Continuing Education Key to Team Success

No matter what your age or experience level, continuing education can help you grow your business, expand your skill set, earn a promotion, improve your leadership, and more.

At the local level, McHenry County College’s Workforce Training programs, located at the Shah Center, are among the most comprehensive resources that offer convenient, affordable classes that can help you or your team reach your goals.

“We’re always updating our offerings to fit the needs of our community and our evolving workforce,” said Pat Kallaus, Coordinator of Shah Center Operations. “Training programs help us keep skilled workers in McHenry County, which in turn benefits our local economy.”

This fall, the Center is offering a new class in partnership with Main Stay Therapeutic Farm in Richmond, IL. “Harnessing the Power of Emotional Intelligence for High Performance” is a one-day workshop that helps participants improve their emotional intelligence skills through meaningful interactions with horses on the farm.

The workshop is led by a certified Equine Coach and combines traditional classroom discussions with specific interactions with the horses at Main Stay to create a unique and lasting learning experience. No horse experience is necessary to attend, and all horse interactions will take place on the ground without any riding involved. The program will take place Thursday, Sept. 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Another unique and timely series offered through Workforce Training addresses leveraging differences for team success.

“In today’s diverse workforce, learning to benefit from differences—including multiple generations, work styles, communication preferences, values, technology usage, and more—can present a challenge if not leveraged in a healthy way,” said Kallaus. “This series will teach participants how to use these different styles and perspectives to benefit their teams, stoke creativity, and improve engagement.”

Starting on September 16, “Leveraging Differences for Team Success” can be taken as a series or broken up into standalone workshops. Attendees will use a special survey-based tool to discover their engagement style; learn how to build trust and create a safe workplace; explore the dynamics of conflict and identify common trigger points; reflect on strategies to improve empathy and mindfulness; and review a powerful Personal Leadership (PL) model used by successful organizations across the world.

“These two programs are only a small example of what we offer through Workforce Training,” said Kallaus. “All of our training programs can be customized for an organization’s work group through our Contract Training program.”

To view Fall class offerings or to register, visit

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