Professional Development Courses

Professional Development courses are designed for individuals looking to enhance their professional skills and include a wide variety of topic areas, the most common being leadership and management.

NEXT LEVEL features much of the professional development programming we will be offering during the course of the upcoming academic year. However, as we hear more from you about what you want, we will be adding other opportunities.

Another way to learn more about any of our programming is to contact your Business Liaison. They are your link to Indian Hills and can get you information on anything at the college you might be interested in. They are also the people responsible for customized training, so if you see something you like, but would prefer to offer it at your facility, ask them how that may be possible.

View the Next Level Professional Development Course Tabloid


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Special Note: Please be sure to double check the registration instructions for any course that is listed as online. Many of these courses follow a different registration process and are offered in conjunction with our partner Ed2go. More in-depth course descriptions can also be found for these courses by following the registration link listed under each course.

Course Categories:

Leadership Series Courses
Human Resources/Management Courses
Information Technology/Computer Applications Courses
Marketing/Sales Courses 

 

Influencers: A Leadership Series for Mid-Level Leaders

Individuals in a mid-level leadership position can see themselves in either one of two ways, stuck in the middle or the ultimate influencer. While they don’t always have control over big picture decisions, they do have influence. Their influence radiates equally, it goes upward to the ones who do make the big picture decisions and downward to the teams they lead.

Dates/Topics:

Oct. 24th – Emotional Intelligence
Many scholars now argue that emotional intelligence (EQ) is a more important factor in determining success than either IQ or personality. Learn about EQ and find out how to further develop this essential skill.

Nov. 28th – Conflict Resolution
Participants will identify the style of conflict resolution that comes to them most naturally and discuss when it may or may not be appropriate. Everyone will learn about different methods of conflict resolution and how to keep conversation as calm and productive as possible.

Dec. 19th – Leading Change
More and more our workplaces are in a constant state of change. In this session participants will learn strategies for dealing with change and leading change. Leading change that is not of our own design will be discussed.

Jan. 23rd – Persuasive Communication
This session will concentrate on helping participants think about their communication skills through the lens of persuasion. Whether communicating with the people we lead or the people who lead us, these skills are important!

Feb. 27th – Increasing Teamwork
We all know that teams that work well together are going to be more productive than those that get caught up in competition or petty bickering. Learn strategies for helping your team function at a higher level.

Mar. 27th – Ethics: A Line in the Sand
This engaging presentation will use real life case studies to illustrate the importance of ethics and morals to our organizations. Participants will identify why people act in certain ways and how the tone at the top influences all actions.

Apr. 24th – Creating Positive Culture
Participants will learn how a company’s culture effects both employee motivation and performance and how to honestly evaluate it. Best practices and tools for maintaining and growing a positive culture will be discussed.

This series is available in two different sections each day, one from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and one from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., both on the Ottumwa campus. Participants must select one and always attend that section. In addition to professional speakers, this Series also includes structured time to share and learn from experience with other group members.

Cost - $849
Maximum – 16 participants per session; only 1 from each organization per session
Morning Course # - 18/YR*BUS*2094*201
Afternoon Course # - 18/YR*BUS*2094*202
Location: Ottumwa Campus, Perkins Conference Room

Register for Influencers: A Leadership Series for Mid-Level Leaders

 

Executive Leadership Series - VP or CEO Level

The Executive Leadership Series is designed to bring together top level leaders from across the Indian
Hills region. Facilitated by Indian Hills’ President, Dr. Marlene Sprouse, the theme for this year’s series is Data Influenced Decision Making. How do we collect data, when do we make decisions based on data, and do we ever just ignore it and go with our gut?

  • Mar. 29th – The Data Driven Company
  • June 28th – Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Data
  • Sept. 27th – A Look at Our Region’s Data and How It Affects You
  • Dec. 6th – Planning for the Future in this Time of Change

This series meets from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and lunch is included in the price of the Series. Participants may send another executive from their company to sit in on sessions that their schedule may not allow them to attend.

