Community Developent Institute to Train Community Leaders

Community leaders from across Arkansas and surrounding states will gather at the University of Central Arkansas from July 29 – August 2 for the annual Community Development Institute. This year’s theme is Sustain, Transform, and Empower Your Community.

Established in 1987, the Community Development Institute-Central (CDI) trains community and economic development professionals through a combination of lectures, small group discussions, simulations and individual projects, each focused on best practices and current trends in the industry.

The most notable additions to this year’s CDI are two new simulations, the Futures Game Simulation and Miller County Simulation, each designed as eye-opening experiences through unique hands-on learning activities.

Participants leave the institute with an enhanced ability to assess their community, build the capacity of community leaders to collaborate on development efforts, and set goals to improve their community’s quality of life and place.

Mayor Gary Baxtor, CDI Class of 2013 believes his experiences at CDI have provided him with the tools to bring economic development and community development together. “After attending CDI Central for two years, I have taken back to my community valuable ideas and techniques that I have put into action, some almost immediately,” said Mayor Baxtor.

The complete CDI experience is a three-year training program, with one week of training per year. Participants progress through the program curriculum in cohorts and are exposed to a comprehensive, applied approach to the field of community and economic development.

For more information, visit uca.edu/cdi.

Online Courses Cater to Adult Learners

Constant changes in the workplace and an aging population have created major new opportunities in adult education. This new market is already significantly larger than the for-credit higher education market, and demand for adult education and training will continue to outpace supply for some time.

The ed2go network consists of more than 2,100 top colleges, universities, and other organizations. They offer hundreds of engaging non-credit online courses, covering every topic from Accounting to Web Design. Each course consists of a patient and caring instructor, lively discussions, knowledge checks and plenty of practical information that you can put to immediate use.

All ed2go courses are entirely online, which can be taken from the comfort of your home or office at the times that are most convenient to you. Courses begin monthly and run for six weeks; each week composed of two lessons for a total of 12 lessons. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to download a certificate of completion.

Ed2go courses are affordable, fun, convenient and geared towards your interests. It may be as basic as Discover Digital Photography or as complex as Intermediate QuickBooks 2013, but there is one absolute: ed2go can get you there! We suggest you view a demo to determine whether ed2go is right for you.

To register for a class, go to www.ed2go.com/ucaoce, search for the course you’d like to take and hit Enroll Now. Please contact Lawana Hawkins at (501) 450-5811 with questions.

New Course Offerings For Community Education

Each semester, Community Education strives to offer new courses that meet the needs of the community. This fall, eleven new courses have been added to the list, each led by expert instructors. Ranging from personal interest to professional growth, these new courses offer an opportunity to expand your educational horizon. Registration for all fall courses is now available online! 

 

American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED

Would you know what to do if your loved one stopped breathing? Knowing how to respond in an emergency situation could help save a life. Emphasizing hands-on learning, this course incorporates the latest science, designed to teach you how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies for victims of any age, including… [Read More]

American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers

This course is designed to train professional-level rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants, until advanced medical personnel arrive. Those with a professional duty to act, including professional rescuers and medical and public safety workers, will gain the skills needed to… [Read More]

American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers Review

This course is an abbreviated CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers course that briefly reviews course information and allows for the practice of skills before testing. To be eligible to participate in a review course… [Read More]

American Red Cross Family First Aid

Faced with a sudden injury of a family member, would you know what to do until medical assistance arrives? From burns to broken bones, you will gain the skills and confidence to to provide immediate care to adult, child and infant family members. This interactive course includes lessons on how to respond to breathing emergencies and common first aid emergencies…[Read More]

Entrepreneurship- Developing Your Plan

If you are serious about becoming an entrepreneur, you’ll need a solid business plan! The focus of this course is to provide you with a solid understanding of the skills and techniques needed to develop a business plan. You will first identify the importance of having a plan and how it can benefit your business. Then you’ll explore… [Read More]

First Time Homeowner Seminar

Are you thinking of buying your first home in Arkansas? Planning and preparing for your future as a first-time homeowner can be intimidating, but not if you know what to expect. Learn about the entire purchase process and the resources available as a first time homeowner. [Read More]

