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Career Workshops are now available when YOU are!

Schedule your workshop at a time convenient for you! We understand that your classes have to take priority, but when you have time, take advantage of the great information in our career related workshops.

Each *FREE workshop lasts approximately one hour, and if you are a community member that would like to come with a student or bring some friends to attend with you, please feel welcomed to schedule a session! We love that you are willing to investigate services at Lower Columbia College!

Navigating College Workshops

College is supposed to be challenging, but there are trips and hazards that you can avoid if you know that they are coming. Community members AND students can benefit from these navigation workshops. We welcome you to call and request your favorite topics!

The Career Center offers more than just resumes (but we do that too!)

What you will learn:

  • startnextquarter.org - You may have access to more resources than you knew 
  • Counseling: Whether there is a personal, financial, or academic crisis, the Career Center is where you will find counseling services for students
  • Financial Aid application assistance - Are you missing a signature? Have you checked your portal? Do you need parental information? Find out where to get it here
  • Assistance with career/degree exploration, job searches, interview preparation, and even work related success strategies are located at the Career Center

Use your personal interests, goals, and values to determine your desired career. We will discuss degree programs that will aim you in the direction you choose!

What you will learn:

  • Career Assessments: Learn about our free interest and personality assessments
  • Career Exploration: Wages, demand, educational requirements, and even career titles can be investigated here
  • Transfer and vocational degree pathways that lead to desired careers

Financial Aid: Avoiding the Common Pitfalls

 What you will learn:

  • FSA ID - Your signature. It can't be skipped and it is needed every year (The codes at the end matter, too)
  • Selective service: Did you miss a deadline? Find out what to do now
  • Dependent versus independent student status and what that means
  • Using the Data Retrieval Tool to import your IRS information, and how to get verification if you were unable to import
  • What to do when your current situation doesn't match your FAFSA information
  • Changes in marital status and how that impacts FAFSA answers

Decided on your program? You may be eligible. Low income? You may be eligible. Make too much? You may be eligible. GED recipient? You may be eligible.

What you will learn:

  • Ideal time to apply for scholarships
  • What are the eligibility requirements? How do they award?
  • How you can sabotage your eligibility - Avoid pitfalls
  • Applying for off campus scholarships, including other institutions

What are the graduation requirements for LCC, and how do you know when you have met them?

What you will learn:

  • Degree audit, and how to request it
  • Options at the end of your program that may help you retain financial aid
  • How to apply for graduation
  • Preparing for commencement 

Interested in on-campus jobs? Want to be recruited by local employers upon graduation?

What you will learn:

  • Career Connections is available for students, alumni, and community members - the login process is different for each, however
  • Work study and student help positions are available on campus, but what are the requirements?
  • Submit your resume for review through this program
  • The importance of following directions

Career Readiness Workshops

Contribute to your personal success by investigating what works, and what doesn't work when you are in "job search" mode. These workshops are open to students, alumni, and community members. Please call to reserve your preferred time. 

Find out how to answer online application questions honestly and to keep yourself competitive.

What you will learn:

  • The primary difference between applications and resumes
  • How to prepare for online and kiosk applications
  • What to avoid when completing applications
  • Tips when completing pre-hire questionnaires

No two resumes are the same. How do you know if yours is competitive?

What you will learn:

  • Strategies that will bring your primary strengths into clear focus
  • Targeting your resume to the position you are pursuing
  • Formatting options that are simple to create and easy to read
  • Common resume mistakes to avoid

Prove your resume assertions with powerful portfolio evidence!

What you will learn:

  • Why have a portfolio? What does it do?
  • What to include in a portfolio
  • When to start gathering documents
  • How to use a portfolio and an e-portfolio to your advantage

If your have a criminal history, there are ways to put your background in the past.

What you will learn:

  • Steps you can take to diminish or remove the negative impact of your criminal record
  • Which programs/careers are an option, given your history
  • Strategies that allow forward movement in the hiring process
  • Common mistakes to avoid during your job search 

Don’t prepare for today, tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow, today.

What you will learn:

  • Find out if your desired career is in demand
  • Determine the education levels required in your desired career
  • Locate median wages associated with your favored career titles

Access your credit report for free and find out how to address issues that can impact your ability to be hired.

What you will learn:

  • Learn to strategically prioritize your payments for maximum value
  • Find out how to access your free credit report
  • Actions that can address mistakes and bad credit situations
  • How to build a positive credit history

Self-Promotion Workshops

Prepare to recruit your favorite potential employers using digital media, interpersonal skills, and demonstrated effectiveness.

Put yourself in the lead with a professional LinkedIn account.

What you will learn:

  • Creating your profile and keeping it updated
  • Explore the benefits and options of your new account
  • Making connections with companies and people
  • Using Linked In to do job searches and company research

Systematically prepare your self-introduction, based on the people you will be meeting

What you will learn:

  • Know how to research your potential company, their mission and values, and target yourself to them
  • Design your greeting and your salutation
  • Gather your skills as they relate to the position that you are seeking
  • Put them all together in a refined manner and practice

How do I demonstrate that I have certain skills, when I haven’t done that work before?

What you will learn:

  • How to determine what your current skills are and how you have used them
  • Locating the overlap between current skills and those needed by your potential employer
  • Connecting past duties with your skills, and ensuring that your potential employer understands how your skills are connected to those the employer is seeking.

