Continuing Professional Education rolls out new workshop and short course series
This fall, the College of Continuing Education's Continuing Professional Education unit (CPE) launched a new series designed to give business professionals a "taste" of the department's short course and certificate offerings.
Building on the popular "lunch-and-learn" concept, as well as the success of other recent early-morning "mini-courses" CPE has hosted, the Breakfast With a Purpose series features short, engaging breakfast workshops that focus on key issues facing working professionals and business leaders.
The 60-minute sessions, which are led by CPE instructors, cover topics from a variety of focus areas, including human resources, communication skills, and leadership development. The goal is to deliver immediately applicable, highly relevant information in a convenient format.
"It's more than just a breakfast networking session," says Linda Haliburton, director of professional development programs. "We want to go beyond that by providing a workplace-focused topic and purpose to it. Attendees will leave with new ideas they can apply right away."
Jean McLeod, who is leading the program, agrees. "It's a good chance for people to see how our short courses and certificate offerings might help them develop their career in the future. It gives them a sense of who we are, and lets them hear from some of our instructors who are experts in their field. They can stop in on their way to the office, first thing in the morning, have a dynamic learning event, and walk out able to start their workday with some exciting new information."
The first workshop, Leadership Development Strategies for the Next Decade, examined the changing expectations of leaders, including their patterns and best practices, and explored the key components of a sustainable leadership development program.
Two more sessions are scheduled for the fall: Creative Communication with Impact (October 7) and What is the Difference Between Organizational Development and Training? (October 12). Attendees in Creative Communication will learn to present their ideas creatively, to a variety of audiences and types of thinkers. In The Difference Between OD and Training, participants will learn how to use a system perspective to remove the misunderstandings and barriers between training and organizational development.
Other scheduled topics include Cut Scope Creep by 50 Percent; Systems Engineering for Non-System Engineers; Writing Effective E-mails; and Managing Up.
Registration is $15 per event, which includes parking and continental breakfast. Complete details, including course descriptions and registration information, are available on the webpage.
Also new this fall are CPE's "Power-Packed Half-Day" courses. Says McLeod, "we always want to stay current with the needs of the business community, and so we're offering various formats and course lengths to help even more individuals keep their skill sets up to date."
The three-hour courses feature practical, hands-on information, and focus on actual communication and business issues. "This is a good way for people who want to fit professional development into their already busy schedules," McLeod says."The goal is to give them critical skills relevant to today's marketplace--that they can apply immediately on the job."
Power-Packed Half-Days begin October 20 with Emotional Intelligence for Administrative Professionals. Other upcoming topics include Financial Intelligence: Basic Business by the Numbers; Leading Fearlessly; Making Breakthrough Thinking and Innovation Habitual; Managing Time and Energy to Get Results; and The Internal Consultant: Leverage Your Expertise. Complete details and registration information are available on the website.
For more information on the Breakfast With a Purpose Series, Power-Packed Half-Day courses, or any of the more than 100 professional development short courses offered, visit the Continuing Professional Education webpage.