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 last year by going to the PD Resources page.
Do you want to prevent employee injuries and deaths as well as avoid heavy OSHA fines? Do you know if your company is at risk?
Electrical safety is essential for ALL businesses but there are many companies that do not know all of the facts about keeping their workers safe. Your company may be at risk for employee injury & death as well as fines associated with non-compliance. Join us for a FREE, one-hour webinar regarding arc flash compliance. This webinar is geared towards all businesses regardless of industry and will focus on best practices that companies should adopt to keep employees safe while maintaining full electrical safety compliance.
In addition, the webinar will include:
The call for proposals for the Kentucky Convergence Conference, to be held at the University of Louisville – Shelby Campus, on November 13-14, 2014, is now open. This conference brings together professionals in information technology, online learning, and academic libraries from the public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky to focus on innovations in instructional technology, best practices for higher education technology support, current issues for academic librarianship, shared concerns for Kentucky institutions, and advances in online learning and instructional design.
Conference proposals are due Monday, August 29, 2014.
To learn more about submitting a proposal, view the call for proposals.
To learn more about the conference, view the press release.
Stay tuned for more information!
Fall protection has long been an area of concern for safety professionals. OSHA recently reported that fall protection violations were the most commonly cited infractions in the American workplace—in fact, three of the top ten most cited standards are related to falls. As a result, more and more safety professionals are focusing on fall prevention rather than fall protection. Prevention through design, combined with new trainings, is helping organizations save time, money, and most importantly, lives. It is time for this movement to translate to the ladder industry. Every day nearly 2,000 people are injured while using a ladder, and as many as 100 of them will suffer a long-term disability. And today, one person will die in a ladder-related accident.
Fall-related accidents while on a worksite account for one of the largest expenses to organizations. Reducing the number of ladder-related injuries is becoming top priority for the nation’s foremost companies. In this presentation, Dave Francis, National Safety Director of Little Giant Ladder Systems, will use case studies, real-life examples and the latest practical training techniques and equipment solutions to help you prevent injuries and save lives in your area of responsibility.
Upon completing this education session, the participant should be able to:
The Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board is pleased to announce Jerry Bridge as the 2014 Workforce Summit special trainer!
Based on feedback from last year's Workforce Summit, the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board has selected a trainer who will prepare employers to better motivate staff, increase productivity, and handle stress. Jerry Bridge, Founder and President of LifeWorks Education, is a trainer, coach, and motivational speaker with over 25 years of experience! Jerry has worked with tens of thousands of executives, business managers, and administrative staff on a variety of issues, including: stress and time management, customer service and communication and productivity. Jerry is a leader and innovator in the field of transformational education.
If you are responsible for staff morale, business productivity, or just want to learn how to empower your staff, then you will not want to miss this year's Workforce Summit!
For more information, go here.
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.
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This course is for administrators, disability services professionals, and instructors who want to learn how to make classrooms and online materials accessible through captioning.
The course will examine types of captions, standards for captions, captioning methods and softwares, as well as laws related to captioning and accessibility. We will discuss the pros and cons of outsourcing compared to captioning in-house. Participants will gain knowledge about the captioning process as well as be able to choose an appropriate option for their institution.
The anticipated time commitment for this six-week course is a minimum of 5 hours per week.
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This webinar will give you the proven strategies used by expert managers to help overworked employees meet their goals and reduce their stress at the same time. Overworked or unhappy employees tend to be inefficient. But it’s your job as a manager to nurture and guide them, to help them deal with the stress and stay on track.
Attend this webinar to learn how to keep your employees happy and productive using strategies like:
Organizations are moving more quickly from attraction to application of Bridges constructs. Innovators now tell stories using this pattern: what we used to do, what insights we had, what we do now. As a result, individuals in poverty and organizations benefit from the changes that are made in procedures, programs, and policies. This workshop is about how Bridges initiatives can move from an isolated impact to a collective impact in their community. Phil DeVol will offer 12 Thinking Tools that can help Bridges sites become learning communities that will participate in the growth of the Bridges movement.
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A misunderstanding of cultures and generations at work can lead to decreased productivity and an unhappy work environment for everyone involved. Taking the time to understand where other employees are coming from can make a positive difference in a multicultural and age-diverse team.
This webinar will help you be an effective manager to all your employees, regardless of age and background. You’ll learn how to get your team to work together, how to create an inclusive environment, and explore the benefits of leading a diverse team.
One communication blunder can trash your reputation for people don’t simply forgive and forget when we say the wrong thing. Think about it. Communication sets the stage for how you get work done through others ... how you get what you need ... how you forge relationships that will propel you forward. Without solid communication skills none of those things are possible. Instead, you face conflict ... stress ... misunderstandings and frustration (just to name a few). With so many opportunities riding on what you say, you simply must have solid, effective communication skills. Get the secrets you need to be a powerful, confident communicator for when it matters most to you and your career.
