Professional Development Programs

Southern State Community College will host a series of professional development courses specifically designed to meet the evolving needs of professionals. Participants can expect to gain practical insights, enhance their expertise, and stay informed of industry trends. Whether a seasoned professional looking to upskill or just entering the workforce, this program is tailored to cater to various career stages.

Each session costs $175 and consists of a one-day, four-hour module with a certificate of completion provided to attendees. Those interested in registering can pick and choose which topics they are most interested in.

Courses Offered

  • Assertive Communication Skills
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations
  • Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
  • Strategies for Improving Relationships with Colleagues
  • Communication 360
  • Coaching - Inspiring Personal Growth
  • Managing Conflict with Confidence
  • Adapting to and Leading Change
  • Customer Service - Building Better Relationships

*There are only 25 seats per session. Sign Up Now!

Meet the Instructor

Filomena Nelson M.ED

Filomena Nelson, owner of APEx Training Associates, brings 25 years of experience as a coach, facilitator, and educator. Her expertise and focus are on communication skills, leadership development and organizational development. She has partnered extensively with both individuals and teams, enhancing their skills to meet the needs of today's fast-paced, always changing work environments. Filomena holds a M. ED and has also completed post graduate work in Instructional System Design.

  • Assertive Communication Skills
  • Date: Wednesday, February 28
  • Sign In: 7:30 AM
  • Program: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Hillsboro | RM: 307
  • Cost: $175
  • Program Description: Assertive individuals communicate their thoughts, feelings, and needs confidently while respecting the rights of others. Speaking up and advocating for yourself helps you focus on priorities and goals while better managing your time. We often say "Yes" to requests from others because we believe it demonstrates we are a good team player. However, saying "No" directly and confidently can help us gain respect and build better relationships. Communicating assertively is also an effective way to resolve issues without defensiveness.
  • Registration: Complete the Professional Development Registration form. Registration closes two weeks before the event date.
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations
  • Date: Wednesday, March 20
  • Sign In: 12:30 PM
  • Program: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Mt. Orab | RM: 102
  • Cost: $175
  • Program Description: Although difficult conversations are inevitable in our lives, many of us prefer to avoid initiating them. We are often concerned about the impact of the conversations on our relationships. Successfully navigating a conversation requires managing your own emotions to calmly work towards resolving issues while building stronger relationships. In this program, you will be asked to identify a conversation in your workplace and prepare for and practice opening that conversation.
  • Registration: Complete the Professional Development Registration form. Registration closes two weeks before the event date.
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations
  • Date: Thursday, March 21
  • Sign In: 7:30 AM
  • Program: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Hillsboro | RM: 307
  • Cost: $175
  • Program Description: Although difficult conversations are inevitable in our lives, many of us prefer to avoid initiating them. We are often concerned about the impact of the conversations on our relationships. Successfully navigating a conversation requires managing your own emotions to calmly work towards resolving issues while building stronger relationships. In this program, you will be asked to identify a conversation in your workplace and prepare for and practice opening that conversation.
  • Registration: Complete the Professional Development Registration form. Registration closes two weeks before the event date.
  • Assertive Communication Skills
  • Date: Wednesday, April 3
  • Sign In: 7:30 AM
  • Program: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Mt. Orab | RM: 102
  • Cost: $175
  • Program Description: Assertive individuals communicate their thoughts, feelings, and needs confidently while respecting the rights of others. Speaking up and advocating for yourself helps you focus on priorities and goals while better managing your time. We often say "Yes" to requests from others because we believe it demonstrates we are a good team player. However, saying "No" directly and confidently can help us gain respect and build better relationships. Communicating assertively is also an effective way to resolve issues without defensiveness.
  • Registration: Complete the Professional Development Registration form. Registration closes two weeks before the event date.

