Welcome to the BCC
(Business & Career Center @ Fredricksen)!
Have a busy schedule? Connect with a BCC Specialist for a virtual Career Guidance Session that targets your immediate needs for any career aspects from job-searching support to computer skills to managing time, stress, and setting goals!
Our newest fall lineup features Saving & Investing, offered by PA Banking & Securities, Personal Traits for Success from our “Personal (and Professional) Best” Series, and Finding Success in Online Learning for the new school year, in “Social Media” Series.
When it’s hard to get started in the right direction, we are here to clear that path to success!
Home-Based Business Roundtable w/ SCORE
Has it always been your desire to become an entrepreneur, or has the pandemic caused you to consider starting an online or home-based small business? Facilitated by SCORE, IN-PERSON or on the Zoom platform, join other small business owners in similar circumstances to network and share ideas on how to move forward in the capacity which suits your individual situation. Register online for the sessions and times below.
2nd Tuesdays of each month from 12 pm – 1:30 pm - REGISTER
4th Tuesdays of each month from 6 pm – 7:30 pm - REGISTER
As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964. For more information about the organization, please visit their website at www.score.org.
FREE VIRTUAL Career Workshops
Career Guidance Sessions
BCC Specialists will be available for one-on-one assistance with those who need guidance compiling their resume, completing online job applications and general help with employment and career resources. Please have your document(s) ready for these sessions!
See below for times: Register now for an IN-PERSON or Zoom session!
We will be offering 30-minute appointments during the following days/times:
Mondays Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 pm through 1:30pm and from 6 pm through 7:30 pm REGISTER
Career Exploration Workshop
Register now for an IN-PERSON or Zoom session!
Employment guidance is available through our vast array of career resources! Identify your skills and interests to move forward to find the right career, upgrade through education and training, or change careers—we can help, no matter your current employment situation both.
Tuesdays from 10:30 am - 11:30 am & 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - REGISTER
Resume Writing Workshop
Register now for an IN-PERSON or Zoom session!
Learn the best style and techniques for portraying your skill set and experience to potential employers--what to do, what to use, an explanation of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and how to structure your best resume. Please have a copy of your resume available for this session.
Thursdays from 10:30 am - 11:30 am & 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - REGISTER
Get That Job! Workshop
Register now for an IN-PERSON or Zoom session!
Portray your best self to potential employers through your resume, cover letter, interviews, social media, proper dress and communication. Have your resume and cover letter available for this session!
Fridays from 10:30 am - 11:30 am & 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - REGISTER
Mock Interview Sessions
Register now for a Zoom session, invite will be sent via email
An HR professional will be available for individual 30-minute virtual appointments to share tips and walk through a mock interview with individuals who would like to improve their interviewing skills. Pre-registration is necessary, and interview candidate will be asked to provide the industry/profession for which preparation is requested. Watch for appointments resuming soon!
PERSONAL (and Professional) BEST SERIES
NEW! Personal Traits for Success
Tap into your tendencies to figure out how your personal traits can work for you, on the job and beyond. (Are you the “Detective” or “Strategist” or the “Free Spirit”? Maybe you’re the “Field Commander” and you didn’t know it!) Find out by joining us for this interactive session to open up a fresh perspective with a new view!
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP—Thursday, September 16 from 2 pm – 3 pm REGISTER
Crafting the Cover Letter
Finalizing the application process with a targeted cover letter can leave us weary and frazzled to produce one more important step before pressing that "submit" button! Join us to learn the best tips to follow when crafting a short, concise, yet powerful statement that will introduce your highlights and put you in the "keep" pile for a future interview.
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP—Tues., Sept. 21 - 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP—Tues., Nov. 23 - 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER
Managing Stress during Times of Change
UPDATED WORKSHOP! Reducing stress is a major component to personal and professional success and happiness. Learn how basic breathing techniques, becoming mindful, reducing technology, and getting a good night sleep brings balance to each new day. Find out about positive stress, and how it can keep us moving forward!
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP—Tues., Nov. 9 from 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP—Tues., Nov. 16 from 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER
Managing our Time in a 24/7 World
Planning ahead is one of the keys to making time work for our busy lives--learn how to make time your friend with a variety of planning tips & tools. We all have the same amount of time in each new day, so now is the time to make every minute count!
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP—Tues., Sept. 14 - 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER
Setting Goals: One SMART Step at a Time
Is it time to brainstorm your goals to realize results? Busy lives don’t organize themselves, we can help put some structure in your future—join us for this interactive workshop and we’ll aim to organize, maximize, and prioritize goals to hit your target every time!
