Career Development

Career Development & Certification Preparation

Preparation for PHR/SPHR Certification

Essentials of Human Resources with aPHR Prep (Online/Virtual)

Food Safety Manager Certification Class & Exam

 

 

HRCI® Pre-Approved Trainings

Leading a Diverse Workforce

Collective Bargaining: Process, Issues, and Strategies

Keep the 'Security' in Cybersecurity - And in the Organization!

Designing Effective and Meaningful Training Experiences

From Job Post to Retention: Best Practices for Your Hiring Process

Creating an Employee Handbook

FLSA: Know the Rules to Stay in Compliance

 

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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. This course is also appropriate for preparation to sit for 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

23ABPD01   Online   Aug 16 - Nov 15 (No class Nov 8)   6:30 - 8:30 PM ET   $395 (After July 26 - $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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Essentials of Human Resources with aPHR Prep 

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

Begin your HR journey or boost your current HR knowledge of the key HR topics and fundamental issues surrounding HR. Lessons cover the essential employment and management tasks in the functional areas of HR. This course also prepares you to sit for HRCI ®’s aPHR exam. (Course materials and aPHR exam not included in the course fee.) (1.6 CEU)

Contact Sue Bailey at 229.245.6484 or email subailey@valdosta.edu BEFORE purchasing materials for information about the discount code.

Meet your instructor...Ronnie Cooper

Next Session Spring 2023 TBA

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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.  (.85 CEU) 

Instructor SueBailey 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.  

22SBPD05     Tues, May 31   9 AM - 6:30 PM     $199  (textbook & exam code included)    REGISTER
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Exam-Only Sessions - OnlineExam-Only Proctoring Fee - $75

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 upcoming test dates.

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Leading a Diverse Workforce

Class meets virtually from 11 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time REGISTER

In today's workforce, managers are tasked with leading diverse teams. This series is designed to provide the tools necessary to navigate common pitfalls and harness the strength that these teams provide. Upon successful completion, earn a certificate demonstrating foundational knowledge in leading a diverse workforce. Session topics include the following:

1. Managing Unconscious Bias: Learn what unconscious bias is and how to recognize various types of bias seen in the workplace. An introduction to micro-inequities, micro-aggressions, and micro-affirmations will be provided.
2. Conflict Resolution Styles and Strategies: Explore the various styles of conflict resolution and how each style manifests in the workplace. You will be introduced to common causes of conflict and learn how to uncover party interests, how to use conflict to promote innovation, and how to use various strategies for resolution of conflict in the workplace.
3. Effective Communication: Being prepared to communicate with diverse team members and to role-model effective strategies is paramount to your work as team member or team leader in the workplace. Become familiar with various strategies for active listening and compassionate communication as well as using framing and reframing techniques to advance communication for more productive results.
4. Universal Design Strategies for the Workplace: Not only do employers need to prepare for diverse teams in the workplace, but must also be ready to welcome diverse customers and clients. Explore the principles of Universal Design and gain strategies for implementing the principles in the workplace so that your employees and clients feel included and welcome.

Meet your instructor...Dr. Kimberly Tanner

22WBPD06    Virtual   New Date is TBA   11 AM - 12:30 PM (ET)   $179    REGISTER

6.0 HR (General) recertification credits

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

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Collective Bargaining: Process, Issues, and Strategies

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


This session will begin with a brief overview of fair and unfair labor practices. Then explore distributive and integrative bargaining, how to prepare for bargaining sessions, the importance of communication, and methods for satisfying both sides. Gain insights into how these skills can also be applied to non-union negotiations. (0.2 CEU)


After completing the training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the process of collective bargaining;
  • Identify examples of illegal, mandatory, and voluntary bargaining issues;
  • List major bargaining issues typically included in most labor agreements;
  • Explain bargaining structures and negotiation strategies;
  • Discuss what it means to bargain in good faith.

Meet your instructor...Ronnie Cooper

22SBPD02   Virtual   Mon, May 9   6:30 - 8:30 PM ET   $89   REGISTER

2.0 HR (General) recertification credits

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


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Keep the 'Security' in Cybersecurity...and in the Organization!

Class meets virtually from 6 - 7:30 PM Eastern Time.     REGISTER

You're an expert at managing people. Would you say the same about managing the security of the data stored in your organization and transmitted electronically?

Cybersecurity of the sensitive data that your organization collects and stores is critical to business success. Loss or compromise can lead to reputational damage as well as costly regulatory and statutory fines. Implementing best practices in cybersecurity can assist all managers and staff members with communicating effectively through secure communication channels and reduce the risk of cyberattacks that can lead to lost productivity. (0.15 CEU)

After completing the training, you will be able to:

  • Define key terms;
  • Explain how to protect sensitive data in a physical location and on mobile devices;
  • List ways that social engineers can target a victim in preparation for stealing data;
  • Identify the red flags of phishing;
  • Describe steps to take in the event of a security breach.

