Professional Development

Coordinator: Mary Beth Shapiro     Assistant: Sarah Maguire
Public Safety Leadership Programs: Garry Grafton         

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The Professional Development Institute (PDI) offers courses that allow professionals to increase their skills set and/or obtain new skills that are currently necessary in a competitive and global business environment.  The Institute collaborates with instructors that are highly experienced leaders within their industries. Some are also renowned keynote speakers, lawyers/attorneys, and notable authors. The Corporate College is committed to training employees by customizing programs and courses that are based on the specific needs of individual companies. Please contact the team at to discuss customized options and program availability. Among its many benefits, the Professional Development Institute (PDI) offers local courses with flexible class times. The courses are available in online and face to face format, have lower tuition fees, and are relevant and up to date with current business needs. 

Students can choose from various programs and fields. Specifically, the Professional Development Institute offers classes in the following key areas:

Management Trainee / Leadership

New Manager Leadership Training
Frontline Supervisors Leadership Training
Emerging Leaders Training
Business Development Skills for the Small Professional Services Firm
DISC Online Assessment and Workshops
Leadership Circle Profile Program
LeadYourShip: The Change Leadership Process
Manufacturing Leadership
Mindful Leadership: Creating a Space to Lead
Team Effectiveness with Ropes Course and Zip-line [Click HERE to see video]
Thriving in Change
Train the Trainer Program
Six Sigma and Lean Fundamentals Training : Six Sigma Yellow Belt (CSSYB) Certification Exam Prep

Human Resources

SHRM Certified Professional (CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP) Certification Prep 
Human Resource Management Certificate

Public Administration Leadership Programs

Leadership Development in Public Safety Certification

Business Communications

Crucial Conversations
Interviewing Skills
Powerful Presentations
Public Speaking Skills
Report and Business Writing Skills
Sales and Negotiation Skills
Strategic Customer Care
Workplace English I
Workplace English II

Project Management

PMP Certification Exam Prep Part 1 Online
PMP Certification Exam Prep Part 2 Online

KT- Project Management 3-Days Workshop
KT- Project Management 4-Days Workshop
KT- Project Management 5-Days Workshop: Managing People in Projects
KT- Project Management 5-Days Workshop: Problem Solving Decision Making

Legal Studies (Online)

New! Software Essentials in the Law Office
Legal Investigation Certificate Course
Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Course


SHRM Certified Professional (CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP) Certification
Project Management Professional (PMP)
DISC Online Assessment and Workshops
Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification (CSSYB)


Annual Administrative Professional Conference
Management-Leadership Mini Series
Lifelong Learning Mini Series

Polk State College is able to provide customizable professional development training to serve the needs of Polk County. Below are a list of the available training modules which can be selected individually or combined to create a program. Each topic has a pre-determined number of hours, but can be extended or shortened based on customer needs. Please contact the Professional Development Institute regarding the hourly fee/tuition rate for these courses.

  1. Customizable Trainings

    Advanced Business Writing – 4hrs Leadership and Management – 4hrs
    After All You’re The Supervisor – 4hrs Leadership Culture – 4hrs
    Business Communications – 4hrs Leadership Values – 4hrs
    C’mon Man You’re Killing Me! – 4hrs Leading Change – 4hrs
    Coaching: Proactive/Reactive – 4hrs Leading High Performance Teams
    – 4hrs
    Contemporary Leadership/Leadership
    Styles – 4hrs
    Managing Diversity in the
    Workplace – 6hrs
    Creativity Session- Design Thinking – 6hrs Managing Priorities – 4hrs
    Creative Confidence – 6hrs Mentorship – 4hrs
    Critical Thinking – 8hrs Powerful Presentations – 8hrs
    Crucial Conversations – 12hrs *includes textbooks (additional cost $300 per student) Presenting Your Business Case
    – 4hrs
    Dealing with Adversity – 4hrs Public Speaking – 4hrs
    Dealing with the Media – 4hrs Report Writing and Research – 4hrs
    DISC Assessment and Overview – 6hrs
    *includes exam (additional cost $60 per student)
    Sales and Negotiation Skills – 4hrs
    Diversity and Inclusion – 4hrs Servant Leadership – 2hrs & 4hrs
    Employing the Law Defensively – 4hrs Setting Goals – 4hrs
    Essentials of Employment What Will Get
    You Sued Fast – 4hrs & 8hrs
    Sterling Process and Quality
    Enhancement – 4hrs
    Excel Lab Data Driven Decision Making
    Analysis – 4hrs
    Strategic Customer Care – 4hrs
    Generations and Millennials – 2hrs Strategic Planning – 4hrs
    Interview Skills – 4hrs Team Fundamentals – 4hrs
    Instant Insight Teambuilding – 4hrs The Corporate Edge: Presenting
    a Positive Image/Personal Branding – 4hrs