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11/2, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 246 (Note:  location has changed since catalog was published)Optima EAPStewardship
This course provides practical strategies to encourage more effective use of one’s time.  Participants will identify their personal time wasters and learn how to organize their work environment, prioritize tasks, build good time management habits, and overcome procrastination.
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9/27, 10-11:30 am, COB 5th Room A  (NOTE:  class date has changed since catalog was published)Allison FaroleLearning
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month; do you and your family have an emergency plan? Do you know how to use the Code Red alert system to stay informed?  Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and it's important for all of us to know what to do at home and at work when an emergency occurs.  Allison Farole will discuss how to prepare for an emergency, explain how to enroll in Code Red, and review the critical role of the Emergency Communications Center and the Office of Emergency Management.
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11/15, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 241Kathy RalstonCommunity
If you have ever been in a meeting that was poorly planned, poorly managed  and made you want to run screaming from the building……then this training is for you!  Planning, running and participating in effective meetings is a valuable skill for anybody and for any occasion whether it is at work or in a volunteer capacity in the community.  It’s about process and content but also about developing skills to cope with common meeting management mistakes.  It takes practice and a willingness to learn….and to put aside old ways and old assumptions.  It also takes commitment.  This class is your opportunity to learn and then apply proven practices to meetings you currently participate in or meetings that are on the horizon that you are excited about….or dread.  If desired, class participants may receive follow-up coaching to address specific areas where they would like to improve their skills.
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11/28, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Allison FaroleCommunity
Utilizing volunteers can be a great way to work more efficiently and innovatively.  Allison Farole, Albemarle County’s new Emergency Management Coordinator, wants you to learn and profit from the knowledge she has gained coordinating the hundreds of citizens who turn out to help during emergencies.  She will discuss how to recruit and retain volunteers, how to manage some of the more difficult situations that may occur, and how to keep them motivated and coming back for more. 
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10/3, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 235Elizabeth-Latta BrotherStewardship
In this short course students will learn (or review) tips for proofreading success and focus on some of the common errors that trip people up, from spelling to punctuation to usage.
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11/14, 9:30-11 am, COB McIntire Room 241  (NOTE:  the class time has changed since the catalog was published)John McQuilkinLearning
“The biggest enemy of thinking is complexity, for that leads to confusion. When thinking is clear and simple, it becomes more enjoyable and more effective.“ Whether used by groups or by individuals, the Six Thinking Hats method simplifies decision making by encouraging simplified thinking. Rather than approaching decision-making from an “argument” based perspective, the Six Hats (objectivity, emotions, caution, optimism, creativity, and organization) allow the thinker to focus on a problem from one perspective at a time. Used effectively, this method can create a climate of clearer thinking, improved communication, and greater creativity.
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12/12, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 235Jody SaundersStewardship
Albemarle County's Communications Specialist, Jody Saunders wants to help YOU learn how to take advantage of the County's many communication outlets to publicize events and engage with the community.  In this class, she will walk you through the wide variety of communication tools at her disposal and share strategies for how to partner with her most effectively. 
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9/27, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, COB McIntire Room 241 OR 12/6, 12:30-4:30 pm, COB 5th Room ALisa CarminesLearning
This class will cover adult, child, and infant CPR, as well as the proper use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) device. This class is taught by a certified instructor and will include both lecture and hands-on training.  At the end of the class, successful participants will receive CPR certification. Class size is limited to 6 participants.
NOTE:  This class does not fulfill teacher licensure requirements.
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9/6, 10-11:30 am, COB 5th Room BOptima EAPIntegrity
If you've ever found yourself saying, "I have so much to do that I don't even know where to start!", this class is for you.  The course reviews ways for individuals to effectively address situations in which they feel overwhelmed by multiple demands and pressures.  You will learn to clarify expectations, define priorities, and set realistic boundaries.  You will be given an opportunity to identify  common problem areas and consider specific strategies you can employ to increase your level of effectiveness and productivity.
