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.

WLN Kick Off

UCA Women’s Leadership Network is a network created for women, by women, to support women who are seasoned or aspirant leaders in the home, at work or in the community. The purpose of the network is to provide opportunities for women to connect from various backgrounds in Conway and surrounding areas. We will have food, door prizes and live entertainment! This will also be the first official mentorship meet and greet of the semester! For more information, visit: uca.edu/outreach/women or call 501-450-5261.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, September 19 - September 19

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Please RSVP so we can make sure we have enough food.

Location: President's House

Instructor: Dr. Shaneil Ealy

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How to Start a Small Business

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

Tues, September 24 - September 24

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Dr. Don Bradley | Little Rock SCORE

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For-profit / Nonprofit Collaborations through Service Learning & Social Entrepreneurship

Did you know that for-profits and nonprofits can collaborate for social causes? Did you know there’s profit for your passions as you make a difference in the lives of others? As you develop your service learning objectives for positive societal change, learn actual funding strategies that can effectively aid with 1) community engagement 2) sustainability for nonprofits and for-profits, and 3) generate certain economic growth for viable municipal initiatives.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, September 26 - September 26

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Workshop is part of the UCA & Hendrix Community Partner Summit

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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

Thurs, September 26 - September 26

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Dr. Don Bradley | Little Rock SCORE

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WLN Book Club – Yes Please

Women's Leadership Network is announcing its first book of the year! It's #YESPlease by Amy Poehler! Get the book and join them! Lots of fun and networking! For more information, visit: uca.edu/outreach/women or call 501-450-5261.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, September 26 - September 26

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Elizabeth House, 120 Elizabeth (off Robins Ave)

Instructor: Dr. Leslie Zorwick

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WLN First Friday Coffee – Mentorship Kick Off

Women's Leadership Network has scheduled First Friday Coffee specifically for those in the mentorship program to have a designated time to meet. Coffee and morning treats will be provided. It's a good time to network and meet new friends! For more information, visit: uca.edu/outreach/women or call 501-450-5261.

Regular Fee: FREE

Fri, October 4 - October 4

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Dr. Shaneil Ealy

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Developing a Successful Grant Proposal

Are you a business owner looking for new ways to do good in the community? Grants could be your answer. This all-inclusive class will show you how to decipher the grant components: executive summary, needs statement, project description, organizational history and budget. You will also learn project development strategies that will equip you with the knowledge to write a thorough proposal, specific to your unique program goals.

Regular Fee: $99

Tues, October 8 - October 29

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Sherita Herring-Oglesby | Philanthropy Alliance Foundation

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Productive Conflict for Organizations and Communities: Critical Thinking and Listening in Conversation about Poverty

This workshop teaches participants how to communicate effectively, listen critically, and, most importantly, create space for disagreement. Community and organizational leaders who embrace disagreement and regard differences of opinion as opportunities for growth and increased understanding will find their teams more resilient and prepared to meet challenges head-on. We will examine productive conflict in the context of conversations about poverty—an issue facing our community and at the center of many organizational missions. Participants will learn to think about this pressing social issue in new and complex ways. Using productive conflict, participants will consider methods of combating poverty that differ from those they have embraced previously; they will explore diverse perspectives and learn the value of weighing the advantages and disadvantages of various proposals. As participants truly engage, listen to, and learn from one another, they will come away with a more nuanced understanding of the issue at hand. They will also take away a flexible, repeatable process for engaging in productive conflict that they can use in their professional and personal lives.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, October 14 - October 14

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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WLN Networking Luncheon – Start Up and Start Overs

Women's Leadership Network is hosting Networking Luncheon - Start Up and Start Overs at Hole in the Wall Café. Join WLN to gain valuable knowledge, network and eat good southern cooking! Lunch includes a buffet with 1-2 entrees, vegetables, salad, dessert and a drink. For more information, visit: uca.edu/outreach/women or call 501-450-5261.

