Professional Development


Business & Professional Development Opportunities for Spring 2015


Certification Preparation and Relicensure

Preparation for PHR/SPHR Certification

Food Safety Manager Certification

ServSafe - Exam proctoring options

Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Court Reporters Fall 2015 Workshop

Certificate Programs

Administrative Assistant I & II Certificate

Creative Writing Certificate

Digital Photography Certificate

Grant Writing Certificate

Internet & Social Media Marketing Certificate

Business and Management

Management/Leadership Skill-Builder Workshops

Leading a Diverse Workforce

Guiding Your Staff Through Change

Building a Team & Motivating Your Workforce

For Entrepreneurs

Import Export Now! (Online)

Exporting Food as a Small Business (Online)

Language and Communication

Getting Paid to Talk: An Introduction to Voice Overs

Conversational Spanish

Sign Language for Beginners

Spanish for Medical Professionals II (Online) - NEW!

Upgrade Your Skills

Graphic Design for Non-Designers

Writing for Publication

Photography and Technology

Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Photoshop Basics

Digital Photography Certificate Program

...and for those on the GO!

Online Classes (available all year)

Certification Preparation & Relicensure

Preparation for PHR/SPHR Certification

Human Resources is highly competitive and ever-changing and professional development is critical. Earning your certification helps keep you up-to-date, demonstrates your commitment to the HR profession, and can set you apart as an expert in the HR field. This course uses the Human Resources Certification Preparation (HRCP) program training materials and prepares you to take the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) exam for a PHR or SPHR credential. (2.4 CEUs)

12 Thurs      March 26 - June 11      6 - 8 PM        $350 (training materials not included**) ($375 after March 23)

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**Participants are responsible for purchasing training materials from HRCP, L.C. VSU Continuing Education students will receive a discount on materials. Please contact Sue Bailey or call 229-245-6484 for information and discount code BEFORE making your materials purchase.

Food Safety Manager Certification (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 charges 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.

Mon      June 29      9 AM – 6:30 PM         $189 (includes textbook and exam); $229 after June 15 (includes expedited shipping charges**)
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education
Instructor: Sue Bailey

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**For registrations received after Monday, June 22, additional overnight delivery charges may apply. No refunds will be made for cancellations after June 22, 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.

  • You must bring your online exam voucher* and your ServSafe.com user name and password in order to access the online exam.
  • 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.* (You must create an account at ServSafe.com to purchase textbook and online exam voucher and to take the exam.)

  • 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

EXAM ONLY:

Register by 4 PM on:

June 9
9 AM 
June 4
June 29
4:30 PM
June 25
July 14
4:30 PM
July 9
August 11
9 AM
August 6

Exam Only Registration Fee - $75

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education 
Instructor: Sue Bailey

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Court Reporters Fall 2015 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: Application is made for ICJE and NCRA approval for this workshop.

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

Sat     TBA

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education 

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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

2014 - 2015 Statewide Satellite Downlink Schedule

Complete Schedule will be available in early October. Click here for more information.

October 16, 2014

Beginning Lawyers Program

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

October 31, 2014

Trial Advocacy (6 CLE)

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

November 6, 2014

Trial Advocacy (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

November 7, 2014

Real Property Foreclosure Law (6 CLE)

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

November 13, 2014

Real Property Foreclosure Law (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

November 14, 2014

Recent Developments (6 CLE)

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

November 20, 2014

Recent Developments (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

November 21, 2014

Basic Adoption Law (6 CLE)

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

December 4, 2014

Basic Adoption Law (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

December 5, 2014

Professionalism, Ethics and Malpractice (3 CLE)

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

December 11, 2014

Professionalism, Ethics and Malpractice (3 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

January 16, 2015

Jury Trial (6 CLE)

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

January 22, 2015

Jury Trial (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

January 23, 2015

Family Immigration (6 CLE)

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

January 29, 2015

Family Immigration (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

January 30, 2015

Internet Legal Research (6 CLE)

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

February 5, 2015

Internet Legal Research (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

February 6, 2015

Residential Real Estate (6 CLE)

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

February 12, 2015

Residential Real Estate (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

February 20, 2015

Elder Law (6 CLE)

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

February 26, 2015

Elder Law (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

February 27, 2015

Plaintiff's Personal Injury (6 CLE)

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

March 5, 2015

Plaintiff's Personal Injury (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

March 6, 2015

Professionalism and Ethics Update (3 CLE)

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

March 12, 2015

Professionalism and Ethics Update (3 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

March 13, 2015

Trial and Error (6 CLE

Live Statewide Satellite Broadcast

March 19, 2015

Trial and Error (6 CLE

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

March 20, 2015

Jury Trial (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

March 24, 2015

Beginning Lawyers Program 

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

March 27, 2015

Recent Developments (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

March 30, 2015

Internet Legal Research (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite Rebroadcast

March 31, 2015

Trial Advocacy (6 CLE)

Statewide Satellite 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

Import Export Now!

