Libraries Parks

Public Employee Training


Employee Relations

Available EDGE Courses

  Enrollees must withdraw at least 72 hours prior to the class to avoid being charged.  Dakota County reserves the right to charge the cost of the class if an employee does not withdraw 72 hours prior to the class.

 General Courses

  • Course Name Date Time Location Fee Register
    Tolerance is Not EnoughAugust 10, 20168:30 AM - 12:30 PMNSC 110A$85 Register
    Adult, Child, and Infant CPRAugust 24, 20168:30 - 11:30 AMWSC 106$85 Register
    Commanding Presentation SkillsAugust 25, 20161-4 PMNSC 520$85 Register
    Emotional Maturity & ManagementAugust 30, 20168:30 - 11:30 AMWSC L139$85 Register
    Adult, Child, and Infant CPRAugust 31, 20161-4 PMNSC 520$85 Register
    Understanding the Impact of the 2016 ElectionsDecember 14, 20168:30 - 11:30 AMNSC 110A$85 Register
    To Live and Die in a MemeJuly 27, 20168:30 AM - 12:30 PMNSC 520$85 Register
    Better Business WritingJuly 28, 20168:30 AM - 4:30 PMNSC 110A$85 Register
    First-AidNovember 2, 20161-4 PMWSC L139$85 Register
    Conflict Fluency: Engaging the Energy of ConflictNovember 9, 20168:30 - 11:30 AMWSC L139$85 Register
    Adult, Child, and Infant CPROctober 19, 20168:30 - 11:30 AMWSC L139$85 Register
    Goal Setting for Work & LifeOctober 5, 20168:30 - 11:30 AMWSC L139$85 Register
    Understanding the 2016 ElectionsSeptember 14, 20168:30 - 11:30 AMNSC 110A$85 Register
    Communication in the WorkplaceSeptember 29, 20168:30 AM - 12:30 PMNSC 110A$85 Register

 Technical Courses

  • Course Name Date Time Location Fee Register
    Intro to Dakota County GISAugust 18, 20168:30 AM - 12:30 PMNSC 120$0 Register
    MS Excel for BeginnersAugust 24, 20168:30 AM - 12:30 PMNSC 120$85 Register
    Intro to Dakota County GISNovember 8, 20168:30 AM - 12:30 PMNSC 120$0 Register
    MS Excel AdvancedOctober 4, 20168:30 AM - 12:30 PMNSC 120$85 Register
    MS Excel IntermediateSeptember 1, 20168:30 AM - 12:30 PMNSC 120$85 Register
    MS Word for BeginnersSeptember 9, 20168:30 AM - 12:30 PMNSC 120$85 Register

