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Professional development courses set in Clearfield

8/1/2006 —

Clearfield – The following professional development courses will be offered this fall by Penn State DuBois. All classes will be held at Clearfield High School.

Moving into Leadership Micro-lesson, 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28. This micro-lesson is designed as a guide for people assuming their first organizational leadership position. Learn to set directions and goals, establish credibility as a leader, actively listen to your employees, create a climate conducive to teamwork, and take a balanced view of leadership that considers the people you are leading as well as the tasks you would like to accomplish. Leadership is more than just planning and executing projects; learn how to energize followers and be a person they are enthusiastic about following.

Project Management Micro-lesson, 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12. This guide provides information and insights into some of the key aspects of project management. Learn about the importance of projects, discussing the responsibilities of project leaders and team members as well as what kind of support an organization must give a project team in order for it to succeed. The micro-lesson also looks at the stages of a project, the stages of team development, and what is needed to run effective team meetings. The lesson concludes with some guidelines for how to wrap up a project.

Basic Blueprint Reading, 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 17 and 19. Acquire a basic and thorough understanding of manufacturing blueprint reading. Application of these concepts to various measuring techniques will also be covered.

Continuous Improvement Micro-lesson, 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9. This guide provides information and insights into the key aspects and tools of continuous improvement. Learn about the importance of continuous process improvement, and discuss various tools and techniques to help with the improvement effort, such as: flow charts, brainstorming, nominal group technique, cause and effect diagrams, and force field analysis, among others. Embracing the need to constantly improve helps organizations stay on the cutting edge of business.

Warehouse and Material Handling, dates and times to be announced. Warehouse roles are evolving in response to changes in the supply chain, market conditions, customer expectations, and new technologies. This evolution is manifested through those physical and administrative functions incidental to and required in the conduct of the storage activity, i.e. receipt, sorting, identification, inspection, preservation, putting away, safekeeping, retrieval for issue and preparation for shipment of materiel and products. The main objective of this program is to train participants in identifying good practices in warehousing and material handling and how they can apply these into their own organization to achieve enhanced efficiency and greater cost-savings in daily operations. Graduates of this program may expect employment in intermediate-level or pre-management positions in the warehousing and distribution field or in related employment.

For more information on these programs or to register, contact the Penn State DuBois Department of Continuing Education at (814)375-4772.

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