Only you can make your own promotional points. Learn what it takes to share what needs to be known.

What you will learn:

  • Why and when is self-advocacy required?
  • Using advocacy in school, life, and work
  • Giving yourself permission to share what nobody else can
  • Decision making and other elements of self-advocacy

Over 40? You are part of a protected class now.

What you will learn:

  • Strategies for encouraging employers to recognize the value of what you have to offer
  • What do you have to offer? Knowing your competition
  • Targeting your skills to the positions that need them

Workplace Skills Workshops

Get on-the-job training prior to starting the job. Practice workplace skills in class, at home, and in social settings to ensure you are exercising those muscles.

Have you thought of starting your own business? It may be easier than you think. 

What you will learn:

  • Skills that make a great business owner - Do you have what it takes?
  • Methods to establish your business model
  • Identify your customers, competition, and stakeholders
  • The small business plan - aspects, outlines, and resources

You are a brand new company asset! Your brand will be what you make it. 

What you will learn:

  • Preparing for and adapting to a new work culture
  • Soft skills to use in your new work place
  • Creating your brand through exemplary work ethics and problem solving
  • Commitment to customer satisfaction and what customers want
  • Serving and identifying both your internal and external clients

Your customers know your competitors. Whether they are right or wrong, your commitment to their satisfaction matters. 

What you will learn:

  • Strategies to improve the retention and commitment of your clients
  • Designing the value of your product/service
  • Addressing barriers that stop repeat customers
  • Testimonials, surveys, and recommendations
  • Why dissatisfied customers are opportunities to improve your services

Whether you work with difficult people or you ARE the difficult one, this workshop can help.

What you will learn:

  • Understanding the "intent" of the communication
  • Staying neutral 
  • Summarizing your understanding and requesting clarification
  • Creating space for yourself and maintaining healthy boundaries

Coming together is a beginning; Keeping together is progress; Working together is success.

What you will learn:

  • Understanding the benefits of embracing a diverse work culture
  • History of diversity and legal issues
  • How to identify your personal biases
  • Work with people from various backgrounds including different cultures, socioeconomic groups, genders, and races

Respect, integrity, caring, morals, duty, fairness, and their connection to ethics

What you will learn:

  • What are ethics?
  • How ethics impact your performance and expectations
  • Benefits of embracing ethical behavior and practices
  • Types of ethical practices that you may not have considered

Inspiration, delegation, decision making, and accountability: How to develop and challenge your inner leader.

What you will learn:

  • Developing your leadership skills in the workplace, before you have a title
  • Marketing your leadership skills
  • The importance of leadership
  • Ethics in leadership

Personal Enrichment Workshops

Growth as a person enhances your ability to build on and sell the skill sets you already have. These workshops allow you to laugh, learn, and redesign your intentions.

Address yourself and your skills in a way that contributes to a positive self-image

What you will learn:

  • Identify negative thinking styles and language you may be using
  • Find out why we get "stuck" in negative patterns (it's science!)
  • Reprogram your internal voice and practice new patterns 

Is your "To Do" list infinitely longer than your "Completed" list? Get strategies that help with both productivity and balance. 

What you will learn:

  • Prioritizing what matters to you
  • Strategies for goal setting and measuring steps completed in project work
  • To-do lists and what "not" to do lists
  • Addressing interruptions, distractions, and new priorities

Listening is a verb. Your listening skills convey respect, confusion, indifference, and even annoyance. 

What you will learn:

  • Types of listening and when we use them
  • How to use your listening skills to create rapport and connection
  • What to do when your listening skills are challenged by distractions

Navigate home, work, school, and life using emotional intelligence and feel the impact.

What you will learn:

  • The difference between emotional intelligence and IQ
  • Empathy and how self-aware you are 
  • Methods to manage your emotions
  • How to effectively motivate yourself

To get a job, you need experience. How do you get experience without a job? Volunteer!

What you will learn:

  • The personal, community, and networking benefits of volunteering
  • Locations and positions that are available for potential volunteers
  • Setting goals in your field of choice, so you can continually evolve your skill sets

Make your Appointment today!

*Free workshops are paid for by Perkins funding, and community members are encouraged to participate.

Please contact Career Services at 360.442.2330 to schedule a time that is convenient for you!


Contact Career & Employment Services

Make an appointment to meet with a career specialist through the Entry Center by calling (360) 442-2311. Walk-ins welcome during regular business hours.

 Career Services in Admissions Center

  (360) 442-2330
 careerhlp@lowercolumbia.edu

 Jenny Smith, Program Specialist II

 (360) 442-2336
 jsmith@lowercolumbia.edu

 Heather Wooldridge, Career Specialist

 (360) 442-2333
 hwooldridge@lowercolumbia.edu

 Steven Chapman, Career Specialist

 (360) 442-2337
 schapman@lowercolumbia.edu

For assistance with Work-Study Positions

  Marisa Geier, Director, Financial Aid
   (360) 442-2391
  mgeier@lowercolumbia.edu

For assistance with Student Help Positions (non work-study)

  Career & Employment Services
   (360) 442-2330
  careerhlp@lowercolumbia.edu

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