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Professional Development Institute Offers Learning Solutions for Area Employers


BRCC News | Published February 10, 2017

FLAT ROCK, NC (February 10, 2017) - Officially launched in the fall of 2016, the Professional Development Institute (PDI) was established to meet specific talent development needs highlighted by local businesses, healthcare entities, and other employers across our community.  Class instructors at PDI represent a host of local, national, and international business experience.  Class participants engage in learning skills and knowledge that deliver practical solutions to the workplace. 

Classes may be attended individually or taken in series for receipt of leadership development certificates.  The lineup of spring 2017 classes reflect those required for the Leading Others Certificate.    Summer and fall classes will reflect the Strategic Leadership Certificate and Leading from the Inside Out Certificate respectively.  Classes are offered on both the Henderson and Transylvania campuses of BRCC and can be delivered at a specific business location upon request. 

Spring 2017 classes are as follows:

Coaching and Development – February 16, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Learn to leverage the concept of strengths based leadership development.  Explore the importance of emotional intelligence as well as how to leverage EQi for growth and development.  Practice developing effective appraisals and learn practical tools and techniques to maximize coaching and development of individuals and organizations.

Effective Teams – March 9, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Learn key characteristics of effective teams and strategies to build high performance work teams.  Understand how to establish clear direction, roles and responsibilities, communication processes, rewards and accountability and decision-making processes that foster teamwork.  Learn to cultivate a culture that promotes collaboration and inspires innovation. Understand the stages of team development and how to help your team progress through each. 

SHRM Exam Prep – February 20 to May 15, 2017: The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) sanctions Blue Ridge Community College as an official SHRM college. BRCC offers SHRM approved courses that prepare HR professionals for SHRM certifications. BRCC courses equips HR professionals with the necessary tools to play a strategic role in their HR departments; stay abreast of ever-changing laws, innovative strategies, and current labor practices; and successfully manage HR departments based on four pillars of professional skills.

Leadership Excellence presented by the world renowned Disney Institute – May 3, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Adapt time-tested Disney business insights to assess and improve your organization. Identify the personal and organizational values that drive you as a leader to carry out your organization's vision.  Establish an alignment of personal values and organizational values to enthusiastically support your organization’s vision.  Understand a leader’s values-infused role in operationalizing culture-building and team support.  Develop strategies to sustain your organization’s values and vision during turbulent times as well as good times.  Build your own personal legacy as a leader.

For more information, visit or call (828) 694-1779.