Inside Rensselaer
Volume 7, No. 4, March 1, 2013
   

Human Resources Offers Professional Development and Growth Opportunities

In an effort to assist in the professional development and career growth of Rensselaer faculty and staff, the Division of Human Resources has developed an updated, comprehensive catalog of courses and seminars. With more than 50 options to choose from, programs are designed to be interactive with techniques and tools that provide an effective transfer of knowledge for the adult learner.

“We have always believed that an important priority in supporting Rensselaer faculty and staff members is to encourage employees to find a learning opportunity that meets their professional needs and job level,” said Curtis Powell, vice president for human resources. “Whether you are new to your career level or a more seasoned professional, there are many courses and workshops we have created that are designed to provide value in building a career path for future success.”

Professional development courses generally fall into one of several categories: leadership skills, general workplace skills, environmental health and safety, customer service skills, and computer technology skills.

Leadership certificate programs include topics such as providing constructive feedback, giving recognition, resolving conflicts, and shaping a motivational workplace. Powell noted that these courses and others are designed to develop leaders who can handle change, maintain team focus, and make decisions quickly.

“We also recognized a need to develop courses that address fundamental skills and ideas to improve each employee’s opportunity for success,” Powell said. “These types of programs involve active participation through small group exercises, games, and real-life examples from home and work that can truly help participants learn and apply practical skills.”

Beyond traditional offerings, environmental health and safety courses are designed to satisfy all applicable federal, state, and local regulatory requirements and be as comprehensive and specific to the needs of the Rensselaer community as possible. Sample topics include laboratory safety, radiation safety, and hazardous materials contingency planning.

Rensselaer also offers a series of hands-on seminars to assist interested individuals in obtaining Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification. Through a process of pre-training assessment, each participant’s current skill level is determined and training opportunities are tailored to suit his or her needs. The MOS certification is recognized worldwide as proof that an individual has the desktop computing skills needed to work productively and efficiently.
Registration fees vary depending on the course, workshop, or seminar. Fees may be paid by the employee’s department or division, with appropriate authorization.

For more information on professional development courses offered at Rensselaer, visit hr.rpi.edu/. Individuals may also contact Will Fahey, manager of professional and organizational development in the Division of Human Resources, at (518) 276-2318.

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