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Workshops for Career Planning and Job Search


PPWFC offers a wide variety of job search workshops, at no charge, to help you conduct a successful job search.
 
To participate in these workshops, you must first register in CONNECTING COLORADO If you are not registered in this State job search database, you will not be allowed to attend any workshops.
 
After registering, return to this page to sign up for your desired workshop(s).

Youth workshops are designated by a "YZ" before the name of the workshop.

 
Unless otherwise noted, all workshops and hiring events are held at the Pikes Peak Workforce  Center's main office in the Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, 80907.

Customer Testimonial
 
"I like EVERYTHING about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. I was laid off from a local Defense company after 12 years and really had no idea what to do. I found PPWFC through a Bing search on Colorado unemployment. I have taken several of the workshops for resumes, networking, personalities, as well as the Microsoft Office 2010 certification course. I love everything about the PPWFC and I would not have the confidence I have now about finding the job for me without you all. Every instructor I have met has been courteous and personable. I hope to find a job that will put me in a position of support and service for others in this city. Thank you for all of your career advice and assistance. I didn't fear the job fair on 9/12 because of the PPWFC-offered job fair workshop I attended. Thank you."  Virginia

Intro to PPWFC Orientation
 
Ever feel like you are spinning your wheels on the job search path and not getting results?

Learn how the services available at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center and throughout the community can help you expand your job search techniques!

For more info or to reserve a seat for this event, click here

SUCCESS PROFILER (Emotional Intelligence Development)
 
Assess and enhance your strengths in self-esteem and assertion, adapting to change, interpersonal sensitivity and communication, learning style, team and leadership skills, stress and time management, physical wellness with Success Profiler (emotional intelligence development) at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. No registration necessary; self-paced, computer-based. Minimum of 2 hours recommended. Available during Open Lab: Mondays 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. to noon; Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to noon; Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2: 00 p.m.

ASSESS YOUR COMPUTER SKILLS WITH SKILLCHECK
 
This is an assessment of your current job skills to identify areas for development, and, also serves as practice for common tests given by employers and temp agencies. Tests for MS Word, Excel, Windows, data entry, proofreading, grammar, spelling, typing, and more. During Open Lab; no registration necessary. Monday: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday: 9:00 to Noon Wednesday: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Thursday: 9:00 to Noon Friday: 9:00 to 2:00 p.m.

COMPUTER SKILLS CERTIFICATE

Computer Skills Certificate training program Sign up for the Computer Skills Certificate training program. This is a self-paced, instructor-supported training program, based on computer tutorials and hands-on exercises and requires a minimum commitment of six hours per week. The average time required to complete training is 40 to 60 hours. A certificate is awarded upon completion. The program includes Beginning to Intermediate Microsoft Office 2010: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You will be contacted in the order that referrals are received. It may be a couple of weeks before you are contacted. Prerequisite: Must have basic computer skills and type at least 10-20 words per minute. Customers who do not have basic computer skills should attend the Computer Basics Workshops Part 1 and 2 prior to signing up for the computer certificate program.

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Basics Computer- Part 1 Basic Computer Part 1: Practical basic computer skills Part 1 Will cover: use of mouse and Windows, task bar, minimizing/maximizing, opening, closing and saving documents. A minimum typing speed of 10 words per minute and knowledge of the mouse is required to attend this class. Thursdays: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please arrive promptly at 1:00 p.m. Note: These sessions are for job-seekers with little or no computer ability. Non-job-seekers are encouraged to attend workshops at the public library, ph. 531-6333, www.ppld.org. Also learn computer skills on your own at www.gcflearnfree.org. Learn typing/keyboarding skills at www.goodtyping.com

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CareerReady Colorado Certificate - ACT WorkKeys You can earn your CareerReady Colorado Certificate - ACT WorkKeys by taking three assessments in Reading for Information, Locating Information and Applied Mathematics. These are the skills managers have identified as the most critical to succeed on the job. The CareerReady Colorado Certificate is based on ACT’s WorkKeys ® assessments and measures your skill level in these three areas. Each assessment takes about one hour to complete. Just three hours of your time gives you another tool to help you on the road to employment success. Don’t be the second choice when interviewing for a job. Your CareerReady Colorado Certificate gives you a competitive edge over other candidates.

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Careers 101: Personality and Career - Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) A major aspect of the job search process is understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your personality, as well as what careers might fit best with your personality. This workshop, based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and its 16 personality types, will help you identify your personality preferences and the careers that align with your preference.

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Careers 301: Ask A Career Consultant Have you attended PPWFC’s workshops for help with career planning, job search, resume writing, and interviewing skills but still not met with success? Career Consultants are available to answer your questions and offer suggestions. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays by appointment only. The Intro to PPWFC Orientation is a pre-requisite to be seen by a PPWFC Career Consultant.

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Ice House Entrepreneurship Program Open House Entrepreneurship is a mindset that can empower ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things, regardless of their chosen path. A culture of innovation is not merely the realm of the entrepreneur, but an embracement of a level of thinking for each of us in the Pikes Peak Region who yearn to achieve our highest potential. It is a systemic rethink of how we plan, engage and solve problems as people, professionals, businesses, organizations and governments. Growing a culture of innovation is dependent on instilling an entrepreneurial mindset to do things that connect people, value innovation, report on it and celebrate it. The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the limitless opportunities it can provide. The overall objective is to empower learners by exposing them to entrepreneurial thinking while immersing them in entrepreneurial experiences that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills.

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Interview 101: Preparing For The Interview Interviewing begins with research and practice. Learn about how to prepare for an interview, as well as present yourself in the best way possible!