Thursday, April 4

Session 1
  • Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
  • Date: Thursday, April 4
  • Sign In: 7:30 AM
  • Program: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Hillsboro | RM: 307
  • Cost: $175
  • Program Description: Research has shown that people with high emotional intelligence (EI) are consistently top organizational performers. They are respected throughout the organization because of their resiliency and flexibility during challenging times. Emotional intelligence is defined by the ability to understand and manage our emotions and those around us. This quality assists individuals in managing relationships, navigating social networks, influencing, and inspiring others.
  • Registration: Complete the Professional Development Registration form. Registration closes two weeks before the event date.
Session 2
  • Strategies for Improving Relationships with Colleagues
  • Date: Thursday, April 4
  • Sign In: 12:30 PM
  • Program: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Hillsboro | RM: 307
  • Cost: $175
  • Program Description: We often don't get to choose with whom we work. We work with others with different opinions, styles, and backgrounds. To be truly effective as a team member, we must treat others with respect, communicate openly, and provide others with guidance through feedback and encouragement.
  • Registration: Complete the Professional Development Registration form. Registration closes two weeks before the event date.

Tuesday, April 16

Session 1
  • Communication 360
  • Date: Tuesday, April 16
  • Sign In: 7:30 AM
  • Program: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Hillsboro | RM: 307
  • Cost: $175
  • Program Description: Demands to produce and meet deadlines often result in poor communication on the job, thus causing issues with quality, customer service, and team effectiveness. Success on the job requires you to be able to communicate your ideas and expectations clearly to others at all levels of the organization. However, research indicates that effective communicators spend more time listening than talking. This program provides tools for communicating your messages more clearly and actively listening to "get it right the first time."
  • Registration: Complete the Professional Development Registration form. Registration closes two weeks before the event date.
Session 2
  • Coaching - Inspiring Personal Growth
  • Date: Tuesday, April 16
  • Sign In: 12:30 PM
  • Program: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Hillsboro | RM: 307
  • Cost: $175
  • Program Description: Supervisors are asked to do even more with fewer resources to compete in our current global economy. Supervisors are only as successful as those who work for them. For the department and organization to achieve better business results, supervisors must capitalize on the talent of those around them.
  • Registration: Complete the Professional Development Registration form. Registration closes two weeks before the event date.

Tuesday, May 14

Session 1
  • Managing Conflict with Confidence
  • Date: Tuesday, May 14
  • Sign In: 7:30 AM
  • Program: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Hillsboro | RM: 307
  • Cost: $175
  • Program Description: Conflict is inevitable in all relationships, personal or professional. It is natural and often leads to continued growth and development for individuals and groups. Learning to manage differences is a critical factor in an individual's success.
  • Registration: Complete the Professional Development Registration form. Registration closes two weeks before the event date.
Session 2
  • Adapting to and Leading Change
  • Date: Tuesday, May 14
  • Sign In: 12:30 PM
  • Program: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Hillsboro | RM: 307
  • Cost: $175
  • Program Description: Change impacts everyone regardless of age, gender, profession, economic status, or education level. Why do some people seem to adapt and emerge from a change even stronger? This session will help you understand how you respond to change in your life and why change takes so much energy. Learn the three stages we must all go through before adapting to a change.
  • Registration: Complete the Professional Development Registration form. Registration closes two weeks before the event date.
  • Managing Conflict with Confidence
  • Date: Wednesday, May 15
  • Sign In: 7:30 AM
  • Program: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Mt. Orab | RM: 102
  • Cost: $175
  • Program Description: Conflict is inevitable in all relationships, personal or professional. It is natural and often leads to continued growth and development for individuals and groups. Learning to manage differences is a critical factor in an individual's success.
  • Registration: Complete the Professional Development Registration form. Registration closes two weeks before the event date.
  • Customer Service - Building Better Relationships with Customers
  • Date: Thursday, May 30
  • Sign In: 7:30 AM
  • Program: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Hillsboro | RM: 307
  • Cost: $175
  • Program Description: We all are being asked to do more work with less. The one area we must continue to do our best is with both the external and internal customers we serve. We are in business because of and not despite the customer. With all the demands of our jobs, how can we meet with the ever-increasing demands of our customers.
  • Registration: Complete the Professional Development Registration form. Registration closes two weeks before the event date.

Questions? Contact Amanda Lewis at alewis@sscc.edu or 800.628.7722 x3520