Professional Development Opportunities

Below is a list of professional development opportunities offered at BCTC and at venues external to BCTC. Those opportunities that are offered by BCTC groups and/or opportunities that are available at a low cost are noted for your convenience. Links to the Teaching and Learning Center and the Technology Tutorials and Training are also available in the navigation bar to assist BCTC employees with their professional development needs.

To include other PD opportunities on this page, please contact Miranda Hines.

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Supervisory Discovery Network Dates Vary
KCTCS Active Learning Regional Institute Dates Vary    X
KCTCS Technology Summit Dates Vary   X
Payroll Training for Supervisors  Dates Vary
TIKI Online Learning Exchange   Dates Vary
2016 Assessment Institute March 21, 2016   X
Grants from the Ground Up: Get into the Funding Game, Part 3 March 22, 2016   X
Academic Branding: Improving Your Visibility, Network, and Career Opportunities March 24, 2016   X
TLC Brown Bag Luncheon: PowerPoint: A best practices discussion March 24, 2016
Transformational Technology in Higher Education March 24-25, 2016    
Women’s History Conference April 1, 2016   X
MOSAIIC Conference: Dialogue on Race and Education in the 21st Century
April 6-8, 2016
Motivation CAN be Enhanced! April 7, 2016   X
Developing an Academic Support Network April 14, 2016   X
Valuing Diversity in Talent Development April 14, 2016   X
Winning Teamwork Strategies April 18, 2016   X
Ad Astra Information Systems 2016 Southeastern Summit April 19-20, 2016
Writing an Academic Book Proposal April 20, 2016   X
How Much of Yourself Do You Own? Building Emotional Resources April 21, 2016   X
TLC Brown Bag Luncheon: Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky April 21, 2016 X
Secrets of Clear Communication April 25, 2016   X
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills May 17, 2016   X
Group Goal-Setting & Project Planning June 1, 2016   X
Mindset, Motivation, and the Argument for Change June 2, 2016   X
@ONE Project Ongoing   X
ADA QuickClasses Ongoing
ADA Resources & Training Ongoing   X
Canvas Network

CLEP Online Training Sessions Ongoing
Continuing Education and Professional Development Ongoing X X
Coursera Ongoing   X
ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses Ongoing X X
Friday Live! Ongoing   X
Innovative Educators Ongoing
KCTCS Leadership Courses Ongoing   X
KCTCS Technology Training and Learning Center Ongoing
Lexington Public Library, Online Learning Collection Ongoing   X
National Seminars Training Ongoing
QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development Ongoing  
The Remote Advisor Ongoing X X
WADA ADA Live! Ongoing   X

DATES VARY: Supervisory Discovery Network

This network offers a variety of supervisory training for new and experienced supervisors. Face to face sessions will address skills such as employee relations, team building, family medical leave, PPE planning, and more.  Dates, locations, and session topics are below. In addition, copies of the 2013-14 Supervisory Training PowerPoint presentations addressing communication, coaching, change management, and organizational development are available on the PD Resources Page. Other opportunities are available in the KCTCS Leadership Courses linked at the bottom of this page and also through scheduled webinars shown on this page.  All full-time supervisors at BCTC are encouraged to take advantage of these training opportunities.

  • October 22, Newtown, CB022, Progressive Discipline
  • November 12, Newtown, CB123, Employee Relations 
  • December 11, Leestown, M128, Team Building
  • February 5, Leestown, M128, Family Medical Leave
  • February 26, Leestown, M128, Time Management & Organization 
  • March 24, Leestown, M128, Interview Skills & Hiring Procedures
  • April 21, Leestown, M128, Payroll 
  • May 20, Leestown, M128, PPE Planning and Review

Register Here

For more information, contact Miranda Hines.

Dates Vary | KCTCS Active Learning Regional Institute | Times and Locations Below | Cost: FREE

Active Learning does not consist of group work and games haphazardly thrown into a course. Instead, Active Learning uses a carefully orchestrated and designed series of interactive student experiences to engross students and provide them with continuous feedback on content understanding. Simply put, Active Learning is a philosophy that asks you to step aside and make your classroom student-centered at each twist and turn of the semester. When done well, these thoughtfully planned assignments empower students to engage and become true masters of content.