Positive Vibration Reggae Yoga

If stress is getting the best of you, relax and rejuvenate with this yoga class that moves to the mellow beats of reggae music. Yoga brings together the physical and mental disciples to achieve peace in the body and mind. Move your body in new ways through the exploration of classic yoga poses… [Read More]

Project Management Practical Applications

Project management provides a structure for dealing with the many pressures that most organizations face with projects. This in-depth course, led by industry professionals, will explore techniques and tools used to create a successful project, which can be used to increase productivity. [Read More]

Using Natural Products to Green Your Life and Promote Better Health

Most of today’s household cleaning products include harsh chemicals that are harmful to your health, not to mention your wallet! After you examine the benefits of using nontoxic cleaning products, you will never return to using commercial products. This course will show you recipes for natural cleaners targeting nearly every aspect of your home, including… [Read More]

 

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Fall Community Ed Courses Released

COMMED_MOBILECommunity Education classes have been selected for the fall! Many of your favorites are back and a handful of new classes will help feed the need to learn something new. Full course descriptions and registration will be available online starting in June. Until then, you can check out the line-up!

Health
  • Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED  NEW!
  • Beginning Tai Chi
  • Burn & Chisel
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers  NEW!
  • Family First Aid  NEW!
  • Positive Vibration Reggae Yoga  NEW!
  • Self-Hypnosis for Self-Help
  • Smart Cycling
Business & Finance
  • Entrepreneurship: Becoming a Businessperson
  • Entrepreneurship: Developing Your Plan  NEW!
  • How to Write a Business Plan
  • Resources for Starting a Small Business
  • Project Management Practical Application  NEW!
  • Tending to Your Money Tree
Art
  • Cake Decorating 1
  • Cake Decorating 2
  • Cake Decorating 3
  • Ceramic Hand Building 1
  • Ceramic Hand Building 2
  • Ceramic Hand Building: Dinner for Two
  • Painting in Acrylics 1
  • Painting in Acrylics 2
  • Photography: Basics
  • Photography: Advanced
  • Sew Unique Sewing- Beginner
  • Sew Unique Sewing- Intermediate
Technology
  • Arkansas Hunters’ Education
  • Computer Cleanup
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Web Development: Beginner
  • Web Development: Advanced
Lifestyle
  • The Alzheimer’s Journey
  • Baby’s First Massage   NEW!
  • Basics of Disaster Preparedness
  • Basic Horsemanship and Beginning Riding
  • Etiquette 101 for Children
  • Nurturing the Pregnant Couple  NEW!

 

Pre-register by phone.

If you would like to pre-register for any of these courses and reserve your seat, please call Lawana Hawkins at 501-450-5811.

 

Would you like to receive our catalog?

For those of your interested in receiving our catalog via mail, fill out a catalog request form! You can also select the option to sign up for our mailing list and be the first to know when registration opens online.

26th Annual Community Development Institute Concludes with Awards Ceremony

Over 100 community leaders from Arkansas and surrounding states participated in the 26th annual Community Development Institute (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas. The event, held August 6-10, concluded with a special graduation and awards ceremony.

AT&T Arkansas was honored with the Friend of Community Development Award, offered each year to an individual or organization that demonstrates strong support for community development and CDI. Additionally, CDI Advisory Board Member Dr. Mark Peterson received the esteemed Bill Miller Award as recognition for his decades of conducting scholarly research and working with communities to help them realize transformative change.

Kelly Lyon, CDI Director, said, “In addition to the training provided at the institute, we celebrate individual leaders from each class. CDI is about learning and networking, but it’s also about our network supporting the participants’ and graduates’ efforts to apply that training in their own communities. Those who receive awards have demonstrated exemplary leadership here and are well positioned to be leaders in their organizations and home towns. ”

Craig Lindholm, Executive Director for Community Redevelopment and Grants for the City of Texarkana, Texas, and a student in the Ph.D. in Leadership program at UCA was awarded the Ernest Whitelaw Award. The Whitelaw Award recipient is chosen by his peers for dedication to the practice of community development, involvement in the CDI experience, and personal leadership and integrity. After the awards ceremony, 25 community and economic professionals graduated from CDI 2012.

