Professional Development

Welcome to your Colorado Community College System resource for professional development. Please check here for upcoming trainings and additional development opportunities.

Mission Statement: The Learning and Development program fosters individual and organizational effectiveness by providing a variety of trainings that enhance employee development, build partnerships across the system, and create opportunities for career enrichment.

This program is dedicated to supporting the campus community in being a strategic partner so that students are supported in achieving their educational, professional and personal goals in an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity and innovation.



Mandatory Trainings


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training (ONLINE)

The Colorado Community College System believes an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace is one where all faculty, staff, students, and partners feel valued, respected, and thrive. We recognize that we are most successful in serving our students when our system reflects in thought, action, and representation of our communities’ diversity.
This professional development opportunity is one of the many ways we honor our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) commitment. The following two-hour training, made of four thirty-minute modules, will support our effort to ensure a common language around DEI and provide an introductory understanding of DEI at CCCS.

DEI Training

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Harassment Training (ONLINE)

 

This training is being provided to educate employees about Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). You will find this training on your portal. The average time to complete this training is 30 minutes

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Security Awareness Training (ONLINE)

This training is provided through KnowBe4 to educate employees on making smarter security decisions. You will receive an email with your login information from Colorado Community College System at do-not-reply@cccs.edu with additional details for accessing this training. If you cannot find the email, please go to https://training.knowbe4.com/ and sign in using your CCCS sign-on information. Your course should show up on your “Dashboard”. The average time to complete this training is 30 minutes. Please contact Jen Parker at jennifer.parker@cccs.edu for questions.

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Courses for Supervisors/Managers


Supervisor Training - Cohort 4 (ONLINE)

ONLINE Supervisor Training

Join us for our next Supervisor Training online! This is for all current and newly hired supervisors in the College System. This training will include four classes, one session per week for four weeks. If you would like to attend, please fill out the form below. To be eligible, you must commit to attending all four classes.

Class One: Supervising
This class will be an introduction to supervising. We will cover how to manage self and others, project management, team building, and working with different types of workers.

Class Two: Hiring, Onboarding and Finances
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This class will cover different employee types, the hiring process, and onboarding new employees. It will also cover budgets- managing, allocation, and procurement. There will also be sections on reimbursements, how to use grant money, and important laws.

Class Three: Communicating
​​​​​​​This class will cover communicating effectively, giving feedback, and managing difficult employees. There will also be a section on completing performance evaluations as well as time spent learning more about Microsoft 365.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Class Four: Leading
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This class will focus on emotional intelligence, leadership styles, writing a value statement and succession planning.

**You will need to fully commit to attending all four trainings. **

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Succession Planning for Supervisors (ONLINE)

Succession planning is a strategy for identifying and developing future leaders — not just at the top but for major roles at all levels. Join the next training session to learn how to plan for succession from a Supervisory perspective. During this training, we will cover the skill/will matrix, what succession planning is, the competency dictionary, and how to plan for a successor. This training is for supervisors only.

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Coaching Your Employees (ONLINE)

Coaching your employees is an important tool that is often underutilized. It helps you as a manager to develop your employees to reach their full potential while in turn, giving the employee opportunities to grow in skill and mindset. This training will cover how to use the Skill/Will matrix, discuss how to incorporate our core competencies, when to coach and how to do it. This training is open to everyone. You do not have to be a supervisor to attend.

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Labor Relations Training for Supervisors: What Supervisors of Classified Employees Need to Know (ONLINE)

This training is for supervisors of classified employees. During the class we will take an in-depth look at the Partnership Agreement, hitting on the main topics. These topics will include: dues, neutrality for supervisors, employment provisions, compensation and benefits and the partnership dispute resolution process. This will be a discussion and scenario-led training.

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Strategic Communication & Feedback: Keys for Performance Excellence (ONLINE)

Providing and receiving feedback strategically ensures successful team cohesion and performance. This is a critical part of leadership to ensure overall retention and success of team members. In this session, learn the key components for setting up a successful relationship that normalizes feedback in the workplace, the feedback process, and steps for ensuring action takes place after feedback is provided.

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Performance Management Workshop (ONLINE)

Performance Management is much more than the annual Performance Evaluation or mid-year review. Performance Management is an on-going action driven by continuous supervisor/ employee communication. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to share performance expectations, identify performance gaps and address performance issues before they become a problem. This training is for anyone who supervises employees.

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Professional Development Courses

Supervisor Training - Cohort 4 (ONLINE)

ONLINE Supervisor Training

Join us for our next Supervisor Training online! This is for all current and newly hired supervisors in the College System. This training will include four classes, one session per week for four weeks. If you would like to attend, please fill out the form below. To be eligible, you must commit to attending all four classes.

