Welcome to CI's Training and Professional Development page.  We look forward to spending time with you.

CI's Professional Development Office supports CI's academic mission by transforming the delivery of services through continuous improvements, providing a foundation that is knowledge driven, flexible in approach, and entrepreneurial in spirit. We are here to serve all staff with their professional development and personal enrichment needs.

Campus learning encompasses a variety of subjects that address employee’s professional and personal growth and provides management training of both professional and supervisory skills.  CI is committed to offering educational support and training that provide opportunities for professional and personal growth, employee retention, development and succession. 

Professional Development Strategy Map(PDF, 111KB) 

Professional Development Programs 

Leap into February with Spring 2016 Workshops, Monthly Series and Wellness


Thursday, February 4 – 9:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Sage 2030
CI Title IX Inclusion Officer Presents: Blindspots- Understanding Unconscious Bias
During this session participants will explore the role each of us plays in cultivating an inclusive culture on campus.  For the first half of the session, participants will explore how biases towards others develop as social constructs.  Then, participants will discuss best practices to tap into a greater self-awareness of their own biases and examine how doing so can enhance interactions with campus community members.
* Will have similar elements to Fall workshop with additional time for activities.

Tuesday, February 9 – 9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m., Sage Hall 2030
Optum Health Presents: Stress and Life Balance
An out-of-balance life can contribute to high levels of stress. This program combines elements of “Balancing work and home” and “Stress management”.  Participants will have an opportunity to complete the OptumTM Lifescale® Survey and learn methods of using assets to meet needs, plus take home a variety of tools for addressing stress.

REVISED- Thursday, February 18 – 9:00a.m. - 10:30a.m., Sage Hall 2030
CI Counseling & Health Services Presents: Helping Students of Concern:  How to Recognize and Refer
National trends reflect an increasing number of students in crisis who need a higher level of intervention from campus faculty, staff, and administrators. These situations can be stressful for everyone involved. As a foundation to our culture of care and safety for our community, CI is committed to an interdisciplinary and team approach. By the end of this presentation participants may be able to:
1) Recognize the warning signs of distress in students that are a cause for concern; 2) Identify campus resources for distressed students and know how to refer them; and 3) Increase knowledge of resources available to faculty and staff to assist them in coping with the stress associated with helping students in crisis. *Note: Repeat of Fall Series Course

We appreciate your RSVP 5 days prior to sessions.


Tuesday, February 23-  10:00a.m.- 12:00p.m.OR 1:30p.m.- 3:30p.m., Malibu Hall
HR Benefits & Chancellor Office Presents:Understanding Your TSA Plan & Your Plan Options
  **Get Ready To Make The Move To Fidelity Investments Effective April 1, 2016
We are thrilled to share with you that beginning April 1, 2016, Fidelity Investments will be the sole service provider for the California State University (CSU) Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan (TSA).
MetLife, TIAA-CREF, VALIC and Voya will no longer be active vendors for the CSU TSA. Contributions will no longer be sent to these vendors.  This in-person transition workshop will include Aon Hewitt, Fidelity, the Chancellor’s Office HRM representatives and campus HR representatives. Workshops will be available to both active and retiree populations. *No RSVP required to attend.

   *One-on-one individual consultations with Fidelity will be available beginning in April.  


Mindfulness Mondays:
February 1, March 7, April 4 and May 2, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Lindero  Hall 1776 
Facilitated by Dr. Kirsten Olson, Counseling and Health Services, these sessions will bring mindful awareness to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations which can be helpful for coping with the stresses of life.  *No rsvp is necessary.

Lunch and Learn Series
Supervising Student Employees: Building a Foundation 
February 16, 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m., Lindero 1776
Bring your lunch and collaborate with campus-wide supervisors regarding student employee orientation, policies, payroll paperwork and a host of other topics during these informative and collaborative sessions.  Please rsvp so we can make sure seating is available.  *This will be a continuous series once per month throughout the spring semester.



Yoga Fridays:  El Dorado Hall, 7:15a.m. - 8:30a.m. Leap into February, improve cardiovascular fitness, balancing the nervous system and improving brain function with Himalayan yogic techniques.  Bring a yoga mat and bottle of water. Taught by Dr. Christina Pabers in sponsorship with CI Campus Recreation.     * No RSVP necessary.

STAFF ZUMBA: CI Rec Center GYM, 5:15p.m.-6:15p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Concentrate on Heart Health for February and dance along with great tunes and wonderful colleagues.  Taught by licensed instructor, Louise Siefert in sponsorship with CI Campus Recreation.  * No RSVP necessary

CSU Systemwide Professional Development

  • CSYou  (This site can also be accessed from your myCI page)

Inside CSYou, you will find a wealth of training opportunities. 

Click on any flyer image below to view each catalog:

Desk Top Catalog

SkillChoice Desktop Catalog

(PDF, 1.37MB)

Business Catalog

Skillchoice Business Catalog

(PDF, 473KB)

IT Catalog

Skillchoice IT Catalog

(PDF, 669KB)

All of the Skillchoice Training is found inside Skillport.  You can click on your myCI link and scroll down the My Links menu to find your CSYou link.  This link will connect you to the calstate page, and just pick the training course from the "How Do I" drop down.  Click on the Skillport Personalized Online Training Page link. A short cut method is to open with the following Link in your browser: https://ds.calstate.edu/?svc=skillsoft 

The user-guide for the training can be found HERE (PDF, 212KB).  If you would like one of our staff members to review how to use Skillport with you or your department, please contact us.  We do hope you will take advantage of the many learning opportunities within the Skillport online learning system.

As well as Skillchoice Trainings, Lynda.com is available through the myCI link and offers on-line courses on business and business software, as well as a whole host of design, video, photography, and web trainings that are available to all campus employees.

Faculty have the opportunity to explore Teaching and Learning Innovations with our in-house team.  You can contact them at tlinnovations@csuci.edu. 

For questions, suggestions or collaborations regarding staff professional development, please contact:


Wendy Olson
Professional Development Specialist
Lindero Hall 1821
Email: wendy.olson@csuci.edu
Phone: 805-437-8553