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Adobe Photoshop Level 1

Adobe Photoshop is the industry-standard image editing software, used worldwide by photographers and designers who want to perfect their digital images. Students will modify digital images to add creative effects and repair defects. After completing this course, the student will be able to use Photoshop to make selections, create and transform layers, apply image adjustments, retouch and repair photographs, and resize images. 

Prerequisites: The course requires that you are familiar with using personal computers and should be comfortable in the Windows environment and be able to use Windows to manage information on your computer. 

Contents: 

Getting to Know the Work Area 

  • Using tools 
  • Moving around in an image 
  • Setting up the interface 

Basic Photo Corrections 

  • Understanding resolution 
  • Straighten and crop 
  • Adjust color and tone 

Basic Selections 

  • Selection tools 
  • Moving and adjusting selections 
  • Cropping an image 

Layer Basics 

  • The Layers panel 
  • Viewing and moving layers 
  • Layer opacity and blending modes 
  • Basic filters 
  • Adding text 
  • Adding a gradient to a layer 
  • Layer styles 
  • Adjustment layers 
  • Flattening and saving files 

Quick Fixes 

  • Red eye correction 
  • Brighten an image 
  • Liquify and blur 
  • Content-aware fill 

Using Type 

  • Point type and paragraph type 
  • Type as a clipping mask 
  • Type on a path 
  • Warped type 

Preparing Files for Printing 

  • Proof your image 
  • Color gamut basics 

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Advanced Communication Skills for the Workplace

The ability to communicate skillfully is one of the major factors contributing to success in the workplace. However, communication is more than sending clear messages and listening actively. Effective communication includes understanding and appreciating different priorities, preferences, motivators and stressors.

 

This interactive instructor-led course includes engaging facilitation with contemporary video, and practical application to create a personalized learning experience. Core to the program is the Everything DiSC Workplace® Profile, a simple tool that is used to help people communicate and work more effectively together. This report uses individual assessment data to provide a wealth of information about workplace priorities and preferences. Additionally, it helps people to learn how to communicate better with colleagues with different priorities and preferences.

 

Who Should Attend:

Supervisors, Managers, Leaders, HR Professionals and Employees who would like to improve their communication skills

 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the DiSC® model and the Everything DiSC Workplace® Map
  • Identify their style and explore the priorities that drive them during the workday
  • Describe similarities and differences among the DiSC® styles that may impact communication
  • Identify ways to increase their effectiveness when communicating with each style
  • Apply People-Reading principles to learn to recognize others’ DiSC® styles
  • Apply the DiSC® Model to communicate and build more effective relationships at work

 

Note

The Everything DiSC® Workplace Profile Assessment will need to be completed prior to the course. The price of the public course includes the cost of the assessment. After the assessment has been activated, cancellation will include a $125.00 assessment fee.

 

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Advanced Management Techniques

Overview:

The current business landscape is so competitive that only organizations with managers who can foster high levels of performance will succeed. Facilitating this kind of environment requires challenging and engaging top performers and optimizing employee development. In this course, you'll learn to assess your organization's potential for high performance. You'll also learn the five factors to consider when managing performance to create a high-performance environment: your organization's mission statement and strategy, performance measurement strategies, customer orientation, leadership, and culture.

Designed for:

Managers who want to develop or refine their management skills

Expected Duration:

1 hour 52 minutes

Bundle Includes:

Overview: The current business landscape is so competitive that only organizations with managers who can foster high levels of performance will succeed. Facilitating this kind
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Advancing Women Leaders Series

The Women in Leadership Series is designed to empower women professionals with the strategies needed to confidently advance their careers. Each of the 12 sessions will be highly interactive and incorporate self-assessment exercises, strategic and guided learning, and small group discussions. The goal is for each participant to develop strategies to overcome challenges faced in the workplace and define a path for career advancement. All sessions are 1-hour in length and will be conducted virtually.

Who should Attend:

This program focuses not only on the critical elements of leadership development but also addresses the unique challenges facing women as they strive to achieve their professional goals. It is designed for women with a minimum of 3-5 years of work experience who would like to advance to higher levels of leadership more confidently and strategically.

The series sessions in this program are listed below:

Session 1: Introduction

The first session begins with an opportunity for participants to introduce themselves to one another. To create a safe, engaging space for women to share openly with each other, it’s important to establish trust and connection. This session also includes the establishment of ground rules.

Session 2: Overview

This session orients participants to the leadership competency by framing, at a high-level, each of the topics. Participants are invited to share their insights/questions, as well as their highest priority focus areas, as defined in their self-assessments.