The Community Development Institute Central, established in 1987 at the University of Central Arkansas, in Conway, Arkansas, trains community and economic development professionals in Arkansas and surrounding states. For more information about CDI, visit www.uca.edu/cdi.

 

Outreach Announces Fall Tech Series

Outreach is offering numerous professional development workshops to help educators integrate innovative technology into the classroom. From iPads to Wikis, these workshops will help enhance and deepen student learning.

With the rising popularity of iPads in the classroom, Outreach is excited to offer a workshop blending iPads and the Common Core, iPads in the Classroom: Common Core and E-books.

Additional technology workshops will be offered online starting September 19th. Build your own classroom site with Creating Web Pages, learn how to better interact, share ideas and facilitate collaboration with Web 2.0: Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts, or engage your learners through creative multimedia lessons with Teaching Smarter with SMART Boards.

Plus, to ensure all your lessons and activities are free of copyright infringement, Outreach is offering a free, workshop to address the common copyright issues faced by educators, Copyright, Fair Use & Digital Media: What to Know and Where to Go.

 

Fall Tech Course Offerings:

 

For more information about our Fall Tech Series or any of our professional development workshops, visit our Professional Development webpage or call 501.450.5261.

 

Community Education Classes Sneak Peek

Community Education classes have been selected for the fall! Many of your favorites are back and a handful of new classes will help feed the need to learn something new. The release of the entire fall course offerings will be mid-June and here’s a sneak peak: Burn & Chisel helps to tone the body; Resources for Starting a Small Business will help get you started, Painting in Acrylics allows your imagination to flow onto the canvas.

It’s never too late to learn something new; take a community education class and enrich your life! Learn more about Community Education!

 

 

CCED Co-Hosts Exploring Innovation Week

UCA’s Center for Community and Economic Development partnered with the
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis- Little Rock Branch to co-host the Federal Reserve’s 2012 Exploring Innovation Week in Little Rock on March 22. Amy Whitehead, Coordinator for CCED, and Andrew Pack, Community Affairs Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank, screened the documentary Urbanized for over 25 community and economic development professionals from the state of Arkansas. The documentary explored the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders and thinkers. Following the screening, a facilitated discussion led by Whitehead and Pack, focused on populations trends, community consensus-building, place-making strategies, and
innovative approaches to local development efforts.

Exploring Innovation 2012 was attended by community and economic developers, lenders, investors and others community leaders. The annual conference strives to illustrate how innovation can result in new finance models, highlight industry best practices and serves as a catalyst for future discussions around topics of significant importance to community development.

 

 

“Exploring Our World” Lecture Series Announces Spring Lineup

The “Exploring Our World,” lecture series continues with three new Spring offerings: Conway’s Creative Approach to Battling Obesity Through Active InfrastructurePersons in the World: Perspectives on Human Ecology, East and WestWomen in the World: Pornography, Abuse and Sexualization of Young Girls;  and Ain’t I a Man: If I Act Like a Women and Think Like a Man?

The series kicks off April 5th with Conway’s Creative Approach to Battling Obesity Through Active Infrastructure Projects and Programs. Dr. Duston Morris, Assistant Faculty in the Department of Sciences at UCA, will share information on current projects within the Conway community designed to stimulate physical activity through the utilization of active infrastructure. Topics of discussions include: the impact of active infrastructure on healthy lifestyle characteristics, developing active infrastructure plans, and how to promote that infrastructure to Conway residents.

All lectures within the Exploring Our World series are open to the public and no cost to attend. For more information, visit uca.edu/world or call 501.450.5261. Participants are advised to sign up early.

 

Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaching

The last day to save money with the Early Bird Rate is Friday, February 10th. Save up to $50 on Community Education classes by registering early. Courses like Beginning Web Development, Photography and Sew-Unique Sewing are offering great discounts, but only for those who register early. Hurry- don’t miss out on your opportunity to save! Register now to lock in your special rate and choose to pay now or pay later. Early Bird Rate ends February 10th, 2012.