Upcoming Training and Professional Development Opportunities

As a member of Western Carolina University faculty or staff, you have access to many training resources designed to help sharpen job skills and promote effective and progressive practices which will promote both personal and professional excellence.


Optional Retirement Program < Click to Register  

April 13 – 9:00-10:00 – Camp 139

This seminar is designed to provide in-depth information regarding the Optional Retirement Plan. The ORP is the defined contribution plan created as an alternative to the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System. The plan is specific to and available only to UNC System employees. General information about the structure of this program will be covered as well as discussion about benefits upon retirement, income streams, and assessing one’s need for their retirement years.


Mindfulness: Being Present in Your Work and Life < Click to Register  

April 20 – 10:00-11:00 – Camp 143

The idea of mindfulness or being mindful is complete engagement in the present moment. It is a state where you are not thinking, reflecting, judging or deciding, but are instead simply experiencing the things currently in your available experience. In many ways people are largely unaware of our present moment, and often operate on “auto-pilot” to some degree. The auto-pilot mode is our default mode of operation. Even when we find ourselves in a pleasurable quiet moment we automatically begin to daydream about others, plan/worry about the future or ruminate about the past. We miss living in the present moment because we fail to pay attention to it. Mindfulness is about waking up to the present moment and paying attention to our experience. Learning mindfulness is not difficult; however, it is difficult to remember to do it. This training discusses mindfulness and how to incorporate its practice into your life.


Legal Hiring & Equal Employment Opportunity   < Click to Register  

April 27 – 3:00-5:00 – Camp 139

An overview of the laws and regulations that govern University hiring processes. Individuals completing this workshop should have knowledge and general understanding in the following areas:

  • Role of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity at WCU
  • Basic understanding of the Federal laws that govern employment
  • Overview of legal hiring processes
  • Identification of common hiring problems


Please direct any inquiries to Chris Dahlquist at 227-2590 or

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