Pickaway-Ross Adult Education’s Leadership Academy has been providing professional development for area employers for more than a decade. In that time, courses and the format have changed to better serve industry and business.

     “They have evolved to stay current with the workforce needs and trends,” said Carrie Fife, director of Adult Education. “During the height of the COVID-19 outbreak, the sessions went online and were provided at no charge to help support those adjusting to the constantly evolving pandemic landscape.”

     Last fall, Adult Education partnered with the Holzer Leadership & Innovation Institute to offer sessions in September and November. Sessions will resume this month with the Jan. 19 session Moving from Wellness to Well-Being during COVID. Courses are taught by Gail Games, vice president of Training & Organizational Development at Holzer, or a member of her team.

     Rhonda Lawless, Business & Career Services coordinator, said the increase of sessions to six in 2022 was to expand professional development opportunities and training topics. She said this year’s topics are a combination of what employers and past attendees sought, as identified in a survey, or are trending topics in leadership and human resource development.

     “We hope participants will leave each session with new ideas and tools that they can apply in their work or home environments.  Attendees also have the opportunity to establish new relationships with individuals from other local organizations,” Rhonda said.

     Other sessions are Putting Empathy Back into Customer Service, March 16; Strengthening Workplace Relationships, May 18; Becoming a Better Team, July 20; Staying Out of Workplace Drama, Sept. 21; and Process Improvement, Nov.16.

     Each session costs $75 and meets from 8 a.m. to noon at 1410 Industrial Drive, Chillicothe.

     For more information or to register, go to https://prctc.axstudent.com/#/category/1Z.