The Nittany Lion Shrine at Penn State Schuylkill campus in Schuylkill Haven peers through landscape. 

Penn State Schuylkill’s professional development programs provide working adults and your employees with an opportunity to advance their careers, prepare for licensure and re-licensure, improve professional skills, and increase their knowledge.

If you or your business are facing new challenges, we can help you get ahead and stay ahead with education, certifications and applied skills that are designed to bring you greater professional satisfaction and business growth.

Regularly offered courses are outlined below. Find a full list of course offerings at, or contact Bonnie Spayd at or 570-385-6112 with any questions.

Vital Leader Workshop Roundtable Series

This workshop series prepares teams of vital company leaders — CEOs, CFOs, VPs and other cabinet-level executives — to drive short-term business performance. Held once a month for a half day across five months, the first four sessions pair company teams to collaborate with each other for shared learning and regional economic business improvement.

The final working session is delivered on site at your business to “Map Your Design” for your business performance.

SHRM Learning System Course

Earning your SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CPTM) or SHRM- Senior Certified Professional (SHRM- SCPTM) credential establishes you as a recognized HR expert. This course consists of 36 hours of classroom instruction, including a review prior to the new certification exam, and participants will receive SHRM Learning System materials and practice tests.

SHRM Essentials of Human Resources

This course addresses six key human resource subjects in a user-friendly format and is ideal for those just starting out in the human resources profession, or those looking for an effective way to boost their employee management skills.

Practical Spanish for The Workplace

If language barriers are affecting productivity in your workplace, Practical Spanish for the Workplace will help you better communicate with your clients, patients, and co-workers. This course is offered in two parts, with Part 1 focusing on the basics and Part 2 for more advanced instruction. Participants do not need to enroll in Part 1 to enroll in Part 2.

Quality and Process Improvement

Courses and programs are designed to teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to improve efficiency, reduce waste, standardize processes, develop contemporary leaders, work in teams, explore, justify and integrate technology and GROW with less. Topics include: lean six sigma yellow/green/black belts, project and supply chain management, contemporary professional leadership and reducing intellect waste.

Grant Writing Fundamentals

Grant writing fundamentals helps participants learn to identify and understand the grant writing process, the basic components of grant applications, and prepare to submit a grant application of their very own. The basic/intermediate course is eight weekly 90-minute sessions with an additional 15 minutes of Q&A each session. The advanced course is four weekly 90-minute sessions with an additional 15 minutes of Q&A each session.

Excel for the Workplace

This course is designed to help professionals move beyond the basics and master Excel’s advanced features, from manipulating workbooks to creating pivot tables and complex formulas.

Supervision Essentials Series

Develop practical skills to lead today’s individuals and teams in this two-part course. Part 1 examines supervisory roles and responsibilities as well as managing employee performance, and Part 2 focuses on solving problems and managing priorities as well as developing individuals and teams. Participants do not need to enroll in Part 1 to participate in Part 2.

Penn State Schuylkill’s professional development, certificate, industry credentialed, and customized workforce development and training courses and programs are eligible for WEDnetPA funding.

For more information on employer eligibility and guidelines, visit For recommendations on choosing a WEDnetPA Partner, contact Bonnie Spayd at or 570-385-6112.

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