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 

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Please RSVP for March Workshops listed below. (Remember to communicate attendance with your Supervisor)  


Mindfulness Monday | Monday, March 6, 4:00 to 4:45p.m., Lindero Hall (No RSVP required)

Tech Talks Series: Phishing with Fisch | Tuesday, March 7, 11:00a.m. to Noon, Sage 2030

Lunch & Learn - The Onboarding and Training of Student Assistants | Wednesday, March 8, Noon to 1:00p.m., Sage 2030

CalPERS Retirement Seminar: Planning Your Retirement | Wednesday, March 8, 1:30 to 4:00p.m., Malibu 100

IT Procurement Training - New Users | Thursday, March 9, 2:00 to 3:00p.m., Sage 2030

It's All According to Your Worldview: Practicing the Art of Perception-Checking | Friday, March 10, 10:00a.m. to Noon, BEL 1302

Finance 101 Refresher | Tuesday, March 14, 10:00a.m. to Noon, Sage 2030

IT Procurement Training - Refresher Training | Tuesday, March 14, 3:00 to 4:00p.m., Sage 2030

Advanced Google Docs Workshop | Thursday, March 16, 9:00 to 11:00a.m., Ojai 1952

Advanced Google Sheets Workshop | Thursday, March 23, 9:00 to 11:00a.m., Ojai 1952

Fee Waiver Program - It Takes TEAMWORK!! | Tuesday, March 28, 9:30 to 11:00a.m., Sage 2030

Cultivating Excellent Service at CI | Thursday, March 30, 9:00 to 10:30a.m., Sage 2030


 Please RSVP for the March Workshops.

Mindfulness Monday

Monday, March 6, 4:00 to 4:45p.m., Lindero Hall 1776 

Facilitated by Holly Sacks, Mindfulness Facilitator

Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.  Participants will learn mindfulness practices designed to calm the mind and relax the body.  CSUCI Professional Development is excited to introduce our new Mindfulness Monday facilitator Holly Sacks.  Ms. Sacks is an experienced mindfulness facilitator, trained and certified at the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC). She currently teaches mindfulness classes for the Neuroboxing Foundation and the CSUCI Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  She is the co-founder of the recently opened NOW House Mindful Awareness Center in Westlake.  Ms. Sacks received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and has completed post-graduate work at UCLA, the University of the South School of Theology, and Harvard Business School Executive Education.  (*No RSVP necessary)


Tech Talks Series: Phishing with Fisch

Tuesday, March 7, 11:00a.m. to Noon, Sage 2030

Facilitated by Neal Fisch, Information Security Officer

Join Neal Fisch, CI's Information Security Officer, in an informative series of cybersecurity tech talks.  Don't get reeled in by those shiny linking lures; you need to be aware of the multiple security issues that can arise when using technology.  These presentations are group discussions focused on email phishing, social engineering and what you can do to help safeguard getting hooked!  Employees who work with staff and/or student data are highly encouraged to attend. 


Lunch & Learn - Supervisors of Student Employees Series - The Onboarding and Training of Student Assistants

Wednesday, March 8, Noon to 1:00p.m., Sage 2030

Facilitated by Teresa Montoya-Morua, Linda Demyan and Tanya Tansheson

Bring your lunch and collaborate with campus-wide supervisors regarding student employee orientation, policy and procedures, and a host of other topics during these informative and collaborative sessions.  This Lunch & Learn will focus on the onboarding and training process once hired, including a roundtable discussion of shared best practices.


CalPERS Retirement Seminar: Planning Your Retirement

Wednesday, March 8, 1:30p.m. to 4:00p.m., Malibu 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.  Please contact diana.enos@csuci.edu for more information. 


 IT Procurement Training - New Users

Thursday, March 9, 2:00 to 3:00p.m., Sage 2030

Presented by Melissa Bergem, Technology & Innovation Project Manager/Coordinator

Are you tasked with purchasing technology for your department or division and you don't know where to begin? Is your vendor pushing back and refusing to complete a VPAT? Or, have you submitted an I.T. procurement request only to be left wondering what happens next? If your answers to these questions are a resounding "yes", then you should attend this informational session.


 It's All According to Your Worldview: Practicing the Art of Perception-Checking

Friday, March 10, 10:00a.m. to Noon, BEL 1302

Presented by Dr. Cynthia King, Communication & University Program Faculty

Have you had the feeling that someone with whom you work (or live) just doesn't see things the way you do - and it's confusing that "they just don't get it?" Let's explore the elements of perception and perspectives, and practice the fine art of "checking things out" in ways that foster understanding, diminish defensiveness, and open the door to more positive working relationships and productive team efforts.


