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9/18, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 241Allison 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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11/14, 3-4:30 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Kathy RalstonCommunity
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 close down a team once its work is done.
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9/11, 12:30-4:30 pm, COB 5th Room A OR 12/11, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Lisa 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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10/24, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Room 241Dan Eggleston and Lori AllshouseInnovation/Leadership
Coaching is a powerful tool to improve performance. While traditionally thought of as an activity for supervisors and their direct reports, coaching can also be a positive, peer-to-peer activity. Join Lori Allshouse and Dan Eggleston to learn about and practice a question-based technique for helping yourself and others learn to master your own challenges.
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11/1, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Terry NewellCommunity
Why do we go back to our favorite restaurant, hotel or store? Research shows that such loyalty comes because we like the experience - because it meets emotional not just practical needs. This is also true in government: exceptional experiences build trust and loyalty. Participants will leave this workshop with new ways to answer critical questions: What is the experience your customers have? How does that experience affect their loyalty to your organization? What do your customers care about? How can you create unique customer experiences?
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12/6, 11 am-12:30 pm, COB McIntire 241Cyndi WellsCommunity
Are you curious how to connect and communicate with culturally and linguistically diverse community members when they don't speak English? This session will provide an overview of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program in Albemarle County - including the top 5 languages found in our schools. We will answer questions and share current systems of support so that ALL families can find academic, civic, and economic success in our community. The presenter is Cyndi Wells, Lead Coach for ESOL & World Languages in Albemarle County Public Schools.
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10/17, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 246Siri RussellLearning
Have you ever wondered how much is too much when it comes to writing executive summaries for the Board of Supervisors? Does writing those summaries inspire dread, despair, and other negative emotions? This workshop-style class seeks to answer the first question and hopefully address the second as well. You will have the opportunity to analyze an actual executive summary to see where it succeeds and fails and then take that knowledge and work collaboratively to practice outlining and drafting an executive summary of your very own. Class size is limited to 12 students.
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10/17, 2-4 pm, COB McIntire Room 241     Doug WalkerIntegrity
Over 2000 years ago, citizens of Athens pledged themselves to the constant and continual betterment of their city.  This “Athenian Oath” constituted a commitment of self to the wellbeing of the community as well as a commitment to serve with others to safeguard the lasting legacy of their city for future generations.  Come join your colleagues in a lively discussion of what it means to be a public servant and how that fundamental sense of purpose is translated in our daily work as employees of Albemarle County.  Share your ideas about community service and “why we do what we do.”  Explore your ideals about government and the role it can play to make community life better for everyone.    Using the Athenian Oath as a template, this dialogue will allow participants to appreciate just how little the heart and soul of public service has diminished over the last two millennia and just how much we have in common with each other as Albemarle County employees.
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10/17 AND 10/19, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire IT Training LabLisa WalkerLearning
This four-hour class provides a general introduction to Microsoft Excel. Topics covered include screen layout and navigation, workbook basics, modifying worksheets, using functions to perform calculations, and formatting and printing worksheets.
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11/7 AND 11/9, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire IT Training LabLisa WalkerLearning
This class provides a general introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint. Topics covered include how to create and organize a presentation, formatting slides, working with graphics and multimedia to improve the presentation’s quality, running the presentation, and printing presentation notes and handouts.
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9/25, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Room 246Kristy ShifflettStewardship
The term "process mapping" gets thrown around a lot in conversation, but do you know what it actually means?  If you work on a cross departmental process or own a process from end to end, this course is for you.  Join Kristy Shifflett for an introduction to the concept of process mapping and an exploration of how the Project Management Office is integrating this concept into its work.
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9/26, 11 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 246Sharon CashStewardship
Successful vendor management is an important part of the Procurement Process for Albemarle County.  In this class, users of BuySpeed Online (BSO), Albemarle County's procurement system, will learn the entire lifecycle of a vendor within BSO, including the information that is required for a vendor to register, how to update vendor information, how to work successfully with a vendor, and how to ensure that vendors are removed from BSO.  Please bring your specific questions and scenarios for discussion.
