Schedule Your Next Webinar or Training in the Professional Learning Center

It’s easier than ever to schedule or participate in professional development activities on campus, thanks to the college’s new Professional Learning Center.

Located on the fourth floor of the J-Building in room 4019, the PLC’s Lab is an ideal space for:

  • Group webinars
  • Hands-on technology training
  • Workshops needing MS Office and/or web-based applications
  • Presentations to be recorded and posted online

Though the college already provides various professional development opportunities and services for faculty and staff, Distance Education director Chris Harvey said, there hasn’t been a designated facility, a way to streamline scheduling, or a place to effectively share these opportunities college-wide.

“We think it’s important to foster a culture where all employees are continuously learning and improving their professional knowledge and skills,” Kristin Ciesemier, assessment coordinator, said. “The center helps JJC to achieve its strategic goals for student success, institutional sustainability and technology-facilitated services.”

All information relating to the Professional Learning Center can be found on its myJJC Portal page, which is located within the Faculty/Staff Resources section under the tab All Departments.

There, users can submit online scheduling requests, view previously recorded sessions, and have access to a calendar of the center’s upcoming events.

In the future, Harvey added, the goal is to offer a master calendar of all professional development opportunities, whether they’re scheduled in the center or elsewhere on campus.

Features of the PLC Lab include: 14 Laptop PCs, Presenter Podium with PC, LCD Projector, Smartboard, Touchscreen LCD Display, Document Camera, Conference Phone, Video and Audio Equipment for Recording Presentations.

Those interested in scheduling a session in the PLC Lab should visit the Professional Learning Center’s MyJJC portal page and submit a request using the “PLC Lab Scheduling Request” form.

There is also a form on the site that faculty and staff can utilize to promote their own professional learning events. Chris Harvey is available at or by calling ext. 6635 to answer any questions you may have about the Professional Learning Center and scheduling the PLC Lab.

The Professional Learning Center is the result of an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) action project the college is currently working on. The AQIP project team that developed the idea includes English and Foreign Languages Department Chair Roxanne Munch; Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Research Ryan Smith; former Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Linda Uzureau; and Ciesemier and Harvey.

In addition, the 2009-2010 Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN) team visited other professional development centers in the area to research what peer institutions were doing. That CQIN team included Smith, Keith Tillman, registrar; Elizabeth Richardson, web designer; and Andrew Lenaghan, librarian.

Photos of the PLC

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