Finance 101 Refresher

Tuesday, March 14, 10:00a.m. to Noon, Sage 2030

Presented by Anna Campbell, Stacie Dee, Michelle Hense, Jennifer Moss and Myrna StaAna

How do you submit a travel expense claim? What is the difference between job and position data? How do I complete and submit RETs/JETs? Where do I find departmental financial reports in the Data Warehouse? If you need the answer to these questions and more, join Financial Services for a Finance 101 refresher.  Sessions will cover processes and procedures that relate to Accounts Payable, Position Management, Finance Data Warehouse and using JET/RET forms.  CI staff who are responsible for travel arrangements, departmental financial reports and/or personnel actions are encouraged to attend. 


IT Procurement Training - Refresher Training

Tuesday, March 14, 3:00 to 4:00p.m., Sage 2030

Presented by Melissa Bergem, Technology & Innovation Project Manager/Coordinator

Do you already have experience working with I.T. Procurement Requests, but would like to know about tips and tricks to making the process more efficient? Or, do you have questions about the instructions detailed on- http://www.csuci.edu/ti/purchasing/? If your answers to these questions are a resounding "yes", this informational session is for you. 


 Advanced Google Docs Workshop

Thursday, March 16, 9:00 to 11:00a.m., Ojai 1952

Presented by Peter Mosinskis, Director of IT Strategy

This workshop is for those people who are already using Google Docs @ CI and want to dive deeper.  Learn how to optimize your use of Google Docs through sharing and collaboration features, version control, and commenting.  We'll cover strategies to organize and locate your saved files, and discuss techniques for converting your documents and processes from Word to Google.


 Advanced Google Sheets Workshop

Thursday, March 23, 9:00 to 11:00a.m., Ojai 1952

Presented by Peter Mosinskis, Director of IT Strategy

This workshop is for those people who are already using Google Sheets and want to optimize their use of it.  We'll cover sharing and collaboration options; useful shortcuts for managing data; conditional formatting; sorting & filtering data; data validation & protection; and discuss techniques for converting your documents and processes from Excel to Google.


 Fee Waiver Program - It Takes TEAMWORK!!

Tuesday, March 28, 9:30 to 11:00a.m., Sage 2030

Presented by Janet Korsmo, HR Coordinator, Leticia Romero, Student Account Specialist, Kristin Hronek, Academic Evaluation Specialist and Maria E. Zendejas, Assistant Director, Financial Aid & Scholarships

Learn about the State Employee Fee Waiver Program.  It allows eligible employees to "learn while they earn". We will help to demystify the program for your own use, or transfer to an eligible dependent.  From your hand through the admissions and financial process, learn how to best put the program to use for you! Supervisors should also attend, to learn about some recent changes and understand the approval process.  


 Cultivating Excellent Service at CI

Thursday, March 30, 9:00 to 10:30a.m., Sage 2030

Presented by Rachel Linares, Professional Development Trainer/Coordinator

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 within our daily activities.

Please remember to RSVP for the March Workshops.


 Don't forget to Join our campus partners for upcoming events:

"What Does It Mean To Be...American?" Students, staff and faculty are invited to take part in a campus-wide discussion to define patriotism, citizenship, and American values in 2017's increasingly diverse America.  Join us on Monday, February 27 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the Central Mall.  Contact Motoko.Kitazumi@csuci.edu with any questions.

Public Safety Office presents "Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)" classes,  February 28, March 2, March 7 and March 9 (must attend all four sessions) from 6:00 to 9:00p.m.   Class size is limited so sign up now at the CI Police Department in Placer Hall.   Click here for more details.  Contact Rachel.Huff@csuci.edu OR RAD@csuci.edu with questions.

Take Back the Night is a powerful event that occurs annually on college campuses all over the country which encourages survivors and community members alike to break the silence associated with sexual assault and domestic/dating violence. Join us on Wednesday, March 1 at 5:15p.m. at the Broome Library Plaza.  Click here for more details.  (PDF, 1.0MB)  For more information contact Kathryn Hawkins, University Experience Associate, atKathryn.hawkins517@csuci.edu.

STIMULATE YOUR MIND AND BODY WITH  WEEKLY WELLNESS ACTIVITIES:

Yoga Fridays:  Located in El Dorado Hall.  Start your Friday mornings from 7:15 -8:30a.m. improving your cardiovascular fitness, balancing the nervous system and improving brain function with Himalayan yogic techniques.  Bring a yoga mat and water bottle.  Taught by Dr. Christina Pabers in sponsorship with CI Wellness and Athletics. No RSVP necessary. 

Staff Zumba:  Zumba sessions have been canceled temporarily. Updates will be posted as available.


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

Rachel Linares, Professional Development Trainer/Coordinator
Lindero Hall 2810 
Email: rachel.linares@csuci.edu
Phone: 805-437-8442