Professional Development Workshops

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Basic Grant Writing

Expertise matters and grant writing skills are more important than ever! Whether you’re an individual wanting to explore the world of grant writing or a member of an organization seeking funding, this course will help you gain knowledge of the basics! Presented over six interactive sessions, this course introduces participants to the real-world, proactive approach to grant writing. 


Session Titles:


  1. Grant Writing Myths and Terminology
  2. Organizational Grant Readiness
  3. Basic Grant Application Components
  4. Researching Grants
  5. Letters of Inquiry, Letters of Intent, & Other Funder Communications
  6. Post-Award Best Practices

When: September 12 – October 17, Tuesdays, 5 – 6:45 p.m.

Delivery: In-person at Penn State Schuylkill, Administration Building, Room 106


Instructor: Erin E. Portland, Ed.D


Erin E. Portland, Ed.D. is a skilled grant writer with over 20 years’ experience. Dr. Portland is a grant writer with the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit and Schuylkill Technology Centers and is the owner of Schuylkill GrantWorks, LLC.


During her career, Dr. Portland successfully secured over 18 million dollars in competitive grant awards. Dr. Portland has experience in developing successful federal and state governmental competitive grant applications. She has facilitated grant applications that resulted in funding awards from several national charitable foundations. Having previously worked in one of the executive offices under the jurisdiction of the governor, Dr. Portland has the experience of being a grant reviewer within state government.


She is a graduate of Penn State University with a Master’s of Public Administration and Immaculata University with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration. Dr. Portland is also a member of the Grant Professionals Association. When she is not grant writing, Dr. Portland enjoys spending time with her family fossil hunting, hiking nature trails, and touring historical sites.


Investment: $475, Discounts are available to the Consortium of Co-Op Employers, Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Members, and Penn State faculty and staff.


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Attend an info session about the workshop!


Join instructor, Erin E. Portland, Ed.D, and Continuing Education Staff for a 30-minute session about the Basic Grant Writing Workshop content and registration details.  There will also be time for Q&A where you may ask questions about the course or even about grant writing in general. 


When: Wednesday, August 23, 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Delivery: Zoom Videoconferencing

The session will be recorded.  Please register to attend live or view the recording. 



Energy Leadership Workshop

Energy Leadership Development Training introduces leaders of all walks of life to seven distinct levels of energy and leadership, as well as engagement and consciousness in both life and the workplace.


This training teaches you how to:


  • Gain awareness of your perceptions, attitudes, behaviors and blind spots.
  • Gain awareness on the message you are
  • Discover the impact your energetic engagement has on your overall leadership capabilities and interactions with others. 
  • Utilize your mind working for you instead of allowing it to be your worst enemy. 
  • Reframe your perspective from frustration and victimization to opportunity and action. 
  • Shift your energy to become a more dynamic, empowering, and resilient leader.   
  • Lead from a place of choice, opportunity, and growth mindset!
  • Increase productivity, improve employee retention, create effortlessness and fulfillment, and find more purpose in what you do! 

When: Thursday, October 19, 8 – 11 a.m.

Delivery: In-person at Penn State Schuylkill, Classroom Building 100: Boardroom


Instructor: Katharina Stuerzl, CPC, SHRM-CP

Katharina Stuerzl is coordinator of career services and instructor of business at Penn State Schuylkill, a certified life and leadership coach, as well as former human resources professional with a local manufacturing company Consortium partner MAE-Eitel. She earned her Master of Arts in North American studies from University of Cologne, and her Bachelor of Arts in German linguistics and English and American Literary and Cultural studies from University of Paderborn, both located in Germany. 


Katharina challenges those she works with to take responsibility for their own thoughts, feelings, and actions as a path to overcome limiting beliefs, roadblocks, and to build resilience. Leaving outside validation and the fear of judgement behind, allows for her vision to come alive; empowering young professionals and leaders to lead from the heart both, themselves, and other people. Reducing employee turnover from 22% to 4% was one of her great successes, however, what truly mattered to her is when other companies attempted to recruit employees away with a greater pay and your employees respond with “Thank you, but you can’t put a dollar amount on being seen, valued, heard, and supported in both my personal and professional development journey; I have no interest leaving my company”.


Investment: $325, Discounts are available to the Consortium of Co-Op Employers, Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Members, and Penn State faculty and staff.


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Attend an info session about the workshop!


Join instructor, Katharina Stuerzl and Continuing Education Staff for a free info session about the Energy Leadership Workshop.


When: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 8 – 9 a.m.

Delivery: In-person at Penn State Schuylkill, Classroom Building 100: Boardroom

Attendance is free (registration required), and breakfast will be provided!

Registration: Please register to attend the event.  




Excel for the Workplace

Excel is one of the most powerful software tools used in businesses across the nation, and this workshop is designed to help you master the program beyond the basics. This four-session course will explore a different topic each week.


