Professional Development

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.

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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.

Apr 4 – Apr 4
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 02:00PM - 04:00PM
Advanced Technology Center
Rm: 111A

$50.00

Instructor: G. Harrison

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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. 28th – The Data Driven Company
    Big Data and Data Analytics can be overwhelming.   How does your business determine: which data to identify, aggregate, and analyze?  How often should you evaluate data?  Most importantly what should you use big data for once it is identified?  This session will focus on the possibilities and opportunities to use Big Data and Analytics to prescribe business strategies and tactics that could be initiated.  Also, we will also explore how competitors use big data to gain an advantage over your company.   Our speaker, Jim Lindell, CPA, CSP  is the author of “Big Data and Analytics for Accountants,” and will make this session informative, practical and Fun,
  • June 28th – Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Data?
    Our Businesses are becoming more automated, and more driven by numbers.  The advent of Big Data will only increase the trepidation of staff as decisions become more quantitative as opposed to qualitative.  This session will address the human side of Big Data.  Management teams must convince employees that they are not only interested in the finances or the numbers but also in the people that must make this paradigm shift.  How should expectations be established and communicated to staff?  How should a company use change management to migrate a company from “we're doing pretty good, thank you” – to ”if we don’t change, our business is in  jeopardy.”  How can we use  Big Data to aid in performance management and staff evaluations?  Our speaker, Jim Lindell, CPA, CSP  is the author of “Big Data and Analytics for Accountants,” and will demonstrate how current staff should be an integral component of the move to the Big Data environment.
  • Sept. 27th – A Look at Our Region’s Data and How It Affects You
    Join Iowa State Economists, Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington, in examining our region’s workforce data. This informative session will allow you to take a deep dive into the availability of workforce in our region. Consider factors such as age, education level, willingness to commute and much more. Hear about the historic trends in our region and the future projections. We will also discuss what community features most impact a person’s decision to stay or leave an area, particularly people who are recent college graduates or have young families.
  • Dec. 6th – Planning for the Future in this Time of Change
    It is difficult for organizations to create and implement long-term strategic plans while remaining competitive and responsive to all stakeholders. This session will review ways to create forward-looking plans that allow organizations and its leaders to adapt to changing conditions, develop its internal talent, and create a culture of success. Discuss new ways to prepare and manage change and transition to your “new normal”.

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.

Mar 28 - Dec 06
Ottumwa Campus
Thurs, 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Arts & Sciences Complex
Rm: Board Room

$995.00

Instructor: Sprouse

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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.

Cost - $129/per session
Maximum – 20 participants per session
Location: Ottumwa Campus, Perkins Conference Room
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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.

Jim Lindell HeadshotInstructor: Jim Lindell
James (Jim) T. Lindell is the President of a Wisconsin based provider of strategic & financial consulting, professional speaking, training, and executive coaching. Jim has an extensive background in senior management including positions as Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Controller and Corporate Assistant Controller. Jim has worked with a variety of industries including: manufacturing, health care, not for profit, distribution and food processing. He has been involved in more than 50 M & A projects.

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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.

Instructor: Mel GonnermanMel Gonnerman Headshot
Mel Gonnerman Jr. is the Director of Industrial and Organizational Services at The Peerman Group. He earned his Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University where he specialized in Social and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. His previous professional experiences as a university professor, research operations manager, founder of a faith-based non-profit organization, and corporate planner & marketing director at a manufacturing company help him to connect with a wide range of audiences.

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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.

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Information Technology/Computer Applications Courses: 

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.

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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.

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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: 

 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.

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Online Paralegal Classes:

Paralegal Certificate

Midwest Paralegal Studies, in partnership with Indian Hills Community College, is offering a 12-month Paralegal Certificate. 

For program details and questions, contact the instructor, Mr. Zoran, Perovanovich via email, zoran1990@juno.com

This is an online tutoring program designed to let you work at a pace comfortable for your busy lifestyle.  It begins with a free one-hour orientation seminar held online.  The certificate series includes a total of five classes, each lasting seven weeks.  Classes are designed to facilitate the individual needs of both novices and those currently working in the legal field and looking to upgrade their skills.  You will learn how to:  Research and write a legal office memo; Explore and investigate a legal specialty; Learn the procedures of a local court system; Understand the management of a law office; Develop strategies for a paralegal job search. 

How the program works: 
At the beginning of each course, students will access all of the lectures and study materials they will need online and via email.  Additional individual tutoring will be furnished to each student during the course of the program, as needed.  Courses may be taken in any order at the start of each class term.  However, we recommend students take classes in the order in which they are listed below. 

Start dates for all five classes are the first week of February, April, June, September, and November.

 

Paralegal Research

This course will coach you in paralegal research and writing tools.  All students will access law resources online and at the local library once a week for specific assignments.  In addition, each student will write an office legal memo using legal techniques and current rules of law, applying the same, to support a conclusion based upon the IRAC reasoning technique.  All work must be submitted online.

Apr 12 – May 17
$195.00

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Jun 7 – Jul 19
$195.00

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Paralegal Jurisprudence

This course will coach you in the paralegal profession including many of the more popular entry-level specialization (family, corporate, probate, real estate and many others).  All students will be required to select and pursue at least one specialty area and write a twelve-part report for substantive career development.  Each student will also be required to take weekly quizzes and a final exam online.


Apr 12 – May 17
$195.00

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Jun 7 – Jul 19
$195.00

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Paralegal Litigation

This course will coach you in litigation and trial support by entry level practicing paralegals in daily procedural work.  All students will be required to visit a local court system and investigate the procedures of pre-trial, trial, post-trial, and appeals.  In addition, each student will be asked to make a presentation of the court visit, and complete a selected deposition abstract online.


Apr 12 – May 17
$195.00

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Jun 7 – Jul 19
$195.00

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Paralegal Management

This course will coach you in paralegal office manager tools at work. All students will be required to network/mentor with an entry level, practicing paralegal in the field and acquire information on the organization of law firms, corporations and/or government legal departments in order to complete a presentation for class.  All quizzes and the final exam will be taken online.


Apr 12 – May 17
$195.00

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Jun 7 – Jul 19
$195.00

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Paralegal Career

This course will coach you in paralegal job search/portfolio methods and will help you identify special legal skills that are part of your unique niche in the paralegal market.  All students will be required to compose a 15-section paralegal career portfolio and explore three job leads in a local law practice in order to complete a class presentation.  Each student will also post an eResume online at the end of class.


Apr 12 – May 17
$195.00

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Jun 7 – Jul 19
$195.00

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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, Business 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, Business 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 

  

Continuing Education Course Refund Policy:

In order to qualify for a refund, you must cancel your registration at least 3 business days prior to course start.  If you have not prepaid for the class, charges will be assessed to your account if you do not cancel within the required timeframe or if you do not show up for the class you will be charged.  Exceptions will be made only in extreme circumstances.  To cancel a registration, call us at 1-800-346-4413.