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Below you will find the February offerings of classes, seminars and training available.
DRUPAL FOR WEB DEVELOPERS February 1, 2012 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; CG2-CTTC Facilitator: Doug Gertner Learn to use the Drupal Content Managing System (CMS) to build dynamic, interactive websites. A CMS requires you to think differently about how you build a website. In this full-day class, participants will dive into the tools Drupal provides to web developers to build the design, structure, and functionality of a website as well as how it enables content creation for a broader variety of non-technical staff. Drupal is highly extensible via a vast offering of modules and participants will practice using some of the most useful ones on their own Drupal server, with hands-on experience creating content types, views, menus, blocks, sections, as well as customizing a theme. At the end of this class, participants will have the knowledge needed to begin building a vibrant, dynamic website in Drupal!
EXCEL 2010 LEVEL 2 February 2, 2012 8:30 am – 4:00 pm; CG2-CTTC Facilitator: New Horizons Instructor Learn to streamline and enhance spreadsheets with templates, charts, graphics, and formulas. Calculating Data with Advanced Formulas: Manage Cell and Range Names, Calculate Data Across Worksheets, Specialized Functions, Analyze Data with Logical and Lookup Functions; Organizing Worksheets and Table Data: Create/Modify Tables, Formatting, Sort /Filter Worksheets or Table Data, Calculate Data in Tables or Worksheets; Presenting Data: Creating/Modifying/formatting Charts; Analyzing Data with PivotTables and Pivot Charts; Inserting Graphics: Insert/Modify Pictures and ClipArt Draw and Modify Shapes, Illustrate Workflow Using SmartArt Graphics, Layer and Group Graphic Objects; Customizing and Enhancing Workbooks: Manage Themes, Templates.
CPR RECERTIFICATION (MERT and Field Campaign Staff Only) February 2, 2012 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm; FL2-1002 Facilitator: Mike Grosshans Review and practice basic CPR techniques and first aid skills and how to use them in real life emergency situations. UCAR’s MERT (Medical Emergency Response Team) members will also learn how to work on a team that provides emergency care until 911 Emergency Medical Services arrive.
FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING February 2, 2012 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; FL2-1002 Facilitator: Mike Grosshans Learn the proper use of fire extinguisher equipment and what type of equipment should be used to extinguish different types of fires. Use different types of fire extinguishers and test abilities to extinguish an actual controlled fire in the parking lot.
HOT OPERATIONS February 7, 2012 11:30am – 12:30 pm; FL2-1002 Facilitator: Milenda Powers Learn to keep from burning down the shop and avoid having "arsonist" on your permanent record. Hot operations refer to work that involves open flames, torches and welding. The Safety policy and permit requirements for this work will be reviewed during this brief class.
HAZARD COMMUNICATION February 7, 2012 9:00 am – 10:30 am; FL2-1002 Facilitator: Milenda Powers Employees have the right to know about hazardous materials and how to protect themselves. Learn about the hazards of chemicals and how to use labels and Material Safety Data Sheets to protect against those hazards. Attending this class fulfills training requirements specified by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
LOCKOUT/TAGOUT February 7, 2012 1:30 pam – 2:30 pm; FL2-1002 Facilitator: Milenda Powers Avoid electrocution of yourself and others by learning how to deactivate energy systems. Recognize dangers and hazards of stored energies. Control hazards by disconnecting and blocking the energy path and perform a lock out/ tag out operation. An audit of lock-out/tag-out skills is conducted yearly.
CONFINED SPACE February 7, 2012 10:30 am – 11:30 am; FL2-1002 Facilitator: Milenda Powers The number one goal of working in a confined space is to get out safely! If you ever need to enter confined spaces, like a tank, pit or manhole, this course is for you. Discussions cover hazards that claim lives of workers around the country each year, as well as how following the UCAR confined space policy will prevent that from happening to us.
CONFLICT STRATEGIES FOR SUPERVISORS: Navigating Others through Workplace Difficulties – the date has been changed – see below February 8, 2012 September 18, 2012 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; FL2-1003 Facilitator: Jennifer York One of the most critical and demanding elements of a supervisor, manager or team lead's role is assisting others in the resolution of conflict. In this session participants will learn to recognize when intervention may be necessary, explore a variety of conflict intervention strategies and how to apply critical conflict management tools to help others. Topics: Identify appropriate intervention strategies; Assess personal responses to conflict; Examine constructive and restrictive responses to conflict; Coach others in developing conflict management skills; Practice implementing a conflict facilitation model; Create a conflict action plan.
WHAT TO DO WHEN A REPORTER CALLS? A Workshop for Administrators February 9, 2012 9:00 am – 11:00 am; FL2-1001 Facilitator: David Hosansky As an administrator, would you know what to do, or what to say, if a media reporter contacts you for a scientific news story? Join David Hosansky, Head of UCAR Media Relations, in this lively, interactive session to learn more about the new media landscape; discover how media reporters cover UCAR and the significance of that coverage; gain an understanding of how, and what, to communicate with reporters, tips for communicating during a crisis, and when it might be appropriate to refer reporters to UCAR’s Media Office; and review the many valuable services and resources available via UCAR’s Media Office.
HIRE TRAINING FOR SUPERVISORS February 9, 2012 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm; FL2-1002 Facilitator: Nancy Wade Required for all hiring supervisors. Learn UCAR's Staffing Process; Employment Laws, Policies and Procedures; OpenHire System: Creating a Requisition and Reviewing Resumes; HR Baseline Screening of Applicants; Selecting the Successful Candidate; Determining Salary; Completing Interview Documentation Forms; Making the Offer; and Orienting Your New Employee.
STRESS MANAGEMENT: Simple Strategies for Work/Life Balance February 16, 2012 8:30 am – 12:00 pm; FL2-1003 Facilitator: Denny Kercher Everyone is looking for balance, wholeness and meaning in their lives; but the stresses of everyday living are sapping people of enthusiasm, energy and satisfaction. This workshop presents insights on the origins of stress and how stress can lead to burnout. You'll learn skills and techniques for balancing all areas of life so you can create a sense of wholeness for yourself and bring meaning back into the things you enjoy. Denny Kercher combines her background in business and clinical psychology to create an understanding of what it means to manage the annoyances of life. She is recognized as an expert in the area of stress and burnout management and is the author of: I'm Juggling As Fast As I Can: Managing Stress, Avoiding Burnout and Achieving Balance.
FINANCIAL PLANNING SEMINAR (<50) February 24, 2012 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; CG1-2126 Facilitator: Jane Gilmore This free seminar is presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial planning and pre-retirement counseling services. Numerous topics presented by professionals geared specifically to the needs of those under the age of 50. Topics include: UCAR Benefits & Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability; TIAA/CREF retirement program; Financial Planning Investments, Estate Planning and Legal Issues. After the session, participants can choose to arrange private consultations with any of the financial representatives. There is no obligation, and all private, follow-up consultation appointments and services would be at participant costs.