As part of the Division of Human Resources website, the Professional Development Center web link provides access to information regarding staff training and development opportunities; the Title III application for assistance, the PDC training calendar as well as access to the new employee online training library. The center also provides awareness of the educational incentives offered by the university on its website.
The Professional Development Center implemented a Training Advisory Committee during the 2008/2009 grant cycle. The Advisory Committee seeks to identify and communicate the interest and needs of staff employees by reaffirming the link between services delivered and employee developmental needs. The committee meets on an as needed basis and serves as the central working group on training and development initiatives for staff. Additional feedback is provided by employee focus groups and/or the Staff Senate.
Most recently in the 2010/2011 grant cycle, the Training Advisory Committee conducted a staff employee focus group to review the proposed online training library expansion using Business Legal Reports, Inc., Training Library Subscription. The results of the focus group survey provided the feedback needed to move forward with the BLR subscription acquisition in the 2011/2012 grant cycle.
The center also uses employee email, campus flyers, and online news blast to inform the JSU Staff community of upcoming training opportunities and new training products.
The cooperative arrangement with the Title III-B program has enabled the JSU Professional Development Center to collaborate with University managers and supervisors to promote and support professional development opportunities. Staff employees are encouraged to participate in campus-wide training initiatives to enhance and improve their skills. With ongoing support from the Title III-B Program, the University will see the impact of training through:
- Increased job satisfaction and morale among employees
- Increased employee knowledge and skill level
- Increased employee motivation and commitment
- Increased efficiencies in processes
- Enhanced University image and focus on customer service