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12/5, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 235Tricia SuszynskiCommunity
Almost every County department--ranging from Finance to Police to Fire Rescue--interacts with Albemarle's aging population on a regular basis.  Come to this brief class to get an overview of the County's fastest-growing population segment, and to learn how to address some of the challenges in providing excellent customer service to this group.  Taught by Tricia Suszynski, Adult Division Supervisor in the Department of Social Services, you will leave this training session with some practical tips to bring back to your workplace.
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11/2 AND 11/7, 1-3 pm, COB McIntire Room 246Greg DavisCommunity
 The ability to de-escalate a tense or difficult conversation is an important skill for many Albemarle County employees.  In this two-part class, Sergeant Greg Davis draws on his experiences as a Crisis Intervention Team instructor to help you understand the basic principles of de-escalation, identify warning signs and symptoms, and understand what resources are available.  This class will include role-playing scenarios to help build important skills through practice.  This class is limited to 12 students.
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9/20, 10-10:30 am, COB 5th Room B OR  10/12, 10-10:30 am, COB McIntire Room 235Optima EAPLearning
Did you know about the many services offered through our Employee Assistance Program?  They include free counseling sessions and referrals for legal services and financial counseling.  This orientation provides an overview of the Optima Employee Assistance Program, introducing the EAP model, reviewing benefits, and defining ways for employees to access EAP services.
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10/4, 10-11 am, COB 5th Room B OR 10/31, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Room 235Optima EAPInnovation/Leadership
EAP can be a valuable tool in your supervisory toolkit; come to this class to learn more about how you can use its services to benefit your staff.  This overview of the Optima Employee Assistance Program introduces the EAP model, reviews benefits, and defines ways for employees to access EAP services.  In addition, the session gives supervisors the information and tools they need to promote the program, make employee referrals, and support their workforce.
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10/17, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Room 235Emily KilroyCommunity
Did you know that we have an office devoted to community engagement and outreach?  Emily Kilroy, Community Engagement Specialist, spends her days working with community groups and figuring out the best ways to get our citizens involved in their government.  In this class, she will answer the question “how can I effectively reach the people impacted by a new project or service to share information and receive feedback?” by teaching you about the many tools you and your department have at your disposal to engage effectively with the community.
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9/19, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 235Terry NewellInnovation/Leadership
A key task for leaders is to energize followers.  One of the best ways to do so is to challenge them to achieve a difficult yet exciting goal.  This course for supervisors and managers focuses on: (1) why a leadership challenge is so  important, (2) how to craft a challenge that calls forth the best efforts of followers, and (3) how to communicate that challenge in a compelling way.
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10/18, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Room 246Erika CastilloCommunity
Did you know that nearly one out of every three adults in the US is an introvert?  This fact, along with other intriguing tidbits is the subject of Susan Cain’s TED talk about “The Power of Introverts.”  Using the TED talk as a launching point, we’ll unpack our own “suitcases,” discuss Caine’s “3 calls to action,” and examine how introverts can thrive in an HPO environment.
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9/26, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Room 235 OR 10/18, 10-11 am, COB 5th Room BLeanne KnoxLearning
Do you sit at a desk for much of your work day?  Do you sometimes (or often) find yourself stiff and sore at the end of the day?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you should register for this class!  Leanne Knox, Albemarle County’s Program Manager for Safety and Wellness, will teach you the principles of ergonomics and how to arrange your work station to match your body.  You will be given examples of stretches that will help you to support good posture and relieve the tension and stress your body collects throughout the day.
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11/15, 1-3:30 pm, various locationsRobbie MunseyLearning
The advent of the hands-on learning approach means that today's classrooms look very different from what you may have experienced as a student.  Today's students are using 21st century skills to create authentic products that incorporate the curriculum that they are learning.  Participants in this field trip will visit a middle school and high school to see the latest trends in education and learn more about what today's students are doing every day (hint:  beekeeping, 3-D printing, and programming are just for starters!).  This field trip is limited to 15 students.
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10/24, 9 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 246Water ResourcesStewardship
The Water Resources Division works to meet and exceed federal and state mandates for implementing stormwater practices, such as stream restorations, in order to offset Albemarle County's contributions towards pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and local waters.  This field trip is your opportunity to learn more about water quality improvement projects and get out into the field with staff to see some stream restoration projects that are in process and recently completed.