Discover what it takes to be self-employed in import or export (or both) of goods or services in this hands-on course delivered over the internet. Learn how to develop your product or service, find the best suppliers and customers, work with banks, currency issues, insurance companies, government agencies and other trade entities. Live online sessions scheduled on Wednesdays. (1.8 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...John Spiers has been trading internationally since 1984. The required textbook, How Small business Trades Worldwide, is available at online bookstores, new or used, for under $26. The Kindle version is available for under $10. ISBN 978-0-9795515-0-5

ONLINE     Oct 7 - Dec 2     Wed/9 Online meetings: 9 - 11 pm Eastern; 8 - 10 pm Centra; 7 - 9 pm Mountain; 6 - 8 pm Pacific 

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Exporting Food as a Small Business

What if you could find untapped markets overseas for a small food or beverage business that was just as profitable but no more difficult than a domestic sale? No business is too small to export! In this hands-on course, you'll develop the FOB MOQ US$ expert offer (don't worry, we'll explain), turn it into a webpage, and then actively market to buyers overseas who are ready, willing, and able to buy, without wasting time and money on trade lead and "market intelligence" services. (.8 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...John Spiers has been trading internationally since 1984.

ONLINE   Oct 6 - Oct 27     Tues/4 Online meetings: 9 - 11 pm Eastern; 8 - 10 pm Centra; 7 - 9 pm Mountain; 6 - 8 pm Pacific

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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.

Dates/times TBA

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...Jennifer Beal-Alvarez is an assistant professor in VSU's Department of Middle Grades, Secondary, Reading, and Deaf Education.

Dates/times TBA

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Getting Paid to Talk - An Introduction to Voice Overs

Have you ever been told that you have a great voice? In this exciting class, you’ll explore numerous aspects of voice over work for television, film, radio, audio books, documentaries and the Internet in your area. Discover all the basics, including how to prepare the all-important demo and how to be successful and earn great income in this exciting field. Ask questions and hear examples of demos recorded by professional voice actors. You’ll even have the chance to practice recording a commercial script under the direction of our Voicecoaches.com producer! This class is informative, lots of fun, and a great first step for anyone interested in voice acting professionally. (.25 CEU)

For more detailed information about class content, answers to common questions, and general information about the voice acting field, visit http://www.voicecoaches.com/gptt

Register early! Minimum enrollments must be reached by Wednesday, Sept 16. (Please contact us at 229-245-6484 to inquire about registrations after Sept 16.) 

Wed     Sept 23      6:30 - 9 PM      $35 ($45 after Sept 16) 

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Upgrade Your Skills

Graphic Design for Non-Designers

Do you need to produce effective marketing content in web or print formats for your business or organization? Not everyone is an artist, but you can learn practical skills in design principles and communication strategy that you can apply to get professional results. Learn to build a "Can't-Miss" Style Guide and discover the basics of giving your work the polished edge that attracts attention, wins customers, and compels action from your audience. (.8 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Elton Dixon is owner and director of EnayDesigns, a local marketing, coaching, and design agency.

Dates/times TBA

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Writing for Publication

Do you love words and the craft of writing? Do you want your story, poem, essay, feature article, or book to be read? Join us for a morning of encouragement, motivation, and guidance for beginning and experienced writers. Roberta George will share tips and techniques she has learned during her career as an educator and published writer. Find out how to develop your writing "muscle", where to find ideas, the importance of matching your writing with the right audiences and publications, and more.  

In the first hour, Roberta will discuss developing good writing habits, goal-setting, and journaling for inspiration. Focusing on poetry, essays, and creative fiction in the second hour, Roberta will share tips on how to find the "song" within, how to combine life with fiction, and how to determine the best outlet for your writing. In the final hour, Roberta will offer tips on sticking with your writing from start to finish, editing, and finding your best creative self. She will also share additional suggestions for finding ideas for your writing.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain inspiration and insights into the art and discipline of writing for publication. (.3 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Roberta George, writer, educator, and founder of Snake Nation Press

Dates/times TBA

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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)

Dates/times TBA
 
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Photoshop 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 programs including Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, and Illustrator.

Dates/times TBA

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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