Business & Professional Development

Continuous professional development helps to ensure that you remain viable in today's competitive job market. Outreach has gathered an assortment of classes that will help prepare you for your continued success. Browse the list below and register online today! If you can't find a class that you're looking for, just call or email us 501.450.3118

3C’s Train-the-Trainer Program™

This train-the-trainer program is based on the book, Civility, Compassion, and Courage in Schools Today: Strategies for Implementing in K-12 Classrooms written by Drs. Kohler-Evans and Barnes. Because of its practical nature, the concepts outlined in the book have been adopted by various industries and applied in the workforce, schools, homes and communities across the nation. The 3C's Train-the-Trainer program provides strategies to promote civil engagement across various discourse communities. In short, this workshop is designed for anyone who works with others. The program is divided into three levels. Level One focuses on the Model of Influence (MOI) and the concept of becoming civility competent. Level Two focuses on how compassion and courage support the development of one’s civility competency. Then, the Master Class provides an in-depth reflection of how one’s personality will impact the authentic delivery of the program content by focusing on voice intonation, body posture, facial expression and word choice. The training will feature strategies on how to facilitate difficult conversations with colleagues, students, and others. This training is approved for 12 hours of professional development.

Regular Fee: 245.00

Thurs, Fri, July 26 - July 27

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Meals are not provided


Business Protocol

First impressions count in business. This seminar will teach you proper business protocol and practical skills from handshaking and proper introductions to dining etiquette procedures such as passing food, buttering bread, addressing dining mistakes and more.

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, April 14 -

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
One-Day Class. Optional $10 material fee for workbook. This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members.


Child Abuse Prevention Training – Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children®, is led by a Darkness to Light Authorized Facilitator, Leia Smith. The Children’s Advocacy Alliance is proud to implement this curriculum across Faulkner, Van Buren, Searcy, and Conway counties. Engaging and thought provoking, this session includes: a two-part DVD presentation with commentary from sexual abuse survivors, experts in the field and concerned adults; facilitator-led discussion emphasizing important issues in prevention within the community and organizations that serve children and youth; and interactive workbook facilitates discussion, reinforces key concepts, and serves as a resource and personal action plan for resolving child sexual abuse. The Stewards of Children® training is free to all trainees and a certificate and 2 professional development units will be awarded following completion of training.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, April 30 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One-Day Class


Integrating the Edible Schoolyard and K-8 Curricula: A Summer Seminar for Educators

Garden-based education is an innovative tool useful in strengthening core standards and providing the highest quality education possible, through teaching strategies that address human diversity--including diversity among student learning styles. Drawing upon Kolb’s theory of experiential learning as well as insights from the Farm-to-School movement, this seminar will acquaint K-8 teachers with practical strategies for engaging students in school gardens. Participants will develop lesson plans, learn teaching techniques, and brush up on gardening basics using UCA’s own organic vegetable-and-flower garden. The seminar will end with a lunch featuring produce participants will harvest themselves! Participants should dress comfortably and wear appropriate footwear for morning sessions spent in the garden; a hat and a water bottle are recommended. Afternoon sessions will be held indoors in McAlister Hall, Room 108 (The Mirror Room). Overnight lodging in a campus residence hall is an option at an additional cost. Twelve ADE-approved PD units available.

Regular Fee: $75

Tues, Wed, Thurs, June 12 - June 14

8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Class time includes a one-hour lunch break on Tuesday and Wednesday. Class ends at 12:30 pm on Thursday.

Location: The Mirror Room - McAlister Hall (Room 108), UCA

Instructor: Allison B. Wallace and Sarah Lane | Allison Wallace website


Networking and Business Development

Business development strategies and tactics have changed dramatically in the past decade. Today, successful business development is contingent upon building trusted relationships and leveraging those relationships to meet new prospects. It is vital that you continuously grow and nurture these relationships. Come learn the art of networking and ways to build and leverage your business network.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, April 12 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sponsored by Old Chicago


Social Media 101

In this ​course, ​you ​will: 1. ​Understand ​the ​major ​social ​media ​platforms ​(Facebook, ​Instagram, ​Google ​Business, ​Snapchat; ​limited ​mention ​of ​Twitter ​and ​LinkedIn) ​and ​decide ​what ​is ​most ​important ​for ​your ​business/organization. ​ 2. ​Examine ​and ​develop ​a ​content ​strategy, ​guiding ​you ​in ​what ​types ​of ​posts ​you ​should make and ​how ​often. ​ 3. ​Learn ​about ​tools ​you ​can ​use ​to ​create ​posts ​for ​social ​media ​(graphic ​design ​skills ​not ​needed). ​ 4. ​Put ​your ​learning ​into ​practice ​by ​creating ​sample ​posts ​for ​your ​business ​or ​organization, ​with ​instructor ​feedback. Participants ​are ​required ​to ​bring ​their ​own ​laptop ​computer ​to ​utilize ​in ​completing ​the ​hands-on ​work ​during ​each ​session ​of ​the ​class. ​ ​Please ​fully ​charge ​your ​device ​and ​bring ​the ​power ​cord ​to ​prevent ​battery ​loss.

Regular Fee: Regular Fee $149; UCA Affiliates $99

Tues, April 3 - April 24

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Successful Product Launching: Skincare, Haircare and More

Do you dream of having your own skincare, cosmetic or hair care line but don’t know where to begin? Angela will teach you all the steps needed to launch a successful product line. You will start with your own ideas and by the conclusion of class, you will have a working knowledge of all the steps needed to launch your product. You will receive a workbook to guide you through every step needed once you are ready to begin.

Regular Fee: FREE | Required Material Fee: $25

Mon, June 11 -

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
One-Day Class. NO fees will be taken for registration purposes - Material Fees go directly to instructor.


Teaching Civility in Schools and in the Community

Schools are faced with increased incidences of incivility and uncivil behavior. Many of the challenging behaviors are also found in the community. This workshop provides participants with strategies, methods, and approaches that can be incorporated into the school’s current curriculum but can also be used effectively for community organizations serving young people. Service-learning and project-based learning ideas, case stories, and other activities are used to support effective implementation of the strategies and methods presented. Four (4) hours of professional development is available.

Regular Fee: 139.00

Sat, March 31 -

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Meals are not provided