Workshops at Chautauqua Works
Do you need to update your work skills to be competitive in today's workforce? Sign up for one of the workshops offered at Chautauqua Works by calling 1-877-424-9031. Click here to see the schedule of the workshops. Workshops offered and descriptions of each are listed below.
Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program
Many individuals would like to work, but are worried they will lose essential benefits if they have earnings of any kind. The WIPA program provides all SSA beneficiaries with disabilities access to work incentives, planning and assistance services. The Community Work Incentives Coordinator will provide you with information about Work Incentives that may allow you to keep some or all of your SSI and/or SSDI benefits as well as your medical benefits. To speak with Community Work Incentives Coordinator and/or to make an appointment, please call Linda Rumbaugh at 716-661-3012.
This is a class in two parts that assists you in increasing your reading comprehension skills. It also gives you information to increase your listening, vocabulary and word attack skills. It develops your ability to understand the main idea of a reading selection and draw conclusions. This also is a good course for individuals interested in taking Civil Service exams.
Introduction to MS Word
An introduction to Microsoft Word discussing the basics. Topics will include cut, copy, paste, opening and saving files, toolbars, shortcuts, and organizing files.
Introduction to Excel
Analyzing numbers is becoming a basic job skill – and an electronic worksheet or spreadsheet is how it’s done in today’s workplace. Spreadsheet packages (such as Microsoft Excel) are ideal tools for managing and displaying numeric data. Learn to build spreadsheets, improvetheir appearance, create formulas that automatically recalculate and turn numbers into charts and maps. Students will enhance their computer skills, and improve their marketability in the workforce.
Effective Resume Writing
This workshop focuses on how to read an application, answering problem questions, and strategies for completing a readable and positive application. What to include in your resume, a review of personal qualifications and history, deciding what type of resume to use, and beginning to assemble a resume. Writing a concise and compelling cover letter. Standard letter formats.
WIB TABE Test
The Test of Adult Basic Education are norm-referenced tests designed to measure achievement of basic skills commonly found in adult basic education curricula and taught in instructional programs. The content areas measured are reading and mathematics. These tests are given to job seekers who are working with a Career Specialist that are seeking training or for area employers who are seeking qualified candidates for employment
Learn more about VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities). Assistance with completing all necessary paperwork. Customers must pre register by calling VESID directly at 1-888- 652-7062.
Are you 16 – 24 years old and looking for employment and education opportunities? Do you have a lot to offer but you are not sure where to start? Orientations just for youth ages 16 -24 are held Wednesdays at 10 AM at the Jamestown Chautauqua Works office. This is an excellent time to find out more about the youth programs offered including job find assistance, resume writing, summer jobs, GED or college and job training. It is best to call ahead but if you can’t, just walk in and ask to be signed up for the next orientation. We are happy to talk with you and get you started. For more information call 661-9553 and ask about the youth orientations!
Interviewing with Confidence
The Interviewing with Confidence workshop utilizes a video and group discussion to take an in-depth look at the interviewing and how you can prepare yourself for it. We will discuss the importance of the interview and how to take advantage of this opportunity to show the employer you are the most qualified person for the position and that you fit with their company
Job Search Techniques
The Job Search Techniques workshop will assist you in discovering the key tools and techniques available in your own job search. This program will go into detail on where to look for jobs and who to talk to, while also discussing several different effective strategies and helpful resources you can utilize in your job search. Items like networking, attending career fairs, researching companies, effectively identifying want ads and online resources are explained in detail in this program using both group discussion and video.
Basic Computer Skills
This workshop is designed for first time computer users. We begin with turning a computer system on and if time permits finish with creating an email account for anyone who wishes to create one. The primary focus of this workshop is to give customers a broad overview of computers and to address inhibitions related to computer use.
Parachute Group Meeting
Network with others seeking new jobs/careers to discover best practices and share contacts & ideas. The meeting takes place at Lakewood Town Offices (upstairs), 20 West Summit Street, Lakewood, NY 14750. For additional information, contact Shawn Glogowski at 716-276-1127.