Feb 11, 2016

FVCC Offers Spring Workshops to Help Businesses Recruit, Develop and Retain Top Talent

Allison McCarthy will teach the FVCC workshop series “Jump Start for Supervisors” this spring.
Allison McCarthy will teach the FVCC workshop series “Jump Start for Supervisors” this spring.

Flathead Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Center will offer two series of workshops this spring designed to help businesses recruit, develop and retain productive and engaged employees.

Instructed by human resource professionals from North Valley Hospital, Nomad Global Communication Solutions and the Montana Department of Labor, the “Recruit & Retain Top Talent” workshop series is recommended for business owners, department heads, office managers and other personnel charged with recruiting, hiring and evaluating employees.

“The scarcity of available workers that is expected to occur as the Baby Boomers retire from the workforce will result in increased competition among employers for the best employees,” said FVCC Director of Workforce Training Jodi Smith. “Participating in these workshops could give employers a leg up on finding and keeping top talent.”

The series of six “Recruit & Retain Top Talent” workshops are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays from March 3 through April 14 in room 144 of the Arts and Technology Building on the FVCC campus. No workshop is scheduled on March 31. The cost to register is $35 per workshop or $175 for the series. The series is co-sponsored by the Flathead Valley chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and FVCC.

“Jump Start for Supervisors” is a series of nine workshops designed to develop the supervisory and management skills of new, emerging or experienced leaders within an organization. The series is taught by Allison McCarthy, who has held management positions with Proctor and Gamble, Pentagon Federal Credit Union and First Interstate Bank.

“Most supervisors are promoted from within an organization and have no formal supervisory training,” said McCarthy. “They were good at their jobs, so they were promoted to leadership positions. But in order for them to be successful and retain good employees, they need to develop some key supervisory skills.”

Topics covered within the “Jump Start for Supervisors” series include conflict management, accountability, performance coaching, supporting change, creating strong teams and developing a leadership mindset. The workshops are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays from March 1 through May 3 in room 144 of the Arts and Technology Building. No workshop is scheduled on March 29. The cost to register is $35 per session or $270 for the entire series.

For more information about either of these workshop series or to register, call the FVCC Continuing Education Center at 756-3832 or visit