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

CI's Professional Development and Personal Enrichment (PDPE) 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) 

E-Learning Opportunities.

Professional Development & Personal Enrichment (PDPE) Programs 

Join us for our Fall Workshops, Seminars and Wellness Activities... 


(Remember to communicate attendance with your Supervisor)

Monthly Mindfulness Mondays are back with Dr. Kirsten Olson.  Please join us at the November 7 Mindfulness session, 4:00 to 4:55p.m., Lindero Hall 1776.  

Participants will learn mindfulness practices designed to calm the mind and relax the body.  Whether you are a true beginner to meditation or are willing to have a beginner's mind, all faculty and staff are welcome.  Feel free to drop in for one session or join us for all of the monthly sessions.  Co-sponsored with CI Wellness and Athletics in the Division of Student Affairs.  *No RSVP necessary.

CalPers Retirement Seminar
Wednesday, October 26
1:30 to 4:00p.m., Malibu Hall 100
Presented by Mindy Fox, CalPers Representative

Are you prepared for retirement? Do you know what to do? This educational class will help you plan and prepare for retirement.  Regardless of where you are in your career, begin now to secure your future. Click here to RSVP 

Tax Sheltered Annuity / Fidelty (403b) Workshop /Tuesday, November 1 , 9:00 to 11:00a.m OR 2:15 to 315p.m.., Ojai 1952 / Wednesday, November 2, 9:00 to 11:00a.m., Sierra 1212 - RSVP Here.

The CSU TSA Program is a voluntary 403(b) plan that allows eligible employees to save for retirement by investing monthly pretax contributions in tax-deferred accounts.  A TSA can help you save money on taxes now AND invest in your future at the same time!

WHY PARTICIPATE?  The sooner you start saving toward your retirement the better.  Join Christel A. Whittier, Dedicated Retirement Planner, as she walks you through the enrollment process.


Spoiler Alert- Save these Dates as they are fast approaching (RSVP link coming soon):


 Co-Creating and Maintaining a Truly Collaborative Work Environment / Friday, November 4, 9:00 to 11:00a.m., Ojai 1986 (particularly beneficial for managers/leads)

Have you ever been part of a group called a "team", but it didn't seem to be any different than any other group? Have you wondered what it would take to have an experience of authentic, respectful collaboration? This session will focus on how a true team is different from a group, and will identify the elements and key conversations that are needed in order to create and maintain authentic collaboration.  Exercises and materials will be included for taking the specific steps needed to co-create a truly collaborative team.

Go Paper Less- Collaborate with Google Docs / Tuesday, November 8, 9:00 to 10:30a.m., Sage 2030 (bring electronic device with web browser)

Google provides the CI community with an extraordinary set of free tools to enable real-time, online collaboration on documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more.  Participants in this hands-on workshop will work in CI's instance of Google Drive/G Suite (called CI Docs/Dolphin Pod) and will learn how to access, create and collaborate on documents and spreadsheets and understand advantages, limitations and best practices.

How to Create Beautiful Spaces Using the Principles of Feng Shui / Tuesday, November 15, 10:00 to 11:30a.m., Sage 2030

Have you heard about the art of Feng Shui but didn't quite understand what it meant or how to use it?  Well, in this workshop session participants will receive an overview of Feng Shui and how to apply the principles of Feng Shui to create a work space that is balanced and productive.  You will also learn practical next steps to creating beautiful spaces anywhere using Feng Shui methods.   Participants will clarify goals and learn next steps to achieving them using Feng Shui principles.

Applied Project Management / Thursday, November 17, 9:00 to 10:30a.m., Sage 2030 (bring electronic device with web browser)

This workshop will explore tools and techniques to improve communication about projects and project-related work.  Participants will explore project communication tools and techniques; understand the purpose of a project charter; create an example project charter and explore tools and techniques for paperless meeting agendas, notes and schedules.

 Join our campus partners for upcoming events:

Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) presents "Grant Skills Workshop Wednesdays"- These workshops are designed for staff members who are interested in grant processes and information.  For details and RSVP please click here.    Questions,  contact Jason.miller@csuci.edu. 
Finding a Sponsor. November 2, 3:30 to 5:00pm, Sage Hall 2030
Best Practices in Managing an Award. November 30, 3:30 to 5:00pm , Sage Hall 2030

FINANCE 101 Training Sessions - These training sessions will start the week of November 14.  Whether in a new role or looking for a refresher, join the CI finance team as they take you through various financial processes and forms.  Click herefor more information.


 Yoga Fridays:  El Dorado Hall, 7:15a.m. to  8:30a.m.  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 Wellness and Athletics.     *No RSVP necessary.  


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

Wendy Olson, Professional Development Specialist
Lindero Hall 2810 
Email: wendy.olson@csuci.edu
Phone: 805-437-8553