Career Development & Certification Preparation

Preparation for PHR/SPHR Certification

Food Safety Manager Certification Class & Exam

Creating a Profitable Social Media Influencer Account 

 

HRCI® Pre-Approved Trainings

Interview & Selection Techniques

Placement, Delegation & Engagement Strategies

Performance Management

Termination Approaches

 

 

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Preparation for PHR/SPHR Certification (Online/Virtual)

Class meets virtually from 6:30 - 8:30 PM Eastern Time.    REGISTER

Get prepared to take the next step in your Human Resources career. 

In the highly competitive and ever-changing field of HR, professional development is critical to your success. Earning your designation as a PHRSPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP helps keep you up-to-date, demonstrates your commitment to the HR profession, and can set you apart as an expert in your field. Using materials from the Human Resources Certification Preparation Program (HRCP), this training prepares you to take the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) exam for your PHR or SPHR credential as well as SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exams. (3.5 CEU) 

The required materials are purchased separately by the student. Email subailey@valdosta.edu for information and discount code BEFORE purchasing your materials from HRCP.com.

Meet your instructor...Ronnie Cooper

23WBPD01   Online   Feb 7 - May 2   6:30 - 8:30 PM ET   $395 (After Jan 15 - $465)

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Materials options with discounts applied:                               

    • Online only $260; with discount applied, $228.80
    • Print only $365; with discount applied, $321.20
    • Print plus online $470; with discount applied, $413.60

Details about the materials can be found at hrcp.com under Products>PHR/SPHR Products.

Questions? Contact Sue Bailey: 229-245-6484 or subailey@valdosta.edu.

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Food Safety Manager Certification

This class meets in-person at the Regional Center for Continuing Education.   REGISTER

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 your employees need to serve safe food to your customers! Participants passing with a grade of 75% or higher earn ServSafe Food Safety Certification from the NRAEF. eCertificates are available. Certification is valid for 5 years. Textbook & exam voucher included  (.85 CEU) 

Instructor Sue Bailey is certified to teach ServSafe®.

This class is a comprehensive review of the ServSafe textbook. It is highly recommended that you read the materials and complete the exercises and study questions in advance of the class.

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Students will be called when textbooks are available for pick up.

Pass/Fail test results are available immediately upon exam completion.

eCertificates available for printing within 24 hours with passing grade.  

2WFBPD02     Tues, Feb 28   9 AM - 6:30 PM     $199  (After Feb 13 - $239)    REGISTER
                                                                              

Exam-Only Sessions - OnlineExam-Only Proctoring Fee - $75
Register for January 24 Exam-Only; 10 AM - 12 Noon

Registrants are responsible for self-study and purchasing their study materials and exam voucher from www.servsafe.com. Contact Sue Bailey at 229-245-6484 or subailey@valdosta.edu for additional test dates.

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Creating a Profitable Social Media Influencer Account 

This class is held via Zoom.     REGISTER

Social Media Influence is on the rise. Whether you are looking to create a profitable social media following for your business or establishing yourself as a social media influencer to independently impact society, this class is for you!

We'll cover:
- How to identify your specific niche and audience.
- How to set up a social media business account and which platform would be most profitable for you.
- How to use posts, reels, videos and stories to maximize your following and impact.
- How to find and use hashtags to niche down your audience.
- How to grow your following both organically and via investing.
- How to gain paid partnerships and collaborations to monetize your influencer page.

Get ready to maximize your impact via social media! By the end of this class you will be equipped to manage your social media influencer account for business or personal use or train someone else to manage it for you.

Meet your instructor...Raquel Powell

23WBPD07    4 Thurs    Mar 9 - 30     6:00 - 7:30 PM     $129     REGISTER

 

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Interview & Selection Techniques

Class meets virtually from 10:30 - 11:30 AM Eastern Time REGISTER

There is a lot of pressure riding on hiring decisions for your organization. Explore interview and selection techniques to help you find and hire skilled employees that align with your company's mission and culture. (.1 CEU)
This training has been submitted to HR Certification Institute® for review.

