Community Futures completes new Entrepreneurial Training Centre
Learning has become a little easier at Community Futures Central Alberta, with the non-profit business training organization recently completing work on a new Entrepreneurial Training Centre.
The facilities, which are located at Community Futures’ 5013 49th Ave. office, boast high-tech equipment like a Smart Board, new computers and software, and wireless high-speed Internet.
Murray Berezowski, the agency’s general manager, said Community Futures Central Alberta used to rely on video conferencing to network into online training sessions.
“We now do our training through Adobe Connect, by webcast.”
The 55-inch interactive Smart Board provides students with a much better image, said Berezowski, and allows presenters to ask questions of their audiences.
The system also works well for in-person teaching, he said.
For examples, students taking Community Futures’ business plan training can now apply what they’re learning to their own business.
“In the past, we didn’t really have hands-on availability to do that and now we do.
They can bring in their business plan, download it on one of our laptops and actually work on it through the session.”
The room, which can hold an instructor and up to eight students, is available for businesses to rent, said Berezowski.
“If they have proprietary software that they want to download onto our system and do the training, they can do that.”
Cost of the centre, which included the new equipment and some renovations, was almost $50,000, he said.
“According to our provincial office, we’re the only (Community Futures) in Western Canada that has a setup like we do, with a Smart Board.”
Community Futures Central Alberta will be showcasing its Entrepreneurial Training Centre during an open house next Thursday, from 2 to 6 p.m.
Members of the public are welcome to drop in, but are asked to confirm their attendance by Oct. 21 by contacting the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.