Come join us for the Active Learning Institute – where this all-day workshop will utilize a series of active learning protocols to explore Active Learning, begin to understand what Active Learning might look like in your own classroom, and culminate in practical, “how-to” lesson and course design. Specific topics for the workshop include What is your perspective?, When are you an “expert”? , Implementing Bloom’s Taxonomy, and Planning my Class.

View Agenda


  • February 12 @ Somerset, 8:30am-5:00pm (EST) – Register
  • February 19 @ Gateway, 8:30am-5:00pm (EST) – Register
  • April 18 @ West Kentucky, 8:30am-5:00pm (CDT) - Register

Space is limited so REGISTER today to ensure your spot!

Dates Vary | KCTCS Technology Summit | Dates and Locations Below | Cost: FREE

The KCTCS Office for Professional Development and Innovation has teamed up with Technology Solutions to bring you the professional development you've been asking for at the Technology Summit. You don't want to miss this one!

At KCTCS, we have a wide array of technology tools designed to improve the way we work, to increase services to our students, and to keep our employees in step with cutting edge technology development. The KCTCS Technology Summit will provide hands on training and education with over 30 sessions covering tools such as SharePoint Online, DSS, OneDrive, PeopleSoft, Starfish, Visual Schedule Builder, Radius, Skype for Business, Office 365, OneNote, Windows 10, Outlook, and more.

Representatives from Microsoft, Blackboard, and Dell will be onsite. Microsoft will be showing off Windows 10, Blackboard will introduce you to their latest products, while Dell will be here showcasing their latest IT gadgets and devices. Space is limited so register today and get your spot. P.S. There will be door prizes!

View schedule and session descriptions


  • 8:30-9:00 Registration
  • 9:00-9:20 Welcome and Announcements
  • 9:30-12:30 Concurrent Sessions
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch (sponsored by Dell)
  • 1:30-3:25 Concurrent Sessions
  • 3:30 Wrap Up and Door Prizes


DATES VARY: Payroll Training for Supervisors

The Payroll Office offers Payroll Training for Supervisors throughout the year. If you are a new supervisor and need training on your responsibilities related to payroll processes; if you are a long-term supervisor and just need a refresher, or if you have questions and issues related to payroll you would like to discuss, please join us.

  • 10/12 2pm Leestown TBD
  • 11/9 2pm Newtown 207
  • 11/30 2pm Cooper Maloney 145

For more information, go here, or contact Kristine Murphy. 

DATES VARY: TIKI Online Learning Exchange hosted by the KCTCS Office for Professional Development and Innovation (OPDI) | Free Online Webinars

The TIKI Online Learning Exchange is a new initiative to provide a webinar series of professional development sessions throughout the year and to exchange and share more information between colleges, departments and co-workers. Topics vary for each webinar. These sessions can be delivered by any KCTCS employee and will be presented online through Blackboard Collaborate.

Examples of topics to be covered include:

  • Maximizing learning by using essential questions in a theory based class | 2/4/16
  • Grants from the Ground Up: Get Into the Funding Game - Part 1 | 2/11/16
  • College Forensics: It’s About Competitive Speaking Not Dead Bodies! | 2/12/16
  • Online Teaching in the 21st Century: Navigating the Do’s and Don’ts | 2/19/16
  • ENG 102 Through Topics of Social Importance: Writing an Integrated Essay to Facilitate Critical Thinking | 2/26/16
  • And More!
Go here to register for a webinar or to submit a presentation proposal.

March 21, 2016 | 2016 Assessment Institute sponsored by IUPUI | October 16-18, 2016, Indianapolis, IN | Cost: Varies

We invite you to join us for the 2016 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis to be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown October 16-18.

The Assessment Institute in Indianapolis is the nation’s oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education. We anticipate that some 1000 educators from virtually every state and several other countries will take part in the 2016 Institute.