Regular Fee: $20

Wed, October 30 - October 30

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Hole in the Wall Café

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“These Kids Are Driving Me Crazy” – Classroom Management Techniques for Better Relationships

This high-impact session offers K-8 teachers and administrators two distinct techniques from the book "Success Favors Well-Prepared Teachers." This session will also feature strategies to manage student behavior, cultivate healthy relationships and support social and emotional recovery. Each strategy is based on principles of restorative justice and positive behavior guidance. Participants will engage in small and whole group activities along with interactive, situational role plays to support the authentic delivery of each strategy across any K-8 classroom. This will not be a typical "sit and get" professional development workshop. This session is designed to be fun, engaging and energetic. It will definitely keep participants moving! You will receive 2 professional development units.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, October 31 - October 31

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Candice Barnes & Todd Parker | Parker Education & Development, LLC

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WLN Book Club – Dig Where You Are

Women's Leadership Network is announcing its last book of the year! It's #Dig Where You Are by Nan Doyle! Get the book and join them! Lots of fun and networking! For more information, visit: uca.edu/outreach/women or call 501-450-5261.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, November 4 - November 4

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Elizabeth House, 120 Elizabeth (off Robins Ave)

Instructor: Dr. Leslie Zorwick

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WLN Emotional Intelligence Event

Emotional intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success. Please join Women's Leadership Network to learn how you can develop your emotional intelligence. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit: uca.edu/outreach/women or call 501-450-5261.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, November 5 - November 5

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Please RSVP so we can make sure we have enough food.

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor:

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Investment Costs: Learning What and How You Pay (11/7/19)

Discover your investment cost savings options at all levels of investing, and learn how to minimize the cost of investing no matter where you invest. Let Laura Holder and Bud Welch walk you through the many different investment options that are available. This class is educational in nature- no specific, products will be discussed.

Regular Fee: FREE

Thurs, November 7 - November 7

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Laura Holder and Bud Welch | Wells Fargo Advisors

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Introduction to Strategic Selling

This two hour introduction to strategic selling will cover the seven steps of sales, the analysis of the buying cycle, and the psychology of influence. Topics will include rapport building, needs analysis and qualifying, value in creating desire, presentation skills, closing strategies of sales content will help you to consider factors needed for success in a commission sales environment.

Regular Fee: $10

Sat, November 9 - November 9

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Charles Paschal

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Simple Graphic Design for Effective Business Branding

Business owners are known to wear many hats within their company and graphic designer can be one of them! If you lack the necessary skills and/or budget to advance your business through branding or graphic design, then this class is for you! In this easy, step-by-step class, you'll learn how to create simple graphics to make a great impact. If you can use word processing software, then you can create effective promotional materials for your company! Sign up today!

Regular Fee: $39

Thurs, November 14 - November 14

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Sherita Herring-Oglesby | Philanthropy Alliance Foundation

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Connecting increases your influence in every situation. Learn how to identify with people and relate to others in a way that increases your influence with them. To be a successful leader, you need to learn to communicate in a way that connects with others. If you can connect with others—one-on-one, in groups, and with an audience—your sense of community improves, your ability to create teamwork increases, and your influence skyrockets. People who connect with others have better relationships, experience less conflict, and get more things done than those who cannot connect. Leaders who have learned the art of connection are able to communicate their ideas persuasively, establishing buy-in and attracting followers.

Regular Fee: FREE

Wed, February 5 - February 5

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Fredierick Smith

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WLN Networking Luncheon – Stress Management

Women's Leadership Network is hosting Networking Luncheon - Stress Management at Hole in the Wall Café. Join WLN and learn valuable information on how you can better manage your stress. Lots of time for networking. Lunch includes a buffet with 1-2 entrees, vegetables, salad, dessert and a drink. For more information, visit: uca.edu/outreach/women or call 501-450-5261.

Regular Fee: $20

Wed, December 11 - December 11

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Hole in the Wall Café

Instructor:

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CBCS Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding (Voucher Included)

The certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) is ideal for those who are interested in obtaining a career in the healthcare industry but have little to no experience within the sector. This comprehensive program will provide a foundation of medical vocabulary to help you better understand doctors' notes and medical record contents. It will also teach you essential medical office management skills that healthcare managers look for when hiring new front office staff. Voucher included for CBCS certification exam.

Regular Fee: $2695

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OPEN ENROLLMENT, 7-12 MONTHS

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Instructor: Various Instructors

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Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (Exam Cost Included)

This well-rounded course will teach you the concepts for both Lean and Six Sigma and prepares you for Six Sigma Green Belt certification by mastering the contents of the American Society of Quality (ASQ) exam.

