Training & Education Opportunities

Training Opportunities

April 19th – NEW Maximizing Your Strengths from 8:30-10:00. Successful people have one thing in common: they focus on strengths and manage around weaknesses. By putting your strengths to work is inherently beneficial both to you and your organization, because you will experience your most sustained success when you are energized and doing what you love. We can all benefit from knowing our personal strengths. In this workshop participants will discover areas in which they excel and how to enhance them. By learning cues that allow us to identify our strengths, we can take specific steps to maximize them and increase opportunities for success. Facilitator: Jontie Hayes with New Directions

April 25th – Word II: Intermediate from 9:00-4:00. This class is targeted to those individuals who desire to enhance their basic Word skills. Areas of focus in this intermediate class are: organizing content using tables and charts, customizing formats using styles and themes, using templates to automate document formatting, controlling the flow of a document, and using mail merge to create letters, envelopes and labels. Facilitator: New Horizons

April 27th – NEW Giving and Receiving Criticism from 1:00-4:00 in the Muscovy Conference Room at Health & Human Services. The goal of true criticism is to help someone be the best they can be. It is not about making someone feel bad, instilling guild, or reducing a person to tears, When criticism is done appropriately, the person who has been criticized will understand what they have done wrong and will feel inspired to make a change for the better. This three hour workshop focuses on factors to consider before criticizing, the formula for giving and positively responding to criticism and how to give criticism peer to peer, to superiors, and to subordinates. Facilitator: David Alba has been successfully helping clients throughout the United States for over fifteen years. His workshops are interactive with a mixture of music, movies and activities to encourage learning.

FY 17 2nd Quarter Safety Training Requirement – All full and part-time employees must complete the FY 17 2nd Quarter Safety Training requirement, Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP). Training is posted on new intranet SafetyNet home page. Employees must register on the Training and Education calendar on 3/31/17. The combined quiz/safety training sign-in sheet must be completed and submitted to Lois Thomas, Risk Management, by March 31, 2017.

San Sebastian Chapter of Toastmasters Meetings – Learn ways to improve your public speaking and/or overcome your fears by attending the San Sebastian Chapter of Toastmasters. Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. Open to everyone with scholarship opportunities available. Contact Valerie Peischel (vpeischel @ for more information.

For more information or to register, you can visit the Training Calendar from within the County network, or call x6886.

Barry University Bachelor and Master Degree Programs

Summer Program Begins May 30th If you are interested in earning your degree through Barry University, we are currently accepting applications for Summer 2017. Please call Rodney Watson (Site Manager/Academic Advisor) at 904-394-0875, to schedule an appointment.

Barry University Location

4401 Salisbury Road, Third Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32216
Phone: 904-394-0875
For additional program information:

Bachelor Degree Programs

  • Bachelor Degree in Administration
  • Bachelor Degree in Public Administration
  • Bachelor Degree in Health Services Administration
  • Bachelor Degree in Emergency Management
  • Bachelor Degree in Information Technology

Note: The Application Fee is waived. Qualifying full time students can earn (up to) 30 credits through our Portfolio Program.

Master Degree Programs

  • Master in Administration = 12 Classes
  • Master in Public Administration = 12 Classes; however, pre-requisites may apply based on your current undergraduate degree.

Note:  The GRE/MAT testing is waived.  The Application Fee is waived. 

San Sebastian Toastmasters Club

The San Sebastian Toastmasters meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at Personnel Training Room at the BCC (500 San Sebastian View). Our club is specifically for St. Johns County employees. In Toastmasters you gain the practice to become the leader and speaker you want to be. Become a better negotiator. Gain trust. Sharpen your management skills. Inspire your team! For more information, visit our website: or

Earn Your Master's Degree in Public Administration at Barry University
This is designed as a professional development program for adult learners with a focus on the administration of public, nonprofit, and other organizations that serve a public purpose. 12 classes, GRE/MAT’s waived, Accelerated 8-week terms, Personalized academic and financial aid counseling. Accepting applications for Spring 2017 (Jacksonville). For information and application, call Rodney Watson at (904) 394-0875 or visit

Do you dream of completing your college degree? If you are a public sector professional who has dreamed of pursuing your bachelor’s degree, now is the time. Flagler College's Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration program is designed just for you. Classes are in the evenings and select Saturdays. Flagler College Public Administration Program.