President’s Report & Summary of PDC Post Spring 2015
The Professional Development Collaborative (PDC) is “of, by and for” the unemployed, although since our first workshops in 2010, scores of working professionals and area businesses have taken advantage of our course offerings. Our point of pride is that participants gain important 21st century work skills, taught by industry experts, at a price point found nowhere else. In 2015, we have more participants, more visitors to our Facebook and LinkedIn pages, and more buzz about our course offerings. Today we continue to grow, serving more people, adding new courses, partnering with new career centers, all with the intention of fulfilling our motto: “Training Today’s Professionals for Tomorrow’s Workplace.” And we do this with volunteer labor!
Our most popular courses have been Project Management, Introduction to Grant Writing, Social Media Marketing, Fundraising, and Double Your Productivity. New courses are also developing a following. Courses like Fundaments of AGILE/SCRUM, Becoming a Consultant, Conflict Management, and Introduction to Event Planning. Then we have our “old reliable” workshops like MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, QuickBooks, Train the Trainer, Social Media Marketing and Communications for Results. We’re also proud to offer four new courses this spring, WordPress 101, Introduction to Salesforce, Intermediate Salesforce and Introduction to SharePoint, all of which are fast becoming must-haves applications for today’s professional.
This issue of the PDC Post looks at other professional growth resources available to those in transition for free or at a modest cost. PDC training is the “teacher in the classroom” model, a format we believe best serves the needs of most students. This issue highlights other approaches, reporting on on-line resources and professional development videos on TED Talks.
Robin Feinland, a PDC volunteer, discusses four on-line course offerings on Coursera, edX, Lynda.com and w3schools. Jacquie Clermont, the editor of this edition, reviews several TED Talks that are helpful to both job seekers and the unemployed.
Jacquie is also profiled as our newest volunteer, and she talks about how she has used her recent joblessness to grow her skills and her network. Jacquie prepared a review of Ofer Sharone’s book, Flawed System, Flawed Self. This book highlights a crucial issue haunting job seekers, the problem of self-blame, an attitude undermining the unemployed and letting the “flawed system,” which hasn’t created sufficient jobs or wage increases, off the hook.
Debbie Lipton, a professional career counselor and resume expert, reviews a conference organized by the Institute for Career Transition designed to help the long-term unemployed.
Without the help of PDC’s volunteers we’d be out of business. We hope you enjoy this issue, check out our professional development workshops, and join us as a volunteer.
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