Professional Development


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Certification Preparation

Business and Management

Language and Communication

Upgrade Your Skills

Photography and Technology

...for Those On the Go

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

August 12
9 AM
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 March is Monday, March 3 at 4:30 PM.
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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

Creating Content for Social Media

While outbound marketing is not dead, if you aren't doing inbound marketing, you are missing a very big boat. Learn how to provide quality content in your blog that pulls people toward your company. Discover how you can tap into the latest topics and save them for use in your blog. Find out how to curate information for your advantage in advertising your product and services. (.2 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.

Dates: Fall dates TBA
Time: 6 - 8 PM
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education
Instructor: Karen Morris
Fee:
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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. (.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.

Dates: Saturday, Oct 11
Time: 8:45 AM - 3 PM
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education
Presenters: TBA
Fee: $109; after Sept 22 - $125
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Language & Communication

Conversational Spanish for Beginners

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 orginally 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: Fall dates TBA
Time: 6 - 8 PM
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education
Instructor: Marcela Paredes
Fee:
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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.

Dates: Fall dates TBA
Times: 6 - 7:30 PM
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education
Instructor: Brittany Smith
Fee:
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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. Your work will have the polished edge that attracts attention, wins customers, and compels action from your audience.
(.6 CEU)

In this dynamic class, you will:

  • Learn how to build a “Can’t-Miss” Style Guide for consistently professional web and print design results.
  • Discover the basics of how to use popular open-source website design platforms.
  • Learn how to apply principles of communication strategy for print and web content.
  • Get hands-on practice in all of these skills during the class and receive take-home materials to use in your business.

Meet Your Instructor...Elton Dixon is owner and managing director at EnayDesigns, a marketing, coaching, and design agency located in Valdosta, GA. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996 with a B.A. in Biology and served as an officer in the USAF until 2002. Elton also holds a M.S. in Strategic Intelligence which he earned in 2000. Following his air force career, he directed general and special program operations for both commercial and non-profit organizations before founding EnayDesigns.

Dates: Fall dates TBA
Times: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education
Instructor: Elton Dixon
Fee:
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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: Fall dates TBA
Times: 6 - 8 PM
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education
Instructor: Paul Leavy
Fee:
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iPad Basics for New Users

Opening your new iPad was great! Now that some of the excitement has died down and you have grown tired of “hunting and pecking” around your device, you are probably asking yourself, “How do I really start using it effectively?” New or novice users, bring your iPad - fully charged, registered, and already working - and find out how to get the most out of your device. (.25 CEU)

What you will learn includes:

  • Navigating your iPad

  • Using settings options

  • Creating and syncing your iTunes account

  • Backing up and restoring data

  • Using the App Store

  • Product safety and proper cleaning methods

  • Enhancing battery life

  • Reviewing iPad limitations

  • Tips & tricks

Meet Your Instructor...Sheila Hall is an Instructional Training Specialist in VSU's Department of IT Training and Communication.

Dates: MFall dates TBA
Time: 6 - 8:30 PM
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education
Instructor: Sheila Hall
Fee: