Patrice Jackson, presenter at Ogeechee Tech’s Staff Development Day, discusses time management with employees. Jackson also presented a topic entitled “Dealing With Confrontational Students”.
With topics such ranging from dealing with confrontational students to nutrition, Ogeechee Technical College held a staff development day on April 18. Designed to provide information to employees to assist with improvement plans, the Staff Development Day is held annually at the College. “This is a way for all of our faculty and staff to attend relevant, helpful sessions, on-campus in an efficient manner,” stated Stephen Miller, Ogeechee Tech’s Director for Human Resources.
The full day of training is planned in the College’s academic calendar as a non-instructional day. It includes more intense topics such as self-defense, avoiding identity theft, and how to use the newest educational software, to lighter subjects such as yoga, and quick meals. The employees also divided into teams to evaluate responses to the College’s Colleague Survey, and to make suggestions for improvement plans for the College. “Our employees’ opinions are important to us, and to the growth and improvement of Ogeechee Tech,” said College President, Dr. Dawn Cartee. “We value their input and have a formal process by which we seek to utilize their ideas in making the College better.”
According to Miller, having a full day on-campus for staff development is a more economical approach compared to employees traveling to various locations for training. “When travel, registrations, and other incidental expenses are factored in, staff development can be quite costly. Providing the training on campus helps save money for the College, and is an important team-building tool as well,” said Miller. “Personal, and professional, growth and well-being are important to maintaining an energized, productive group of employees. Staff development contributes to that.”
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