Current Course Offerings

Board Members and their Roles
Have you been asked to sit on a non-profit board and you lack a job description? Whether you are an experienced board member or a first-timer, come and find out what being a board member means and how to best fill the role.

Hope centre
(80265 BISC BSU13 H5A) Gerry Dyble, 1 session, Thu, 6–9 pm, $70.
Starts Nov 6

Fundraising Basics
This 15-hour course will provide guidance to students with minimum fundraising or event planning experience who want to expand their knowledge about managing a fundraising program. It will also be helpful for those in community relations or business development and volunteers in local non profits and civil environments.

Fundraising can be a fulfilling and meaningful endeavor. With the many charities out there soliciting funds, it becomes a difficult task to make your own good work stand out from the others.

This course provides an overview of the development role and function and will feature current information on the competitive marketplace, research techniques to help understand where your project can stand out, strategies, and new legalities influencing social and other media activities.

CHILLIWACK — Five Corners
(80307 BISC HRM15 F5A) TBA, 5 sessions, Mon, Thu, 6:30–9:30pm, $235.
Starts Sep 8

How to Start a Small Business
Are you interested in starting your own small business but are not sure where to start? This course will explore the various options, considerations, and legal requirements of starting up a small business in BC. It will examine business structures, business types, business planning, and other essential steps to launching a successful small business. The session will cover the importance of start-up costs, break-even analysis, financing, market share, and having a marketing strategy.

Hope centre
(80266 BISC BS01 H5A) Gary Johnston, 1 session, Sat, 9 am–4 pm, $110.
Starts Oct 4

Introduction to Business of Non-Profit
The business of non-profits can be challenging to define. There is a need to demystify the non-profit world. This course will provide a history of and examine the need for non-profits in today’s society and look toward what the future has for non-profits in this everchanging political climate. Topics in clude identifying the nonprofit’s core competency and leveraging this asset to help compete for scarce resource dollars in an ever-changing economic climate; and how having the right board members, the commitment, and a vision for success will help lead your non-profit into the future.

Hope centre
(80267 BISC BSU12 H5A) Gerry Dyble, 1 session, Sat, 9 am–4 pm, $110.
Starts Oct 25

Proposal Writing
Proposal writing: A necessary evil or a vicious circle? This course will provide an overview of the pros and cons of seeking funding. The course will examine the who, what, when, where, and why of proposal writing before demonstrating how to write a successful proposal.

Hope centre
(80268 BISC FR02 H5A) Darla Dickinson, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–4 pm, $85.
Starts Nov 1

Discipline and Terminations
This 15-hour course will provide students who are supervising or managing work teams with basic knowledge and strategies to prevent difficult employee discipline situations from spiralling out of control and into legal trouble.

Addressing disciplinary issues is a reality for most managers, yet it is also a stressful process that many managers address minimally or avoid altogether. But, if disciplinary issues are avoided or handled poorly, they often lead to serious legal problems for the individuals involved and the organization.

While we often hear about the dangers of knee-jerk firing, we seldom hear about the fallout from doing too little, too late. Leaving problems to worsen can poison entire work groups and permanently damage the team’s cohesiveness and collaborative spirit. Ultimately the situation reflects poorly on the manager because you did not stand up for the overall effectiveness and productivity of their employees. In fact, if trust and confidence within the work group is severely damaged, it might take considerable time for the wounds to heal and the group to return to full function.

To avoid these problems this course will assist you to understand how to handle both the discipline and termination process in order to minimize legal problems and keep work teams functioning smoothly.

CHILLIWACK — Five Corners Plaza
(80309 BISC HRM16 F5A) Marilyn Lawrie, 5 sessions, Thu, 6:30–9:30pm, $235.
Starts Oct 16

Workplace Bullying and Harassment
On November 2013, Worksafe BC regulations were amended to include three new policies addressing workplace bullying and harassment. Employers, supervisors and managers need to educate themselves about these new policies to be sure they are safeguarding employees about workplace bullying and harassment policies and requirements but that they are also safeguarding management and owners from unwarranted, costly claims.

This five-hour course will provide students with the ability to identify the nuances and foundations of bullying and harassing behaviours, how to mitigate those behaviours, how to institute structures for prevention of bullying and harassment and how to deal with a claim when it happens.

CHILLIWACK — Five Corners
(80308 BISC HRM17 F5A) Marilyn Lawrie, 5 sessions, Wed 6:30–9:30pm, $235.
Starts Sep 10

updated July 15, 2014

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