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10/20, 1-4 pm at Preddy Creek (10/27 rain date)Parks and Recreation staffLearning
Preddy Creek is one of Albemarle County's newer and perhaps lesser-known parks, but it's a great example of how Parks and Recreation has partnered with local organizations to develop additional recreation options for our citizens.  This field trip will be your opportunity to see Preddy Creek's latest amenity, a suspension bridge that opens up a large swath of previously-inaccessibly land.  Join Parks and Recreation staff to explore this beautiful park and learn more about how the staff and community groups partnered for its development.
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9/22, 9 am - 12 pm OR 1-4 pm, COB McIntire Lane AuditoriumFinance DepartmentStewardship
The Finance Forum is your opportunity to learn what has changed and what will be changing during this fiscal year.  Representatives will be discussing the latest and greatest regarding Purchasing (sleek upgrades coming!), Accounting, Payroll, and P-Cards.  There will be time after the presentations for you to ask your specific questions and get to know the people you talk to and email with in the Finance Department.  
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11/8, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 246Randy GarrettStewardship
Trying to understand stress sometimes seems like nailing jello to the wall--the mere attempt increases the very subject you are trying to manage!  This class will help you to get a handle on the stress in your life beginning by defining what stress is and why it is necessary.  You will be surprised to learn about the physiology of stress and why it is so very harmful to us.  You will have an opportunity to measure your personal stress levels in several different ways.  Most importantly, by the end of the class you will be equipped with a tool box that you can use to manage your stress in ways that are most helpful to you.
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9/13, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Room 246Repp GlaettliLearning
In this class, participants will learn all about native plants— how they affect our landscapes and wildlife, why they are important to us humans and where to garden with them using the "right plant/right place" mantra.  Instructor Repp Glaettli will share his favorite plants and how to use his newly-pressed book, Piedmont Native Plants:  A guide for landscapes and gardens.  At the end of class, participants will take a stroll around the County Office Building to see native plantings in community.
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10/5 or 11/30, 8:30-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 241Elizabeth-Latta BrotherStewardship
This training is required for all new employees who have been with the County for at least one month, so please check with your supervisor to confirm that you will be able to attend.  The County wishes to welcome you and share some key information that will help you understand how your position fits into the larger picture of serving the County.  Please register and attend to take part in the presentations and discussions on the County’s mission, values, and policies, learn more about the work of different departments, and network with other new employees.
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10/11, 10 am-12 pm, COB 5th Room BElizabeth-Latta BrotherInnovation/Leadership
Using the strategies found in the book GRASP the Solution, this class explores how our minds can approach an idea from different angles, using distinct categories of thinking.  Once you understand those categories and know when to use them, you can access a new process for creating solutions to all sorts of problems.
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9/26, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Room 136Kim RhodesLearning
Albemarle County Public Schools have recently implemented an online facility scheduling tool known as FS Direct.  This web-based tool allows both employees and members of the public to schedule space in any of the division's 25 schools, and it is a great communications tool for understanding what's going on in the schools.  This class is a hands-on introduction for anyone who needs to schedule meetings or events at school buildings. 
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11/29, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 235Jennifer Weller KimLearning
Are you looking for new opportunities within your department or another part of the Albemarle County organization?  As part of the County’s work to develop leadership capacity, the goal of this class is to help you enhance your interviewing skills.  The class will highlight how to prepare for the interview, answer tough questions, and distinguish yourself from other candidates (especially the external ones!).
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9/28, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire, Room 246Kimberly ShigeokaIntegrity
A Plan of Assistance (POA) isn’t a bad thing at all! In fact, when used correctly, it can be one of a manager’s most effective tools to set an employee up for success. This two-hour class, taught by HR Generalist Kimberly Shigeoka, will use case studies to look at when and how to use disciplinary and non-disciplinary POAs.  
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11/9, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 246Kimberly ShigeokaIntegrity
The Americans with Disability Act, or ADA, is one of those laws that many people have heard of but few understand how it might apply to them in the workplace.  Join HR Generalist Kim Shigeoka for a discussion of what the ADA is, how to identify when the ADA is triggered, and how  Albemarle County employees can work together to create an environment that is compliant and welcoming to all.  
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12/14, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 235Trevor HenryInnovation/Leadership
Intent-based leadership is a High-Performance Organization approach to workplace leadership that focuses on developing employees’ ability to make their own decisions and take responsibility for their work.  The phrase was popularized by former Navy sub commander David Marquet in his book, Turn the Ship Around!  Join Trevor Henry, who was a former Submarine Officer serving on the USS Whale and USS Louisiana, to watch a short video summary and discuss how you can most effectively use this approach in your own work environment.
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9/7, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 136Elise KiewraLearning
Have you heard of the GIS-Web, but don’t quite know what it is and what it can do for you? Would you like to know how to quickly access county mapping, real estate data, school districts, Fire Rescue boundaries, parks, or other geographic information? Do you have a need for mapping related products, but wish you could create them yourself? Then this class is for you!  You will learn how to access a wide variety of the County’s geographic information via the Web.
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11/1, 1-2 pm AND 11/9, 1-4 pm, COB McIntire Room 235Elizabeth-Latta BrotherCommunity
In this two-part class, students will take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and then learn what it has to say about their unique preferences.  Through a series of discussions and activities, you will learn about your own innate preferences and how they shape the way you see the world and interact with others.  In doing so, you will identify your strengths and blind spots, in order to better understand yourself and others. 
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9/14, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Teresa MillerIntegrity
“Mindfulness” as a meditation technique or stress management method has received a lot of attention in the media, and when we offered this class last fall, 100% of participants recommended it to their coworkers, saying that they valued learning how to incorporate mindfulness into their daily routines and be more present.  This class is your opportunity to practice and experience it for yourself!  The instructor will lead the class through a variety of exercises to help you better understand mindfulness and how to incorporate the practice into your daily life.  This class is limited to 20 people.
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12/7, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Room 246Jenny StearnsLearning
We all know to take care of our physical selves, but what about our mental health?  Join Jenny Stearns, HR Specialist, to watch a TED talk about emotional hygiene and discuss how to incorporate best practices for mental health first aid into our everyday lives.
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CLOSED to additional students.  Please register for a class in Spring 2018.Louise WyattInnovation/Leadership
Networked talent model, parallel organization, and leadership philosophy, oh my! This one-day workshop, based on Weldon Cooper’s LEAD program curriculum, is a crash course in what it means to be a high-performing organization.  Class participants are expected to do reading and complete five online assignments before the class begins.  Note:  All managers/supervisors who have not attended LEAD are expected to attend this class. Non-managers are also welcome in this class, or in the shorter “Leadership At All Levels” class.
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11/28, 12-1 pm, COB McIntire Room 235 OR 11/30, 12-1 pm, COB 5th Room ANationwideLearning
How can you know if you’re preparing well for retirement?  Increase your retirement readiness with exclusive tools from Nationwide!  Our Interactive Retirement Planner allows you to set and track your retirement goals.  Learn how to use this tool’s suggestions to improve your retirement outlook.  The retirement planner is available to all employees, whether or not you are contributing to a Nationwide 457.  Nationwide representatives will be available after class for individual consultations.

NOTE:  Lunch is provided!
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10/11, 12-1 pm at COB 5th Room A OR 10/12, 12-1 pm, COB McIntire Room 235NationwideLearning
Why make a budget?  Do you know where you're going financially, and how you're going to get there?  While it may sound complicated, it can be fairly simple.  Budgeting allows you to make better use of your financial resources, which makes it easier to reach your goals.  Learn effective techniques to construct and adhere to a household budget!  Nationwide representatives will be available after class for individual consultations.


NOTE:  Lunch is provided!
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9/19, 12-1 pm in COB 5th Room A OR 9/20, 12-1 pm in COB McIntire Room 235NationwideLearning
What kind of lifestyle do you want to enjoy in retirement?  Uncover the unique challenges facing women when planning for a comfortable and fulfilling retirement.  How these specific issues are managed and overcome will help determine your future financial security.  Nationwide representatives will be available after class for individual consultations.


