OCCC and its SBDC fire up new programming to warm up your Winter

CTW Cover Winter 2018

This week, residents of Lincoln County will find something other than early holiday greeting cards in their mailboxes. The Oregon Coast Community College ‘Catch the Wave’ winter-term course schedule will be distributed starting around Dec. 9. The schedule is also available now, here.

 “We’re excited to present the community the largest selection of community education courses we’ve ever offered in a winter term,” said Dave Price, OCCC’s director of small business development and community education.

The term offers a mix of some returning favorites, including Oil Painting and Beginning Guitar, as well as many brand-new classes, like Basket Weaving, Chemical-Free Gardening, and Gyotaku Fish Printing. OCCC’s Winter Term runs from early January to late March.

The complete lineup of noncredit Community Education courses, which are affordably priced and open to anyone in the community, can be found in the ‘Catch the Wave’ publication and here, where the College also offers handy online registration and payment options. Or, call OCCC at 541-996-6222.


Small Business offerings

The ‘Catch the Wave’ publication also includes information about the Winter Term lineup of classes and workshops from the Small Business Development Center. This term offers some traditional favorites, like QuickBooks and web design courses, along with newer offerings such as a class on the free, cloud-based accounting Wave Apps platform.

Other new offerings include a class exploring Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and how it can impact how you run your small business. That class is led by Stewart Brannen, the CEO of the Siletz Tribal Business Corporation.

Dr. Alberto Flores, OCCC business faculty, will lead some SBDC workshops, including multiple offerings of his popular “Six Steps to a Better Business” course and the lively, entertaining (and informative) game nights using the “Leverage” board game, offered in Newport and Lincoln City.

Throughout the Winter term, as in every month of the year, the SBDC also offers its core service – free, confidential, one-on-one business advising – to anyone seeking it. Whether you’re a business owner or just considering one day starting your own business, you are free to take advantage of this powerful resource. Learn more, or register for your advising appointment, any time here, or call 541-994-4166.


Hospitality workforce training

The Small Business Development Center is also launching a powerful new hospitality training program in Lincoln City this term, in cooperation with the Lincoln City Culinary Center. The four-session program features classroom sessions in which participants can earn the internationally recognized Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP) certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute, but also receive hands-on customer service and kitchen training in the spectacular Culinary Center facility, as part of what the SBDC has dubbed the “Lincoln County Star” hospitality program.

The SBDC has also partnered with a group in Waldport delivering similar programming, including the CGSP certification, among others, at Waldport High School, in Yachats, and at the OCCC South County Center in Waldport.