Professional Development


Our fall professional development opportunities will be updated soon.


Certification Preparation and Relicensure

Serving Safe Food

Serving Safe Food - Exam proctoring options

Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Court Reporters Spring 2014 Workshop

Business and Management

Management/Leadership Skill-Builders

Professional Image & Success at Work

Organization & Time Management

Stress Management

Language and Communication

Conversational Spanish

Sign Language for Beginners

Upgrade Your Skills

Get LinkedIn!

Creating Content for Social Media

Photography and Technology

Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Photoshop Basics

Getting to the Apple Core

Get to Know Your iPad: Navigation Basics

Got Apps, Music, and Games?

...and for those on the GO!

Online Classes (available all year)

Food Service & Hospitality

Serving Safe Food (Class & Exam)

One Day Certification Course Do you know how to reduce critical risk factors for food-borne illness in your food service establishment? With ServSafe training you can bring back to work the knowledge you and your employees need to serve safe food to your customers! Participants passing with a grade of 75% or higher receive ServSafe Food Safety Certification from the NRAEF. Certification is valid for 5 years. (.85 CEU)

Benefits of taking ServSafe training with us:

  • One-day training with a certified instructor.
  • Class concludes with the administration of the online certification exam.
  • Pass/fail results are available immediately.
  • Textbook and exam materials are included.

*Register by the specified dates below to ensure that:

  • there will be no additional delivery chargers for materials;
  • we can confirm enrollment is sufficient to hold the class;
  • we can order your course materials in a timely manner;
  • you will have adequate time to study ahead of class.

Date: Monday, Sept 8
Time: 9 AM – 6:30 PM
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education
Instructor: Sue Bailey
Fee: $189 (includes textbook and exam); after Aug 25 - $229 (includes expedited shipping charges)**

**Registrations received after Aug 25 will incur an additional charge of $40 for expedited shipping and delivery of materials. After Friday, Aug 29, additional overnight delivery charges will apply). No refunds will be made for cancellations after Aug 29, but you may send a substitute.

Please note: We cannot guarantee a passing score; however, evidence shows that studying ahead of class improves chances of successful completion of the exam.

Multilingual textbooks and test materials are available. Please call Sue Bailey for information: 229-245-6484.

Exam Only Option for this session:

If you need to take the exam and not the class, you may join group at 4 PM. Please be on time. You must register following the same date structure as the course in order to guarantee your seat.

Time: Testing will begin promptly at 4:30 pm; you must be in your seat by 4 pm.  No one will be admitted to the exam only session after 4:15 PM.

Fee: $75 (Fee is a proctoring fee only and does not include textbook and test materials.)

Participants in the exam-only option are responsible for purchasing their textbook and exam voucher. See ServSafe Exam-Only Options below for complete information.

ServSafe Exam-Only Options 

Computer-Based Online Exam

For individuals seeking a proctor only:         

  • who have completed the ServSafe food safety online course,

  • are retaking the ServSafe exam,

  • or are non-English speakers doing self-study in their preferred language.

Exam-only sessions are held on the second Tuesday of the month in the Continuing Education Annex Computer Lab. See the table below for exact dates and times.

  • Exams are online but must be taken onsite with a proctor.

  • The online tests are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

  • Unofficial Pass/Fail results are available immediately upon completion of the exam.

  • Registrants are responsible for purchasing their textbook, or online course, and exam voucher from the ServSafe website: www.servsafe.com.

  • Order your materials at least two weeks in advance of a test session to ensure they are available for the test date.

  • There is no class time included in exam only sessions. Participants are responsible for self study.

  • A minimum of two weeks study time prior to taking the exam is recommended.

DATES

START TIMES

September 8
4:30 PM
October 14
9 AM
 
November 11
9 AM
 
December 9
9 AM
 

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education
Instructor: Sue Bailey
Fee: Exam Only Registration Fee - $75 - Fee does not include textbook or exam voucher.
Registration and payment must be received by Thursday at 4PM the week before the Exam Only session to guarantee your seat.

*Please note: Exam-Only session for September is Monday, Sept 8 at 4:30 PM. You must register for this exam-only session by 4 PM Thursday, Sept 4.
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Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)

Attention, attorneys! Did you know that you can earn your CLE credits without leaving Valdosta? The Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia offers live webcasts on Fridays during which the participants may call in with questions. Replays of the webcasts are generally available the following Thursdays. Programs are scheduled from November through March, with a program for new attorneys in the spring.  