Regular Fee: $1895

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OPEN ENROLLMENT, 3-6 MONTHS

Location:

Instructor: Tony Swaim

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CPC Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding (Voucher Included)

The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) with Medical Billing and Coding knowledge is broadened as a coder. Become an expert in all aspects of billing, medical coding and administration. This three-part course prepares you for reviewing and assigning accurate medical codes for diagnoses, procedures and services performed by qualified healthcare providers in the office or facility setting (e.g., inpatient hospital). This course is ideal for those that have little to no experience within the sector. Voucher included for CPC and CMAA certification exams.

Regular Fee: $3195

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OPEN ENROLLMENT, 7-12 MONTHS

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Instructor: Various Instructors

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Creating WordPress Websites

Learn how to create attractive, sophisticated blogs and websites - without any coding! WordPress is the world's most popular website publisher, powering more than 25% of all sites on the internet. WordPress is an easy-to-use solution that will help you put your site on the Web in far less time than by coding, and at a much lower cost than hiring a professional.

Regular Fee: $115

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BEGINS AUG 14, SEPT 11, OCT 16 & NOV 13

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Instructor: Richard Mansfield

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Freight Broker/Agent Training

Prepare to enter the freight/logistics industry. This program will prepare you to start your own freight broker business or become a freight agent.

Regular Fee: $1895

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OPEN ENROLLMENT, 3-6 MONTHS

Location:

Instructor: Jan and Jeff Roach

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Grant Writing Suite

Get three courses in one bundle! A to Z Grant Writing, Advanced Grant Proposal Writing and Becoming a Grant Writing Consultant. Learn how to research and write winning proposals that get funded, become proficient in the proposal format used by the vast majority of public foundations and learn to become a grant writing consultant.

Regular Fee: $261

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BEGINS AUG 14, SEPT 11, OCT 16 & NOV 13

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Human Resources Professional

Master the skills you need to gain an entry-level position in human resources and prepare to take the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam.

Regular Fee: $1795

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OPEN ENROLLMENT, 3-6 MONTHS

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Instructor: Anna Smith

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Introduction to C# Programming

Learn the fundamentals of computer programming with C#, the in-demand and incredibly useful programming language that incorporates the best features of Visual Basic, C++ and Java. This class will teach you how to program the right way by using a state-of-the-art language to build impressive applications on your schedule and on your very own computer.

Regular Fee: $115

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BEGINS AUG 14, SEPT 11, OCT 16 & NOV 13

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Instructor: Mike Orsega

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Introduction to Python 3 Programming

Learn how Python has slithered its way to the top of the programming languages. Python was designed to provide a way to develop code that's easy to create and understand. While Python contains the same basic structures as the other languages, it also offers unique functionality that makes your life as a programmer easier. Don't delay, sign up today!

Regular Fee: $115

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SELF-PACED TUTORIAL

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Oracle SQL and PL/SQL + Python Developer + Java Programmer

This online course is the perfect starting point for those wanting to learn SQL, PL/SQL, Java and Python programming. Conquer Oracle Programming in this combined online training that teaches everything from the basics to advanced practices.

Regular Fee: $2,595

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OPEN ENROLLMENT,12 MONTHS

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Instructor: Nat Dunn

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Pharmacy Technician (Voucher Included)

The Pharmacy Technician Online Certification Training Program was developed in response to a rising need for trained technicians to work in a hospital or retail pharmacies. You will gain the skills and knowledge to qualify for entry-level positions in pharmacies and you will be prepared for the national certification. Voucher included for Pharmacy Technician certification exam.

Regular Fee: $2,495

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OPEN ENROLLMENT, 6-12 MONTHS

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Instructor: Melissa Dunworth, Betty Stahl

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SQL Series

Learn the basic structure of relational databases and how to read and write simple and complex SQL statements and advanced data manipulation techniques. By the end of this course, you'll have solid working knowledge of SQL. You will feel confident in your ability to write SQL queries to create tables; retrieve data from single or multiple tables; delete, insert, and update data in a database and gather significant statistics from data stored in a database.

Regular Fee: $199

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Location:

Instructor: Dr. Cecelia Allison

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Effective Time Prioritization

Nonprofit leaders have to wear many hats; this workshop teaches the skills necessary to improve time management, prioritization and organization of tasks, better workflow, and increase productivity.

Regular Fee: FREE

Wed, November 13 - November 13

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Sharon Lanier

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