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9/6 OR 12/13, 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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11/6, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 235Tom Von HemertCommunity
"Hearing Voices" is powerful and humbling experiential training exercise on understanding mental illness. Class members will participate in an audio exercise where you actually hear and experience what people with psychiatric disabilities are challenged with in their daily lives. This training was developed and designed by Pat Deegan PhD., a clinical psychologist who also personally lives the mental illness of Auditory Schizophrenia.
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11/8, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Bob GarrityCommunity
Have you ever had a fuss, disagreement, or conflict with anyone in your whole life? How about more than one person in your whole life? How about the same person more than once? We often talk about preventing and resolving conflict. But conflict is inevitable, and how do we do it? This workshop will look at various way people experience conflict. We will practice effective skills and methods of listening, observation, communication, and problem solving.
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9/19, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 246Dan MahonIntegrity
Humor can be a key ingredient in building a successful workplace--recent studies have shown that people who laugh together are more likely to trust their coworkers and be more creative. Join Dan Mahon for a discussion-based exploration of how humor can be used in the workplace, how it should not be used, and perhaps even answer the age-old question of why did that chicken cross the road???
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11/29, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 241Trevor 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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12/5, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Teresa MillerIntegrity
This intermediate mindfulness class is an opportunity for those who have taken the "Introduction to the Practice of Mindfulness” class to learn more about mindfulness and deepen their own practice.  Prior attendance at “Introduction to the Practice of Mindfulness” is required.  This class is limited to 20 people.
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10/10, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Training LabLisa WalkerLearning
The new ClearTouch Interactive Board in our IT Training Room is SO much more than a projection screen! This one-hour class will introduce you to the capabilities of ClearTouch technology, demonstrate its ease of use, and provide quick tips on how you can improve the quality and WOW-factor of your presentations using the ClearTouch Board.
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10/11, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Bob GarrityCommunity
Everyday we seem to lead meetings in the workplace, in the community, and at home. This workshop will look at the nature of meetings and provide participants with skills and methods for facilitating meetings effectively. We will look at building an agenda, opening a meeting, formatting a meeting, eliciting dialogue and ideas from meeting participants, listening, speaking, naming common ground, identifying issues to be addressed, decision-making and problem solving, time management, record keeping, and closing a meeting.
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9/13, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Training LabLisa WalkerLearning
What is a ‘Waffle?’ Where is ‘The Cloud?’ Why should I use OneDrive? How do I Skype? Find the answers to these questions and many more in this quick-and-easy introduction to the new Office 365. Bring your laptop if you already have Office 365 installed, or use the IT Training Room computers if you don’t.
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10/31, 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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9/12, 1-1:30 pm, COB McIntire Room 246 AND 10/24, 1-2 pm, COB McIntire Room 246Louise WyattCommunity
"Linking with others," whether to address cross-departmental issues or just learn more about other departments, is a key component of the County's organizational vision, Leadership At All Levels. The job shadowing program is a great way to gain insight and familiarity with other functional areas of the organization and build teamwork and camaraderie with other County staff who they may not interact with as part of their regular job duties.  Note: At this time, the job shadowing program is limited to Local Government employees.
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10/25, 9:30 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 235Jeff RichardsonInnovation/Leadership
What makes an effective leader? Does your answer change if you are leading in the public sector? Join County Executive Jeff Richardson for a discussion of the attributes of effective public sector leaders, the many differences between politics and administration, and how to recognize and strengthen organizational culture and performance.
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10/30, 8:30 am-2:30 pm, COB McIntire Room 235Louise 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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9/6 OR 12/13, 1-3 pm, 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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9/13, 9-11 am OR 12/4, 1:30-3:30 pm, COB McIntire Room 246Tom WinderStewardship
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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11/14, 2:30-4 pm, COB McIntire Room 246Tom WinderStewardship
Ever wondered what the difference was between an RFP, RFQ, or IFB? This class decodes the mysteries of these acronyms and will help you understand the processes involved in each type of purchasing process. By understanding these processes you will be able to make a more educated decision and in turn make better purchases for your department.
