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Career Centers Offer New, Free Workshop Series

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As the Career Centers reestablish a strong role at the College, providing continued outreach to students and community members includes maintaining visibility. During the 2008–2009 academic year, the MCC Career Centers will be holding exciting new workshop options for students and community members at a variety of locations.

Each month will feature an overarching theme with workshops facilitated by MCC staff and faculty as well as business leaders and community members. A variety of career-related topics will be explored throughout the year featuring business and community experts to share their expertise on workforce matters. It´s a concept Career Center coordinator Ayanna Boykins sees as helping individuals keep up with the fast pace of the business world.

"The world is changing at a very rapid pace, and people need to stay informed to keep up with the different changes affecting the career world," she said. "The more resources offered, the stronger the likelihood students become empowered—making better informed choices as they enter the workforce or work toward advancement in their respective organizations."

Topics were selected to provide variety yet stick to topics that impact the workforce. Boykins and other Career Center staff researched issues they encounter daily and found topics to meet those needs. The monthly themes (i.e. National Mentoring Month, Physical Wellness Month) provide an issue to celebrate and organize the workshops.

Several workshops focus on health and wellness, including workshops for yoga and meditation. With employees feeling pressure to meet the high demands of organizations and perform at high levels of productivity, health and wellness are increasingly of value. Learning techniques to reduce stress and increase concentration and relaxation are useful for everyone in the workforce.

The workshops are free and open to students and members of the community, and Boykins encourages both targeted groups and wide audiences to take advantage of these opportunities.

"The topics may appeal to a wide variety of interests for both people who are employed or unemployed and may also be helpful to people who are interested in being in-the-know in terms of new methods for workforce solutions," she said.

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