Training and Development

The Human Resources Office offers a variety of training opportunities for employees of Red Rocks Community College including Supervisors Training, Diversity Training, Sexual Harassment Awareness, and Workplace Violence Awareness. Please contact your HR Representative to schedule a training session or to have access to any training resources.

Inclusive Excellence Professional Development Opportunities

We did want to make note of a few new opportunities:

  • Intercultural Competence Level 2 is using a new personality assessment tool this semester. Even if you’ve completed this session in the past, you may want to take it again to see how you fit into this new method!
  • Two new sessions will be offered this semester: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Promoting Engagement for a Community of Diverse Learners and Poverty 101.
  • Faculty who have completed Intercultural Competence Levels 1 – 4 will be receiving a separate message inviting you to join our pilot of Reflective Practice Groups this semester. These groups will be guided by the Center for Urban Education (CUE) Equity Scorecard Process and include active learning and experimentation in adapting classroom practices.

Intercultural Competence Level 1
Date/Time: TBD
This training is the first in a four-part series that will explore how cultural differences impact our interactions with our students, co-workers, and community.  In level I, we will define culture and discuss the elements of culture that affect interactions, increase our cultural self-awareness, and identify the impact of communication styles on interactions across cultures.

Intercultural Competence Level 2
Date/Time: TBD
The second part of our four-part series in intercultural competence focuses on personality styles.  Participants will take the complimentary PDI (Personality Diversity Indicator) to learn about their own personality style, other personality styles, and gain a sense of appreciation for styles different from their own.  We will explore ways to identify and bridge differences when interacting with others to enhance our communication, relationships, leadership skills, and “team” success. Participants do not need to have completed Intercultural Competence Level 1 in order to attend this session.

Intercultural Competence Level 3
Date/Time: TBD
Part three of our training series will guide participants through exercises in understanding identity, beliefs, attitudes, and values in cultural context, help them to articulate their personal and cultural values, and introduce the concept of privilege as it relates to identity and membership in various cultural groups.  Participants must have completed Intercultural Competence Levels 1 in order to attend this session.

Intercultural Competence Level 4
Date/Time: TBD
The fourth part in our series focuses on accepting the reality and difficulty of difference and developing empathy. Building on the concepts of level 3 – bias, power, and privilege – we will deepen our skills to have meaningful dialogue about difference and to engage with challenging topics such as race, ethnicity, and gender differences. Participants must have completed Intercultural Competence Levels 1 and 3 in order to attend this session.

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Promoting Engagement for a Community of Diverse Learners
Date/Time: TBD
Using a framework supported by the works of Pierre Bourdieu, Sonia Nieto, and Zaretta Hammond, this professional development seeks to help faculty and staff better serve an increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse student population. We will discuss the sociopolitical and historical contexts that impact all individuals in higher education and share strategies that cultivate affirming learning environments and help students better engage with course material and their peers.

Poverty 101
Date/Time: TBD
Poverty adversely affects potential opportunity, development and growth of our students, our community, and our economy. Join us for a miniature "Poverty 101" session and scratch the surface of what it means to be "Poverty Informed." Learn how to define social class experiences and shatter common myths related to poverty. Together we can help to alleviate some of the barriers faced by our students, even the people we work with.

Safe Zone
Date/Time: TBD
The purpose of Safe Zone is to raise awareness of ways homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism affect everyone and to explore ways Allies can support the LGBTQ+ community. The Safe Zone symbol is a message to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students and colleagues that you have knowledge of LGBTQ issues, are supportive, and are trustworthy. People will know they can come to you for help, advice, or just to talk with someone who is supportive of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Dream Zone
Date/Time: TBD
Undocumented students face many barriers in higher education, not the least of which is stigma attached to their citizenship status.  This training will provide you with the tools and resources to better serve our undocumented students and help you to become a better ally to this community of learners.

Red Rocks Tech Talks Microsoft Technology Training

Getting Back to Basics in Excel
Date/Time: TBD

Are you a little rusty on some of the features offered in Excel?  Do you need just a little brush-up on how to format your Excel Worksheets?  This 90-minute, the hands-on training session will review some of the basics you may have once known but have since forgotten.  In addition to basic formatting features available in Excel, we will review the format painter, vertical and horizontal alignment, indenting text, merge and center, themes, and styles.  Also covered will be templates, freeze columns, using the fill handle, efficient use of sorting and filtering. Level:  Beginner

Building on the Basics in Excel
Date/Time: TBD

It’s time to take your Excel skills to the next level.  Join us for this 90-minute, hands-on training session to increase your ability to use functions.  In addition to the basic functions =sum, =average, =min, =max, and =count, we will explore the =if, lookup functions, date functions, and working with multiple worksheets using grouping and 3-D formulas.  The Consolidating feature (a simple way to summarize all worksheets in a workbook) will also be covered.  Some experience using Excel is helpful. Level:  Intermediate

What’s This Crazy Thing Called Access?
Date/Time: TBD

Join us for this 90-minute session to learn some basics about relational databases and how Access differs from Excel.  You will learn the difference between records and fields, how to set up data tables, how to modify field properties, and how to use the query feature to answer questions about the data you have accumulated.  This hands-on session will answer your basic questions about databases in general, and Access in particular. Level:  Beginner

Microsoft Outlook:  Taming Your Inbox
Date/Time: TBD

Learn how to tame your Microsoft Outlook inbox using these 4 high impact practices:  Deleting, Done in two minutes or less, Delegate, and Defer.  This hands-on session will explore using rules, folders, sub-folders, categories, filters, and the Quick Step/Move Button to process and deal with your Outlook inbox. Level:  Beginner

Microsoft Outlook:  Advanced
Date/Time: TBD

This session will go more in-depth with Microsoft Outlook by exploring advanced tools to increase productivity and clear the clutter in your inbox.  Learn how to create reusable text blocks for emails messages using Quick Parts.  Explore advanced rules like how to create rules that delay your emails from sending for 5 minutes.  Keep your inbox cleaner by using Junk filter and Ignore unwanted emails.  Use the conversation clean up tool to swiftly clean up your inbox.   Utilize the Outlook To-Do Bar to help manage your calendar and never forget about those important emails.  Finally, the session will cover restoring deleted emails.  Level:  Intermediate