The Assessment Institute in Indianapolis is designed to provide opportunities for (1) individuals and campus teams new to outcomes assessment to acquire fundamental knowledge about the field, (2) individuals who have worked as leaders in outcomes assessment to share and extend their knowledge and skills, and (3) those interested in outcomes assessment at any level to establish networks that serve as sources of support and expertise beyond the dates of the Institute.

For more information about the institute or to submit a proposal by March 21st, consult our website or contact us at:

March 22, 2016 | Grants from the Ground Up: Get into the Funding Game, Part 3 presented by Kim Calebs and Rebecca Coleman, KCTCS System Office | 3:00pm-4:00pm | Online Webinar | Cost: FREE

KCTCS colleges receive millions in grant funding each year. Ever wondered how they do it and how you can get a piece of the action? Let us teach you the ins and outs of the funding game! After this training, you will be able to:

  • Determine whether your idea is a good candidate for grant funding (Part 1)
  • Find and evaluate funding opportunities (Part 2)
  • Work with your college’s grants department to prepare a grant application (Part 3)

Register Here

March 24, 2016 | Academic Branding: Improving Your Visibility, Network, and Career Opportunities, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 3pm-4pm | Cost: FREE

Academic Branding is a new approach to articulating your unique expertise and purposefully managing the way you are perceived in face-to-face and virtual encounters. Branding puts you in the driver’s seat, allowing you to tell the story you want to tell about yourself, your scholarship, and your leadership.

Register Here

March 24, 2016 | TLC Brown Bag Luncheon: PowerPoint: A best practices discussion, presented by Greg Rickert | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Cooper Campus, OB246

This brown bag session will focus on the use of presentation software in the classroom and discuss how to best use the software to engage students and enhance student learning. Join Greg to learn how to power up your PowerPoint! Have lunch with your colleagues! Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL)!

Contact Brent Eldridge to RSVP or request more information.

March 24-25, 2016 | Transformational Technology in Higher Education | Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO | Cost: Varies by registration date

Transformational Technology in Higher Education Conference, formerly Campus Technology Forum, is a redesigned event for higher education IT executives and professionals to receive a more personalized conference experience. With more than 100 colleges and universities from across the nation represented, attendees have the opportunity to network with peers from a wide array of institutions and become a part of a larger community continuously seeking to advance the technological pedagogy of their campuses.

Attendees will learn from industry experts and be exposed to the latest trends, tools and resources during collaborative and educational sessions. In an environment where finding solutions to technological challenges is the priority, attendees also have access to a variety of consultative vendors in the Expo Hall.

Learn more or register here.

April 1, 2016 | Women’s History Conference, sponsored by Big Sandy Community & Technical College Library Seminar Series & Office of Cultural Diversity | 8:00 am – 1:00 pm | Prestonsburg Campus, 1 Bert T. Combs Dr., Prestonsburg, KY | Cost: FREE

The Big Sandy Community & Technical College Library Seminar Series & Office of Cultural Diversity invites you to attend the Women’s History Conference. Join other KCTCS faculty and staff as they explore topics related to women’s history, the impact of societal expectations on leadership, women’s heart health, and get a bonus manicure!

View the program here.

Registration is not required… just show up and learn!

April 6-8, 2016 | MOSAIIC Conference: Dialogue on Race and Education in the 21st Century | Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, Berea College, CPO 2106, Berea, KY 40404 | 8:00am-2:00pm | Cost: FREE for BCTC Faculty, Staff & Students

The Central KY Consortium presents this year’s MOSAIIC Conference in conjunction with Berea College’s Dialogue on Race and Education. A MOSAIIC Afternoon will be held on Wednesday, April 6th and will feature Peggy McIntosh, author of White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, during the luncheon. The Dialogue on Race and Education in the 21st Century will be held on April 7th-8th. Planned conference topics include but are not limited to: Community Policing, Growing American Economic Disparities, The Black/Brown/White Alliance, Immigration and Education, Racial Politics in America. Other speakers for the conference are Tim Wise, Bell Hooks, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and Saida Grundy with Black Lives Matter.

As a consortium member, registration for the 2 1/2 day conference is free to BCTC faculty, staff, and students. For more information or to access the free registration, visit the registration link below. During registration, consortium members should select “Consortium Members” and site the Consortium College you are affiliated with.

