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Thebacha Campus - Continuing Education Courses

Aurora College's Continuing Education courses provide Northerners with the opportunity to develop new skills or improve existing ones. Subjects are professional in orientation, such as Management Studies and Safety Training and Certification, while others are general interest programs.

If you are looking for information that is not listed here, please email Jessica Cox, Coordinator, Continuing Education, Thebacha Campus at jcox@auroracollege.nt.ca or call (867) 872-7507.

Click here for the Thebacha Campus Continuing Education Application Form.

Thebacha Campus
Start Date Time Course # Title Instructor

Sep 29, 2020 9:00 AM ACCT 0011 Bookkeeper and Financial Clerk/Assistant Training – Intro to Accounting (ONLINE) Heather Lyon

This class is designed to enhance the knowledge of people presently employed in a bookkeeping or finance position, or interested in pursuing a career in a bookkeeping position.

Course Description

This 3-day course looks at the theory and the steps involved in preparing books for a business or organization in the NWT.  Using an accounting simulation consisting of actual source documents from a fictitious business, students will enter one month of financial transactions for a small company using the five-journal system.   This course will show students who use a computerized software program what is actually happening behind the entry screens on their computer and will give them a better overall understanding of the accounting process.

Course objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Better understand the accounting process used in the 5 Journal manual accounting system
  • Be familiar with the steps involved in the annual accounting cycle
  • Understand the five account categories used in accounting
  • Understand Debits & Credits
Oct 06, 2020 1:00 PM CMPT 0013 EXCEL - Formulas & Functions (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon, First Start Planning Ltd.

This series of 3-hour sessions are delivered in a live, online session where students and the instructor can speak and interact with one another. Students will need a computer with internet access and a microphone/speakers for this class. A headset with a microphone is ideal, but not required. As the instructor demonstrates the exercises, students can complete the exercises on their own computer, providing they have a copy of the Excel program installed on their own computer. Otherwise, they are welcome to take the class and observe the instructor.

Formulas & Functions

In this 3-hour session, learn how to set up formulas and functions to get the Excel program to do the math for you. Topics include:

  • Creating and editing formulas
  • Mathematical operators
  • Common functions
  • Conditional functions
  • Absolute & relative cell references
  • Protecting your workbook
Oct 07, 2020 9:00 AM MGMT 0011 Writing Effective Proposals (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon

This 2-day course is designed to teach students how to write an effective proposal, whether to obtain work for a business or funding for an organization. The steps involved are covered from obtaining the needed information to prepare the proposal right to the layout of the final document. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on work, students will work through the development and preparation of an actual proposal.

Oct 13, 2020 9:00 AM MGMT 0706 Managing and Administering Contracts, Joint Ventures and Partnerships (INSTRUCTOR-LED ONLINE) Janet Dean

This course will be delivered as an instructor led online course. Dates are:
October 13, 2020 - 9:00 AM-Noon
October 15, 2020 - 9:00 AM-Noon

This course is the seventh of 10 in the Project Management certificate program. Running a successful project is more than just aligning your project team to project goals. It also requires a clear and conscious focus on aligning corollary team participants, contractors and subcontractors through contract management and administration. In this course you will learn:

  • Drafting RFP’s and bid documents
  • Analyzing and evaluating responses
  • Fundamentals of contracting
  • Identifying key deliverables and objectives
  • Establishing quality and delivery criteria
  • Monitoring budgets and delivery
  • Managing without micromanaging or “giving away the store”
  • Closing out agreements
  • Dismissing contracts
Oct 13, 2020 9:00 AM ACCT 0012 Reading and Understanding Financial Statements (ONLINE) Heather Lyon

This 2-day workshop will cover a brief review of the basics including the five types of accounts (Assets, Liabilities, Equities, Revenue & Expense); Debits & Credits and some of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles that help to explain the theory behind some of the accounts in financial statements. Students will learn how to read, interpret and analyze financial statements for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Bookkeeping Basics
  • Assets
  • Liabilities
  • Equity
  • Revenue/Income
  • Expense
  • Debits & Credits
  • GAAP
Financial Statements
  • Balance Sheet
  • Income Statement (Profit & Loss Statement)
  • Statement of Cash Flows
Interpreting Your Financial Statements
  • Comparison to Previous Years
  • What do the numbers mean?
  • Using Standard Ratios

Practical Application
  • Retail Business Statements
  • Service Business Statements
  • Non-Profit Organization Statements
Oct 15, 2020 1:00 PM CMPT 0021 MS Word Basics (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon

This 3-hour session will introduce you to the capabilities of the MS Word program. Learn the basics of what you can do with this powerful word processing program including:

  • Types of documents
  • Moving around the screen
  • Using the ‘Ribbon’
  • Entering text
  • Find & Replace
  • Using undo and redo
  • Creating new documents
  • Switching between documents
  • Saving documents
  • Viewing & printing documents
Oct 20, 2020 9:00 AM GENI 0063 Efficient and Effective Meetings (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon

Many people involved in businesses or in the non-profit sector have not received formal training in chairing or participating in meetings. This workshop is designed to give you the skills you need to make your meetings more productive and take less time! Topics include timed agendas, Rules of Order, meeting preparation and follow-up, dealing with ‘hot topics’ and much more.

Oct 21, 2020 9:00 AM GENI 0020 C.O.R.E. De-escalation - Instructor Led Online Workshop Darcy Pennock, Verbal Edge Inc.

This workshop will be offered online.  It will run October 21, 22 and 23 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon

C.O.R.E.© Online
“Conflict is inevitable; but combat is optional.”
Max Lucado
Conflict is normally viewed as something to be feared or avoided. It is usually associated with negative emotions and experiences. These feelings are further exasperated by expectation that, as a professional at work or as parents at home, we are supposed to be equipped with the skills to manage conflict effectively.
Conflict management is a skill that has to be learned. Just like reading or writing, we possess the capability to be effective conflict communicators. We can learn to appreciate that within conflict, opportunities exist to not only resolve problems, but to build trust and strengthen relationships. This can be accomplished by:
Effective de-escalation begins with self awareness and self management.
C.O.R.E. Online consist of 3 Sessions of 3 hours each. The sessions are spread out over 3 days which allows for participants to properly absorb and reflect upon the course content. Questions are encouraged, and can be asked during the session (via live chat) or emailed to the instructor between sessions. A small amount of course work prior to and during the 3 sessions is expected. Delivery is via Zoom based software and includes a digital copy of the student workbook.
Your Instructor has over 20 years experience delivering conflict management training throughout Canada. He blends professional and personal experiences in order to illustrate the concepts necessary for effective de-escalation.
Creating Opportunities with Respect & Empathy
• Explaining actions in a way that communicates caring for people’s concerns,
• Ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to tell their side of the story,
• Providing real choices,
• Remaining neutral in decision making and behavior.
Don’t allow your emotions to be ‘highjacked’ during a difficult encounter. Learn the skills necessary to remain in control and focused on the task at hand.

Oct 22, 2020 9:00 AM ACCT 0014 Sage 50 Intro (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon

This three-hour session includes an overview of the Sage 50 program and features, as well as a description of the different versions available. This is an ideal session for people who are just starting to work with the program or are in the process of choosing an accounting software program for their business or organization.

Oct 27, 2020 1:00 PM CMPT 0014 EXCEL - Formatting the Worksheet (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon
  Make your Excel workbooks look professional and readable by learning how to properly format all the aspects of your spreadsheet. In this 3-hour session, you will learn how to work with:
  • Formatting dates and numbers
  • Cell alignment
  • Fonts and sizes
  • Borders
  • Colours and patterns
  • Format painter
  • Themes and styles
  • Conditional formatting
Oct 27, 2020 9:00 AM MGMT 0708 Quality Metrics for Projects (INSTRUCTOR-LED ONLINE) Janet Dean

This course will be offered as instructor led-online. Dates are:
October 27, 2020 - 9:00 AM-Noon
October 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM-Noon

This course is the eighth of 10 in the Project Management certificate program. Meeting cost and time constraints within a project often compromises quality. This course explores how to maintain your quality standards through a balanced approach to quality time and cost. The focus is on developing and applying a quality framework that works for your own projects.

