Professional Development Institute at Illinois Central College continues

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Professional Development Institute at Illinois Central College will continue its “Inspiring Leadership” Certificate Program beginning Feb. 2.

To complete the certificate program, participants complete four foundational courses coupled with eight elective courses to allow participants to focus on the leadership areas that are important to them and their career goals. Once 12 workshops (48 hours of training) are completed, participants receive 4.8 continuing education units and will be awarded PDI’s Inspiring Leadership Certificate. Participants may begin the program at any time and have 18 months to complete the certificate after starting the program.

This comprehensive program is designed for new supervisors, managers, coordinators, or team leaders who have had little leadership experience or training as well as experienced supervisors, managers, or team leaders who want to solidify their understanding of leadership concepts. Promising employees who may someday be tapped for leadership roles or anyone who aspires to assume a leadership role in an organization will also benefit from the program.

Each four-hour workshop is $135 (unless otherwise noted). For complete information on the leadership certificate program as well as the schedule, visit www.icc.edu/pdi/business, or contact Dale Anderson at (309) 690-6913 or email dale.anderson@icc.edu.

February sessions include:

Thursday, February 2, 8 am – 12 noon – Writing for Results – Learn the industry standards for email etiquette, report writing, and business grammar, as well as how to develop a PowerPoint presentation to deliver effective messages. The session will cover characteristics of effective writing and the six basic rules for report writing as well as how to use graphic elements (like bar graphs, tables, and trend lines).

Thursday, February 14, 8 am – 12 noon – Resolving Conflict – Conflict erodes productivity and creates stress in the workplace. This workshop will help attendees understand “fair fighting” and develop guidelines for its use in conflict resolution. Techniques on remaining calm and helping to calm others will be addressed as well as how to apply key conflict resolution principles during stressful situations.

Thursday, February 21, 8 am – 12 noon -- 360° Feedback ($265, includes 360° Assessment) – This session uses the technique of receiving anonymous input for the people who work with you (from one’s boss to peers to staff). In this session, participants will use their 360° Feedback results to examine their own performance and how to use the information for improvement. The session will also explore beliefs and concerns about receiving feedback and provide guidelines for receiving feedback effectively. (Cost for this session is $265 which includes the 360° assessment.)

                Participants receive continuing education units (CEUs) and a certificate of completion. Satisfaction is guaranteed. For more information on programs or the Inspiring Leadership Certificate Program, contact Dale Anderson with the ICC Professional Development Institute at (309) 690-6913 or email dale.anderson@icc.edu.

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