Professional Development

Fall Class Registration is Now Open!


New! The Art of Interviewing

Instructor, Brad Kroll

This course will prepare you for being the interviewer or the interviewee, whether it is interviewing for a job or selling your business to a new client or customer, or interviewing a new employee for your business or a future subordinate at your company. Students will learn about some of the questions that arise in interview situations and conduct interviews with other students for practice. Students will leave with new skills in reading an individual through the interview process and have a better understanding of their own personal communication skills.

New! The Powers of Social Media for Your Small Business

Instructor, Brad Kroll

One of the biggest tools for marketing, branding, and public relations is social media. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and WordPress all seem simple. However, the complexity of marketing your business, workplace, or even yourself on social media is more intricate than one would believe, yet achievable, even for the novice user. This course will introduce students to social media, how to integrate social media into their organizations, and how to market their organizations using social media. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of how social networks function, but most importantly, how to improve their communication skills and online marketing strategies. Students will leave this class with a strategic social media plan for their business to begin implementing immediately. 

New! Reaping the Benefits of Digital eMarketing: A Must for Your Small Business

Instructor, Brad Kroll

Marketing has gone digital! eMarketing includes a wide spectrum of opportunities to reach your customers. eMarketing can do many things, including email promotions, driving traffic to your website, and incorporating digital content to your promotions. Whether you are sending an email to your customers, boosting your website, or advertising online, we can show you how to use digital content in a way that will help drive customers to you. We’ll also show you how your business can capitalize on the digital vitality that comes with eMarketing by writing effective and quality content. Students will learn about online marketing and all of its facets.

The Wonders of Adobe

Instructor, Brad Kroll

This is the perfect introduction to the Adobe® suite of Photoshop®, InDesign®, and Illustrator®! Are you tired of paying designers to create your marketing materials? You can easily create your own materials with the use of Adobe®. We will explore these three major graphic design programs and learn how they interact with one another. Each program is very similar, but each has their own niche to enable you to create your own graphic artwork for letterhead, logos, flyers, and even incorporate pictures. You will be amazed at what you can create! Students will be able to create their choice of a logo or marketing material. Available for 1.4 CEUs; Request at time of registration.

Meet your Instructor!
Brad Kroll
A graduate of Carroll University, Brad Kroll decided to launch his own graphic design, video production, & multimedia marketing business right out of college! His “big break” into the video industry post-college was the “Discount Double-Check” State Farm commercial, featuring Aaron Rodgers, Robert Smigel, George Wendt and Mike Ditka. His company has over fifty clients including Kohl’s, Kwik Trip, HUSCO International, Patrick Cudahy to name a few! While Bradley loves working in this industry, he is also a professor of video production at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin and teaches for the Continuing Education department at UW-Waukesha. He has written 3 novels, countless songs, scripts and poems. Presently, he’s writing a short story series that he hopes to get published. He wants the series to be easy and addicting reads. His professional, real-world examples and helpful attitude help make his classes interesting! To learn more about Brad, visit


Brand Your Leadership Style and Leverage Your Success!

Instructor, Michel DeLisle

Whether you’ve been in a leadership role or would like to advance into one, this class can help you to develop your leadership style. Learn to leverage your leadership traits in a way that brands your style and increases your effectiveness in business or everyday life.  Participants will identify and optimize their leadership style, which will prepare them for future challenges. You will inspire others and improve overall productivity in both your professional and personal life. This class is a must for every manager! 

The Five Best Conflict Resolution Strategies

Instructor, Michel DeLisle
 Are you constantly fighting a battle—or even worse—avoiding them? Tired of navigating life's challenges with others and getting nowhere? We will discuss how to pick your battles and to apply the five demonstrated conflict resolution strategies correctly and effectively. Let Michel DeLisle make your life easier by breezing through conflicts with ease while maintaining a positive working or life environment. This is a must for both managers and employees or anyone wanting to communicate more positively!  


Meet your Instructor!
Michel DeLisle
Michel DeLisle is the Chief Optimism Officer at From Our Village, an organization that promotes successful community outreach locally, regionally, & globally. Michel consults with multiple NGOs & other businesses in the areas of board development, special events & fundraising, succession planning, executive coaching, leadership, building & maintaining productive teams, and a host of other organizationally developmental topics. She holds an M.S. in Organizational Development & Leadership from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a B.A. in Interpersonal Communications from Marquette University.

Presentation Preparation 

Instructor, Reji Laberje

 Using the storyteller model (Love Me, Learn From Me, Live Like Me), take advantage of a 6-Layered approach to presentations. Presentations are NOT public speaking. Going deeper, you will consider those pillars of public speaking on top of the manners of human connection, purposes of speaking, audience considerations, and your unique brand, as well as a bit of a public speaking history lesson. Then, you will explore 18 tools to keep in your presentation arsenal that are showing, telling, engaging, and constructive. Build presentations that capture your audience and keep them wanting more. 

Meet your Instructor!

 Reji Laberje
With more than two decades of teaching, presenting, language, and writing industry experience, plus dozens of published and produced titles across genres and platforms that she has written individually, with celebrity co-writers around the world, and alongside up-and-coming writers, as well as more than 50,000 titles sold, Reji Laberje began her writing and publishing company. She created it to be able to help others spread their positive messages through written and spoken words. While still the senior writer, Reji is also at the head of all creative decisions and writer assignments in her Waukesha-based company. When not running Reji Laberje Writing And Publishing, Reji serves her church, loves her large family (and pets), and takes advantage of Wisconsin's and America's beautiful parks and lakes.

Customized Business Solutions:

Do you have a group of 5 or more that are interested in a class? Contact us for discounted group tuition rates! 

Your organization may also have training needs not available through traditional programming. The University of Wisconsin Colleges can help. We offer a variety of customized training solutions to fit your specific organizational issues at a time and location convenient to you. UW Colleges provides training support in a variety of areas.

Please contact Holly Wehrhahn, CCT, Southeast Region Continuing Education Director at or phone 262-521-5460

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