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Need training? New website makes work training easier


August 11, 2010

We’ve all been there. You walk into work on Monday morning and your boss hands you a new assignment. You’ve always liked a new challenge, but heading back to your desk you realize your success depends on upgrading your skills with some additional training. Now what?

ASU staff members who faced this dilemma in the past had to wade through many different web pages searching for just the right training. The process was both time-consuming and frustrating. Not anymore.

Thanks to an initiative spearheaded by ASU Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Morgan Olsen, staff can easily access available ASU training and employee development opportunities online.  Olsen has always been a strong supporter and sponsor of professional development for ASU staff and has been instrumental in encouraging the ASU community to always grow and strive for excellence.

To make Olsen’s vision a reality, Amelia Huggins, senior program coordinator for the Leadership and Workforce Development Group within the Office of Human Resources, collaborated with all the sponsoring departments and colleges throughout the university to pull together a comprehensive list of training and development opportunities.

“The new Training and Development website is much more user friendly and clear,” says Korah Hoffman, an Instructional Specialist Senior in the Financial Services Group who got an early look at the new offering.

Visitors to the revamped website will see training and development opportunities sorted under eight topical headings: academic; compliance; financial; health and safety; new employee orientations; PeopleSoft; professional development; and resources and technology. Each listing also includes a direct link to register or get more information about the class. There also are links to the three most commonly used university registration systems:  the Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard and Distance Learning Technology (DLT).

“I would encourage all staff members to bookmark the new Training and Development page so they can easily access available opportunities,” Kevin Salcido, Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, says. “Our goal is to give our staff the tools they need to work more effectively and efficiently. Development and training is the ultimate win-win for the university and our staff members.”

To submit information about additional training opportunities on any of the four ASU campuses for inclusion on this new web page, contact Karen Murphy at 480.965.9386 or at karenlmurphy@asu.edu.