Walk-in Registrations Welcome

2013 - 2014 Statewide Satellite Downlink Schedule

Date

Day

Title

Presentation

10/17

Tu

Beginning Lawyers

Rebroadcast

11/1

F

Real Property Foreclosure Law

Live

11/7

Th

Real Property Foreclosure Law

Rebroadcast

11/8

F

Trial Advocacy

Live

11/14

Th

Trial Advocacy

Rebroadcast

11/15

F

Recent Developments

Live

11/21

Th

Recent Developments

Rebroadcast

11/22

F

Nuts & Bolts Family Law

Live

12/5

Th

Nuts & Bolts Family Law

Rebroadcast

12/6

F

Professionalism, Ethics & Malpractice

Live

12/12

Th

Professionalism, Ethics & Malpractice

Rebroadcast

1/17

F

Jury Trial

Live

1/23

Th

Jury Trial

Rebroadcast

1/24

F

Advanced Cross-Examination

Live

1/30

Th

Recent Developments

Rebroadcast

1/31

F

Defense of a Personal Injury Case

Live

2/6

Th

Defense of a Personal Injury Case

Rebroadcast

2/7

F

Residential Real Estate

Live

2/13

Th

Residential Real Estate

Rebroadcast

2/21

F

Elder Law

Live

2/27

Th

Elder Law

Rebroadcast

2/28

F

Plaintiff's Personal Injury

Live

3/6

Th

Plaintiff's Personal Injury

Rebroadcast

3/7

F

Professionalism & Ethics Update

Live

3/13

Th

Professionalism & Ethics Update

Rebroadcast

3/14

F

Trial and Error

Live

3/20

Th

Trial and Error

Rebroadcast

3/21

F

Jury Trial

Rebroadcast

3/25

Tu

Beginning Lawyers

Rebroadcast

3/27

Th

TBA

Rebroadcast

3/28

F

Advanced Cross-Examination

Rebroadcast

 

Dates: Note schedule above (subject to change)
Time: Check in 8:30 AM, Broadcast welcome 8:55, Various ending times
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education
Instructors: ICLE
Fee: Varies, go to www.iclega.org for more information

Check the ICLE web site at www.iclega.org, or call 1-800-422-0893 for a complete schedule of programs and registration information

Business & Management

Organization & Time Management*

Are you in control of the vicious cycle of time, pressure, and stress or does it control you? Learn to take back control to make the most effective use of your time, energy, and skills. Discover time management tools that are best suited to YOUR personality and job. Find out how to empower others by using the key principles of time management and gain techniques to actively manage interruptions. Topics include:

  • Shaping your work day and setting priorities
  • Eliminating clutter one pile at a time
  • Creating a system for files on your desk and computer
  • Manage mail, email, and voicemail overload
  • Identify time wasters
  • Prioritize work, handle interruptions, say no, and reduce procrastination

Develop your complete system of organization and start applying them immediately to every aspect of your personal and professional life. (.4 CEU)

*VSU Employees must register through the Employee & Organizational Development website for this workshop.

Wed      Oct 22      1:30 - 5:30 PM      $69 (After Oct 8, $85)

Location: University Center Rose Room

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Professional Image & Success at Work*

Do you want to feel more confident at work and social gatherings? Do you find tha tyour ideas just don't seem to be heard? Explore specific strategies that will help you present a confident, capable, and professional image. Gain the respect and recognition you desire from customers, peers, and bosses. This interactive workshop includes a confidential, personal assessment of your current image and interpersonal style. Discover how your image influences your performance and the way others respond to you. Learn effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques you can apply immediately, business etiquette tips to help you feel more confident, and methods on how to add power to the spoken word. (.4 CEU)

*VSU Employees must register through the Employee & Organizational Development website for this workshop.

Mon      Nov 17      1 - 5 PM      $69 (After Nov 3, $85)

Location: University Center Rose Room

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Stress Management*

Stress is a basic element of daily life at work, at home, and even at play. Excessive amounts of stress can produce negative consequences: feelings of anxiety, frustration, fatigue, and may lead to physical illness. Through hands-on exercises, learn positive coping skills, gain strategies to build resilience against stress, and learn how to control internal stress in all situations.Topics include:

  • Identifying your stressors
  • Choosing effective coping techniques
  • Practicing internal stress control
  • Creating a workable stress management plan

These practical skills and strategies can be put to use immediately to put you back in control of your work and life in general and get you on the "Wellness Path." (.3 CEU)

*VSU Employees must register through the Employee & Organizational Development website for this workshop.

Fri      Nov 21      9 AM - 12 Noon      $59 (After Nov 7 - $75)

Location: University Center Rose Room

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Court Reporters Fall 2014 Workshop          

Court reporters must keep up-to-date with the knowledge, skills, and tools of court reporting to maintain excellence in the court reporting profession. This workshop provides opportunities for individual growth and development, interaction, and exchange of ideas as you learn new approaches to work responsibilities, functions, and relationships in the profession. Topics are TBA. (.5 CEU)

Please note: ICJE and NCRA approval pending for .5 CEUs.

