1. Do you provide training for all campuses?
Yes, the Training and Development office conducts training and consultative services on all campuses.
2. Is there a limit to the number of classes I can register for?
We do not have a limit, but you should check with your supervisor. Attendance at any training session must be approved by your immediate supervisor.
3. What is the cost to attend training?
There is no cost for training provided for and by employees of Tidewater Community College. However, if a training is provided by an outside agency (i.e. DHRM, Coastal) the cost, if any, is generated by the agency and will be part of the registration training description.
4. How should I decide what classes to take?
A good practice is to talk it over with your supervisor to see what skills and topics would be beneficial in your present job.
5. Do I have to take leave in order to attend training sessions?
Time spent in training sessions is considered hours worked and you do not have to take leave to attend training sessions. Attendance in a training session must be approved in advance by your supervisor to ensure adequate coverage while you attend training.
6. Do I have to be a supervisor to take the supervisory/management classes?
The supervisory/management classes are designed for people who are presently in supervisory positions and will be most beneficial to those who can immediately apply the learning. These classes also prove to be beneficial to those who are about to become supervisors, and their attendance would be encouraged. Others should wait until their careers include (or are soon to include) supervisory responsibility.
7. Who is eligible to attend training sessions?
All employees of Tidewater Community College are eligible to attend training sessions.
8. Can I have the handouts without coming to class?
The handouts for most classes are designed to be used in class and would not be meaningful without class attendance. Therefore,we prefer to provide handouts only to those in attendance, who have the benefit of processing the contents in a classroom setting with a qualified instructor.
9. How can I make sure that my employees get the most from training?
Supervisors have a major responsibility in the success of employee training and professional development. Their responsibilities include:
- preparing the trainee for training by emphasizing the importance of professional development and setting clear expectations
- discussing and reviewing new knowledge with the trainee
- providing opportunities for practicing new skills
- encouraging and supporting the trainee during skill building phases
- celebrating professional development.
10. What is expected of me when I attend a class?
You are expected to have a positive attitude towards learning, engage fully in the learning process, question areas of non-understanding, make your needs known, and practice your new skills.
11. Will you conduct specialized training for departments?
Yes. Much of our time is spent consulting with directors, managers, and/or supervisors about specific departmental needs and customizing and conducting training in individual departments. The advantage of this is that intact workgroups can receive the training at the same time and implement needed changes together.