The M&I Office will be providing transportation for students on Wednesday, April 6th, but they must be registered and RSVP to Elena Rodriguez by Wednesday, March 23rd to hold a seat on the van.

Register Here

April 7, 2016 | Motivation CAN be Enhanced!, presented by Bethanie Tucker, ED.D. | Noon-1:00pm (ET) | FREE ONLINE WEBINAR

Myriad factors influence motivation to achieve. Participants in this webinar will develop a framework for understanding motivation theory. The framework conceptualizes motivation so that educators and social workers can better analyze individuals’ achievement strivings and identify potentially beneficial interventions. This webinar will place special emphasis on under-resourced family and community members and students.

Register Here

April 14, 2016 | Developing an Academic Support Network, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

In this webinar you will learn to understand why you need an Academic Support Network, define the roles of members of your Academic Support Network, use a tool to plan and build your Academic Career Support Network, and develop strategies to "Make the Ask."

Register Here

April 14, 2016 | Valuing Diversity in Talent Development | LEXINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, Eastside Branch, 3000 Blake James Drive, Lexington, KY | 5:00pm-6:00pm

Diversity is not just a business buzz word! It’s a critical component in regards to talent development that impacts recruiting, retention and employee growth! Ever wonder how diversity affects your role, your team, and your organization? Join us as we dive into a relevant diversity discussion about the costs of misrecognition and what tools and techniques can stabilize the delicate balance of diversity and talent development in your organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basic components of organizational diversity
  • Explore the concept of misrecognition as it pertains to organizational diversity
  • Identify how to minimize the negative effects of diversity on talent development
  • Recognize relevant tools to increase the positive effects of diversity on talent development.

Presenter: Erin Mires, PhD, is the owner of ECM Consulting, LLC. She has a doctorate in organizational development and leadership from the University of the Rockies and has developed numerous workshops and training programs for organizations of all sizes. She is an adjunct faculty member of business courses and professional development for the University of Louisville and Brown Mackie College - Louisville, and is an Air Force veteran having served as a Personnel Officer before moving to Louisville, KY. For additional information, visit

ATD of the Bluegrass is part of ATD Kentuckiana, which supports those in the region who provide training and development.

More information and online registration: April Meeting (Lexington) - Valuing Diversity in Talent Development

April 18, 2016 | Winning Teamwork Strategies |Hosted by National Seminars Training | 10:00am-11:30am ET | Newtown, CB113 | Free In-House Webinar

Become the kind of person everyone wants on his or her team by developing the key characteristics every successful team member shares. This training debunks common myths about teamwork, provides a fresh look at collaboration and conflict, examines personality and interpersonal styles and offers great tips for working with people. This webinar will address:

  • 13 key characteristics that define a successful team
  • Differences between a work group and a team (and the 8 reasons why teams get better results)
  • 2 primary classifications of teams and how they compare to other groups
  • Team member personality and interpersonal styles that lead to collaboration and/or conflict
  • 4 stages of successful team development
  • Debunking the common myths about teamwork

Register Here

April 19-20, 2016 | Ad Astra Information Systems 2016 Southeastern Summit | Gateway Community & Technical College, Boone Campus, Florence, KY | Cost: $45

The Ad Astra Information Systems™ 2016 Southeastern Summit will be held April 19-20, 2016, at Gateway’s Boone Campus in Florence, Kentucky. The attendance optional summit provides opportunities to learn, explore, strategize, and brainstorm with colleagues from Ad Astra and other higher education institutions that use Ad Astra.

A full day on Tuesday and a half day on Wednesday is devoted to presentations, sharing ideas, and developing scheduling best practices for how to advance student success with Ad Astra's products and services. Click here to view the daily agenda. Registration is $45 and includes lunch both days. Click here to register for the conference until April 13, 2016.

Call for proposals is now open. Click here to submit a 50-minute session proposal. Suggested topics include Astra Schedule, Platinum Analytics, centralized versus decentralized scheduling, change management, etc. All proposals must be completed by March 11, 2016, to be included in the evaluation process.