In this course, you will learn:

  • Defining quality
  • The quality approach
  • Prioritizing key quality metrics
  • The quality management plan - establishing metrics
  • Applying practical tools and techniques
  • Applying industry-standard techniques
  • Applying quality control tools and techniques
  • Compiling and documenting lessons learned
  • Sharing best practices
Oct 28, 2020 1:00 PM CMPT 0022 MS Word - Formatting the Document (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon

Make your Word documents look more professional by learning how to properly format various types of documents quickly & easily. In this 3-hour session, you will learn how to work with:

  • Text alignment
  • Fonts & sizes
  • Borders
  • Colours and patterns
  • Format painter
  • Themes & Styles
  • Page Setup
  • Inserting the Date & Time
Oct 29, 2020 9:00 AM ACCT 0015 Sage 50 Module 1 Customer & Sales (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon

This three-hour session looks at the Accounts Receivable module of the Sage 50 software program whether for inventory or non-inventory sales.  Topics include: Customer Record setup; Entering Accounts Receivable Sales and Receipts; Entering Sales Invoices paid by Cash or Credit Card; Entering Credit Invoices; Correcting and voiding sales and receipt entries; Recurring entries; Customer and Sales Reports.

Nov 05, 2020 9:00 AM ACCT 0016 Sage 50 Module 2 Vendors & Purchasers (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon

This three-hour session looks at the Accounts Payable module of the Sage 50 software program whether for inventory or non-inventory purchases. Topics include: Vendor/Supplier Record setup; Entering Accounts Payable Purchases and Payments; Entering Purchases paid by Cash or Credit Card; Entering Credit Invoices; Correcting and voiding purchase and payment entries; Recurring entries; Inventory Adjustments; Vendors and Purchases Reports.

Nov 10, 2020 9:00 AM MGMT 0709 Effective Preparation and Start Up of Projects (INSTRUCTOR-LED ONLINE) Janet Dean

This course will be delivered via online and is instructor led. The dates are:
November 10 - 9:00 AM-Noon
November 12 - 9:00 AM-Noon

This course is the ninth of 10 in the Project Management certificate program. Effective initiation processes are key to launching effective projects. This course explores specific tips and strategies you can implement during the preparation and start up phases.

In this course, you will learn:

  • an overview of approaches, methods, and instruments for the initiation.
  • selecting methods and instruments that fit your project
  • actively involving others in the analysis and planning of the project
  • the role of a project facilitator
  • the effect of different leadership styles and training tools and tricks.
  • creating, editing and updating a project handbook.
  • how projects should be launched, by applying adjusted versions of workshops, facilitation, handbooks, and other guidelines used by others (best practices)
  • implementing the course ideas into your own organization/project
Nov 10, 2020 1:00 PM CMPT 0015 EXCEL - Charts and Tables (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon
  In the Excel program, you can convert your data from a spreadsheet into a table and/or chart. Learn how you can turn dry financial and statistical information into a vibrant visual display that will have a powerful impact on your audience!
  • Charts vs. Tables
  • Creating a chart
  • Changing chart types
  • Changing chart layout and location
  • Using sparklines
  • Creating a table
  • Creating a pivot table
Nov 12, 2020 9:00 AM ACCT 0017 Sage 50 Module 3 Employees & Payroll (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon

This three-hour session looks at the Employees & Payroll module of the Sage 50 software program. Topics include:  Employee Record setup; Entering paycheques; Payroll Advances; Releasing Vacation Pay; Adjusting and voiding Paycheques; WCB Remittances; Receiver General Payroll Remittances; Employees & Payroll Reports (including T4 and Record of Employment forms).

Nov 16, 2020 9:00 AM MGMT 0700 Project Management Fundamentals (INSTRUCTOR-LED ONLINE) Janet Dean

This workshop will be offered as an online Instructor-led workshop.  Dates are:
November 16 - 9:00 AM-Noon
November 18 - 9:00 AM-Noon
November 20 - 9:00 AM-Noon

This workshop will examine project management from conceptualization through to final completion. You will learn: setting up an effective plan, applying project planning steps, developing the project plan and implementing it, managing work in progress, monitoring controls, and reporting status.

Nov 17, 2020 1:00 PM CMPT 0023 MS Word - Tables and Illustrations (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon

In the Word program, you can insert a variety of items to enhance the information and make it more visually appealing to your audience. Learn how to use the following items:

  • Working with Tables
  • Inserting a Picture
  • Working with Shapes
  • SmartArt Graphics
  • Inserting Screenshots
  • Working with Charts
Nov 19, 2020 9:00 AM ACCT 0018 Sage 50 Module 4 GST & Banking (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon

This three-hour session looks at how GST is tracked and reported in the Sage 50 software program, as well as the Bank Reconciliation feature. Topics include: Tracking GST; Tax Codes; Preparing and posting your GST Return; Entering bank deposits; Undeposited Funds Account; Entering service charges and automatic withdrawals; Transfers between accounts; Bank Reconciliation.

