Professional Development

Making Your Dream Work!

Instructor, Bobbi Bradshaw
Are you a small business owner or thinking of starting your own business but are unsure if this is the right move for you? You won’t want to miss business owner Bobbi Bradshaw discuss how to start (and run!) a business on a budget. Learn how to write a business plan for your company including: obtain financing, using your budget wisely and how to acquire health insurance while being self-employed. Gain the necessary tools to be flexible in the changing economy. As a small business owner, you often need to wear many hats! We’ll discuss best practices for utilizing social media, designing your own website, targeting potential customers through email, and incorporating social networking into your advertising, keeping on top of finances, and much more!  Knowledge is a great investment in the future of your business!

New! How to Deal with Bullying in the Workplace

Instructor, Pat Swan, MS, LCSW
No doubt, at some point everyone will come across a bully. The bullies that we knew on the playground are now our co-workers and even our bosses. As an employee, you may be the target of bullying or may be just an innocent bystander. As a manager, you need to know how to identify the signs and you certainly need to know the best way to handle the situation. Find out why businesses rarely deal with the issue and how you can help to create a healthy culture in your workplace. Optional text, Bully Blind, approx. $15 available at Amazon.

New! Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness
Instructor, Pat Swan, MS, LCSW
We all know that with work comes stress! We also know that we should be more conscious of our physical health and nutrition to assist in managing and reducing stress. Often, our excuse is that we just don’t have the time! Let instructor Pat Swan show you just how you can incorporate proven techniques to your workday that will help manage your stress, health, and relationships.

Promoting Healthy Relationships in the Workplace

Workplace Relations
Instructor, Pat Swan, MS, LCSW
The best team can easily consist of several different personality types. This workshop will explore personality differences and how knowing these personality types can help build a strong team. You will gain insight into yourself and others, identify inborn strengths that boost success, and discover inborn Achilles’ heels that sabotage success. With this knowledge, you will learn how to communicate more effectively with anyone, anywhere! Most importantly, you will experience more cooperation and less conflict by your enhanced leadership skills. Class includes Peoplemap™ assessment and review.

Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich
Instructor, Pat Swan, MS, LCSW
Based on Napolean Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, this class will help you achieve personal growth and success. We’ll explore the “Thirteen Steps to Prosperity” that many people consider rules to live by! This is a great class for anyone that is looking to not only be successful, but also enjoy a life filled with purpose by following their passion. This class includes lively discussions and interactions, readings from Think and Grow Rich text along with assignments from the workbook. You will be amazed at all there is yet to learn!
Think and Grow Rich Workbook: The Consultant and Knowledge Workers Edition, Vol 1, approx. $17 Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bester-Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century, approx. $10
Meet your Instructor!
 Pat Swan
Pat Swan, MS, LCSW, is a Leadership Coach, Professional Speaker, Author, and Certified Peoplemap™ Trainer. Pat is President of Swan & Associates, LLC. and specializes in helping individuals become more successful while helping companies create a healthier, more productive, organizational culture. She provides the missing link for organizations in search of better relationships between employees, and between employees and customers. Pat’s background includes over twenty years combined experience working with individuals and human systems. Pat uses the Peoplemap™ System to help individuals and organizations maximize success, personally and professionally.

Team Dynamics: How to Build a Strong Team 

Build a Team
Instructor, Michel DeLisle, MS
This course will explore the creation, success, & dysfunctions of a team. It will focus on theories of group dynamics and ways that we can effectively lead and participate in groups. Facilitating and assessing teams and their development, influencing groups, group/team roles, and group/team decision-making processes will be covered. Surefire ways to identify and overcome pitfalls will be practiced with workshops on team trust, conflict mitigation, & avoiding the pitfalls described in “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni. This is perfect for supervisors, managers, directors, VPs, or anyone wanting to advance their career. Class includes StrengthsFinder 2.0  text and assessment. Upon successful completion, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU) on your transcript.
Course Objectives
  • Recognize the differences between the individual & group levels of systems
  • Identify the stages of group development & their relationship to team effectiveness
  • Be able to describe the 5 dysfunctions of a team
  • Understand & employ techniques to avoid or work through these dysfunctions
  • Possess a greater understanding of your own pre-dispositions within a team through the use the Strengths Finder 2.0 Indicator Assessment & the Dysfunction Online Team Assessment
  • Understand & practice methods of conflict resolution with groups (as time allows)
  • Observe group dynamics & analyze intervention results
 Required Materials and pre-work
  • Read Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” ISBN-13: 978-0787960759 or ISBN-10: 0787960756

The 5 Best Conflict Resolution Strategies

Conflict Resolution
Instructor, Michel DeLisle, MS
Are you constantly fighting a battle or even worse, avoiding them? Tired of navigating life's challenges with others & getting nowhere?  We will discuss how to pick your battles and to apply the 5 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! Available for .6 CEUs; Request at time of registration.

