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Classi-Con high 5

classified conference
June 7-9th, 2017

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Dealing With Difficult Behaviors
All of us encounter difficult behaviors. This program identifies the difficult behaviors we have to deal with in both our personal and work lives. Participants will receive specific guidelines about interacting and coping with these behaviors
in everyday life.
Program highlights: Identify difficult behavior types, Understand the impact of difficult behavior, Explore techniques to address difficult behavior, Learn strategies for coping. This program is especially useful for personnel who work in the area of customer service.

Building Customer Satisfaction
“Building customer satisfaction” can assist personnel who work with customers in any business format in dealing with the daily challenges and stresses they encounter on the job. Participants know how they like to be treated as customers.
This session will support staff in meeting customer needs and providing the excellent service they expect when they’re in the customer role.
Program highlights: Define customer needs, Understand what customer service means, Learn techniques to deal with difficult behavior, Practice good listening skills, Improve customer communications.

Managing Multiple Priorities at Work
The goal of this seminar is to give you some tools for making decisions about managing multiple priorities whether they’re another person’s priorities or your own. We’ll discuss the challenges of managing multiple priorities at work and learn new approaches for managing these multiple priorities.
Program highlights: What is a priority? Questions to ask about your work, Dealing with interruptions, Learning to say “no”, Difficulty delegating, Perfectionism, Procrastination, Best practices

PeopleSoft Training
Learn how to enter Pre-Travel Authorizations into the PeopleSoft System.

Job Shadowing/Mentorship Program Kickoff

Living Off Your Paycheck
Common sense — no-nonsense advice for making ends meet. This seminar will cover goal setting — how your money beliefs can affect the way you save and spend. We will discuss how to reduce debt, learn the difference between “meat
vs. gravy” and how to increase your wealth.
Program highlights: The psychology of money, Goal setting, Credit and debt, Meat vs. gravy, Tips for saving, Budgeting
Documents for Life (Advance Directives)
It’s often difficult to discuss the future with aging parents and other older relatives. This seminar will guide you through the important discussions concerning your relatives’ health concerns, emotional issues, financial and legal issues, as well as housing options and support services at home and in their communities.
Program highlights: Discuss modern society and it's impact on documentation, Who needs these documents?  What are the documents? Where do you find them?  When should you update them?  Where do you keep them?  How do you terminate or extinguish them?

Stress and Life Balance
An out-of-balance life can contribute to high levels of stress. Participants will have an opportunity to complete the Optum Lifescale Survey and learn methods of using assets to meet needs. And they’ll take home a variety of tools for addressing stress.
Program highlights: Explore methods for achieving a better balance in managing the conflicting demands of our lives, Identify resources that can be used to meet needs, Examine personal values and choices. Learn skills for effectively managing multiple demands

Understanding Your Contract: New Changes to the Classified Collective Bargaining Agreement 
Presented by AFT President Jim Mahler

Understanding Your CalPERS

Estate Planning
This seminar does not offer legal advice but does explain the documentation needed for estate planning. You’ll learn the
terms for will planning, guardianships and trusts, as well as review the pros and cons of various options.
Program highlights: Introduce types of estate planning documents, Review advance directives, Learn terms for will planning, guardianships and trusts, Discuss the pros and cons of various options, Consider estate planning costs

Mind over Money
This class examines your personal history with money, discusses money and emotions, and explores healthy vs. unhealthy attitudes and best practices in dealing with money decisions.
Program highlights: Information and tools to better understand your thoughts and behaviors about money, Learn the basics so we can conquer our money fears

Healthy Living on a Budget
One of the most common reasons for not eating better is money, but you can eat, live, exercise and be healthy on a budget!  Find out how in this workshop.

Healthy Food on a Budget
What’s your biggest challenge around food — eating healthy or buying healthy food that’s affordable? We frequently get caught in the belief that making healthy food choices exacts a hefty cost on our budget. This program will offer tips for finding the food that’s best for us at a price we can afford to pay. The program also includes a couple of affordable, healthy recipes.
Program highlights: Identify general nutrition recommendations, Explore planning tips for better budget and nutrition, Create wiser shopping trips, Describe ways to decrease food waste, Develop strategies for saving money and addressing nutrition for work and school

Cooking Out of the Box
Healthy Cooking Class by Chef Greg, in order to support healthy, affordable and sustainable food choices.  

