Professional Development


Business & Professional Development Opportunities for Spring 2015


Certification Preparation and Relicensure

Food Safety Manager Certification

ServSafe - Exam proctoring options

Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Court Reporters Spring 2015 Workshop

Business and Management

Management/Leadership Skill-Builders

Assertiveness Communication Training

Listening & Interpersonal Communication

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

Creating Content for Social Media

Graphic Design for Non-Designers

Writing for Publication

Photography and Technology

Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Photoshop Basics

iPad 101

...and for those on the GO!

Online Classes (available all year)

Food Service & Hospitality

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 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, March 16
Time: 9 AM – 6:30 PM
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education
Instructor: Sue Bailey
Fee: $189 (includes textbook and exam); after March 2 - $229 (includes expedited shipping charges)**

**For registrations received after Friday, March 6, additional overnight delivery charges will apply. No refunds will be made for cancellations after March 6, 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

Dec 9 9 AM 4 PM, Dec 4
Jan 13
9 AM 
4 PM, Jan 8
Feb 10
9 AM 
4 PM, Feb 5
Mar 16
4:30 PM
4 PM, Mar 12

Exam Only Registration Fee - $75

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education 
Instructor: Sue Bailey

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Court Reporters Spring 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: 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     Mar 14     8:45 AM - 3 PM      $109 ($125 after Feb 27)

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

Assertiveness Communication Training

Assertive communication skills are an important part of interacting in school, at work, and in life. Learning to master the use of assertive communication is key to maintaining your personal rights while sustaining professional and personal relationships. Learn techniques for dealing with situations that demand the use of assertive communication skills. (.25 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Lt. Tim Yorkey is a training specialist in VSU's Employee Development department. Tim specializes in law enforcement training on various topics for area law enforcement officers. At the institutional level, Tim provides classes in First Aid/CPR, Defensive Driving, new staff employee orientation, customer service, management and leadership skills, communication skills, time management, and conflict management skills.

Wed      March 4      9 - 11:30 AM      $49 ($59 after Feb 18)

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Listening & Interpersonal Communication

Are you confronted with recurring communication issues in your personal and professional life? Learn fresh, new approaches to improve your interactions with supervisors, co-workers, staff members, and peers. Explore your communication style, learn effective communication techniques, discuss your specific challenges, and practice a variety of communication skills. (.3 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...See Assertiveness Communication Training for instructor information.

Thurs      March 5      9 AM - 12 PM      $59 ($69 after Feb 19)

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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      March 5 - April 16 (No class Apr 2)      6 - 8 PM      $99 ($115 after Feb 26)

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.

5 Mon      Mar 16 - Apr 13      6 - 8 PM      $89 (After Mar 9 - $105)

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 Tuesday, Feb 10. (Please contact us at 229-245-6484 to inquire about registrations after Feb 10.) 

Tues      Feb 17      6:30 - 9 PM      $29 ($39 after Feb 10)

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Upgrade Your Skills

Content Marketing 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 - the 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. (.4 CEU)

Click here for an infographic on inbound marketing.


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. 

2 Mon      March 2 & 9      6 - 8 PM      $49 ($59 after Feb 23)

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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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.

4 Tues      March 10 - 31      6:30 - 8:30 PM      $89 ($105 after March 3)

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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. Harry Livermore will share tips and techniques he has learned during his career as an educator and published writer. Get answers to these questions and many more:

  • Which publications and audiences will my writing appeal to?
  • Should I write about people, places, or things?
  • Should I send photos with my article?
  • How much money can I earn as a writer?
  • How long will I have to wait for a letter of acceptance?

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

Meet Your Instructor...Harry Livermore, educator and published writer, is editor of Valdosta Magazine

Sat      March 14      9 AM - 12 PM      $59 ($69 after March 6)

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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      March 17 - April 14      6 - 8 PM      $139 ($155 after March 10)
 
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.

3 Thurs      March 5 - 19      6 - 7:30 PM      $59 ($69 after Feb 26)

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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 iPad 101

Got an iPad but don't know how to make the most of it? Learn navigation basics including searching, settings, and customizing your device. Find out how to manage and use pre-loaded apps that come with your iPad. Visit the App Store to find and install additional apps. Learn how to use the camera and make the most of your battery life. Please note: Bring your iPad fully charged. If you already have an Apple ID, you must know your user name and password. Participants will receive a guest WiFi account to use during this class so you MUST be registered with payment by Tuesday, March 10. (.2 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Sheila Hall is a training specialist in VSU's Department of IT Training and Communication.

Thurs      Mar 12      6 - 8 PM      $29 ($35 after Mar 5)

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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Got Apps, Music, and Games?

Bring your iPad fully charged, registered, and already working. Learn how to manage and use preloaded apps such as Siri, Safari, Facetime, and the camera. Discover new items by visiting Apple's App Store and iTunes Store. (.2 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Sheila Hall is a training specialist in VSU's Department of IT Training and Communication.

Thurs      Dec 4      6 - 8 PM      $29 ($6=39 after Nov 27)

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education

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