Class One: Supervising
This class will be an introduction to supervising. We will cover how to manage self and others, project management, team building, and working with different types of workers.

Class Two: Hiring, Onboarding and Finances
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This class will cover different employee types, the hiring process, and onboarding new employees. It will also cover budgets- managing, allocation, and procurement. There will also be sections on reimbursements, how to use grant money, and important laws.

Class Three: Communicating
​​​​​​​This class will cover communicating effectively, giving feedback, and managing difficult employees. There will also be a section on completing performance evaluations as well as time spent learning more about Microsoft 365.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Class Four: Leading
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This class will focus on emotional intelligence, leadership styles, writing a value statement and succession planning.

**You will need to fully commit to attending all four trainings. **

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Figuring Out Your Career Path: Learning about Succession (ONLINE)

Are you trying to figure out how to move up in your position? Need to know what skills it takes to get there? Join us to learn how to figure out your career path with succession planning. This training is for everyone.

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Emotional Intelligence - What is your emotional quotient (EQ)? (ONLINE)

What is emotional intelligence? Emotional Intelligence, also known as EQ, is the ability to understand, use and manage your emotions while also acknowledging the emotional state of others. During this training, we will look at the four parts of EQ including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, social skills. You will complete a personal assessment and learn how to develop better emotional intelligence.

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Project Management in Action - Part 1 & 2 (ONLINE)

Do you struggle with managing projects? Join us in this two-part online training to learn the basics of project management. We will cover how to define a project, learn important vocabulary, complete a needs assessment, form a project team and learn how to manage that team.

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Managing Stress and Self-care (ONLINE)

We’ll address the impact of stress, the importance of setting boundaries, how improve your self-care and how to lead from example. If you’re feeling stress at work or struggling to create healthy boundaries, this session is for you! Learn how to create boundaries, fill your cup, and release some stress.

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Communication, Conflict & Civility (ONLINE)

Good communication can be difficult, especially during conflict. Let’s take some time to practice leaning into difficult conversations while showing kindness and respect. We’ll discuss types of communication, how to have meaningful communication, and how to deal with conflict and confrontation. We’ll focus on keeping it civil and what to do if it’s not. Be ready to practice your skills while adding to your toolkit. Presented by Jen Parker.

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Goal-Setting: Streamlining and Strategizing with your team (ONLINE)

This training will focus on setting goals for yourself and for your team, ensuring they align with the mission and vision of CCCS. Knowing how your work fits into the bigger picture is important. Setting goals that are intentional, productive, practical and strategic can help create cohesiveness for an individual, for a team and for your campus. We’ll spend time looking at and discussing goals and then take some time to practice writing them. Presented by Jen Parker.

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Microsoft Teams Courses


Get Started with Microsoft Teams (Beginner Level) - ONLINE

Get to know Microsoft Teams and learn the top five tasks to help you collaborate and get work done, all in one place. This course introduces the fundamentals of how to navigate the Teams app, meet in Teams, and start having conversations.

Objectives: Learn to navigate Microsoft Teams, Send a chat message, Understand teams and channels, Create and join a meeting, Locate files in Teams

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Explore Teams and Channels in Microsoft Teams (Intermediate Level) - ONLINE

This introductory course focuses on key features of teams and channels in Microsoft Teams. Understand the value of teams and channels and how they can help you collaborate in virtual workspaces or with an entire group.

Objectives: Understand the teams and channels structure, Learn how to join, organize, and collaborate in teams and channels, Create and manage a team

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Customize Microsoft Teams with Apps - ONLINE

Using apps in Microsoft Teams allows organizations to bring key information, common tools, and trusted processes to the place where they meet, learn, and work. App integrations in Teams show up in a single user interface and allow employees to work better together. This training will show the capabilities of apps in Teams and the ways people interact with them.

Objectives: Identify types and functions of apps in Teams, Increase efficiency and collaboration using apps, Access, install and uninstall apps, Manage applications for a team or group

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Get Started with Microsoft Teams for Education (for Educators) - ONLINE

Teams for Education brings everything and everyone together for learning and work in one place. This introductory training for educators shows the fundamentals of how to navigate Teams, get a class team up and running, and start having conversations and meetings.

Objectives: Learn to navigate Teams for Education, Create and set up a team, Stay connected with chat, Schedule and run a meeting

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Increase Collaboration with Microsoft Teams (Intermediate Level) - ONLINE

Working together is easier with Microsoft Teams. Tools and files are always available in one place that’s designed to help you connect naturally, stay organized, and bring ideas to life. Learn how to make the most of channels, chat, and connected apps to improve communication and deepen collaboration across teams of all sizes.

