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Human Resources

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Professional Development and Training

New Employee Orientation

Professional development and training at Skidmore begins with our New Employee Orientation (NEO) program. All new community members (exempt, faculty, non-exempt and union employees) are invited and encouraged to attend this half-day program. The design of the program enables new employees to explore life at Skidmore through a variety of departmental presentations. The purpose of this program is to provide an overview of the college and the opportunity to meet with other members of the Skidmore community.

Staff Development

In addition to the NEO, a number of staff development programs are offered throughout the year. Some of the recent topics include:

  • Collaborative Effort
  • Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  • Intervention Skills for Supervisors
  • Performance Review
  • Project Management
  • Position Questionnaire (PQ) Review
  • Retirement Planning Workshop
  • Time Management

As part of building community across campus, Human Resources hosts informative gatherings through our annual Networking Luncheon and Networking Breakfast, giving community members an opportunity to strengthen and build working relationships throughout campus. 

Through the years we have introduced a Learn on the Go Series developed from our summer Wednesday Matinee Program that can be used for department retreats or mini meetings. 

A full list of programs can be accessed on our course listing page. 

Your suggestions for new programs or possible presenters are always welcome. If you have any suggestions, please email

Technology Learning Opportunities at Skidmore

Often Human Resources receives inquires about technology training, especially regarding various Microsoft applications. Information about this type of training is available by reaching out to Beth DuPont in Academic Technologies or ext. 5917.

A popular avenue for learning a variety of Microsoft applications can be found at This resource offers online tutorials for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and much more.

To learn more about other on-campus, customized workshops and off-campus learning opportunities, please visit the Academic Technologies website.

Tip of the Month

"Fun Is Good" is about helping you make your time spent at work as satisfying as possible. And although fun is the foundation, Fun Is Good is about teamwork, leadership, creativity, passion, attitude, and overcoming challenges. Once you understand the fun foundation, you can incorporate it into just about every element of life and work!


Upcoming Events - to be announced



Visit the Training Calendar/Registration website to view descriptions and sign up for programs.

Professional Development & Training