University Employees Participate in Staff Development Academy I and II

University Employees Participate in Staff Development Academy I and II
Participants of the Staff Development Academy pose for a photo on Aug. 15.
This group of Cal Poly Pomona employess participated the Staff Development Academy on Aug. 3.

This summer, Cal Poly Pomona 44 employees participated in the popular Staff Development Academy I (SDAI) as well the newly offered Staff Development Academy II (SDAII).

Since SDAI started in August 2002, 255 staff members have completed the program.  

The three-day interactive program covers topics including effective verbal and written communication, customer service, time management and teamwork. The most recent SDAI took place on Aug. 1, 2 and 3.

Past participants in SDAI were so enthusiastic about the program that they requested a follow-up program to build on key concepts learned in the first one, says Susan Berilla, director of Organizational Development & Training.  

Based on the feedback, SDAII was created to address communication and team building in greater depth. In order to stimulate on-the-job application of skills learned, SDAII was designed to span one and a half days about a month apart. Between the first and second sessions, participants completed assignments to reflect on and utilize skills and knowledge gained. The second session included a debriefing of lessons learned and a motivational speaker. Like SDAI, graduates of the program were presented with a certificate signed by President Michael Ortiz. SDAII took place on July 11 and Aug. 15.    

For information about future offerings of SDAI and SDAII, contact ODT at (909) 869-3726 or visit: