Having Fun In A Heatwave - Plus A Little Science

While we suffered heat in excess of 100 degrees in Modesto at Community Business College so we decide to try a little science experiment - would an egg placed on a sidewalk cook?

Well, it didn't. At least the one put on the concrete. However, we also left a cast-iron mini skillet out in the sun and it got hot. Sure enough, the egg in that one cooked. I wouldn't serve it for breakfast but the proteins did coagulate.

Probation Department Job Fair

Last week Community Business College was invited to participate in the Stanislaus County Probation Department's career development fair.

It was unlike any job fair we've ever been to before.

Microsoft Office Suite Class Graduation

Our final thought for the week was a humorous one:

March 29 - National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day!

Nowadays, every day seems to be some kind of day to celebrate something. March 29th, then should be left out. Turns out March 29th is not only the anniversary of the Treaty of Saint-Germain (which returned Quebec to French control after the English had seized it back in 1629), it is also: National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day!
Okay, it’s not very likely that Hallmark will be offering greeting cards for this holiday any time soon, but it does highlight an important aspect of our economy – small businesses. Many people dream of owning their own businesses and this is a chance to remember that behind every store front there’s somebody who owns it. As much as owning a business can be a dream, it takes a lot of dedication and hard work. Most small businesses fail and it’s only the very few that can survive past the 3-year mark. Purchasing goods and services online is getting easier and easier. Yet, there is nothing like the feeling of going into a locally owned used book store and just spend…

W-4, Where For Art Thou?

One of our entrepreneurial minded QuickBooks students asked in class yesterday about employee W-4 forms.
She is looking to go into business with her son. She wanted to know about the IRS Schedule for withholding and so it gave us an opportunity to explore the W4 form
The W4 form is an excellent opportunity for employers to keep track of what's been going on with their employees an update their information. New boys always fill out the form, but a solid strong accounting practice is to ask all employees to fill out a new form at the beginning of each year.
Why a new W-4 form each year?
Threw out here a lot of changes can take place and people forget to report it to their employers. For example when somebody moves, somebody got married, and older child moving out and is no longer a dependent?
Another reason can be found directly on the instruction page that accompanies the form: Future developments -Information about any future developments affecting Form W-4 (such as legislation enacted…

Evaluating The Evaluators at Community Business College

Community Business College is unique in many ways but none more so than the fact that we take a weekly temperature of how our students are doing. We ask our students to evaluate both their course content and their instructors on a weekly basis. We have been doing this for 20 years and it has been especially effective at helping us accommodate an extremely diverse population of students.
Why?Several reasons. The first is because we really do care how our students are progressing and feeling about it. Other organizations pay lip service to caring what their customers think, but aren’t very proactive about it. The best way to know how you're doing and how your customers feel about you is to simply ask them.
Just like we do for our own daily lives (or even as the Gallup organization found, employees at a job) it's good to take a little break as time goes on reflect on what’s working and what needs improvement.
Another reason we constantly check in with our students, is if we do ever …

CBC Closed for MLK Day 2017

Community Business College will be closed today in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

Martin Luther King Jr. demonstrated how the power of words and use of language can change the course of history. As our school is dependent upon the use of language to teach ideas and thoughts to others, it is a suitable time to reflect on how words can inform and inspire.
Our history, our culture, is made up of thoughts and ideas that our turned into ideals for which we can strive.
As lifelong learners, we can take solace that just as our history can change for the better, so can we. All it takes is a little learning, time and thought.