Courses and Programs
As part of Santa Barbara County Human Resources, the Employees’ University works in collaboration with our customers to develop, support and retain an ethical, diverse and high-performing workforce dedicated to providing excellent service to the community. The Employees’ University offers a variety of learning opportunities in north and south county. All employees, from line staff to executives, can take advantage of online, half-day, full-day, and multi-day sessions that help to build competencies and hone skills in alignment with the County's core values of customer-focus, accountability, and efficiency (ACE). Topics include computer skills, workplace communication, conflict resolution, presentation skills, strategic and operational leadership, administrative office skills and more. In 1998, the Employees' University established a partnership with Santa Barbara City College. Through this partnership employees are able to earn academic credit for many EU classes.
Our highly successful Foundations of Operational Leadership (for rising leaders) and Foundations of Strategic Leadership (for supervisors, managers, and executives) have become recognized as the standard for leadership training in the region. Participants learn strategies to inspire and motivate staff while effectively adapting to change, enabling them to reach greater heights in quality public service.
A list of courses currently offered may be viewed on the page or on the What's Coming Up page.
View Course Descriptions.
The County is committed to ensure that supervisory and
management employees have the tools they need to do their jobs effectively and
successfully. The goal is for supervisors and managers, the team members who
report to them, and those they report to, to be positioned to work together in
a positive and collaborative environment. To that end, the County has
implemented a Supervisor and Manager Selection and Development Program
with recommended training appropriate to the individual’s position and
experience. Training is available through a variety of sources including
live, instructor led classes at the Employees’ University, desktop delivery and
online through EU E-Learning.
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|Customized Training (Specialized training for County departments and external agencies)
Customized training is a method that provides training tailored to the specific needs of departments or employees, when standard Employees' University classes are not the answer. If your department wants a group of employees to take the same EU class, at the same time, it can be arranged, just-in-time, to fit your schedule.
Classes can be held at a location of your choice or at the EU training center and classes can be customized to fit your unique business objectives. The EU can conduct a single class or a series of classes just for your department.
A minimum of 12 participants is required and discounts apply for large groups.
SBC departments: Click here for request form and rates.
External agencies: Click here for request form and rates.
In an effort to
streamline delivery, lower costs and make technical training available to all
employees, regardless of geographic location in the county the Employees’
University is embarking on a 6 - 9 month test phase of “online delivery only”
for all technical training. As a result you
will not see any Excel, Word or PowerPoint courses on our calendar. Instead, employees will be able to purchase a
license for online access to any training previously offered live in our
Training: All Access Pass (SS) - CT-SS114 (all employees)
You may register for the course above at any time; by completing the normal EU registration form, getting
the proper approval in your department and forwarding the form to the EU. This
training is Independent Study, these are not instructor lead classes.
the price of one full day course, you will have access to an entire suite of
courses on all technical topics (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project
Management, Crystal Reports, etc.) as well as an entire library of courses on
business topics (time management, conflict resolution, business etiquette,
communication skills, etc.) The license
is an unlimited, EU E-learning “All Access Pass”, good for one year and can be
used on any computer* with internet access.
*If you do not have access to a
computer or a quiet location to do online training, you may register to attend
one of our “open learning labs” once you have your All Access Pass.
| Office Professional Skill Training Requirements
The Employees' University offers a suite of classes specifically designed for employees in the administrative, financial, and legal office professional job categories. The instructor-led and online classes are listed on the office professional matrices and can also be accessed through the Office Professional Opportunities Board (SBC Intranet). The online courses for office professionals are available through Skillport