Learning Labs

Build your skills with short-term, non-credit workshops in the community!

Get Set for Success

Learn strategies and tips to make learning work for you! In this four-part lab you will discover your learning style, resources available at Mohawk College to support your learning, time management and organizational skills, and reading strategies. Attend all four sessions or choose the topics that are right for you. 

Register here for free!

College-Ready Learning Styles 

Understanding how you learn is key to learning well! Discover your own learning style and what supports exist at Mohawk College to support your learning journey.

3:30-4:30 pm
February 2nd, 2017

Eva Rothwell Centre
460 Wentworth St North
Hamilton

Organization Strategies

Staying organized helps to keep our minds focused, and is an important skill in life, school, and work.

3:30-4:30 pm
February 9th, 2017

Eva Rothwell Centre
460 Wentworth St North
Hamilton

Time Management

Another skill that is key to success in life, school, and work is time management. Learn how to avoid becoming overwhelmed, meet deadlines, and stop procrastinating! 

3:30-4:30 pm
February 16th, 2017

Eva Rothwell Centre
460 Wentworth St North
Hamilton

Reading Tips

Reading is a big part of every-day life, especially for college students. Learn strategies for main idea selection and tips on highlighting your books. 

3:30-4:30 pm
February 23rd, 2017

Eva Rothwell Centre
460 Wentworth St North
Hamilton

 

Job Ready Toolkit

Focus on key activities to prepare yourself for the working world! Develop strategies for improving your interview skills, resume, and leadership style. Six modules cover six areas of job readiness. Receive a certificate of completion for each 4-week module and a program completions certificate for successfully completing all six modules.

Classes are held at the Eva Rothwell Centre at 460 Wentworth St N. 

Module 1: Your Skills Profile

Employability Skills Profile Module Overview

September 8th to October 4th 2016

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-11:30

Drop in: Wednesdays 10:00-11:30

Introduction 

To be successful within the classroom or the workplace a person must be aware of the skills they possess and want to build, and also be aware of qualities that have a negative impact on their success. Enhancing your existing skills will provide more opportunities to succeed in your future endeavours.

Module Description This module will focus on skill identification and self assessment. Students will be exposed to the academic, personal management, and teamwork skills required to succeed in the classroom and the workplace. In addition, the importance of academic integrity, goal setting and time management will be discussed.

Module Objectives 

To provide students with a skills profile to help increase their probability of success in education and employment. At the end of the module the students will have:

  • Completed a Skill Identification profile.
  • Become aware of the impact of these skills.
  • Engaged in Self-Assessment exercises.
  • Discussed the benefits of these exercises.
  • Spent time leaning about the fundamental, personal management, and teamwork skills to help development and contribute productively.
  • Developed a goal.
  • Reviewed time management principles.

Module 2: Resume and Cover Letters

Cover Letter, Resume, & Portfolio Module Overview

October 6th - Nov 1st 2016

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Drop in: Wednesdays 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Location: Eva Rothwell Centre 460 Wentworth St N

Introduction

Who you are and how you present yourself on paper when applying for a job is critical to your success in securing an interview. By identifying your appropriate/applicable skills and researching your potential employer you will have a distinct advantage.

Module Description

Resumes, Cover Letters, and Portfolios. Who you are and how you present yourself on paper when applying for a job is critical to your success in securing an interview. By identifying your appropriate/applicable skills and researching your perspective employer you will have a distinct advantage. Register for this workshop now! Classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays with Wednesday drop-ins.

Module Objectives 

To provide the students with the cover letter, resume, and portfolio tools to be successful in achieving employment. At the end of the module the students will have:

  • Reviewed the guidelines for a 4 paragraph cover letter
  • Prepared a 4 paragraph cover letter based on applying to a job advertised in the paper
  • Identified applicable skills and included them in the cover letter
  • Discussed the various types of resumes and chosen the one that best suits their needs
  • Presented a resume for critique
  • Been taught the importance/advantages of a portfolio
  • Learned how to create a Personal Mission Statement
  • Created a professional portfolio
  • Learned the importance of networking through social media

Module 3: Interview Skills

Interview Skills Module Overview

November 3rd – November 29th, 2016

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-11:30

Drop in: Wednesdays 10:00-11:30

Introduction 

Securing an interview and surviving the interview process to gain employment can be a frightening experience. Understanding the process and its various elements can alleviate these fears.