Meet your instructor...Cathy Sowa

22WBPD07   Virtual   Tues, Mar 8   6 - 7:30 PM ET   $89   REGISTER

1.5 HR (General) recertification credits

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


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Designing Effective and Meaningful Training Experiences

Class meets virtually from 6 - 7:30 PM Eastern Time       REGISTER

Effective employee training empowers employees to be more engaged, efficient, and productive in their jobs. You will be introduced to common principles and processes of instructional design (ID). You will examine Robert Gagné's Nine Events of Instruction model and how you can use this model to develop engaging and effective training.

You will be able to:

  • Identify the nine events and the three segments of Gagné's model;
  • Explain the purpose of each event and segment within the training process;
  • Evaluate strategies for each event of instruction;
  • Develop a training plan that includes chosen strategies for each event of instruction.

Meet your instructor...Britt Bugby

22WBPD05     Mon & Wed, Mar 22 & 24     6 - 7:30 PM ET     $99     REGISTER

3.0 HR (General) Recertification Credits

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


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From Job Post to Retention: Best Practices for Your Hiring Process

Class meets virtually from 3 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time.      REGISTER

Today's workforce is constantly changing and turnover is a reality of the workplace. Explore best practices to streamline your hiring processes, from creating the job posting and interview questions to selecting the best applicant and onboarding and retaining your new employee. (.15 CEU)

Upon completion of the class, you will be able to:

  • Identify key elements to write an effective job posting.
  • Explain how to design a structured interview and write effective interview questions.
  • Explain how to choose an employee selection process.
  • Describe methods for onboarding successful employees.
  • Employ strategies presented in the organization's employee retention plan.

Meet your instructor...Jarrod Murray

22WBPD09     Tues, Mar 29     3 - 4:30 PM ET     $79     REGISTER

1.5 HR (General) recertification credits

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


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FLSA: Know the Rules to Stay in Compliance

Class meets virtually from 6 - 7:30 PM Eastern Time.     REGISTER

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the federal law that regulates minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards for employees in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments. The FLSA may appear simple on the surface, but compliance can be complicated. This session will provide an overview of the FLSA and best practices for employers.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA);
  • List common violations of FLSA laws;
  • Distinguish between exempt and non-exempt status;
  • Name the 4 main exemptions from the FLSA - executive, administrative, professional, and computer employee;
  • Summarize the tests that must be met to qualify for each exemption;
  • Explain meal and break time as it relates to federal law and discuss best practices.

Meet your instructor...Ernest Smith

22SBPD03     Virtual     Thurs, Apr 7     6 - 7:30 PM ET     $79     REGISTER

1.5 HR (General) Recertification Credits

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Meet your instructors...

Ronnie Cooper earned his BS in Human Resource Management from Friends University, Wichita, Kansas and received SPHR certification in 2007. Ronnie was the HR Manager for 2 manufacturing facilities in Kansas: Charloma, Inc. in Cherryvale and Neodesha Plastics, Inc. in Neodesha. Upon moving to Georgia, Ronnie became the HR Generalist at Saft America, Inc. in Valdosta and held 2nd position on the bargaining committee for the company, dealing with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union. Ronnie's union experience ranges from frontline supervisor at Payless ShoeSource to his bargaining committee member position with Saft America. Additional experience includes a position as HR Manager with Union Tank Car Company in Valdosta, prior to their Unionization. Ronnie now resides in Wharton, Texas where he does consulting with the Independent Care Waiver Program (ICWP) on compliance as well as training and selection processes for their employees and consumers. Ronnie has 12+ years of experience as an instructor of professional development programs with Valdosta State University where he teaches PHR/SPHR Certification Prep and Essentials of HR with aPHR Prep courses in the Office of Professional & Community Education. Ronnie is also a past instructor for PHR/SPHR Exam Prep for Wiregrass, Douglas, GA campus.

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.

Ernest Smith has 10+ years of experience as an administrative and HR professional with a background in process improvement, HRIS systems, FLSA compliance, training and development, and full life cycle of recruitment and retention. Ernest earned his master's degree in public administration from Valdosta State University in 2013. He currently works for Remote as a User Happiness Manager and as an adjunct instructor at Valdosta State. He was previously employed at VSU in HR and Employee and Organizational Development and Administrative Assistant to the Provost of the Graduate School.

Britt Bugby is an Instructional Designer in Valdosta State University's eLearning department and is currently working toward her doctoral degree in Adult and Career Education. Britt holds a B.A. in English, Secondary Education and Library Media Certification, and her M.S. in Library and Information Studies. She also holds Quality Matters Certificates for Application of the Quality Matters Rubric and Using Instructional Materials and Technology to Promote Learner Engagement.

Cathy Sowa connects people and cybersecurity by building relationships. She knows that everyone wants to protect their personal data, even if they are not experts in cybersecurity and data privacy. Her mission as a cybersecurity practitioner at Valdosta State University is to train individuals in best practices for protecting data privacy, respond to security incidents, and perform risk assessments to satisfy compliance for regulatory and industry-standard requirements. Cathy holds technology certifications in networking, penetration testing, and cyber operations along with bachelor's and master's degrees in education and information technology.
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