Showing posts from 2015

What Did YOU Learn Today?

One of the things we do at Community Business College is ask all of our students, “what did you learn today?”It’s a good reinforcement tool and sometimes the answers to that question tell us a great deal about where a student is in the learning process and it caps off an end to the class with a quick learning review.
After completing a QuickBooks class module with the learning-challenged students from Modesto’s Mentor Network yesterday, we reviewed their Profit and Loss Statements. This is something new for the college and we did this class as a pilot project. As you'll see, it was a huge success!
In this QuickBooks class, the students got to choose their own stores, come up with the names and stock it with virtual products. They learned how to order stock, pay for it, sell it and make deposits.
For those not in the know, a Profit and Loss (also known as P&L) Statement is a tool for businesses to use to determine whether or not your business is profitable, how much of a profit ha…

Break Times = Good Times

Community Business College has always incorporated 50-minute clock hours for classes. That means each hour a student is here on campus in class, there is a 10-minute break every hour.
Ten minutes provides time to move between classes, but it also provides time to reset your mind. Many a student has told us how they were wracking their brains to get solution to the problem they’re working on, and it wasn’t until they got up, walked around and thought of something else that the answer came to them.
There was even an article out this week about the need to get up and move after you’ve been sitting at a computer for a long time, and get enough sleep each night. According to the study, taking quick walking breaks can extend your life.
And yet… We have noticed more students hear the words “it’s break time” and instead whip out their smart phones. This happens even when the computer they are sitting at is fully Internet enabled. It’s the smart phone where all the personalized settings are, of …

Happy Thanksgiving

On the occasion of this day, a Thanksgiving Day Poem:

A day of giving thanks arrives on a cool November day,
     It reminds us to speak aloud what we so often forgot to say.
     For it’s easy to take for granted the blessings we receive all the days of the year,
     Strange, since words of gratitude are pleasing to both speak and to hear.

     From today’s first waking moment until the dreams of night start their song,
     It is a joy to be able to give thanks all day long.

A Fall Job Fair That Left Us Lonely

The Job Journal hosted a job fair yesterday and Community Business College staff helped out by providing free resume critiques. Here's what happened...

Each time we attend a job fair, the experience is a little different.  This job fair in Modesto was notable because we ran out of resumes to critique. That almost never happens.  Why did it happen this time? Here are some theories:
     People are gearing up for the holidays so job search is on hold.
              The word didn’t get out about this particular fair.                   More people have jobs than need jobs.
Of the possibilities, the first two seem to make more sense than the third theory.
But, needless to say, offering unemployed job seekers free critiques on their resumes we learn about what’s trending. It’s a good service that a lot of people appreciate.
All told, we helped 34 people with their resumes, from the job fair. It always provides us with a good feeling to help those in need.
In fact, one service group b…

Veterans Day Job Fair at the Modesto EDD Office

Stanislaus County hosted a job fair for veterans this morning. Although the job fair had a particularly focus of helping our veterans, the fair was also open to the job-seeking public. 

It was an overcast morning after a rainy day and there weren’t the long lines of job seekers waiting to get in that there have been at past job fairs, but give them kudos for trying, especially for trying to help veterans - a much under-served population here in Stanislaus County.
The fair ran from 9 AM to 1 PM today. Given the list of exhibitors that showed up, it appears this fair ended up being more of a “resource fair” than a job fair, per se.
With regards to the exhibitors, there were many of the same ones who attended last year’s Veterans Day fair.
Below, Community Business College has listed some of the participants who attended the fair. If you weren’t able to make the event, you can still look up most of these exhibitors by their websites. (Google searches are an amazing advantage of modernity). …

Google's AdWords Workshop

Community Business College regularly offers businesses classes on how to conduct online marketing, including instruction on using Google to help organizations improve their businesses.
Today, we had a workshop based on Google’s “Hangout” sessions to help people who want to use Google’s AdWords to their advantage. This is the first of a 3-part series.
“Take Aways” from Session 1

Here are the best tips from the Google AdWords session:
1.The first, and most important tip, is to make your ads relevant.

Making your ads relevant means thinking about how people might specifically be searching for your type of business online. It’s not enough, for example, to just say you want to use the keyword “flowers” if you’re a florist. Why? Because people searching for the word “flowers” can be agronomists, horticulturists, silk flower artists, etc. The goal of good AdWords is to narrow your scope enough to fit your particular clients.
2.Use very specific landing pages to match your ad.
When people click …

What To Expect At September's Job Fair?

The Job Journal hosted another job fair on September 22, 2015 from Noon to  4 pm at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel  in Stockton. Admission is always free for job seekers (Click Here for Details).
Community Business College provides job placement staff to offer free professional resume critiques to attendees. This is normally a component of a resume development package but the college provides the service free of charge as part of its community outreach.

What jobs were being recruit for at this fair? Here's the official list (each listing has an active link to a job description, CBC does not endorse these jobs and advises its job seekers to check before purchasing any job leads):
Account Executive (Digital and print advertising sales)Adult/Youth Sports Officials (Seasonal/PT)After School Recreation LeaderBanking AnalystChief Plant Operator - WaterCNC OperatorCoach CounselorCrane / Rigging InstructorDeduction CoordinatorDeputy Director of Human ResourcesDeputy Municipal Utilitie…

Work-Related Education Expenses As Tax Deductions

Adult students who attend Community Business College may be eligible for tax deductions for the expenses they incur while attending school. Questions come up as to how the expenses that come getting training can be used at tax time. The most common questions are: Who is eligible for work-related tax deductions? Which expenses can be taken as deductions? What do I need to take a deduction if I’m eligible?

So here’s what the folks at the Internal Revenue Service say about educational expenses.  (By the way, this information is specifically for work-related education expenses. For full-time academic students at eligible institutions, see this webpage:

You may be able to deduct work-related educational expenses paid during the fiscal year as itemized deductions on IRS Form 1040, Schedule A, Itemized Deductions.
Which Expenses Are Eligible? In order to be deductible, your expenses must be for education that either:
         (1) maintains or imp…

Most Excellent Microsoft Excel Users

As you may have read on the Community Business College Twitter page, we had another examinee pass the Microsoft Office Specialist Excel Expert exam. The goal of the certification is to provide people a chance to show others (e.g. current bosses, prospective employers, patronizing computer-savvy high school children) that they know their stuff. It’s been a way for employees to differentiate
themselves in competitive job markets and broaden employment opportunities by displaying advanced skills.

Why Excel Certification?
The Microsoft Excel certification is part of the set of Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications that is offered by Microsoft. Community Business College instructors have certifications but they’re not just designed for the academic community.
Microsoft Office Specialist certification can also lead to increased job satisfaction. Research (conducted by Microsoft, of course) indicates that certified individuals have increased competence, productivity, and credib…