Dates, Times and Topics:


  • Tuesday, September 12, 10 – 11 a.m.: Formatting Data
  • Tuesday, September 26, 10 – 11 a.m.: Formulas
  • Date Change! This session has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 12, 10 – 11 a.m. (previously Tuesday, October 10, 10 – 11 a.m.): Workbooks
  • Tuesday, October 24, 10 – 11 a.m.: Pivot Tables and Charts


Delivery: Instructor-led via Zoom


Instructor: Angela Brown, CPA, CMA


Angela M. Brown is lecturer of accounting and a member of the Business faculty at Penn State Schuylkill, teaching a variety of accounting and business courses. She serves as the Business Division coordinator, which includes the business, corporate communication, health policy and administration, and project and supply chain management programs.


Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State Schuylkill in 2018, Ms. Brown taught as an adjunct instructor for Penn State and McCann School of Business. Most recently she was employed as the controller at Preferred Warranties Inc., a Schuylkill County-based vehicle service contract provider, where she managed the accounting-related activities. Prior to that role, she was the controller of a retail furniture chain based in Harrisburg, PA, with locations throughout numerous states.


Ms. Brown is a certified management accountant and has earned her MBA from Alvernia University.


Investment: Register for individual classes or all four.

  • $49 for one class
  • $88 for two classes ($98 - $10 discount)
  • $127 for three classes ($147 - $20 discount)
  • $166 for four classes ($196 - $30 discount)

Discounts are available to the Consortium of Co-Op Employers, Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Members, and Penn State faculty and staff.


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Practical Spanish for the Workplace I

This course is designed to cover basic conversational Spanish for individuals who wish to communicate more effectively with co-workers, customers, clients, patients, and patients’ families.


Participants will learn:


  • vocabulary and proper pronunciation
  • basic conversational skills
  • Latino cultural background

When: September 14 – November 9, 2023

Days & Times: Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:45 p.m., final class on November 9 will be 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Delivery: Virtually via Videoconferencing

Investment: $359 per person, all materials included


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Industry-Specific Certifications


APICS® - Certified Production and Inventory Management (CPIM®)

CPIM® focuses on the mastery of an organization's internal operations and provides an in-depth understanding of the Fundamentals of Demand Management, Plan Supply, Executing the Supply Plan, Inventory Management, Continuous Improvement and Quality Management and Technologies, Strategy and S&OP and provides the knowledge to apply this information across the extended supply chain. 


When: September 7 – December 2

Days and Times: Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m. & Saturdays, 8 – 10 a.m.
Delivery: Virtual Instructor-led; Access to online resources
Investment: $2,295


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Prosci – Change Management Certification

An interactive, three-day learning experience where participants gain the knowledge, skills and tools to drive successful change initiatives. During the program, participants apply Prosci’s holistic change management methodology to a current project. By the end of the program, participants have the foundation of a Change Management Plan to address and enhance a specific project.


Three-Day Workshop:


  • Tuesday, September 5, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 6, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Delivery: Virtual Instructor-led via Zoom videoconferencing; Access to online resources
Investment: $3,500 – Special rate for Penn Staters (alumni, faculty, staff)


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SHRM Learning System

SHRM has established the new certification standard for the HR profession. Earning your SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) or SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™) credential establishes you as a recognized expert in the HR field.


This SHRM certification course consists of 39 hours of classroom instruction, including a review prior to the new certification exam. In addition to the classroom experience, you will receive SHRM Learning System materials and access to online learning, legislative updates and practice tests.


When: September 7 – December 7, 2023, Thursdays, 6 - 9 p.m.

Delivery:  Instructor-led videoconferencing via Zoom



  • $1,300 for NEPA & National SHRM members
  • $1,500 for National SHRM members
  • $1,600 for non-members

The fee includes study materials.


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Customized Corporate Training Programs


Customized training programs are available to meet your organization’s needs. They can be offered on-site, on campus, or online.  Almost any topic can be covered, including content from professional development courses.  A few examples are:


  • Basic Training Skills
  • Compliance & Safety
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management & Leadership Development
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Office Training & Computer Skills
  • Spanish for the Workplace
  • Quality & Process Improvement

Our systematic process includes:


  • Listening to your organization's goals and plans
  • Identifying performance gaps and assessing needs
  • Working collaboratively to develop action and learning objectives
  • Providing support and follow-up
  • Evaluating results
  • As appropriate, designing and delivering customized education and training interventions

Funding Opportunities: Funding from WedNetPA is available to eligible employers to assist with training costs.  Continuing Education staff will work with employers to facilitate the administration of this funding between your organization and the funding provider.


Sign up for a time to learn more and discuss your needs with Laura M. Kramer, Coordinator of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.


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