Cost - $995
Maximum – 20 participants
Course # - 19/YR*BUS*2094*201
Location: Ottumwa Campus, Board Room

Register for the Executive Leadership Series - VP of CEO Level


Leadership NOW Conference

The Leadership NOW Conference is focused on the importance of leadership in our rural region. The conference features a wide variety of speakers addressing topics relevant to anyone interested in using the power of positive leadership to advance southern Iowa.

Click here to read more about the Leadership NOW Conference.

 

Human Resources/Management Courses:

Building Teams that Work - Online

Teams are becoming a staple in today’s workplace. In this course you’ll learn the components of a successful team and the stages of its development. You’ll master the skills you’ll need to effectively manage projects, make decisions, and solve problems in a team setting. Plus, you’ll have a chance to learn the pitfalls of unhealthy group interaction and minimize any of its effects on your team.

Date: This course starts about every 6 weeks, visit the registration site to find the next available dates.
Time: Anytime
Location: Anywhere/Online
Cost: $105
Registration: https://www.ed2go.com/ihcc and enter the course title in the search bar.

Register for Building Teams that Work - Online

 

Drug Testing Training

Are you in compliance with the provisions of the Iowa Drug Testing statute or the DOT drug testing requirements? If not, Gayla Harrison of Harrison, Moreland, Webber & Simplot Law Firm, will be conducting a 2-hour training that will cover the requirements mandated by the Iowa Drug Testing Law. The training will cover the recognition of evidence of employee alcohol or drug use, documentation of employee drug or alcohol abuse and action plans for employees who abuse alcohol or drugs. This is a prepay class.

Date: Oct. 4, 2017
Time:
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Course #
- 18/YR*VOC*3050*201
Location:
Ottumwa Campus, Bennet Student Services Center, Room 100
Cost
- $50

Register for Drug Testing Training

 

SHRM Certification Prep - Online

This certification preparation course is designed for individual preparing for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) exam. The course meets via live webinar on Thursday evenings for 12-weeks. The webinars are recorded if you are unable to attend one of the scheduled courses. The cost of this course includes the SHRM Learning System which is a $985 value. Indian Hills is offering this course to our constituents in partnership with North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC).

Date: Sept. 14, 2017 – Dec. 7, 2017
Course # - 110103
Location: Online
Cost - $1,195
Instructor: Elizabeth Crandon

To register for this course, or for any questions, you must contact NIACC at 641-422-4358.


Employment Law for Supervisors

Today’s workplace can be extremely complex and frustrating unless one knows the basics. This workshop will help you understand employment las in 8 hours. Topics include: hiring, handling attendance and leave of absence issues, discipline and discharge, discrimination and related topics. The target audience is: new supervisors, existing supervisors wanting a refresher on new information regarding human resource matters and human resource personnel with limited experience. The presenter is Gayla Harrison, an Ottumwa attorney, whose practice includes labor and employment las. This is a prepay class.

Dates: Oct. 18 & Oct. 25, 2017
Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Course # - 18/YR*VOC*2057*201
Location: Ottumwa Campus, Bennet Student Services Center, Room 100
Cost - $199

Register for Employment Law for Supervisors


Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers

This course will help managers and others better understand the financial impact of their decisions and how they can use financial information to make better business decisions. Business analysis will be discussed as will basic accounting terms and financial statements, including: balance sheets, income statements and cash flow. Learn how operational measures such as efficiency, quality and inventory changes translate into financial results. Basic budgeting and cash management will also be covered.

Date: Oct. 26, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Hour break for lunch on your own)
Course # - 18/YR*BUS*1008*201
Location: North Campus, Regional Entrepreneurship Center
Cost -  $149
Maximum # of Participants – 20
Instructor: Vicki Baum

Register for Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers

 

Train the Trainer: A Leader’s Guide to Developing Your Team’s Talent

On-the-job training. Whether you are a full-time, part-time, or occasional trainer, the techniques you use to prepare and deliver the training makes a big impact on how much is actually learned by your participants. This program provides practical tools and techniques for “trainers” to use before, during, and after a learning experience.

