Do you have your pencil or calendar out? Today I’ll be giving you an Extension Events listing for Teton County, and, of course, we invite our surrounding areas to take part.
First up, this Saturday, August 26 is the MSU Innovation Road Show: Sharing Innovative Ideas One Town at a Time. A group of seven PhDs from MSU will be speaking at this FREE event at 12:30 p.m. at the Stage Stop Inn. The event will be completed around 2:30 p.m. Topics range from driverless cars, grain genetics, tiny houses, Asian history, Native health, nanotechnology and invasive plants.
Next in the line-up of FREE educational offerings are the Small Business Webinars. These webinars are scheduled the first Thursday of every month at 11 a.m. The first class is on Understanding Credit Card Processing for Businesses. This class was developed in direct response to a request from a Teton County business owner. The webinars are free and will last 30 minutes. There is a chat room for questions and answers during the live webinars. They will be recorded and posted online. Go to www.msucommunitydevelopment.org/smallbusiness.html to learn more. Questions can be sent to email@example.com. For the first webinar on Thursday, September 7, we will be hosting a group viewing in Choteau at the library. Business owners can come together to learn, not only from the webinar, but from each other. Again, these webinars are free and can be viewed from your computer or device or you can join us Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Choteau Library. Other webinars on the schedule so far are October 5 at 11 a.m., Getting Your Small Business Online, and November 2 at 11 a.m., Developing Your Story: A Foundation for Funding.
Mark your calendar for October 3 to be in Choteau from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Leading Local.
The Leading Local program will focus on personal leadership skills, board member engagement and organizational management. Board members and staff will come away feeling better prepared to serve on a board, council or committee. They will recognize the components of an effective meeting and have a good understanding of different personality styles and how to work effectively together. Participants will learn about tools to increase participation on boards, board member engagement and recruitment strategies for high potential board members. The class will include Real Colors Personality Inventory and Emotional Intelligence, Energizing Your Organization and Engaging Your Board, plus more! The class will be taught primarily by Dan Clark of the MSU Extension Local Government Center. This class is being provided FREE to the public by our generous sponsors, MSU Extension in Teton and Pondera Counties, 3 Rivers Communication, City of Choteau and the Stage Stop Inn. Registration is appreciated and can be made by contacting MSU Extension in Teton County at 466-2492 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
But wait, there’s more! On October 4, Dan Clark will teach a Board Training class from 6-9 p.m. at the Stage Stop Inn, again, FREE to the public with the same generous sponsors as the Leading Local class. Anyone who serves on any board in our area or is thinking about serving on a board should take this highly informative, engaging class. MSU Extension in Teton County at 466-2492 or email@example.com.
We have some upcoming wellness classes, too! In conjunction with the Teton County Health Department, MSU Extension in Teton County is offering the Living Life Well with Chronic Conditions and Diseases Class. Classes will be on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. at the Choteau Library starting on September 11 and running through October 16. Instructors for the class are Glenn Deuchler, Betty Lou Deuchler and me, Jane Wolery. Registration is required and the series costs $20. Call 466-2462 to register.
And, that’s not all … We are excited to be teaching the YAM – Youth Aware of Mental Health class to ninth grade students in Fairfield in September and October. YAM is a mental health resiliency program that, when tested in Europe, provided the best evidence for preventing suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts in adolescents. The class, taught by Jane Wolery and Luke Coccoli, gives basic mental health information, coping skills and emotional intelligence training, problem-solving and positive peer relations.
Wolery is also looking forward to providing a class call Teen Time and Tension Tips on September 6 for the Dutton-Brady youth at the Dutton Park from 6-8 p.m.
We have a few more things to pin down in our September and October calendars, but for now, that is our Extension Events update. We hope to see you participating in one of the many Extension offerings in the upcoming weeks!