North Central College - Naperville, IL

Professional Development Courses

Career Transition
Transitioning to Manager
Personality Assessment
Personal Branding
Project Management

Repackaging Yourself: For Women in Career Transition

This hands-on, highly interactive workshop is designed to assist women who are re-entering the workforce, changing careers, or searching for a new job. This session will teach women strategies to support them when they are in career transition. Recognizing their core values, aligning them to a career vision, and identifying transferable skills will help the participants navigate their next career by choice and not chance. 

Participants will:
-Understand the importance of writing a value to vision statement which impacts decision making during transition
-Learn how to identify un-paid positions and market them into the four universal job skills
-Learn how to transfer job skills from one industry to another
-Understand the value women bring to a job based on experiences
-Discuss guidelines to market themselves into meaningful and in-demand qualifications

Instructor: Tamara Fay          Tuition: $99 (Min. 6)

Tuesday, January 19 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. 

Transitioning to the Role of a Manager

Transitioning into a position of authority means new challenges, responsibilities, and expectations. Participants will understand the process of moving from one position to another by learning the core functions of management, principles of leadership, and skills that are critical to managing change. They will have a working knowledge of the techniques to manage employees through the change process, tools to establish measurable goals, allocating work demands through developmental delegation and learning how to manage multi-generational employees.

Instructor: Tamara Fay          Tuition: $139 (Min. 6)

Thursday, January 21 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. 

Networking with LinkedIn

How does the ability to network with more than 200 million people sound? LinkedIn is the social media network for business professionals. This hands-on class will take you through the mechanics: from opening your membership to creating an effective profile, posting updates, joining groups, understanding connections, the inbox and search, job search and company pages.

Instructor: Holly Katko          Tuition: $49 (Min. 6)

Thursday, January 21 from 6 - 8 p.m. 

Personality: Understanding and Adapting

In this 2-hour program titled "CoreFour", participants will begin to understand their personality strengths, challenges, and suggested adjustments in order to achieve greater success and avoid unnecessary pitfalls when interacting with others.
Takeaways include personality assessment, increased self-awareness, tips on how to identify and adjust to other personality types, and overall more fluid interactions with others by avoiding obstacles that arise from personality misunderstanding 

Instructor: Kaleen Barbera          Tuition: $89 

Tuesday, January 26 from 7 - 9 p.m. 

Building Your Personal Brand

Our ever-changing professional and personal environments require that we become increasingly aware of the fact that our "brand" is always being measured by others. Many times, it is the way we present ourselves that can be the ultimate tie-breaker in connecting with others, either professionally or personally. Focus will be on the impact of confidence, etiquette, and ways to differentiate yourself in order to achieve success.

Through this 3-hour workshop titled "Clout" you will begin to understand the elements for creating a more positive influence with others and identify individual adjustments that can be made in order to build a successful brand for yourself. Exercises include an etiquette assessment and building a personal 'branding' statement.

Instructor: Kaleen Barbera          Tuition: $149 

Tuesday, February 2 from 6 - 9 p.m. 

Giving Great Stand-Up Presentations

Most of us will at some point be presenting to an audience, whether it be for a service organization, church, fundraiser, or in the workplace. Understanding what an audience wants from a speaker and learning the key factors of presentation skills, anyone can improve their skills as a public speaker.

In this program titled "Speak Up", we will focus on critical elements of delivery, structure, and preparation in this 2-part workshop-based program. Program is highly interactive and will assist participants in understanding their existing strengths and challenges, how to create and deliver impactful memorable presentations to any audience, and tips on how to overcome the fear of public speaking.

Should come with an idea for a presentation or past presentation/speech.

Instructor: Kaleen Barbera          Tuition: $299

Tuesday, February 16 and Thursday, February 18 from 6 - 9 p.m. (each night) 

Project Management Certification Program 

This online course is registered with Project Management Institute (PMI) as a 56-hour online course, though actual time will vary among students. Each student receives an initial six-month license to the online course material. Students also download and install our test engine and question bank on their own computers. The emphasis of TheCourse is the core competencies of Project Management as defined by PMI and set forth in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). One of the common PMBOK “Tools and Techniques” is Project Management Software. To assure the student appreciates the significance of this tool, TheCourse includes numerous illustrations of how functions are performed using Microsoft Project. The purpose is to lend visibility and perspective to preparation of project plans and schedules, resource leveling, earned value and other areas where the two subjects overlap.

Tuition: $795           To register call 630-637-5560