Leadership Through Times of Change: Best Practices

Leadership Best Practices
Instructor, Michel DeLisle, MS
Organizational change is inevitable and necessary to meet strategic initiatives & prevent organizational stagnation. This course will present successful change models and prepare change agents to positively communicate change in a manner that encourages buy in and support by others through a transparent, authentic, and easily understood communication plan. Upon successful completion, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU) on your transcript.
Course Objectives
  • Introduce organizational culture concepts & definitions as related to change
  • Recognize precipitators of change
  • Understand planned change models as researched by Kurt Lewin
  • Develop skills in preparing, managing, & cementing change
  • Identify change levers within the organization & how to implement them
  • Develop a transparent & relevant communication & feedback plan effective for your organization
Materials Included
  • Excerpts from the Journal of Change Management related to Lewin & complexity theories of change
  • Excerpts from the Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, Vol. 13 (3) “Perspectives on Organizational Change: Systems & Complexity Theories” by Francis Amagoh
  • Certificate of Completion, 2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Polish Your Leadership Style and Leverage Your Success!

Polish your leadership
Instructor, Michel DeLisle
Learn to leverage your leadership traits in a way that brands your style & increases your effectiveness in business or everyday life.  Participants will identify & optimize their leadership style which will prepare for future challenges. You will inspire others and improve overall productivity in both your professional and personal life. This all day seminar is a must for every manager! Available for .6 CEUs; Request at time of registration.


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.

Building Your Business and Career with Social Media   

Instructor, Shawn Cannon
Are you struggling to keep up with the various ways your competition is marketing online? Millions of people are utilizing social media, and with a little creativity you can gain an entirely new market for your products and services. Learn how to make the most out of LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to get yourself the additional edge you need. This course will navigate you through the proven ways businesses and successful sales individuals drive additional traffic in their direction. This course is an investment towards your financial future!
Meet your Instructor!
 Shawn Cannon
Since the age of twelve, Shawn Cannon was an entrepreneur going door to door selling cards and candy to his neighbors! Today he is a successful financial representative at COUNTRY Financial while maintaining a partnership of two other businesses. His past experience as a stand up comedian has given him the charm and charisma his students and clients have grown to appreciate. Shawn currently resides in Oak Creek with the love of his life and his twin daughters. His hobbies include reading, watching movies, and the never ending pursuit of losing 10 pounds.

NEW! Graphic Design Workshop with Adobe® Section One: Introduction to Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

Instructor, Brad Kroll
Do you only need to learn some graphic design to multi-task in your current position? Thinking about a career in marketing? This is the perfect way to get started! Our Graphic Design Workshop focuses on the three major graphic design programs: Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and InDesign®. Learn how they interact with one another and the basic principles of graphic design. Students will leave this class with samples of their own graphic artwork.

Graphic Design Workshop with Adobe® Section Two: Real World Design Scenarios

Instructor, Brad Kroll
This is a continuation of our Graphic Design Workshop class. Students will apply their Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator® and InDesign® knowledge towards learning how a logo comes together, the basics of color and typography and also how advertising materials bring those principles together. Students will leave this class with a logo, marketing materials based around that concept logo and knowledge of the multimedia side of marketing.
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


Helping students prepare for new careers!

Adult students interested in pursuing a paralegal career will have the opportunity to earn a Paralegal Certificate through an online course being offered beginning May 4, 2015 by UW-Waukesha Continuing Education in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies, a Colorado company that provides students with affordable and effective legal education through colleges across the nation.  

The 14-week Paralegal Certificate Course© is designed to affordably prepare students for the job market in the legal and give them the knowledge and skills needed to begin earning a salary as quickly as possible.  Training focuses on providing a comprehensive knowledge of the American judicial system. It will also teach you practical skills including how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, create legal documents, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation.

 According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projections, the number of paralegal positions will be 28 percent higher by 2018 than it was a decade earlier, a growth rate that is much faster than the national average for all occupations. The national median earnings for paralegals is currently $45,480, and freelance paralegal professionals can earn significantly more.

 “I completed the Paralegal I and II courses and absolutely loved the format. The online courses are so easy to follow, and the course leaders are knowledgeable and encouraging. The moment I was granted my certificate I applied for a job at the County Attorney's Office. I was hired after my first interview. I was able to immediately apply my skills in the workspace. What a blessing!”

~Maria / Spring 2015 Student

 Previous graduates of the Paralegal Certificate Course are working in different industries throughout the U.S. -  law firms, major corporations, healthcare organizations, insurance companies, the banking industry and government agencies. Students who complete the Paralegal Certificate Course will receive their certificate from UW-Waukesha Continuing Education. This provides instant credibility when presenting the certificate to would-be employers.

Continuing Education Interim Director, Holly Wehrhahn, states that, “Continuing Education is excited to offer such a wide diversity of affordable legal certificate courses. Students have been requesting the Paralegal Certificate and this is a great option for students to enhance their career and earning potential”.

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Customized Business Solutions

Are you interested in any of our one day workshops or seminars? If your organization has a group that would like to attend our session, please contact us for group pricing options.

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, Interim Director Continuing Education at or phone 262-521-5460

Contact Holly Wehrhahn, Interim Director Continuing Education at or phone 262-521-5460

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