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3/27, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 235Optima 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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3/20, 10-11:30 am, COB 5th Room BOptima EAPCommunity
The ability to be assertive is a key tool for effective communication.  This class  will explore the benefits and challenges of being assertive and identify the traits and skills of assertive communicators.  Participants will receive specific tips on how to increase their confidence and ability in expressing themselves directly and respectfully.
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2/13, 10-11:30 am, COB 5th Room BDana RobbInnovation/Leadership
Contrary to popular belief, studies consistently show that it actually isn’t all about the money when it comes to keeping employees happy.  In this class, Dana Robb, Program Manager for Compensation and Rewards, presents practical ideas for how to reward and recognize employees and teams. 
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3/14, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 235Davra MillerIntegrity
In this class, HR Generalist Davra Miller will review the performance evaluation process and timeline.  Attendees will learn how to help employees set goals, practice giving specific written feedback, and learn more about what to be doing throughout the year to prepare for the year-end evaluation process.
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5/22, 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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3/1, 10-11:30, COB McIntire Room 241John 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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4/26, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Second Floor LobbyJerry ShatzLearning
Take a top-to-bottom tour of the wonder and mystery that is the County Office Building on McIntire Road.  Join Jerry Shatz for this exclusive insiders' look at the building many of us call home!  Note:  sensible shoes required (that means no open-toed or flip-floppy footwear).
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3/8, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, COB McIntire Room 241 OR 5/9, 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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4/24, 10:30-11:30 am, COB 5th Room BOptima EAPCommunity
In this class, participants will learn more about what compassion fatigue is and how it differs from stress and burnout.  Learning more about practical coping tips, preventive measures, and available resources will help class members understand the issue and learn how to manage it more effectively.
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3/6, 11 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Lorna GeromeInnovation/Leadership
Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows in a TED talk good disagreement is central to progress.  Please join Lorna Gerome for a discussion of how you can build teams and relationships that allow people to deeply disagree but still work together effectively and productively.
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4/10, 10-11:30 am, COB 5th Room BOptima EAPIntegrity
Since no one is perfect, we all have experienced disrespectful behaviors at some point in our lives.  This course examines the origin of these behaviors and their impact on the workplace.  Through small group activities and general discussion, class participants will focus on understanding the unmet needs and expectations that may be driving difficult behavior and learn strategies for responding productively without further escalation.
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5/8, 1-1:30 pm, COB 5th Room B OR  5/30, 1-1:30 pm, COB McIntire Room 246Optima 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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4/10, 1-2 pm, COB 5th Room B OR 4/18, 2-3 pm, COB McIntire Room 246Optima 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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4/25, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 235Frank SquillaceInnovation/Leadership
This seminar looks at various ways of using motivation and empowerment to better our organizations and ourselves. Attendees will participate in a dialogue on ideas and opportunities to empower themselves and others and look at the following components:  • What is empowerment and why do we want to empower people?  • How do we empower people through our systems and surroundings?  • What can we do to motivate ourselves?
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3/14, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Terry 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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2/7, 4-5 pm at COB McIntire Exercise Room OR 2/13, 4-5 pm at COB 5th Exercise RoomChris SiebertLearning
Did you resolve to take advantage of the free exercise facilities available to you at the two County Office Buildings?  If so, here's a great opportunity to learn more about the equipment and exercise options available in these spaces.  Chris Siebert, physical education teacher and certified exercise physiologist, will conduct a small-group training program to help new exercisers learn the ropes of these gyms.  Class size limited to 6 at COB McIntire gym (aka the exershack) and 10 at COB 5th Street gym. 
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2/22, 4-5 pm at COB McIntire Exercise Room OR 2/28, 4-5 pm, COB 5th Exercise RoomChris SiebertLearning
Are you bored with your gym routine?  Do you need some new challenges for your exercise life?  If you are an experienced exerciser who would like to learn some new or more challenging things to do at the County exercise facilities, this is the class for you.  Class size limited to 6 at COB McIntire gym (aka the exershack) and 10 at COB 5th Street gym. 
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4/11, 9 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 246 (Rain date 5/9)Water 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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5/24, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Room 246John Blair and Richie DeloriaIntegrity
The first amendment to the United States Constitution has been in the news quite a lot lately, and you might have questions about what it means for your speech in the workplace.  Join County Attorney staff John Blair and Richie DeLoria for an exploration of the many, many flavors of first amendment issues in the workplace, from politicking to proselytizing.
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2/28, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 235Optima EAPInnovation/Leadership
Change is a constant, in both our professional and personal lives.  In this class participants will explore actions and thought processes that support or are barriers to change, examine successful changes and how to apply that skill set in the future, and identify strategies for dealing with change.
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3/28 AND 3/30, 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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2/28 AND 3/2, 10 am-12 pm, COB McIntire IT Training LabLisa WalkerStewardship
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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3/28, 9:30 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Terry NewellCommunity
Getting fresh ideas on a topic can be hard.  Surveys have too little depth and are constrained by the questions we ask and what people assume we want to hear.  Discussion groups can be dominated by the most vocal participants. This course presents two methods that avoid these problems.  It will enable you to conduct focus groups and employ the "Nominal Group Technique."  Both methods can be used inside the organization and with outside citizen groups.
