Tag: workforce development

Is It Time to Change Jobs?

How will you know when it’s time to change jobs? It’s so easy to become lethargic and miss the signs that your job no longer provides you with challenges that make it exciting to get up in the morning. Albert Schweitzer said: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” In our hearts, we all know this is true. Life is too short to not enjoy going to work each day. Yet, the prospect of a job search, preparing for interviews, and the...

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Lifebridge Health Leadership Academy Grows at Towson University

Over the past three years of running the Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women, we have been able to tactically grow and expand the program. With increased awareness of the program and the unique content format, we have attracted more government, non-profit, and corporate partners. This has allowed us to build community relationships and help to support BTU—the growth of partnerships to better address the needs of the region. A New Leadership Academy Forms An exciting example of this is the LifeBridge Health Leadership Academy at Towson University. Over the past two years LifeBridge Health has sent several...

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Maryland GIS Training Program a Success

As we approach the two year anniversary of delivering training for DoIT’s Statewide GIS Training Program, the Center for GIS at Towson University is proud to have trained over 600 Maryland State employees from 32 different agencies! In collaboration with WBCM and Salisbury University, the Center for GIS developed curriculum and are currently delivering three GIS courses. These courses feature lectures, demos, and guided exercises using data and resources from MD iMAP and Maryland’s Open Data Portal. For more information about the specifics of the training program, check here, or my previous blog post. Courses include: Thinking Spatially, Half Day (Also available online!) Intermediate ArcGIS...

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The Importance of Leadership Development

Leadership development programs have become an increasingly hot topic not only in the private sector but also in the public sector. More often than not, individuals enter a work position due to the fact they possess a unique or strong skill set. They are essentially the best person for their position. Over time they may change positions and sometimes take on more leadership roles. However, in most cases, people in leadership roles have not been taught leadership skills and principles. Leadership development programs help address this skills gap and help align leadership with corporate goals. Making an Investment Leadership...

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Creating Customized Training Programs that Work

As I was doing some research for a new project I’m working on I came across this quote: “The only thing worse than training an employee and having them leave, is to not train them, and have them stay.” It may seem a little harsh, but having an employee who understands their strengths and has proper training can help boost sales and company morale and increase employee and customer satisfaction. Customized Training Programs At the Towson University Center for Professional Studies one of the most creative and dynamic services we provide is customized training. We have an entire arsenal...

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The Future of Mobile Learning: Mobile Reinforcement

At last month’s Fridays for Workforce Innovation, our roundtable discussion focused on team building and leadership strategies. During the discussion, we identified the need for an easier training model that would also promote unity among employees. My team at Towson University Center for Professional Studies is now developing a mobile reinforcement app that will do just that. A Shift to Mobile Learning The shift from a learning management system (LMS) based learning to mobile learning is occurring in small pockets throughout the training community. This stems from the idea that most employees have greater access to smart phones and...

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Fridays for Workforce Innovation: Team Building and Leadership Tools

Last spring, Towson University Center for Professional Studies launched Fridays for Workforce Innovation as a way to connect our education, business, nonprofit, and government communities. It is a monthly discussion that looks at innovations and best practices in workforce development and training. We are kicking off the fall semester with a round table discussion on team building and the importance of creating a strong team mentality. Many of our clients employ us to develop and deliver team building services that are tailored to their employees and mission. Growing a strong team not only allows for employees to buy in...

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eLearning: Three Ways to Use It Differently

The Towson University Center for Professional Studies (CPS) develops customized workforce training programs for clients within the government and corporate sectors. One way our team does this is through the use of customized eLearning tools. When we think of eLearning, we usually think of slides with bullet points, images, and quizzes. It’s a linear program where the learner is starting at Point A and ending at Point B with the learning content in between. This is traditional eLearning and although it has its place, there are many other uses for eLearning authoring tools outside the norm. Let’s take a...

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Fridays for Workforce Innovation: Training Evaluation

The field of professional development and workforce training is dynamic as technology continues to drive change. Last month the Center for Professional Studies launched a speaker series called Fridays for Workforce Innovation to help business leaders in our region address these changes. Nicole Tucker-Smith, founder and CEO of LessonCast, kicked off the series with a discussion on how technology can help connect trainers and instructors to improve professional development. Although it was a snowy morning, a diverse group of leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors turned up and had a great conversation. Hear what they had to say...

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MD iMAP and Maryland GIS Training Program

Over the past decade, the State of Maryland has continued to expand available GIS data and spatial resources through the MD iMAP program. More recently, a statewide licensing agreement with GIS software leader Esri has allowed state employees to access traditional ArcGIS Desktop software as well as browser-based ArcGIS Online software. Along with the continued growth of cloud computing technology, these factors put Maryland in a great position to offer effective GIS training to its employees. As GIS professionals, we recognize the strategic value of tapping into the spatial dimension of data, and are excited to collaborate with the...

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