Continuing Success Conference

October 5 and 6, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Last day to register is October 3 at 11:59 p.m.

All sessions will be held virtually in teams

Register for Breakout Sessions 
(all participants will be automatically registered for the keynotes)

Day 1 - October 5, 2021

Start Times Type of session Topic Presenter Descriptions
10am Keynote: All experiences count Korrie Blanchard Smith Curious what counts as experience? Unsure if your previous experience will be enough? Most of us have more experience than we realize. We will identify strategies to help you communicate your classroom training, volunteer, and freelance work. Join this session to learn how ALL EXPERIENCE COUNTS! 
11am Breakout session: Time Management Emily Marshall This workshop focuses on valuable time management strategies and tips in an engaging and interactive manner. Participants will be exposed to two different syllabi (Math and English), along with actual Outlook/Teams calendars, in an effort to learn how to schedule and plan time for school assignments, deadlines, work, and other life commitments. Areas such as prioritization, goal-setting, overcoming obstacles, and planning for the unexpected will also be discussed.
11am Breakout session: Basic Math Skills Brandon Fecht Math isn't just a tool for classrooms. In this workshop, we'll be using basic math skills to approach realistic, day-to-day problems.
11am Breakout session: Academic Anxiety Tracey Bullock Everyone faces academic anxiety at one time or another. This presentation will help you recognize the causes of anxiety and cope with its effects.
11am Breakout session: How to Develop Soft Skills Dawn Preston In this session, attendees will gain a better understanding of the term “soft skills”, and the importance of developing skills such as communication, writing, and interpersonal skills. Attendees will also learn about the role of emotional intelligence in cultivating soft skills and how these skills will benefit them in the workplace.
12pm Breakout session: How to use PowerPoint Xiaoli Zhang In this session, you will learn how to create a presentation from a template, add text, images, video, add transitions, animations, and save to OneDrive to get a presentation from your computer, tablet or phone and share your work with others.
12pm Breakout session: How to write a professional memo Maegan Mercer-Bourne Emails and memos are necessary in the workforce and in the classroom. This presentation will discuss skills for writing both such as audience awareness, formality, and detail.
12pm Breakout session: How to access ongoing services at the Library Anita Young Within this class, Continuing Education faculty and support staff will learn to navigate their way through the library. Explore the resources and services available to support the research and information literacy needs for faculty, staff, and students. 
12pm Breakout session: Work Life Integration: Managing personal and professional priorities Tomeka Clarke When last did you have to decide between a personal commitment and a professional one? Was it a struggle? Are these areas in constant competition with the other? Navigating which priority gets our attention can be an unwanted challenge. When we focus on separating the personal and professional areas of our lives, we can sometimes find ourselves stuck and frustrated about the decision. Let’s change that. This workshop will help you develop strategies to integrate personal and professional priorities
1pm Breakout session: Test Taking tips & Study Skills Jason Haskins This workshop will focus on fundamental techniques and their design to assist individuals with test preparation. In addition, it will explore various study habits that will crossover into many areas of interest. Topics such as active learning and effective note-taking will be key components.
1pm Breakout session: Organizational Skills Ashley Tabron Do you want to know how to optimize your digital environment? Come to the Digital Organization session where we'll cover file naming, organizing, digital calendars, and more!
1pm Breakout session: Deficit Thinking Versus Growth Mindset Joseph Magliocca This workshop defines a the concept of deficit thinking and discusses how this lens can be harmful to students from marginalized backgrounds and also defines the concept of the growth mindset and discusses how this lens can be more beneficial for improving the experience of students from these backgrounds
1pm Breakout session: How to Use Excel Phil Ershadi This workshop will introduce basic mathematical operations in Excel and will help students lay the groundwork for more complicated math that would be impractical with a calculator.  The workshop will also cover some of excel's built-in arithmetic functions that can automate operations on larger lists of numbers.  We will also use excel to create and edit charts.
2pm Lunch      
3pm Breakout session: Time Management Emily Marshall This workshop focuses on valuable time management strategies and tips in an engaging and interactive manner. Participants will be exposed to two different syllabi (Math and English), along with actual Outlook/Teams calendars, in an effort to learn how to schedule and plan time for school assignments, deadlines, work, and other life commitments. Areas such as prioritization, goal-setting, overcoming obstacles, and planning for the unexpected will also be discussed.
3pm Breakout session: Basic Math Skills Brandon Fecht Math isn't just a tool for classrooms. In this workshop, we'll be using basic math skills to approach realistic, day-to-day problems.
3pm Breakout session: Academic Anxiety Tracey Bullock Everyone faces academic anxiety at one time or another. This presentation will help you recognize the causes of anxiety and cope with its effects.
3pm Breakout session: How to Develop Soft Skills Dawn Preston In this session, attendees will gain a better understanding of the term “soft skills”, and the importance of developing skills such as communication, writing, and interpersonal skills. Attendees will also learn about the role of emotional intelligence in cultivating soft skills and how these skills will benefit them in the workplace.
4pm Breakout session: How to use PowerPoint Xiaoli Zhang In this session, you will learn how to create a presentation from a template, add text, images, video, add transitions, animations, and save to OneDrive to get a presentation from your computer, tablet or phone and share your work with others.
4pm Breakout session: How to write a professional memo Maegan Mercer-Bourne Emails and memos are necessary in the workforce and in the classroom. This presentation will discuss skills for writing both such as audience awareness, formality, and detail.
4pm Breakout session: How to access ongoing services at the Library Anita Young Within this class, Continuing Education faculty and support staff will learn to navigate their way through the library. Explore the resources and services available to support the research and information literacy needs of faculty, staff, and students. 
4pm Breakout session: Work Life Integration: Managing personal and professional priorities Tomeka Clarke When last did you have to decide between a personal commitment and a professional one? Was it a struggle? Are these areas in constant competition with the other? Navigating which priority gets our attention can be an unwanted challenge. When we focus on separating the personal and professional areas of our lives, we can sometimes find ourselves stuck and frustrated about the decision. Let’s change that. This workshop will help you develop strategies to integrate personal and professional priorities
5pm Breakout session: Test Taking tips & Study Skills Jason Haskins This workshop will focus on fundamental techniques and their design to assist individuals with test preparation. In addition, it will explore various study habits that will crossover into many areas of interest. Topics such as active learning and effective note-taking will be key components.
5pm Breakout session: Organizational Skills Ashley Tabron Do you want to know how to optimize your digital environment? Come to the Digital Organization session where we'll cover file naming, organizing, digital calendars, and more!
5pm Breakout session: Deficit Thinking Versus Growth Mindset Joseph Magliocca This workshop defines the concept of deficit thinking and discusses how this lens can be harmful to students from marginalized backgrounds and also defines the concept of the growth mindset and discusses how this lens can be more beneficial for improving the experience of students from these backgrounds
5pm Breakout session: How to Use Excel Phil Ershadi This workshop will introduce basic mathematical operations in Excel and will help students lay the groundwork for more complicated math that would be impractical with a calculator.  The workshop will also cover some of excel's built-in arithmetic functions that can automate operations on larger lists of numbers.  We will also use excel to create and edit charts.
6pm Keynote: Preparing a CV/Cover Letter Kay Ruth/Eleanor Miles

