Optivation

Optivation
Optivation is a joint venture of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College designed to increase collaboration between the University, Technical College, business, industry and other sectors. Optivation was formed to focus efforts on training, continuing education, and entrepreneurial needs.
Our specialties include online professional development training and multimedia development for online training courses. Our focus is applied, non-credit training courses and professional development certificates.
Optivation is based in Bemidji, MN, USA
Optivation is a joint venture of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College designed to increase collaboration between the University, Technical College, business, industry and other sectors. Our organization name is derived from combining the words "optimizing" and "innovation" -- two words our customers use to describe the benefits of our services. Optivation was formed to focus efforts on training, continuing education, and entrepreneurial needs.
Our specialties include online professional development training and multimedia development for online training courses. Our focus is applied, non-credit training courses and professional development certificates.
The mission of Optivation is to create opportunities through workforce development. Our vision is to propel economic and community vitality.
On Site
Customer Service Series- Unit One : Unit One: Best Practices in Building Customer Relationships - 3 Hours September 14 Bemidji State University - Bridgeman Hall 204 - Establishing a vision for customer relationship building - Listening - Effective use of questions - Presenting information - Effective language - Concluding interactions
Customer Service Series- Unit Two : Unit Two: Professionalism - 3 Hours This course is held on September 21 Bemidji State University a Bridgeman Hall 204 -Establishing a vision for customer relationship building -Listening -Effective use of questions -Presenting information -Effective language -Concluding interactions
Workplace Coaching Series- Unit Four : November 1 Unit Four: Constructive Feedback a Part II - 3 Hours Bemidji State University, Bridgeman Hall 204 -Creating a Coaching Culture -Establishing Expectations -Using an Adult Learning Approach to Coaching -Coaching on the Fly. -The Effect of Generational Diversity on Coaching
Workplace Coaching Series- Unit One : October 11 Unit One: What is Workplace Coaching - 3 Hours Bemidji State University, Bridgeman Hall 204 -Creating a Coaching Culture -Establishing Expectations -Using an Adult Learning Approach to Coaching -Coaching on the Fly. -The Effect of Generational Diversity on Coaching
Workplace Coaching Series- Unit Three : October 25 Unit Three: Coaching Technique: Constructive Feedback - 3 Hours Bemidji State University, Bridgeman Hall 204 -Creating a Coaching Culture -Establishing Expectations -Using an Adult Learning Approach to Coaching -Coaching on the Fly. -The Effect of Generational Diversity on Coaching
Workplace Coaching Series- Unit Two : Unit Two: Coaching Technique: Positive Feedback - 3 Hours Bemidji State University, Bridgeman Hall 204 -Creating a Coaching Culture -Establishing Expectations -Using an Adult Learning Approach to Coaching -Coaching on the Fly. -The Effect of Generational Diversity on Coaching
Online
16-Hr Electrician- Continuing Education on-line e-learning cbt (computer based) : This course will cover National Electrical Code changes I & II, which covers the major changes in Articles 90 through 406, and Articles 408 through Chapter 9. This course also provides the experienced electrician and apprentice with a review of many of the calculations used in the electrical industry: such as voltage, drop, box, fill, fault current, neutral current, conduit fill, overcurrent protection, PVC expansion and conductor sizing.
16-Hr Power Limited- Continuing Education on-line e-learning cbt (computer based) : This course will have 16 hours of instruction covering state licensing and inspection requirements of the Minnesota Electrical Act, National Electrical Code requirements of communication circuits, power limited Class 1, 2, and 3 raceway and cable requirements and low voltage lighting systems. This course meets the continuing education requirement for the renewal of the Power Limited License for the State of Minnesota.
2-Hr Unlicensed Electrical Worker- Continuing Education on-line e-learning cbt (computer based) : This course is approved for 2 hours of continuing education in Minnesota for licensed and unlicensed electricians and power-limited installers. The course covers Article 90 "Introduction", Article 100 "Definitions", and Article 110 "Requirements for Electrical Installation" of the National Electrical Code.
