Professional Development Short Courses

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Enhance your career with a wide variety of professional development courses, which can be applied to certificate programs. Courses are taught by industry experts, so you’ll walk away with new knowledge and skills that you can apply at work tomorrow. Browse general categories of courses below.

Agile

Train, mentor and advise Agile teams.
Put Agile knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to work.
Use metrics to guide teams on their Agile journey.
Learn the importance of testing throughout an Agile project.
Learn the techniques for capturing requirements.
This intensive two-day course will prepare you to take on the ScrumMaster role and is taught by a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer®. After completing the course, you will be eligible for ScrumMaster Certification with the Scrum Alliance®.
Learn the Agile values, principles, and practices in an interactive setting

Business Process and Analysis

Comprehend and evaluate business problems and solutions to become a strategic business partner in your organization.
Effective business analysis approaches that influence project work
Understand the different techniques and models for analyzing requirements, when to use them and at what level of detail
Understand the different types of requirements and methods and techniques to elicit them through research, stakeholder meetings, and group workshops.
Guide the adoption of process change
Learn the Agile values, principles, and practices in an interactive setting
Understand the roles, responsibilities, and what the process, tasks, and techniques that a business analyst uses.
Making the invisible visible in your processes

Participate in this instructor led online course with a group of peers to prepare for your role as a business analyst.

Impact business strategies by innovating processes
How to Define and Analyze Business Processes
Understand early stages of a project in scoping the solution, identifying and managing stakeholders and estimating and planning BA work
Understand the important factors and practices that support requirements: Documenting requirements, managing requirements, prioritizing requirements, validating and facilitating user acceptance, and implementing the new solution
Meet the needs of your audience, accomplish your goals, and write for precision, clarity, and style.

Human Resources

Assess training needs and analyze performance improvement solutions
Use your natural gift to communicate effectively.
Acquire critical skills to engage learners and deliver high-impact training presentations
Use instructional design principles to develop performance improvement solutions
Gain valuable tips on creating new employee orientation programs that influence a new employee's performance, attitude and sense of commitment.
Learn how employee labor relations relate to the legal context of employee relations and gain a greater understanding of your role in employee advocacy.
Equip yourself to respond effectively to employee concerns and opportunities with this comprehensive introduction to benefit practices and trends.
Prepare individuals and groups within your organization to adapt to new technologies, markets, challenges and change.
Participate in the SHRM Learning System with your human resource colleagues to prepare you for SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation.
Enhance your strategic contributions.
Coach individuals to peak performance.
Examine the variety of human resource functions performed and integrate these with the major human resource principles and concepts.
Gain practical techniques for conducting investigations, gathering information legally, maintaining objectivity and keeping accurate records.
Learn how to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, responsiveness and innovativeness of teams through the practical techniques used to facilitate team intervention strategies.
Understand the legal aspects of human resources
Apply several evaluation techniques to measure the impact of training
Learn the key components of a compensation plan, laws impacting compensation, use of salary survey data, and factors in a successful compensation program.
Explore strategies and techniques to find and keep great employees that meet your organization's needs.
Learn effective techniques and systems that facilitate change and explore the dynamic role of today's change manager.

Create learning experiences with impact.

Conduct compliance reviews and evaluate human resource practices using audit techniques, data analysis and action planning.
Develop credibility and relationships to help your clients find solutions
Using Data to Drive Business Results
Define and explore the talent supply chain to build a successful workforce plan
Learn how to plan, write, edit, and publish successful policies, procedures, manuals and directions that align with your company's values.

Management, Supervision, and Leadership

Learn to create dynamic, high performance teams by tapping into individuals' diverse skills and interests to encourage a shared sense of organizational goals.
Develop the tools and explore the approaches that are critical in a coaching relationship.
Learn what, when, and how to delegate. Managing versus doing makes you and your employees more effective.
Develop your leadership potential by enhancing your influencing, communication, and coaching skills and learn to differentiate between management and leadership.
Coach individuals to peak performance.
Identify the most qualified candidates for your organization, while making sure that you are conducting the interviewing and hiring processes both legally and effectively.
Learn how to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, responsiveness and innovativeness of teams through the practical techniques used to facilitate team intervention strategies.
Lead yourself and your people through the transition periods that accompany change
Understand the legal aspects of employee-supervisor relationships and the role in supporting these relationships.
Build the performance climate that your employees need to achieve stellar results.
Increase your personal effectiveness and the performance of your work group by learning how to address management challenges and gain an understanding of key functions of management.
Making the invisible visible in your processes
Develop your negotiation skills by learning to apply proven strategies and techniques to everyday situations as you learn about the negotiation process.
Meet the challenge of supervising in today's complex and changing workplace. Discover your authentic style and motivate others towards a more productive work environment.
Develop a strategic plan to achieve results.
Learn effective techniques and systems that facilitate change and explore the dynamic role of today's change manager.
Learn how to write concise, professional reports that effectively inform and persuade readers.