Date: March 13, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Hour break for lunch on your own)
Course # - 18/YR*BUS*2084*201
Location: Ottumwa Campus, TBD
Cost -  $199
Maximum # of Participants – 18
Instructor: Michelle Matt

Register for Train the Trainer: A Leader’s Guide to Developing Your Team’s Talent

 

Six Key Directives to Boost Your Revenues and Jumpstart Your Profitability

The emphasis of this workshop is on the activities and actions that drive revenues and profitability. Speaker, Jim Lindell, will take participants through a tool that he has developed called “Thorsten Profit Enhancers.” The six major categories to be covered are: Macro Tools, Revenue Cycle, Decreases Expenses (Lean & Continuous Improvement), Ratio Tools, Benchmarking, and Policy and Procedure.

Date: March 28, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Course # - 18/YR*BUS*2088*201
Location: Ottumwa Campus, TBD
Cost -  $129
Instructor: Jim Lindell

Register for Six Key Directives to Boost Your Revenues and Jumpstart Your Profitability


Information Technology/Computer Applications Courses:

Business Apps for MS Excel

Excel or any spreadsheet application is a powerful tool for business decision making. This class will teach you application to use for your business and many formulas with business examples. These examples include: scheduling, loan payments, costs of doing business, pricing, and inventory.

Date: Nov. 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Course # - 18/YR*BUS*1415*301
Location: North Campus, Regional Entrepreneurship Center
Cost - $45
Instructor: Bryan Ziegler

Register for Business Apps for MS Excel

 

Business QuickBooks

Do you need a quick start to using QuickBooks? This class will include hands-on experience with QuickBooks software. You will learn how to: set up a business; pay and enter expenses, deposits and invoices; complete the payroll set-up, understand the reports of income and balance sheet; handle exemptions of inventory, depreciation and loan payments; make corrections when things are wrong; and prepare for income tax time. Several handouts will be provided. We can make QuickBooks fun!!!

Date: Sept. 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Course # - 18/YR*BUS*1407*301
Location: North Campus, Regional Entrepreneurship Center
Cost - $69
Instructor: Bryan Ziegler

Date: Nov. 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Course # - 18/YR*BUS*1407*302
Location: North Campus, Regional Entrepreneurship Center
Cost - $69
Instructor: Bryan Ziegler

Register for Business Quickbooks

 

Introduction to Database Development – Online

A number of powerful tools are available to help you build databases and database applications. However, if you do not apply a systematic, structured approach to the use of those tools, you will probably produce systems that fail to meet user needs. Many projects bog down or are never completed for lack of a disciplined approach to development. This course will guide you step-by-step through all the phases of a system development project to guarantee that the resulting product will not only work as it was designed to work, but also that they design truly responds to user needs.

Date: This course starts about every 6 weeks, visit the registration site to find the next available dates.
Time: Anytime
Location: Anywhere/Online
Cost - $105
Registration: https://www.ed2go.com/ihcc/ and enter the course title in the search bar.

Register for Introduction to Database Development - Online

 

Introduction to InDesign CC - Online

Have you ever seen a terrific-looking brochure or newsletter and wondered how it was made? Chances are the designer used Adobe InDesign CC, the industry-standard desktop publishing software now available through the Creative Cloud. The course is applicable to any version of InDesign CS4 or newer.

You’ll come away from this course knowing how to use this popular page layout software to design and create professional quality letterhead, business cards, brochures, forms, interactive PDF files, an eBook, and more. You don’t have to be a designer or an artist to produce professional quality documents!

Date: This course starts about every 6 weeks, visit the registration site to find the next available dates.
Time: Anytime
Location: Anywhere/Online
Cost - $105
Registration: https://www.ed2go.com/ihcc/ and enter the course title in the search bar.

Register for Introduction to InDesign CC - Online

 

Coming Soon! – Online MOS Prep Courses

We are in the final stages of developing online prep course for individuals who wish to gain the following Microsoft Office Suite (MOS) Certifications: Access, Excel, Excel Expert, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Word Expert. After the conclusion of the course, participants may schedule a time to take the certification course at our main Indian Hills campus.

 

Marketing/Sales Courses:

Creating Facebook Ad Campaigns

More and more businesses are utilizing the paid advertising features of Facebook. This class is designed for business owners who have already set-up their business Facebook page and are ready to begin paid advertising. We’ll look at Facebook marketing strategies, managing your ad spend, and more. Be sure to bring your Facebook login information and a credit card if you would like to place your ad during class. Computers will be available, but students are encouraged to bring their own laptops if possible.

