Career Skills

Program Description

Business Writing Basics
Instructor: S. Wren

Do your business writing skills need help? Many people find themselves creating press releases, social media posts and other kinds of writing as companies downsize, but they haven’t written anything but email in years. Your business is judged by the writing you send out, so copy that’s full of typos and word usage mistakes will give them the wrong impression. This two-night class will give you a crash course in everything you forgot from English class, presented in a fun way so you’ll remember this time. The first night will cover commonly misused words and grammar lessons. We’ll discuss tips to make your business writing error-free and informative on the second night.

2 Tuesdays           Feb. 19 – Feb. 26                 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11194         Outreach – Rm. 408            Fee $29


 Résumé and Cover Letter Writing
Instructor: B. Storey

Résumés and cover letters are often the first impression made to a potential employer. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the key components to a well-written résumé and cover letter and what it takes to make yours stand out among the competition. You also will learn the importance of customizing these documents to specific job prospects as well as regularly updating your information. Please bring a USB flash drive to class. 

1 Thursday           Feb. 21                        2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
CRN 11191          Bldg. 1 – Rm. 220         Fee: FREE

The class is free; however, registration is required.


Interviewing Skills
Instructor: B. Storey

Interviewing is a vital aspect of the job search as it is a key opportunity to sell your skills to potential employers. Learn about the different types of interviews, how to respond to some of the most frequently asked and difficult questions, proper etiquette and appearance, and appropriate follow-up after the interview.

1 Thursday           Feb. 28                        2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
CRN 11192          Bldg. 1 – Rm. 220         Fee: FREE

The class is free; however, registration is required.


How to Shine at a Job Fair
Instructor: B. Storey

Are you still looking for a job or looking to change jobs? Have you tried checking out the job fairs in the Quad Cities? If you think people don’t get hired from those events, you should talk to the many folks who were hired after meeting a recruiter at a job fair. This workshop covers the essentials of what employers expect from job seekers and will not only help you prepare for the annual Black Hawk College Job Fair in March, but also for any other hiring events.

1 Thursday           Mar. 7                        2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
CRN 11193          Bldg. 1 – Rm. 220        Fee: FREE

The class is free; however, registration is required.


State of Illinois – Becoming a Substitute Teacher or Substitute Paraprofessional
Presenter: Rock Island Regional Office of Education (RIROE)

There is an immediate need for substitute teachers and substitute paraprofessionals in Illinois. Have you ever wondered what it takes to fill one of these positions? Are you looking for a career change? Staff from the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education will explain the process and explain how the school districts manage their call lists.

1 Monday             May 13                            5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
CRN 11212          Outreach – Rm. 407        Fee FREE

1 Tuesday             May 14                            5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
CRN 11213          Outreach – Rm. 407        Fee FREE

The class is free; however, registration is required.