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The campus will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Continuing Education and Customized Training


"Technology and the economic downturn have made the employment environment much more competitive. Companies are demanding employees with problem solving skills, business writing skills, an understanding of verbal and nonverbal communications and self-starters who are ready to engage every day."

–Jeannette Grace, MCTC Continuing Education Business and Communications Instructor

Become a Free Agent in the New Workforce

Confidence is KeyTraditional employment opportunities are declining, with more than 40 percent of American workers classified as free agents at the start of 2012. How do you thrive in a workforce in which you have to create your own job, your own career, your own living? What skills and talents are needed?

This course provides step-by-step guidance and will demystify the world of the free agent by equipping you with the understanding, perspective, and skills to seek opportunities with your own products and services. Stop feeling victimized when “jobs” aren’t available or offered to you and learn how you can meet the needs of individuals or organizations and get paid for your work. Don’t be left behind. You can have freedom in your work and thrive in this changing marketplace.

Course objectives include:

  • Know yourself: clarify your strengths and preferences regarding work capacities you can offer in the new marketplace.
  • Know the marketplace: understand the needs and wants of the marketplace and align your strengths to them.
  • Create a plan: artfully craft what you have to offer through goal setting and planning.
  • Engage opportunities: engage connections, people and opportunities to make work transactions happen.
  • Maintain your practice: develop the structure and practices you need to be your own boss.

How To Be a Free Agent consists of two parts: Introduction and Nuts and Bolts. The Nuts and Bolts class includes two, 30-minute one-on-one coaching sessions during the scheduled time.

Instructors: As the founder and principal of Move as One, LLC, Julie Delene has been consulting, coaching, and training in organizations for over 25 years. Using her proprietary method, she reveals the passion and vitality in leaders and teams to achieve inspired and strategic goals. Julie is the author of the book “Moved to Create,” and coaches individuals and groups to successfully achieve their professional goals, develop leadership potential, and build cocreative relationships.

John Johnson has been a guide for change in over a thousand organizations since 1972. His history is in the industries and networks of manufacturing, energy, sales, education, health care, government, professional service firms, technology, defense, and community organizing. John has spent extensive time coaching individuals, often on the shaping of one’s future at work, along with strategic thinking, leadership behaviors, and building collaboration. He often facilitates high risk meetings.

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MCTC–Thermo King Partnership

hermo King President Ray Pittard, left, and MCTC president Phil Davis.

MCTC was awarded $300,000 by the Department of Employment and Economic Development Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to develop and implement lean process improvement training. The training will be delivered to more than 550 engineering, design and management staff at Minnesota-based Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand.

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