Training & Development
Organization Development at Western is a college-wide effort that is structured to provide learning opportunities so all employees may develop their skills, knowledge and abilities in a manner that supports the college mission, vision and values. Western’s Employee Success policy embraces the concept of a professional development effort that assists individual employees in reaching their professional goals.
Western Technical College is committed to excellence in learning, continuous improvement, student success, employer satisfaction and responsiveness to the Western District.
Western Technical College is a collaborative, innovative educational leader in our community.
- Student Success
Professional Development This page offers access to workshop registration, forms requesting funding for professional development, and links to area colleges.
College Training Organization Development at Western is a college-wide effort. This page links to trainings related to FERPA, OSHA, Ethics, Powercampus, Harassment, and Microsoft Office/Windows.
Culture of Accountability Western has partnered with Partners In Leadership to provide all employees with training to help Western move forward with a culture of accountability. Watch for workshops, brown bag sessions or other opportunities to practice and learn.
Teaching at Western is on the Employment web page. Once there, click on the “Teaching at Western” link to view the drop-down information. The drop-down describes the Faculty Quality Assurance System (FQAS). The FAQS ensures that Western hires highly qualified teachers and supports their classroom effectiveness through professional development.
Employee Handbook Employees are expected to have knowledge and understanding of the policies, procedures, and benefits outlined in the handbook in order to make the essential experience as an employee both productive and rewarding.
Faculty Innovation Fund
Do you have an innovative idea connected to teaching and learning that you believe would directly influence student success and/or retention?
The Faculty Innovation Fund, a legacy of Title III, is a permanent pool of money held within the Western Foundation that produces enough interest income to fund an innovative, larger-scale teaching and learning related project each year.
APPLY HERE Deadline for requests is March 1, 2018 for work that will begin in the summer/fall of 2018.
Preference will be given to innovative ideas that focus on student success and excellence in teaching. The amount of the award depends on the amount of interest the principle generated over the course of the year, the amount of funding requested and the number and scope of other requests awarded.
Allowable activities may include (but are not limited to):
- Release time during when on contract to develop/implement a project or idea
- Off term hourly payment to develop/implement a project or idea
- Conference attendance and travel related to development/implementation of a project or idea
Any faculty member with an innovative idea and a need for funding is encouraged to apply. A four-person team consisting of a faculty member, an Academic Excellence and Development staff member, a Human Resources staff member and a Western Foundation staff member will evaluate all requests. Applicants will be notified as to whether they receive funding in April.
2016 Innovation Fund recipient:
Shelly Bauer, Foundations of Teacher Education instructor, the Innovation Fund’s first recipient, was awarded over $4,000. Shelly proposed a project in collaboration with the Sparta School District’s Maplewood Elementary to provide training for para-educators. Because of the funding, Shelly was able to get her students involved as part of a service learning project in professional development for Sparta staff. In addition, the project provided the opportunity for sharing with the Sparta staff information about the Foundations of Teacher Education program at Western for on-going educational opportunities.