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Classes and Special Programs

Find out about the range of classes and special programs that UC San Diego offers its employees.

Learning Boost Series - Learn, Leverage, Lead

Meet leaders, dreamers, innovators, and change champions
We bring you two one-hour virtual talks each month about topics that matter to you and your role – the first Friday and the fourth Wednesday of each month from 11 am-12 pm.

The Learning Boost Series will return in 2023. Check this space for updates.


UC San Diego Human Resources YouTube Channel

Watch previous Learning Boost Series' talks available on the Learning Boost Series playlist on YouTube.

Professional Development Classes

Read about upcoming offerings from our instructional partner, People-OnTheGo. All classes are offered through the virtual classroom.

Microsoft Excel Techniques

This scenario-based workshop is used for users who want to take their Microsoft Excel skills to the next level. In it, users learn powerful techniques that can help them save significant time, analyze data and extract important business insights, present information in a compelling way, and collaborate with others more effectively.

More classes coming soon!

Fee: $55
Facilitator: People-OnTheGo
Virtual classroom - register through the UC Learning Center: (login required)

Microsoft Excel PivotTables

In this webinar, you will learn the most powerful capabilities of Excel PivotTables and how they can be an invaluable tool in helping you analyze your data and present your conclusions in compelling ways. If you have been using PivotTables and are wondering what more you can do with them, or are maybe running into obstacles and wishing you can get around them, this webinar will help you unleash the power of PivotTables and get outstanding results.

The concepts and techniques that are covered include:

  • Getting your data ready for PivotTable Reports and Charts, including eliminating duplicates, organizing your data efficiently, and defining proper relationships between data sets
  • Using custom functions to perform more advanced analysis and comparisons such as counts, statistical functions, % of row, % of column, and many more
  • Filtering your report to display subsets of the data and reveal hidden insights about your customers, product lines, and other subsets of data sets
  • Formatting your reports, sorting them automatically, manually, or based on pre-determined sort orders; as well as grouping them based on user-defined groups that reflect your business environment
  • Adding formulas to your PivotTables and Charts so they include the calculations and ratios that are specific to your needs
  • Incorporate your PivotTables reports and Charts into Word documents and linking them so they stay up-to-date


More classes coming soon!

Fee: $75
Facilitator: People-OnTheGo
Virtual classroom - register through the UC Learning Center: (login required)

Project Management for Non-Project Managers

This workshop is designed for business professionals who want to enhance their project management skills and better manage projects of all kinds. While traditional project management concepts are covered, this session is focused on bringing innovative insights and practical techniques to revolutionize managing projects of all sizes.

More classes coming soon!

Fee: $85
Facilitator: People-OnTheGo
Virtual classroom - register through the UC Learning Center: (login required)

Management/Leadership Classes and Events

Supervising at UC San Diego (S@UCSD)

Intended for: supervisors of Campus staff; supervisors of Health System/Health Sciences employees are encouraged to submit an online inquiry to connect with the Learning & Organization Effectiveness team in Health HR (HHR) for equivalent opportunities, such as the Health Leadership Onboarding Opportunity Program and HHR Professional Development (HRPD).

This orientation provides an overview of the most important do’s and don'ts of supervising at UC San Diego, emphasizing an approach where supervisors/managers are grounded in best practices, recognize areas that may implicate laws and regulations, and connect with resources to help navigate supervisory challenges. Additionally, this course provides an introduction to the employee life cycle and identifies managerial responsibilities, as well as applicable tools and resources at each stage.

This focus on supervisory responsibilities at UC San Diego is designed to complement the Supervisory Training Laboratory’s (“Sup Lab”) exploration of managerial skills. This course includes two half-day sessions.

Strongly recommended for all new supervisors/managers; regardless of tenure or experience, all supervisors/managers will benefit from this opportunity to refresh their managerial toolkit.

Please note: you must attend both sessions to receive full credit. You may be able to make up a missed session the next time this course is offered. 

Supervising at UC San Diego (S@UCSD) - Spring 2023
Tuesday, June 6 and 13, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via webinar - register on the UC Learning Center, keyword: S@UCSD
Facilitators: Anne Curtis and Kim Greene
Fee: none (register/cancel by 6/6, 9 a.m.)

Supervising at UC San Diego (S@UCSD) - Summer 2023
Tuesday, August 8 and 15, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via webinar - register on the UC Learning Center, keyword: S@UCSD
Facilitators: Anne Curtis and Kim Greene
Fee: none (register/cancel by 8/8, 9 a.m.)

Supervising at UC San Diego (S@UCSD) - Fall 2023
Thursday, November 9 and 16, 2023
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Via webinar - register on the UC Learning Center, keyword: S@UCSD
Facilitators: Anne Curtis and Kim Greene
Fee: none (register/cancel by 11/9, 12 p.m.)

Supervisory Training Laboratory

The Supervisory Lab cohort will engage in self and team assessment activities, case study examinations, and small-group projects to explore supervisory skills and strategies.

Intended for: Employees who are supervisors or work leaders who currently direct the work of one or more staff employees are eligible to attend. Departmental HR representatives are also eligible to attend.

Note: The course provides opportunities for supervisors/managers to apply concepts to their respective teams. Given the application activities incorporated throughout the training, those who currently supervise or lead teams are best positioned to benefit from the training.

As of 2023, this class is delivered in seven sessions (one 1.5-hour in-person session on UC San Diego Campus, and six 4-hour sessions via Zoom). Participants need to attend all seven sessions to complete the training. Registration closes no later than 2 weeks prior to the first session, and users must register/cancel their registration 2 weeks prior to the first session.


Supervisory Training Laboratory - Fall 2023
Session 1 (in person): Thursday, October 5, 2023 (10 a.m - 11:30 a.m.)
Session 2-7 (virtual classroom): Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 10 through 26, 2023 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Via webinar - register on the UC Learning Center, keyword: suplab
Facilitators: Caelie Ericksen-Stark and Kim Greene
Fee: $150 (register by 9/21, 5 p.m.)

Project Management Practical Training Program (PMPTP)

Are you interested in learning about project management? Perhaps you are looking for a starting point to gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and close projects at UC San Diego?

A blended learning project management program that incorporates online learning, live discussion sessions, social learning and mentorship, and project work to prepare the next wave of project managers at UC San Diego is being offered by the UC San Diego Business Excellence Community of Practice (BECOP), UC San Diego Extension, and UC San Diego Campus and Health Human Resources.

The estimated time commitment for the program is 24 hours across four months, including facilitator-led discussion sessions, online training courses, project work, and social learning time. See this infographic (PDF) to learn more about the structure of the program.

While this course is offered free of charge, a CoA Project and Task number is required to secure a seat in the program. You will not be charged if you complete the program. Participants that cancel after the cancelation deadline or do not complete the program will be assessed a $100 fee. It is recommended that you discuss with your manager to support your participation and attend sessions during the work day.

Registration Link (login required) 

Winter 2024

February 6, 2 - 4 PM

March 12, 2 - 4 PM

April 16, 2 - 4 PM

May 14, 2 - 4 PM


Summer 2024

July 16, 2 - 4 PM

August 13, 2 - 4 PM

September 17, 2 - 4 PM

October 15, 2 - 4 PM


If you have any questions, please contact Raúl Navarro Rodríguez at

Contact Staff Learning and Development, (858) 534-4890, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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