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St. Bonaventure's Foster Center to present workshop series to aid the Olean-area workforce

Aug 19, 2021

Conference presenters with paddingA series of three September workshops presented by the William C. Foster ’62 Center for Responsible Leadership at St. Bonaventure University will provide Olean-area residents with skills to help them enter or navigate to new jobs in the workforce.

The workshops, scheduled for Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and Sept. 21, will be held on campus and are free and open to all. Each will also be available via the Zoom teleconferencing platform.

“People are constantly entering the workforce for the first time or considering a career move, and oftentimes they’re uncertain about how to best prepare and present themselves,” said Dr. Michael Gallagher, associate professor of finance at St. Bonaventure and Foster Center director. “We have a lot of job market expertise in the School of Business at St. Bonaventure that we believe can help residents in the region not only secure meaningful employment, but rise to leadership positions.”

The workshops are in keeping with the Foster Center’s mission to offer professional development to the community at large through continuing education, he said.

While each workshop is free and open to the public, those planning to attend are required to register in advance. A registration form and additional information about the workshops and presenters are available on the Forster Center Events webpage:


Workshops 1: Navigating the Job Market
    2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8
    Location: Peterson Board Room, Swan Business Center  
    Program: Helping individuals navigate the workforce by polishing their job-search skills, addressing such things as interviewing, resume preparation and more.
    Presenter: John B. Stevens, lecturer of management in St. Bonaventure’s School of Business and owner/operator of JB Stevens Organizational Solutions.
    Zoom meeting ID: 926 5173 1043; passcode: jobmarket.

Workshop 2: Resources Available on the Web
    2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15
    Location: Friedsam Library computer lab  
    Program: A focus on resources to help people remain computer literate, addressing such topics as cybersecurity, online learning and more.
    Presenter: Don Watkins, educator, writer, social entrepreneur, and free and open-source software advocate.
    Zoom meeting ID: 954 2394 3310; passcode: jobmarket

Workshop 3: Honing Your Excel Skills
    2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21
    Location: Friedsam Library computer room  
    Program: Improve your skills using the Microsoft spreadsheet software Excel. Topics include Excel basics, charts and tables, and more.
    Presenter: Dr. Anne Foerst, professor of computer science at St. Bonaventure and director of the university’s individualized major program.
    Zoom meeting ID: 998 1028 7055; passcode: jobmarket
The Foster Center for Responsible Leadership at St. Bonaventure is made possible through an endowment gift by Daria L. Foster in honor of her late husband, William C. Foster, ’62, who served on St. Bonaventure’s Board of Trustees from 2008 until his passing in 2010.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. In 2020, St. Bonaventure was named the #2 regional university value in New York and #3 in the North by U.S. News and World Report.