Upcoming Classes

This page displays current Learning & Development class and workshop offerings designed to serve the needs of UC Santa Cruz employees. We also collaborate with the campus community to advertise and support professional development and training opportunities offered by other Departments. Unless otherwise noted, classes are sponsored and taught by Learning & Development personnel.

The upcoming classes listed below provide only abbreviated descriptions, and are arranged in chronological order. Please note that some classes may have multiple sessions, as noted in the class description. Be sure to register for each class in the series!

For a complete description of our classes and works, please refer to our Course Catalog page!

HOW TO REGISTER

You can register for all Learning & Development courses through UC Learning Center, UC Santa Cruz’s online learning management system for staff. Remember to use your CruzID and gold password to gain access. Be sure to disable your popup blocker (or add uc.sumtotalsystems.com to the list of allowed sites in your pop-up browser settings). For fee-based courses, you will need to provide a Fund, Organization, and Account information (known as a FOAPAL).

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  • Excel Part 3: Tables, Charts & Graphics

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020; 1 - 4 PM, Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101

    This class will cover how to work with tables, including formatting and filters. This class will also include how to work with charts and graphics. The class will also include a portion covering workgroup collaboration in Excel.

    • Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of contents in Parts 1-2.
    • Departments are expected to provide laptops for participants.
    • There will be an option to attend via Zoom.

     

  • Managing My UCSC Career

    Thursday, January 23, 2020; 10 - 11 AM, Kerr Hall, Room 60/62

    This is the first of three career development workshops offered by Learning & Development. The goal of this session is to introduce employees to the ‘My UC Career Portal’ (a free online career development tool, available to all UC employees) and the benefits of working with a career coach. This class is taught by Debbie Melnikoff, Third Wave Career Coaching.

    Topics will include:

    • The importance of managing one’s own career in today’s marketplace
    • The tools and resources available at UC Santa Cruz (online portal and career coaching) for employees to manage their careers
    • How to sign up for career coaching including prerequisites for coaching

     

  • Excel Part 4: Advanced Functions & Templates

    Thursday, January 23, 2020; 1 - 4 PM, Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101

    This class will cover financial and logical functions: IF, Nested IF, Pmt, and Fv functions. The class will also cover date and time today, now functions as well as more detailed instruction in managing workbooks. Finally, the class will cover how to work with ranges.

    • Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of contents in Parts 1-3.
    • Departments are expected to provide laptops for participants.
    • There will be an option to attend via Zoom.

     

  • Excel Part 5: Advanced Formatting & Shared Workbook Collaboration

    Wednesday, January 29, 2020; 1 - 4 PM, Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101

    This class will cover importing and exporting data, formatting numbers as well as data analysis tools such a tracing formula precedents and tracing cell dependents. Finally, the class will dive deeper into Workgroup Collaboration.

    • Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of contents in Parts 1-4.
    • Departments are expected to provide laptops for participants.
    • There will be an option to attend via Zoom.

     

  • Excel Part 6: Macros & Data Analysis with Pivot Tables

    Thursday, January 30, 2020; 1 - 4 PM, Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101

    This class will cover macros: how to create, run and edit a macro. This class will also introduce pivot tables. Other topics include how to summarize data and utilizing what-if data analysis, including Goal Seek and Solver.

    • Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of contents in Parts 1-5.
    • Departments are expected to provide laptops for participants.
    • There will be an option to attend via Zoom.

  • Addressing Bullying and Abusive Conduct (for Managers)

    Thursday, January 30, 2020; 1:30 - 4 PM, Kerr Hall, Room 212

    As a manager, one of your responsibilities is to protect staff members from abusive conduct in the workplace. In this short workshop, we will review the basics of preventing and managing bullying at UCSC.

    Topics will include:

    • Informing staff of University guidelines and expectations
    • Responding to individual complaints about bullying
    • Effectively intervening in patterns of abusive conduct
    • Providing appropriate resources and referrals to those who have engaged in bullying, and those on the receiving end
    • Finding the information and support you may need along the way
    Please bring a laptop or tablet to class.

