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Professional Skills Development

Let UW-Parkside be your source for professional and skill development to help you build your own customized career path. We offer programs for a variety of professionals from all levels in their careers.

Online Professional Development Webinar Series 

Onboarding Fundamentals for a Virtual Work Environment
July 30 | 12pm - 1pm | 1 PDC | $19
It takes a great amount of effort and time to recruit and hire talented employees, particularly in a virtual environment. And it doesn’t stop there. Now you have to retain that talent. Are you equipped with the appropriate tools and fundamentals to be able to communicate effectively while onboarding virtually? In this one-hour webinar, Marie Watkins, a recruitment expert, mentor and coach with 20+ years of experience will share her expertise on how to adapt to a virtual employee onboarding process. 

Marie Watkins is CEO of Polaris Talent Inc. She has 25 years in HR and Talent Acquisition for companies from 2 people to 200K. She is passionate about helping companies find the right talent to hire and in helping job seekers find a job they enjoy going to on Monday morning. Marie is a subject matter expert in entrepreneurship and leadership. She volunteers her time with WWBIC and Gener8tor to mentor growing companies. Marie has a Bachelor's degree from UC-San Diego, a Master's degree from Claremont Graduate University, and certificates from Palomar College and UCSD Extension. She is a Racine native who splits her time between SE Wisconsin and San Diego, CA and put the HQ of Polaris Talent Inc in Racine in 2017 as a way to commit to helping the business community in the city.   

Here's a link to her blog to see some of her written work and areas she is passionate about.  

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Effective Meetings from Start to Finish
August 13 | 12pm - 1pm | 1 PDC | $19
The pandemic has forced a lot of work fully into the digital domain. Now, more than ever, it is paramount that professionals are maximizing the effectiveness of their meetings to ensure remote productivity. Jackie Hartley, founder and managing member of Go Partner LLC, will provide you with tips to design a clear agenda, identify common challenges, propose solutions, and evaluate the effectiveness of your meetings.

Jackie Hartley is the Founder and managing member of Go Partner LLC, which provides consultation services for schools, non-profits and other community groups looking to create change. Jackie has a degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and has more than 17 years of experience with direct service, program development, grant writing and facilitation. Jackie is a collaborative leader that helps to create sustainable, meaningful changes for systems and individuals. Her energetic, positive and inclusive approach with community partners has led to several successful community efforts and continues to inspire her to develop solutions that strengthen and transform individuals and communities.  

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Honoring Neurodiversity in Virtual Teams
August 26 | 12pm - 1pm | 1 PDC | $19
With the shift to a virtual work environment, are you doing everything possible to support employees and protect yourself? Sheronda Glass, Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for UW-Parkside will provide you with tips and strategies from her 25+ years of HR experience in multiple industries on how to achieve best practice in your business for including and accommodating employees in a virtual environment. 

Sheronda Glass has worked for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside since 2016 and is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, and Employee Engagement. She is a human resources executive with 25+ years of HR experience having worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare, consumer products/manufacturing, and most recently, K-12 education. She has extensive experience in the areas of HR strategic planning, conflict resolution, performance management, labor relations, and diversity management. She has also worked as a consultant for over six years, consulting in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She is a certified trainer/facilitator in the areas of conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, performance management, and cultural competency. 


Sheronda received her Ph.D. in Business Management with a specialization in Human Resources from Capella University. She has taught human resources courses including Performance Management, Introduction to Human Resources Management, and currently teaches Essential Personal Skills for Project Management and Staffing Organizations. She has also achieved the Professional in Human Resources certification awarded from the Society for Human Resources Management and the HR Certification Institute. She is a facilitator for the prep course for SHRM professional certifications and SHRM Essentials for non-HR managers. She is the recipient of the 2018 Milwaukee Business Journal HR Award and the UW System 2019 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. 

Dealing with Difficult People
September 18 | 12pm-1pm | 1 PDC | $19
People don’t leave difficult jobs; they leave difficult people.  Sadly, many people abandon what might be an ideal work setting because of the challenging conduct of others. To create a healthy culture, defuse volatility, energize apathy, and create constructive, productive outcomes, it is critical that we learn how to deal with difficult people. Participants will gain a simple, yet effective model for recognizing, decoding, and responding to the difficult people in their lives. By discovering how people differ in their priorities and perceptions, needs and motivation, learners will be able to respond with professionalism and poise. Participants will learn how to recognize and reframe unproductive conversations. We will explore the underlying drivers behind both passive and aggressive actions and build personal resiliency in high stress interactions.  

Dr. Kinkade is a clinical and consulting psychologist with over 30 years of experience in both clinical and corporate arenas. He is active as a corporate trainer, consultant and coach, focusing on Leadership Development and Performance Management from a Strengths-based, Purpose-Driven, Inside-Out perspective. 

Dr. Kinkade has private clinical and consulting practice with offices in Racine and Pewaukee Wisconsin. His clinical specialties include the Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) of Anxiety, Mood and Personality Disorders. His consulting/coaching practice focuses on developing leaders from the Inside-Out (Self-Team-Organization) with an emphasis on self-awareness and emotional intelligence. 

Leadership and Supervisory

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Human Resources

SHRM Certification Exam Prep Course

Sheronda Glass
Thursdays | Sep 17 - Nov 25
5:45pm-8:45pm | Online

This course will help you master the skills needed to advance in your human resources career and prepares you to take SHRM’s Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or Senior Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification exam.

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SHRM Essentials Course

Sheronda Glass
Spring 2021 

Our Essentials Course provides an overview of the key aspects of HR and will equip you with tools you can immediately put to use in your organization.



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NEW! Mid Level HR 


Learn how to manage your most important resources.


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Senior HR 


Prepares experienced Human Resource Professionals for the SPHR certification. At the completion of this program, you will also have the knowledge to sit for the certification offered by SHRM, Society for Human Resources, SHRM-SCP. 

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All SRKA members receive a 10% discount on SHRM and
other hr/leadership courses

Customized Trainings


UW-Parkside's Professional and Continuing Education Department provides high-quality customized professional development to support  the needs of local business and industry. With the talent shortage, professional development can be a key tool for retaining and developing your workforce.  Parkside's customized professional development opportunities provide flexible options for employers training needs. Professional development can be delivered on-site, customized by experienced subject matter experts, and offer immediate application on the job. 

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Executive Training

You will develop deeper customer insights and learn how to integrate innovative digital methodology that will make your organization stand apart from the competition. The Parkside CX Program is designed by industry experts and through leaders, for professionals seeking advanced skills in this fast-growing discipline. Classes feature a hands-on, interactive approach designed to provide the skills required to lead your company’s new customer experience culture.

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LinkedIn Secrets for Job Search Success

Online Professional Development
Sep 15 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | $29

In this current market, it is important to stay one step ahead and have an edge over the competition. It’s a fact that over 85% of all recruiters use LinkedIn sometime during the hiring process to either find or verify candidates. If you’re in a job search and have a poor or non-existent presence on LinkedIn, you are endangering your chances of finding your next great job. This online workshop will help you prepare your LinkedIn profile and learn the best practices for growing an influential and helpful LinkedIn network. 


NCDA Facilitating Career Development (FCD) Certificate

Online Professional Development

Earn your Facilitating Career Development (FCD) certificate of completion through the National Career Development Association (NCDA) so you can learn new skills, affirm existing skills, validate strengths, enhance credibility, and show dedication to your profession. This program is designed for professionals who assist individuals and groups with advising, career exploration, job search preparation, and resources. Individuals who complete this program are eligible to pursue the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential through the Center for Credentialing and Education and the Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) credential through the National Career Development Association.

CEUs: 12.0 (120 hours)

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Additional Options

Learn how to manage people who are your most important resources. Check out our online offerings featuring courses that provide PHR® certification prep, CEUs, PDUs, and CPEs for SHRM and HRCI!

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Kenosha, WI 53144 
Tallent Hall 202
Parking: Lot T


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, program activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodations, contact Professional and Continuing Education at least eight weeks in advance at: 262-595-3340 (V), 262-595-2513 (FAX), or email continuing.ed@uwp.edu.

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