Corporate and Leadership Development
The Office of Corporate and Leadership Development (CLD) supports both internal and external professional learning at Polk State College. Training sessions are designed to promote advancement of both individuals and teams while benefitting the community. Topics include content-specific skills, soft skills, workplace communication, and technology integration. Additionally, custom training seminars can be developed to support other topics as required by the needs of constituents.
Corporate and Leadership Development produces the College’s annual Professional Development Day (PDD), and develops and facilitates the institution’s internal leadership programs: the President’s Leadership Institute and the Empowering Leaders Professional Series (ELPS). These programs emphasize the acquisition of new leadership skills and contribute to the College’s sustainability plans via targeted participant projects and coaching.
In addition to established professional development programs, the Office of Corporate and Leadership Development can develop a variety of customized training opportunities to meet the needs of both internal and external clients. Interested parties can contact LEAD@polk.edu to schedule a consultation to review training needs and request assistance.
Below is information related to the comprehensive programs offered by the Office of Corporate and Leadership Development.
Professional Development Day (PDD) is scheduled for Friday, April 14, 2023, to be hosted on the Lakeland Campus. Register now to reserve your spot to attend and receive lunch!
- This year during the closing reception at Professional Development Day we will be hosting a College Showcase. This is an opportunity for different areas of the College to showcase their services, resources, and or programs to engage with the College community. If you missed the chance to submit a presentation proposal, or feel this is a better fit for your content, you might consider this opportunity to share your information. The Professional Development Day Committee is accepting showcase applicants until March 21, 2023. You may click here to fill out the application to host a booth. Acceptance will be communicated by March 27, 2023.
President's Leadership Institute
This leadership development program is for Polk State faculty and staff and provides participants with the opportunity to expand their learning and experiential skills to develop a deeper understanding of how personal and professional decision-making can drive successful outcomes. Participants take part in site visits to statewide conferences and the Florida Legislature and engage in activities that foster the development of strong interpersonal relationships with classmates and mentors. The program provides participants with the requisite leadership skills and confidence to excel in the workplace and beyond. A key component of the program is the College Impact Project which requires participants to research, evaluate, and address specific needs within the Polk State College ecosystem by creating targeted solutions via carefully crafted proposals. Over the years, nearly 50 of these proposals have been accepted and implemented, all with the goal of improving the efficiency and dynamics of Polk State College.
Applications for Class II were due September 15, 2022.
Empowering Leaders Professional Series
The purpose of the Empowering Leaders Professional Series (ELPS) Program is to provide training opportunities and strengthen the skillsets of full-time Polk State employees who have an interest in upward mobility within higher education. The program is aligned with the College’s strategic goals and core values and aims to develop superb and diverse leaders focused on student success.
Applications for Class I were due by September 15, 2022.
Professional Development Day (PDD)
Professional Development Day is an annual College-wide event that showcases exemplary practices, pedagogy, and innovation across all faculty and staff groups. The all-day event takes place on the Lakeland Campus and invites interested faculty, staff, and community leaders to present to the College community. A request for presentation proposals to be published in early spring.
PDD Committee 2022-23
Dr. Kim Thomas
Dr. Bert Rivera Marchand
J. Cody Moyer
Dr. Meesha Downing-Townsend
Mary Beth Shapiro
Dr. Larry Pakowski
Dr. Keith Bonney
Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)
Polk State College is excited to offer its faculty the opportunity to pursue a Certificate in Effective College Instruction, the only college teaching credential endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Four microcredentials (offered over the course of an academic year) prepare faculty with evidence-based teaching practices proven to increase student achievement and close equity gaps (acue.org/impact/efficacy-studies-report). Faculty who complete all four microcredentials will earn a nationally recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction.
Additionally, faculty can express interest in the Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning course. While not part of the path to earning the certificate, this course provides a deeper dive into some of the topics presented in Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment. It supports the College’s strategic priority to cultivate a climate of inclusion through an intentional commitment to equity and diversity.
The following are the four micro-credentials required for completion of the certificate: Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Online Learning Environment, Promoting Active Learning, Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners, and Designing Learner-Centered and Equitable Courses. More information on the ACUE micro-credential courses is available by visiting acue.org/programs/catalog/institutional-microcredential-courses.
Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Term offerings are listed below. Faculty can (and are encouraged to) sign up for more than one course. Cohorts typically complete one module per week, requiring two to three hours of activity, and participants are expected to implement and reflect upon the skills learned in each module.
Click HERE to Reserve a Seat!
August 15 – October 9, 2022:
Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment
October 17 – December 4, 2022 (with break for Thanksgiving):
Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners
January 23 – March 5, 2023
Designing Learner-Centered and Equitable Courses
March 6 – April 30, 2023 (break for Spring Break):
Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning (not part of certificate pathway)
Please contact Mary Beth Shapiro at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Office of Corporate and Leadership Development offers “just-in-time” training to meet the growing needs of corporate partners and the community. Conflict resolution, teambuilding, human resources topics, and interdepartmental communication are just a few of the topics that can be customized to create a training program designed specifically to address the knowledge and skills gaps identified through deep-dive discussions and thoughtful communication with clients.
Please direct inquiries about training to LEAD@polk.edu. We look forward to serving you!
Leadership Development in Public Administration
The Leadership Development in Public Administration program was developed in partnership with the City of Winter Haven as the direct result of a deep dive 360-degree review. This 160-hour program prepares new leaders in municipal government to grow and lead within their departments and community, serving the organization and its citizens. Participants are exposed to a wide variety of topics, including DISC Assessment, conflict resolution, coaching and mentoring, critical thinking, generational leadership, setting goals, managing priorities, and more. At the conclusion of the program, participants are expected to present projects to city leaders identifying real-world challenges and opportunities and outlining solutions that will not only improve the organization’s efficiency and function, but also the lives of residents.
New Managers Leadership Program
This 56-hour management trainee program is a highly interactive experience that promotes teambuilding and leadership while providing opportunities for growth and learning through class activities and dialogue. Meeting weekly, participants from a wide cross-section of the county and state have the opportunity to engage with their counterparts to learn not only from their incredible facilitators but also from each another. Topics include leading without authority, personal branding, strategic project management, conflict resolution, and culture of continuous improvement.
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