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 outreach@uca.edu.

Engaging the Eight Sectors of Your Community

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement partners with United Way of Central Arkansas to offer a series of professional development workshops for nonprofits. All workshops are FREE and open to government and nonprofit professionals. If you have questions about the series, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Program Director, at 501-852-7416 or email her at lgraybeal@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, October 3 - October 3

9:00 am - 11:00 am
This class is open to staff of nonprofit and government agencies only.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Karen Walker

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12 Steps to a Successful Job Search

Learn step-by-step instructions on how to get the job you want regardless of your level of expertise or state of the economy. You will learn how to build rapport with any interviewer while mastering the six phases of a successful job interview. This motivational class will increase your confidence, help you feel great about yourself and provide you with the foundation you need to get the job you want.

Regular Fee: $90

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Todd Bermont

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A to Z Grant Writing

A to Z Grant Writing explores how and where to look for potential funders who are a good match for your organization. You'll also learn how to network and develop true partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant writing campaign and how to put together a complete proposal package.

Regular Fee: $99

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Dr. Beverly Browning

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A to Z Grant Writing II – Beyond the Basics

By the end of this class, you'll be prepared to continue tracking future grant-writing and funding trends, bounce back successfully from rejection notices and manage all of your grant awards proficiently. In addition, you'll gain confidence in all areas of grant seeking, grant writing and grants management.

Regular Fee: $99

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Dr. Beverly Browning

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Accounting Fundamentals

Whether you're a sole proprietor looking to manage your business finances or you simply want to gain an understanding of accounting basics for career advancement or for personal use, this class will give you a solid foundation in financial matters.

Regular Fee: $90

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Charlene Messier

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Administrative Assistant Suite

Discover and master the essentials of managerial and staff support, information and records management, communications technology, travel and meeting coordination, space planning and office ergonomics. You'll become an indispensable member of your team by identifying opportunities and implementing solutions to turn your office into a high productivity machine.

Regular Fee: $261

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Becky and Tony Swaim and Ann Linquist

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ARCF/UCA Board Development Workshop Series

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement and the Arkansas Community Foundation/Faulkner County will offer a four-week Nonprofit Board Development Workshop Series. Registration is $50 for a team of up to four people per nonprofit organization, and teams should plan to attend all four sessions. Please contact Lesley Graybeal at 501-852-7416 or lgraybeal@uca.edu with questions. Registration closes September 13. Workshop Topics: 9/20: Moving Your Donors up the Pyramid: Strategies for Annual Gift Donor Retention and Major Gift Development 9/27: Capital Campaign Elements and Planned Giving Knowledge: Skipping Through One to Learn More About the Other 10/4: Social Media: Today, Tomorrow, and Where You Are 10/11: Share your Pyramid: Reviewing, Refining, and Addressing the Gaps

Regular Fee: $50

Wed, September 20 - October 11

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor:

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Arkansas IPSE Summit

The movement toward inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) programs is growing on over 250 campuses across the nation. Learn about the IPSE concepts and how it can be an asset on your campus. University of Memphis Institute on Disability, University of Central Arkansas Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, and University of Central Arkansas College of Education have partnered to bring the Interdisciplinary Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) summit for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to UCA.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, Fri, November 2 - November 3

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Arkansas Preschool Plus Summit

This summit is a professional development opportunity for preschool and day care providers to gain information on autism, nutrition and Itty Bitty Economics. The day includes an opening keynote presentation, three breakout sessions, panel discussion and an interactive poverty simulation. You will receive 5.5 units of professional development credit for attending this summit.

Regular Fee: FREE

Sat, September 9 -

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: BHCC

Instructor: | Arkansas Preschool Plus

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

Thurs, October 5 -

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.

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Business Taxes

Get a better understanding of your tax responsibilities as a business owner by taking this two hour seminar. Led by certified public accountant Jennifer Bell, this seminar will help answer the questions you have about taxes and give you the information you need to handle your tax issues. A limited number of scholarships are available for minority, women and veteran business owners. Check registration page for details.

Regular Fee: $25

Thurs, September 14 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One evening class only. Sponsored by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce Central Arkansas Small Business Series

De-Escalation Training

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement partners with United Way of Central Arkansas to offer a series of professional development workshops for nonprofits. All workshops are FREE and open to government and nonprofit professionals. If you have questions about the series, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Program Director, at 501-852-7416 or email her at lgraybeal@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, March 6 - March 6

9:00 am - 11:00 am
This class is open to staff of nonprofit and government agencies only.

