Fall 2013 Course Offerings

Please read the payment and registration information carefully if you wish to register for any of these courses.

Green and Sustainability Studies

CONT 550C-80: New Forms of Green Enterprise: Social Ventures for Environmental Nonprofits and Governments
Course Call #: 12230
Fee: $275
Instructor: Karina Lutz, former Deputy Director of People's Power & Light
Dates: 10 Thursdays; October 3 - December 19, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00pm
Location: Rhode Island College - Rm. Craig-Lee 228
Credit: 3.0 CEU (30 contact hours)

Course Description
This class is for environmental nonprofit managers, "social entrepreneurs" looking to start organizations with green missions, government policymakers trying to discern the new trends, or anyone else interested in various models of green enterprises. Green-mission nonprofits are increasingly exploring alternatives to traditional fundraising to sustain their own operations, including providing services that generate revenue. What kind of an animal is a nonprofit that runs a business? Is it freer of funders' and political constraints so that it can pursue a more public-interested policy agenda? Or should these hybrid organizations be as suspect of self-interest as any business? State and municipal agencies, too, have fee-for-service income or enterprises that offset taxpayer revenues, such as wind turbines, municipal utilities, etc. How might different models best serve to leverage particular systemic problems to move us towards sustainability? What are the drawbacks of each model?

Five-Week Incentive Credit Courses

These five-week courses are offered in partnership with the RI Office of Training and Development. Courses are designed for state, municipal, nonprofit, and private sector employees and for unemployed and under-employed members of the workforce. Please read the payment and registration information carefully if you wish to register for any of these courses

CONT 580C-81: Critical Supervisory, Management, and Leadership Skills
Course Call #: 12237
Fee: $230 (includes online self-assessment DiSC® Profile*)
Special Instructions: Please note that the DisC® Profile is required and MUST be completed prior to the first class meeting.
Instructor: Janet M. Letourneau, MBA; Peak Performers, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Dates: 5 Thursdays; September 26 – October 24, 2013
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00pm
Location: Rhode Island College - Alger Hall 202
Credit: 1.5 CEUs; State employees may be eligible for 1/2 incentive credit

State employees seeking incentive credit for this course must currently be a manager or supervisor.

Course Description
Is your organization or work unit functioning at peak performance in achieving expected objectives? Are your leaders, managers and supervisors skilled in helping their direct reports and team members work effectively and efficiently? This timely class will bring real world experiences to the latest theories in order to meet the many and never-ending challenges of leaders and managers. We will focus on how your internal communications can improve decision-making and relationships with bosses, team members and your employees. Topics will include:

  • Style Awareness
    Most of us have no idea about the impact we can have on our co-workers, bosses or customers. Knowing your own work style can help you to create the right impact, at the right time, with the right people for the right purpose. You will review your specific styles and learn more about yourself, the key emotions of each style, how to identify the styles of those with whom you work, and how to adapt to those styles resulting in improved communications and relationships, and reduced conflict.
  • Managing Up, Down and Across the Organization
    Learn to understand, value and manage relationships with your boss; define two types of expectations; and how to use a basic checklist to take charge of this relationship which will give you win/win results. By understanding the reasons why you need your boss and he/she needs you, you will be better able to evaluate this mutually dependent relationship and how it impacts the performance of all employees.
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
    Emotional Intelligence plays a major role in leadership success. We will review the five components of EQ and 20 core competencies. Learn how this model affects your success, how you lead and follow others, assess how much EQ you have and how to trigger success at all levels.
  • Are You Leading or Managing?
    There is a difference! Managing day-to-day activities requires different skills than leading your team to success. We will review the key differences between the two, and complete a self-assessment. Knowledge of whether you are leading or managing your team can improve your performance in doing both. Understanding these skill sets, the value and the benefits, along with how to apply them day-to-day will greatly impact your performance and others. We will also identify where your organization stands and what it values.

