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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 throughout 2022
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 at 11am-12pm.

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.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am (register/cancel by 10/26)

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

Overcoming the Overload: Managing Email, Competing Priorities, and more!

Today's business professionals are bombarded by information, being persistently interrupted and sidetracked, constantly dealing with competing and changing priorities, and handling an increasingly complex set of technologies. As a result, time management has become more challenging than ever before. This engaging and motivating workshop brings breakthrough insights and revolutionary techniques covering a wide range of time management issues. This includes managing the email overload, managing competing priorities, organizing information both the digital and paper formats, cultivating strategic thinking, better managing interruptions, and improving one’s ability to focus, feel more accomplished, less stressed and more at ease.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (register/cancel by 11/8)

Fee: $85
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.

Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (register/cancel by 11/10)

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 makeup a missed session the next time this course is offered. 

Supervising at UC San Diego (S@UCSD) - Fall 2022
Wednesdays, November 9 and 16, 2022
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 11/2 9am)

Supervisory Training Laboratory

Intended ONLY for: employees who are supervisors or work leaders who currently direct the work of one or more staff employees are eligible to attend, whether or not their position is represented by a union; departmental HR representatives are also eligible to attend

This class is delivered in six, four-hour sessions. You need to attend all six to complete the training. Registration closes 2 weeks prior to the first session, and users must register/cancel their registration 2 week prior to the first session.


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.

Supervisory Training Laboratory - Fall 2022
Wednesdays and Thursdays
October 12 through 27, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Via webinar - register on the UC Learning Center, keyword: suplab
Facilitators: Linda Thai Schlossman and Kim Greene
Fee: $150 (register by 9/28 8:30am)

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.

There is no fee for this program. The only investment is your time commitment. It is recommended that you discuss with your manager should you choose to participate in the program and attend sessions during the work day.

Registration Link (login required)

Winter 2023

February 7, 2 - 4 PM

March 14, 2 - 4 PM

April 18, 2 - 4 PM

May 16, 2 -  4 PM


Summer 2023

July 18, 2 - 4 PM

August 15, 2 - 4 PM

September 19, 2 - 4 PM

October 17, 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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Notice: The information on this page summarizes provisions of university policies and/or collective bargaining agreements. Refer to the Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) and local implementing procedures or applicable collective bargaining agreement for full text of referenced information.