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Workforce Development partners with County of Sonoma employees in creating impactful learning opportunities that help you develop the competencies for successful job performance and meaningful careers. Together, we create fulfilling futures.

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The County of Sonoma Employee Training Program—Planning for Success

Because we made just a few changes to the County-wide training program for 2016-17, most of Planning for Success will look familiar to you.

The Key Competencies and Skills identified by employees as critical for success at each of the County employment levels:  Foundational (Individual Contributor), Supervisory, Managerial, and Executive continue to serve as the foundation for our courses.  

Certifications at the Foundational, Supervisor, and Manager levels are still available for any employee to pursue.  Look for the orange, blue and green ovals on  the Professional Development Spiral illustrating the required classes for each certification level.  The grey ovals are the Skills Development Electives that are also available to all staff.

This year we’re focusing on expanding and improving skills training and “transfer of learning” to the workplace.  You will see the following changes in the classroom: 

  • Participant materials that better support your learning,
  • Increased interactivity among participants, and
  • More opportunities to practice what you’ve learned.

To learn more about courses, view the 2016-17 Course Catalog

To register for courses, visit SCORS

Changes to Planning for Success

A 3-pack is a series of 3 short, powerful courses specially tailored for admin staff or supervisors/managers.  Each course is 1/2 day in length and offered in quick succession to help you fulfill your commitment to your professional development.  You'll be taking all 3 courses with your peers resulting in meaningful discussions, targeted activities, and lots of opportunities for learning job-specific skills.

Admin Staff 3-Pack
September 13     DiSCovering Yourself 
September 28     Effective Communication
October 13         Delivering Excellent Customer Service

Supervisor 3-Pack
October 12           Performance Management  
October 25           DiSCovering Your Management Style
November 16       Feedback Essentials

Intact Team Training allow your unit to train as a group.  You can reserve a team table at a regularly scheduled training or Workforce Development can bring the training to you.

Expanded Learning Opportunities utilizing more on-line classes and other alternative learning methods will be introduced this year.

Harassment Prevention Training is an example of an on-line offering.  Visit TargetSolutions to sign-up for two courses: Sexual Harassment Awareness and Preventing Discrimination in the Workplace.  Proof of completion will be recorded in TargetSolutions and you will be one course closer to your Supervisor Certificate!

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Ric Giardina


Workforce Development

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8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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HR Training Center
575 Administration Drive
Suite 117C
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464714, -122.72561

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