Langara is committed to developing and engaging its employees. Each month, HR offers complimentary professional development sessions to all staff. Upcoming offerings are listed below; please note that pre-registration is required. 

PD session topics are generated through employee feedback. Is there a career-related topic that you want to learn more about? Do you know of any engaging, insightful speakers, or want to lead a session of your own? Are you a leader looking to host a session for your area? Connect with us at hrupdate@langara.ca.

Registration Process

To register for a PD session, email hrupdate@langara.ca with the following:

  • Subject Line: (Title of Session)

  • Body: Full name, Employee ID, email address (if different)

Sessions will be capped at 25 participants. A separate registration email is required for each session. If a session reaches full capacity, we will establish a waitlist. In consideration for waitlisted participants, we request that all registrants notify us at least 24 hours prior to a session if they are no longer able to attend. Attendance will be taken at each session; registrants who miss more than two sessions without notice will only be able to register on the waitlist for future sessions.


For information on wellness-related development opportunities, visit the Wellness Initiatives page. For information on faculty-related development opportunities, visit the TCDC iweb and Ed Tech's workshops page.

Looking to brush up your computer skills? Learn a second language? Continue your educational goals? All employees eligible for benefits can apply for tuition fee waiver or reimbursement. To learn more about the courses and tuition benefits offered at Langara, visit our Tuition Fee Benefits page.

Mastering Minute Taking Tuesday, January 30

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Facilitator: Rae Ratslef | Raincoast Ventures

Location: C408

TAKING THE DRUDGERY OUT OF MINUTE TAKING 

Participants will leave this workshop confident and prepared to take well-organized formal and informal meeting minutes and public consultation summaries to contribute to their organization’s accountability and effectiveness. Practical, interactive exercises and discussion, along with meeting minute templates and tips will enable participants to find their inner passion for taking minutes. 

GREAT MEETINGS HAPPEN BY DESIGN

Learn how the administrative role in planning and preparing for meetings contributes to ensuring that meetings are productive and worth the expense involved. Topics include: meeting logistics; agenda development; steps to effective participation at meetings; and the practical application of Roberts Rules of Order.

Come prepared to work hard, laugh and enjoy real world experiences from the seasoned professional minute taker leading this jam packed workshop.

*To register please include your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $150 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Basic Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6

2 Day Commitment Required - 25 Seats Available

Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Facilitator: Laurie Lowes - Certified Instructor for MHFA Basic & Instructor, Criminal Justice at Langara 

MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course provides an introduction to the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course will learn the basic steps to interact confidently with those in their family, friends, communities, and workplaces that have mental health challenges. Click here for more information

*To register please include an email approval from your Chair/ Manager/Supervisor with your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $140 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.

Implicit Bias Tuesday, February 20

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Facilitator: Michael Kahn 

Location: C408

I Never Meant to Hurt You: Recognizing Personal Bias and Deepening Your Cultural Sensitivity

In order to provide excellent service, no matter the job, it is imperative that one becomes aware of their implicit biases. We will explore the impact of biases based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical condition, socio-economic status etc. Of course, the goal of this seminar is not to eliminate biases (an impossible task), but to increase awareness of them so they don’t interfere with personal and professional relationships. The challenge is that we see ourselves as fair and decent people which can lead to the avoidance of honest self-examination. The seminar is highly interactive, using clips from feature films and other video clips to illustrate the issues and spark an open discussion.

*To register please include your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $70 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Basic Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6

2 Day Commitment Required - 25 Seats Available

Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Facilitator: Laurie Lowes - Certified Instructor for MHFA Basic & Instructor, Criminal Justice at Langara 

MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course provides an introduction to the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course will learn the basic steps to interact confidently with those in their family, friends, communities, and workplaces that have mental health challenges. Click here for more information

*To register please include an email approval from your Chair/ Manager/Supervisor with your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $140 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.

Visio Essentials Wednesday, March 21

Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Facilitator: Marcus Lander, Continuing Studies

Location: L304

Microsoft Visio can be used to create simple or complicated diagrams. It offers a wide variety of built-in shapes, objects, and stencils.

In this workshop participants will look at:

  • Various diagrams
  • Adding and connecting shapes
  • Editing text
  • Selecting and modifying shapes, connectors and text
  • Adding, naming, ordering, deleting pages and modifying page properties
  • Working with multiple documents
  • Saving to common file formats such as pdf, jpg, webpage, autocad drawing for CNC

This session is geared towards beginners, but the tips and tricks shared will benefit the advanced user and help them to become more proficient by completing tasks in an easier way.

*To register please include your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $20 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Facilitator: Natasha Mrkic-Subotic, Co-op & Career Development Centre & Sylvia Gara, Human Resources

Location: C408

Are you looking to polish your interviewing skills so that you are ready for the next exciting job opportunity? Whether you are starting out in your career or are a seasoned professional, you will benefit from this job interviewing skills workshop. Learn what recruiters are looking for, how to prepare, and what kinds of questions to expect. This workshop will help job applicants gain more confidence during a job interview and improve their chances of getting hired. 

*To register please include your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $20 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.