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21ST CENTURY professinal training & development (2)

Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2024

Join us for the Professional Training and Development program offered by the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

These programs are FREE to the public, and are designed to provide individuals with the necessary skills to compete in today's demanding workforce and to increase productivity while at work.

Please view calendar below for class dates and times

Classes Offered:
  • Career & Personal Coaching
  • Managing Yourself and Leading Others - CLASS COMPLETED FOR THIS SESSION
  • Google Docs
  • Google Slides
  • Google Sheets
  • Money Matters/Financial Management

Class Descriptions 

Grant Writing "Keys to Writing Winning Grants"

The very best ideas begin with inspiration and passion, but bringing them to fruition requires the knowledge and skills to persuade others to get behind you. This four-session course will demystify the grant writing process, providing clear guidelines for presenting your project to funders in the most compelling way possible to increase your chances of success. Topics covered will include how to tell your story, matching your project with the funder’s mission, and demonstrating evidence-based need.


Managing Yourself and Leading Others

This interactive and engaging workshop will focus on three levels of leadership skill development - Leadership of Self, Leadership of Others, and Leadership Culture Building. Participants will explore their personal leadership style, strengths, and challenges, while learning tips and tools to further enhance their ability to influence, lead, inspire, and empower others through a series of interactive discussions, workshops, activities, and assessments. Key takeaways will include (1) gaining a greater understanding of your unique leadership/personality style, (2) developing a process for personal goal achievement and accountability, (3) developing a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the unique leadership styles, strengths, and weakness of others, (4) team/group goal achievement and accountability, and (5) conflict resolution.


Financial Management

  • Session 1 – Behavioral Finance – Dealing with Behaviors that may Hinder Success
    We will discuss why we make the decisions that we do about money and our belief system and
    education about financial success.
  • Session 2 – Financial Planning 101 –Personally and Professionally.
    We will discuss the mechanisms of understanding a plan, and how to get started and informaton you
    need to have available to be successful!
  • Session 3 – Financial Planning 102 – Now that I have a plan, what ac􀆟on steps can I take and the timeline that I need to set to achieve my goals.


Career & Personal Coaching Class — 8 hours

As far back as the ancient Greeks, people were counseled to “Know thyself”. In this course, participants will learn about the inborn attributes that impact their career and lifestyle choices. Each person will take a two-part online assessment prior to the first class. The 40+ page results are distributed during the first two classes and are used to assist each person learn more about their behavioral and motivational preferences. These preferences impact how they interact with others and what types of career choices will be enjoyable or will be uncomfortable. In addition, participants will learn the principles of networking and write their own “soundbite” to introduce themselves in any situation.

The course will be held online via Zoom meetings from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Monday April 22nd, Thursday April 25th , Monday April 29th and Wednesday, May 1st. Meeting links will be sent a day or two before each meeting. The course will be interactive and discussions are expected to be held in confidence by everyone since some participants may choose to divulge personal details.

A web link and instructions to take your assessment will be sent on or before Friday, April 14th. The assessment can be taken online in about 30 minutes or less and is confidential. Participants must complete their assessment not later than Wednesday, April 17th so that reports can be made available for a pre-work assignment before Class #1.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Jim Jackson at

Course Facilitator James Jackson
An advisor to business owners, executive coach and public speaker, Jim Jackson is President and CEO of THE ESSEX GROUP, a business consultancy serving New England since 1989. He helps clients maximize their potential by sharpening their vision, strategy and goals. Clients engage Jim and his firm to ease the process of adapting to challenges and change. They build vision, focus, clarity and consensus, achieving new levels of business and personal performance as a result.

We are excited to once again offer these free classes for those who want to improve their skillset and their professional prospects. We are grateful to the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development for their support of this important program for our community.

Please contact Lorenzo Marshall for additional information on this program at 860-347-6924 or email: