Training And Professional Development

11.1 Office of Professional Development at Community College of Philadelphia 

The mission of the Office of Professional Development is to improve and sustain the professional growth of all faculty and staff through collegially planned learning opportunities that continue to support the institution’s strategic goals. 

11.1.1 Professional Development Weeks 

Professional Development weeks occur just prior to the Fall and Spring semesters. These weeks start off with an important plenary session featuring a “State of the College” address by the President. During the remainder of the week there are typically between 60 and 70 seminars, meetings and events intended to inform, educate and inspire. Most all seminars are created in-house and are delivered as peer-to-peer workshops. 

Professional Development Days are held (one day each) during the Fall and Spring terms. The spring Professional Development Day is typically arranged by department whose chair or supervisor determines the agenda for the day. The fall term Professional Development Day typically includes some programming created by the Office of Professional Development. 

During the course of the year, the Office of Professional Development offers frequent programming and cooperates with other College offices to deliver educational opportunities and events consistent with the needs of a progressive faculty and staff. 

To view dates for professional development weeks and other professional development activities at the College, please access the calendar at:  Professional Development

11.2 The Leadership Institute at Community College of Philadelphia 


The major goal of the Leadership Institute is to develop leaders and potential leaders within the College community by fostering the ability of individuals to meet new challenges the College will face in an era of rapid change.

Benefits of Participation 

The Leadership Institute incorporates a variety of speakers, topics, and activities designed to enhance leadership ability by providing participants with the following opportunities: 

  • To interact with and gain insight from leaders in various fields related to the mission of the College. 
  • To increase awareness of the local, state, and national contexts within which the College will function in the 21st century. 
  • To increase understanding of specific ways in which the larger environment may impact the College in the pursuit of its mission. 
  • To develop increased self-awareness as leaders, enhance communication skills and learn new strategies for conflict resolution. 
  • To heighten awareness of organizational structure and organizational culture. 
  • To increase knowledge of resource allocation, budgeting and finance. 
  • To explore decision-making in the context of individual and institutional values to become part of a collaborative network of problem-solvers.
  • To work collaboratively on a project of interest to the participant and of benefit to the College community. 
  • To gain a deeper understanding of the College mission, vision and values. 

Who is eligible: 

The Leadership Institute invites applications from full-time faculty, administrators and classified/confidential staff who are interested in seeking leadership positions in the future or honing their leadership skills for the positions they currently hold. Part-time faculty, administrators, and classified/confidential staff who have been continuously employed at the College for a minimum of two years are also welcome to apply. 

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11.3 Human Resources Department 

The Human Resources Department provides comprehensive and centralized support, leadership, and guidance to constituencies throughout the College community to ensure a quality work environment. Core services and competencies include recruitment and staffing, employee and labor relations, employee training and development, compensation and classification, employee benefits, organizational dynamics, talent management, performance management, onboarding and orientation, HR information and employee services, and regulatory compliance.

11.3.1 Training Course Offerings 

Human Resources offers a wide variety of training and development workshops and learning opportunities for both faculty and staff, designed to enhance personal and professional development. Whether you are seeking skills training, personal exploration and development, ways to maximize your team’s potential, or strengthen supervisory skills, programs are available to suit your needs. 

  • Management Training 
  • Customer Service 
  • Navigating Change 
  • Coaching for Champions 
  • Performance Evaluations: How to Use This Key Organizational Tool 
  • Creative Thinking & Problem-Solving 
  • Dealing With Conflict and Anger 
  • Team Building 
  • Other General Open Curriculum Programs 
  • Lunch & Learn Programs 

For additional information, please contact the Human Resources Department at extension 8035. 

11.3.2 Personal and Professional Training Courses (On-Request Training) 

Human Resources can provide you and your department with personalized training opportunities on particular targeted subject areas. We will work with you to develop curriculum, deliver programming, or identify a trainer who can meet your specific needs. Course offerings include: 

  • Navigating Change 
  • Go Team Go: Managing Team Performance 
  • Managing the Time of Your Life – Stress and Time Management 
  • The Thinker’s Toolkit: Powerful Techniques for Creative Problem-Solving 

For a complete listing of available courses, please visit: 

11.3.3 Skillsoft eLearning 

The College maintains a catalog of training options developed by Skillsoft and offered through their Skillport online media. There are three broad categories of programming divided into Business Skills, the Desktop Collection and Leadership Development. 

In addition eligible faculty and staff may access a variety of eBooks on topics surrounding business skills, professional and personal development. 

For additional information, please contact the Human Resources Department at extension 8035 or download the eLearning Presentation.