Workshop Schedule

Learning & Organizational Effectiveness Workshops

The LOE Training program is being revamped. This webpage is under "re-construction."


Writing SMART Goals

The SMART goal-setting method is one of the most popular and effective tools for creating realistic and achievable goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for five qualities your goals should have. They should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Whatever your role, fine-tuning your skills at creating SMART goals can improve your chances of success. As a program participant you will:

  • Clarify what the five SMART characteristics really mean
  • Practice creating at least one SMART goal that you plan to achieve this academic/fiscal year
  • Learn practical tips to assist you with SMART goal-setting  

When:             Tuesday, September 15, 10:00—11:00 AM

Where:            Lafayette, SODA Center

Open to:         All SMC Employees

Presenter:       Sunny Bradford, Director-Learning & Org. Effectiveness

Register here Writing Smart Goals


Toolbox for Navigating a Loved One’s Care – Part I

What documents do your parents or other family members need to have in place to prepare for future health challenges? How do you navigate available public benefits, such as Medi-Cal? Proper planning for a loved one’s care takes careful thought and can reduce the stress and burden on your family during a health crisis. This workshop will provide valuable information for your toolbox when managing a loved one’s care.  During the workshop, participants will:

  • Review helpful legal documents and their uses
  • Discuss how to arrange for care
  • Understand how to utilize Medi-Cal and VA benefits

When:            Friday, September 18, 11:45 AM—1:00 PM

Where:            Hagerty Lounge

Open to:         All SMC Employees

Presenters:     Kristen Southworth & Kathleen Day-Seiter - Southworth Chavez & Day-Seiter Law Firm

Register here Toolbox for Navigating a Loved One'sCare - Part 1
Managing Your Financial and Staff Resources: An Overview

Whether you’re an experienced supervisor or new to the role, you may have questions about Business Office and Human Resources processes that are essential to managing your financial and staff resources. These might include how to read and understand your budget, how to manage employee time off, steps for staffing your department, or how to initiate grade and salary reviews. While this overview workshop won’t answer all your questions, it will provide guidance on some key Business Office and HR procedures that are central to effectively managing your funds and personnel. You’ll leave with a resource packet of useful documents and links to additional information. In this program, participants will:

  • Review budget elements and strategies for managing your budgets
  • Clarify requirements related to non-exempt vs. exempt staff
  • Understand requirements for managing employee time and leaves of absence
  • Recognize what steps to take to fill open positions and request salary/grade reviews                                                                                                                                               

When:            Wednesday, November 18,  9:30 AM— Noon

Where:            Lafayette, SODA

Open to:         Supervisors and Leaders

Presenters:     S. Jamila Buckner, Dir. Recruitment, Peter Chen, Dir. Empl. Relations & Compensation, John Hills, Payroll Manager, Sue Hooks, Asst. Controller, Ann Kelly, Dir. Benefits, and Sunny Bradford, Dir. Learning & Org. Effectiveness

Register here Managing Your Financial and Staff Resources:  An Overview