Date: Sept. 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Course # - 18/YR*BUS*1245*301
Location: North Campus, Regional Entrepreneurship Center
Cost - $79
Instructor: Diana Upton-Hill

Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Course # - 18/YR*BUS*1245*302
Location: North Campus, Regional Entrepreneurship Center
Cost - $79
Instructor: Diana Upton-Hill

Date: Nov. 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Course # - 18/YR*BUS*1245*303
Location: North Campus, Regional Entrepreneurship Center
Cost - $79
Instructor: Diana Upton-Hill

Register for Creating Facebook Ad Campaigns

 

Relationship Selling in the Trust Economy

Savvy selling today takes a problem-centered approach designed to create a foundation of trust. It respects the fact that buyers now have access to abundant information and are seeking a personal relationship with people in a business before they will embark on a journey with it.

  • Learn how to use social media and other digital marketing technology to complement traditional practices for helping buyers to know, like and trust you and your team.
  • Learn how to build a repeatable sales process that acts as a guidance system that gives buyers confidence by showing them not just what you can do to solve their problems, but how and why.
  • Discover how to increase sales to current and future customers by removing obstacles, both real and imagined, that stand between them and a silky-smooth relationship with your business.

Date: Feb. 21, 2018
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost -  $99
Course # - 18/YR*BUS*1268*201
Location: Ottumwa Campus, Rural Health Education Center, Room 108
Instructor: Jeff Korhan

Register for Relationship Selling in the Trust Economy

 

Website SEO Fundamentals: How to Become a Data-Driven Marketing Company

"Data is the sword of the 21st century," according to Google's former CEO. Website data is the language that predictively informs a business of its customer needs, wants and future actions. If your business wants to win more sales in a digital world, it must respond to data just as it does a verbal or written customer request.

  • Stop guessing and start tracking website visitors with Google Analytics to find lead sources that can be optimized to attract customers that are right for your business.
  • Discover the power of Facebook advertising for retargeting and converting website visitors into customers, while also reaching a larger audience that shares their interests, challenges, and desires.
  • Get my roadmap for website content optimization, linking strategies, marketing personalization with automation, and more. Plus, you will learn the tools and practices leading SEO experts use to consistently achieve higher SEO rankings.

Date: Feb. 21, 2018
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Cost -  $99
Course # - 18/YR*BUS*1447*201
Location: Ottumwa Campus, Rural Health Education Center, Room 108
Instructor: Jeff Korhan

Register for Website SEO Fundamentals

 

Introduction to Google Analytics – Online

In this course, you’ll learn to use Google Analytics to make the most of your online traffic. You’ll see how you can track not just the traffic to all of your online content, but also determine which content is the most appealing, where your visitors come from, what devises they used, how long they stayed, which links they clicked, and they went when they left. This course guides you step by step, report by report, through the major parts of the Google Analytics interface. From setting up your Google Analytics account and getting the all-important code you’ll need to add to your website’s pages to being tracking your visitors.

Date: This course starts about every 6 weeks, visit the registration site to find the next available dates.
Time: Anytime
Location: Anywhere
Cost - $105
Registration: https://www.ed2go.com/ihcc/ and enter the course title in the search bar.

Register for Introduction to Google Analytics - Online

 

Questions? Just talk to a Business Liaison!

Not sure if starting your own business is right for you? Do you own a business and need help, but aren’t sure which questions to ask? Don’t stress. Just ask Bryan!

allison_profileSteve Allison, Buisness Liaison
Eddyville Complex, Keokuk & Wapello Counties
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5187 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5187
Email: Steve.Allison@indianhills.edu 

 

 

humburg_profileDave Humburg, Buisness Liaison
Appanoose, Davis, Monroe, & Van Buren Counties
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5213 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5213
Email: David.Humburg@indianhills.edu 

 

 

korthuis_profileJoy Korthuis, Buisness Liaison
Jefferson, Lucas, Mahaska, & Wayne Counties
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5211 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5211
Email: Joy.Korthuis@indianhills.edu