COVID-19 PD Resources

Okanagan College’s Continuing Studies and Corporate Training department is proud to provide relevant professional development and to be a source of positive transformation in our communities. To help support individuals and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed this resource page to help you boost your knowledge and learn new skills during this unprecedented time.

It is our hope that with these resources, the transformation you're experiencing can be a positive one, full of resilience, strength and community. Please check back - we'll be updating this page regularly. If there is a course or resource you are interested in but can't find, please reach out and let us know.

Ultimately, we're here to serve you.  

Zach Webster
Corporate Training Specialist
corporatetraining@okanagan.bc.ca

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Resources

These webinars are provided to you for free (first come first served, some offerings have seat limits). If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach us at corporatetraining@okanagan.bc.ca

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Upcoming Webinars

Introduction to OneNote
Are you looking for a way to readily organize all of your work-related documents in a single location? Microsoft OneNote is a multifaceted tool that allows you to draft, annotate, share and collaborate by incorporating a host of materials, including PDF’s, PowerPoints, Excel and Word. If you are interested in learning more about how this versatile resource can increase your efficiency, please join us for an overview of OneNote.

Date & time: July 7, 11 a.m. - noon
Duration: 1 hour

Difficult Conversations over Zoom
Difficult conversations with staff or other agents within your company is always a challenge. With the added impacts of social distancing and remote work, having those necessary conversations can feel near impossible. In this short tactical webinar, we cover a couple of core communications principles that still apply in a COVID-19 world, and provide some tips or their application over Zoom or other video-conferencing media.  

Date & time: July 9, 11 a.m. - noon
Duration: 1 hour

The 5 C's of Resilient Coping
As we’ve collectively witnessed, sometimes situations that we find ourselves in are very challenging and our ability to cope is often tested. Resilient coping is our ability to rebound successfully from difficulties we face. In this session, we will explore the 5 C’s of resilient coping: calm, clarity, connection, competence and courage. These skills together can reinforce your ability to tackle challenges head-on.

Date & time: July 20, 11 a.m. - noon
Duration: 1 hour

Hiring Co-Op Students – Why It’s Good For Business
Why hire a co-op student? How can they benefit you and your business? This webinar will provide an overview of what co-operative education is, when students are available and how you can potentially access available funding. There will be tips on how to on-board and support students in a virtual workplace. Join Alison Beaumont Co-op Coordinator at Okanagan College for this informative session. There will also be an opportunity to connect directly with College staff with a follow-up Q&A session.

Date & time: July 21, 11 a.m. - noon
Duration: 1 hour

Internal Time Management
Most of us respond to rising demands in the workplace by putting in longer hours, which inevitably take a toll on us physically, mentally and emotionally. The problem is that we think we can manage time – but we can’t! We can however, manage ourselves. This session will challenge traditional ideas of time management and focuses on using your internal clock to optimize when you work so that you are both productive and energized.

Date & time: July 28, 11 a.m. - noon
Duration: 1 hour
 

Recorded Webinars

The Need for Local Businesses to Up Their Technology Game - Now More Than Ever
This webinar is to further educate local business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals about how they can use technology to adapt their businesses during this time. Link to the recorded webinar here.

An Introduction to COVID-19 Small Business Strategy
During this time of uncertainty, we explore three areas of importance for the small business: Leadership, Financial Realities and Change Management. Link to the recorded webinar here.

Working and Managing a Workforce Remotely
This webinar will be a panel discussion of 2-3 experts who have been telecommuting or working from home already to provide you with some insight into their successes. Link to the recorded webinar here. 

Okanagan College Online Courses

We have a variety of low cost training options available online on demand, and the BC Employer Training Grant is still active and accepting applications. It can be used to help pay for many of these courses. Contact us at corporatetraining@okanagan.bc.ca to learn more.
 

Leadership Essentials Online – Tourism and Hospitality
Okanagan College is excited to provide some initial online short courses over the summer months. These courses are open to everyone, but will recognize a tourism and hospitality focus. 

Red Cross Training

LERN's UGotClass Certificates and Courses

Contract Training
Contract Training is available on demand in the following areas:

Curated Educational Content

During this difficult time, many other institutions and groups are stepping up to provide incredible content to help out those in need.  Rather than duplicate their efforts, we're highlighting them. Below is free content we believe will be of value to you from external sources. It's truly a communal effort.

Don't see your resource? Let us know at corporatetraining@okanagan.bc.ca.

Mental Health

Promoting and Practicing Self-Compassion
Join our facilitators to explore how you can use self-compassion in these uncertain times. We will have a chance to practice some self-compassion exercises, imagine how you can weave them into your life, and share ideas and feedback with the group.
Self-directed, complete anytime

Mental Health and Resilience During COVID-19
Viewers will receive concrete guidance for building resilience and staying emotionally and mentally healthy during this stressful time, including insights for supporting children. 
Self-directed, complete anytime

The Science of Well-Being 
One of Coursera's many free courses, enroll anytime to have Professor Laurie Santos engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits.
Self-directed, complete anytime

Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 
This free course helps to give you a deeper understanding of the anxiety reaction as it relates to various aspects of our current life, ranging from our consumption of news to the way we talk to our children about this current environment. Manage your mind before it manages you. 
Self-directed, complete anytime

Stronger Minds
Get guidance that’s created to help with the specific emotional well-being concerns stirred by the pandemic, through easy-to-digest resources from Beacon's team of caring clinical psychologists.
Self-directed, complete anytime

Working Remotely

Working From Home During COVID-19
This webinar offers suggestions for maintaining communication with other staff and supervisors, and explores strategies for how you can maintain personal motivation and manage your time while working remotely. 
Self-directed, complete anytime

Nomad City Conference Talks & Workshops 2019
Keynotes from Europe's Remote Work Conference in November 2019 were made free during COVID-19, using the code "keeptheworldworking".  Topics include streamlining scaling with freelance talent, and challenges and advantages of growing a remote business.
Self-directed, complete anytime

Kid Approved! Tips to Get Work Done from Home
For anyone working from home with children. 
Self-directed, review any time

How to Work From Home: 20 Tips From People Who Do It Successfully
Learn productivity tips for working from home. 
Self-directed, complete anytime

Human Resources and Economic Development Support

BC Tourism Resiliency Network
This series of webinars and bulletins provides tourism businesses with key information and training through this difficult time, such as impacts on the region, managing your business through the crisis, best practices, reputation management, human resource strategies and recovery strategies.
Any time, new webinars weekly

"One Stop Shop" for BC Business Support Services
This is a series of short  bursts of single topic 'how to' information, one step at a time. Webinars are new weekly (Subscribe here) and include Small Business Tips for Pivoting Operations, Approaching Loan Payments, Accessing Temporary Wage Subsidy and more.
Any time, new webinars weekly