Professional Development Seminars

Work Study Eligible (click on dates to register)

Good to Great Employees: The Critical First Year on the Job

Your long-term career success can depend upon how well you do during your first year in the work world. In this seminar you’ll discover the twelve steps to becoming a great employee by discussing real world work examples and how to apply their lessons to your world of work.  

January 28, 4:00 p.m. - Main 111

February 25, 9:40 a.m. - Main 111

March 4, 9:40 a.m. - Main 111

March 11, 7:30 p.m. - Main 111

Leader: Brenda Ranum

Communicating: The Key to Success at Work (And Everywhere Else)

Have you ever received a cryptic memo at work, an undecipherable email, an incomplete invitation, or an odd look as you tried to communicate an idea to a co-worker? In this session we will review examples of effective and ineffective workplace communication. We will discover communication rules for success at work (and everywhere else).

January 21, 4:00 p.m. - Main 111

February 18, 7:30 p.m. - Main 111

March 18, 7:30 p.m. - Main 111

April 15, 9:40 a.m. - Main 111

Leader: Brenda Ranum

Less Is More: Getting (Important) Things Done in the Age of Information Overload

One of the keys to being successful in work and life is the ability to define your most important tasks and then managing your time to get them done. This is extra challenging in an age of information overload and other distractions. This session will give you specific strategies for organizing your time so that you can prioritize and focus on what really matters.  

January 28, 4:00 p.m. - Valders 206

February 18, 9:40 a.m. - Valders 206

March 11, 7:30 p.m. - Valders 206

Leader: Tabita Green

How to Plan and Promote an Event

It is not uncommon for organizations to ask new employees to plan events. This seminar will take you through the basic steps of planning, promoting, and executing a meaningful and well-attended public event. Whether organizing a one-time lecture or a multi-day conference, having a timeline, checklist of tasks, marketing plan, and knowledge of protocol will ensure its success.

January 28, 7:30 p.m. - Valders 206

March 18, 9:40 a.m. - Valders 206

April 8, 9:40 a.m. - Valders 206

Leader:  Karen Martin-Schramm


Eligible for Some Work-Study Jobs (click on dates to register)

Microsoft Excel Basics Workshop

Microsoft Excel is a versatile and powerful tool used in many businesses. Learn some basic Excel skills to increase your productivity at work. Then learn where to find additional resources to continue building your skills. Skills covered include: Excel ribbon, workbook and worksheet essentials, absolute/relative references, filling cells, formulas, sorting and subtotals, mail merge, and charts and graphs.

January 21, 4:00 p.m. - Main 113

February 11, 9:40 a.m. - Main 113

February 25, 9:40 a.m. - Main 113

March 11, 9:40 a.m. - Main 113

Leader: Jean Ryan

Microsoft Publisher Basics Workshop

Need to create simple print publications such as fliers, posters, tri-fold brochures, and invitations? Interested going beyond Microsoft Word capabilities, but not as advanced as Photoshop or InDesign? Learn tips and tricks for using Microsoft Publisher to quickly create print publications for personal and professional use. Also learn tips for changing the size of various projects and how to make sure the printed result looks as stunning as what you see on your screen.

January 28, 7:30 p.m. - Olin 201

February 18, 9:40 a.m. - Olin 201

March 18, 7:30 p.m. - Olin 201

April 29, 9:40 a.m. - Olin 201

Leader: Erin Zidlicky

Basic Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Keep your computer healthy and it’ll never have to be in someone else’s hands. Learn the basic skills necessary to solve nearly every computer problem you might encounter. Includes hands-on experience with both software and hardware troubleshooting.

January 21, 7:30 p.m. - Hovde Lounge, Preus Library

February 11, 9:40 a.m. - Hovde Lounge, Preus Library

March 18, 9:40 a.m. - Hovde Lounge, Preus Library

April 8, 9:40 a.m. - Hovde Lounge, Preus Library

Leader: Matt Hughes

Power Searching Workshop: Finding Better Information Faster in the Digital Age

When it comes to research it’s easy to use Google and come up with thousands, even millions of hits. But in that avalanche of information how do you find the right information in terms of focus, depth, and credibility? Learn basic principles of research from the professional librarians at Preus who will share their secret tips and tricks for getting the most out of Google and other platforms. You’ll walk away with tools you can use for evaluating the credibility of information, along with simple shortcuts and powerful search tricks to find exactly what you’re looking for. Note: please come with an internet capable device and some research questions to use to follow along with our examples.

January 21, 4:00 p.m. - Hovde Lounge, Preus Library

February 25, 7:30 p.m. - Hovde Lounge, Preus Library

March 4, 7:30 p.m. - Hovde Lounge, Preus Library

April 1, 9:40 a.m. - Hovde Lounge, Preus Library

Leaders: Jennifer Rian and Lindy Moeller