Location: UCA PD Outreach Center

Instructor: Lt. Brad Moore

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Event Planning Tips and Tricks

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement partners with United Way of Central Arkansas to offer a series of professional development workshops for nonprofits. All workshops are FREE and open to government and nonprofit professionals. If you have questions about the series, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Program Director, at 501-852-7416 or email her at lgraybeal@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, November 7 - November 7

9:00 am - 11:00 am
This class is open to staff of nonprofit and government agencies only.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Melanie Watson

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Fundraising Pyramid 101

This pre-series workshop for the four-week ARCF/UCA Nonprofit Board Development Workshop Series is FREE of charge and will provide participants with a basic understanding of the fundraising pyramid in preparation for a more in-depth exploration of fundraising, capital campaigns, and planned giving in the full Board Development Workshop Series. This pre-series workshop is open to any nonprofit staff and board members. If you are interested in attending the full series, registration for a team of up to four board members and staff is $50 and can be completed at https://www.regonline.com/BDWS2017. Please contact Lesley Graybeal at 501-852-7416 or lgraybeal@uca.edu with questions.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, September 12 - September 12

9:00 am - 11:00 am
This class is open to nonprofit staff and board members only.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor:

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Health, Safety & Nutrition

Childcare providers of all kinds need to take this class. This class focuses on essential skills to keep children and their surroundings healthy and safe, such as preventing injuries and illness, basic first aid, reducing the spread of germs and properly handling and storing food. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate recognized by the Early Childhood Association as well as 15 professional development units.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, September 11 - October 9

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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How to Start a Small Business

Have you been dreaming about starting your own business but you’re not quite sure how to get started? This class provides you with the information you need to know to start your own business. You will learn from a veteran instructor who has all the resources you'll need to be on your way to owning the business of your dreams.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, October 16 - October 16

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One-Day Class

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How to Write a Business Plan

If you are starting your own business, a business plan is a necessity. This course is designed to show the novice and seasoned business owner how to create a well-written business plan. Your business plan can mean the difference between profit and loss for your business. Business plan myths, outlines, details and information sources will be covered.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, October 30 -

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One-Day Class

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Medical Coding

Take your first step toward a lucrative career as a medical coder! You'll learn how to use the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM to find medical codes for any disease, condition, treatment or surgical procedure. This knowledge will help prepare you to work almost anywhere in the medical field—doctors' offices, clinics, public health facilities, hospitals, labs, nursing homes, insurance agencies or even the comfort of your own home.

Regular Fee: $99

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Jennifer Della'Zanna

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Risk Management & Succession Planning

Are you prepared for the unforeseen events that can occur in your business at any time? This risk management and succession planning seminar is here to help. The purpose of this seminar is to help you identify possible risks and develop strategies to reduce or alleviate those risks and to learn the steps necessary to prepare succession plans for your business. A limited number of scholarships are available for minority, women and veteran business owners. Check registration page for details.

Regular Fee: $25

Thurs, November 2 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sponsored by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce Central Arkansas Small Business Series

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Small Business Loans

Obtaining a small business loan can be a daunting task, but this course will prepare you for the loan application process. You will learn about various loan types, documentation associated with different business structures and the steps required to complete the loan process.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, September 5 - September 12

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Must attend both sessions.

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Survival Kit for New Teachers

Are you a new teacher who feels anxious about entering your first classroom? Whether you're already teaching, a newly credentialed graduate or a substitute looking to transition to full-time, this course will provide you with all the time-tested tools, tips and tricks you need to make your early years in the classroom a breeze.

Regular Fee: $90

Begins Monthly,

12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Tracey Birch

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Volunteer Management

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement partners with United Way of Central Arkansas to offer a series of professional development workshops for nonprofits. All workshops are FREE and open to government and nonprofit professionals. If you have questions about the series, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Program Director, at 501-852-7416 or email her at lgraybeal@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, February 6 - February 6

9:00 am - 11:00 am
This class is open to staff of nonprofit and government agencies only.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Ellen Brown

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Women’s Leadership Network Reception

UCA is kicking off its new Women’s Leadership Network with a reception hosted by UCA's First Lady Jenny Davis. Providing plentiful opportunities to meet other women from various backgrounds in Conway, this network also encourages mentorship and empowerment of women. To serve as a mentor or sign up to be mentored (or both!), please register online and join us for food and fellowship while we learn about the exciting events to come.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, September 11 -

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Open to women in Conway.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Various