Sign-in and refreshments begin at 8:15 AM. The first presentation begins at 8:45 AM.

Sat      Oct 18      8:45 AM - 3 PM      $109 (After Oct 10 - $125)

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Language & Communication

Conversational Spanish

Spanish is spoken by more than 35 million people in the United States and is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. If you are planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking region for business or pleasure, or just want to communicate better with Spanish-speaking friends, colleagues, or family members, this class is a perfect introduction or refresher. Learn the basics in a practical and enjoyable way with an experienced, fluent instructor! Practice common, useful phrases and vocabulary, correct pronunciation, and basic sentence structure you need to understand and use the Spanish language. No textbook required. Handouts will be provided. (1.2 CEUs)

Meet Your Instructor...Marcela Paredes is originally from Quito, Ecuador and came to the US as a high school exchange student. She graduated from Irwin County High School and continued her studies as a business major at ABAC in Tifton and Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Education and Spanish and her Master in Education from VSU. She currently teaches Spanish at both Valdosta Middle and J.L. Newbern Middle Schools.

6 Thurs      Sept 30 - Nov 4      6 - 8 PM      $99 (After Sept 23, $115)

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Sign Language for Beginners

Open the doors of communication and explore basic conversational sign language, the language used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. You will be introduced to Deaf culture while you learn finger spelling, basic signs, common phrases, and grasp general concepts and structure of American Sign Language (ASL). Build basic conversational skills in a fun and welcoming environment. No textbook required. (1.0 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...TJ Gray is a senior in ASL/English Interpreting at VSU. TJ plans to pursue graduate studies in ASL and interpreting. He has done theatrical interpretation for Cook County Council for the Arts and Peach State Summer Theatre.

5 Thurs      Oct 7 - Nov 4      6 - 8 PM      $89 (After Sept 30 - $105)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Upgrade Your Skills

Get LinkedIn!

LinkedIn has grown beyond just a job search resource. Find out how to use LinkedIn more effectively to grow yourself professionally. Start with the basics: add your resume and highlight career accomplishments. Now take LinkedIn further to connect with colleagues, join professional interest groups, get answers to questions, and make future career and business connections. You’ll also learn what common mistakes to avoid to keep your profile complete, honest, and professional.

Meet Your Instructor...Brittany Smith holds a Bachelor of Business Management degree and works in VSU’s Student Success Center. She is pursuing her Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with research interests in statistics and career development. In addition to staying connected with social media, Brittany enjoys reading science fiction, cooking, and travel.
(.15 CEU)

Note: Please have your account set up prior to the workshop.

Tues      Sept 23      6 - 7:30 PM      $19 (After Sept 16 - $29)

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Creating Content for Social Media

Stand out from your competitors by helping your customers see through the vast amounts of information in front of them right to the good stuff - they answers they are looking for! Discover how to select, organize, and present the information your audience wants using content curation tools like ScoopIt and Storify and pull people toward your company or organization. You will also gain tips on writing original content. (.2 CEU)

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Meet Your Instructor...Karen Morris teaches English at VSU and is a former music business professional. Karen sorted through thousands of submitted songs for commercial material to deliver to artists and producers while in her ten year stint in the country music business for Country Gold Records. Using that knowledge, Karen currently teaches freshmen students how to create multimedia materials using free web 2.0 materials. (.4 CEU)

2 Mon      Sept 29 - Oct 6      6 - 8 PM      $55 (After Sept 22 - $70)

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Photography & Technology

Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Interested in learning basic skills to operate your digital SLR camera and take better photos? Explore auto settings, exposure control, how to choose ISO settings, and gain an understanding of color temperature, white balance, image noise reduction, and more. You will have lots of practice taking pictures using your new skills. A prosumer SLR digital camera with interchangeable lenses is recommended; an advanced digital camera with a zoom lens and aperture and shutter priorities is acceptable. Please bring your camera to class. (1.0 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Paul Leavy earned his B.S. in journalism in 1985 from the University of Florida. Paul became university photographer for VSU in August 2012 after more than 25 years as Valdosta Daily Times staff photographer and has won many photography awards including the coveted Photo of the Year from the Georgia Associated Press (.6 CEU)

5 Tues      Sept 30 - Nov 4 (No class Oct 21)      6 - 8 PM      $139 (After Sept 23 - $155)
 
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Photo Editing Basics

Learn the basics of image editing with Adobe Photoshop and build skills that will help you go further with the application. Practice using core tools, working with images and selections, resizing, creating and modifying layers, adjusting and retouching images, and more. (.45 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Roberto Leal is part of VSU's Media Services team. He teaches workshops and classes for students and staff in many Adobe prorams including Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, and Illustrator.

3 Thurs      Oct 2 - 16      6 - 7:30 PM      $59 (After Sept 25 - $69)

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education