact Kris Williams at kwilliams@bemidjistate.edu

 "Open Networking - All your questions answered"
Business owners, managers and personnel and human resources professionals are encouraged to bring along their questions, as they will determine the discussion topics for the entire session.  "This is a great opportunity for professionals who deal with personnel issues to tap into the knowledge that is available through others who deal with similar issues," said Kerry Ross, CRI training coordinator, who will serve as facilitator. The session will be appropriate for any business owners with staff and supervisors and human resource professionals from all types of organizations. Join us for this FREE informational session on Thursday, February 7 from 9 am to 11 am at the Center for Research and Innovation.  More information and the full RESN schedule are online.
“Online Learning - What the Heck is That?”

The featured presenter will be Colleen Falk, CRI corporate development coordinator. This session is designed to suggest ways of applying existing skills and developing new ones in order to get the most out of any web-based class. A guide to successful online learning will be provided to participants. “Online classes are not all that different from regular classes,” said Falk. “You’ ll have an instructor and classmates and will interact with them during the semester … The skills you need most to be a successful online learner are the same ones you use in any class; preparation, organization and self-discipline. The difference is in how you apply them.” The session format is a half-hour presentation followed by a question and answer period. Attendance is free and open to all who’d like to learn more about the topic. Participants are encouraged to bring along a bag lunch.  The session is scheduled from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13 at CRI.   Click here for more information and full schedule.

“Forklifts in the Workplace – What Does OSHA Require?”
Presenting will be Scott Johnson, safety consultant principal with Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration Workplace Consultation, Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, St. Paul.  The session will focus on OSHA requirements regarding forklifts operating in the workplace including operator training, truck operations, maintenance, designated locations and types or classifications of trucks.  The presentation will contain information useful to any company utilizing forklifts, and attendees will receive handouts pertaining to forklift driver education requirements and general forklift safety. The presentation is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20. More information, registration form, and the full schedule of Northern MN Safety Council events are available online. 

How Will Climate Change Impact the Seed Sources Used to Artificially Regenerate Forests in Minnesota?”
Presenting will be Carrie Pike, coordinator of the Minnesota Tree Improvement Cooperative at the University of Minnesota’s Cloquet Forestry Center and research fellow with the Department of Forest Resources, St. Paul campus. Pike will report on emerging climate trends and the implications to forest management in Minnesota with respect to seed sources. “We will discuss the concept of assisted migration, forest productivity and whether or not different seed sources or tree species should be used to regenerate Minnesota’s forests in the future,” said Pike. The information presented will be of interest to forest managers and anyone with a stake in artificial regeneration. This session will be held at the CRI on Monday, February 25 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. More information and the full schedule is online.

Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) Begins Spring Series
Father John Husband will present, “Religious Icons and Their Impact on our Lives” on Tuesday, February 26 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Center for Research and Innovation, 3801 Bemidji Avenue North, Suite 4.  The series will continue for 8 consecutive Tuesdays featuring Women’s Diaries: A Literary Window into History” on March 4 and“Language death, language birth: The life cycle of human languages” on March 11.  The full schedule is included in the ALL newsletter online.

Design your Annual Fundraising Plan
This series of workshops is designed to educate you about having an annual fund raising plan, determining which elements are needed within your non-profit and begin working on your own annual fund raising plan.  This is a hands-on course designed to assist you in having something concrete to begin implementing once you have completed all the sessions.  As an added bonus, you will receive a one-hour one on one session with the trainer following the course.  During this session, your annual fund raising plan will be reviewed and suggestions made for its successful implementation.  All sessions, including the one-on-one review of your organization’s fundraising plan, will be conducted by Deb McGregor-Pfleger.  Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on March 5, 12, 19 and 26. Participants must attend all 4 sessions. The registration form is online.

Employment Law Seminar Scheduled March 20 in Bemidji
The Regional Employer Support Network is proud to co-sponsor Nancy Vollertsen, a member of Lindquist & Vennum’s Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation & Employment Law Practice Group, who will share the latest legal information on topics including the hiring process, wage and hour issues, workplace issues, safety, health and environmental, termination and workers’ compensation.  This event is schedule March 20 at Bemidji’s Hampton Inn.  More information, including registration instructions, is online.

Quickbooks 2008 Training Offered
This is a review of computerized accounting applications and software used by a small business, partnership, or corporation. Group critical thinking outcomes are included and computer spreadsheet and work processing applications are also used.  The one-day, 6-hour workshop covers the software installation and use of the general ledger, bank reconciliation, payroll, inventory, budgeting, business analysis, fixed asset management accounting software programs.  Learners will utilize the newest version-Quick Books Pro 2008 on laptop computers. Technical Learners with previous versions of Quickbooks software will also improve business efficiency by taking this class.  Gary Sorenson, CPA, will lead the instruction.  Class will be March 28th, 9:00-4:00 at the Center For Research and Innovation at a cost of $125 including instruction and materials.  Registration form is online.

Third Annual Bemidji Safety Conference Scheduled April 3
Minnesota Safety Council, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and the Northern Minnesota Safety Council have once again teamed up to host Bemidji Safety Day.  Mark your calendars for April 3 at the Evangelical Covenant Church on Highway 2 West in Bemidji.  The day will feature a variety of presentations; break-out sessions, and vendor displays.  Watch the CRI News for more details and registration form.


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