 General Course Descriptions

Adult, Child, and Infant CPR
Learn how to deal with a respiratory emergency and give first aid for a cardiac emergency!  This class focuses on injury prevention, recognizing an emergency and basic first aid.  Following discussion and demonstration, participants will perform CPR techniques on mannequins and learn FBAO removal (foreign body airway obstruction) for infant, child and adults.  Also, participants will learn how a defibrillator works and its importance in life threatening situations. Those successfully completing the course will receive certification in CPR.  This course is recommended for anyone who has never had CPR training or is looking to refresh his or her emergency skills.
Participants will be instructed in the correct procedures in the administration of first-aid to the sick/injured.  Learn to identify and care for persons in shock, with fractures, and other injuries/conditions—including bleeding, strains, sprains, seizures, diabetes, etc.  A study book is included.  Following the class, a certificate of completion will be given to students.  Develop your confidence so you don’t panic and can be ready to help someone!
Tolerance is not Enough
If I am walking down a street late at night and 6 men approach me, what decision might I make? Yes, cross the street. Often when we talk about the concept of prejudice, we don't talk about the practical applications or benefits that may be derived from that skill. However, we lose our credibility when we use those findings out of their original context and try them in a new situation.  In this session we will explore the myths and truths about groups, expand our understanding of prejudice, and discuss the importance that context plays in our relationship with others.
To Live and Die in a Meme
Memes are the smallest unit of thought - they battle in a contest of Darwinian survival of the fittest.
In this session we will examine the power of the thoughts we hold and the primal instinct that we must
overcome to be more inclusive in our workplaces and community.
Better Business Writing
What do you think when you read a poorly written email, newsletter, or document? Not great things I imagine! Poor business writing skills not only reflect negatively on the writer and company – it confuses the audience and hurts the brand’s reputation. And, as you know, this can be costly. Understanding the steps of positive and effective communication, proposal writing (formal and informal) and clear, concise, and powerful communication are just a few of the ways you will learn how to improve your writing skills and produce professionally written business communications with confidence!
Communication in the Workplace
Each day your actions and words constantly send messages through the things you say and don’t say and the actions you do and don’t do. Are you aware of the messages you are communicating to those around you? You need to be! The power of great communication in the workplace should not be underestimated and is something many organizations can, want, and need to improve upon. Is your organization one of them? Let’s start exploring your strengths and what you can do to use powerful communication to engage your employees.
Emotional Maturity & Management
According to behavioral research from Harvard and UCLA, having emotional intelligence is the biggest determining factor in how successful we are in our careers. Emotional intelligence is the ability to be aware of your own emotions and manage them. It also includes being socially aware, empathetic, and demonstrating social skills. In the workplace, people who can demonstrate emotional intelligence will have more success over their peers. So, how do you build the skills to be more in tune with your own and others peoples’ emotions? In this intriguing learning lab, participants will assess their emotional intelligence and learn strategies to improve emotional intelligence to be more successful in the workplace. Upon completion of this course, participants will learn:
-              What Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is
-              What Emotional Maturity (EM) is
-              The benefits of EM
-              How to determine a baseline for your EM level for specific work capabilities
-              Which capabilities to build
-              How to use five EM tools
-              Ways to overcome self-defeating emotions
Commanding Presentation Skills
Surveys have shown that only 7% of all people would be willing to speak in front of an audience. However, even if someone is in the willing 7%, it doesn’t mean they are skilled enough to hold an audience’s attention or meet the presentation’s goals. This workshop is designed to build the skills of anyone whose responsibilities include stepping in front of a group.  They will learn the skills necessary to be polished, professional, and powerful presenters, no matter what the subject. This workshop has been praised by first-time and very experienced presenters for the quality of the material and the interactive way it is shared. Attendees will learn:
-          What makes a presentation successful.
-          The differences between how children learn and how adults learn.
-          How to become familiar with your presentation materials.
-          How to prepare your presentation site.
-          Room arrangement styles.
-          Visual equipment placement.
-          How to create an environment that engages the audience.
-          Dealing with presentation fears.
-          Ideas for creating attention-getting PowerPoint shows.
-          Tips on creating valuable participant handout materials.
-          Creating a context for understanding by using metaphors and themes.
-          Tips for presenting with a partner.
-          Conducting productive discussions.
-          Presenting dry or taxing information.
-          Five ways to use non-verbal expressions to reinforce your message.
Goal Setting for Work and Life
When most people talk about goal setting, it can sound like a list of hopes and dreams, very few of which are ever realized. Why? But goal setting is more than just dreaming - it’s a practical process of careful consideration, planning, documenting, and achieving what you’ve set out in a plan. Goal setting is not a once in a lifetime activity. It is an ongoing evidence of what you have built your time, abilities, intelligence, energy and other resources.  In this compelling workshop, participants learn practical steps to turn their dreams into reality. They leave with a written plan for up to two major and three minor goals. Attendees will learn:
-          The definition of goal setting.
-          Why should you set goals?
-          What are goals worth setting?
-          Why the process is so important?
-          What are you afraid of?
-          Five questions to ask before setting goals.
-          Two kinds of goal setting.
-          Your short-term goals.
-          Your long-term goals.
-          The role rewards play in setting your goals.
-          Ways to stay on track.
-          What keeps us from achieving our goals.
-          Additional barriers to achieving our goals.
-          What to do if you can’t get there.
-          When to start setting goals.
-          What are you waiting for?
Conflict Fluency: Engaging the Energy of Conflict
Have you been in those situations where things get heated and nothing seems to get done?  Your role demands that you equip yourself with tools and techniques to engage others when in conflict.  This session provides frameworks and lenses for staff to explore strategies of going beyond conflict resolution to engagement. Learn how to harness your own conflict style by incorporating strategies that will allow you to be effective in your role on campus - and beyond!
Understanding the 2016 Elections
The 2016 presidential elections are upon us!  The class will review the factors and forces that will influence the presidential campaigns and determine the eventual winner.  Topics include discussion of the primaries, conventions, the Electoral College, and the role of the media and money in politics.
Understanding the Impact of the 2016 Elections
The 2016 elections are over.  This class will examine who won and lost and why at the state and federal level.  The class will also explore what impact the elections will have nationally and in Minnesota, including upon local governments such as Dakota County.