Session 3: Confidence

Because of the prevalence of Impostor Syndrome across women in traditionally male-dominated fields, confidence serves as the foundational pillar upon which all others are built. In this session, participants explore common triggers of confidence issues and how to effectively manage self-doubt. Women are provided with specific, actionable strategies to build their short and long-term confidence.

Session 4: Career Goals

The career goals session focuses on empowering women to clarify their short and long-term leadership goals. Exercises encourage them to define a leadership vision that reflects their core values and strengths. Participants are also encouraged to identify resources that can help them achieve their goals.

Session 5: Strategic Relationships

This session addresses common challenges that undermine women’s ability to develop strategic relationships across their organizations, including self-doubt and limited access. We explore the importance of a diverse network of relationships and identify key strategies to expand our networks internally and externally.

Session 6: Communication

This session focuses on the need to understand our own communication styles, as well as those around us. Using the Deloitte Business Chemistry Profiles, participants are asked to examine their own styles and identify the styles of key stakeholders. We discuss key strategies for connecting with other styles, as well as tips for avoiding common communication traps facing women (i.e. minimizing language, unnecessary detail, etc.).

Session 7: Influence

This session bridges the strategic relationships and communication sessions with a focus on navigating organizational politics. We explore the most effective ways to position ideas, gain support and minimize conflict. Participants are encouraged to define opportunities to build a stronger voice and strategically seek to build influence.

Session 8: Visibility

This session recognizes the limiting beliefs and structural barriers that undermine women’s ability to self-promote and raise their visibility. Here we discuss strategies to reframe the idea that our work should speak for itself and engage in proactive efforts to educate others on our strengths and values.

Session 9: Strategic Mindset

This session facilitates the transition from expert to leader. Whereas individual contributors demonstrate value through tactical work, leaders must engage in discussions and decision-making that transcend specific tasks and connect to larger business goals. Here participants learn to think about their work more strategically and apply it to larger initiatives.

Session 10: Time Management

Building on the strategic mindset session, this session focuses on prioritizing and delegating work to ensure that we’re engaging in the highest value activity. It also teaches the importance of boundary setting and saying no, which is generally more difficult for women. We also discuss the holistic importance of creating time for personal goals and self-care.

Session 11: Wrap Up

This session brings together the previous sessions and encourages participants to reflect on their progress. Participants are encouraged to create an action plan for how to move forward when the program concludes, including specific action steps and accountability measures.

 

Session 12: Celebration

This session is an opportunity for the women to celebrate their successes and share key wins. We create a space for women to practice self-promotion by encouraging them to speak candidly about their journey and accomplishments. Finally, this session offers an opportunity to formally say goodbye and determine how to stay connected in the future.

About Kim Meninger

As a certified executive and leadership development coach, Kim empowers individuals and organizations to reach their full leadership potential. Kim has coached hundreds of clients and has presented on career advancement and leadership topics to corporate, non-profit and academic audiences.

Prior to formalizing her leadership coaching expertise, Kim held a variety of cross-functional leadership roles in the high-tech industry where she experienced first-hand the unique challenges and opportunities facing women in the workplace. She is especially passionate about helping women and traditionally marginalized groups to develop their confidence, visibility and influence in order to maximize their impact and advance to higher levels of leadership.

Kim has a BA in psychology and an MBA from Boston College. She is an ICF Associate Certified Coach and CCE Board Certified Coach with certifications in career, executive and leadership development coaching. Kim also holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. In addition to coaching, Kim serves on the leadership teams of a number of women’s empowerment groups. She lives in Groton, MA with her husband and two young boys.

The Women in Leadership Series is designed to empower women professionals with the strategies needed to confidently advance their careers. Each of the 12 sessions
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Aligning Goals and Priorities to Manage Time

Overview:

Too much to do and too little time? Everything is urgent? Modern technology means our employers can reach us 24/7, so schedule management and goal setting are more important than ever. When you're under pressure to deliver, you need to know your priorities. Meeting targets and achieving goals consistently regardless of the business situation isn't easy. And this means managing your time effectively. In this course, you'll learn about aligning each goal with your employer's expectations, clarifying your goals, and prioritizing your most important work. You'll also learn how to ask questions to clarify goals, and how to establish and schedule priorities based on these goals.

Designed for:

Anyone at any level in a company who wants to get some practical guidance for how to manage their time.

Expected Duration:

24 Minutes

Learn more

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Americans with Disabilities Act: An Overview for Managers

Overview:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment on the basis of disability. As a manager, you play a key role in ensuring that your company complies with this law, and in promoting diversity and a culture of tolerance and respect in your workplace.

In this course, you'll learn about your responsibilities for avoiding discrimination under the ADA and for responding appropriately to requests for reasonable accommodation. You'll also learn how complying with the ADA and supporting employees with different needs can benefit everyone in your organization. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor & Employment Law Group of the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.

