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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.

Opportunity (Click on link for more information)

Date

Offered
by Groups
at BCTC

Offered
at a
Low Cost

Nursing Division: Continuing Education Schedule Sept 2013-Mar 2014 X
Finance and Operations Training Calendar 2013/2014 Sept 2013-Mar 2014 X X
Supervisory Management Essentials Sept 2013-May 2014 X X
The Manager’s Role as Teacher and Trainer Mar 27, 2014   X
Softchalk: TextPoppers, Images and Hyperlinks Mar 27, 2014  
Softchalk: Navigation Features and Sidebars Mar 28, 2014  
Teaching & Learning Regional Institutes April 2014   X
How to Handle Emotionally Charged Situations in the Workplace Apr 14, 2014   X
Kentucky Ad Astra Summit April 22-23, 2014      
Your Health & Wellness: Caring for Your Skin May 2, 2014 X X
STEM Faculty Workshop: Genomic Approaches in BioSciences June 2-6, 2014 X X
STEM Faculty Workshop: Genomic Approaches in BioSciences June 9-13, 2014 X
CLEP Online Training Sessions Ongoing
X
Continuing Education and Professional Development Ongoing X X
Coursera Ongoing   X
EDUCAUSE LIVE! Ongoing  
Go2Knowledge Ongoing   X
ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses Ongoing X X
Friday Live! Ongoing   X
Innovative Educators Ongoing
X
National Seminars Training Ongoing
X
QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development Ongoing  
The Remote Advisor Ongoing X X

September 2013 - March 2014 | Nursing Division: Continuing Education Schedule | Dates & Location Vary | Free

Faculty in the Nursing Division may view a schedule of monthly continuing education opportunities offered within the division here.          

September 2013 - March 2014 | Finance & Operations Training Calendar | BCTC Finance & Operations | Free Training

Finance & Operations is offering in-house training for pro-card use, cash handling, payroll, and more! To see a complete list of available sessions, go here.

While registration is not required, please let the listed presenter know if you plan to attend so they can plan accordingly.      

September 2013 - May 2014 | Supervisory Management Essentials

This training addresses supervisory skills such as communication, coaching, change management, organizational development, and human resource requirements. All full-time supervisors at BCTC are encouraged to complete this 16 hour certification. Certification will be offered upon completion of all four modules: Module 1 and Module 2 will be offered in the fall semester, while Module 3 and Module 4 will occur in the spring semester. Each module will be offered on four different dates to accommodate different schedules. To view more information about each module, or to register for this training, go here and click on Register for Professional Development Courses.                         

March 27, 2014 | The Manager's Role as Teacher and Trainer, with Pamela Jett, National Seminars| 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Leestown, M128| FREE WEBINAR

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 one-hour 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:

  • Why training by managers is important
  • How to incorporate your training needs into the company’s overall training program
  • How to identify what type of training an employee needs — using Needs Assessments so that appropriate training is planned
  • Structuring your training for maximum effectiveness
  • How you can prepare yourself to be a great trainer even though you’ve never trained before
  • The role of mentoring in a training program
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of training
  • Understanding how different people learn and finding the best teaching method for each one
  • Color coding your appointments
  • Managing multiple calendars
  • Viewing calendars side-by-side                    

March 27, 2014 | Softchalk: TextPoppers, Images and Hyperlinks | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Online |Free Webinar

In this one-hour Short Course you will learn how to insert and modify pop up text annotations. You will also learn how to insert, optimize and modify images within a lesson page and within a TextPopper. You will also learn how to create and modify hyperlinks within a lesson page and within a text popper. You will see how easy it is to use the Media Search tool to look for and insert graphics.

To register, go here.                    

March 28, 2014 | Softchalk: Navigation Features and Sidebars | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Online |Free Webinar

In this one-hour Short Course you will learn how the navigation works within SoftChalk Create, including how to make a topic part of the navigation, how to change the appearance of the on-page navigation, create a table of contents and create new pages. You will also learn how to create a sidebar and place internal navigation within the sidebar.