Project Management

Comprehend and evaluate business problems and solutions to become a strategic business partner in your organization.
Effective business analysis approaches that influence project work
Communicate effectively on cross-cultural teams
Learn the Agile values, principles, and practices in an interactive setting
Use core concepts and methods to increase the success of any project
Develop your negotiation skills by learning to apply proven strategies and techniques to everyday situations as you learn about the negotiation process.
A 5-day boot camp, plus online quizzes, tests, and chapter resources to prepare you to sit for PMI’s PMP exam.
Manage and monitor changes throughout a project, communicate with stakeholders, and take steps to close the project.
Learn how to communicate with stakeholders, analyze the organization, develop a budget and identify roles and responsibilities during the critical planning stages of your projects.
Discover strategies to mold and motivate your project team through team building and for solid decision-making.
Understand complex systems and chaos, how they manifest in your organization, and learn to develop strategies for managing stress and minimizing risk due to this chaos.
Acquire the key success factors in new product develoment, and discover ways to bring those factors to bear in your own organization.
Understand how project management processes are used to produce a plan that will deliver an IT project on time, within budget and scope.
Begin by understanding what a project is, how you can improve your role as a better project manager, while building a solid foundation of the project management essentials.
Focus on creating a detailed project plan that defines activities, schedule, communication, solicitation, and procurement to create an integrated project plan.
Learn to encourage a trust based context for handling uncertainty through project risk management planning while gaining knowledge to monitor and control risk on a project effectively.
Meet the needs of your audience, accomplish your goals, and write for precision, clarity, and style.

Writing and Communications

Learn how to hone editing and proofreading skills to maximize professionalism and quality.
Learn to apply current guidelines for the most practical correctness rules, the ones that everyone relies on daily. You will learn to write with far fewer errors, whether writing simple emails or complex reports.
Communicate effectively on cross-cultural teams
Use your natural gift to communicate effectively.
Speak with confidence and passion
Learn to develop and communicate creative solutions to complex problems
Acquire critical skills to engage learners and deliver high-impact training presentations
Master verbal and nonverbal language skills
Learn to create lasting relationships with your clients
Learn how to improve your writing by practicing helpful strategies for organizing and formatting business correspondence and materials.
Bring out the best in people and learn how to build and maintain interpersonal relationships that affect your job performance.
Develop your negotiation skills by learning to apply proven strategies and techniques to everyday situations as you learn about the negotiation process.
Sell, influence, and persuade with confidence and authenticity
Help improve your confidence and effectiveness in managing conflict by developing strategies to respond to difficult situations and build valuable skills for positively resolving conflict.
Contribute effectively to team projects and meetings
Meet the needs of your audience, accomplish your goals, and write for precision, clarity, and style.
Focus on understanding other people's needs and perspectives and learn how to confront problem behavior, stand up for yourself, and interact with authority figures.
Learn how to write concise, professional reports that effectively inform and persuade readers.

Reaching and engaging your fast-moving social media audience.

No other field of professional writing can compare to social media for the rapid pace of its evolution. With new platforms added yearly, it’s hard to keep up. Effective Social Media Writing will focus your time and talents to get the best possible payoffs in terms of winning over your varied audiences.

Understand how people use the web to acquire the tools to take a marketing approach in writing effective web site copy.
Learn how to plan, write, edit, and publish successful policies, procedures, manuals and directions that align with your company's values.

Test Preparation

Participate in the SHRM Learning System with your human resource colleagues to prepare you for SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation.
Review of math fundamentals as well as intensive math practice. Material covered includes basics (arithmetic, algebra, and geometry concepts), practice tests, and simple test-taking strategies. This course will help you master the essential skills for the GMAT and GRE.

 

Register any time during course dates and take up to five months to complete this self-directed Web-based course. Learn test-taking strategies for dealing with the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
Register any time during course dates and take up to five months to complete this self-directed Web-based course. Covers all of verbal and quantitative questions presented on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
A 5-day boot camp, plus online quizzes, tests, and chapter resources to prepare you to sit for PMI’s PMP exam.
Learn test-taking strategies geared toward the verbal, quantitative, analytical, and the integrated reasoning sections of the GMAT. Discuss proven methods for dealing with each of the question types and work with test-simulation exercises. This course is well suited to students who seek a structured learning environment.
Learn question types, advanced test-taking strategies, common test items, timing, and the most efficient ways to solve problems in a university classroom environment.
Prepare for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) by learning test-taking strategies and practicing the various types of questions found on LSAT exam. Learn how to study effectively in the areas most likely to appear on the exam.
This course provides information on the content of the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), the mechanics of the test taking process, a general review of material relevant to each section of the PCAT, and course materials to help practice outside of class.

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