Professional Development

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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. Corporate College is committed to training employees by customizing programs and courses that are based on the specific needs of individual companies. Among its many benefits, the Professional Development Institute (PDI) offers local courses with flexible class times.

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

Management Trainee / Leadership

Frontline Supervisors Leadership Training
Emerging Leaders Training
Guiding and Developing Star Performers
Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam Prep
The Modern Workplace
DISC Online Assessment and Workshops
Team Effectiveness with Ropes Course and Zip-line [Click HERE to see video]
Train the Trainer Program

Lean Training
Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Prep
Lean Fundamentals
Manufacturing Leadership
Rapid Process Improvement

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

Public Services Leadership Programs
Leadership Development in Public Administration
Leadership Development in Public Safety

Communication Skills
Workplace English I
Workplace English II

Project Management
CAPM and PMP Exam Prep
Processing Mapping
Project Management Fundamentals
Problem Solving and Decision Making

Certification Exam Prep Links
SHRM Certified Professional (CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP) Certification:
Project Management Professional (PMP):
Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification:

Annual Administrative Professional Conference 

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 – 4hrsLeadership and Management – 4hrs
    After All, You’re The Supervisor – 4hrsLeadership Culture – 4hrs
    Business Communications – 4hrsLeading Change – 4hrs
    C’mon Man, You’re Killing Me! – 4hrsLeading High-Performance
    Teams – 4hrs
    Coaching: Proactive/Reactive – 4hrsManaging Diversity in the Workplace
    – 6hrs
    Contemporary Leadership/Leadership Styles – 4hrsManaging Priorities – 4hrs
    Creativity Session- Design Thinking – 6hrsMentorship – 4hrs
    Creative Confidence – 6hrsPowerful Presentations – 8hrs
    Critical Thinking – 8hrsPresenting Your Business Case– 4hrs
    Dealing with Adversity – 4hrsPublic Speaking – 4hrs
    Dealing with the Media – 4hrsReport Writing and Research – 4hrs
    DISC Assessment and Overview – 6hrs
    *includes exam (additional cost $75 per student)
    Sales and Negotiation Skills – 4hrs
    Diversity and Inclusion – 4hrsServant Leadership – 2hrs & 4hrs
    Employing the Law Defensively – 4hrsSetting Goals – 4hrs
    Essentials of Employment What Will Get You Sued Fast – 4hrs & 8hrsSterling Process and Quality
    Enhancement – 4hrs
    Excel Lab Data-Driven Decision Making
    Analysis – 4hrs
    Strategic Customer Care – 4hrs
    Generations and Millennials – 2hrsStrategic Planning – 4hrs
    Interview Skills – 4hrsTeam Fundamentals – 4hrs
    Instant Insight Teambuilding – 4hrsThe Corporate Edge: Presenting a
    Positive Image/Personal Branding – 4hrs
    Leadership Values – 4hrs