Module Description

This module will focus on the key activities to assist students in being well prepared for the successful pre-interview, interview and post interview processes. Students will be exposed to a number of fundamental principles of the interview process. These principles include: Interview Preparation; Resume, Cover Letter & Portfolio Review; Interview Techniques; Commonly Asked Questions; Stages of the Interview.

Module Objectives

To provide you with new strategies for improving your interviewing skills. At the end of the module the students will have:

  • Reviewed underlying fundamental principles of the interview process
  • Spent time discussing the various components of the process
  • Been given an opportunity to review their resume and cover letter
  • Been given an opportunity to review their portfolio
  • Been provided with strategies for answering the most difficult questions
  • Discussed the various types of interviews and the underlying themes

Module 4: Relationship Building

Customer Service/Relationship Building Module Overview

January 10th – February 2nd, 2017

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-11:30

Drop in: Wednesdays 10:00-11:30

Introduction 

Success within customer service depends on the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. This involves clearly defining what customer service means, who our customers are, and developing strategies to address their needs.

Module Description

This module will focus on quality and service in the business environment, including the critical importance of building strong relationships. You will be exposed to a number of fundamental customer service principles, reinforcing the philosophy that service to all customers, both internal and external, must be considered. Total Quality Management will be addressed to establish that quality and service is a cross-organization responsibility. ISO designation will be reviewed providing a basic knowledge of the customer driven steps to certification and the potential benefits that can be realized.

Module Objectives

To provide students with new strategies for improving their relationship building skills. At the end of the module students will have:

  • Spent time identifying various relationship building factors that lead to providing exceptional customer service
  • Reviewed underlying fundamentals of customer service
  • Been given an opportunity to discuss problem solving side
  • Considered their personal development challenges within customer service and worked to resolve them
  • Discussed the benefits of Total Quality Management and associated philosophies

Module 5: Dealing with Difficult People

Dealing With Difficult People Module Overview

February 7 – March 2, 2017

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-11:30

Drop in: Wednesdays 10:00-11:30

Introduction

Dealing with difficult people can be time consuming and frustrating, as well as productive and rewarding. In an age where the ability to communicate and survive in a team environment are critical to personal and corporate wellbeing, it is essential to identify the various types of difficult people and develop effective strategies for dealing with them and for making them part of the team.

Module Description

This module will focus on the critical importance of building strong relationships through the resolution of differences. The students will be exposed to a number of fundamental principles of conflict resolution. These principles include: interpersonal communication styles, conflict and negotiation, coaching and empowerment, problem solving and creativity and team building skills. In addition, the impact of strong leadership and the ability to cope with the stress incurred dealing with these difficult situations will be discussed in an effort to further develop and sustain good relationships.

Module Objectives

To provide you with strategies for improving your ability to handle difficult people and associated situations. At the end of the module the students will have:

  • Reviewed underlying fundamental principles of dealing with difficult people and the theories of managing people
  • Spent time identifying various factors and strategies that lead to resolving differences in an effort to maintaining personal and workplace morale, stressing the importance of cooperative behaviours
  • Identified behavioural types/personality differences and discussed methods of accommodating them
  • Been given an opportunity to discuss coaching and empowerment and its impact
  • Considered the influence of problem solving with creativity in the workplace
  • Discussed the benefits of group dynamics and working in teams

Module 6: Leadership

Leadership Module Overview

March 7 – March 30, 2017

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-11:30

Drop in: Wednesdays 10:00-11:30

Introduction

Effective leadership requires a very well-defined skill set. This involves clearly understanding the definition of leadership, the associated qualities, and the impact of those qualities on the organization.

Module Description

This module will focus on effective leadership in the workplace. The students will be exposed to a number of principles associated with leadership. These include a general definition, qualities required to be successful, motivation, building trust, empowerment, delegation, and building teamwork skills. In addition, the impact of effective communications and assertive listening will be discussed.

Module Objectives

To provide information to support you as you discover your leadership skills and how to apply them in a workplace setting. At the end of the module students will have:

  • Spent time discussing the pathway to effective leadership
  • Reviewed a variety of associated topics related to effective leadership
  • Been given a chance to share any leadership roles they have had
  • Discussed the impact of effective leadership in a number of real life scenarios
  • Reviewed trust-building and teamwork skills and their effect on leadership

Download the PDF version of the Modules

Modules are one month long - Tuesday & Thursday classes with Wednesday drop-in sessions. Check our calendar for dates and to sign up for free!

Find out more, download your Job Ready Toolkit (opens PDF, 453kb)