     

  • Budget and Financial Management #1: The University Budget

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020; 9:30- 12 PM; Kerr Hall, Room 60/62
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020; 9:30- 12 PM; Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101
    • This is the first class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series: A high-level explanation of the university budget. The class will review university funding streams and explain how funds are distributed and utilized on our campus. 
    • It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

  • Resilience: Navigating the Unexpected with Grace

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020; 1:30- 3:30 PM; Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101
    • Building resilience is an important skill for managing the stresses (big and small) that impact our lives. 
    • Resilience increases our ability to "respond" rather than "react" to unexpected events and set-backs.
    • In this class, participants will explore what it means to be resilient and why it is an important skill/competency to nurture and develop in self and others. 
    • Participants will practice specific tools and approaches for building resilience in their own lives, and learn how to support cultivating a culture of resilience in the workplace.

  • Introduction to G Suite: Gmail, Calendar, Forms and Hangouts

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020; 1:00- 3:00 PM; Kerr Hall, Room 8

    G Suite is Google’s office productivity suite.

    • This workshop is designed to help new G Suite users come up to speed quickly on the featured applications.
    • Topics covered in this course include how to log into a G Suite account, navigate its interface, and use its component apps to complete common productivity tasks.
    • Specific applications we will cover are Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Forms, and Google Hangouts.

  • Tell Your Story: Developing a Memorable Pitch

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020; 10 AM - 12 PM; Kerr Hall, Room 60/62

    This is the second of three career development workshops offered by Learning & Development. The workshop series is designed around the new 'My UC Career' online career development tool. The workshops’ contents are designed to be cumulative, so it is recommended that participants attend each in sequence. It is also recommended that participants complete the ‘Tell Your Story’ Module in the 'My UC Career' portal in preparation. This class is taught by Debbie Melnikoff, Third Wave Career Coaching.

    The goals of ‘Tell Your Story’ workshop will include:

    • Building from the ‘Tell Your Story’ Module in My UC Career to develop a compelling story to be in used in networking situations and interviews
    • Crafting content for Cover Letters and LinkedIn profiles

  • How to Understand and Develop Emotional Intelligence

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020; 3 - 4 PM; Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101

    Attendees will learn all about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – from its definition to strategies for enhancing it. This program will help participants identify stress reduction techniques and guide them through writing their own action plan for developing their EQ.

    • Define EQ
    • Assess individual EQs
    • Develop a “feeling” vocabulary
    • Examine the basic concepts of EQ
    • Write an action plan for developing EQ
    • Determine the benefits of a healthy EQ
    • Explore strategies for enhancing EQ skills
    • Identify appropriate stress reduction techniques

  • Getting Onboard with the Onboarding Process: A Model for Success

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020; 10 AM - 12 PM; Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101

    Join two campus colleagues (the onboarder and the onboarded) as they introduce a model for successfully onboarding new team members. The presenters will use storytelling to share their experiences and best practices over a year-long onboarding process, while introducing a successful 5-phase framework for connecting new professionals to their new role and the institution. Participants will be introduced to a number of resources and tools that can be implemented in their home departments.

    Presenters:

    Garrett Naiman, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students

    Lucy Rojas, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff

     


  • Budget and Financial Management #2: Managing the Campus Budget

    Thursday, February 13, 2020; 9:30- 12 PM; Kerr Hall, Room 60/62
    Tuesday, March 17, 2020; 9:30- 12 PM; Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101
    • This is the second class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series: A general explanation of how budget is managed centrally and across campus. We’ll discuss the campus chart of accounts, elements of the FOAPAL, the financial calendar, campus financial systems and what comprises the operating budget. 
    • It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

  • Introduction to G Suite: Docs, Drive, Sheets and Slides

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020; 9:00- 11:00 AM; Kerr Hall, Room 8

    G Suite is Google’s office productivity suite.

    • This workshop is designed to help new G Suite users come up to speed quickly on the featured applications.
    • Topics covered in this course include how to log into a G Suite account, navigate its interface, and use its component apps to complete common productivity tasks.
    • Specific applications we will cover are Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides.

  • Excel Part 7: Pivot Tables - A Vital Analysis Tool

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020; 1 - 4 PM, Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101

    This class will provide a deep dive specifically into pivot tables. Topics covered will inTuesdayclude: the basics, drilling down, pivot table tricks, refreshing pivot data, and sorting pivot tables.

    • Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of contents in Parts 1-6.
    • Departments are expected to provide laptops for participants.
    • There will be an option to attend via Zoom.

  • Excel Part 8: Pivot Tables - Uncovering Critical Information

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020; 1 - 4 PM, Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101

    This class builds on the pivot table tool. Topics covered include grouping pivot tables, filtering pivot tables, using slicers, subtotals and grand totals, layouts and styles, and calculated fields and items.

    • Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of contents in Parts 1-7.
    • Departments are expected to provide laptops for participants.
    • There will be an option to attend via Zoom.

  • Budget and Financial Management #3: Managing Your Campus Budget

    Thursday, February 20, 2020; 9:30 AM- 12 PM; Kerr Hall, Room 60/62
    • This is the third class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series. This class covers best practices for managing a budget on campus. Topics covered include appropriate fund use, the process for establishing fees and recharge rates, the short-term interest pool (STIP), central benefits pools, composite benefit rates, budgeting for cost increases, and available resources for budget managers. The differences in managing core-funded budgets versus recharge/auxiliary budgets will be explained throughout.
    • It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

  • Budget and Financial Management #3: Managing Your Campus Budget

    Thursday, March 26, 2020; 9:30 AM- 12 PM; Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101
    • This is the third class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series. This class covers best practices for managing a budget on campus. Topics covered include appropriate fund use, the process for establishing fees and recharge rates, the short-term interest pool (STIP), central benefits pools, composite benefit rates, budgeting for cost increases, and available resources for budget managers. The differences in managing core-funded budgets versus recharge/auxiliary budgets will be explained throughout.
    • It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

  • Budget and Financial Management #4: Demystifying Financial Transactions

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020; 1:30- 4 PM; Kerr Hall, Room 60/62
    • This is the fourth class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series. This class dives into the minutia of the Financial Transactions Report. (a.k.a. “the general ledger”). Participants will get a better understanding of the timeliness of budgetary and financial transactions, how to read the financial transactions report, where to get help if something is unclear, and commonly misunderstood transactions.
    • It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

  • Budget and Financial Management #4: Demystifying Financial Transactions

    Tuesday, March 31, 2020; 1:30- 4 PM; Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101
    • This is the fourth class in the UCSC Budget and Financial Management Course Series. This class dives into the minutia of the Financial Transactions Report. (a.k.a. “the general ledger”). Participants will get a better understanding of the timeliness of budgetary and financial transactions, how to read the financial transactions report, where to get help if something is unclear, and commonly misunderstood transactions.
    • It is strongly recommended though not required that employees attend these classes in sequence.

  • Introduction to G Suite: Gmail, Calendar, Forms and Hangouts

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020; 9:00- 11:00 AM; Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101

    G Suite is Google’s office productivity suite.

    • This workshop is designed to help new G Suite users come up to speed quickly on the featured applications.
    • Topics covered in this course include how to log into a G Suite account, navigate its interface, and use its component apps to complete common productivity tasks.
    • Specific applications we will cover are Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Forms, and Google Hangouts.
    • Please bring a laptop to the workshop.

  • Introduction to G Suite: Docs, Drive, Sheets and Slides

    Friday, March 6, 2020; 9:00- 11:00 AM; Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101

    G Suite is Google’s office productivity suite.

    • This workshop is designed to help new G Suite users come up to speed quickly on the featured applications.
    • Topics covered in this course include how to log into a G Suite account, navigate its interface, and use its component apps to complete common productivity tasks.
    • Specific applications we will cover are Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides.
    • Please bring a laptop to the workshop.

  • How to Be an Effective Workplace Leader

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020; 3- 4 PM; Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101

    Today, leadership requires a more complex set of skills and values than at any time in the past. Vision, trust, integrity and empowerment have become critical elements of effective leadership. This training will provide the framework for becoming an effective and ethical leader whether leading a small team of people or a large organization.

    Participants will: 

    • Identify the challenges of leadership 
    • Discuss the myths and realities of leadership 
    • Describe the qualities of an effective leader 
    • Create an action plan for developing leadership skills 
    • Determine the difference between leaders and managers 
    • Define the differences between leadership today and in the past

  • Navigating Your Network

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020; 10 AM - 12 PM; Kerr Hall, Room 60/62 

    This is the third of three career development workshops offered by Learning & Development. The workshops’ contents are designed to be cumulative, so it is recommended that participants attend each in sequence. Participants should complete the ‘My Story’ and “Network and Research” Module in the My UC Career portal before attending. This class is taught by Debbie Melnikoff, Third Wave Career Coaching. The goals of ‘Navigating Your Network’ will include:
    • Learn strategies for developing a professional network
    • Adopt a ‘consultant’s’ mindset to identify opportunities at UC Santa Cruz to maximize career potential
    • Learn to navigate and expand your network, including LinkedIn