April 20, 2016 | Writing an Academic Book Proposal, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 3pm-4pm | Cost: FREE

In this webinar you will learn how to identify essential documents to include in book proposal submissions, understand the purpose of each of the sections of an academic book proposal, select the best press for your work, and communicate with academic editors.

Register Here

April 21, 2016 | How Much of Yourself Do You Own? Building Emotional Resources, presented by Dr. Emilia O’Neill-Baker | Noon-1:00pm (ET) | FREE ONLINE WEBINAR

As we journey through life, we give away or lose vital parts of ourselves. We spend our energy on people and circumstances that restrict our growth. Past pain, old patterns of thought and behavior, anxieties, fears, unhealthy relationships, and problems at work or at home all take their toll. During this session, we will share some of the insights and practical tools that you can start using immediately to build emotional resources for yourself and others.

Register Here

April 21, 2016 | TLC Brown Bag Luncheon: Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky, presented by Tammie Disco-Boggs and Michelle Granville | Noon – 1:00 pm | Newtown Campus, CB123

Spring has sprung and so has the opportunity to provide a valuable service to our students and community. Join Tammie and Michelle to get an overview of how AOKY can provide low skilled students with an accelerated pathway to earn an entry level certificate in a high demand field. Have lunch with your colleagues! Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL)! Free Parking!

Contact Brent Eldridge to RSVP or request more information.

April 25, 2016 | Secrets of Clear Communication |Hosted by National Seminars Training | 10:00am-11:30am ET | Newtown, CB113 | Free In-House Webinar

In the workplace, unintended lack of clarity by the speaker and assumptions by the listener lead to confusion, misunderstanding, and mistakes. Communication is the single most important skill in any workplace. If you’re tired of struggling to get buy-in… if you’re wondering why you’re always repeating directions... if you feel like you and your team are sometimes in the dark, join this webinar to get unique ideas and examples to strengthen your communication.


  • Learn to distill your message before you speak to improve its clarity and get the action you need
  • Identify message muddlers and how they weaken the impact of what you’re trying to say
  • Know how to best build support for a plan or say no when you need to
  • Learn to get listeners involved so your message has greater impact and buy-in
  • Get expert tips for clarity in person, on the phone, and in written messages
  • Learn active listening techniques to make your communication more effective

Register Here

May 17, 2016 | Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills |Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

This Webinar will show you how to come up with fresh and innovative ideas more quickly and effectively than you ever thought possible. You’ll discover new ways to look at problems ... how to accurately weigh risks against rewards ... how to develop solutions ... and how to test and validate those solutions, plus much, much more! Topics to be covered include:

  • What makes excellent critical thinking?
  • Identify your critical thinking style
  • Typical barriers to critical thinking and how to overcome them
  • 3 basic ground rules for making stronger decisions
  • Tips for evaluating risk so you make the right decision every time
  • Pitfalls of problem solving — and steps for avoiding them

Register Here

June 1, 2016 | Group Goal-Setting & Project Planning |Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Newtown, CB112 | Free In-House Webinar

To set effective team goals, create a greater sense of ownership and responsibility in the project by including all group members in the planning process. Learn how you can you include more people in framework and scope discussions without getting bogged down. This webinar will address:

  • The secret to getting everyone involved in reaching the goals of a project even though they may not have been involved in the planning
  • Increasing group and project buy-in by having team members develop individual goals
  • Getting people excited about projects by using goal-setting techniques
  • Key questions to ask when setting goals
  • How to facilitate the goal-setting process so everyone in the group has a chance to contribute
  • Picking the right people to be a part of the project planning process
  • Keeping your goal-setting and project planning on track and on time
  • How to know what’s going on with each team member without becoming a pest
  • The emergency meeting — how to get back on track when things go wrong

Register Here

June 2, 2016 | Mindset, Motivation, and the Argument for Change, presented by Jim Ott | Noon-1:00pm (ET) | FREE ONLINE WEBINAR

Jim Ott, a school psychologist and Bridges Out of Poverty Consultant with aha! Process, will discuss A Framework for Understanding Poverty and Bridges Out of Poverty principles and their application through Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World. Jim will focus on these issues from a psychologist’s perspective – why the principles work and how we can apply them individually and systemically to facilitate real change in individuals and families.