Art of Leadership I : In The Art of Leadership I students will self define leadership and the role it plays in their life. They will learn the elements of caring leadership, how to identify the satisfactions and frustrations of leadership, and what people want in a leader. They will learn to look at leadership through the lens of both trait and behavior theories. This class focuses on distinguishing qualities of leaders and the characteristics of followers as they are relevant to leadership. The Art of Leadership I will be followed by The Art of Leadership II.
Art of Leadership II : The Art of Leadership II builds on The Art of Leadership I and focuses on the application of the principles, methods, and techniques for developing others that were covered in the first course. The Art of Leadership I is a required prerequisite for this course.$450 + E-Book
Become a Consultant on-line e-learning cbt (computer based) : Class participants in this online course will learn how to begin the process of becoming a consultant and devise a strategy for success as well as things to avoid. This course begins on September 12 and runs through October 16, 2011. Students will learn what it means to be a "consultant business" and in charge of everything from marketing to contracts. Participants will learn the importance of building relationships and the importance of selling their value. Venture into the world of consulting!
Business Grammar for Those Who Believe They Cant Write on-line e-learning cbt (computer based)study at homeself directed : Business Grammar for Those Who Believe They Cana ™t Write Fee: $200 Dates: 02/ 08/ 2010-02/ 27/ 2010 Instructor: Rick Demers This course will remind the business writer of the most usable business punctuation and the most common errors in business writing. It will introduce a formula for understanding sentence construction, share proof reading tips and strategies, review the most common word usage errors, and most importantly build confidence in the business writing.
Computer Forensics : In this three week online training session, individuals will learn the fundamental principles and concepts in computer forensics. Topics include: the differing data file structures, the procedure of discovering and preserving evidence, and methods of searching and retrieving evidence using software tools. Related legal procedures and reports are also discussed briefly. Participants will conduct a minimum of 1 hands-on practice 'case' during the training session. Once completed, the training session should allow a basic understanding of the process, policies, and software needs to conduct a computer forensics analysis. This course is approved for 45 POST credits.
Conquer Motivation and Inspiration How to captivate your audience : Recognize whether motivation inspires or inspiration motivates. This course will show how to grab the attention of your audience with a a hook.a Identify how to empower others and the techniques to do this. Learn the specific difference between motivation and inspiration. Emphasis will be placed on specific examples of captivating the audience. This course will also demonstrate how to remove barriers of motivation. Outcomes of this course: Recognize motivators and barriers to motivation, Identify the difference between motivation and inspiration, more...
Customer Service Series- Unit Three : Unit Three: Dealing with Difficult and Diverse Customers* - 3 Hours This course is held on September 28 Bemidji State University a Bridgeman Hall 204 -Establishing a vision for customer relationship building -Listening -Effective use of questions -Presenting information -Effective language -Concluding interactions
Effective Succession Planning on-line e-learning cbt (computer based)study at homegroup study and discussionself directed : Effective Succession Planning Fee: $300 Dates: 02/ 08/ 2010-03/ 14/ 2010 Instructor: Brian Mathews Succession planning is a process of developing talent within the organization to meet needs now and into the future. As the workforce is facing retirement of baby boomers, it is important to establish and implement a succession plan now. These topics will enable you to define, prepare and write a succession plan.
Excel Basic Formulas on-line e-learning cbt (computer based) : Become proficient in the use of Excel formulas with this online class! The introduction of Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc) marks the first major change to the user interface since Bill Gates, personally, developed the drop down menu interface over 10 years ago. The drop down menu interface is gone, replaced by the ribbon. The ribbon has many similar characteristics but many, many differences. The course includes writing simple formulas and referencing cells, setting up more...
Grant Writing on-line e-learning cbt (computer based)study at homeself directed : Grant Writing Fee: $350 Dates: 01/ 25/ 2010a 03/ 14/ 2010 Instructor: Nate Dorr This course will bring you through each step of writing a winning grant proposal, from the letter of intent to letters of support. You will learn how to write concise goals and needs statements, describe your organization and project, develop a budget, create an evaluation and project timeline, and collect supporting documents critical to the grant process. The course will take you through the Common Grant Application, and will give an overview of more...
