Thank You Teachers! | Bearing the COVID-19 Brunt

There has never been a back-to-school season like this one. Schools across the country—from small, private elementary schools to large, public universities—grappled with how to open. There’s no “pandemic playbook,” after all. As plans unfolded, teachers stepped up, ready to educate students, whether their schools opened remotely, in person, or with a hybrid format somewhere in between.

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Now, more than ever before, we have so much to learn from teachers. Those working from home had to start from scratch and figure out how to effectively teach students remotely. Longstanding lesson plans had to be revised. “Classroom space” had to be carved out at home. Equipment had to be set up. Talk about a lesson in adapting to circumstances!

Teachers going to their schools to teach in person might be uncomfortable, afraid of getting sick. They must constantly take measures to keep themselves and their students safe. These days, in addition to clearly conveying the curriculum, teachers must ensure that students keep their masks on and remain at least six feet apart from one another. They must learn the names of students whose faces are blocked by masks while struggling to be understood through their own mask.

Last year, being a teacher was just being a teacher. This year, being a teacher is being a teacher, a medical professional, a therapist, and a juggler extraordinaire.

If you’re a teacher, thank you! These unfamiliar routines and long days can be draining, so be sure to take steps to minimize stress. Consider these options:

Answer emails once or twice a day. Checking your inbox all day long can make you crazy. Looking less often can save time and reduce stress.

Schedule “me time.” Set aside time throughout the week to do yoga, go for a run, take a long bath, sit outside with a cup of tea, or listen to your favorite music. Whatever helps you unwind, do it!

Give yourself credit. These are unusual times. With all the unknowns and unexpected challenges you’re sure to face as the school year unfolds, you’re stepping up to handle them. You’re still teaching, and the students are still learning.

All of us at Corexcel are in awe of teachers during the pandemic.

We respect you and we’re learning from you. Thank you Teachers!!!

Are You Bored With the Working From Home Thing?

If you’re like many people, you’ve been working from home for months. And you’re over it. At first, it seemed like a novelty—a chance to skip the commute and work in comfy clothes while staying safe. As the weeks went on, however, you realized it can be tough to work with spouses, kids, and pets around, and it can get awfully boring looking at the same walls.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get out of your rut and combat the boredom you might be feeling at home:

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Plan a busy schedule. If you pack a lot into your workday, your mind will be focused on the tasks. Now is the time to add those often-put-off housekeeping projects, like cleaning out old emails, deleting files, and filing papers, in your schedule. Fill the gaps and avoid the lulls.

Schedule breaks. This means actually put time for breaks on your calendar. Step away from the desk. Get up and stretch. Talk to a family member in the house. Stay put and call a friend. Squeeze in a workout. The point is to use the time to focus on something other than work so you can come back to it fresh.

Change your location. If you usually work in a bedroom, try a day in the kitchen. Or the family room. Or the dining room. Just mix it up! When you feel boredom setting in, take a walk, even if it’s just around the house. A change of scenery, even if brief, goes a long way.

Pursue training opportunities. You’re not spending time going to and from work, so use the downtime to explore training your employer offers. If your employer will compensate you for taking outside classes, take advantage of that. Or, if you want to switch or advance your career, take one of our many online courses and professional certificate programs. All of these options will expand your skill set, bolster your resume, and alleviate boredom.

Set up a fun distraction. Listen to music while you work—rock, jazz, country—whatever lifts your mood. Have a favorite show playing off on the side, if it won’t distract you from work. A little bit of fun can have a big, positive effect on your day.

Working from home might be a lasting trend. Once you learn how to keep boredom at bay, it might be a trend to embrace.

Email us at learn@corexcel.com to learn more.

When Social Isolating Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

lemonade on a tableYou’re home, socially isolating. Maybe you’re working remotely. Unless you’re on the front lines of medical care or you work for“essential” business, chances are you have extra time on your hands. Why not take that online course you’ve long said, “I’ll take someday”?

Taking an online course can pave the way to a new career or do wonders for the career you’re in—and you never have to leave your home. Corexcel offers a full suite of online courses for you to consider.

 For healthcare professionals and those looking to get into a medical field, there’s:  

  • Anatomy & Physiology   
  • Medical Terminology  
  • Comprehensive Medical Coding  
  • Introduction to Electrocardiography  

For those in the business world, there are courses in a wide array of topics, including:  

  • Communication
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analytics 
  • Entrepreneurship  
  • Finance
  • Leadership
  • Management  
  • Marketing  
  • Project Management   

We offer 12 online certificate programs as well. These help you stay current, improve your skills, and enhance your marketability. Corexcel is approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, and many of the courses we offer carry multiple accreditations.  

Being stuck at home because of the coronavirus can seem like a big bowl of lemons. Why not boost your career and make lemonade?  
Email us at learn@corexcel.com to learn more.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – Why it Matters!

Perhaps you’ve heard of something called emotional intelligence, or EQ. It’s mentioned a lot these days! In the workplace, it’s important to understand not only what emotional intelligence is, but also the effect it can have on your team. According to Psychology Today, emotional intelligence is the “ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.”   

The key elements of emotional intelligence are:  game-pieces-on-a-game-board

  • Self-awareness: How well an individual identifies their emotions.
  • Self-management: How well an individual controls their emotions and adapts when thinking and solving problems.
  • Social awareness/relationship management: How well an individual can empathize and maintain healthy relationships.

 

Having a handle on your emotions and using that awareness to react differently in times of conflict is called agility. That’s why many agile leaders are integrating an EQ test in their workplace, by providing EQ assessments to better understand their teams. The idea is that managers and team members who have control of their emotions and an awareness of others are agile enough to have productive relationships with coworkers, and thus be an asset to the team.  

“It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head—it is the unique intersection of both.” 