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Intro to PPWFC Ever feel like you are spinning your wheels on the job search path and not getting results? Learn how the services available at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center and throughout the community can help you expand your job search techniques!

For more info or to reserve a seat for this event, click here



Job Search 101: H.I.R.E.D. (Helpful Information on Research, Employment, & Developmen Have you been spinning your wheels on the job search path and not getting results? This workshop is the answer! Learn how to search for jobs on the internet, research companies, and how to use Labor Market Information to market your transferable skills and gain access to new career opportunities!

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Job Search 201: Social Media: Expanding Your Connections LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are now a way of life, and if you are not using them in your job search you are missing opportunities. Come learn some of the ins and outs of using social networking effectively.

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Job Search 301: Federal Jobs: How to Apply! The Federal Job Application process can be complicated and lengthy. This session provides hands-on help with forms and procedures for applying for federal jobs. This three-hour workshop is held the third and fourth Thursday of the month and begins at 9:00 am. Reservations are required. To reserve your seat, call 667-3700. Veterans have priority.



Job Search 401: 50+ Network Group Learn about job trends, share job leads, learn tips for mature workers! Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.



MS Word Skills -Part 2 MS Word is part 2 of computer workshops. MS Word covers word processing, cut/paste, fonts, bullets, numbering and format changes. Prerequisite: Basic Computer skills and a typing speed of minimum of 10 words per minutes is required for the basic computer classes. Word Processing: Thursdays: 1 to 4 p.m. Please arrive promptly at 1 p.m. Note: These sessions are for job-seekers with little or no computer ability. Non-job-seekers are encouraged to attend workshops at the public library, ph. 531-6333, www.ppld.org. Also learn computer skills on your own at www.gcflearnfree.org. Learn typing/keyboarding skills at www.goodtyping.com

For more info or to reserve a seat for this event, click here



NEW Job Search 401: Make the Job Fair Work for YOU! There is more to attending a Job Fair than just showing up. This workshop will guide you in how to research employers in advance, how to create a 30-second elevator pitch, how to develop your game plan for the job fair, how to talk with recruiters, the art of follow up, and why persistence pays!

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PPWFC Main office closed - we will be at the Spring Job Fair at the Hotel Elegante! 



Resume 101: Build a Basic Resume Not sure how to create a resume? Been quite a while since you up-dated your resume? This workshop will provide you a hands-on opportunity to build a basic resume. Bring a list of previous employers and education, as well as a flash drive on which to save your resume. PREREQUISITE: Must have basic computer and internet skills. Provides beginner to intermediate instruction and guidance. Registration for this workshop opens seven days prior to the workshop date. If you receive this message "This session is full. Please check back again for another date to open." Please check back at a later date. This workshop is usually offered on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. 10 A.M. to 12 Noon. Must register online. Click on link for dates.

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Resume 201: Create a Better Resume Is your resume a report or an advertisement? Having trouble getting calls off of your resume? This workshop presents ideas and suggestions on how to spruce up your resume. Provides intermediate to advance and resume guidance. Please arrive a few minutes before the start of the workshop. Must register online

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TABE Testing TABE is the Test of Adult Basic Education determines your current skill level in reading and math. No registration is required. The TABE test is offered on the second Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. You MUST be registered in www.connectingcolorado.com. For questions please call 719-667-3773.



YZ WIA Orientation and Assessment An overview of the WIA Program for Youth. Learn how we can help you find a job, pay for school, and much more! In addition, your reading and math skills will be assessed to help determine your eligibility to participate in the program. Sessions are every Tuesday and Thursday; Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to start mapping out your road to success. Sign up today!

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Careers 201: Career Scene Investigation (CareerScope) is a computerized interest and aptitude assessment and exploration tool to survey interests, occupations, required training, wages and labor market information for clues to your career plan. PREREQUISITE: Must have basic computer and internet skills. Available during Open Lab hours: Monday: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday: 9:00 to 12 Noon Wednesday: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Thursday: 9:00 to 12 Noon Friday: 9:00 to 2:00 p.m.



Interview 201: Mock Interview Coaching Practice your interview skills and reduce anxiety in this live, one-on-one mock interview. PREREQUISITE: Must have attended the "Preparing for the Interview" Workshop. By appointment only: Visit Front Desk or call 667-3700.



Open Lab Open Lab is available everyday to help you improve your keyboarding, test your office skills knowledge, learn basic computer skills, and enhance your emotional intelligence. During Open Lab you can test for MS Word, Excel, Windows. No registration necessary. This is a COMPUTER-BASED, SELF-PACED LAB. A lab assistant is available to help you. Open Lab Times; Monday: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday: 9:00 to 12 Noon Wednesday: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Thursday: 9:00 to 12 Noon Friday: 9:00 to 2:00 p.m.



QuickBooks Quick Books is offered as a tutorial during Open Lab. Please call Mike at 667-3840 to set up an appointment. quick books is available during Open Lab: • Mondays: 2 to 5 p.m. • Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to 12 noon • Wednesdays: 3 to 5 p.m. • Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 12 noon • Fridays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.




 
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Careers 301: Ask A Career Consultant

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Job Search 401: 50+ Network Group

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Resume 201: Create a Better Resume

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Careers 101: Personality and Career - Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI)

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Resume 101: Build a Basic Resume

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SPRING JOB FAIR

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PPWFC Main office closed - we will be at the Spring Job Fair at the Hotel Elegante!

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Job Search 201: Social Media: Expanding Your Connections

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Intro to PPWFC

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Job Search 101: H.I.R.E.D. (Helpful Information on Research, Employment, & Developmen

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