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.
This training addresses supervisory skills such as communication, coaching, change management, and organizational development. At this time, we are in the process of converting these modules to an online format and adding information related to business procedures and human resource requirements. We hope to complete this transition and make the online modules available during the Fall 2014 semester. All full-time supervisors at BCTC are encouraged to complete this training. Certification will be offered upon completion of all four modules. Until then, you may review the PowerPoints used during 2013-14 by going to the PD Resources page.
There were 83 weather-related disaster declarations this year, 44 of which were classified as major disasters. Gain valuable insight into how these disasters were managed and the lessons that were learned by attending this free webinar. Emergency communications specialist Stuart Jarvis of Regroup will share:
Space is limited. If you can’t attend, register anyway to receive a webinar recording. Be sure to invite anyone in your organization involved in Campus Safety.
Understanding the implications of integrated accessibility in new construction and alteration projects starts at the very beginning stages of concept and site development. It's important to involve everyone in all aspects of the design process from the architects and designers to the construction team and most importantly, the end users. This session will discuss these concepts and introduce the Universal Design balance with ADA compliance. A concept of "Experiential Equity" will be discussed in the realm of design and construction processes. Achieving ideal accessibility requires comprehension and commitment from all involved with an inclusive vision from the project leaders. This session will examine and explore successful techniques to achieve this goal.
The ADA Audio Conference offers three methods of participation:
CE Recognition: AIA, AICP, Cert. of Attendance
Registration: On-line at http://adagreat.powweb.com/Registration/ (you will be required to establish an account with our system if you don’t already have one).
Privacy is a systems management and compliance issue, a unique and dynamic student and faculty requirement, and a topic of expanding innovative possibilities as an ever-present element in higher education.
We will discuss some of the hottest topics and trends in data privacy, protection, and security; we will introduce some frameworks and tools that might help stimulate the next wave of information innovation based on the book, The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto: Getting from Policy to Code to QA to Value; and, finally, we will discuss why data about human beings deserves to be treated as a precious resource with fiduciary care and with an eye to preventing risk but also value creation.
Unless you work by yourself in the vacuum of outer space, there is a 100% chance you will face a conflict at work with another human being. And, if you’re a manager, there’s another 100% chance that you’ll have to referee a dispute between employees in and out of your department. So why do so few people know how to manage and arbitrate conflict the right way? Gain quick insight into the roots of office conflict and learn how to resolve it before the situation blows up in your face.
This webinar will address:
If you were asked to think of a coworker who gets on your nerves, you probably wouldn’t have to think for very long. Working with people has its benefits but coworkers with bad attitudes or unusual personality quirks can put a damper on collaboration, productivity and make a day at the office a miserable experience.
This webinar will address:
The Kentucky Pedagogicon II (KP II) will be held on Friday, 22 May 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Eastern Kentucky University’s Noel Studio for Academic Creativity. Sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education and its Faculty Development Workgroup, KP II has a theme of “Closing the Achievement Gap through Scholarly and Creative Teaching,” and potential tracks include Innovations, Evidence-based Learning, Technology, Critical/Creative Thinking, Cultural Competency, and Information Literacy and Communication.
Submit a Proposal at: http://studio.eku.edu/pedagogicon-proposal-submission-2015.
Deadline to Submit: February 1, 2015
(Submitters will be notified if their presentation has been accepted via email by March 1, 2015.)
For more information, please contact Lynn Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course is for administrators, disability services professionals, and instructors who want to learn how to make distance learning accessible to students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
This course will explore distance learning benefits and challenges for students with disabilities. We will look at various modes and methods of delivering course content and how each can be made accessible. Participants will gain knowledge of best practices in teaching through distance technologies and learn how to go beyond traditional teaching methods. We will also examine how incorporating Universal Design techniques can make distance learning more accessible for all students.
The anticipated time commitment for this six-week course is a minimum of 5 hours per week.
Registration Deadline: January 28, 2015
If you want your business communication to actually get noticed — and acted on — you need to make your point clearly, concisely, and quickly! The skills you learn in webinar will enable you to do just that. You’ll learn to eliminate the nonessential, how to boil down and summarize your message, and how to present your information in the way that makes the most sense. You’ll even discover how to effectively use formatting to grab the attention of your readers!
To make sure your organization keeps improving and moving forward, it is absolutely vital that you hang on to your best and brightest employees. You need to treat them with special care, ensuring that they continue to grow and thrive. To do this, you need to start laying the groundwork now.
Successfully grooming your best employees for promotion ensures your organization’s continued success. It helps you prevent brain drain and makes sure you hang on to valuable employees.
To hang on to your best employees, you have to provide a road for them to advance. Otherwise they’ll feel like they’re in dead-end positions and leave your organization. This webinar will ensure that your top performers are prepared for the next level, meaning when you’re ready to promote them, they’ll be ready to shine.
KY-AAWCC is the Kentucky Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. It was formed to champion the women currently serving in Kentucky’s community colleges and maximize their potential. The annual conference is focused on helping its members develop and grow in both their personal and professional lives, and give them an opportunity to network with their counterparts from across the state.
Possible session titles for the 2015 KY-AAWCC Conference include:
Submit a Session Proposal at: http://kyaawcc.org/conference-2015/
Deadline to Submit Proposal: November 7, 2014.
