The 9th annual Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest will be held September 10-12 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. This exciting community event is a fundraiser for Kiwanis programs such as Bring Up Grades at Templeton Elementary School, K-Kids leadership program at University Elementary School, the Kiwanis Kloset (provides food, coats, boots, & hygiene items for students) at Arlington Heights Elementary School, six Little Free Libraries in Title 1 neighborhoods providing books for low income children and families as well as many other initiatives. Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you in September!
On Wednesday, July 21st from 11:00am - 3:00pm, AT&T will be hosting it's retail hiring event. To learn more about this event, click the image below.
Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has named Adam Gross the Executive Director for Career Coaching and Employer Connections (CCEC). This redeveloped division at the college aims to connect Ivy Tech students and graduates with local employers to gain career experience and professionally develop the local workforce.
Gross previously served as Director of Industry Outreach, leading customized training programs for local businesses. The newly launched CCEC office will continue to deliver customized training for industry partners with the goal to maximize tuition assistance policies and grant-funding to upskill employees and improve their work on the job. Gross began his new role July 1, 2021.
“Ivy Tech is glad to launch this newly-aligned office of Career Coaching and Employer Connections, which combines career development and employer engagement efforts to address the workforce needs of our students, graduates, and local industry,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Adam is poised to lead these efforts with his demonstrated success in establishing and building strategic partnerships with businesses and other community partners, helping employees thrive and companies grow.”
For the past five years, Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County and Building a Thriving Compassionate Community (BTCC) have engaged community members annually for the Monroe County Childhood Conditions Summit (MC3). We will revisit our original theme of "what surrounds us shapes us” and focus on moving from ideas to action. The MC3 theme is grounded in the understanding that children are shaped by the relationships they have, the neighborhoods they live in, the places they learn and play, and the community organizations that serve them. As we continue to build thriving compassionate communities, we know we must widen our focus from individual youth and families to the conditions that frame our lives. Every child is our child, therefore, we share a collective interest in our children's future. We are excited for you to join us for practical tools and strategies that will build positive childhood conditions in Monroe County.
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 19th 2021 8:30 AM – 12:10 PM (Virtual) & 1:15 – 4:00 PM (In-Person)
Location: Virtual; Zoom links provided at registration In-Person; Monroe County Public Library
Registration link: http://www.btccbloomington.org/mc3-summit-2021/ (Registration will open in September)
Event Contact: Stephanie Solomon email@example.com 812.335.7276
Explore Greene County in a New WTIU Documentary: Spirit of Greene County Premieres August 16 at 8 p.m.
A new documentary from WTIU Public Television explores the natural beauty, small-town hospitality, and beloved traditions of one tightly-knit Indiana community. Spirit of Greene County premieres Monday, August 16 at 8 p.m. on WTIU and simultaneously streams on Facebook Live.
The program covers the wealth of outdoor activities available in Greene County at Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area, Greene-Sullivan State Forest, Redbird State Recreation Area, and Shakamak State Park. Spirit of Greene County also highlights the Sculpture Trail Outdoor Museum—one of America’s largest—and the artists who reside there.
Catholic Charities Bloomington Counseling Services (CCB) would like to introduce Michael Stribling, LCSW, as the new Clinical Director effective July 16. Stribling has most recently served as the Associate Clinical Director at CCB.
Stribling has a Master of Social Work from Indiana University and had numerous life experiences and occupations that inform his practice as a therapist. He believes passionately in the work of CCB and has been with the agency since 2018. He has worked as a mentor and teacher of youth for much of his life.
Robin Gress, President of the CCB Advisory Council, said, “The CCB Advisory Council is looking forward to working even more closely with Michael as he assumes his new responsibilities. Not only is he a gifted therapist, but he also demonstrates a crucial understanding of how to lead a nonprofit social service agency in these difficult times, a deft administrative hand and a positive outlook that energizes his clients and his colleagues. He is a real asset for the agency.”
University of Southern Indiana Lifelong Learning is offering two public open enrollment courses at WestGate Academy in Odon, Indiana.
