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Five-Week Incentive Credit Courses

Fall 2012 Schedule

These five-week courses are offered in partnership with the RI Office of Training and Development. Courses are designed for state, municipal, nonprofit, and private sector employees and for unemployed and under-employed members of the workforce.

Please read the payment and registration information carefully if you wish to register for any of these courses.

CONT 480C-80: Grant Proposal Writing
Course Call #: 12308
Fee: $130
Instructor: Jonathan W. Howard, Cause & Effect, Inc.
Dates: 5 Fridays; October 5 - November 2, 2012
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Rhode Island College — Craig-Lee 204
Credit: 1.5 CEUs; State Employees may be eligible for 1/2 incentive credit

State employees seeking incentive credit for this class must be currently writing grants or planning to write grants.

This course will show you how to compete and win in the never-ending search for foundation and government grant revenues to support your critical programs and creative new approaches to challenges. We'll work step-by-step through the grant-seeking and application process using real opportunities and examples. You will learn the basics of proposal development and grant writing as expressions of effective program planning. The course will focus on how to read an RFP, how to develop a program concept for grant funding, how to construct the elements of a standard proposal including Project Summary, Problem Statement or Needs Assessment, Objectives, Methods/Action Plan, Budget and Budget Narrative, Evaluation, and Supporting Documents. Students should have a specific program or program idea in mind as a basis for participation in all course activities. If you have a specific grant in mind, please bring those guidelines to class.

CONT 580C-81: Critical Supervisory, Management, and Leadership Skills
Course Call #: 12309
Fee: $230 (includes online self-assessment DiSC® Profile*)
*Special Instructions: Please note that the DiSC® Profile is required and MUST be completed prior to the first class meeting.
Registration Deadline: Friday, October September 2, 2012
Instructor: Janet M. Letourneau, MBA; Peak Performers, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Dates: 5 Thursdays; October 11 – November 18, 2012
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Rhode Island College – Alger Hall 201
Credit: 1.5 CEUs; State employees may be eligible for 1/2 incentive credit

State employees seeking incentive credit for this course must currently be a manger or supervisor

Is your organization or work unit functioning at peak performance in achieving expected objectives? Are your leaders, managers and supervisors skilled in helping their direct reports and team members work effectively and efficiently? This timely class will bring real world experiences to the latest theories in order to meet the many and never-ending challenges of leaders and managers. We will focus on how your internal communications can improve decision-making and relationships with bosses, team members and your employees. Topics will include:

  • Style Awareness
    Most of us have no idea about the impact we can have on our co-workers, bosses or customers. Knowing your own work style can help you to create the right impact, at the right time, with the right people for the right purpose. You will review your specific styles and learn more about yourself, the key emotions of each style, how to identify the styles of those with whom you work, and how to adapt to those styles resulting in improved communications and relationships, and reduced conflict.
  • Managing Up, Down and Across the Organization
    Learn to understand, value and manage relationships with your boss; define two types of expectations; and how to use a basic checklist to take charge of this relationship which will give you win/win results. By understanding the reasons why you need your boss and he/she needs you, you will be better able to evaluate this mutually dependent relationship and how it impacts the performance of all employees.
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
    Emotional Intelligence plays a major role in leadership success. We will review the five components of EQ and 20 core competencies. Learn how this model affects your success, how you lead and follow others, assess how much EQ you have and how to trigger success at all levels.
  • Are You Leading or Managing?
    There is a difference! Managing day-to-day activities requires different skills than leading your team to success. We will review the key differences between the two, and complete a self-assessment. Knowledge of whether you are leading or managing your team can improve your performance in doing both. Understanding these skill sets, the value and the benefits, along with how to apply them day-to-day will greatly impact your performance and others. We will also identify where your organization stands and what it values.
CONT 380C-81: Making Effective Presentations
Course Call#: 12307
Fee: $110
Instructor: Tracy Proulx, MA
Dates: 5 Fridays; October 19 – November 16, 2012
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Rhode Island College – Craig-Lee 105
Credit: 1.5 CEUs; State employees may be eligible for 1/2 incentive credit

If you want to make more dynamic and effective presentations, then this class is designed for you. In a nonthreatening learning environment, you will learn practical techniques that will enhance your comfort level, delivery skills, and organize your subject material. You will have the opportunity to deliver several presentations and receive valuable feedback over this five week class.

CONT 380C-8X: Enhancing Personal Performance
Course Call #: TBD
Fee: $110
Instructor: Susan Shapiro, MA
Dates: 5 Fridays; January 4 – February 1, 2013 (snow date February 8)
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Rhode Island College – TBD
Credit: 1.5 CEUs; State employees may be eligible for 1/2 incentive credit

In this course we will focus on meeting and exceeding employer expectations and how to best use your talents, abilities, and skills. Information and strategies for maximizing personal productivity will be provided each week. Topics will include time management techniques, tools for workplace stress management, ethical behavior and decision making, effective communication and conflict management, and tips for managing up. By using strategies outlined and discussed in this class, and by developing a personal plan, you will enhance your workplace productivity!

Page last updated: September 11, 2012