What should you put on a resume? What should you leave off? How should it be organized? What should you include if you are changing careers and your experience is in something else? What if you have no experience? Why do you need a cover letter if you have a resume? What's the difference between a resume and a CV? Well-written resumes and cover letters bring out the best in you. Effective communication is key. Attend this session for writing tips and techniques that will move you along in your job search process.

Day 2 - October 6, 2021

Start Times Type of session Topic Presenter Descriptions
10am Keynote: Transitioning with Success in Non-credit Courses Panel, Mod James Strickland Why take non-credit courses?  What do they really offer you?  How will continuing ed help you transition yourself professionally and personally to aid you in becoming more successful?  These questions and more will be answered in this session.
11am Breakout session: How to use PowerPoint Xiaoli Zhang In this session, you will learn how to create a presentation from a template, add text, images, video, add transitions, animations, and save to OneDrive to get a presentation from your computer, tablet or phone and share your work with others.
11am Breakout session: How to write a professional memo Maegan Mercer-Bourne Emails and memos are necessary in the workforce and in the classroom. This presentation will discuss skills for writing both such as audience awareness, formality, and detail.
11am Breakout session: How to access ongoing services at the Library Anita Young Within this class, Continuing Education faculty and support staff will learn to navigate their way through the library. Explore the resources and services available to support the research and information literacy needs for faculty, staff, and students. 
11am Breakout session: Work/Life Balance and seeking professional development Tomeka Clarke When last did you have to decide between a personal commitment and a professional one? Was it a struggle? Are these areas in constant competition with the other? Navigating which priority gets our attention can be an unwanted challenge. When we focus on separating the personal and professional areas of our lives, we can sometimes find ourselves stuck and frustrated about the decision. Let’s change that. This workshop will help you develop strategies to integrate personal and professional priorities
12pm Breakout session: Test Taking tips & Study Skills Jason Haskins This workshop will focus on fundamental techniques and their design to assist individuals with test preparation. In addition, it will explore various study habits that will crossover into many areas of interest. Topics such as active learning and effective note-taking will be key components.
12pm Breakout session: Organizational Skills Ashley Tabron Do you want to know how to optimize your digital environment? Come to the Digital Organization session where we'll cover file naming, organizing, digital calendars, and more!
12pm Breakout session: Deficit Thinking Versus Growth Mindset Joe Magliocca This workshop defines a the concept of deficit thinking and discusses how this lens can be harmful for students from marginalized backgrounds and also defines the concept of the growth mindset and discusses how this lens can be more beneficial for improving the experience of students from these backgrounds
12pm Breakout session: How to Use Excel Phil Ershadi This workshop will introduce basic mathematical operations in excel, and will help students lay the groundwork for more complicated math that would be impractical with a calculator.  The workshop will also cover some of excel's built-in arithmetic functions that can automate operations on larger lists of numbers.  We will also use excel to create and edit charts.
1pm Breakout session: Time Management Emily Marshall This workshop focuses on valuable time management strategies and tips in an engaging and interactive manner. Participants will be exposed to two different syllabi (Math and English), along with actual Outlook/Teams calendars, in an effort to learn how to schedule and plan time for school assignments, deadlines, work, and other life commitments. Areas such as prioritization, goal-setting, overcoming obstacles, and planning for the unexpected will also be discussed.
1pm Breakout session: Basic Math Skills Brandon Fecht Math isn't just a tool for classrooms. In this workshop, we'll be using basic math skills to approach realistic, day-to-day problems.
1pm Breakout session: Academic Anxiety Tracey Bullock Everyone faces academic anxiety at one time or another. This presentation will help you recognize the causes of anxiety and cope with its effects.