How to Hire the RIGHT Person : Your business depends on your staff for success. Learn skills and strategies to maximize the potential of every hire. Whether you need to create a new position or fill an existing one, thiIs your business currently hiring? Through this course you will learn how to create a new position or fill an existing one. This course will help you analyze your businesses needs and walk you through the entire hiring process. Throughout the course you will develop a job description, improve your job application, create an ad you can use to advertise your job position, walk through the interview process-creating job appropriate interview questions and strategies to evaluate applications, and finally, you will more...
How to Hire the RIGHT Person for the job : Through this course you will learn how to create a new position or fill an existing one. This course will help you analyze your businesses needs and walk you through the entire hiring process. Throughout the course you will develop a job description, improve your job application, create an ad you can use to advertise your job position, walk through the interview process-creating job appropriate interview questions and strategies to evaluate applications, and finally, you will learn about recruiting and hiring. Course outline: I. Creating a new position/ Recruiting A. Job analysis B. Determining job title C. Writing the job description D. more...
Human Resources Management Performance Appraisals Coaching Termination on-line e-learning cbt (computer based)study at homeself directed : Human Resource Management: Performance Appraisals, Coaching, and Termination Fee: $200 Dates: 02/ 22/ 2010-03/ 02/ 2010 Instructor: Lyndi Odegard This course addresses human resource topics including reward systems, performance management, and retention from a strategic perspective. It will teach business managers how to retain good employees and coach for improved performance through employee performance management systems. Learn how to improve and correct employee performance as well as discipline and terminate when necessary.
Intro to Environmental Health and Safety : The objective of this course is to develop the students ability to minimize health risk by implementing proper routine work practices and by responding to releases of hazardous substances. The individuals actions will result in the protection of human health, property and the environment. This course will provide the student with information required for compliance with hazardous materials handling regulations and successful completion of this course will meet OSHA`s general requirements for `First Responder Awareness Level` training.
LEAN Process Improvement for K12 and Higher Education Professionals on-line e-learning cbt (computer based) : Educational Lean is more than an improvement philosophy based on collaboration, systems thinking, and a scientific method. It can be one of several strategies an organization uses to strengthen its leadership capacity. *Enjoy the convenience of self-paced online learning guided by expert faculty *Learn how to read your environment more accurately *Engage more members of your organization in helping adapt to changing political, social, and economic pressures and expectations *Provide opportunities to practice new habits that will serve you well in the years to come *Develop leadership throughout the organization to become more...
New Position Basics on-line e-learning cbt (computer based) : This 2-week course is designed to help analyze the needs of a business when creating a new position or filling an existing position. Participants in this course will develop a job description, look for ways to improve your job application and create an ad posting the position. The course will also provide opportunities to walk through the job interview process, create job-appropriate interview questions and help develop strategies to evaluate applicants. This course will also cover a variety of other topics related to recruiting and hiring.
Performance Appraisals Coaching and Termination Starts : This course addresses human resource topics including; reward systems, performance management, and retention from a strategic perspective. It will teach business managers how to retain good employees and coach for improved performance through the use of an employee performance management system. This course will discuss the importance of improving and correcting employee performance, as well as what to know when discipline and termination becomes necessary. OBJECTIVES: By the end of this course, students will: -be familiar with different methods of performance appraisals -learn skills for coaching performance - discover ways to speak each employees "reward" language-be more...
PowerPoint Development : Course Description: This course is for people who want to learn the comprehensive functions of Microsoft PowerPoint, a powerful presentation program which is part of the Microsoft Office Suite. This course prepares learners to develop effective presentations using PowerPoint, but is also useful for learners who want a deeper understanding of the program. This is a hands-on class. In addition to quizzes, the learners are required to turn in various assignments and PowerPoint slides to demonstrate the learning. more...