To register, go here.                       

April 2014 | Teaching & Learning Regional Institutes | KCTCS Teaching & Learning Institute Planning Team | Free

Please join KCTCS (The Office for Professional Development and Innovation, Distance Learning and Professional Development) in April as they host regional Teaching & Learning with Technology Institutes! The Institute will be held at 3 locations across the state and will offer the same tracks and sessions to ensure consistent information is shared among all faculty and staff. During lunch you'll be able to participate in roundtable discussions and visit with partners and vendors of educational technology and products. Whether you teach online, on-campus, or a combination, you are sure to find sessions that will spark creative ideas for your courses.

The 6 Teaching and Learning tracks are:

  • Pedagogy - sessions on pedagogy include topics like Engaging Students, Learning Styles and modes of instruction
  • Assessments - these sessions will give you ideas and tools for improving course assessments and managing grading tools such as rubrics and online grade centers
  • Instructional Resources: Creating and Curating Content - sessions in this track include tools, technology and ideas to spice up your current course content
  • Best Practices: Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts - this track has a variety of topics to help you manage your courses, use engaging content and go further with web 2.0 and social tools
  • Next Level: these sessions give ideas on taking your course to the next level
  • Using external sources: Publisher and 3rd Party Tools

The event is free for all KCTCS faculty and staff, but you will need to get approval from your local college for travel reimbursement.

Register now as space is limited!

April 4 @ Henderson Registration closes March 26

April 11 @ Jefferson (Southwest Campus) Registration closes April 2

April 25 @ Ashland (Technology Campus) Registration closes April 16                         

April 14, 2014 | How to Handle Emotionally Charged Situations in the Workplace, with Pamela Jett, National Seminars | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Leestown, Conference Center, C136 | FREE WEBINAR

Few skills are more important to your career than your ability to stand strong and remain calm under pressure, stress, chaos, and conflict. This powerful hour of training is packed with essential “how-tos” to help you identify and disarm emotionally charged situations in the early stages — before tensions escalate out of control. The agenda for this webinar will address the following ideas:

  • The positive and negative effects of emotions in the workplace
  • Techniques for responding to an emotionally charged situation — even when your mind doesn’t want to
  • The 3 Cs of conflict communication
  • Savvy tips for getting through tense situations
  • How to resist the “hardball” tactics that shut down communication
  • How-tos for dealing with backstabbing, gossip, and resentment from others
  • Things to keep in mind when the heat’s on high: getting the real issues behind the emotions
  • Constructive confrontation for when the other guy is angry
  • How-tos for handling your emotions in every situation                 

April 22-23, 2014 | Kentucky Ad Astra Summit | Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Elizabethtown, KY

You are cordially invited to participate in the fourth annual Kentucky Ad Astra Summit, to be held at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College on April 22-23, 2014.

The Kentucky Ad Astra Summit will bring together higher education institutions in Kentucky and the surrounding area that utilize Astra Schedule or Platinum Analytics software, and offer an opportunity for you to see a showcase of solutions, initiate discussions, and share effective strategies to the many challenges facing campus administrators.

The Summit is designed to give participants the opportunity to:

  • Discuss the latest issues and topics involving Astra Schedule or Platinum Analytics
  • Learn how other institutions use Astra Schedule or Platinum Analytics
  • Develop professional relationships with colleagues at other institutions
  • Gain a broader perspective of scheduling and analytic software use in higher education

Registration is now open for the Summit. To register, and for more information, visit our website at: http://www.kctcs.edu/Faculty_and_Staff/Budget/Astra_Schedule_Summit. Registrations will be accepted until April 11th.

Presentation proposals that explore strategic applications of Astra Schedule or Platinum Analytics, and/or share ideas and best practices for effective use of this software are also being accepted. Proposals are being accepted for 60-minute concurrent sessions. The Call for Presentations and the submission form are also available on the website. Proposals will be accepted through March 14th.

