July 28, 2017  

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Southern Miss Launches New Professional Development Series

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Human Capital Development will launch the Professional Development Series, a new workshop series designed for training and human resource professionals, March 30-31. All sessions will be held on the Gulf Park campus.

A series of two-day training sessions, the Professional Development Series will focus on topics such as employee engagement, workplace coaching, training delivery, leadership development, performance improvement and instructional design. It will consist of six scheduled sessions and is designed to provide an engaging and interactive learning environment that is creative, collaborative and student-centered.

The first session, Employee Engagement, will be held Thursday, March 30 – Friday, March 31, and will be taught by Southern Miss alumna and owner of Edge Consulting, Dr. Janea McDonald. The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Lloyd Hall on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Registration is still open.

McDonald has more than 20 years of human resource-related experience. She is a certified HR professional (PHR and SHRM-CP) through the Human Resources Certification Institute and Society for Human Resource Management, as well as a certified training professional through the Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute at Southern Miss.

McDonald received her doctorate in human capital development and master’s in workforce training and development from USM. In addition to owning her own business, McDonald serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of South Alabama and the University of Mississippi.

The cost to attend a Professional Development Series is $850 per two-day workshop. Workshops include competency-based training, course materials and access to a network of training professionals. A 10 percent discount is available for organizations registering two or more participants for one session.

Workshops will be taught by faculty and industry experts, and allow for the immediate transfer of knowledge and skills to the participant’s daily life. This program is based on the Association of Talent Development’s key competencies, offering a proven method for improving workplace learning and performance.

For more information or to register for a Professional Development Series, contact Dr. Heather Annulis at heather.annulis@usm.edu. For more details about future sessions, visit the Professional Development Series website at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/human-capital-development/training-and-development....