Battle Creek Non-Profits Team to Offer “Totally Technology” Training for Diverse Organizations

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Through a unique partnership, Battle Creek Unlimited and the Nonprofit Alliance have pooled resources to offer “Totally Technology” training for community for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations.

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Our for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations in Calhoun County exist in both collaborative and competitive environments. We want to make sure our community can compete in a global marketplace, and these courses are a contribution to that goal

Through a unique partnership, Battle Creek Unlimited and the Nonprofit Alliance have pooled resources to offer “Totally Technology” training for community for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations. The Spring series of online and classroom-based courses begin in April 2010. Course descriptions and registration are available to the public at http://www.bc-connected.org/technology/.

The free and low-cost training courses are designed to help professionals and organizations grow within today’s market of high technology and interactivity. The courses are co-sponsored by Battle Creek Unlimited, Nonprofit Alliance, Miller College and Kellogg Community College.

“Our for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations in Calhoun County exist in both collaborative and competitive environments. We want to make sure our community can compete in a global marketplace, and these courses are a contribution to that goal,” said Teresa Durham, executive director, Nonprofit Alliance.

The Nonprofit Alliance already has a robust training program, designed specifically for non-profit groups. Building on that knowledge and training process, Battle Creek Unlimited teamed with the Nonprofit Alliance to cross-promote and offer similar courses for businesses.

“Technology can help our businesses transform and create workplaces for knowledge workers in all industries,” said Karl Dehn, chief executive officer, Battle Creek Unlimited. “This unique partnership allows us to streamline and augment existing programs to elevate technology skill and knowledge.”

The first online webinar, entitled Technology Essentials for Nonprofits, takes place on Tuesday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to Noon and explores essential hardware, software and services to help non-profit maximize resources. Register through http://www.bc-connected.org/technology/.

The first classroom-based course will take place on Tuesday, April 20 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at Miller College in Battle Creek, in Seminar Room A on the third floor. Attendees should register through http://www.bc-connected.org/technology/. The free course, entitled Is Your Website Working for You, explores search engine optimization (SEO) and open-source content management tools. Space is limited and offered to both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Other courses throughout the spring aim at getting business representatives in computer labs to work on Facebook pages and learn how to network online and in-person.

About Battle Creek Unlimited
Battle Creek Unlimited is the economic development organization that works with the City of Battle Creek to transform and diversify the Battle Creek economy. The organization encourages business formation and investment in technology, coupled with a continuing supply of real estate and infrastructure to support technology workplaces. For more information, visit http://www.bcunlimited.org/transformation.

About the Nonprofit Alliance
The Nonprofit Alliance (NPA) is a community-based management support program dedicated to strengthening and supporting an effective nonprofit sector in Calhoun, Barry and Branch counties by delivering knowledge and tools, technical assistance and training to help area nonprofits enhance the quality of life in their communities. NPA is located at Kellogg Community College. http://www.nonprofitalliance.org

About Miller College
Miller College is a student-focused and learning-centered institution in Battle Creek, Michigan. The College is a senior-level institution offering degree programs at the junior and senior level in formats and at times convenient for students to attend. Our mission is to graduate students who exhibit a high level of competence in their area of study and demonstrate service to the community. We are committed to providing students with an outstanding education that is current, relevant, and meaningful in today's dynamic and rapidly changing global marketplace. For more information, please visit http://www.millercollege.edu

Public Contact:
Cheryl Beard
Battle Creek Unlimited
269.962.7526
Beard(at)bcunlimited(dot)org

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