PowerPoint Developmet : This course is for people who want to learn the comprehensive functions of Microsoft PowerPoint, a powerful presentation program which is part of the Microsoft Office Suite. This course prepares learners to develop effective presentations using PowerPoint, but is also useful for learners who want a deeper understanding of the program. This is a hands-on class. In addition to quizzes, the learners are required to turn in various assignments and PowerPoint slides to demonstrate the learning. No previous experience with this software is required. Previous more...
Presentation Skills : Course Description: This one-week course is for people who want to learn about making successful presentations. This course will look at some of the common pitfalls that presenters are faced with, and how to overcome them.
Project Management on-line e-learning cbt (computer based)study at homebook : Project management is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. This enables organizations to tie project results to business goals to better compete in their markets giving them the advantage. Having successful projects helps organizations get maximum return by using the minimum resources. Cutting expenses and increasing productivity is the ultimate goal of every business and helps insure success and maintain competitiveness. Project management brings a unique focus that is shaped by the goals, resources and schedule of each individual project. Instructor Michael Wellcome will guide you more...
Safety Management for Supervisors - Certificate Course : In collaboration with the Minnesota Safety Council (MSC), CRI is proud to offer an online version of MSC's popular 12-hour "Safety Management for Supervisors" course, from March 15 - April 4 (registration deadline: March 9). This course will provide numerous components of the classroom experience, including class discussions and individualized progress reports, while more...
Social Media Strategist Certification Prep Course : As social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and dozens of others have become dominant forms of communication for millions of people, their importance in the workplace has grown as well. Social media is becoming a vital way for businesses to promote themselves and their products, increase their visibility and recruit new clients. Many businesses are hiring dedicated social media managers to fill this need. The number of social media manager jobs has increased by 48 percent over the more...
Succession Planning : Is your business or organization prepared for changes in the future? Do you have the right people on board to fill key roles in the company? Are you preparing your current employees for advancement in your organization? Succession Planning is an effective, proactive solution that can help your organization prepare for the loss of key employees, promotions, or filling new roles. It is also used to plan for company expansion or organizational redesign. Succession Planning is a process of developing talent within an organization to meet the needs now and into the future. As the workforce changes it is important to establish and implement a plan to fill more...
The Art of Leadership I on-line e-learning cbt (computer based)study at homegroup study and discussionself directed : Fee: $450 + Materials Dates: 03/ 08/ 2010-04/ 25/ 2010 Instructor: Karen Pikula In The Art of Leadership Course One students will self define leadership and the role it plays in their life. They will learn the elements of caring leadership, how to identify the satisfactions and frustrations of leadership, and what people want in a leader. They will learn to look at leadership through the lens of both trait and behavior theories. This class focuses on distinguishing qualities of leaders and the characteristics of followers as they are relevant to leadership.
The Art of Leadership II on-line e-learning cbt (computer based)study at homegroup study and discussionself directed : The Art of Leadership II Fee: $450 + Materials Dates: 05/ 03/ 2010-06/ 10/ 2010 Instructor: Karen Pikula Prerequisite: The Art of Leadership Course I The Art of Leadership Course Two builds on Course One and focuses on the application of the principles, methods, and techniques for developing others that were covered in Course One. In this course, students will look at the importance of vision as an ideal, investigate the differences between more...
The Basics of a New Position - Job Analysis to Hiring on-line e-learning cbt (computer based)study at homeself directed : Whether you need to create a new position or fill an existing one, this course will help you analyze your businesses needs and walk you through the entire process. Throughout the course you will develop a job description, improve your job application, create an ad posting the position, walk through the interview process-creating job appropriate interview questions and strategies to evaluate applications, and finally, you will learn about recruiting and hiring.
Whats New in Word 2007 on-line e-learning cbt (computer based)study at homegroup study and discussionself directed : What's New in Word 2007 Fee: $75 Dates: 02/ 08/ 2010-02/ 14/ 2010 Instructor: Cal Rice This is a one-week online course from the Center for Research and Innovation of Bemidji State Univerity, that is designed to assist users of previous versions of Word to become comfortable and efficient using Word 2007. The course focuses on the programa ™s new user interface. The purpose of the course is to help the more...
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