Workshops

The Student Success Center offers a variety of workshops throughout the year to provide students yet another resource to enhance their performance. Workshops are held in a number of locations, covering a variety of topics, and are free of charge. Students are encouraged to sign up for each workshop in the SSC.

Available workshops:

Access Success: An overview of the SSC

This workshop is designed to familiarize students with the variety of services available in the Student Success Center. A two fold purpose, this will inform the attendee for their own success while at NCU, and also as a resource for referring others. This orientation to the SSC will cover academic support, test proctoring, disabilities & accommodations, counseling services, and employment resources. It will also include a presentation of the new SSC website and how to access the “E-Tutor”, online personality inventories, off campus referral lists, and the employment search engine. Strongly recommended for student leaders in Resident Life.

Presenter: Todd Monger, Personal & Career Development Counselor
Duration: 1 hour

Writing for College

If there is one thing that is true, it is that fact that being in college requires writing a lot of papers. This workshop is designed to assist students in learning the skills to brainstorm, craft and execute the development of a good paper. Grades rise and fall based upon a key issue: "Is the student answering the question?"

In this workshop, we will look at how to decode what the professor is looking for, understanding how to maximize the point values, outlining papers to increase ones speed of writing, and a variety of other tips for producing better papers. Writing for College is highly recommended for new students entering the higher education arena, however, all students can benefit from the skills this workshop imparts.

Presenter: Rachel Gray, Academic Specialist
Duration: 1 hour

Writing Resumes

The ultimate purpose of writing a resume is to obtain an interview. Resumes must be crafted in such a way as to communicate why you as an individual should be sought out for additional considerations. The average employer looks over a resume for 30 seconds or less; therefore, a resume must be a concise summary of your background and experience. In that brief amount of time, he or she will determine whether you should be considered for an interview. If your resume does not effectively present your skills and experience, it is not likely that you will be sought out for an interview.

This workshop provides an energetic overview to writing quality resumes. It looks at three different styles, crafting an effective resume, the do's and don'ts, coverletters, and designing a portfolio.

Presenter: Todd Monger, Personal & Career Development Counselor
Duration: 1 hour

Life Calling: Resonating the Call

The word resonance comes from the Latin "resonus" to resound or sound together. When two things that are in resonance it creates an enormous amount of energy, which then produces sound, heat, light, or another byproduct. Resonation, by its very nature, is a "contagious" reaction.When one object begins to resonate, objects around them begin to resonate too. As students begin to learn and be challenged in the academic and spiritual world offered at North Central, they will begin to experience the resonation taking place around them.

This workshop is designed to assist students in understanding what "calling" really means, how to know what one is looking for when we speak of God's calling, and what resources are available to them at North Central that can assist the student in finding his or her life path.

Presenter: Todd Monger, Personal & Career Development Counselor
Duration: 1 hour

Interviewing Skills

If we were to ask the question, "Why does one get a college degree?" No doubt the most prominent response we would get is: "To get a Job!" We all know that in our day and age, if we desire to get a job that is both satisfying and financially beneficial, we need a college education. Yet, there is an event that stands between you and the job of your dreams that cause many of us to become nervous, anxious and somewhat fearful - namely the interview process.

The purpose of this workshop is to prepare and equipe students for future interviews they may encounter. Unlike a resume, which has its set, standard formats; the interview is much more subjective and fluid. Dancing Around Interviews is designed to deliver broad strokes as we present the skills necessary to paint the interview picture.

Presenter: Todd Monger, Personal & Career Development Counselor
Duration: 1 hour

Addicted to Addictions:Understanding addictive behavior

We live in an addictive society - it seems everyone is addicted to something. Many times these addictions are not healthy; however, living without them so often feels impossible. This workshop will provide you with insights into the etiology of addictive behavior, along with why they continue, and skills that can be applied to help overcome them. Areas of application will include: sexual addictions, self-mutilation, eating disorders, chemical dependency, video-gaming and relationships.

Presenter: Todd Monger, Personal & Career Development Counselor
Duration: 1 hour

An Oxymoron: A window into the world of Self Injurious Behavior and Eating Disorders

Perhaps one of the most predominant issues amongst college aged women is the concerns surrounding disordered eating. However, escalating concern also lies in the increased amount of self-mutilation that is taking place within this same population. Good Enough: An oxymoron is a workshop that seeks to educate and increase awareness of both conditions, their similarities, and ways to work with those who live each day with these secrets.

Presenter: Todd Monger, Personal & Career Development Counselor
Duration: 1 hour

From Commencement to Career

Navigating the distance between being a student to an employed graduate can be easier said than done. This eclectic workshop will guide students from the classroom to the boardroom. Covering such topics as "Bagging the Elusive Job," "Playing the Right Suit," and "The Importance of Follow-Through: Continuing Your Swing After Contact is Made!"

Presenter: The SSC Team
Duration: 1 hour