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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  • 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

  • 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
    Thursday, May 14, 2020; 9:30- 12 PM; Kerr Hall, Room 60/62

    • 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 include: 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- 12 PM; Kerr Hall, Room 60/62
    Thursday, March 26, 2020; 9:30- 12 PM; Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020; 9:30- 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 #4: Demystifying Financial Transactions

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020; 1:30- 4 PM; Kerr Hall, Room 60/62
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020; 1:30- 4 PM; Scotts Valley Center, Room 1101
    Thursday, May 28, 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.

  • 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

  • Professional Writing Skills

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020; 1:00- 3:00 PM; Kerr Hall, Room 8

    • Writing is an integral part of most of our jobs here at the University.
    • This workshop will be devoted to writing letters of recommendation, of persuasion, of refusal, or of action, that reflect current word usage and up-to-date formats.
    • You can also learn some basics about writing business cases, proposals, and reports.