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10/30, 9:30-10:30 am, COB McIntire Room 246Tom 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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11/28, 11 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Megan Nedostup and Kristy ShifflettLearning
Southwood Mobile Home Park contains 341 mobile homes and more than 1,500 residents. In 2016, Albemarle County entered into a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to redevelop Southwood into a 700-800 unit, mixed income, mixed-use development that includes removing all 341 mobile homes and replacing them with a variety of housing unit types including site-built homes. This redevelopment effort contains the primary goal of non-displacement for its residents. This innovative partnership represents a new development approach for the County that involves not only staff from numerous departments inside and outside the organization, but a resident led and resident driven design process. Join Megan Nedostup and Kristy Shifflett for an update on what has been achieved so far and a look at upcoming work.
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11/27, 11 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Kristy ShifflettLearning
Albemarle County is in the last year of the current strategic plan, and enquiring minds want to know the latest and greatest.  How many plan goals have already been met, what's underway right now, and what's coming up in the near future?  So many questions, so little time!  Come to this class, and Kristy Shifflett will tell you how all the puzzle pieces fit together.
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10/9, 11-12 am, COB McIntire Room 241Louise WyattLearning
The technology assessment started in 2017, and whether you consider yourself a technophile or a technophobe, the work being done around the assessment results is going to impact your work as an Albemarle County employee. Come to this brief update for a reminder on what the technology assessment was, where we are in the assessment process, why we keep talking about it, and why it's so important to your job.
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10/3, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Room 246Helen WaltersCommunity
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.  In this 60-minute class, we will watch a brief TED talk by Amy Cuddy and then discuss the messages we send everyday without realizing it, and how we might change those messages.
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11/7, 9:30 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Terry NewellInnovation/Leadership
If you are in a management job, you probably face these problems from time to time: (1) what do I do about an employee who can't seem to perform well?; (2) how can I "do more with less"?; and (3) how can I avoid getting blind-sided by things I had not anticipated? This workshop offers ways to help with these three problems. The "Performance Matrix," "Portfolio Analysis," and the "Implications Wheel" are easy-to-use tools for supervisors and managers.
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10/16, 2-3 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Darrell Byers and Ron LantzLearning
The Albemarle County Police Department has used a geo-policing strategy since 2013 to facilitate community ownership and involvement, improve communication, and increase accountability for crime problems and quality of life issues that affect the citizens of Albemarle County.  Join Darrell Byers and Ron Lantz to learn more about how the program started, lessons the department has learned, and how it benefits the community and our organization as a whole.
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11/7/2018, 9:30 am-12 pmTom LaBelle and Chip WalkerCommunity
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a 21st centure firefighter? This field trip to an Albemarle County Fire Rescue Station will give you an insiders' view of a contemporary station and teach you more about how stations are designed and built to meet the particular challenges of Albemarle County, as well as how the department provides fire, rescue, and emergency medical services to the community with a mix of career and volunteer personnel.
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12/12, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Louise Wyatt and Allison FaroleInnovation/Leadership
"Leadership At All Levels" is part of the County's organizational vision of “ONE Organization, Committed to Excellence,” but do you know what it actually means? Come to this class to learn where the phrase comes from and explore with fellow employees how you can make it part of your work life. Participants will need to watch a 20 minute video before attending this class.
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12/4, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Terry NewellIntegrity
Building trust inside an organization and with citizens requires honesty and integrity. Yet the pressure to shade the truth--or even lie--in order to get things done and satisfy others, including supervisors, customers, and citizens, often makes truth-telling harder. This workshop will explore why people in organizations lie, how they can be more truthful, and how leaders can foster truthfulness.
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