Register Here

Ongoing | @ONE Project

The @ONE Project makes it easy for California Community College faculty and staff to learn about technology that will enhance student learning and success. @ONE’s programs provide training and online resources for free - or at a very low cost - thanks to funding from the California Community College Chancellor's Office Telecommunication and Technology Infrastructure Program (TTIP).

Each year, @ONE offers over 100 trainings, drawing more than 8,500 registrations. Workshops are taught by knowledgeable instructors who tailor their content to the specifics of the community college setting. The programs are also structured to fit a busy faculty or staff member’s schedule. Training formats include desktop webinars, instructor-led online courses, and self-paced training.

To learn more about available trainings, go here 

Ongoing | ADA QuickClasses

QuickClasses, offered by Pepnet2, cover a range of topics that assist the capacity building efforts of institutions, agencies, and individuals who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Participants successfully completing QuickClasses receive "Verification of Training Completion" with information needed to receive CEUs. Five terms of QuickClasses are offered each year.


  • Are free of charge.
  • Are 6 weeks long.
  • Require 5 hours of work per week.
  • Have weekly deadlines for assignments.
  • Are asynchronous; they do not require you to be online at any specific time.
  • Require participation in weekly discussions.
  • Most are pre-approved for both CRCC and RID CEUs  

Go here to see upcoming QuickClasses and register.

Ongoing | ADA Resources & Training | Southeast ADA Center | Free Online Resources and Webinars

The Southeast ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network and a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They consist of ten regional ADA Centers and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center located throughout the United States (U.S.). They are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality."

To view these resources or register, go here.

Ongoing | Canvas Network

Canvas Network gives teachers, learners and institutions alike the place and platform to define the world of open online learning in a way that makes sense for everyone. It grows as teachers and learners apply it in individual ways and then share the results with the world.

Built on the same Canvas platform that millions already use to learn every day, Canvas Network will grow to be a gathering place for the open online courses, communities and collections that millions more will be able to use to evolve learning to meet their goals.

So take a course. Teach a course. Explore. Imagine.

Ongoing | CLEP Online Training Sessions

CLEP has launched a series of new professional development webinars. These free one-hour sessions are designed to meet the needs of faculty and testing professionals. Topics will be useful to those on campuses just beginning to use CLEP and to those who have more specific needs and questions.

To register for these sessions, go here.

Ongoing | Continuing Education and Professional Development| BCTC Workforce Solutions

Bluegrass Workforce Solutions provides continuing education, recertification, and relicensure courses for a variety of professionals. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) will be awarded for those courses and participants will receive a Certificate of Completion to be used for recertification/relicensure requirements. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.

Ongoing | Coursera | Free Online Courses

Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer FREE online courses for anyone to take. Their technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students in an effort to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. Their goal is to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Courses include a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others. Whether you're looking to improve your resume, advance your career, or just learn more and expand your knowledge, there are multiple courses that you may find interesting.

To explore and register for a course, go here.


EDUCAUSE® is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. They help those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. They view IT not only as technology, but as a system of people, processes, organizations, and challenges that are constantly evolving. Their programs and services focus on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development, and knowledge creation to support the transformative role that IT can play in higher education. Finally, they offer many ways to help higher education professionals who use or manage information technology to keep up on trends and developments… many of which are provided online at no cost.

Find Adobe Connect technical requirements; past webinar archives; instructions for attending webinars using an iPhone, iPad, or Android-enabled device; and suggestions for making webinars a collaborative event on your campus on the EDUCAUSE Live! website 

Ongoing | ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses | BCTC Workforce Solutions

Online courses cover a variety of topics including accounting, personal finance, grant writing, computer skills, healthcare, sales and marketing, digital photography, starting your own business, health information management, creative writing, graphic arts, and web design, just to name a few. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.