These two courses are open to the general public to attend. Technical Writing will begin Tuesday, August 17 and Professional Presentation and Communication Skills will begin Tuesday, October 12. Both courses will be three sessions and run from Noon to 4 p.m. for each session.
“We are hoping to skill-up the Indiana workforce for everyone in the region as well as build relationships with businesses to offer public programs that are essential to fill the skill gaps employers are seeing in the region,” said Paula Nurrenbern, Manager of Customized Solutions with USI Outreach and Engagement.
USI Lifelong Learning offers a wide range of noncredit programs for adults, working professionals and youth through USI Outreach and Engagement. Lifelong Learning courses are open to anyone in the community regardless of educational background. All courses are presented in a noncompetitive and informal atmosphere where interest in learning is the primary consideration. No grades are assigned and formal admission to the University is not required for course registration.
The following courses are being offered:
Technical Writing Fundamentals
This course is designed for those whose jobs involve developing technical documents, such as standard operating procedures, protocols, data analysis reports, proposals, white papers and research papers. Participants will be equipped with the essential skills needed to write clear, concise and correct technical documents to address their readers’ needs.
Participants will learn how to collect information and then select the correct format for delivery based on the topic and the communication goal. Participants will learn how to explain complex information in a way that will engage their readers and with less chance of miscommunication. The program will also focus on how to structure a white paper so that it presents the information in a linear and logical manner that makes readers want to read the document from start to finish.
Professional Presentation and Communication Skills
In this training program participants will become equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for delivering effective presentations, as well as learn proven techniques to improve the effectiveness of your verbal and written communications.
Learning objectives for this 12-hour program include: Recognize key qualities of effective public speakers, identify specific fears of public speaking and use countermeasures for overcoming them, improve the effectiveness of your vocal delivery, project confidence in your nonverbal communication, identify your presentation style, analyze your audience and apply methods for adapting your presentation to their needs and interests, organize your presentation using a template for a logical sequence that’s easy for audiences to follow, choose appropriate visual aids to complement your message and give and receive feedback for continuous improvement in public speaking.
Nurrenbern is hopeful that businesses and industries in the WestGate region will let her know what type of training their employees need so additional programs can be offered in the future focused on the needs of regional businesses and workers.
For more information about these courses and other Customized Training, contact Nurrenbern at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 461-5425. For more information about Lifelong Learning, contact Erin McCracken Merris, Marketing Specialist for USI Outreach and Engagement, at email@example.com.
Join us at Walk to End Alzheimer’s — the world’s largest fundraiser to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The event will take place at Switchyard Park on Sunday, September 12th. To view event details or to registration a team for FREE, visit act.alz.org/bloomington today!
Edward Jones Ranks Highest in Investor Satisfaction, According to J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study(SM)
Financial services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Full-Service Investor Satisfaction Study(SM), the firm announced.
The study measures overall investor satisfaction with 24 full-service investment firms based on seven factors including product offerings; problem resolution; convenience; digital experience; financial advisors; value; and trust.
The firm scored 770 in overall satisfaction, 38 points over the industry average. A deeper dive indicates that Edward Jones also scored highest in trust; convenience; and problem resolution
"We are incredibly honored to be named by investors as delivering the highest level of satisfaction, especially during a year of challenge and volatility," said Edward Jones Managing Partner Penny Pennington. "We are constantly looking for ways to improve our service experience and deepen relationships as we live our purpose - improving the lives of our clients and colleagues and, together, benefiting our communities and society."
Edward Jones has ranked highest in investor satisfaction by J.D. Power for several years - in 2019, 2015 (tied), 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007-2005, and in a tie in 2002, when the study began.
The 2021 U.S. Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 4,392 investors who make some or all investment decisions with a financial advisor. The study was fielded from December 2020 through February 2021. For more information, visit jdpower.com/awards.
Join us to celebrate Bloomington's newest city park playground!
The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department and the Board of Park Commissioners, with special guests Mayor John Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Don Griffin, invite you to the official opening of the new Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park Playground, located on the east side of Butler Park near the corner of Ninth and Fairview Streets.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Free play begins at 1 p.m.
Program and guest speakers at 1:30 p.m.
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