Free Webinar Series

Free Webinar Series


U of A Professional and Workforce Development is pleased to offer these 1 hour webinars at no cost to all interested participants. Registration is required and additional information will be provided via email in advance of the course date.




Promoting Healthy Sleep Habits to Improve Focus and Productivity at Work

This webinar will introduce working professionals to the essentials of healthy sleep habits, including some basic information about sleep and tips for how to improve your sleep in order to increase focus and productivity at work.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the basics of sleep.
  • Identify habits that positively and negatively impact your sleep at night.
  • Identify when sleep disturbance warrants professional help.

January 28, 2021

Online / Live Stream

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Aaron Robinson

Dr. Ivan Vargas
Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas, Dept of Psychological Science

Introduction to Python

Introduction and overview of the Python language and its application in the Machine Learning industry.

Learning Objectives

  • Introduction to Python
  • How Python is used in the Machine Learning industry
  • Create a simple Python program

February 4, 2021

Online / Live Stream

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Jordan Herzig

Jordan Herzig
Customer Success Manager
Focal Systems

Meeting Management

Meeting Management is the process of managing the stages and components of the entire meeting process. It also plays an important role in improving communication, interpersonal relationships, teamwork, and employee morale and satisfaction. Studies show that people who master running efficient and productive meetings are more likely to be promoted.

Learning Objectives

  • Determine the meeting purpose, who to invite, and the moderator
  • Create an Agenda
  • Manage time and distractions
  • Conclude with a review of the decisions
  • Follow through on action items and deadlines

February 9, 2021

Online / Live Stream

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Ryan Stearle

Ryan Stearle
Director of Sales
Taylor Farms

Small Business Finance Basics for the Solopreneur

This course will review options for funding a small business currently operating and expanding or a future startup, and the pros and cons of them all. Topics covered will include crowd sourcing platforms, investors, use of personal funds, micro-loans, traditional bank loans, online loans, equipment leasing, and extensions of credit like credit cards and lines of credit and some of the various sources available for all these in the Northwest Arkansas region and online.

Learning Objectives

  • Business Borrowers will learn that lenders have varying standards of credit worthiness that affect the terms offered for credit for small businesses.
  • Borrowers will understand the different uses of the different types of credit.
  • Borrowers will learn what they need to do and how to plan to qualify for the highest quality credit offered.

February 25, 2021

Online / Live Stream

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Martha Londagin

Martha Londagin
Business Consultant
Startup Junkie

 

Communicating Your Transferable Skills

Transferable skills - such as leadership, communication, and critical thinking - are ones that apply in all professions. When seeking a job in a different field than your previous work experience, it is especially important to convey these skills to a potential employer. Upon his retirement from the US Air Force, Lt. Colonel Donald Butcher successfully transitioned from working as a government Special Agent to the civilian workforce and bike industry. In this course you will learn how to identify and best communicate your transferable skills to employers.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand in-demand transferable skills
  • Identify your unique transferable skills
  • Use the PAR method to communicate transferable skills on your resume and in interviews

March 2, 2021

Online / Live Stream

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Lt. Colonel Donald Butcher, US Air Force, Retired

Lt. Colonel Donald Butcher
US Air Force, Retired
Director of Operations
Buddy Pegs Media

 

Docker Basics

An introduction of Docker, including installation and overview. You will build and deploy working services in stand-alone environments and using Docker Compose. (If you previously attended the Docker Basics webinar in Fall 2020, you are invited to join us again, as this webinar will explore Docker further and go more in-depth.)

Learning Objectives

  • Build imager
  • Run imager
  • Connect to container
  • Deploy multiple services

March 4, 2021

Online / Live Stream

10:30 am - 12:30 am

Ben Walcutt

Ben Walcutt
Senior Software Engineer
JB Hunt

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Conflict is part of every aspect of our lives – work and personal. Negotiation involves a wide range of techniques by which we work through issues that divide. In this course, you will be exposed to various strategies for conflict resolution.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify various techniques of conflict resolution
  • Develop a sense as to when to use one strategy over another
  • Be able to advocate for a facilitative mediation when appropriate

March 9, 2021

Online / Live Stream

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Lt. Derek Wright

Lt. Derek Wright
The Meir Group

Personal Finance for Professionals at Every Stage of Life

Learn what you need to know about the 5 basic areas of personal finance at different stages of your personal and professional life. Includes tips for day-to-day money managements, short-term savings, long-term savings, credit/loans, and security.

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce participants to all aspects of a personal finance portfolio.
  • Highlight where to start and strategies for developing financial fitness in various categories over one’s lifetime and career stages.

March 17, 2021

Online / Live Stream

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Nathan George

Nathan George
Financial Sales Representative
Arvest Bank

 

Kubernetes Basics

This session will offer an introduction to Kubernetes using Kubectl and MiniKube. You will deploy and interact with working services on local installation and a cloud installation.

Learning Objectives

  • Deploy namespace
  • Deploy deployment
  • Deploy service
  • Deploy Ingress

April 1, 2021

Online / Live Stream

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Ben Walcutt

Ben Walcutt
Senior Software Engineer
JB Hunt