1pm Breakout session: How to Develop Soft Skills Dawn Preston In this session, attendees will gain a better understanding of the term “soft skills”, and the importance of developing skills such as communication, writing, and interpersonal skills. Attendees will also learn about the role of emotional intelligence in cultivating soft skills and how these skills will benefit them in the workplace.
2pm Lunch      
3pm Breakout session: How to use PowerPoint Xiaoli Zhang In this session, you will learn how to create a presentation from a template, add text, images, video, add transitions, animations, and save to OneDrive to get a presentation from your computer, tablet or phone and share your work with others.
3pm Breakout session: How to write a professional memo Maegan Mercer-Bourne Emails and memos are necessary in the workforce and in the classroom. This presentation will discuss skills for writing both such as audience awareness, formality, and detail.
3pm Breakout session: How to access ongoing services at the Library Anita Young Within this class, Continuing Education faculty and support staff will learn to navigate their way through the library. Explore the resources and services available to support the research and information literacy needs for faculty, staff, and students. 
3pm Breakout session: Work/Life Balance and seeking professional development Tomeka Clarke When last did you have to decide between a personal commitment and a professional one? Was it a struggle? Are these areas in constant competition with the other? Navigating which priority gets our attention can be an unwanted challenge. When we focus on separating the personal and professional areas of our lives, we can sometimes find ourselves stuck and frustrated about the decision. Let’s change that. This workshop will help you develop strategies to integrate personal and professional priorities
4pm Breakout session: Test Taking tips & Study Skills Jason Haskins This workshop will focus on fundamental techniques and their design to assist individuals with test preparation. In addition, it will explore various study habits that will crossover into many areas of interest. Topics such as active learning and effective note-taking will be key components.
4pm Breakout session: Organizational Skills Ashley Tabron Do you want to know how to optimize your digital environment? Come to the Digital Organization session where we'll cover file naming, organizing, digital calendars, and more!
4pm Breakout session: Deficit Thinking Versus Growth Mindset Joe Magliocca This workshop defines a the concept of deficit thinking and discusses how this lens can be harmful for students from marginalized backgrounds and also defines the concept of the growth mindset and discusses how this lens can be more beneficial for improving the experience of students from these backgrounds
4pm Breakout session: How to Use Excel Phil Ershadi This workshop will introduce basic mathematical operations in excel, and will help students lay the groundwork for more complicated math that would be impractical with a calculator.  The workshop will also cover some of excel's built-in arithmetic functions that can automate operations on larger lists of numbers.  We will also use excel to create and edit charts.
5pm Breakout session: Time Management Emily Marshall This workshop focuses on valuable time management strategies and tips in an engaging and interactive manner. Participants will be exposed to two different syllabi (Math and English), along with actual Outlook/Teams calendars, in an effort to learn how to schedule and plan time for school assignments, deadlines, work, and other life commitments. Areas such as prioritization, goal-setting, overcoming obstacles, and planning for the unexpected will also be discussed.
5pm Breakout session: Basic Math Skills Brandon Fecht Math isn't just a tool for classrooms. In this workshop, we'll be using basic math skills to approach realistic, day-to-day problems.
5pm Breakout session: Academic Anxiety Tracey Bullock Everyone faces academic anxiety at one time or another. This presentation will help you recognize the causes of anxiety and cope with its effects.
5pm Breakout session: How to Develop Soft Skills Dawn Preston In this session, attendees will gain a better understanding of the term “soft skills”, and the importance of developing skills such as communication, writing, and interpersonal skills. Attendees will also learn about the role of emotional intelligence in cultivating soft skills and how these skills will benefit them in the workplace.
6pm Keynote: Career Exploration Laura Bethea