Objectives: Stay connected with chat , Create a collaborative workspace, Accomplish more together in teams and channels

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Microsoft Teams Hybrid Work Solutions (for Everyone) - ONLINE

This course will demonstrate how to stay connected, secure and productive as you adapt to new ways of working. Teams is the all-in-one collaboration solution with everything you need to be productive in one place: meetings, calls, chat, familiar apps, and business process workflows. It’s where you come together to get work done.

Objectives: Understand hybrid work meaning, Stay connected and collaborate in a hybrid work environment, Manage personal wellbeing, Simplify and streamline work activities, Adopt the hybrid meeting experience

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Tips, Shortcuts, and What’s New with Microsoft Teams (Intermediate Level) - ONLINE

Learn tips and shortcuts for Microsoft Teams to help you become a power user. Explore how to use Teams efficiently for communication and collaboration. Discover new Teams features to improve chat, meetings, and your overall experience

Objectives: Format messages so they get noticed (and responded to), Streamline collaboration with tools and tips to simplify your workday, Explore new Teams features for chat, meetings, and more

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Microsoft Learning and Microsoft 365 Courses

Creating an Inclusive Classroom with Microsoft Learning Tools (for Educators) - ONLINE

Microsoft Learning Tools are a set of built in features that assist students of all abilities with reading, writing and math in a wide range of learning environments. These tools for the inclusive classroom, in Microsoft 365 and Windows, are designed to empower every student and educator to be more productive.

Objectives: Learn how to further support reading skill development for all students with Immersive Reader, Explore how to deploy Immersive Reader and Dictate across Microsoft 365 apps, Discover learning tools for Math in OneNote, See demonstrations of communication tools in PowerPoint

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Microsoft Accessibility Solutions - ONLINE

This course shows how people can achieve more with the built in accessibility tools and features in Microsoft technologies.

Objectives: Understand how to set up and navigate accessibility settings within Windows 10, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Edge, and Teams, Learn how to create accessible content within Office and Teams, Gain tips for presenting inclusively for all audiences

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Get Started with Tasks in Microsoft 365 (Beginner Level) - ONLINE

This course introduces the unified task experience in Microsoft 365 with a focus on To Do and Planner.

Objectives: Manage your work with tasks across Microsoft 365, Work with tasks in Outlook, shared Office documents, and in Teams., Manage individual tasks and build “your day”, Assign team tasks and build a plan, Explore various views to get the most out of task management

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Microsoft Outlook, Bookings, and OneNote Courses


Microsoft Outlook (Beginner Level) - ONLINE

Outlook lets you bring all your email accounts and calendars in one convenient spot. Get started by learning to navigate Outlook, customize your experience, and increase your productivity.

Objectives: Learn to navigate Microsoft Outlook, Set up and access Outlook modules, Use advanced features of Outlook to increase productivity and manage time, Use Outlook mobile for on the go requirements

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Get Started with Microsoft Bookings (Beginner Level) - ONLINE

Microsoft Bookings lets you track, manage, and organize your team’s appointments and calendars all in one place. You can create a Bookings calendar and add team members to it, build new appointment types, and create and manage in-person and virtual visits for your staff and customers. Learn how to reduce no-shows, enhance customer satisfaction, and save time by streamlining repetitive scheduling tasks with Bookings.

Objectives: Understand Bookings functionality, Set up businesses and services, Use appointments and calendars, Integrate Bookings into Teams

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Get Started with Microsoft OneNote (Beginner Level) - ONLINE

Learn about OneNote, a digital note-taking app that provides a single place for keeping all your notes, research, plans, and information.

Objectives: Discover OneNote versions and the differences between them, Navigate OneNote and organize content across notebooks, sections, and pages, Learn how to bring different types of content together, Understand how to create a notebook and format notes, Use OneNote to organize meeting notes, Set up OneNote for team collaboration

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Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook (for Educators) - ONLINE

With Microsoft OneNote for Education, classroom organization has never been easier. OneNote Class Notebook includes a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities, saving educators time and empowering students to create their best work.

Objectives: Create a OneNote Class Notebook, Save time on lesson planning and organization, Enable collaborative activities, Observe learning and give real-time feedback

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Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Courses


Get started with Microsoft Word (Beginner Level) - ONLINE

The trusted Microsoft Word app lets you create, edit, view, collaborate, and share files with others quickly and easily. Get started by learning to navigate Word, make impactful documents, and review your content with ease.

