The Center for Workforce Development is excited to announce that they are offering three free online, on-demand courses to entrepreneurs. The complementary courses are provided to help during this time of global pandemic. They hoped it would help entrepreneurs and their employees to be inspired to think and plan creatively for their business. 

These three courses are free for a limited time. They are open enrollment and designed so that you can work on your own schedule. It’s a great way to expand your professional development and try out an online course. Enroll by September 30 to take advantage of this offer. To see a list of other available courses click here

Introduction to Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is an intellectual model for reasoning through issues to reach well-founded conclusions. It may be the single most valuable skill that one can bring to any job, profession, or life challenge. Being able to ask the right questions, critique an argument, and logically dissect an issue occur constantly in the workplace and our lives. This introductory-level course is designed to help learners define and identify critical thinking and reasoning skills and develop those skills. Direct registration link:  https://missouriwestern.mindedgeonline.com/pip.php?c=1754

Personal Creativity

This course examines how one can become a more creative person. By stimulating creativity through various techniques (mind-mapping, DO-IT, SCAMPER, right and left brain thinking) participants learn to tap into their personal creativity and apply it to organizational challenges.

Direct registration link:  https://missouriwestern.mindedgeonline.com/pip.php?c=1755

Creativity in Teams and Organizations

Innovation can make or break an organization in terms of its ability to win and keep customers. This course looks at innovation in corporations and the public sector. It reviews the latest academic thinking on innovation, including Clay Christensen’s seminal thinking on disruptive technology and the proper response to the disruption. Further, it explores some of the internal responses to the need for creativity, including idea champions, idea incubators, new venture teams and skunk works, and the process of moving from innovation to commercialization. This course also covers some of the more successful corporate innovators as a way of illustrating the principles of effective innovation in large organizations. 

Direct registration link:  https://missouriwestern.mindedgeonline.com/pip.php?c=1756

By completing all three courses you have the opportunity to enroll in a fourth course — Innovation in Teams and Organizations, available for $79. After completing all four courses, you earn the recognized Certificate in Creativity and Innovation.