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP—Tuesday, Oct. 5 - 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP—Tuesday, Oct. 19 - 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER
The following VIRTUAL (1 hour) programs are facilitated by the PA Dept. of Banking and Securities. Register now for a Zoom session, invite will be sent via email from the Business & Career Center (BCC)
Saving and Investing
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP—This presentation is an introduction to saving for our future goals with an emphasis on investing as a way to build wealth, without having to be wealthy to do it. No matter how much or little you have, this session will give you simple steps to gain financial security. REGISTER
Tuesday, September 14 at 6 pm
Tuesday, September 28 at 11 am
Budgeting Basics— IN-PERSON WORKSHOP—New to budgeting, or trying to get back on track? Discover the difference between “needs” and “wants”, with information on how to handle each purchase type and create smart personal goals. Get useful tips for creating a spending plan that works for your income, putting you on the path to achieve your financial goals. REGISTER
Tuesday, October 19 at 6 pm
Tuesday, October 26 at 11 am
Cybersecurity—Keeping Yourself Safe Online— IN-PERSON WORKSHOP—Whatever your age, understanding how to keep your information safe and secure online is vitally important for everyone. This presentation covers key topics like using secure websites, creating strong passwords, being aware of what you put on social media, and even tips for shopping online safely. REGISTER
Tuesday, November 9 at 6 pm
Tuesday, November 16 at 11 am
Computer Instruction Workshops
In-person, masked, small groups w/ spacing—Ruggaber Community Room
Cloud Storage Basics
What is cloud storage, and what does it mean for me? Google Drive, Google Photos, OneDrive, Dropbox and many other platforms boast the advantages of storing your documents and photos remotely to free up space on your devices, but what happens to your photos and important documents? We’ll inform you about this innovative storage platform, along with the advantages and drawbacks of storing your information in “the cloud”. REGISTER
Monday, October 4 & Friday, November 12 from 3 pm – 4 pm
Presentation Basics— REGISTER
Thursdays, September 9 & November 18 from 2 pm – 3 pm
Fredricksen BCC Specialists will be conducting an interactive workshop on creating and manipulating spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel, similar to Google Sheets. Use our laptops and improve your skills, beginner spreadsheet creation and formula skills will be covered.
REGISTER Thursday, October 14 from 2 pm – 3 pm
Document Basics— REGISTER
Mondays, Sept. 20., Oct. 18 & Nov. 8 from 3 pm – 4 pm
Google Suite Overview
We’ll explore the Google Suite platform with a brief overview of their productivity and document creation software. Bring your own laptop for this workshop and create (or use) your own Google account for learning about this versatile (and free) platform. REGISTER
Monday, September 27 & Friday, November 5 from 3 pm – 4 pm
SOCIAL MEDIA SERIES
NEW! Finding Success in Online Learning!—Were you one of the millions of students left behind in the sudden transition to online learning? Are you interested in the convenience of online classes but not sure how to keep up? In this workshop, we’ll look at some of the common complaints and worries and attempt to address how to stay on track and get the tips you need to succeed.
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP—Mondays, September 13 & November 1 from 2 pm – 3 pm REGISTER
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP—September 10 & October 8 from 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER
Keep it to yourself: Controlling your Social Media—UPDATED WORKSHOP! Social Media has become the virtual meeting place with updates and photos from family and friends. In this workshop, we’ll discuss new privacy settings, appropriate postings, and outline various platforms. We will place a focus on Facebook, the "granddaddy" of these outlets, with ways to find the right privacy settings for you, and keep your name, updates and information shared with only the people you choose.
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP—Thurs., Oct. 22 - 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP—Fri., Sept. 17 from 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER
Promoting Yourself: Creating a LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is the professional platform that hiring managers scope out most often. Join us for this workshop to learn how to set up a new profile, or reboot your existing profile, to experience the best professional results. Be prepared for the workshop by having access to a digital profile photo that effectively communicates your business image.
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP —Friday, Sept. 24 - 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP—Monday, Oct. 25 - 2 pm – 3 pm REGISTER
On Target: Finding the Best Job Search Sites
Looking for employment on the web is a tough job! It takes time and determination to sort through endless listings to find the “perfect fit”, and with the threat of job scams lurking, finding the best online job search sites can be an overwhelming task. Join us for a professionally-researched overview with a list of sites and tips that will aid in getting that job.
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP—Fri., Nov. 19 from 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP—Fri., Oct. 1 from 3 pm – 4 pm REGISTER