Objectives: Navigate the workspace, Use rich formatting and layout options to illustrate your point, Jump-start creation with modern templates, themes, and style sets, Leverage AI-powered review features, Share and collaborate productively

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Get Started with Microsoft Excel (Beginner Level) - ONLINE

A beginner overview of Microsoft Excel for the new or novice user, this training will review overall navigation, formatting, simple formulas, charts and tables, and an overview of printing.

Objectives: Navigate Excel ribbon options, Format Excel workbooks and worksheets, Use formulas, functions and validate to work with data, Learn print processes for Excel workbooks

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Go Further with Microsoft Excel: Tables, Formatting and Collaboration (Intermediate Level) - ONLINE

Take your Microsoft Excel skills to the next level and learn more advanced features! Create tables, learn conditional formatting, and share and collaborate with your colleagues.

Objectives: Create spreadsheets using tables, Analyze your data using conditional formatting and data validation, Collaborate and share your work with others, Use accessibility options in Excel

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Go Further with Microsoft Excel: Advanced Functions and Charts (Advanced Level) - ONLINE

Take your Microsoft Excel skills to the next level with more advanced features. Learn advanced functions to better manage and analyze data, create and format charts to present information simply, and learn import and export options within Excel.

Objectives: Analyze data using advanced functions, Create and format charts, Use import and export functions, Use accessibility options in Excel

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Go Further with Microsoft Excel: Pivot Tables (Advanced Level) - ONLINE

Take your Microsoft Excel skills to the next level with more advanced features. Learn about creating and managing pivot tables, as well as additional advanced features including functions, charts, and Power BI.

Objectives: Create pivot tables and power queries, Analyze and manage data, Connect data to Power BI

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Microsoft PowerPoint (Beginner Level) - ONLINE

Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to create, view, present, or share presentations quickly and easily. Get started by learning to navigate PowerPoint, design presentations, and use helpful presentation tools.

Objectives: Navigate the PowerPoint interface and view available options, Learn to design presentations using helpful tools, Bring slides to life with transitions and animations, Learn to collaborate with others during the editing process, Utilize helpful tools for presenting

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Microsoft Forms and SharePoint


Get started with Microsoft Forms (Beginner Level) - ONLINE

This course introduces Microsoft Forms and demonstrates how to create surveys, quizzes, and polls, how to respond in nearly any browser or mobile device, and how to analyze those responses.

Objectives: Understand navigation and functionality in Microsoft Forms, Create forms, quizzes, and polls , Change visual layout, Configure access and sharing settings, Learn question types, Make use of branching forms, Analyzing responses

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Get Started with Microsoft SharePoint Online (Beginner Level) - ONLINE

This course focuses on the SharePoint Online experience. Attendees will learn how to share and manage content, find information, and collaborate across your organization.

Objectives: Successfully navigate SharePoint team and communication sites, Understand Microsoft 365 groups., Work with SharePoint document libraries, Share files and folders with users outside of a group, Utilize shared resources in team sites including lists, plans, and notebooks

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Go Further with Microsoft SharePoint - ONLINE

Learn more advanced features of Microsoft SharePoint sites, focusing on site ownership and Architecture. Attendees of this course can expect to learn about sharing and permissions, workflow management, content types, and various site architecture components for building effective team sites.

Objectives: Understand SharePoint Online team sites, communication sites, and hub sites, Plan a successful site by using best practiced for functionality, Customize the look of a SharePoint site, Build a site and utilize web parts, Set approvals for documents, Analyze usage data for a site

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In 2015 with the implementation of the 2015-2025 CCCS Strategic Plan, CCCS undertook a project to implement a succession planning process for the System and college leadership. The first step in the succession planning process was the creation of a CCCS Competency Dictionary.

A committee of Human Resources Directors collaborated with CCCS functional leadership teams across the system to establish a common set of core qualifications and associated competencies. This work was then reviewed by the CCCS President Council.

Below you will find several important documents.

CCCS Competency Dictionary: The CCCS Competency Dictionary includes six core qualifications that incorporate a total of 28 competencies. The following document defines the core qualifications and the competencies linked to each core qualification. This framework supports selection, performance evaluation and professional development across CCCS.

CCCS Career Path and Behavior Anchoring Documents: Five areas of functional leaders were identified for inclusion during the succession planning process: Chief Business Officers, Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, Vice Presidents of Student Affairs, Human Resources Directors, and Information Technology Directors.

Functional leaders were asked to rate each of the 28 competencies within the CCCS Competency Dictionary on their relevance at time of hire into the leadership position. These responses were used to identify the critical and secondary competencies necessary for success for each of the CCCS functional leadership positions. The competencies established through the functional groups were validated by the CCCS President Council.

Below you will find a Career Path and Behavior Anchoring document for each functional area of CCCS.





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