You will also find on the website, contact information for the hotels in Elizabethtown, where we have reserved room blocks for Summit participants. You will need to call the hotels to make reservations, and ask for the group rate by referencing “Astra Kentucky Summit”. Rooms booked after the deadlines will be subject to current rates and availability.               

May 2, 2014 | Your Health & Wellness: Caring for Your Skin | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Leestown, A203

The Esthetics Department invites all BCTC faculty and staff to a Skin Care Expo, on May 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Visitors will receive a free skin care analysis, complementary arm treatments, and coupons for skin care treatments to be redeemed in the fall.

Win one of five prize drawings for a Chemical Exfoliation package, worth over $150.00!
(Prize drawings are transferrable.)

Record your participation as professional development for health and wellness!

Come learn more about skin care, your skin type, available treatments, and the wonderful work of the Esthetics Department!            

June 2 - 6, 2014 | STEM Faculty Workshop: Genomic Approaches in BioSciences | Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Newtown Campus, Lexington, KY

Collaborating with 12 community colleges and Bio-Link, the DNA Learning Center (DNALC) is offering a week-long Genomic Approaches in BioSciences workshop in Lexington, Kentucky. Workshop participants will explore cutting-edge science tools, hands-on laboratories, bioinformatic investigations, and careers. Participants will update their pedagogy while networking with biotech leaders and colleagues. Faculty from secondary education, 2-year colleges, and universities are invited to apply. The National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education’s Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) program is funding all instruction, workshop materials, meals/refreshments, and a stipend of $200. Further support for travel or other related expenses is not available.

The Genomic Approaches in BioSciences workshops will focus on four key technologies – PCR, DNA Sequencing, RNA interference, and Bioinformatics – that will prepare students for specialized life science elective courses, independent research projects, and biotechnology careers.

Genomic Approaches in BioSciences will integrate theoretical, laboratory, and computer technology with practical advice on classroom management and career exploration. Time will be included for independent work, lesson planning, and preparation for classroom projects. This workshop will be led by trained Bluegrass Community and Technical College Faculty and overseen by DNALC staff members and college faculty who collaborated in the development of the course modules.

For more information, please visit our website: www.dnalc.org

To apply, please go to: http://www.dnalc.org/educatorapps/ate.html                      

June 9 - 13, 2014 | STEM Faculty Workshop: Genomic Approaches in BioSciences | Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Newtown Campus, Lexington, KY

Collaborating with 12 community colleges and Bio-Link, the DNA Learning Center (DNALC) is offering a week-long Genomic Approaches in BioSciences workshop in Lexington, Kentucky. Workshop participants will explore cutting-edge science tools, hands-on laboratories, bioinformatic investigations, and careers. Participants will update their pedagogy while networking with biotech leaders and colleagues. Faculty from secondary education, 2-year colleges, and universities are invited to apply. The National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education’s Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) program is funding all instruction, workshop materials, meals/refreshments, and a stipend of $200. Further support for travel or other related expenses is not available.

The Genomic Approaches in BioSciences workshops will focus on four key technologies – PCR, DNA Sequencing, RNA interference, and Bioinformatics – that will prepare students for specialized life science elective courses, independent research projects, and biotechnology careers.

Genomic Approaches in BioSciences will integrate theoretical, laboratory, and computer technology with practical advice on classroom management and career exploration. Time will be included for independent work, lesson planning, and preparation for classroom projects. This workshop will be led by trained Bluegrass Community and Technical College Faculty and overseen by DNALC staff members and college faculty who collaborated in the development of the course modules.

For more information, please visit our website: www.dnalc.org

To apply, please go to: http://www.dnalc.org/educatorapps/ate.html                          

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.               

Ongoing | EDUCAUSE LIVE!

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 | Go2Knowledge Now Available 24/7!!!

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:

  • At-risk populations
  • Campus safety
  • Organizational development
  • Student success
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Technology

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.                

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 | 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.