Register at: http://kyaawcc.org/conference-2015/
Deadline to Register: February 13, 2015
The focus of this year’s conference is Identities in Consultation: Diversity in the South and Beyond.
What does it mean to be “southern” in a country where regionalism is becoming less important to identity and more important as a commodity? What does it mean to be a regional writing center when regionalism is not relative to the populations we service? How do we begin to understand emerging educational communities and their developing identities, which include new education standards, shifts in demographics, online instruction, and multimodal writing prompts that move students away from traditional writing tasks? What is the evolving function of a writing center to a generation of students who have spent their lives reading and blogging with their peers throughout the world?
In these new communities, we must revise our understanding and implementation of the roles we play as consultants, students, instructors, and administrators. Our developing identities will shape our pedagogy, expand our relevance to our Universities and colleges, and amplify the way writing centers operate in the academy.
Please join us as we explore identity and diversity in the writing center.
To learn more, go here.
Learn how to maximize the multi-generational workplaces with Jay McChord. Breakout sessions will include:
Registration begins at 8:30 am. Conference runs from 9:00 am- 2:00 pm. Cost: $99
For more information, call 606-565-5534.
REGISTER HERE by February 23, 2015.
Bluegrass Community & Technical College will sponsor the 9th annual Changing Classroom Cultures Conference on Friday, February 27th, and Saturday, February 28th, at the Newtown Campus in Lexington, KY.
In recognition of the role that both Faculty and Staff play in enriching our student's college experience, Friday's sessions will offer learning opportunities for both Faculty AND Staff, while Saturday's sessions will maintain a faculty focus.
The theme for this year's FREE Conference is Teaching & Learning: The Next Generation. Sessions will address information such as teaching and learning, technology, student services, ADA, soft skills, or other areas that support next generation learning in the college. All full-time and part-time KCTCS Faculty and Staff are encouraged to attend this valuable conference.
Even the best managers and team leads can find it very difficult to manage off-site employees, much less solve conflicts, effectively mentor and motivate them to be peak achievers. This webinar will provide secrets to getting staff to pull together and work as a team ... even when they hardly ever see one another. You’ll find new ways to keep the lines of communication flowing smoothly and how to let your employees know you support them and understand their challenges.
The agenda will cover:
The top 3 de-motivators for off-site employees and how to avoid them
How to develop a long-distance communication network to make sure vital information doesn’t slip through the cracks
Top mistakes made by relying too heavily on email for communication
Assessing employees’ needs when you don’t see them day to day
Developing effective reporting systems
Dos and don’ts of incentive programs for off-site employees
Losing an important employee can dramatically affect your productivity. From a loss of consistency to brain drain to the learning curve of training a new employee, it can be a difficult transition.
This webinar will give you the information you need to establish and implement a job rotation and cross-training program (or improve your existing one), meaning your entire staff is better trained. Not only does this protect you should you suddenly lose an important worker, but it also gives your staff a better understanding of their roles in the greater organization while providing consistency in the services you offer.
This webinar will help you:
Please join BCTC Human Resources Director, Jane Goatley to discuss best practices that front line staff employees can use to provide excellent customer service to our students and colleagues. Gather information and share ideas regarding the four “C”s of Customer Service: Communication, Courtesy, Collaboration, and Collegiality. In her thirty years of experience, Jane has observed and lead teams in providing excellent customer service. In the campus climate survey this past year, the Human Resources staff received exemplary marks in the area of customer service. Expect a lively discussion with information that you will want to share with others in your area!
The Essentials of Credibility, Confidence and Composure is a new webinar that addresses issues like lack of self-confidence, setbacks and disappointments, working with difficult people, and poor communication. With the help of this course, you’ll gain the skills and techniques you need to overcome these, and many other challenges.
The agenda will help you:
The role of the administrative professional has changed — it’s become a position of real leadership and critical responsibility. You need to accomplish everything on your plate — and you need to do it with confidence and authority! Are you ready to step up and become a true leader in your organization? Developing your management skills will make every aspect of your job easier.
Management skills come down to mastering three key elements — priorities, projects, and people. This webinar will help you get a handle on all three! You’ll learn how to motivate coworkers to make sure they turn things over to you on time and done right. You’ll discover how to identify your bosses’ priorities — and make sure yours and theirs mesh. And you’ll find out about fantastic methods of project planning that guarantee you know what’s going on.
Superior knowledge and experience doesn’t always translate into the ability to teach others. And though the role of trainer is one of the most important duties you fill as a manager, there’s a good chance you’ve never had any training in it. It’s perfectly normal — despite being a crucial part of your job, a manager’s role as teacher is often overlooked.
This webinar is jam-packed with proven strategies and expert techniques to help you train your staff better, improving their efficiency and making you a better overall manager.
You’ll learn how to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Go2Knowledge is a new online resource that grants all BCTC faculty and staff unlimited access to 100+ professional development trainings with the click of a button. Full-time and part-time employees may access trainings on the following topics, at any time, day or night:
After completing each training, you may print a personalized certificate. Access instructions are available under Professional Development & Training in ITES.
*Please note: Each training is 1 ½ hours and may be paused for up to 3 hours. If your session times out, you may receive credit by restarting it, fast forwarding to where you left off, and finishing your training.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 1:00pm-1:30pm. During each live show, real-time captioning is available.
You may submit questions and connect to each show through www.adalive.org.