Expected Duration:

12 minutes

Learn more

Overview: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment on the basis of disability. As a manager, you play a
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Answers at 8

Answers at 8 is our weekly web series where members can interact with HR Advisors and Employment Attorneys. Recent discussions included timely Covid-19 concerns, HR topics and legal updates. Agendas are prepared but allow for members to ask real-time questions and receive live answers. 

Hosted by Catapult HR Advisors: Renee Watkins, Stephanie Dillon, Karol Dixon and Linda Hunter

Web series occurs Wednesdays from 8am-8:45am. Register monthly to receive the most-updated link.

Available dates listed below:

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aPHR™ Certification Self-Study Course

The aPHR™ encompasses the foundation of human resource (HR) operations as practiced in the United States. As a young professional embarking on a new career in HR, the aPHR can give individuals the edge needed to jump to the top of the hiring list. It is an HR certification for professionals who are beginning their HR career or transitioning into the HR field.

The aPHR Certification was created in 2016 and is perfect for everyone from high school graduates to individuals beginning their HR career. The Certification is ideal for individuals who currently perform HR responsibilities, serve in an HR support role, or even serve in the Adjutant General Corps of the military and are looking to transition to a civilian HR position. Individuals with a High School diploma (or global equivalent) are eligible to sit for the exam. The exam is offered in the United States only.

The aPHR™ Study Course content will be focused on covering the general HR knowledge, principles and practices that make up the aPHR™ Exam:

  • HR Operations-38%
  • Recruitment and Selection-15%
  • Compensation and Benefits-14%
  • Human Resource Development and Retention-12%
  • Employee Relations-16%
  • Health, Safety and Security-5%

Tools & Resources

The aPHR Self-Study Course includes:

  • Study Guide (paperback, approximately 150 pages)
  • Audio Set (downloadable from the LMS)
  • Access to the Learning Management System (LMS) for 1 year from the date of purchase
  • The Audio Set includes 1 mp3 file on test taking skills, 2 glossary mp3 files, and 2 content mp3 files covering the 6 exam areas

Orders are shipped via either UPS Ground or USPS Priority Mail and require a signature upon delivery. Most orders are delivered within 2-5 business days of placing the order.

LMS access is for a single-user and is NOT transferable or to be shared with others.  A valid email address and individual’s name must be provided for each Self-Study Course ordered. All Self-Study Course materials are copyrighted material and may not, in whole or in part, be copied, shared, or reproduced by any means for any reason without the prior written consent of Distinctive Human Resources, Inc.  Any violation of these terms and conditions will result in immediate termination of your access to these materials, with no refund provided.

Important Things to Know

In response to Covid-19, HRCI® will begin to offer online aPHR™ exam delivery in May 2020.  While most in-person testing centers are now open, the online exam solution provides a convenient way to take the exam and get certified from any location. For more information regarding the online exam scheduling and delivery go to www.hrci.org.  

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The HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.

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Background Checking Roundtable

Description:

Are you responsible for conducting background checks on new employees and applicants? Join our Background Checking Roundtable to connect with other background checking clients. Plus, be updated on new regulations and other vital changes , while gaining hiring tips for success. 

Led by Kevin von der Lippe, Director Pre-employment Solutions at Catapult & Bri Earley, Senior Verification Specialist at Catapult.

Details:

We ask that you enable both video and computer audio to interact throughout the session.

Help us ensure the ongoing value to all participants by arriving ready to take part and offer your insights and experiences in this specialized area of interest. We ask that you sign up only for discussions you plan to attend, to keep seats open for others who can benefit.

If the date you desire to join is sold out, please contact our Community team to join the waitlist:  community@letscatapult.org.

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Become a Great Listener

Overview:

Communication is a two-way process – while one person provides information, another must not only understand what is meant, but also show that they’re being receptive to that information. This requires strong listening skills – a vital asset in any business environment. In this course, you'll work on sharpening your listening skills and getting yourself in the right receptive mindset for communicating. You'll learn how to recognize the behaviors that indicate receptivity, as well as to identify the different types of listener. You’ll also learn how to ask the right questions to ensure that you understand what is being communicated.

Designed for:

Individuals who want to improve their interpersonal communication skills.

Expected Duration:

24 Minutes

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Becoming The Totally Responsible Person®

Is your workplace littered with blame and lack of ownership? Do you have employees who are negative and creating a toxic work environment? How many of your employees blame others, including their customers, for their bad day? Are you accepting of gossip and criticism?

Are your employees demonstrating a victim mentality, taking no ownership of their own attitude or behavior?

The question is: How do you infuse your organization with a culture of responsibility, cooperation, respect, and teamwork and get beyond these deadly behaviors?