Nov 23, 2020 1:00 PM CMPT 0024 MS Word Extras (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon

You know the basics of the Word program. Now learn about what else you can do to make working with this program even easier and more effective in this 3-hour session. Topics include:

  • Working with Tabs
  • Envelopes & Labels
  • Mail Merge
  • Tracking Changes
  • Using comments
  • Proofing Tools
  • Headers & Footers
  • Page Numbering
Nov 25, 2020 9:00 AM MGMT 0711 Writing & Editing Skills - Making the Message Clear (ONLINE WORKSHOP) Heather Lyon

Good business writing leads to good business decisions, which leads to good business. This course emphasizes business writing (letters, memos, emails, documents, web material) with the reader and readability in mind. In two days you will focus on new formats, writing style, tone, clarity, conciseness and results while exploring new skills and time saving approaches.

  •     Spend less time writing and more time communicating
  •     Motivate and persuade readers to take action
  •     Develop an active, objective and powerful writing style
  •     Write sensitive or negative messages in a positive way
  •     Understand the importance of word choice
  •     Learn the implications of FOIP in written documentation
  •     Prepare written information with objectivity and a results perspective
  •     Develop time saving approaches to minute taking
Dec 01, 2020 1:00 PM CMPT 0016 EXCEL - Extras (Instructor-led ONLINE) Heather Lyon
  You know the basics of the Excel program. Now learn about what else you can do to make working with this program even easier and more effective in this 3-hour session. Topics include:
  • Working with graphics
  • Inserting a screenshot
  • Sorting & Filtering
  • Using hyperlinks
  • Using comments
  • Drop-down lists
  • Grouping & Subtotals
  • Quick Analysis
Dec 08, 2020 9:00 AM MGMT 0710 PMP Certification Preparation (INSTRUCTOR-LED ONLINE) Janet Dean
Mar 01, 2021 9:00 AM 002-738 Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Workshop (Instructor-led ONLINE) Maureen Van Overliw

This ONLINE workshop will run on March 1 & 2 from 9:00 AM-noon.

Curious about your MBTI type? Come join us for a day to discover your personality type and explore the theory through engaging discussions and activities.

Many of the nation’s leading organizations (including over three-fourths of the Fortune 100 and many government and non-profit organizations) use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment with employees and managers.

The MBTI instrument identifies a person’s four basic type preferences that combine into one of 16 different personality types. These results help you understand normal differences in the way people think, communicate, and interact—differences that can be the source of much misunderstanding. The MBTI instrument has been used for more than 50 years to establish greater understanding between individuals, and has been translated into more than 15 different languages for use around the world.

 The MBTI tool can be used for the following purposes:

  • Training and development of employees and managers

  • Improving teamwork

  • Coaching and developing others

  • Improving communication

  • Resolving conflicts

  • Understanding personal styles to maximize effective use of human resources

  • Determining the organization’s type

Please join us for this full-day course to help enhance your strengths and develop your weaker areas to set you up for personal and professional success. Space is limited.

Mar 04, 2021 9:00 AM GENI 0032 EQ Foundations: Enhance Your Leadership Potential (Instructor-led ONLINE) Maureen VanOverliw

This workshop will be held on March 4, 5, 8 & 9 from 9:00 AM-noon.

Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to recognize and effectively manage emotions in ourselves and with others. Emotional intelligence increases our ability to make good decisions, build relationships, deal with stress, and cope with change.

Research has proven that our emotional intelligence (EQ) is more reliable in predicting success than our intelligence quotient (IQ). In this course, we explore the topic of EQ and how to develop our own EQ, thus increasing our success with our career and relationships both inside and outside of work.


What you get with your registration:

  1. An opportunity to assess your own EQ through the EQ-I 2.0 online assessment tool and a detailed, confidential report

  2. A 1-hour one-on-one coaching session to interpret your EQ-I 2.0 report

  3. A one-day workshop to learn more about the value of EQ in your career and personal life and strategies to enhance your own EQ



  • Define emotional intelligence and how it relates to personal and organizational success.

  • Analyze and interpret online assessment results from an internationally recognized and scientifically tested online assessment (EQ i-2.0)

  • Apply tools to increase personal skills: self-awareness and self-management of personal emotions.

  • Apply tools to increase social skills: recognizing the emotions in others and responding to those emotions.

  • Discuss social responsibility and how it supports an organization’s goals and individual goals.

Apply tools to increase your and others emotional intelligence.

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