Meet your instructor...Jarrod Murray

23WBPD03    Virtual   Thurs    Feb 23    10:30 - 11:30 AM (ET)    $69   REGISTER

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

1.0 HR (General) Recertification Credit Hours 

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Placement, Delegation & Engagement Strategies

Class meets virtually from 10:30 - 11:30 AM Eastern Time    REGISTER

Explore effective strategies for placing employees in the right jobs, delegating effectively to develop employees, nd keeping them engaged and invested in their work and the success of the organization. (.1 CEU)

This training has been submitted to HR Certification Institute® for review.

Meet your instructor...Jarrod Murray
 
23WBPD04    Virtual    Thurs    Mar 16    10:30 - 11:30 AM (ET)    $69    REGISTER

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

1.0 HR (General) Recertification Credit Hours 

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Performance Management

Class meets virtually from 10:30 - 11:30 AM Eastern Time    REGISTER

For business owners to HR professionals, learn practical skills and best practices to properly coach, create performance improvement plans, and handle involuntary    separations. (.1 CEU)

 

Meet your instructor...Jarrod Murray

 23WBPD05    Thur    Mar 30    10:30 - 11:30 AM    $69    REGISTER

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

1.0 HR (General) Recertification Credit Hours

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Termination Approaches

Class meets virtually from 10:30 - 11:30 AM Eastern Time    REGISTER

Termination is a stressful process in any organization. Explore the do's and don'ts, who can terminate and when, and how to prepare for issues that may arise post-termination. (.1 CEU)

Meet your instructor...Jarrod Murray

23WBPD05    Thur    Mar 30    10:30 - 11:30 AM    $69    REGISTER

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

1.0 HR (General) Recertification Credit Hours

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Meet your instructors...

Ronnie Cooper holds a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and earned his SPHR in 2007. Ronnie has worked for two manufacturing facilities as HR manager: Charloma, Inc. Cherryvale, Kansas and Neodesha Plastics, Inc., Neodesha, Kansas. In Valdosta, Georgia, he worked as the HR Generalist for Saft America, Inc. Ronnie also served 2nd position on the bargaining committee for the company, dealing with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union. Additional union experience ranges from a frontline supervisor at Payless ShoeSource to a bargaining committee member with Saft Amercia. After his time with Saft America, Ronnie held the position of HR Manager at Union Tank Car in Valdosta prior to their unionization. Upon his relocation to Wharton, Texas, Ronnie consults with the Independent Care Waiver Program (ICWP) on compliance as well as training and selection processes for their employees and consumers. For 12+ years, Ronnie has been an instructor with Valdosta State University's Office of Professional & Community Education for their PHR/SPHR Certification Prep course and Essentials of Human Resources w/ aPHR Prep. 

Jarrod Murray, founder of Higher Design, LLC, is a distance learning administrator, project manager, and professional personnel manager. He earned his M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Valdosta State University in 2013. Jarrod worked as a human resources consultant for a California-based company and as an administrator for Valdosta State University's Center for eLearning.

Dr. Kimberly Tanner served 20+ years in the field of disability services in higher education. She received her Ed.D. in Adult and Career Education at Valdosta State University in 2008. She completed her B.S. in Marine Affairs and her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies: College Student Personnel at the University of Rhode Island in 1993 and 1996, respectively. She has been trained as a Diversity Trainer through the National Multicultural Institute and as a University System of Georgia Campus Mediator and Conflict Coach through the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Kimberly is an instructor of Adult and Career Education at VSU and owner of Tanner Training Group, LLC. Kimberly is also a Local Coordinator for the Council on International Educational Exchange. Kimberly lives in Naylor, Georgia with her husband, Douglas Tanner, son, Ryan, and a Boston Terrier named Brady.

Raquel Powell is a creative-minded and high-energy teacher with a passion for education. Raquel holds a B.A. in Psychology and minored in Fine Arts Education. She has traveled extensively and worked as a counselor and ESL educator around the world. Raquel is a published author through Kindle Direct Publishing and has built a sustainable and thriving social media influener platform on Instagram. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her to start multiple, successful home-based e-commerce businesses and coaching programs. Raquel has mastered the skills of both permaculture gardening and square foot gardening and, as a homesteading educator, teaches adults these life skills. She also trains home educators how to incorporate homesteading into their education plans.