One-Day Skill-Development Seminars

UConn Workforce Capacity Development is sponsoring four technical skills development programs in May 2015. The programs are designed to increase participant skills and enhance resume value and appeal. The programs are sponsored by a Federal H1B Technical Training Grant administered by the Connecticut Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board and there is no cost to participants who meet the following criteria:


  1. Be a US Citizen as evidenced by a birth certificate or US Passport
  2. Be a Connecticut Resident as evidenced by CT driver’s license or Government issued ID
  3. Have some college as evidenced by unofficial transcript
  4. Be underemployed, or unemployed for a minimum of 26 weeks (Most UConn students qualify as underemployed)
  5. Register for up to three seminars at
  6. Attend a brief pre-seminar day registration session (5/7 4:00-6:00pm or 5/11 5:00-7:00pm in Storrs. Additional pre-registration sessions may be scheduled) to deliver copies of required documentation and sign attendance form


Seminar Location: UConn School of Business Room 214

Seminar Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (45 minutes for lunch on your own)


Seminar Descriptions:

Data Analysis and Decision Making – Developing a Value-Driven Approach for Improving Decisions

This program focuses on the basics of data analysis, data modeling and decision making. Given the vast amount of data available to influence decisions, participants gain new tools to analyze data and make decisions. Seminar components include how to approach and break down a business situation/problem to identify key elements for an analysis, and how to use Excel to as a tool to complete the analysis. Decision making scenarios include how to use data analysis in a business setting to determine how much do we order, when do we order it and how much you are spending.

Data analysis and decision making will be applied to different manufacturing and service scenarios related to operations. Participants obtain new skills to improve decision making and business outcomes. Bring your laptops loaded with Excel. Wednesday, May 13


Microsoft Office Intermediate Skills – Mastering Applications that Boost Productivity

College students count on Microsoft applications to meet demanding academic requirements. Join students in this seminar to learn intermediate Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Lync, PowerPoint/Presentation Skills and Publisher skills. Advanced topics are with a specific focus on increasing productivity to help you complete work more quickly and accurately. There is considerable time to explore additional topics of interest to you, so bring your laptops loaded with MSOffice 2013 and your questions. Today’s organizations expect college graduates to begin professional employment with advanced Microsoft Office Skills. This seminar is a great opportunity to build your knowledge and enhance your resume. Saturday, May 16


Technical Project Management – Using Proven Methodology to Improve Project Value

This seminar enables participants to prioritize and organize project tasks to accomplish project related goals, utilize proven project management tools and launch project teams. These goals are accomplished by level setting projects, reviewing project stages and examining project tools and applications. The program is highly interactive as new information is applied to a variety of project situations. Participants in the seminar improve their ability to be valued contributors to project teams and prepare for project leadership assignments. Tuesday, May 19


Technical Communications – Leveraging Opportunities in Today’s Complex Organizations

Today’s organizations are challenging, complex systems where success depends on the ability to work with and influence others to accomplish individual and organizational goals. This program focuses on the needs of technical staff to overcome communication challenges and accomplish difficult conversations with leaders, non-technical staff, peers and vendors. The program includes discussion on how communication channels should be selected and utilized in a professional setting.  It also includes a comprehensive review of the tools and methodologies available to communicate with employers, employees, teams and individuals. Participants are able to effectively apply principles of communications models to meet their technical and non-technical communication requirements. Thursday, May 21