 

Becoming The Totally Responsible Person (TRP®) class is a practical, 2 Part workshop and will help every employee – leader and individual contributor – to learn innovative and proven ways to control negative emotions, beliefs or habits that impede cooperation and productivity.

 

Presented with humor, the workshop is nonthreatening, yet has a profound impact on those who attend. It is fast paced and includes lecturettes, role plays, skits, group discussion and reflection.

 

Who Should Attend

This workshop is effective for all levels within the organization – individual contributors, supervisors, managers, and leaders. Anyone who wants to lead others or manage one’s own professional and personal life more effectively will benefit from this course. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Eliminating any “Victim Mentality” in Ourselves (victim vs. victim mentality)
  • Becoming the Totally Responsible Person (TRP)
  • Dealing with the Victim Mentality in Others
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Being an Effective Leader

Without effective leaders no amount of money, resources or talent will ever achieve sustainable success for any organization. Being an effective leader is especially challenging because, unlike managers who have influence due to the authority of their position and title, leaders are influential because people choose to follow them.

In this course, participants will work with a set of key leadership competencies that contribute to superior performance. These leadership skills and behaviors will assist anyone in being an effective leader, one that others readily and enthusiastically follow.

Who Should Attend:

Managers, Supervisors, and HR Professionals. This workshop is a great development opportunity for high potentials or future leaders identified in the succession planning process. Anyone who wants to grow and develop as a leader, no matter what role or position within an organization.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discern the differences between leaders and managers
  • Identify characteristics of effective leaders
  • Define credibility using five credibility factors
  • Describe ten leadership competencies
  • Develop a leadership vision that reflects their commitment to being an effective leader
  • Apply leadership competencies to manage a current leadership challenge
  • Create a plan for developing their leadership effectiveness

CPE Field of Study(s): Personal Development

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Being Your Professional Best

We often hear how important it is to behave “professionally” in the workplace. If you want to get ahead, be taken seriously, and have your boss think of you as an asset to the team, doing things in a professional way is vital.

But what exactly do employers mean by this term? Surely it’s enough to do your job well and show up on time consistently. Or, are there other things expected of you if you want to be viewed as being professional?

Acting like a professional really means doing what it takes to make others think of you as reliable, respectful, and competent. In this course, we’ll examine 3 keys to help you do just that.

Through self-assessment, action planning, insightful exercises and interactive discussions, participants explore how personal accountability, setting effective goals and engaging in lifelong learning help them to be their professional best.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who wants to grow and develop as a leader regardless of job title, role or position within the organization. This course is a great development opportunity for individual contributors, young professionals, high potentials or future leaders identified in the succession planning process.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define what it means to be their professional best
  • Describe their areas of strength and development in personal accountability
  • Develop a plan to exercise personal accountability in a real life situation
  • Use the SMART tool to define and refine their own goals
  • Create a professional development plan
  • Synthesize insights gained into an action plan for Being Your Professional Best
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Big Data Fundamentals

Overview:

You've probably heard of big data, but what exactly is it, and how can it be used to give your organization a competitive advantage? In this course you'll learn about the key characteristics of big data, the benefits it can provide, and the types of data it incorporates. You'll also be introduced to the different ways it can be applied, depending on your market sector. This course also covers some fundamental security challenges of big data and some best practices for managing big data through an effective information lifecycle.

Designed for:

Individuals who want to learn fundamental concepts and achieve a basic working knowledge of big data

Expected Duration:

1.3 hours

Bundle Includes:

Overview: You've probably heard of big data, but what exactly is it, and how can it be used to give your organization a competitive advantage?
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Bridging Generational Differences in the Workplace

Are you struggling to manage a team of individuals that just don't see work or life the same way due to generational differences?

The convergence of multiple generations in today's workplace is a major challenge. There are significant differences in the values, ambitions, views and mindset of each generation.

This half-day, thought-provoking, interactive course tackles the complexities of effectively managing a multi-age workforce. Attendance in the course will provide you with insights and strategies to help you promote respect and minimize generational conflict amongst your team. You will be introduced to the highly effective M.E.E.T. approach: Make time to discuss, Explore differences, Encourage respect and Take personal responsibility. This approach drives improved communication and collaboration to make your workplace more productive.

Make sure your organization has people rallying together, not against each other, with these practical solutions.

Who Should Attend

Managers, Supervisors and others with leadership responsibilities

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify characteristics of the different generations represented in today’s workplace
  • Recognize issues and situations that may be influenced by generational differences
  • Implement strategies to be a successful manager in a multi-generational workplace
  • Use M.E.E.T. to communicate effectively and build a respect-filled workplace
  • Apply the M.E.E.T. model to a situation you are currently experiencing

This course is part of the Practical Management II Certificate Series.

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