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. 

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Professional Development & Personal Enrichment (PDPE) Programs 

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


(Remember to communicate attendance with your Supervisor)

Monthly Mindfulness Mondays are back with Dr. Kirsten Olson, starting October 3, 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.

Cultivating Excellent Service at CI
Tuesday, October 11 
9:00 to 10:30a.m., Sage Hall 2030 
Presented by Rachel Linares, Bursar and Manager of Student Business Services

Discover how to make every interaction engaging and positive.  This practical and engaging workshop covers skills for making the most of every interaction and providing excellent service to CI students, faculty, staff and community members.  We will discuss what constitutes good service, and how we can use these skills in our daily activities.

Helping Students of Concern: How to Recognize and Refer
Thursday, October 13
9:00 to 10:30a.m., Sage Hall 2030
Presented by Dr. Kirsten Olson, Director of Counseling and Disability Services

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: Recognize the warning signs of distress in students that are a cause for concern; Identify campus resources for distressed students and know how to refer them; and Increase knowledge of resources available to faculty and staff to assist them in coping with the stress associated with students in crisis.

Understanding Collective Bargaining in the Workplace (*intended for MPP staff)
Tuesday, October 18
10:00 to 11:30a.m., Sage Hall 2030
Presented by Laurie Nichols, Human Resources Director

Join us as we highlight the key components of Collective Bargaining Agreements at CI and help to answer many of the frequently asked questions human resource staff receives from managers.

Anytime On-line Ergonomics: Treat Yourself to Comfort
(Feel free to bring an electronic device that connects to the internet)
Thursday, October 20
9:00 to 10:00a.m., Sage Hall 2030
Presented by Joyce Spencer, Health and Safety Manager

Prevention is better than a cure.  This new on-line tool available to CI staff will help you with adapting task, work stations, tools, and equipment to fit your space.  This can help reduce physical stress on a worker's body and help eliminate many potentially serious, disabling work musculoskeletal disorders (MDS's).

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.


Join our campus partners for upcoming events:

Intercultural Services-  Topics  include: Social Justice with the Red Circle Project, Food Insecurity, Accessing Health Insurance with Medi-Cal and Covered California, Financial Literacy, Financial Aid: Cal Grant and Dream Act, Undocumented and Mixed Status.   Please RSVP to attend.     Faculty and Staff can benefit from these workshop discussions personally and professionally, whether assisting a family member or your own students.   Contact Motako.Kitazumi@csuci.edu for more information.   

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. 
Creating a Grant Budget. October 12, 3:30 to 5:00pm, Sage Hall 2030
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

Public Safety presents "Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Training", October 3, 5, 10 and 12 (must attend all sessions).  Please click here to link to the Public Safety RAD page for more details.



 Yoga Fridays (on break- will start in October):  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.  

STAFF ZUMBA: CI Rec Center GYM, 5:15p.m. to 6:15p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Dance along with great tunes and wonderful colleagues.  Taught by licensed instructor, Louise Siefert 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