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Portland State University Professional Development Center

1515 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1050
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)

The Professional Development Center(PDC) is part of Portland State University's School of Extended Studies and serves as a primary provider of continuing business education programs in the Portland metropolitan area. Founded in 1982 in response to the needs of the business community for quality professional development programs, our expertise and the extensive resources available to the Center have enabled us to serve as a comprehensive provider of business training for management, supervisory, front-line, and other personnel in the business, industrial, government, and nonprofit communities of the Portland Metropolitan area.

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  • Tuesday
    Jun 7 2011
    The Art of Managing in an Agile World
    Portland State University Professional Development Center

    This course gives you the hands-on experience and builds the skill set you will require to thoroughly understand and utilize the real-world fundamentals of managing in an agile environment. The instructors bring their expertise in agile management, planning and development to help managers utilize their knowledge and skills to harness the power of an Agile organization.

    Training Objectives:

    * Learn how Agile organizations work from a systemic perspective.
    * Create strategic alignment between project teams and the rest of the organization.
    * Explore practices for identifying and resolving business issues, setting goals and measuring progress, assessing organization culture, and using organization structure to effectively address the challenges facing you and your team.
    * Examine the implications of Agile environments for managing human capabilities and handling human resources functions, such as, hiring, retention, reviews, and compensation.
    * Learn how effective leaders manage the boundary between their Agile teams and the rest of the organization.
    * Discover the latest brain research showing male/female differences and translate these findings into more effective strategies for coaching and mentoring within and across gender on high performing teams.
  • Monday
    Feb 14 2011
    Web graphics with Photoshop (user group meeting)

    Spend Valentine's evening with other lovers of Photoshop and Illustrator. Presentation "PDX Loves Photoshop and the Web!" by Nancy Wirsig McClure of hand2mouse.com.

    At this month's meeting of the official Adobe User Group, PDDA, learn to use Photoshop to make the best web graphics, animated GIFs and favicons -- and to generate HTML! See Illustrator's latest web-oriented features, too.

    6 pm snacks and socializing

    6:30 Presentation

    7:45 Introductions (brief round-robin), break and networking

    8:15 Presentation continues; Q & A

    No fee to attend. Sign up on the web site to get monthly meeting announcements via email.

  • Monday
    Mar 8 2010
    Adobe User Group: Photoshop + Illustrator

    Professional presentation and networking. No-fee meeting, every month, for non-beginner users of Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator.

    This month's presentation: Making 3D in Photoshop and Illustrator.

    "Join" the group on website to get announcements of upcoming meetings (it's the official Adobe Groups site).

    PARKING: Be sure to see the parking and transit tips on the group's web page.

  • Thursday
    Oct 8 2009
    Adobe User Group PS + AI: Season opener!

    For experienced users of Photoshop and/or Illustrator.

    Season opener demonstration: Construction of a fantasy landscape and calligraphy.

    Network with other users, and enter to win a full Adobe Creative Suite 4 (provided by Adobe -- but only twice a year!)

    User group meets regularly.... see website for details.

    Website also has parking suggestions.

  • Thursday
    Aug 13 2009
    Adobe User Group: Photoshop + Illustrator

    User-to-user sharing for experienced users of Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator.

    No-fee meeting, every other month, with a professional presentation and networking. This month's topic: Making vectors look less "vector-y."

    "Join" the group on the Adobe Groups website (see link) to get announcements of upcoming meetings, and have online discussions with other Portland-area users.

    PARKING: Be sure to see the parking tips on the group's website.

  • Tuesday
    Feb 24 2009
    PSU Multimedia Professional Development Center Info Session

    RSVP for the PSU Professional Development Center Info Session on February 24, 5-7pm. Bryan Rhoads, Internet Strategy workshop instructor, will give a brief presentation on social media marketing. The Multimedia Professional Program will be featured and participants will be able to interact with program managers on certificates, workshops and courses available.

    5:00 - Check In

    5:30 - Introduction by Professional Development Center (PDC)

    5:35 - Presentations

             Room 1050C: Brian Rhoades
             Room 1053: Jennifer Johnson

    5:50 - Break for refreshments/Questions

    6:00 – Roundtable Discussions

             Room 1050C
             Professional Writing
             Information Technology
             Room 1053
             Healthcare Management
             Six Sigma
             Human Resource Management

    6:20 - Break for refreshments

    6:30 – Roundtable Discussions

             Room 1050C
             Current Topics & Contemporary Issues
             Organization Development
             Room 1053
             Project Management
             Accelerated Supervision

    6:50 - Reconvene, questions