Noncredit help for new leaders available through Penn College

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The Quick Start Leadership program, presented by Workforce Development & Continuing Education (WDCE) at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assists those launching their directorial careers using several common approaches.

Participants – who may have been selected for leadership positions based largely on technical skills – will learn to transition into their new role with confidence, understand and develop their own style, communicate critical job information effectively, set clear expectations and provide feedback, and understand when to refer issues to legal or human resource professionals.

The program comprises two training sessions of five hours each and includes experiential activities that will help learners apply concepts to relevant workplace situations and facilitate leadership teams.

The sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 22 and 29 at the Center for Business & Workforce Development on Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport, Pa. The program also can be customized and delivered at employer locations.

Instructor James Hoy is an experienced leader of project management, human resource management and manufacturing/operations management and has developed and delivered many leadership programs tailored to support operational strategy. He earned bachelor’s and master's degrees from Penn State, where he also was an 11-year faculty member in management development programs and services.

A certified project management professional and certified public accountant (on inactive status), Hoy served in a variety of management positions prior to his Penn State employment. He has experience leading plantwide training and has facilitated continuous improvement efforts in manufacturing and nonmanufacturing areas.

Contact WDCE at 570-327-4775 or visit (under “Courses”) for a complete course listing, descriptions and dates – or to register.

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Last Updated June 19, 2014