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10/5, 1-3 pm, COB McIntire Room 241 OR 12/5, 9-11 am, COB McIntire Room 241Kevin HoscharIntegrity
Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination training is common throughout government and private industry; it is important that Albemarle County employees spend time learning about and discussing the topic.  This course, which is required for all new employees, focuses on maintaining a productive and safe workplace for all employees.
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11/1, 10:30 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 246 (NOTE:  this class has been rescheduled since catalog publication)Alyssa Mezzoni, Gerald Smith, and Jenny ZawitzCommunity
The data gathered and analyzed by Albemarle County’s public safety departments (Police, Fire Rescue, Emergency Communications Center) may surprise you in its variety and in what it can tell us all about where the County has been and where it is going.  In this class, analysts from all three of these departments will lead you through a tour of the data-gathering process and share insights into what all that data really means and how it helps us all to provide better services to the citizens of Albemarle County.
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11/16, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 246Purchasing StaffStewardship
Are you in charge of buying goods/services for your department, or are you wanting to learn more about how the purchasing process works at Albemarle County?  Through this course you will gain a basic understanding of Purchasing and learn how to apply what you’ve learned.  You will learn simple tips and tricks that will help make your purchasing responsibilities a little less painful. 
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10/19, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 246Purchasing StaffStewardship
Are you a principal or manager who is ultimately responsible for purchasing goods/services for your school or location?  Through this course you will gain a basic understanding of the purchasing process at Albemarle County and the vital role you play in making sure that the process is completed correctly.
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11/7, 11 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 235Tom WinderStewardship
Albemarle County has a long and detailed Purchasing Manual designed to guide you through all the complexities of buying goods and services.  One of the sometimes-confusing purchasing processes involves sole source procurement.  This class is designed to guide you through the process, with a particular focus on the documentation required for a successful sole source purchase.
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9/13, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 235Cathy PalesInnovation/Leadership
The best supervisors realize that developing their employees is just as important as achieving desired outcomes. It is not possible for organizations to achieve greatness unless their employees are given that opportunity. Supervisors can foster employee development by using a coaching style. By attending this workshop, you will learn about coaching and how best it can be used by supervisors, discover how to help employees develop clear goals and accountability, and learn how a coaching culture benefits the entire organization.
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12/13, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 241Kathy RalstonInnovation/Leadership
As our organization moves increasingly into team-based practices, it's more important than ever to know how to create and manage teams.  Kathy Ralston, retired Director of Social Services, will draw on her experiences of building a team-based organization to help class attendees understand and implement the life cycle of successful teams, from how to lay a good foundation to how to re-build an existing work group into a cohesive team to how to close down a team once its work is done.  This class is focused specifically on best practices for those looking to build teams within small departments or workgroups where a limited number of team members are possible….or the same team members are available for everything!
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11/14, 9:30-10:30 am, COB McIntire Room 246John Blair and Richie DeloriaIntegrity
When you hear or read about business or political scandals, the phrase “conflict of interest” often features prominently.  The County Attorney’s office is here to make sure that all of us understand what constitutes a conflict of interest for County employees by exploring relevant policies, reviewing the ethics framework, and discussing scenarios that shed light on the nuances of this important, but often misunderstood, topic. 
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10/11, 9:30 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Terry NewellInnovation/Leadership
Recent research suggests that we're often not as rational as we think when making decisions.  This course explores: (1) how our brains have evolved to help us make decisions; (2) how we integrate reason and emotion, and (3) mental traps that can stand in our way and how to avoid them.
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10/25, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Terry NewellIntegrity
To earn the public’s trust – and serve the public well – we must act ethically in our workplace decisions.  This course explores three key questions: (1) what does it mean to be ethical?, (2) how do I make an ethical decision?, and (3) how do I confront unethical behavior in others?
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12/6, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 235Jody SaundersLearning
Ever wonder how to make your next design project get noticed?  With a focus on composition, layout, and other basic elements of design, this class will help you make an effective statement using both graphics and text.  You’ll train your eyes to identify what makes “good” design and “bad” design.  You will also get tips on which software applications are best for which projects, although no specific software experience or proficiency is required for this class.
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