Attend this webinar to learn techniques like:
If you’re in management, you’ve probably heard every excuse in the book at this point — from a lack of clarity on your part to someone else dropped the ball to the dog ate my project. Some employees simply refuse to stand up and take accountability for their failures.
How you handle employee excuses can make a big difference in how your organization operates. If you let employees pass the buck and shift blame elsewhere, you risk creating a culture that doesn’t value personal responsibility. On the other hand, sometimes circumstances are out of a person’s control. It’s your job as a manager to know the difference. Behind the excuses — learn to hear what’s really being said. This one-hour program was specifically designed for you, to help you get beyond the constant excuses and get to the real root of the problem. With the skills you learn here, you’ll be able to:
Some projects are either so big or so complicated that they require a project team for goal setting and planning, but this can lead to trouble. When lots of people are involved in a project, it can become paralyzed by its size. That is, with so many different people involved with different ideas and priorities, it can be difficult to agree on goals, much less the best way to accomplish them.
This webinar teaches you how to create goals that challenge you — and how to break those goals into manageable steps. It is designed to help your team plan projects more efficiently, leading to greater buy-in and better results, every time. Learn how to realistically estimate time frames and minimize distractions to make sure you stay on track using techniques like:
You are the hub of the office — the front line of defense. The first person most people come into contact with and the real face of the company. You are vital, and the impression you make absolutely matters!
And you’re also really, really busy. You have to handle a high volume of callers, discovering what — and who — they need, all while juggling the requests of walk-ins, helping internal office staff, completing daily paperwork, and, lets face it, sometimes even trying to find the answers to questions that are just frankly bizarre. When you spend most of your day on the phone, balancing it all can be a real challenge!
So how do you make sure you always come across as friendly, professional, and helpful on the phone — even when you’re doing a million things and the world around you is begging for your attention?
This webinar shows you how to get to the root of why a caller’s calling the first time — so that you can eliminate the frustration of misdirected callers! You’ll be able to quickly and easily disarm difficult or annoyed people early on, so that you can actually help resolve their issues, getting them the information or person they need faster. And you’ll just have more pleasant telephone interactions — reducing your stress and improving the reputation of your organization at the same time.
Let’s face it, working with people from multiple departments and different functional areas can have unique challenges! Sometimes the people are great — but you still have to juggle conflicting priorities. Maybe you have to try to decipher the acronym-driven lingo of someone in another area. There’s even the very real risk of stepping into an interdepartmental ’turf war’! But in today’s results-driven world, it’s vitally important that everybody in the company be on the same page — and working together!
It’s no secret: if you want to be successful, you have to find ways to work effectively with people throughout your organization. That means eliminating distractions caused by people placing blame; fighting for control; or following one-sided agendas; and replacing them with communication, enthusiasm, and cooperation.
Get the most from diverse teams! Learn how to break down communication barriers that exist between people from different departments — whether they’re physical, mental, or verbal. Discover how to create an environment where everybody feels comfortable contributing — and people actually listen. Gain tips to resolve past differences between individuals and departments! Because when people from different departments work together successfully, you can finally get things done!
Customer service reps are on the frontlines, communicating directly with customers every day, and they are increasingly thrust into negotiations with difficult and demanding customers without any formal negotiation training. In this webinar, customer service representatives will get the tools and techniques they need to handle unreasonable customer demands and negotiate an outcome with which everyone is satisfied. Customer service representatives will learn how to handle difficult customers, negotiate seemingly unreasonable demands, and find solutions so customer — and company — leave happy.
No one ever said management was easy. One of the toughest things a manager must do is clearly communicate goals and keep employees on track. Even when you feel like you’ve explained everything and you think that everyone is crystal clear about their roles and expectations, someone is bound to get derailed. Underperforming employees can be the most frustrating thing you have to deal with as a manager, and despite your best efforts, sometimes they just don’t seem to “get it.” On the flip side, no one likes being in a position where they don’t understand their roles or where they feel unappreciated. Most problems arise not because employees are intentionally sabotaging your project, but due to a communication breakdown.
So what do you do? In this webinar, you’ll learn techniques for clearly communicating expectations, as well as how to effectively follow up. By staying on top of the situation, you’ll ensure that goals are met, while heading off problems before they arise.
Communicating effectively with employees is one of the toughest jobs you face as a leader. If they don’t “get” what you need, they can’t give you what you want. Get super-effective techniques for becoming a more motivating, persuasive communicator. Learn secrets to having constructive “tough” conversations with employees. There are only a handful of leadership “musts” so critical that they can make or break your career: Communication skills rank top on the list of must-have skills for leaders!
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.
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.
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.