David Caruso, Ph.D., Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

We are thrilled to introduce an online emotional intelligence assessment for organizations. With the information this DiSC®-based assessment provides, you can make effective hiring decisions, create agile teams, and facilitate workplace harmony. 

Please contact us for more information.

IACET Spotlight Provider Recognition | Corexcel

The International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) will be recognizing Corexcel as a Spotlight Provider!

When: Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Where: Visit the Corexcel Profile on IACET

Corexcel is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Corexcel has been an accredited provider for IACET for more than 25 years and has successfully helped thousands of students earn Continuing Education Units. It is an honor to work with an organization so dedicated to helping others achieve their goals!

Thank You, First Responders

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Several months ago, California saw severe fires that spanned hundreds of thousands of acres and caused thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Locals didn’t know what to expect in the coming days, but they knew that firefighters would face the blazes until they were put out. Actor John Cena was so appreciative of the first responders that he donated $500,000 to firefighter organizations in their honor.

There are approximately 1.1 million firefighters in the United States. These professional and volunteer men and women bravely put themselves in harm’s way every time they respond to a call. That’s why we appreciate them, too. We also appreciate the 262,000+ paramedics in the U.S. who show up to treat people requiring urgent medical care.

First responders: We know you have busy, unpredictable schedules. (We also know that’s an understatement!) So, fitting in the medical courses you’re required to take can be difficult. After all, what are the chances you’re free on the days when classes are given?

Thankfully, we have a solution. You can meet your requirements by taking our Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology courses online, whenever and wherever you like. These courses provide the flexibility you need with your ever-changing schedule, and they’re self-paced so you work at your own speed. Plus, we give you access to the material for a year, so you can squeeze in the work a little bit at a time—or you can knock it out on a free weekend!

How you take our courses is your call. But when you respond to the next 9-1-1 call, with these courses under your belt, you’ll be ready. Thank you for all that you do.

Email us at learn@corexcel.com to learn more.

So You Want to be a DiSC® Trainer? Earn Your Certification!

Consultants, human resources specialists, and internal corporate trainers interested in facilitating Everything DiSC Workplace® workshops: We get it. The Everything DiSC Workplace® profile is a phenomenal tool that helps improve employee communication and relationships in any workplace. Earn your certification, and you’ll be on your way to running DiSC training sessions—and launching an exciting new chapter in your career!

Earn DiSC Certification Online
Our online DiSC certification program lets you become DiSC-certified from the comfort of your home (or wherever you like). The comprehensive four-week program includes three, 90-minute live training sessions. In between these instructor-led classes, you have self-directed work. At the end of the program, you take an exam that leads to certification.

Not only will you learn how to facilitate professional training sessions using the power of DiSC, but also how to customize the standard presentation to make it your own. Once you’re a certified trainer, you will be able to incorporate your own style as you present the material!

DiSC in the Workplace Matters
Every organization—big, small, corporate, nonprofit—has employees with distinct personalities and behavioral traits. There’s sure to be conflict and communication challenges. The beauty of Everything DiSC is that it provides insight on individuals’ primary and secondary behavioral styles across a variety of business functions. Whether it’s Workplace, Management, Sales, Productive Conflict or Work of Leaders, Everything DiSC helps people gain knowledge and understanding, which can improve workplace camaraderie.

Corexcel President and CEO Don Bowlby said, “We’ve found that our customers who use Everything DiSC and integrate it with their culture often experience exceptional team performance and rising stock prices. Helping that happen is extremely rewarding for us.”

To bring the benefits of Everything DiSC Workplace® to your workplace or the workplaces you support, earn your certification through our online program.

Email us at learn@corexcel.com to learn more.

Delaware Networking Event Appearance

Interested in expanding your network? Looking to put your business on the map? Trying to grow your business online? If you answered YES to any of these, come out and join us for the 2019 Delaware Networking Station – Your Business Connection Destination! Corexcel is a proud to announce that we will be one of the attending sponsors during the largest business to business tabletop event in Delaware. Make sure to look up our Drop Pin on Google Maps to come stop by our table and see what amazing prizes we will be giving away!

Event Details:

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Delaware Networking Station Corexcel will be stationed at Table 74!

Can’t make the event? There is still plenty you can do to connect with Corexcel:

Body Language for Leaders | Online Training

As a leader, it is important to deliver clear and concise communications to subordinates. The importance of nonverbal communication is often overlooked in today’s workplace. Learn to deliver clear and concise messages with our newest online course Body Language for Leaders. Developed based on material used at Harvard Business School, this course teaches how your body language can communicate feelings of empathy or even show charisma. It also discusses your body language in negotiations and how to read other’s body language. And much more!

Course features:

  • Open enrollment 24/7/365
  • No prerequisites
  • Interactive exercises
  • Professional videos
  • Ask the Expert feature

This course is also available as part of our Leadership Strategies Certificate Program.

Upon successful completion of the Body Language for Leaders online course you will earn 0.3 CEUs, 3.0 PDUs.

Corexcel is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is autorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Register

Join Corexcel’s Award-Winning Service Team!

Do you live in proximity to the tri-state area of Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania?

Are you energetic? Are you also a people person? Do you focus on customers and have an eye for details?

If you answered “Yes” to all the above, we have an opportunity for you! Apply to join our award-winning service team.

We’re looking for an experienced Customer Service Associate to answer phones, respond to emails, chat with customers and reply to text messages. The position also entails interacting with our students, helping them enroll in courses and shipping products. If you like helping people and enjoy learning new things, apply today.

This is an opportunity to grow professionally and to be part of an extraordinary team.

 

*** Update *** The position for an experienced Customer Service Associate has been filled. We truly appreciate your time and interest. If you would like, you can certainly still email us your resume to learn@corexcel.com. We will keep your information on file for when new positions open in the future.