Ongoing | Friday Live! | Fridays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Free Online Sessions

FridayLive! is a free, interactive, Internet-accessible, multimedia weekly series offered by The Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) Group. The TLT Group is a not-for-profit that helps college and university educators take advantage of changing technology so they can improve teaching and learning. As a non-profit, the TLT Group looks to enable collaboration, support, mutual understanding and communication among key stakeholders in an institution, and use evidence to make better decisions.

FridayLive! sessions alternate among a variety of topics: Dangerous Discussions, interviews, tech topics and tools. You can join FridayLive! on Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Even though the session is free, we'd prefer that you register in advance, unless you are an individual member and hold a season FASTPASS. Room opens at 1:45 p.m. Main session from 2:00 to 2:55 p.m. Closing until 3:00 p.m. Afterthoughts until 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, go here.

Ongoing | Innovative Educators | Free Trainings

Innovative Educators is dedicated to providing superior training focused on critical issues facing students and educators today. Our primary goal is to provide the information, training, and skills necessary to implement positive change on a personal, professional, and institutional level. Complimentary webinars address topics such as service-based learning, rubrics, advising, use of open educational resources, student engagement, campus safety, and much, much more.

To view a complete list of these free trainings and to register, go here 

Ongoing | KCTCS Leadership Courses | Online | Free

A variety of Leadership Courses are now available online through Blackboard. Courses include the following topics and may be accessed anytime from your own computer.

  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Coping with Difficult Behaviors
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking Skills

Review course descriptions and objectives.

View step-by-step instructions to enroll in a leadership online course.
Stay tuned for more online course opportunities.

For more information, contact   

Ongoing | KCTCS Technology Training and Learning Center | FREE ONLINE RESOURCE

With more and more changes/features/functionality coming to Office 365, the employee intranet, PeopleSoft, etc. the need has never been greater for an online central training repository. System Office TS staff has assembled information in a central location, the Training and Learning Center. This online training is free and easily accessible.

Check it out and share with other KCTCS members.  

Ongoing | Lexington Public Library, Online Learning Collection | Free

The Lexington Public Library offers many free resources to its card holders. Among those free resources is their online learning collection. This collection provides free access to resources such as the following while also providing links to a variety of other resources:

  • LearningExpress Library - Practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want. Study for the GED, ACT, SAT, and many other entrance and professional exams. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
  • Lynda.Com - helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Users receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.
  • Mango Languages - Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn more than 60 languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more. Learn English with narration in your native tongue through ESL courses taught in 15 different languages.
  • Tutor.Com - Live Homework Help is just the beginning. Pass the Citizenship test or study for the GED with help from an academic tutor. Search for a job, write an effective resume, or prepare for an interview with a career tutor. Real-time help on reports, essays and papers with tutors who explain the writing and proofreading process.

To learn more, go here.  

Ongoing | National Seminars Training | Limited Free Webinars - See below

National Seminars Training offers training on topics including Microsoft Office products, communication, conflict and confrontation, HR and ADA issues, project management, marketing, generational differences, and more. To view a complete list of these trainings, go here.

Limited access to webinars is available to BCTC at no cost. For more information and to recommend one of these webinars, please contact Miranda Hines.

Ongoing | QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development

Every semester, all faculty attend professional development related to reading across the disciplines. Faculty learn reading strategies to apply in their classroom, therefore directly enhancing what is offered to our students. Faculty and staff may attend a face-to-face workshop or meet their professional development goals on-line. Staff may attend professional development to enhance reading across college-level programs such as student advising and to improve student comprehension of important terms used in “BCTC Literacy” such as SAP, and FERPA. Either way, opportunities to learn more about this initiative are readily available to all.

For more information about live and online training opportunities, please go here.

Ongoing | The Remote Advisor

The Remote Advisor is a new online tool that provides advising training to address working with students at a distance. This training satisfies a PD training requirement for faculty advisors.

To access this online tool, go here.

Ongoing | WADA ADA Live! | Wednesdays, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Free Online Sessions

WADA ADA Live! is a free monthly internet-based radio talk show to learn about the rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sponsored by the Southeast ADA Center, mark your calendar to join this informative 30-minute discussion on the first Wednesday of each month, from 1:00 -1:30 p.m. During each live show, real-time captioning is available.

You may submit questions and connect to each show through