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 Management Essentials Ongoing
Influential Leadership: Persuasion Techniques that Aren’t Pushy   August 28, 2015
Dealing with the Dreaded “C”: Conflict in the Workplace   September 14, 2015
Telephone Skills for Customer Service and Sales Professionals September 15, 2015
How to Build a Culture of Innovation September 28, 2015   X
Success Strategies for the Introverted Leader October 8, 2015
How to Give Effective Performance Feedback to Employees October 26, 2015   X
KY Convergence Conference
November 12-13, 2015
@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

September 2015 - May 2016 | Supervisory Management Essentials

This training addresses supervisory skills such as communication, coaching, change management, and organizational development. At this time, we are in the process of converting the modules used in 2013-14 to an online format and adding information related to business procedures and human resource requirements. Face to face sessions addressing these topics and others will be scheduled for supervisors during the 2015-16 year. All full-time supervisors at BCTC are encouraged to complete this training. Until then, you may review the PowerPoints used during 2013-14 by going to the PD Resources page.      

August 28, 2015 | Influential Leadership: Persuasion Techniques that Aren’t Pushy | Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm | Leestown, C136 | Free In-House Webinar

The power of persuasion is often thought of as a super power. Think about how much easier your job would be if you were able to convince your team members to support your decisions and follow your lead. This webinar will help you gain the knowledge and techniques to ensure employee buy-in, even from your toughest critic! With the full support of your staff behind you, you’ll increase productivity and your reputation as an effective leader will soar.

Objectives include:

  • Keys to Influential Leadership: How to communicate with others without being overbearing or intimidating
  • Learn how to effectively lead others to follow your decisions
  • Grow relationships and create a following: Learn how and why it’s critical to your success
  • Assertive communication techniques that will help you persuade even the toughest critic
  • WIIFT: Paint a clear picture and quickly gain buy-in and support
  • Circumstances when you should — and should not — flex your authority
  • Gain team support during tough and challenging times

Register Here                

September 14, 2015 | Dealing with the Dreaded “C”: Conflict in the Workplace | Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

Workplace conflicts are facts of life. Those who excel at working through disagreements and handling confrontations build stronger workplace relationships and get more done. That means few skills are as critical to your success as the ability to effectively work through conflict.

This webinar teaches you essential conflict-resolution skills. Whether you’re in a disagreement with the boss or having trouble working with a coworker, or if you find yourself stuck in the middle of someone else’s conflict ... this training offers proven techniques guaranteed to help you.     

Register Here

September 15, 2015 | Telephone Skills for Customer Service and Sales Professionals | Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

Attend this webinar to learn powerful phone techniques that will make your day easier. Develop a positive phone presence that’ll produce amazing results for you. Find out how to connect more quickly and easily with the person on the phone … handle objections and difficult people with greater success … and get the results you’re looking for.

A few things that will be covered include:

  • Essential words and phrases that make a caller feel welcomed — and give a great impression of your organization
  • Keep it simple: how to make your key points clearly and concisely
  • Words and phrases you absolutely want to avoid — and ones you can use instead
  • Critical guidelines for handling and disarming difficult people — whether they’re rude, angry, or upset
  • Simple phone etiquette tips — and why they matter so much
  • And more

Register Here            

September 28, 2015 | How to Build a Culture of Innovation | Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

Innovation is what keeps great companies moving forward. Sure, you need employees who stay focused, keep their heads down and work hard using your well-established systems. But are ideas free flowing? Does your team challenge the norm and invent better ways to do things? Are they comfortable suggesting changes or new products and services? Do you have incentives to reward them for keeping their eyes open to opportunities?

Learn how to create an environment where tired procedures get fixed ... where BIG ideas aren’t just welcomed — they’re celebrated.

Register Here

October 9, 2015 | Success Strategies for the Introverted Leader | Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

In a workplace filled with extroverts, it can be easy to overlook introverts, even those in leadership positions. So as an introvert, it’s your duty to speak up, make yourself known, and get your point of view taken into account, but that’s not always a comfortable thing to do.

Introverts are great leaders! Learn the best way to make your voice heard.

Register Here                  

October 26, 2015 | How to Give Effective Performance Feedback to Employees | Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

Your role as a supervisor is to get results through others. That means you must know how to help each and every one of your employees take their performance to the next level. And that requires great performance feedback skills. Learn how to open the lines of communication between yourself and your employees for fewer misunderstandings. Discover how to deliver helpful feedback without serious interruption to your day or your employees’. Most importantly, help your employees know exactly what your expectations are ... where they’re coming up short ... when they’re excelling ... and how to solve problems before they wander seriously off track.

Register Here               

November 12-13, 2015 | KY Convergence Conference | Western Kentucky University, Knicely Conference Center, Bowling Green

The Kentucky Convergence Conference, a premier event for higher education professionals across the state of Kentucky, will be hosted by Western Kentucky University at its Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green. This event brings together professionals in information technology, academic libraries, online learning, and instructional design from all the public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky. Sponsored by Kentucky post-secondary institutions and private sector partners, Kentucky Convergence is a conference that emphasizes innovations and best practices in the fastest-growing areas of higher education. The theme for this year’s conference is “High Performance in Higher Education.

Early-bird registration for the conference is now open at a special price of $125 through August 31.
Go here to register or learn more.

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