Your Healthy Heart
Paying attention to your heart health is one of the best things you can do to improve your quality of life, longevity and overall health. In this seminar we’ll touch on the various terms and factors you need to know for better heart health.
Program highlights:Heart health facts, Risk factors, Terms to know, Measurements to know, Living a heart healthy lifestyle, Recognizing heart attacks and strokes, The 411 on statins
Fitting Fitness into Your Busy Day
It’s estimated that nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population fails to participate in adequate physical activity, and 60 percent are sedentary. If you fall into one of these categories, this seminar is for you! Even the busiest person can weave 30 minutes of physical activity into his or her day.
Program highlights: Discover the benefits of regular exercise, Determine what’s holding you back, Identify ways to fit more movement into everyday routines, Develop a personal action plan
Simplify Your Life
This program encourages participants to look at their inner beliefs as they identify personal roadblocks to streamlining their approach to the requirements of everyday living. The impact of the excuses we make to avoid personal change are examined.
Program highlights: Examine inner beliefs, Determine how to rid our lives of clutter, Learn how to streamline chores and commitments
Professional Writing and Email Etiquette
How do you ensure your email will be read? This program identifies the do’s and don’ts of email and offers suggestions for writing them in a way that captures the attention of the recipient and gives them all the pertinent information. The presentation includes information about subject line, format, content, emotion, grammar and punctuation, signature and the use of CC and BCC.
Program highlights: Why do we email? How to introduce yourself through email, Email preparations and its importance, Explanation of the multiple parts of an email and their importance, Virtual emotions and how to control them, The do’s and don’ts

CPR & AED Training
This course is designed to prepare you to administer CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. 
Facilitator: Jim Fegan

Benefitting from Ergonomics
Ergonomics is about aligning our work stations/sites/tasks and our bodies. This program examines the impact of poor ergonomics on both the worker and the workplace, and identifies common risk factors and types of injuries. Participants will have an opportunity to identify problems with an office station set up and discuss common factory issues. This program will also offer suggestions for properly setting up an office station.
Program highlights: Definition, Impact on workplaces, Impact on workers, Identifying risks, Improving environments, Posture practices, Determine what changes you can make to improve your own ergonomics

Mesa Safety Officer: Safety on the Mesa
Come and learn about Occupational and Environmental health and safety at Mesa College.  The OEHS Coordinator will be unveiling Mesa’s new safety website and discussing the newly adopted Safety programs.  There will be a Q&A session, so bring all your safety questions and concerns to be answered.
Presented by Matt Fay

Crisis Response: Active Shooter
College Police will be providing ALICE (Active Shooter) training to our campus.  Safety is everyone's responsibility and learning these types of skills can make the difference in an emergency.

Physical Assessment
This workshop will allow individuals to assess their overall fitness. Several different measures will be included in the Fitness Assessment. Measures are: Cooper Test (Run or Bike), The body mass index (BMI) or Quetelet Score, 2 Minute Heart Recovery Rate, Body Fat %, Muscular Strength using the repetition maximum test for Chest Press, Seated Row and Leg Press, Strength Endurance using norms for Push-ups, Sit-ups and Wall Sit.
Come dressed for a workout. Participate in as many assessment measures as you feel comfortable. To complete all assessments will take approximately 90 minutes.
Facilitated by: Ed Helscher & Chris Boudreau 

Unconscious Bias
Are we on top of our biases, or might we be harboring some prejudices that lie outside of our awareness? This program will define unconscious bias and give us a framework in which to understand it. With numerous discussion opportunities,
participants will explore biases; examine the conflict that arises between one’s natural inclination to categorize and the conscious drive towards diversity; look at how unconscious bias is measured; and identify ways to overcome these biases.
Program highlights: What is unconscious bias? How we measure/determine unconscious biases, How to overcome these unconscious biases.


Games include:
Beach Volleyball
Grass Butt Volleyball
Back Yard Games (Horseshoes, Bocce Ball, Bean-Bag Toss)
Relay Race