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PD Corner—October Activities Recap & Upcoming B.U.I.L.D. Book Club Series

Thank you to all the classified staff members who attended the Classified Staff Development Committee's Meet and Greet on October 9 with our new Professional Development Coordinator. LAVC also hosted the second meeting of the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative's (IEPI) Partnership Resource Team (PRT) on October 29, and our IEPI Steering Committee will begin work on writing our professional development plan. Coming up, LAVC Professional Development will offer a new B.U.I.L.D. (Belong, Uplift, Imagine, Learn, and Diversify) series featuring a book club, TED-style talks and campus speakers; LAVC Professional Development will send a campus email with more details.

PD Corner—October Activities Recap & Upcoming B.U.I.L.D. Book Club Series

It’s been a very busy month for Professional Development! On October 9, the Classified Staff Development Committee hosted a Meet and Greet in the Professional Development Center (PDC). This was a time for the classified staff to drop in to meet Jeanne Owens, the new Professional Development coordinator, and get acquainted with resources offered at the PDC. Over 60 people attended this event, and participated in an informal poll to help determine professional development interests and needs.  According to that poll, many people would like to participate in professional development activities that involve learning about health and wellness, identifying personal strengths and how to use them, career building, and technology. A number of staff also signed up to begin practicing for the Microsoft Office Suite (MOS) test, which is available at the PDC. 

The work of creating a professional development program that meets the needs of all employee groups here at LAVC continues through the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI). On October 29, the IEPI Steering Committee met with our Partnership Resource Team (PRT) for their second visit on campus. After reviewing the information gathered on the first visit, the steering committee now begins the work of writing the plan for our professional development program. The plan will include objectives, timeline, and action steps.  This is an exciting time for professional development here at LAVC. 

Plans are being finalized at this time to launch a book group series titled B.U.I.L.D. (Belong, Uplift, Imagine, Learn, and Diversify). The B.U.I.L.D. series is will be an on-going professional development activity where all employees can come together to read, learn, and discuss while expanding viewpoints.  Our first book will be Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. The B.U.I.L.D. series will also include TED talks and campus speakers, so anyone can join the conversation—even if you don’t choose to read the book along with us. Please look for information regarding the B.U.I.L.D. series in upcoming emails from LAVC Professional Development. Details will also be posted on the Professional Development website and our Twitter feed.

Did you know that professional development has a Twitter account? You can follow PD activities and opportunities by connecting with us @LAVCProfDev. The Twitter feed is also live on the Professional Development website for any non-Tweeters.

Looking into our professional development future, we have a lot that will happen in the next year including an Employee Orientation program for all new employees on campus, a mentoring program, and the implementation of a Safe Zone Ally program on our campus. There is focus, support, and direction for professional development here at LAVC, and we are looking forward to sharing new opportunities with you.

For more information, contact Jeanne Owens at (818) 947-2569 or or Sally Raskoff at (818) 947-7256, stop by the Professional Development Center in Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC) 200, or visit the LAVC Professional Development Web page

Image: Jeanne Owens (right) with Cathy Jin (left) as she participated in the informal poll for classified staff on their professional development interests and needs.


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 11/1/2018 5:00:00 PM