 Technical Course Descriptions

Intro to Dakota County GIS
Do you ever work with geographic, or location based data, like clients, service areas, or property?  Have you ever needed to know where something was, or whether it was near an area where you were working?  Would it be useful to know if other departments were involved in projects adjacent to yours? Dakota County GIS is a web-based GIS that allows city and county staff to explore a variety of county and regional data.  Dakota County GIS is available to all city and county staff, and provides access to much more than just property information.  With access to 300+ datasets, it is possible to identify geographic relationships and determine whether entities around the county may have an impact on your work.  Having all staff access the same GIS means that everyone is working from the same information. In this hands-on course, you will learn how to access county data, look up parcel information, view air photos, measure distances and areas, create custom site maps, generate mailing labels, and much more. This course will be taught using the new mobile-friendly version of DCGIS.
MS Word for Beginners
Prerequisite:  The student must have mastered the topics presented in the Introduction to Windows Class or equivalent.  Basic keyboarding skills are helpful.
The objective of this course is to learn the features that will help the student prepare basic documents such as letters and memos in Microsoft Word.  In order to accomplish this objective the student will be able to:
-          Identify the Word 2010 screen components
-          Select commands from toolbars
-          Use word wrap and basic keyboard text editing techniques
-          Save, close and open documents
-          Scroll through a document
-          Select text using the mouse
-          Check the spelling of a document
-          Delete, move and copy text
-          Format characters, paragraphs and pages
-          Print a document
MS Excel Intermediate
Prerequisite:  The student must have mastered the topics presented in the Introduction to Excel Class or equivalent.
The objective of this course is to introduce you to several Excel features that will help you work more efficiently in your worksheets including
-          Viewing large worksheet with the Zoom, Freeze Panes, Hide Rows/Columns, View Manager, and Split Screen features
-          Working with multiple files using the Window command and the Save Workspace feature
-          Displaying notes about cells in the worksheet using Cell Tips
-          Setting up a database properly
-          Use the Form feature to enter new data and edit existing data
-          Sorting and filtering information in a database
-          Assigning subtotals and grand totals automatically using the Subtotal feature
-          Analyzing and performing calculations on a database using pivot tables
-          Using the Insert, chart command to create graphs (bar, line, pie, etc.) from worksheet data

MS Excel Advanced

Prerequisite:  The student must have mastered the topics presented in the Intermediate Excel Class or equivalent.
The objective of this course is to introduce you to several Excel features that will help you work more efficiently in your worksheets including:
-          Assigning meaningful names to cell and ranges using the Insert, Name command and the Name Box
-          Using the Function Wizard to perform sophisticated calculations
-          Using common Functions to perform calculations, including math functions, statistical functions, conditional functions, date functions, financial functions, and lookup functions
-          Using Tools, Protection to prevent changes to data and window arrangement
-          Creating multiple sheet workbooks
-          Inserting and deleting sheets
-          Naming sheets
-          Working in the Group mode
-          Adding formulas to calculate across sheets
MS Excel for Beginners
Prerequisite:  The student must have mastered the topics presented in the Windows Introduction Class or equivalent.
The objective of this course is to learn the features that help you create a basic spreadsheet with elementary formulas, including how to:
-          Identify the Excel window features
-          Enter and edit text and numbers in a workbook
-          Enter and edit simple formulas (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and summing)
-          Insert and delete rows and columns
-          Move and copy text, numbers, and formulas
-          Format the appearance of a workbook
-          Save, open and begin new workbook files
-          Print and preview a workbook

Last updated: 7/1/2016 5:16 AM