CONT 680C-81: Advanced Critical Supervisory, Management, and Leadership Skills
Course Call #: 12238
Fee: $230 (includes online assessment by Target Training International® *)
*Special Instructions: Please note that the Target Training International® online assessment is required and MUST be completed prior to the first class meeting.
Registration Deadline: Friday, September 6, 2013
Instructor: Janet M. Letourneau, MBA; Peak Performers, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Dates: 5 Thursdays; November 7 – December 12, 2013 (no class November 28)
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Rhode Island College – Alger Hall 202
Credit: 1.5 CEUs; State employees may be eligible for 1/2 incentive credit

State employees seeking incentive credit for this course must currently be a manger or supervisor

Course Description
Each participant is required to take a validated on-line assessment before the first session. When the program is launched, the syllabus, materials and a free conflict survey will be given, as well as information for the purchase of, an easy-to-read, insightful and engaging book.

  • Values & Motivators
    Motivation is internal! The motivators that drive, incentivize, and provide insight into your values and attitudes will be explored, discussed and applied. It's difficult to understand the motivations of others, unless you understand yours first. One of Emotional Intelligence components is empathy! Discover and understand social; utilitarian; aesthetic; theoretical; traditional and individualistic motivation elements. The answers to "what do you value?" will be covered along with the how and why of what you do! Remember, the more we know about ourselves, the greater the self-awareness! The greater the self-awareness, increased self-management results! Consequently, you increase your emotional intelligence improving your skills to lead and manage your team by understanding not just what motivates you, but what motivates others!
  • Leadership! Thinking outside the box!
    Are your goals in the workplace about YOU or about helping your team and colleagues achieve results? Self-absorption reduces the opportunity to be productive. Are you open to others or closed? Do you focus on what's wrong or what's right? Is your self-portrait accurate? If it's not, this lack of honesty may be getting in your way of success and your ability to lead and manage others. As a result, you are less effective in the workplace creating a domino effect in whatever you do!
  • Managing Conflict Successfully Brings Huge Rewards!
    What is conflict and how is it defined? People encounter conflict in the workplace, in their personal lives and in everyday transactions. Learn the difference between styles and strategies, along with key questions to ask when you deal with conflict and its resolution. Participants will be given a survey to complete before this session and a personal inventory of strategies will be generated for discussion and improved understanding how you deal with conflict. Each participant will become more aware of the strategy they use most, which is key to dealing with conflict successfully. Note: DISC style awareness is required as a pre-requisite to this workshop.
  • Leading with Integrity!
    Integrity is more than its definition: being whole! Participants will gain a profound understanding of "being whole" by learning, clarifying, discussing and providing examples of each of the key competencies. Upon completion, participants will view integrity differently and fully understand how it "helps you meet the demands of reality." For maximum results, it's recommended that participants have received training in DISC style awareness and understand the basic concepts of emotional intelligence.

CONT 380C-80: Making Effective Presentations
Course Call#: 12262
Fee: $130
Instructor: Tracy Proulx, MA
Dates: 5 Fridays; October 11 – November 8, 2013
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Rhode Island College – Craig Lee 202
Credit: 1.5 CEUs; State employees may be eligible for 1/2 incentive credit

Course Description
If you want to make more dynamic and effective presentations, then this class is designed for you. In a nonthreatening learning environment, you will learn practical techniques that will enhance your comfort level, delivery skills, and organize your subject material. You will have the opportunity to deliver several presentations and receive valuable feedback over this five week class.

CONT 480C-80: Grant Proposal Writing
Course Call #: 12259
Fee: $130
Instructor: Jonathan W. Howard, Cause & Effect, Inc.
Dates: 5 Fridays; October 25 - November 22, 2013
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Rhode Island College — Gaige Hall 315
Credit: 1.5 CEUs; State Employees may be eligible for 1/2 incentive credit

State employees seeking incentive credit for this class must be currently writing grants or planning to write grants.

Course Description
This course will show you how to compete and win in the never-ending search for foundation and government grant revenues to support your critical programs and creative new approaches to challenges. You will learn the basics of proposal development and grant writing as expressions of effective program planning. The course will focus on how to read an RFP, how to develop a program concept for grant funding, how to construct the elements of a standard proposal including Project Summary, Problem Statement or Needs Assessment, Objectives, Methods/Action Plan, Budget and Budget Narrative, Evaluation, and Supporting Documents. Students should have a specific program or program idea in mind as a basis for participation in all course activities. If you have a specific grant in mind, please bring those guidelines to class.

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