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2/27, 10-11:30 am, COB 5th Room BOptima EAPIntegrity
Procrastination is a common problem, but it’s not a permanent condition.  This course explores the common signs of procrastination as well as reasons for it.  Class participants will identify their own procrastination challenges and review options for taking control and positioning themselves for success.
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5/3, 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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5/8, 10-11:30 am, COB 5th Room B OR 5/30, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 235Optima EAPStewardship
Learning how to create and achieve your goals is an important part of personal and professional success.  This class offers you the chance to learn more about they key role played by attitude and walk through a step-by-step goal setting process.
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2/22, 10-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 241Elaine EcholsIntegrity
Do you have a lot of information to present, and a only little time to do it?  How do you figure out what it is you want your audience to know?  Join Elaine Echols, Chief of Long Range Planning for Community Development, who's learned how to organize and explain seemingly disparate issues in a simple understandable way that gives the County's decision makers the information they need to know, for a discussion on presentation preparation and delivery.
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3/29, 11 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 235Louise WyattInnovation/Leadership
Do you think your team should have a retreat, but you aren’t quite sure how to plan one? Come to this short class to get some practical pointers on how to plan a meaningful retreat.
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5/22, 9-10 am, COB McIntire Room 235Louise WyattLearning
Life comes at you fast. Learning how to be present in the moment and think and communicate on your feet are vital skills in a high-performing organization. Attendance at this class isn’t intended to kick-start your stand-up comedy career, but you will learn some techniques that will help you in your job. Are you shy/introverted/can’t-tell-a-joke-to-save-your-life? This class is for you too!
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2/15, 2-4 pm, COB McIntire IT LabJenny ZawitzLearning
Participants in this class will create charts from their worksheet data, modify and annotate charts, and learn to insert Excel charts in other types of files, including Word documents and PowerPoint presentations.
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4/19, 2-3:30 pm, COB McIntire IT LabJenny ZawitzLearning
In this class participants will explore how to present their data in new ways by creating and editing pivot tables to present summary data in an easy-to-read format.
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2/8, 10-11 am, COB McIntire IT Training LabElise 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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3/7, 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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5/23, 9-11:30 am, COB McIntire Room 241Jeff 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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3/15, 2:30-4 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Emily Kilroy and Siri RussellLearning
Albemarle County has seen a lot of change and growth in recent years, and it's sometimes difficult to understand the scope of those changes, and what they mean to citizens and employees.  Join Emily Kilroy and Siri Russell for an interactive and discussion-based peek into the changing landscape of our community and the impact on how we deliver services.
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4/18, 8:30 am-2:30 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Louise 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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2/6, 12-1 pm, COB 5th Room A OR 2/8, 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, and LUNCH IS PROVIDED!
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4/17, 12-1 pm, COB McIntire Room 235 OR 4/19, 12-1 pm, COB 5th Room ANationwideLearning
What is your plan for preparing financially for retirement?  Learn about the three major sources of retirement income and the three major costs in retirement. Effectively managing this delicate balance will reduce the risk of outliving your savings.  Nationwide representatives will be available after class for individual consultations, and LUNCH IS PROVIDED!
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5/3, 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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2/20, 10-11:30 am, COB 5th Room BTom 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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4/12, 1-2:30 pm, COB McIntire Room 246Tom WinderStewardship
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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5/1, 10:30 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 235Tom 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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3/13, 11 am-12 pm, COB 5th Room BTom 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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3/22, 11 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Frank SquillaceCommunity
This customer service class answers three important questions:  WHY is providing superior customer service so important in today's not-for-profit environment, WHO are our customers, and HOW do we provide this service?  This one-hour class is perfect for anyone who could benefit from a customer service refresher!
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5/2, 10-11 am, COB McIntire Room 235Laura VinzantInnovation/Leadership
You don’t have to have extraordinary powers to have a profound impact on someone’s life. In this TED talk, Drew Dudley redefines what it means to be a leader and urges us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives. Dudley believes we all have the power to implement positive change.
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5/29, 2-3 pm, COB McIntire Room 241Margaret Maliszewski, Heather McMahon, David Hannah Learning
Albemarle County is home to a wealth of resources both natural and man-made.  The County plays a large role in managing and protecting many of these resources.  Join staff from the Community Development Department to learn about some of these resources and how the County works to conserve them.  This course focuses on three topics:  biodiversity and the Biodiversity Action Plan being developed, historical and cultural resources, and stream buffers as a tool to protect water quality.
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5/15, 10:30 am-12 pm, COB McIntire Room 235Tricia SuszynskiLearning
Albemarle County's mission is to enhance the well-being and quality of life for all citizens.  In this class, you can learn how the members of the Adult Protective Services unit play a critical role in fulfilling that mission as they work to ensure that our adult population is safe and free from potential abuse, neglect and/or exploitation.  Interested students will have the opportunity to shadow APS staff to get a more in-depth look at the unit's daily work.       
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2/14, 9-11 am, COB McIntire Room 241Louise WyattInnovation/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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5/16, 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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