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SFCC Employees Can Sharpen Their Skills on Professional Development Day

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Prof-Dev-DayA major employee event is on the horizon at South Florida Community College.

SFCC will hold its first Professional Development Day on Friday, Feb. 19, with registration beginning at 8 a.m.

Patrick Grady, motivational speaker from Today and Tomorrow Enterprises, will open the event at 8:30 a.m., in the SFCC University Center Auditorium, with a humorous and motivational presentation.

Following the opening session, SFCC employees will attend a diversity workshop and two breakout sessions. Lunch will be provided by the SFCC Foundation Inc., and prepared by Pat’s Barbecue of Lake Placid.

All full-time and long-term, part-time employees are expected to participate.  Instructional aides normally scheduled to work on Friday are encouraged to attend. Adjunct faculty are also welcome to attend; however, it will be on a voluntary basis.

“Professional Development Day was established this year to provide focus and opportunity to an important part of SFCC’s strategic plan: enabling all employees to succeed by expanding professional development for all college employees,” said Susan Hale, director, Human Resources. “Experiencing professional development activities together will build our campus community.”

Along with the “Circles of Belonging” diversity workshop presented by Valencia Community College, employees have 11 break-out sessions to choose from.

These sessions include “Glad to Help,” presented by Justine Devlin; “Students with Disabilities” presented by Linda Giar; “Panther Orange Going Green,” presented by Christy Reed; “Stress Management,” presented by Jim Robertson; “Pivoting with Kovacs,” presented by Anita Kovacs; “What did I do to Deserve This?” presented by Dr. Norm Stephens; “Millennium Students,” presented by Bobette Wolesensky; “Campus Safety” presented by John Barcinas; “Cloud Computing” presented by Dr. Cherie Stevens; “Getting the Most from Outlook” presented by Melanie Jackson; and “Breakthrough” presented by guest speaker Grady.

“Having the event on campus as part of the ‘normal’ workday will allow all employees to participate,” Hale said. “The break-out sessions cover a wide variety of interests and current issues, and there will be something for everyone.”

An online registration tool will be available soon for employees to sign up for the break-out sessions.

For more information, contact Hale at ext. 7336 or Lynn MacNeill at ext. 7192.

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